Born and raised in Queens, New York, I have grown up an avid Knicks fan and stayed local throughout most of my life. While attending NYU for an economics degree, I was exposed to the inequities in the health care system through the loss of a family member that forever changed the trajectory of my life. This led me to pursue medicine while focusing on addressing healthcare disparities. I chose neurology after experiencing the diverse pathology, the intricate physical exam and the complexity of cases. Through this journey, I have since lived in other major cities including Chicago and Atlanta, all the while still planning on eventually returning to my hometown. However, that all changed when I was lucky enough to rotate at MGH in the neurosciences ICU and consult service. I was captivated by the level of intellect, active mentorship and most importantly the compassion exhibited to patients. I am excited to pursue a career in neurology and hope to find a direct means to impact and improve healthcare disparities. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy playing trivia, watching movies, eating at new restaurants and traveling with my fiancé. I look forward to my time in Boston and the chance to explore a new city, all the while still rooting for the Knicks.
I was born and raised in rural Colorado. I have always been interested in both creative and academic pursuits, ranging from artistic expression with acting and the visual arts and also the scientific method. My parents cultivated these interests from a very young age, supporting my creativity and exploratory spirit using the great outdoors as my backdrop.
As a pre-medical student at the University of Colorado Boulder, I worked with researcher and educator William B. Wood, Ph.D., in his developmental biology lab using C. elegans as a model organism. While working as an undergraduate researcher and teaching assistant, I realized that I also had interests in research and education in addition to medicine. I joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and completed a Ph.D. in the Neuroscience Program, where I studied activity dependent processes in the developing spinal cord of Danio rerio (zebrafish) with Angeles B. Ribera, Ph.D. Throughout my Ph.D. studies, I worked with a clinical mentor, Denise Damek, M.D., in the Department of Neurology, thus introducing me to Neurology. My clinical experiences during my two years of medical school verified my love for the nervous system in the clinical setting and treating patients with neurological disorders. I also have a passion for the geriatric population, therefore I am considering Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology and/or Movement Disorders as possible future specialties. My ultimate goal is to develop a research program that compliments my ultimate clinical specialty.
Outside of work, I enjoy crafting (i.e., visual art, furniture refinishing/refurbishment, jewelry), outdoor activities (i.e., camping, hiking, skiing), playing board games, trying new foods, and spending time with my husband, Peter, and our cat.
I grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and went to Amherst College where I was a Spanish major. There I became interested in cultural determinants of health, and spent time studying abroad in Chile. Prior to attending medical school at NYU, I worked at Unite For Sight, a public health non-profit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut.
I was drawn to neurology after my third year clerkship in medical school because of the intellectual thought and complex problem solving the field demands, and because of the many wonderful mentors I had. I decided to come to Partners because of the breadth of opportunities for residents, excellent clinical training, and because of the warm, collegial environment.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling, and exploring Boston.
I grew up in Hackettstown, NJ in the rural corner of the state near the Poconos. I completed my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University where I was a major in chemistry and biology. I went on to do my MD at Harvard Medical School. I was enrolled in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program, a joint medical program between Harvard University and MIT. While in medical school, I did research on the neurological basis of learned motor behaviors, studying the song motor circuit in the avian brain. As a medical student, I was inspired by wonderful mentors to pursue a career in neurology. I completed by intern year in internal medicine at BWH and am now a proud member of the Partners Neurology program. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, going on hikes, biking, mechanical repair and exploring Boston and the greater New England area.
I'm from New Jersey, studied neuroscience and philosophy at Haverford College, and confirmed my love for neurology at Harvard Medical School. Apart from the clinical aspects of neurology, I'm interested in research surrounding consciousness, brain networks, and brain stimulation. I'm also interested in the theoretical and ethical problems encountered in neurology, particularly surrounding disorders of consciousness, brain death and diagnostic uncertainty. I'm a big fan of animals and stand-up comedy too.
I grew up in Claremont, CA, a strangely verdant town in suburban Los Angeles. I’ve since lived in the Boston suburbs, Knoxville, TN, Orange County, CA, and St. Louis, MO.
My parents are physicians, so it took me a few years of work in engineering before my (appropriate) fear of medicine was overcome by my interest. I was drawn to neurology by the unusual cases I saw (one of my first patients had GABA-B receptor autoimmune encephalitis). I chose Partners for residency because I wanted a large program with multiple hospitals and liked the certificate programs. I’m not sure about subspecialty – right now neurology seems like focus enough!
Outside of residency I enjoy cooking, rock climbing, and convincing new friends to join me for those activities.
I grew up in Maryland but spent most of my adult life in Chicago. I moved to Chicago for college at Northwestern University, where I studied biomedical engineering. I continued on at Northwestern for an MD, PhD. During medical school, I fell in love with neurology – both with the fascinating disease processes and the meaningful patient-physician relationships that can be built while caring for such patients. During graduate school, I combined my interest in neuroscience and engineering as I studied electromyogram signal processing for control of robotic prosthetic arms. I then stayed in Chicago at Northwestern for my intern year in internal medicine.
I chose to come to Partners because of its excellent training in clinical neurology, the breadth of research opportunities, and the personable physicians who work and train there. I look forward to exploring neurology and continuing to develop my research interests, with the hopes of eventually started my own translational neural engineering laboratory.
Outside of work, I love food and cooking, social dancing, and travel.
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and am excited to have returned to Boston after more than a decade away. My undergraduate years first peaked my interest in biological research; my senior thesis studied the use of pheromones in an Arctic seabird. Post-college, my research interests quickly focused on neurology and neurodegenerative disorders. I spent a few years researching common mechanistic pathways in prion diseases, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease. These research experiences and the patients I met inspired me to pursue an MD/PhD at the University of Michigan where I researched the role of autophagy in Parkinson's Disease. While I anticipate ending up in Movement Disorders or a related neurodegenerative subspecialty, I am so excited to be in the Partners Neurology Residency Program where I will see the true breadth of Neurology surrounded by some of the smartest, most caring and inspiring colleagues.
Out of the hospital, you are most likely to find me outdoors, on a hiking trail with my dog, Scout, or on the soccer field.
