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Yale Neurology Residents

Class of 2024
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 2022

Safa Abdelhakim, MD

Safa has an interest in cerebrovascular diseases, and will be starting her Vascular Neurology fellowship here at Yale in July 2022. She is on the Clinician-Educator track and has served as the host of the Neurology Exam Prep Podcast, which has more than 2,000 downloads per episode, and tens of thousands of downloads since its inception in 2020. She is working on analysis of large datasets of stroke risk factors in patients with COVID-19, as well as serving as one of the Education Chief Residents for the 2021-22 academic year. She enjoys yoga, poetry, cooking, travel, and running.

Undergrad: Stony Brook University

Medical School: Stony Brook University

Yee Kuang Cheng, MD

Yee Kuang (known as Cheng to is friends and colleagues) is interested in cerebrovascular diseases, and will be pursuing a fellowship in Vascular Neurology here at Yale, starting in July 2022. He has worked on analysis of data from a large database of stroke in COVID-19, as well as a retrospective review of central venous sinus thrombosis in patients with COVID-19. He is the winner of the 2021 Gilbert Glaser Award, as chosen by his peers for contributions to the residency team. He is serving as one of the Scheduling Chief Residents for the 2021-22 academic year. He enjoys table tennis, badminton, squash, and both international and Chinese chess.

Undergrad: Taylor's College (Malaysia)

Medical School: University of Miami

Gabriella Garcia, MD

Gabriella has a strong interest in care of patients in the neurointensive care unit, and will be pursuing her Neurocritical Care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, starting in July 2022. She has a particular research interest in healthcare disparities in patients with neurological disease, and has worked on a project of racial and ethnic disparities in the neurological outcomes of patients after cardiac arrest. She was the winner of the 2020 Lewis Levy Award for excellence in the annual clinical case competition, and is serving as one of the Clinical Chief Residents for the 2021-22 academic year. She enjoys running, hiking, biking, and debate.

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania

Medical School: Temple University

Gbambele Kone, MD

Gbambele has a strong interest in cerebrovascular disease, and will be starting his fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2022. He was selected as a participant in the inaugural Yale New Haven Hospital Yancy Forum for residents and fellows. He has worked on data analysis, focusing on the immunological profile of hematoma evacuation samples from patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. He has been a member of the Residency Recruitment Committee throughout his residency, and is serving as a Recruitment Chief Resident for the 2021-22 academic year. He enjoys basketball, music, and playing piano.

Undergrad: Cornell University

Medical School: Cornell University

Sarah Mancone, MD

Sarah has a strong interest in longitudinal and outpatient care, and will be pursuing a Movement Disorders fellowship after residency. She has co-authored a book chapter on neurological complications of immune checkpoint inhibitors, and has reviewed the movement disorders that occur as complications of antipsychotic therapy. She is an active reviewer of submissions to the Resident & Fellow Section of Neurology. She is serving as a Recruitment Chief Resident for the 2021-22 academic year. She is an avid reader and collects unique and rare editions of novels.

Undergrad: Brown University

Medical School: Wake Forest University

Rita Okumu, MD

Rita developed a strong interest in Neuro-Ophthalmology during residency, and will be starting a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in July 2022. She was awarded the 2020 Lewis Levy Award for excellence in the annual clinical case submission. Her current research project seeks to identify variables that influence the time between stroke symptom onset and ED presentation. She also co-designed a medical student education module that highlights racial disparities in neurologic care. She is serving as one of the Education chief residents for the 2021-22 academic year. She enjoys running, reading, and cooking Kenyan dishes for her friends.

Undergrad: Westminster College

Medical School: Chicago Medical School ad Rosalind Franklin University

Melissa Rethana, MD

Melissa has a strong interest in cerebrovascular disease, and will be starting her fellowship in Vascular Neurology at New York University Medical Center in July 2022. She is on the Clinician-Educator track, and is developing a program to provide junior residents with practical support in the initial management of patients with acute stroke. She also has a commitment to wellness and peer support, and has served on Yale New Haven Hospital's "Call-a-Friend" program, a confidential peer support program, for the past two years. She is serving as one of the Recruitment Chief Residents for the 2021-22 academic year, and enjoys running, reading, and exploring new places.

Undergrad: New York University

Medical School: Boston University

Shreya Shah, MD

Shreya has a strong interest in movement disorders, and will be pursuing a Movement Disorders fellowship after residency. She is on the Healthcare Management track, and has worked on a project, assessing faculty and patient experiences with clinical care through tele-neurology. She has also worked on a project, investigating receptivity to deep brain stimulation among patients with essential tremor. She is serving as one of the Clinical Chief Residents for the 2021-22 academic year, and enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, and true crime podcasts.

Undergrad: College of New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers University

Shobhit Singla, MD, PhD

Shobhit has a strong interest in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, and will be starting an Epilepsy/EEG fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in July 2022. During his PhD training, he studied sensory processing in awake mice, using single unit extracellular recordings. He is expanding on this work in the Blumenfeld Lab to investigate the cellular mechanisms of consciousness in seizures. He has been awarded a NIH R25 Education Research Grant to continue his work with Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD. He is serving as one of the Education Chief Residents during the 2021-22 academic year, and enjoys soccer, cycling, cricket, and music.

Undergrad: Cornell University

Medical School: Columbia University

Kevin Wilson, MD


Kevin has an interest in electromyography and neuromuscular medicine, and will be pursuing a Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship after residency. He is on the Clinician-Educator track, and is working on education modules to introduce new learners to the practical and technological aspects of nerve conduction studies and EMG. He has been using his prior experience as a high school teacher to work on the department's outreach program with local New Haven Middle Schools. He is serving as one of the Scheduling Chief Residents during the 2021-22 academic year, and enjoys endurance sports, distance running, and mentorship activities.

Undergrad: Michigan

Medical School: Boston University