Meet Our Fellows

The Department of Neurology supports several post graduate fellowship programs in neurology subspecialties, including Aging and Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Vascular Neurology. The trainees are credentialed as fellows through the Graduate Medical Education office, and are employed by Rhode Island Hospital. The Graduate Medical Education Committee requires that all approved programs adhere to the ACGME Common Program Requirements.  All fellowship programs are affiliated with the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.   


 Behavioral Neurology FellowJonathan "Jon" Drake, MD - Aging and Dementia Fellow
Medical School: New York Medical College, New York - NY
Residency: Brown University - Providence, RI

Jon graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an undergraduate degree in Zoology and went on to complete several graduate programs majoring in Medical Sciences and Biology, respectively, after many years of research in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California San Francisco and in Japan. His graduate work at Boston University School of Medicine involved neuropsychological and neuropathological studies of Alzheimer's disease with the Framingham Heart Study, and subsequently worked full-time with the Framingham Heart Study for two years following completion of his degree. He then completed further graduate training at UMass Boston, focusing on dopamine agonist-induced dyskinesias. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in 2013, and completed his Internal Medicine internship here at Brown in 2014. 


Priya Narwal, MD - Vascular Neurology Fellow
Medical School: Goa Medical College- Goa, India
Residency: University of Connecticut- Farmington, CT.

Priya attended high school in New Delhi, India and obtained her medical degree from Goa Medical College. As a medical student she volunteered with Pulse Polio, a campaign which successfully worked towards eradication of poliomyelitis in India. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Connecticut where she was involved with stroke related quality improvement projects. Her areas of academic interest include stroke in the young and aphasia. 


Nikkie Randhawa, MD - Neurophysiology Fellow
Medical School: University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Canada
Residency: University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Canada 

Nikkie completed her BSc in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then went on to do a MSc in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She continued her academic pursuits by way of cognitive neuroscience research at the University of Cambridge in the UK and global health and epidemiology at Hokkaido University in Japan. She then completed medical school and residency in Neurology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, after which she accepted a fellowship offer in Clinical Neurophysiology at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Publications:
Randhawa N, Chew J, Shewchuk J and Nygaard H. Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy: A Case Report (Abstract). European Journal of Neurology 2016; 23 (Suppl. 1): 601.

Randhawa N, Hossain S and Illes J. Ask the neuroethicist: Is the volume of discordant concussion policies available online a recipe for disaster? Neurology - Neurology Today February 2016 (online publication)

Randhawa N, Wilson L, Mann S, Sirrs S and Benavente O. Clinical Reasoning: A complicated case of MELAS. Neurology 2016; 87(16):e189-e195.

Randhawa N, Chew J, Shewchuk J and Nygaard H. Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy - A Case Report - (in progress)

Randhawa N, Squires J, Mann S and Heran M. An unusual complication of mechanical thrombectomy caused by malignancy-related subclavian steal phenomenon. J Neurointerv Surg 2016; epub ahead of print.

Gorman J, Randhawa N, Mendelsohn D, Honey C; Heran MKS and Appel-Cresswell S. Subdural Empyema. Submitted to the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 


 Neurophysiology FellowJacques "Jake" Reynolds, DO - Neurophysiology Fellow
Medical School: The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
Residency: Brown University - Providence, RI

 Jake graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in 2007 and immediately thereafter enrolled in University of New England, Biddeford, ME obtaining his Master of Science degree in Neuroscience/Pain. His master’s research provided him with a first authorship publication. During medical school, he was also a member of MEDLIFE, a non-profit group which helped to organize an extended mission trip to provide primary health care in outlying communities around Cuzco, Peru. Jake completed his preliminary training in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since residency, he has been able to publish a first authorship case report focusing on spinal cord infarction and feasibility of DWI MRI for diagnoses.

Publications:
Thoracic disc herniation leads to anterior spinal artery syndrome demonstrated by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI): a case report and literature review. Reynolds JM, Belvadi YS, Kane AG, Poulopoulos M. Spine J. 2014 Jun 1;14(6):e17-22

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP): Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Current Treatment Strategies. JACQUES REYNOLDS, DO; GEORGE SACHS, MD, PhD; KARA STAVROS, MD. Rhode Island Medical Journal. October 2016. 30-33 


 Neuroimmunology FellowBrian Wong, MD - Neuroimmunology Fellow
Medical School: George Washington University - Washington, DC
Brown University - Providence, RI

 Brian graduated from the University of Rochester with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. He has previous pharmacologic research experience through an internship at Biogen Idec. Working at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT he researched the role of RNA interference in mammalian genetic expression to develop gene therapies targeting the underlying mechanisms of human disease. Brian spent his time in Boston volunteering with Horizons for Homeless Children and in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he continued his volunteer experiences as an urban youth health educator and student clinician for underserved families in Washington, D.C. Brian completed his preliminary Internal Medicine year at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and joined the Neurology Department at Rhode Island Hospital in July 2014. 


 Previous Fellows

Year

Graudate

Fellowship

Last Known Position

2017

Roderick Elias, MD

Neuroimmunology

Private Practice

North Carolina

2017

Jay Levin, MD

Neurophysiology

Staff Neurologist, Baystate Neurology

Springfield, MA

2017

Tariq Hamid, MD

Neurophysiology

Vascular Neurology Fellowship (2017-2018)

University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

2016

Alison Daigle, DO

Neuroimmunology

Staff Neurologist, St. Marys Regional Medical Center

Lewiston, ME

2016

Shawn Tsekhan, DO

Neurophysiology

Staff Neurologist, Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Smithtown, NY