Yale Neurology Class of 2020
Yale Neurology ResidentsYale Neurology Residents come from all over the US and the world, and bring a diverse set of talents and interests to their work here at Yale. While we are proud of their diversity, they do have something in common: a strong desire to excel as clinical neurologists and future leaders in the field.
Class of 2019
Idaira Aguilar Tejedor, MD
Idaira has studied deconditioning in patients who suffered from Legionnaire’s disease, and has done prior training in sports medicine and wound healing. She has volunteered or worked in several international locations, and was a competitive athlete in triathlon. She enjoys travel, sports, acting, singing and writing.
Med School: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Residency (Internal Medicine): Lincoln Medical Center
Bryce Buchowicz, MD
Bryce has examined caffeine use and its neuroprotective role in Parkinson disease. She trained and worked as an EMT in California during college, and she has a distinguished athletic career, including recognition as a Division II All-Star in women’s lacrosse. She is interested in travel, animal advocacy, gardening, tennis and mindfulness.
College: UC Irvine
Med School: Penn State
Rachel Calix, MD
Rachel has studied rates of adverse effects in patients using higher doses of clobazam for seizures. She has also studied the use of handwriting and drawing tasks to evaluate the effectiveness of Parkinson medications. Prior to entering med school, she worked as a commercial, television and film actor. She enjoys musical theater, tennis and solving cryptograms.
Med School: University of Queensland (Australia)
Justine Cormier, MD
Justine is a New Englander through and through. She was raised on a ranch in NH, got her BA at Dartmouth, completed her MD and intern year at Brown in Rhode Island, and is now a PGY3 here at Yale. She has worked on developing brain-computer interfaces for locked-in patients, studied the effects of vasodilation on neuronal firing, and recently published a paper on management of potentially dangerous EEG patterns in critically ill patients. She grew up playing soccer and had a brief stint playing semi-professionally while in high school. These days, she unwinds and re-energizes by spending as much time as possible rock climbing, horseback riding and dragging her friends to trivia nights.
Med School: Brown
Peter Kim, MD, MS
Peter has participated in an analysis of sleep dysfunction and the effects of sleep therapy on patients with Alzheimer dementia and mild cognitive impairment. He has been an active teacher, tutoring in med school, and serving as a mentor in science for disadvantaged children in Philadelphia. He enjoys outdoor activities, table tennis and origami.
College: UC Berkeley
MS: Georgetown (Physiology)
Med School: Drexel
Tara Kimbrough, MD, MPH
Tara has studied the possible association between West Nile Virus neuroinvasive disease and chronic parkinsonian symptoms, and the utility of EEG in acute ischemic stroke. She was a volunteer EMT and firefighter in Colorado, and has an interest in competitive horseback riding and international travel.
Undergrad: Colorado State
Med School: Tulane (MD/MPH)
Internship: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Richard Lane, MD, MSc
Richard was in the medical education research scholar track at Georgetown, and has studied how clinical clerkship rotation timing correlates with residency specialty selection. He has taught college courses in biology, has worked as a music producer, and has been the CEO of a health services company. He enjoys guitar, composing and producing music, soccer and basketball.
Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara
MSc: Univ of Southern California
Med School: Georgetown
Paul Sanmartin, MD
Paul completed a full residency in internal medicine in June 2016, but has a strong interest in pursuing additional training in neurology. He was the Resident of the Year in 2015 in his program. He enjoys tennis and soccer, and attends the Opera as often as he can.
Med School: Universidad Catolica de Cuence (Ecuador)
Residency (Internal Medicine): Mt Sinai St Luke’s Roosevelt
Zi Wang, MD
Zi is a graduate of University of California system, where he did his undergraduate studies in Psychology and Public Health. During his undergraduate career, he worked as an emergency department scribe where he first developed interest in medicine. As a medical student, he was involved in quality improvement projects creating protocols for early CT angiography and vascular intervention among patients with suspected traumatic vertebral dissection. He was awarded Earle H. Spaulding Awarding in Microbiology and Immunology upon his graduation and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He continues to be interested in Vascular Neurology and intends on pursuing fellowship after his residency. During his free time, he enjoys spending time on the golf course and fine dining throughout the New Haven area.