I grew up in Esfahan, a city in central Iran known for its historic architectural marvels. I was interested in science from a very young age, but my fascination with neurology has been many years in the making. I first gained an appreciation for biology and the intricacies of the human brain from my outstanding high school biology teacher. After I started working in a basic neuroscience lab at UCLA, I knew I wanted to dedicate my future to it. A combination of meaningful patient interactions, volunteering as a Farsi interpreter at UCLA, and my experiences at the UCLA epilepsy clinic sparked my interest in neurology, so I decided to go to medical school. I was fortunate enough to continue my research endeavors throughout medical school and took a year off to study the role of interneurons in seizure initiation, propagation, and termination; I hope to continue this work during residency. I believe we live at the brink of a revolution in neurology, and I hope to be at the forefront of this movement with a career that integrates research and clinical practice. Moreover, the recent advances in our understanding of the human brain and the sheer number of patients with neurological disorders who are in need of better treatment options have generated a great sense of urgency, promise, and responsibility that I am excited to be a part of as a future neurologist.
What I find most exciting about Partners Neurology is the breadth of clinical experiences at MGH and BWH, and the innumerable research opportunities available in virtually every area of neuroscience and neurology. I have never lived on the East Coast before, but since I moved to the U.S. I have been enamored with its history and culture, and residency is the perfect opportunity to explore the Northeast. After residency I hope to pursue a fellowship in epilepsy/clinical electrophysiology. Ultimately my goal is to run a systems neuroscience laboratory while staying clinically active in the outpatient setting.
I spend a lot of my free time with my wife, Neda. We enjoy working out at the gym, hiking, ballroom dancing, and cooking together. We are also very involved in the Baha'i community and participate in as many community service activities as we can. Oh, and I am also a huge NBA fan and having such a great hometown basketball team is definitely a perk of living in Boston.
I grew up in suburban New Jersey, went to boarding school in rural Connecticut, and then to college at MIT, where I confirmed what I’d long suspected: I’d much rather live in a city. At MIT I earned a degree in chemical-biological engineering and through my first research experiences there became fascinated with the brain. I worked with several neurologists over the course of my neuroscience research and was soon drawn to medicine -- and of course the neuro exam! After college, I moved to NYC to pursue an MD/PhD at Columbia. An engineer by training, I was fascinated by the “plumbing” of the brain and for my PhD I studied the coupling between neural activity and blood flow. I am excited to be back in Boston for the opportunity to work with the phenomenal neuroscience researchers here, and am now focusing on blood flow dynamics in the brain in vascular disease models. I am particularly interested in the contribution of microischemic events to cognitive decline. Clinically, I am currently most interested in stroke and neurocritical care.
Outside of the hospital, I love hiking and backpacking and have been enjoying the proximity to the White Mountains. I also love to relax with my dog Astro (the name is a Jetsons reference, but I’ve been known to call him astrocyte or astrocytoma depending on how he’s behaving).
I grew up in Monterrey, Mexico where I met my wife and spent the majority of my life. My proudest achievements are my beautiful kids who make everyday a crazy and rewarding adventure.
I was drawn to Neurology because I enjoy solving complex mysteries; there is no other specialty or program that can offer this opportunity on a daily basis. Before coming to Boston I did a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuro-Oncology. With my mentor, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, and multidisciplinary teams we successfully uncovered novel oncogenic pathways, devised three patented nanotechnology-based therapies and a unique diagnostic tool for brain cancer. I chose to come to the Partners Neurology program because it’s the friendliest and most supportive program in the country hands down. Moreover, it’s an unbelievable hub for the world’s top scientists and neurologists with the most cutting edge resources at your disposal. My current hobby in the lab is exploring the genomic landscape of brain-specific metastases.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, exploring the diverse Boston restaurant scene and picking up new hobbies.
I am originally from Massachusetts up around the north shore but have been up and down the northeast corridor through my various academic pursuits. Boston will always hold a special place in my heart, and it is good to be back home.
I've had an interest in science ever since I was young, and though my undergraduate years that interest crystalized into an active pursuit of all things brain-machine interface and artificial intelligence. At Drexel, I developed technical skills to sample electrophysiological data from the human drain in-vivo and translate that to develop therapeutically relevant algorithms for the detection so seizure. During that time I grew interested in network level cortical physiology and how the different networks of the brain communicate or fail to communicate and the implications of such on a person functioning in the real world. My future research goals focus on the fusion of artificial neural networks and in-situ cortical networks to restore lost function and develop new function in human beings. Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my puppies, indulging in a good fantasy fiction series, and keeping up to date with new scientific/technological advancements, particularly in the fields of artificial intelligence, and space travel.
My life consists of 3 different phases in 3 different continents; I was born and raised in U.A.E (Asia) until I finished my high school, then moved to Egypt (North Africa) for medical school, and finally the U.S.A for research and medical training. I have always been fascinated by the brain's complexity and was interested in studying it in depth. I was drawn to Pediatric Neurology when I worked as a clinical research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in a project that aims to identify the genes for migraine headaches. I moved to New York city to complete 3 years of pediatrics residency training before moving to Boston to embark on the wonderful journey of Neurology. A career in Pediatric Neurology will allow me to impact the lives of many patients and families with debilitating neurological diseases. Within Neurology, I am interested in Epilepsy disorders in children with specific focus on Epilepsy genetics.
In my free time, I like to walk around, relax, listen to classical music and burp my new born baby girl (Lina). I also love to travel and meet people from different parts of the world.
I was born and raised in Austin, deep in the heart of Texas, and my love for the brain was sparked in a high school anatomy and physiology class. For college, I headed west to UCLA, where I majored in neuroscience and minored in Germanic Languages, studied abroad in Germany, and developed a love of running, biking, and good beer. I stayed in California to complete my MD/PhD at UCSF, where my thesis project explored cellular mechanisms underlying human neocortical expansion. In medical school, I discovered that I love working with children and their families, and I subsequently completed my intern year in pediatrics in the combined Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center program. I am excited to work towards a career in academic child neurology and developmental neuroscience.
Originally from Ireland, where I studied medicine at University College Dublin, my career has taken me to the US. I spent the last two years in San Francisco, initially undertaking headache research at Stanford, before completing an intern year at California Pacific Medical Center. I’ve always been drawn to the logical yet creative thought process underpinning every neurological diagnosis, and really enjoy learning more about how my patients' symptoms and signs relate to specific functional disturbances. It’s such a privilege to be undertaking the next steps of my journey here at Partners, with its amazing faculty, world class hospitals, and welcoming, collaborative culture. Beyond the hospital, I love travel, music, literature, and exploring this wonderful city.
