Neurology Residents in 2017-2018

PGY-5
Jordan Anderson, DO

Jordan grew up in Chicago, Illinois and received his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009. During college he served as a supervisor in the Illinois Mentor Program, which fostered positive mentoring relationships between university students and children in the local community. Jordan also assisted with research at the Kelleher Group, focusing on mass spectrometry-based protein analysis for antibiotic synthesis. He completed his medical training at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. During medical school, Jordan was a Simulation Education Technician and was responsible for setting up the medical school’s robotic simulated patient used to train Emergency Medicine Residents. Jordan completed his preliminary Internal Medicine Internship at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was a PGY-1 Resident Leader, and voted Intern of the Year. When he is not studying the brain or working in the hospital, he enjoys music and movies. He plays piano, guitar and trumpet, and sings. He is a member of the Providence Singers.

Jordan is in the neuropsychiatry combined residency.

PGY-4
Alina Bayer, MD

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Piscataway Township, NJ

Alina graduated with high honors from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2010, where she studied Chemical Biology with a concentration in Bioanalytical Chemistry, and conducted research at the Center for Mass Spectrometry. She earned her medical degree from Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2014. During her time in medical school, Alina participated in research in the Rutgers Neurology Department, related to drug-induced movement disorders. While at Rutgers, Alina completed a training certification on issues related to providing medical care for survivors of domestic violence. Selected by her peers to be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Alina participated in a number of community-based outreach programs. This included working to develop and build a housing model to provide stable permanent housing for New Brunswick community members who had been chronically homeless, and the Welcome Home opened its doors to its first residents in 2012. Alina completed her Internal Medicine internship here at Brown.

Alina will remain at Brown for a fellowship in neurophysiology

Leadership Roles
Lifespan Mentoring Program Sept 2015- May 2016: Participated in mentorship training and served as a mentor to a local high school student interested in pursuing a career in healthcare 

Katarina "Kat" Dakay, DO

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine - Henderson, NV

Kat grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with an undergraduate degree in biology. She completed medical school at Touro University Nevada where she received her degree in osteopathic medicine. She completed her medicine internship and neurology residency at Brown.

During residency, she realized her passion for inpatient neurology and acute stroke treatment, and will remain at Brown for a vascular neurology fellowship. Her current research interests are in convexity subarachnoid hemorrhage as well as post-thrombectomy management. She is also interested in quality improvement as it pertains to inpatient stroke care, attending the hospital-wide stroke committee meetings and working on a group quality improvement project regarding return to driving after ischemic stroke. Following completion of her vascular neurology fellowship, Kat will be pursuing a fellowship in endovascular surgical neuroradiology at Westchester Medical Center and plans to become an interventional neurologist. 

Publications
Dakay K, Yaghi S. Symptomatic Intracranial Atherosclerosis With Impaired Distal Perfusion. Stroke. Nov 2017

Shadi Yaghi, Andrew D. Chang, Brittany A. Ricci, Mahesh V. Jayaraman, Ryan A. McTaggart, Morgan Hemendinger, Priya Narwal, Katarina Dakay, Brian MacGrory, Shawna M. Cutting, Tina M. Burton, Christopher Song, Emile Mehanna, Matthew Siket, Tracy E. Madsen, Michael Reznik, Alexander E. Merkler, Michael P. Lerario, Hooman Kamel, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, Karen L. Furi. Early Elevated Troponin Levels After Ischemic Stroke Suggests a Cardioembolic Source. Stroke. Nov 2017 

Dakay K, et al. Left Atrial Enlargement and Anticoagulation Status in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Sep 13 

Dakay K, Silver B. Blood Pressure and Prevention of Stroke. Semin Neurol. 2017 Jun;37(3):274-285

Mijalski C, Dakay K, Miller-Patterson C, Saad A, Silver B, Khan M. Magnesium for Treatment of Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome: Case Series. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Jul;6(3):111-3.