College: UC Merced
Med School: Temple
Class of 2020
Christian Amlang, MD
Christian has done research on visuo-spatial perception in patients with cervical dystonia and contributed to a study of neurophysiology of deep brain recordings in patients with Parkinson disease who underwent deep brain stimulation. During medical school, he participated in a one-year exchange to do clinical rotations in Paris, including some time at the Salpetriere. He enjoys theater and Aikido, and he speaks 6 languages.
Charite Universistatsmedizin (Berlin) for medical school.
Priyanka Chilakamarri, MD
Priyanka has worked on a longitudinal study investigating neuronal connectivity differences in 201 children with autism. She has also studied the use of digital tablets in undergraduate medicine, and has worked on project to design of an innovative USMLE test prep platform. She was a student representative on a committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and enjoys choreography, technology and documentaries.
Univ of Vermont for med school, Brandeis for undergrad.
Vanessa Cooper, MD
Vanessa has compared the cultural difference in Alzheimer disease prevention and willingness to participate in clinical trials among online users of a site called Alzhiemer’s Universe. She has also studied health promotion behavior among health care providers. She was on numerous committees in medical school, has worked as a freelance commercial model, and played flute in the Stony Brook Marching Band.
NY Medical College for med school, Stony Brook for undergrad.
Amanda Hernandez, MD, PhD
As a clinicianscientist, Amanda has researched the role of environmental factors and immune dysregulation in the formation of autoimmune disease and cancer, with a focus on multiple sclerosis and glioblastoma. She served as National President of the Latino Medical Student Association, and worked extensively with Yale College undergraduates as Acting Dean of the Yale Latino Cultural Center and as special advisor to the Dean of Yale College. She serves as co-president of the Minority Housestaff Organization at YNHH, and enjoys fitness and wellness as a spin instructor, crossfit athlete and nutrition enthusiast.
Yale for MD/PhD, Columbia for undergrad.
Colin Klenk, MD
He was involved in a prospective study examining the effects of dose reduction on mitigating bone pain in patients taking the G-CSF medication pefligrastim. He was president of the Bard Hall players, a medical-student run theatre troupe, and has overseen the production of several theatrical shows. He also performs improv comedy.
Columbia for med school, Colgate for undergrad.
John Picard, MD
John has explored the utility of the Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscope/Aintree Intubating Catheter technique for the safe exchange of a supraglottic airway for an endotracheal tube. He was the president of the careers in medicine group in medical school, and was the head rugby coach at F&M. He enjoys archaeology, winemaking, travel and soccer.
Penn State for med school, Franklin & Marshall for undergrad.
Chindhuri Selvadurai, MD
Chindhuri has participated in a student-led quality intervention project to improve physician implementation and documentation of health maintenance for mammograms, tetanus and pneumonia vaccines. She also studied gender differences in stroke and coagulation factors, and assisted in the development of a camera for the visually impaired. She enjoys the violin, yoga, jewelry making and travel.
UConn for medical school, Wellesley for undergrad.
Christopher Traner, MD
Originally from Cleveland, he ventured eastward for residency, given Yale’s strong emphasis on development of top educators. In medical school, Chris worked extensively in the University of Toledo Free Clinic, working on projects in both patient care and education. He is proud to be a member of the fabulous family of 2020 Yale Neurons, with whom he enjoys frequent trivia nights, happy hours, downtown New Haven dinners, and the occasional ugly sweater party. He wrote a chapter for an upcoming textbook on lumbar puncture. He enjoys skiing, college hockey (GO REDHAWKS .. and Bulldogs, the Food Network, saxophone and health care economics.
University of Toledo for med school, Miami (Ohio) for undergrad.
Jens Witsch, MD
Jens was involved in a number of projects at Columbia University and Charite. These included one study investigating delayed intraventricular hemorrhage in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage and another developing a clinical tool to prognosticate outcome after SAH. He contributed to the multicenter trial BE FAST 2, testing a novel biomarker for rapid diagnosis of ischemic versus hemorrhagic stroke, and the EARLYDRAIN study evaluating lumbar drainage after aneurysmal SAH. He enjoys cart food, music and traveling.
