Neurology Residents in 2017-2018

Jordan Anderson, DO

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University- Downers Grove, IL

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.

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.

Fellowship starting in 2019:
Neurocritical Care at UPenn 

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)

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.

Fellowship starting in 2019:
Clinical Neurophysiology at Brown

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

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.

Fellowship starting in 2019:
Vascular Neurology at UCSF

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.

Fellowship starting in 2019:
Clinical Neurophysiology at Brown

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.

Fellowship starting in 2019:
Vascular Neurology at Northwestern

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 

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 biomechanics. He then went on to graduate Alpha Omega Alpha from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where his research interest involved idiopathic hypersomnia and restless legs syndrome, resulting in publications in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and Neurology: Clinical Practice. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. His current interests include medical education, global health, and sleep neurology. Vinnie enjoys going on long walks with his wife and son, and he is looking forward to exploring the beaches of Rhode Island and finding the best hamburger in the state. 

LaBarbera V, García PS, Bliwise DL, Trotti LM. Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence, Restless Legs Syndrome, and Surgery With General Anesthesia: Patient Perceptions. Front Hum Neurosci. 2018 Mar 20;12:99 

DeSimone AK, Haydek JP, Sudduth CL, LaBarbera V, Desai Y, Reinertsen E, Manning KD. Encouraging Student Interest in Teaching Through a Medical Student Teaching Competition. Acad Med. 2017 Aug;92(8):1128-1132

LaBarbera V, Trotti LM, Rye D. Restless legs syndrome with augmentation successfully treated with IV iron. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017 Jun;7(3):e26-e28

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. 

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! 

Scott Gerald Warren, MD

Scott was raised in Springfield, Illinois and then attended the University of Florida where he majored in Materials Science. He then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Minnesota, where he pursued combined training in medicine and neuroscience. His research focuses on understanding how cognition interacts with sensorimotor pathways, with the hope of improving rehabilitation and prosthetic strategies for patients with brain injuries. Scott also enjoys home improvement projects, cheesy science fiction, and teaching his son new tricks.

Michael McCauley, MD

Mike grew up on Long Island in Northport, New York and played lacrosse and soccer growing up. He attended Providence College where he majored in Biology. He volunteered in the nearby Roger Williams Medical Center where his passion for medicine developed. In college, he performed research the cellular mechanisms of UV light damage on skin. He then went on to get his Master's Degree in Medical Science and from there, went to medical school at New York Medical College. During medical school he performed research on heart failure before finding his true love, Neurology. His current interests include: medical technology, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, sports neurology, and neurodegenerative disorders. Mike enjoys going to Newport, RI with his wife in the summers to enjoy the beaches and great restaurants. He is also an avid snowboarder and has travelled to many mountains around the country. He is currently completing, his internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.

Jacob Korzun, MD

Originally from Southern Vermont, Jacob attended Wheaton College in Norton MA, graduating with a B.A. with honors in Biochemistry. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Neurology and the TriBeta Biological Honor Society-Chi Nu Chapter. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine were he was the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology's Medical Student Prize for Excellence. Like so many of his peers, Jacob has been an avid volunteer in many community organizations and has dedicated time to preparing several poster presentations and several published peer-reviewed articles. His many interests include bird-watching, bicycling, and coffee. He can pull a mean shot of espresso, but his latte art remains a work in progress.

Natalie Karina Erlich-Malona, MD

Natalie born and raised in NYC, Natalie trained from childhood as a classical pianist. She studied at the Juilliard School and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. While she remains passionate about music, she ultimately decided to pursue a career in medicine and attended Tufts University School of Medicine. During medical school she was involved in research studying the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to describe and diagnose diseases of the optic nerve. She also investigated treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis at the Partners MS Center. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going to concerts, designing and sewing her own clothes, and spending time with her husband and baby boy.

Nupur Lala, MD

Nupur grew up all over the South and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to medical school, she earned a BS from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and an MS from the MD Anderson UT Health Graduate School in Houston. Currently, she is interested in merging her interests in neuroscience and cancer biology to pursue a career in neuro-oncology. Outside of the hospital, Nupur enjoys running, Body Pump, brunch, art gallery hopping, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, concerts, reading, and exploring all that Providence and New England have to offer. As residency permits, she would like to continue to learn to ski and surf.

Xing (Cathy) Dai, MD

Cathy was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a BA in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research in cognitive neuroscience and completed an honors thesis on the effect of dopamine on working memory and food decision-making.  In addition, she was involved in peer counseling and taught a student-run course on counseling for two years. After graduation, she received additional training in clinical research design at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She then went on to receive her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2018, and was awarded the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Cathy will complete her Internal Medicine preliminary year at Brown. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, drawing, crafting, and trying new foods. Although she is new to the East Coast, she felt an immediate connection to Providence and is eager to explore all that the Ocean State has to offer.