I have had quite an international upbringing! I was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, with the exception of a few years of my early childhood, which I spent in Israel. When I was 16, my family moved to Hamilton, Canada. During my undergraduate studies, I developed a passion for chemistry and pursued a Masters in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Toronto. I returned to Israel to study medicine at the Technion in Haifa, where I had the privilege of reviewing Netter’s Anatomy plates on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea. I am now thrilled to complete my residency in neurology at Partners, a program that offers fantastic opportunities in both research and resident education, as well as a warm and collaborative environment, in what I think is one of the best cities in the world. I am intrigued by all the mysteries that neurology holds and am very excited to start unraveling them. Going forward, I plan to specialize in outpatient neurology, possibly in Movement Disorders or Multiple Sclerosis, and hope to combine my interests in neurology with the field of Medical Education, in which I am particularly interested in curriculum development. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy running, reading, traveling, and, most importantly, spending time with my loved ones (near and far).
Although I am originally from the Washington D.C. area, Boston holds a special place in my heart. I would visit the city often growing up to see my extended family, and I sometimes tell people that my decision to come here for college was rooted in my love for the show Cheers (not totally inaccurate).
I attended college and medical school at Boston University through the Seven Year Medical Program, and while I certainly enjoyed many fields of medicine, nothing quite captured my fascination like neurology. Above all, I am excited about our ability to apply new advancements in basic and clinical science to improve the lives of our patients and their families. Partners was the right choice for me as the program has the breadth and depth of resources to help me pursue my career interests of becoming a physician-educator. Within clinical neurology, my preliminary interests are broad but include movement disorders and neuro-palliative care.
When I am not at work, I enjoy old TV shows and movies, finding great bargains, and cooking new recipes. I think Boston is one of the greatest cities in the world, and I am very excited to work with great colleagues and mentors in this field.
I was born in Florida but moved all over the country growing up; my roots are mostly in the Portland and Seattle areas in the Pacific Northwest. I was first drawn to neurology doing device design research as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, that interest in neuroscience and neurology continued to grow as an MD/PhD student at Johns Hopkins. During my PhD training, I studied human movement control and worked with patients with ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare movement disorder, and healthy adults to apply mathematical models to better understand how and why the motor system selects the elegant movement strategies we see every day. I chose the Partners residency program because of the caliber of and camaraderie between residents, as well as the breadth of patients with diverse neurologic disorders that we have the opportunity to see.
Outside of work, my interests include hiking and camping, exploring New England, and discovering new restaurants.
I grew up in Baltimore, MD. As an undergrad in Baltimore, I studied philosophy, and wrote my senior thesis on theories of rationality in philosophy of mind. After graduating, I continued my studies in philosophy at the graduate level in Cambridge, England as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, where I focused on philosophical issues relating to medicine and the mind. My combined interests in philosophy, science and ethics gave rise to my eventual pursuit of medicine, and neurology in particular, at the intersection of these symbiotic domains. During medical school I continued to examine the ethical dimensions and philosophical frameworks underlying standards of care in medicine and public health, and also spent time pursuing empirical research studying genomic drivers of brain tumors. I was drawn to Partners Neurology by the program’s supportive and collegial atmosphere, dedication to education and scholarly pursuits, and abundance of clinical and research opportunities. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.
I grew up in North Central Florida where I also attended medical school. I’ve always been interested in the brain and find it to be the most fascinating organ of the body. No other organ is as personal as the one that creates our unique realities, provides us with imagination, and serves as the curator of our memories. In college, I tried to understand the nervous system at its most basic level through bioelectrics courses in biomedical engineering. Studying the brain in medical school confirmed my love of neuroscience and neurology and gave me a better understanding of the field as it is applied to neurologic disease. I am excited to have matched at Partners Neurology not only for the experience I will gain by working with world experts in the field to take care of complex patients, but also because of the research that will allow the field to grow and advance in novel ways and the welcoming people in the program. Outside of work, you can find me exploring Boston.
I grew up in CT and went to undergrad at Yale, where I studied English and Russian, then spent a year after graduation teaching English in Moscow before heading to a post-bac pre-med program at Bryn Mawr College. I fell in love with clinical neurology during my third year clerkship at Columbia. I am spending my medicine internship year at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital, and I am so excited to start my neurology residency in Boston next year. I love the people and culture at Partners, and I have been so impressed by the breadth of clinical exposure, the kindness and collegiality of the people, and especially the atmosphere of intellectual curiosity. I am not sure yet what subfield of neurology I want to pursue, but I am interested in palliative care, clinical ethics, and medical humanities. In my spare time, I like rock climbing, playing guitar, and spending time outside in and around Boston, which I've decided is an ideal city!
I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and elected to stay close to home for college. Initially undecided as to my path in life, I chose to enroll at a small liberal arts college. Through a combination of personal and academic experiences in college, along with outstanding mentors, I ultimately decided to pursue a career in medicine. During my path to medical school, I took two years off after graduation to pursue both teaching and research opportunities before enrolling at Cornell for medical school. Though I entered medical school with an interest in neuroscience, personal experiences heightened my interest in the field of neurology, which was only reinforced during my clinical clerkships. I chose to travel a bit further north for residency at Partners due to a variety of factors. During my interview day, I was consistently taken aback by the warm and welcoming environment of all faculty, staff and current residents, and it was clear to me that such an atmosphere fostered tremendous personal and professional growth among its members. Outside of residency, I enjoy hiking, traveling, carpentry, reading and cooking.
I grew up in New Jersey but have lived in Massachusetts for the past 16 years. During undergraduate, I studied neurobiology and conducted research on rhythmic activity in the thalamic reticular nucleus using patch clamp recordings. In graduate school, I continued with electrophysiology, investigating the role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in risk benefit decision making and later, the contribution of the basolateral amygdala to reward processing. Although I considered all neuro-related specialties throughout medical school (which, I could argue, means all specialties), neurology was a natural fit. I love the sense of mystery in diagnosing neurological problems, and I find our increasing ability to treat such problems incredibly rewarding. I'm most interested in neurocritical care, but I'm trying to keep an open mind since I haven't yet started my neurology years. While the vast array of research labs and resources first attracted me to Partners, it was the excellence and passion of the people at Partners, from students to residents to attendings, who made me want to train here.
When not in the hospital, I enjoy traveling, tackling the outdoors with my dog Thunderpaws, and writing science fiction. I'm one of the rare people who actually enjoys Boston winters- mostly because that means playing ice hockey and skiing - and I have loved living in Cambridge for the past few years.