Abstracts
"Left Atrial Enlargement is Associated with Anticoagulation Failure in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation" - International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2018

"Younger Age and lower Stroke Severity at 24 Hours Predict Return to Driving after Ischemic Stroke" - International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2018

Awards
2016 Most Valuable Consultant for the Department of Emergency Medicine 

Jeremy Kulacz, MD

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Springfield, IL

Jeremy was raised in the Chicago suburbs of Illinois and graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University in 2010 with B.S in biology, minor in chemistry. While in college, Jeremy investigated the role of hyperthermia and matrix metalloproteinase upregulation in the exacerbation of stroke injury utilizing a rodent model of ischemic stroke. He later obtained his MD from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2014. Jeremy completed his internship through the Brown University Internal Medicine program.

Jeremy will complete a vascular neurology fellowship at Rush University

Awards
2016 Most Valuable Consultant for the Department of Emergency Medicine 

Cameron Miller-Patterson, MD

Stony Brook University School of Medicine - Stony Brook, NY

Cameron graduated summa cum laude and PBK from Brandeis University in 2009 with a BS, double majoring in Biology and History. While there, he participated in behavioral genetics research and was awarded highest honors in Biology for his senior thesis comparing the role of a particular cation channel in chemical nociception among several species of fruit fly. He was also involved in the Hepatitis B Initiative, an outreach program which provided education and resources to individuals at risk for HBV infection in the Boston area. Following graduation, Cameron spent an additional year at Brandeis continuing research. He then went on to receive his MD from Stony Brook University in 2014. While there, he spent several months assisting with nerve conduction and electromyographic studies. He also helped to prepare a lecture series on common neurologic disorders intended for primary care physicians. Following graduation, Cameron completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University.

Cameron plans to do a movement disorder fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh

Publications
Miller-Patterson, Fehnel. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Apr 17;2017. Pazopanib-associated posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with intracerebral haemorrhage.

Mijalski C, Dakay K, Miller-Patterson C, Saad A, Silver B, Khan M. Magnesium for Treatment of Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome: Case Series. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Jul;6(3):111-3.

Sasmit Sarangi, MD

All India Institute of Medical Sciences - New Delhi, India

Sasmit went to medical school at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He spent more than 2 years in lab research after graduation, working on various methods of improving the efficacy of combination cancer chemotherapies in animal models at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. This period of research was very productive leading to multiple publications and spurred his interest in neuro-oncology. He has also contributed as an associate author to the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2014 and was formerly a blogger on international medical graduate issues for the First Aid Team website. He subsequently did his internship at the University of Kentucky before moving to Brown University to continue his training in 2015. In his free time, he likes to read science fiction and listen to music.

Sasmit will be doing his fellowship in neuro-oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Joshua "Josh" Stone, MD

Penn State College of Medicine - Hershey, PA

 Josh graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College in 2010 with a B.A. in Biochemistry. He was elected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Throughout high school and college, he served as a tutor and mentor for a child with Asperger’s syndrome. In college, he co-founded the Pre-Med Club, helping invigorate interest in the health professions at Skidmore. Joshua earned his medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine in 2014. He took interest in the neurological sciences early on, taking lead on his own research project in collaboration with a functional neurosurgeon starting the summer following his first year in medical school and continuing to his final year. His work involved a retrospective analysis of neuropsychological outcomes following Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. He also completed multiple topic-based rotations in Neurology, focusing on Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropsychology, and Autism. Josh completed his preliminary training in Internal Medicine here at Brown. A native Rhode Islander, he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, collecting records, gardening, and cooking.

Josh will remain at Brown for a clinical and research fellowship in neuroimmunology

Presentations
J.A. Stone, M.D. "The Wobbly Rugby Player: Vertigo as the Presenting Symptom of CML." Department of Medicine. Brown Medical School / Rhode Island Hospital. Providence, RI. Presentation as poster, 2015 RI ACP Abstract Meeting

Publications
Joshua A.Stone, Bettina M.Knoll, Dimitrios Farmakiotis. Relapsing EBV Encephalitis in a Renal Transplant Recipient. ID cases. Available online 28 September 2017. Open Access

