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Yale Neurology Residents

Class of 2022
Yale Neurology Class of 2022
Yale 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 2020

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.