I grew up in Redding, Connecticut and stayed within New England for undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont. While there I majored in neuroscience and studied executive function in a rat model of schizophrenia. I was also a captain of the track team as a pole vaulter. In the winter, I spent any free weekend days skiing at Mad River Glen. I made my only foray out of New England (barely) for medical school at NYU, where I remained fascinated by the brain. I did research with the NYU concussion center, working on bringing sideline concussion tests into the outpatient clinic. I was drawn to Partners Neurology because of the breadth and depth of clinic experience, top research opportunities, and the friendly atmosphere.
Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time outside. There is great hiking and biking around Boston and I’m hoping to take a few weekend trips to VT/NH to ski this winter. I have survived as a New York sports fan in Boston so far- I most enjoy watching the Rangers and Giants.
I grew up in Athens Ohio, notable for being named as one of "America's 10 most haunted towns" by USA Today, and for being the hometown of well-known Brigham physician Atul Gawande. I made my first foray into the Northeast to attend Dartmouth for undergrad where I majored in neuroscience and classical archaeology. After college, I spent two years working at NIH studying mouse models of drug addiction. Before starting medical school, I also had the amazing opportunity to lead a Classics study abroad program and travel throughout Greece and the mediterranean for several months. I went to medical school at Johns Hopkins (interestingly, Baltimore was also named as one of USA Today's "America's 10 most haunted towns") where I solidified my interest in Neurology. I pursued research in neuroimmunology and global neurology, spending time at a multiple sclerosis clinic in the United Arab Emirates. When applying to residency, I was drawn to Partners due to the breadth of clinical experiences between BWH and MGH, the strong global health network, and because I apparently hadn't gotten my fill of snowstorms during my four years at Dartmouth. Of note, Boston was not in fact named as one of Americas 10 most haunted towns. When I'm not working, I love biking along the Charles river, exploring the food and beer scene in Boston, and traveling (which yes, you actually can manage to do on a resident's salary!)
I was born and raised in San Diego, California. While the East coast weather never seizes to amaze me, I have fondly made the East coast my home for the past 10 years. My eastward journey began with my undergraduate education at Colgate University, followed by a year in Washington D.C. where I conducted research at the NIH as a member of the Neuroimmunology Branch at the NINDS. I then returned to New York, to earn my MD from Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. My interest in Neurology was established well before the start of my eastward journey. However, my experiences at the NIH and caring for patients with neurologic diseases during medical school strengthened my passion for a career in Neurology that would involve both clinical care and research, particularly in Neuroimmunology. The Partners program strongly appealed to me as it provides both a welcoming training environment where residents become well-rounded clinicians while also providing plentiful opportunities for research. As a current MGH intern, I am constantly learning while caring for patients on the wards, attending educational noon conferences (with amazing food!) and enjoying the company of my co-interns. I look forward to joining the Neurology Department as a NM1 in the coming months.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, running along the Charles River, exploring Boston’s neighborhoods, playing basketball, and attending many of the free events frequently held throughout Boston and Cambridge! The Haymarket farmer’s market is my favorite place to shop for fresh fruits! I have also become a regular in the North End (I will not share which I prefer yet - Mike’s vs. Modern, you will have to try each when you visit!). I am looking forward to continuing to fall in love with the city of Boston and all it has to offer!
I grew up in New Hampshire, went to college in NY, initially with no plan to pursue a career in science or medicine. Early in my undergraduate career, I happened to take an introductory course in neuroscience that gave me the earliest sense that neuroscience and clinical neurology were intensely creative fields, and that a career in medicine could be both intellectually and humansitically fulfilling. After college, I moved to Boston, where I worked in a clinical research lab investigating neurodegeneration and Huntington’s disease. There, I found the neurologist’s longitudinal relationship with patients was inspiring, and the sort of career I had been searching for. In medical school, my rotations in neurology demonstrated and an exciting range of pathology, and that while treatments for some neurologic diseases have been incredibly effective, other diseases are in great need of advances. I found the Partners Neurology program to offer training that would allow me to build my career in neurology in whatever way made sense for me, having strong clinical and research opportunities in any sub-specialty. Most important, I found the Partners program to be full of amazing potential mentors and co-residents, and that the size of the program was just right. I’m so excited to train alongside so many talented and passionate people.
In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends living in and outside Boston. I try to ride my bike around the city for most of the year, which is do-able even in the winter if you have some solid gloves, and are ok with wearing a balaclava. It’s worth the ride over the Longfellow Bridge, even on the coldest days. I also enjoy hiking around New England, and running along the Charles River.
I was born and raised in Romania. I moved to the United States for college when I was 20 years old. I studied Biology at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. In college, I first discovered my interest in neuroscience research by exploring the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission in Huntington’s Disease with Paul Patterson. After I finished college, I moved to Boston and worked one year for Bob Horvitz to explore aging in C. elegans. After that, I started my PhD studies at MIT where I wanted to expand my knowledge about the complexities of human disease and chose to focus my work on cancer. At MIT, I studied bone cancer using mouse models under the mentorship of Jackie Lees. I always knew I wanted to eventually pursue medicine and work directly with patients, so during my PhD I applied to medical school and enrolled at University of Massachusetts Medical School. It was during medical school when my interest in neurology crystallized, beginning with my 3rd year clerkship and continuing with more advanced rotations. While I found every rotation to be rewarding in its own way, taking care of patients with neurological problems was the most gratifying to me and I always found neurology to be the most fascinating and mind challenging field of medicine. My research interests in medical school revolved around studying the microbiome in Multiple Sclerosis with Dr Carolina Ionete. I chose Partners Neurology for the excellent quality of training, amazing faculty and colleagues and abundant opportunities for research. In neurology I am very much undifferentiated and look forward to exploring different subspecialties once I start my training.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 children (Fabi who is 4.5 and Lexi who is 3) and exploring all the playgrounds in Cambridge. I also enjoy trying new restaurants in Boston and baking.