University of Heidelberg for medical school, Charite University (Berlin) for neurology residency.
Adeel Zubair, MD
Adeel was involved in numerous clinical research projects at Mayo, including investigating imaging findings in zoster-associated plexopathy, and studies of the clinical presentation of Hirayama disease. He is working on a project modeling the clinical progression in ALS. He developed a project to prepare medical students for community engagement. He is interested in the history of medicine, sports, movies and video games.
Mayo for med school, St. John’s for undergrad.
Class of 2021
Mary Barden, MD
Mary has worked on studies of neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest. She has also studied how regulatory signaling pathways of immune cells lead to immune system dysfunction. She is very involved in medical education, and has completed a medical education elective. Her interests include running, basketball, hiking, knitting, card-making and cartooning.
Yale for med school, Providence College for undergrad.
Anna DeForest, MD, MFA
Anna has studied the impact of a wellness curriculum for PGY-2 neurology residents, and has designed and facilitated a workshop in communication competency in end of life issues. She is a published short story writer, and has taught several writing courses at Brooklyn College. She enjoys reading fiction and long-form journalism, ukulele, weight lifting and figure skating.
Columbia for med school, Eugene Lang College for undergrad.
Tova Gardin, MD, MPP
Tova designed a research project to examine hippocampal subfield volumes using imaging processing software, with a specific focus on psychotic disorders. She completed an MPP at Princeton, and worked with a team that studied the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee. She has worked as a residence counselor at a group home for women with disabilities and enjoys piano and hiking.
Harvard for med school, Stern College for undergrad.
Rahiwa Gebre, MD
Rahiwa has studied intracranial EEG patterns that correlate with alteration of awareness in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy. She has collected images for the next edition of Neurology Through Clinical Cases. She was a volunteer at the HAVEN free clinic, and was in a leadership role in the Stanford Eritrean and Ethiopian Student Association in college. She enjoys art museums, hiking and travel.
Yale for med school. Stanford for undergrad.
Bogdan Patedakis Litvinov, MD
Bogdan has studied the use of a vision substitution device that could be used by blind people for navigation. He has also investigated the anti-arrhythmic properties of progesterone in rabbit cardiomyocytes. He has lived in Russia, Ukraine and Greece, and enjoys classical and jazz piano, gymnastics, singing and drawing.
Georgetown for med school, Brown for undergrad.
Razaz Mageid, MD
Razaz has compared trabeculoplasty to ab interno trabeculotomy in patients with glaucoma. She has also studied the mGluR theory of Fragile X syndrome. She did a global health study on delays in operative and post-operative care in Sudan. She was founder and chair of the Sudanese American Young Adult Project, and had several other volunteer roles in medical school. She enjoys Zumba, painting, travel and teaching.
Tufts for med school, MIT for undergrad.
Lindsay McAlpine, MD
Lindsay is working on a study of vitamin therapy for post-concussion syndrome, and has studied the relationship between baseline visual processing scores and post-concussion symptom severity and recovery. She was an analyst in the alternative energy industry before med school, and was a member of the US national rowing team.
Jefferson for med school, Brown for undergrad.
Teng Peng Zhao, MD
Teng has studied the relationship between diabetes and hyperglycemia in patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage, and has examined the efficacy of dietician/nutritionist consultation on pre-bariatric surgery weight loss. He was the Co-Editor of two journals, including a student-run medical journal and a medical history magazine. He enjoys long walks, reading, travel and the history of medicine.
Boston University for undergrad and med school.
John Peters, MD
John has examined the variability of JC virus antibody index values for patients on disease-modifying therapy for MS. He has also studied patterns of expression of alpha-synuclein by oligodendrocytes in pathological specimens of patients with multiple systems atrophy. He was a course preceptor for the medical education club, and enjoys basketball, running and hiking in the White Mountains.
Penn for med school, UConn for undergrad.
Amy Yu, MD
Amy has worked on the evaluation of FLAIR* MRI of parenchymal intralesional vessels for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She has had numerous volunteer positions, including vice-president of the UVM chapter of the American Medical Association and co-founder of the UVM chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, running, and describes herself as an “amateur mycophile.”
University of Vermont for med school, UC Berkeley for undergrad.