Stone JA, Willey JZ, Keyrouz S, Butera J, McTaggart RA, Cutting S, Silver B, Thompson B,6, Furie KL, Yaghi S. Therapies for Hemorrhagic Transformation in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2017 Jan;19(1):1 


PGY-3
Aleksandra "Sasha" Yakhkind, MD

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine - Tampa, FL

Sasha grew up outside of Boston and majored in neuropsychology and philosophy of mind through the University Professors Program at Boston University. She worked at Boston Children's Hospital after college and did research on the effects of yoga on lower back pain and mood. She completed a masters in biomedical sciences at Tufts University and received her medical degree at the University of South Florida. There, she focused on student wellness initiatives and developed her interests in neuro-infectious disease and global health. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and completed her medicine internship at Brown. She helped start a global health pathway for the Neurology residency, is an editor for the AAN Global Health Newsletter and an online magazine for residents and fellows. She is leading the Stories of Hope team on the Resident and Fellow Committee for the Neurocritical Care Society and plans to start a fellowship in neurocritical care in 2019. 

Publications:
AAN Global Health Section Newsletter Nov 2016 

Yakhkind A, Castaldo JE, Leary MC. Stroke and Migraine. In: Caplan LR, Biller J, Leary MC, Lo EH, Thomas AJ, Yenari M, and Zhang JH, eds., Primer on Cerebrovascular Diseases, Second Edition,San Diego: Academic Press, 2017: pp-pp 570-573 

Yakhkind A, McTaggart RA, Jayaraman MV, Siket MS, Silver B, Yaghi S . Minor Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack: Research and Practice. Front Neurol. 2016 Jun 10;7:86 

Yaghi S, Pilot M, Song C, Blum CA, Yakhkind A, Silver B, Furie KL, Elkind MS, Sherzai D, Sherzai AZ. Ischemic Stroke Risk After Acute Coronary Syndrome. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jul 13;5(7)

Presentations:
Poster Presentation - Acute Toxic Leukoencephalopathy due to Fentanyl Overdose 
Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting 2017 - Waikoloa Village, HI

Poster Presentation - Cerebellar Intracranial Hemorrhage as Sequella of Subdural Hematoma Evacuation: A Case Series and Review of the LiteratureNeurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting 2017 - Waikoloa Village, HI

Mayra Montalvo Perero, MD

Universidad San Francisco de Quito - Quito, Ecuador

Mayra was born and raised in Ecuador. She graduated magna cum laude in 2014 as an MD from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Mayra was a visiting international student at Brown University during her last year of medical school, where she cemented her love for neurology and was attracted by the high quality of training in the US. During medical school, she participated in ALS research in collaboration with UMASS. After graduation Mayra was a research fellow at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Boston where she studied neuromodulation and its implications in stroke recovery. Mayra completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University and her current research focus is in cryptogenic stroke. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures.

Publications:
Montalvo, M, et al. PR Interval Prolongation and Cryptogenic Stroke: A Multicenter Retrospective Study. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Jun 27

Montalvo, M et al. Long-term Arrhythmia Monitoring in Cryptogenic Stroke: Who, How, and for How Long? The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal, 10, 89.

Montalvo, M., Ali, R., & Khan, M. Bilateral medial medullary infarction presenting as Guillain Barré Syndrome: A diagnostic challenge. Journal of the neurological sciences, 352(1), 135-136.

Montalvo, M. J., & Khan, M. A. Clinicoradiological correlation of macropsia due to acute stroke: a case report and review of the literature. Case Rep Neurol Med. 2014;2014:272084

Presentations:
PR Interval Prolongation and Cryptogenic Stroke: A Multicenter Retrospective Study. Presented at the International Stroke Conference 2017 in Houston, TX

Bench to bedside: NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis. Presented at Research and Clinical Programs at the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences 12/8/2016 

Ashutosh "Ashu" Kaushal, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine - Detroit, MI

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Ashu Kaushal joins Brown after attending Wayne State University School of Medicine. Following his undergraduate education at the University of Washington and during medical school he was involved in neurosciences research elucidating the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and their role in the pathophysiology of mental illness and impaired neural network development. He initially trained in radiology prior to moving to Providence. He is still thinking about which area of neurology he would like to subspecialize in. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, and talking about other hobbies he no longer has time for.