I grew up in New Jersey and spent many summers on the Jersey shore. I moved to Baltimore for undergrad, where I studied neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. During my undergraduate studies, I became interested in the nervous system and neurologic diseases through my courses. After graduation, I pursed a Masters at Johns Hopkins University and researched auditory perception in patients with cochlear implants. I moved to Boston to attended medical school at Harvard. Here I researched rhythmic synchronization among neural networks using a rat model. During medical school, I enjoyed learning about the complexities of neurologic diseases and working with this patient population, which solidified my desire to become a neurologist. Within neurology, I'm interested in cognitive and behavioral neurology, and palliative care. I was drawn to Partners Neurology by the great clinical training and abundant research opportunities. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.
I grew up in Michigan and spent almost all of my years at school in the mid-west. I studied Spanish and Women's health at the University of Michigan and participated in a pastry arts program in Michigan prior to attending medical school. After culinary school, I moved to Cleveland for medical school and ultimately became interested in neurology during my neuroscience course. I found the material fascinating and really fell for the neurology physical exam. During my third year of medical school, my research in dementia and my neurology clerkship helped solidify that neurology was the right path for me. I chose to come to Partners for my neurology residency because I was blown away by the opportunities available in Global health within the Partners program and I felt that the residents were very kind and down to earth. I decided to do my preliminary year in Boston at MGH and I have been really taken aback, in the most positive of ways, by the amazingness of both the hospital and the house-staff.
Outside of work, I spend a majority of my free time exploring Boston's food scene -- whether it is doing a canoli tour in the North End or trying to find the best lobster roll in Boston!
I grew up in California and completed my undergraduate studies at Pomona College with a major in neuroscience. Afterwards, I spent at year at the University of Geneva studying visual evoked potentials as a biomarker for schizophrenia. During medical school at Duke, I spent a research year investigating the genetics of febrile seizures. I was deeply impressed by the breath and depth of learning at Partners as well as the varied opportunities available to residents from global health to basic science research. Additionally, the residents were amazingly talented, down to earth and truly seem to enjoy each other’s company.
In my spare time, I love to read sci-fi and fantasy novels, travel (or read travel articles due to time constraints), explore new restaurants and take candid photos of my friends and family.
I grew up in the California Bay Area, but have made New England my home for the past 10 years. I spent my undergrad years in Brunswick, Maine at Bowdoin College majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. My research was in a neuroelectrophysiology lab, where I studied central pattern generators of simple circuits including the cardiac ganglion of lobsters (very quintessential Maine). I moved to Connecticut for medical school at Yale, where I was immediately was drawn to neurology, specifically stroke and neurocritical care. While in New Haven, I spent a year of research studying functional and cognitive recovery after an intracerebral hemorrhage. I decided to complete my New England trifecta by moving to Boston for residency. I was drawn to the Partners program specifically for its large stroke volume across two major hospitals and abundance of research in this field.
When I am not in the hospital, you can typically find me running down by the Riverway or along the Charles. I am also a big TV addict, known among my friends as a person who has an opinion about most shows on TV or Netflix. I also like to experiment in the kitchen in my spare time, always trying to perfect an authentic Pad Thai.
I grew up in Chicago and became fascinated by neuroscience in high school. I was drawn to research and clinical medicine by great mentors I had during college, and ultimately entered MD-PhD training with the goal of pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. My PhD research focused on using human induced pluripotent stem cells and genomic editing to model neuropsychiatric diseases at a cellular level. I was drawn to neurology by the complex and often devastating effects of neurologic disorders on patients, and a desire to help advance knowledge of disease mechanisms and treatments. I am still naive to many fields within neurology but am currently interested in Neurocritical Care.
I chose the Partners program for the the amazing breadth and depth of clinical experience, fantastic research opportunities, and because the residents here form an incredibly supportive and cohesive network of colleagues and friends. Outside the hospital I love to travel the world with my husband Galen, cook for friends, and go running and cycling in the Boston area. Boston has been an incredible place to live for the last several years, and I'm excited to be staying for residency!
I am a first generation Mexican American and first to earn a college degree in my family. My interest in higher education and medicine came much later in life in my 20’s. I grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and then moved to San Francisco for undergrad at UC Berkeley where I studied molecular and cell biology with an honors research thesis on treatment outcomes in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCSF. After undergrad I stayed at UCSF for an additional 3+ years conducting research in muscle disease and metabolism. I later made my way back to Los Angeles for medical school at The David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. I decided to stay in the UCLA Health system for my intern year in Internal Medicine before traveling to Boston.
My interest in neurology began during my time at UCSF while conducting neuromuscular research with a pediatric neurologist. Through my mentor I would attend neurology clinic, summer camps for patients with neuromuscular disease and outreach activities for the affected families. Currently within neurology I remain actively interested in the peripheral nervous system but look forward to exploring different subspecialties. I was drawn to Partners Neurology during my time as a sub-intern and later reaffirmed during my interview day. I was most impressed by the magnitude and breadth of clinical experience, tremendous research opportunities, an amazing presence in diversity and inclusion initiatives, and extremely supportive and collegial atmosphere among residents and faculty. Not to mention the excellence in teaching and mentorship is second to none which was why Partners Neurology was my top choice.
Outside of clinical work, I have a strong passion for mentorship and technology in fostering the next generation of physician leaders and thus serve on an advisory board for 501(c)(3). On my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, watching and playing sports, trying new restaurants and sailing in different harbors.
I grew up around New Haven, Connecticut. My family is from Russia and Ukraine, and since high school I’ve lived in Boston, Switzerland, Philadelphia, Peru, and now Boston again!
I was first interested in neuroscience, and particularly language and the brain, as an undergraduate at MIT where I majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. After a research experience in France that involved hospitalized patients, I realized I was actually more interested in clinical practice and neurology than pure research. I tried to maintain an ‘open mind’ through medical school, but surprised exactly no one with my decision to go into neurology! My particular interest is in global health neurology and working with underserved and immigrant populations. I chose Partners neurology because I wanted a large program with multiple hospitals and also because of the incredible global health mentors and global neurology training opportunities.
Outside of residency, I enjoy playing tennis, squash, and ping pong, as well as rock climbing, and hiking. I also love painting, traveling, learning languages, and new as of intern year, the accordion!
I grew up in Hong Kong where my family still lives. I moved to the US for college and have since lived in Ann Arbor, San Diego, Pittsburgh and now Boston. My interest in Neurology began in college, when I became involved in neuroimaging research. I was fascinated by the potential to visualize and probe the complex processes going on in the brain, which to me remains the most mysterious organ. I maintained that interest in medical school where I pursued research studying the neuroimaging markers in the development of Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Specializing in Neurology for residency was an obvious choice. I was drawn to the Partners program not only for the breath and depth of the clinical training, or the caliber of the clinical and research faculty. I was also impressed by all the Partners alumni who I met on my interview trail and are now accomplished clinicians and researchers at other prominent institutions.
