Yelena Semenova, DO
Yelena Semenova, DO, is board-certified in general adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. She completed medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in 2014. Subsequently, she completed her psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University in 2018.
While at Loma Linda, she testified as an expert witness in San Bernardino County Mental Health Court on such issues as writ of habeas corpus, competency to refuse medication and mental health conservatorship. She completed a quality improvement project on the protocol for administration of emergency intramuscular medication at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. Dr. Semenova also developed the clinical guidelines for depression management for the Loma Linda University Healthcare System. She became interested in neuromodulation and treatment resistant psychosis during residency and completed the Duke University Visiting Physician Fellowship Training in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation in 2017. Dr. Semenova presented a poster on an innovative pharmacological protocol to facilitate court-ordered ECT at the annual American Psychiatric Association meeting.
In 2018, she completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, where she assisted with a number of civil and criminal forensic cases. Dr. Semenova has testified as an expert witness in the Circuit Court of Cook County on medication competency, involuntary hospitalization and assisted outpatient treatment and has also served as an expert witness at Cook County Juvenile Court in cases involving mitigation, sentencing and fitness to stand trial. Dr. Semenova currently works as a psychiatrist in the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.