Katelyn "Kate" Oliveira, DO

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine - Biddeford, Maine

Katelyn graduated from Boston College where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology. While there she became most interested in Neuroscience courses and volunteered in a research lab studying benefits of a ketogenic diet for epileptic mice. She then went on to complete her medical degree in osteopathic medicine at the University of New England in Maine. During her free time in medical school Katelyn volunteered through the Geriatrics Society to assist the Activities Director at a nearby nursing home with events for residents with dementia. She was also a member of the "Elder Buddies" program and would bring her cat to visit a nursing home resident with dementia. Hoping to inspire more interest in Neuroscience, Katelyn became a member of the "Neuroscience outreach program" to teach various topics to elementary to high school students. Katelyn completed her internship through the Brown University Internal Medicine program.

Nasir "Nas" Fakhri, MD

Medical College of Georgia - Augusta, GA

Nasir grew up in Rome, GA and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a double major in Mathematics and Biophysics and a minor in Biochemistry. He was part of the Honors College at the University.  He was a TA for a mathematical modeling in biology class there. He spent time participating in biophysics research during his undergraduate years and authored a publication on the role of inertial cavitation in acoustic droplet vaporization with the University of Michigan Department of Radiology.  He spent time volunteering on medical trips abroad and was a member of the synthetic biology engineering team. He went on to complete his MD from the Medical College of Georgia where he participated in writing a book chapter on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Cell Based Therapeutic in Stroke. At the conclusion of his medical school training he spent time in San Francisco with the Gazzaley Lab at UCSF  focused on a research project developing a prototype for closed loop neurotherapeutics in ADHD using the lab’s “Glass Brain” 3D computer model.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, and most any outdoor activities. He has also helped co-write a pilot for a physics based TV show. He completed his preliminary training in Internal Medicine at Brown University.

Publications
Hess, D.C., Fakhri, N., West, F.D. (2015). Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Cell-Based Therapeutic in Stroke. In Hess, D.C. (Ed.), Cell Therapy for Brain Injury (pp. 129-146). Cambridge, MA: Springer 

PGY-2
Vincent "Vinnie" LaBarbera, MD

Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA

Vinnie grew up in Apollo Beach, Florida and enjoyed spending his free time on the beach, swimming, playing soccer, and observing the wildlife of Florida's gulf coast. He later attended Florida State University for his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, doing research in muscle protein biology. He then went on to graduate Alpha Omega Alpha from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interest in medical school involved idiopathic hypersomnia and restless legs syndrome. He is looking forward to experiencing his first real winter with his fiancée, a New England native.

Jonathan "Jon" Sarezky, MD

New York Medical College - New York, NY

Jon was born and raised in Wilton, CT.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he double-majored in biology and psychology.  His undergraduate research involved the biochemical properties of alpha-syncline and how they relate to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease.  He then attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.  While in medical He worked with the Westchester County Department of Health to study the epidemiology of West Nile Virus in trapped mosquitoes around the county.  He is currently completing his internal medicine internship at Brown University.  In his spare time, Jon enjoys baseball, football, classic rock, and hiking

Robert "Rob" Riggio, MD

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine - Vermillion, SD

Rob is from Austin Texas. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper before going to college. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan majoring in cell and molecular biology, and medical school at the University of South Dakota. Robert's interests are focused on translational research, and published work at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He views neurology as the "next frontier" in medicine and is eager to be a part of it. 

Duk Soo "Duk" Kim, DO

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Duk grew up in Seoul, South Korea. Then he attended Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina, where he was a company commander in his senior year. Then he attended the University of Rochester and majored in Biochemistry. He worked on characterization of N-acetyl transferases in human and yeast. Then he worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, working on mesenchymal stem cell to induce growth factors for wound healing. He then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine, where he was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi, osteopathic honorary group. He was married at the age of 21. He has a beautiful wife and a lovely daughter. He likes ice-skating, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming. 