During my free time, I enjoy exploring the seemingly endless restaurant options in Boston, or taking in some fresh air walking along the Esplanade or the beautiful Jamaica Pond. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, my two kitties, and catching up with my family and friends.
I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, went to the midwest for college, hopped back to the west coast for medical school, and now I’m finally experiencing the east coast! I became interested in neurology because I think the diseases we study are some of the most important and debilitating diseases that patients face, and my passion lies in striving to find new ways to treat these diseases. In medical school my interest started in neuro-oncology, but I’m also interest in other areas, including stroke and critical care. My future career interests mostly lie in academic medicine, including clinical research, teaching, and mentoring. Partners Neurology really stood out to me with its high volume of patients, leaders in research, and warm and friendly residents and faculty. Boston has also been an incredible place to live and explore. Some of my favorite things to do include walking through Boston Commons with hot coffee, and exploring everything from North End to Chinatown. Outside of medicine I enjoy playing tennis, reading books, watching Netflix and new movies, and spending time with friends and family.
I am from Palo Alto, California, but moved from northern California to sunny San Diego for eight years for the medical scholars BS/MD program at UC San Diego. I got my BS in General Biology with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. I did research at Stanford University in cellular immunity and cancer immunology, followed by researching the fruit fly immune system at UC San Diego prior to medical school. In medical school, I researched pelvic floor muscle histopathology and even kidney disease, and then I decided I wanted to pursue a career in neurology. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all my clinical rotations in medical school, I was particularly drawn to the intellectual aspect of clinical neurology. I enjoy working with a team to solve puzzles, and I enjoy spending time with patients. I also found the neurological exam to be very elegant and fascinating. I found a passion in medical education, and created a curriculum for medical students to be able to experience clinical neurology earlier on in their training. I was deciding between a career in pediatric neurology or adult neurology, but ultimately chose adult neurology because of the opportunity to take care of patients with Parkinson's disease and dementia.
I chose Harvard Neurology because of the clinical excellence, the high volume of patients and diversity, and the limitless opportunities. I am new to Boston and the East Coast, as I lived in California my whole life, but I am hoping to love it here despite the huge change in weather from having summer all year to having seasons!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband Taha and daughter Maryam, who was born in my fourth year of medical school. I love photography (I started up a business during medical school, but now I mostly just take pictures of my daughter!), I also love coffee, cooking, traveling, nature, and interior design.
I grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, the heart of diners, malls, and hoagies. In high school, I enjoyed playing hockey, lacrosse, and the trumpet. I attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME where I studied neuroscience and physics. I also took on an active role in the Bowdoin Outing Club leading paddling trips of all kinds. This hobby brought me briefly into the mountains of western North Carolina after graduation, before I moved to Boston. My interest in medicine matured at this time as I began working with patients with Huntington’s disease in a clinical research position at MGH. I later completed my MD and PhD at Dartmouth, focusing my research on understanding cognitive impairment in epilepsy. I ultimately plan to pursue an academic career in Neurology, and I am thrilled to be returning to MGH and Partners for my residency training!
I chose the Partners program for the combination of rigorous clinical training and support for academic career development. I found the people at Partners to be incredibly passionate and driven and was particularly drawn to the enthusiasm of the other residents. Living in the Boston area is amazing. There are so many great opportunities for art and music in the city, as well as good pubs, and plenty of outdoor activities nearby. In my free time, I especially enjoy kayaking, hiking and spending time with my wife Meaghan and our son Holden.
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, also known as, "Music, City". I hesitantly left the South for Maine during my college years up at Bowdoin College and loved living up North. I majored in neuroscience and French and played volleyball! I took two years off before medical school, one year I did clinical research on social determinants of health in CKD patients, and the second year I did a social justice Americorps program and worked for the Medicare Rights Center in NYC. Fortunately, I had an opportunity to return home to Nashville for medical school and recently graduated from Vanderbilt. During medical school, I continued my passion for human rights through Vanderbilt's Social Medicine movement of Physician's for Human Rights. I hope to combine this passion with my love for Neurology and gain experience in working on health disparities in the Neurology patient population. This is partly why I chose Harvard Neurology, and because I missed the Nor'easters. Outside of work, besides making some trips to the gym, I hope to be spending time with my fiance and our dog, Rooney. We love to hike, watch the Nashville Predators, cook, explore, and go camping.
I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then moved to Baltimore, Maryland for college, where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Anthropology. During college, I became particularly interested in the role of the nervous system in functional and behavioral expression. The number of functions the nervous system executed, the connections it formed, and the level of synchrony it required was both fascinating and disconcerting. This interest was further cultivated during my time in medical school in Nashville, Tennessee. I learned even more about the immense capabilities, responsibilities, and fragilities of the nervous system. Medical school allowed me to interact with patients with many of the neurologic conditions I had previously only studied. In addition to neurology, I am passionate about community service, medical education, and working to effect change.
I chose the Harvard Neurology residency program because of the breadth of exposure, ability to create an individualized curriculum, opportunities for community outreach, and sense of collegiality amongst those in the program.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy drawing, painting, attending concerts/listening to music, and reading ethnographic books. I love living in new cities, so I am excited to get the chance to explore all that Boston has to offer!
I grew up just outside of Seattle, WA but spent my summers in Maine with my family, where I fell in love with New England. I attended Bowdoin College in Maine, where I pursued biochemistry and film studies. While in college, I worked in a neuroscience and chemical analysis research laboratory. I have been interested in the brain and nervous system since I was a child, so I was eager to begin a research career in this area. Following graduation from Bowdoin, I stayed on as research staff for one year then moved to Boston to work as a research technician in a cancer genetics lab at MIT for one year. During this year, I was struck by the vibrancy and vitality of Boston! I vowed to come back when I left Boston to begin my MD-PhD training at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I completed my PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Ahmet Höke where I investigated the ability of cell transplantation to facilitate peripheral nerve regeneration. Throughout this training, I was struck by how our explosion of knowledge of and tools in neuroscience promise development of therapeutics for previously untreatable diseases. Additionally, I found the impact of neurological disease on an individual to be particularly humbling and moving, not to mention motivating for future research. These two reasons were the primary reasons why I decided to pursue a residency in neurology.
I am thrilled to be joining the Partners Neurology residency program to not only return to the Boston area, but also to be surrounded by clinicians and educators eager to help patients with the best methods of today and to insist that we must help develop the treatments of tomorrow.
During my leisure time, I enjoy exploring Boston and its surrounding communities, spending time with friends and family in MA and ME, baking, and running.
I was born in northern Peru (Trujillo, “the capital of eternal spring”) where I spent the first five years of my childhood before moving to Lima, where I did medical school. My interest in for Neurology began in my first clinical year. I was fascinated by how the physical exam shapes the diagnostic approach and treatment more than in any other field. I was intrigued by the diverse disease mechanisms and presentations that give origin to the complexity of neurologic diseases. With the desire to learn more Neurology, I took my first dive in the field doing research as a medical student. I had the opportunity to participate in research using transcranial magnetic stimulation which inspired me to consider how I can contribute to the advancement of neurology during my career. After medical school, I pursued a Neurology research fellowship in the Division of Vascular Neurology at BIDMC which sparked in me a special interest in vascular, cognitive and neuro-critical care.
I chose the BWH-MGH Neurology residency program due to its vast academic opportunities, dedicated mentorship, and top-notch training, all in a collegial and warm environment. I also noted something quite special and unique: everyone has a genuine passion for what they are doing. It is something difficult to find, and I believe it is what drives people to continue improving.
In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer in a co-ed league in Newton and pick-up basketball with friends. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and walking in the emerald necklace. I have become an avid Bostonian sports fan; I enjoy going to Red Sox games and yelling at the TV when the Patriots and Celtics are playing.
I grew up in Texas with my parents and younger brother. I became interested in the nervous system in high school while researching mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy at MD Anderson Cancer Center. My mentor was a real tough-love kind of guy, with whom I continued to work during summers in college. Then, in medical school, I studied “ALS Reversals” (patients with ALS who stop progressing and, without explanation, improve). During my neurology clerkship, I saw patients make incredible recoveries: a quadriplegic woman with MS who began to move her limbs (and later walk), a young man with autoimmune encephalitis who returned to work shortly after not knowing who or where he was. I couldn’t imagine a specialty in which there was more potential to both help patients and move the field forward with meaningful and exciting research.
I chose to train at Partners because of the strength of the clinical education, abundance of research opportunities, and quality of the people in the department. I saw Partners as a place where I would grow as an academic neurologist through residency and potentially beyond. Though I have yet to settle on a subspecialty, I am particularly drawn to academic medicine given my interest in teaching and am strongly considering a fellowship in either neuromuscular diseases or neuroimmunology.
Outside the hospital, I enjoy playing hockey, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my wife and our “son” Rocky (a 35 lb Australian Cattle Dog mix).
I was born in China and lived there until age eight, when my family and I immigrated to Bronx, NY. As an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago trying to decide what I wanted to do in the future, my fascination with the human mind compelled me to major in psychology. After college graduation, I moved to Washington, DC for a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, initially intending to pursue graduate school, but my gratifying experience there working with patients convinced me that a career in academic medicine was the ideal way to combine my passion for research with my desire to help patients directly. Although many specialities I encountered during medical school have been interesting, neurology truly spoke to me because of the unparalleled phenomenology, the ability to develop long-term therapeutic relationships with patients, and the incredible opportunities for research. When I interviewed at Partners, I was so impressed by the diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents of the residents, and knew without a doubt that these were the colleagues I wanted to learn with and from.
When I am not working, I can be found exploring the city on foot, discovering new places to eat, or getting away for an early morning hike. For relaxation, I enjoy mindfulness meditation, botanical gardens, and fiction. Above all else, I love spending time with family, friends, and my family cat.
I spent my childhood on the mean streets of suburban Pennsylvania, in a town just outside Philly called Elkins Park. I traveled up the east coast to Brown University for college, and that is where I first fell in love with the brain sciences; I attended "Introduction to Cognitive Science" on a whim and realized that we have vast fields of knowledge still to learn about how the brain works. I find that incredibly exciting.
Throughout college I studied neuroscience while working in the food industry by training in Philadelphia kitchens every summer, working on farms, and similar. I went full time in kitchens on graduation, but found after a year that I missed the sciences too much to stay away. I attended the Harvard University post-baccalaureate program while researching Parkinson's disease in a lab at Yale University and running a gaming company with my family (...I suppose I keep busy). During medical school I found myself torn between psychiatry and neurology; from which direction did I want to approach the study of the brain? They were both too fascinating. I am thrilled to have found Partners, where the interests of faculty and residents alike run the gamut from intensive biology to deep explorations of what makes us conscious, what makes us human.
Outside of work I love long-distance running (currently planning my next marathon!), admiring adorable dogs I see on the street (if your dog is large enough for a two year-old to ride, I automatically love it), and cooking (ask me about my caramelized carrot and garlic veggie burgers – they are both cheap and tasty).
I grew up in central Massachusetts, went to college in Chestnut Hill, and despite a brief stint in Vermont for medical school, finally made my way to the heart of the Commonwealth to settle down in Boston for residency. My first academic exposure to the brain came my freshman year at Boston College. Both amazed and befuddled by this black box between our ears, I was captivated from the start by the unknown and potential for discovery in the field of neuroscience. As my academic and professional careers progressed, I sought out various clinical and research opportunities that I hoped would get me closer to the how and why our brain functions. Although I realize I have so much more to learn, I can confidently say that my interest in the nervous system has not waned. I continue to wake up every day hoping to use the knowledge I have accumulated to help those suffering from neurological disease and build upon that foundation with an entrepreneurial spirit.
I chose the Harvard Neurology residency program for the institution, the location, and the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing people working to make our state a better and safer place to live. I could not be happier with how fun, energized, brilliant, and supportive all of my co-residents are, both in and out of the hospital. It’s a special place to train and I am very grateful to be here.
Outside of work, you can find me advocating for children in local and national politics, watching entirely too much television, playing intramural sports, and spending time with my family on Cape Cod.