Brandon James, MD

State University of New York Upstate Medical University - Binghamton, NY

Brandon grew up in rural Binghamton, NY. He moved to Harrisonburg, VA to attend college at James Madison University. He spent four years studying Biology, during which time he acquired his EMS license. Following college, he worked as a technician at a pediatric ED in Fairfax, VA. He later attended medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He enjoys biking, hiking, craft beers and golfing. In his spare time, he volunteers at the local animal shelter. His research interests include stroke care and post-stroke interventions

Jacob Didion, MD

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine - Little Rock, AR

Jacob grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and enjoyed spending his summer playing baseball and spending time outdoors. He went to Lyon College where he earned a B.S. in Biology and was involved in research analyzing Ru based polymers as antimicrobials and their effects on topoisomerase for use in chemotherapy. He later attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he developed a deep interest in Neurology. He completed his medicine internship at Brown. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, fishing, and hiking

Idrees "Aidan" Azher, MD

Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences - Jammu and Kashmir, India

Aidan went to medical school in Kashmir, India and spent a considerable amount of time as a research assistant in neurology at Wayne State University upon his graduation. His research consisted of Hypothermia and Targeted Temperature Management in cardiac arrest patients as well as a neurological prognostication scoring system post cardiac arrest. He also worked with medically intractable epilepsy patients. During his intern year at the Fairview Hospital-Cleveland Clinic, he presented a paper on Hypotension after Cardiac Catheterization at the annual SGIM conference in Washington D.C. In his free time, he and his wife both love to travel and take every opportunity they have to explore a new city. In addition to traveling, he enjoys reading about history and comparative literature as well as playing soccer. 

PGY-1
Alexander Abud, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson - Philadelphia, PA

Alex grew up in Pennington, New Jersey. He moved north after high school and graduated from Boston College where he studied business. He went on to attend medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Alex is excited to return to New England and explore Rhode Island's beaches, bike paths and restaurants. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and golfing.

Aasifuddin Ahmed, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria, IL

Aasif was born and raised in Danville, Illinois. He attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied molecular and cellular biology and graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2013. He then attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, where he graduated in 2017. He is currently completing his internal medicine internship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, running, and cooking. He is looking forward to moving to Rhode Island. 

Jory Liang, MD

New York Medical College - New York, NY

Jory was born and raised in the Salt Lake City area, Utah where he spent many years volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He attended Emory University for undergrad where he majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and went on to medical school at New York Medical College. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, skiing, calligraphy, and cooking.

John Paddock, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College - New York, NY

John grew up in Harrison Township, Michigan then attended Oberlin College where he majored in biochemistry. His research there lead to the development of a novel spectroscopic assay to explore the previously undescribed properties of hemoglobin-catalyzed NAD(P)H oxidation. He then attended Weill Cornell Medical College where he performed research to characterize the mechanics of amyloid protein aggregation, and he continues to serve as a co-investigator on a clinical study at The Rockefeller University exploring the metabolic effects of dietary aspartame on human glucose metabolism. John loves to travel and enjoys playing the Japanese taiko drums as well as bluegrass music on the banjo, guitar, and mandolin.

Oliver Phillips, MD

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Lexington, KY

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Oliver attended The College of William & Mary where he majored in neuroscience and was involved in research studying the effect of nicotine on memory, anxiety, and adolescent development in rats. He later attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where his research focused on effects of immunotherapy in mouse models of Alzheimer and Vascular dementia. Oliver was a member of both William & Mary's and the University of Kentucky's rugby clubs. In his free time Oliver enjoys playing the double bass and following college football.

Emilia Raimondo, DO

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine - Biddeford, Maine

Emilia grew up in Smithfield, RI and went to Brown University for her undergraduate studies. There, she majored in Biomedical Engineering and was part of a Nanomaterials research lab that worked with developing a scaffold for cardiomyocyte regeneration in post-MI patients. From there, she went to medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. Ultimately, she decided to come back to RI to complete her Neurology residency. She enjoys spending time outdoors, playing soccer and hiking, as well as drawing and singing!