I grew up in upstate New York near the Adirondacks, and stayed upstate for college as a biology major at Cornell University. I remember being interested in neurology at least as early as a sophomore-year course which showcased how the brain works and how it influences so many areas of our lives. Since then I've rotated with a few research groups: a laboratory studying the mouse brain’s empathic response, a clinical trials group testing the effectiveness of ketamine in treating patients with depression, and a lab using stem cells to model the developing forebrain in neuropsychiatric diseases like autism. These exposures helped me develop interest in neuroscience research and the connections between neurology and psychiatry, but also inspired me to try and know and help patients. Medical school rotations showed me how exciting, complicated, and rewarding neurology can be, impressing on me the very real needs of patients with neurologic disease and the helpful part neurologists can play.
I chose Partners Neurology because of the reputation for exceptional training across a wide range of clinical domains, the program's environment and role in a uniquely rich hub of biomedical research, and the friendly and supportive program culture. Since moving here, so far I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with friends and local family, trying to cook more appetizing and interesting food, and exploring the parks and parts of Boston I never saw as a tourist.
I grew up in Southern Illinois and have since made my way eastward and northward through North Carolina, Philadelphia, and now Boston.
I discovered my passion for neurology in medical school and am thrilled to be joining this field. I love the elegance of the neurological exam: the window it offers into the brain’s functioning and its continued relevance despite vast advances in neuroimaging. I am excited to be training at a time when what we can offer patients is growing so rapidly, and for patients we cannot yet cure, I find meaning in the depth of the patient-physician relationship. I chose the Partners residency program for the breadth of clinical exposure and the rich interdisciplinary resources of the university.
Beyond medicine, my interests are in healthcare policy, particularly efficient and effective delivery of care. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Boston (and its bakeries!) one long walk at a time.
I was born in NYC and went to middle and high school in NJ. I had been interested in medicine my whole life but took a detour in college after being placed (and really enjoying) my freshman policy analysis course. What eventually brought me back to medicine was an experience volunteering at a hospice the summer between my second and third year of college. I grew up in an immigrant family, and therefore, I have always been fascinated by different cultures; the difficult immigrant experience for my family also made me want to dedicate my life to helping those most in need. Therefore, my research in medical school has focused on palliative care development in Africa, and I would like to continue working in helping to alleviate suffering where palliative care is still lacking. My interests in palliative and end-of-life care has naturally also led to a deeper interest in medical ethics, and I have started writing (publicly and privately) about various issues in medicine (reflection, ethics, and policy related pieces). I am excited to be at Partners because of the opportunities it presents, especially in the area of global palliative care research as well as the openness and support of the institution in growing the field of neuro-palliative care. I'm also looking forward to being in a smaller city after so many years in NYC!
I was born and raised in Houston, TX, where I stayed to pursue a BS in bioengineering at Rice University. Captivated by the promise of translational research at the intersection of medicine and engineering, I subsequently pursued a PhD in biomedical engineering at Cornell University, where I published and patented research in bionanotechnology approaches to immunobioengineering. Ultimately wanting to be closer to the patients my research would one day benefit, I arrived in Boston in 2014 to study medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT HST program. My interests in neurology include neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, and interventional neurology. When outside the hospital and the lab, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our menagerie of pets, as well as exploring New England's great hiking and skiing.
I grew up in a small town in Maine with a love of brooks and books—there is so much of life’s hows and whys in each if you look. The brain initially interested me because somehow a currency of chemicals makes asking those hows and whys happen, but it was not until shadowing a family friend’s visit to the ALS clinic at MGH that I realized: I want to be a neurologist. In medical school, with a reflex hammer and a safety-pin, the elegance of localizing the lesion was unlike anything else. While initially my academic work was in across the neuroaxis, I've used elective time in residency to dig deep into the medical humanities, where, in addition to writing for the lay and academic presses, I serve as a charter member of the Young Oslerians within the American Osler Society; the Director of Outreach & Engagement for the Boston Society of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry; and the Social Messaging Editor of the Annals of Neurology / Annals of Clinical & Translational Neurology.
I chose the MGB Neurology Residency Program for its people—a group of faculty and residents not only dedicated to finding the best solutions for neurological diseases at the bed, bench, and beyond, but also invested in mentoring trainees like me. And of course, there was nowhere else I could point to the exact room and say, “That’s where I discovered I wanted to be a neurologist!"
After growing up in Acton, Massachusetts, I studied cognitive science as an undergraduate at Yale, with a focus on child development. Through this experience, I found a love for working with families and understanding neurological disorders. Working in sub-Saharan Africa during college, I also developed a passion for promoting health care for children in underserved communities globally.
Following graduation, I lived in Senegal, West Africa, for a year, where I studied barriers to children’s health care. I then attended medical school and completed an MD/MPH at Harvard, where I began working with the MGH Global Neurology Research Group to understand the burden of neurological disease around the globe and to improve care for individuals with neurological conditions. I am thrilled to complete my residency in child neurology at MGH, where I hope to continue to work towards reducing the burden that neurological disorders place on children around the world.
I grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. My interest in Neurology actually didn’t start until my graduate work in Northwestern University MSTP, where I began to investigate age-dependent differences in the innate response to viral infection in the brain. I realized that Neurology not only had fantastic research opportunities but also new and emergent treatment strategies in clinical practice. This is truly an exciting time to join the field of neurology, and the last 10 years has seen amazing progress in many areas including the treatment of stroke, MS, and hypoxic brain injury. I became particularly interested in combining my research in neuro-infectious diseases with a clinical career in acute-care neurology.
I chose the Partners Neurology Program because of its incredible research opportunities at Harvard, MGH, BWH, and Boston Children’s Hospital, particularly in my field of infectious diseases and immunology. The Partners program is also a world-leader in neurocritical care and stroke, and has produced several outstanding physician-scientists in those subspecialties. I am honored and excited to be able to train with the physician-scientists at Partners, many of whom have accomplished my exact career goals.
When I’m not in the hospital or the lab, I love hiking and mountaineering- whether it’s a quick trip up to the White Mountains or a short flight to the Rockies.
I grew up just outside Rochester NY, and moved to Massachusetts for undergraduate training at Williams College. I began to explore a newfound love of neuroscience in the lab of Dr. Noah Sandstrom on neuroprotective mechanisms in stroke. After graduation, I hoped to expand my understanding of the scope of behavioral research, and took a yearlong position as a field assistant studying white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica under the guidance of Dr. Susan Perry from UCLA. Training in the MD PhD program here at Harvard began upon my return to the States, with two years of medical school in the Harvard-MIT HST program. I pursued my graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Liberles on the neurobiology of sensory mechanisms by which the body communicates to the brain. I am tremendously excited to hone clinical skills in medicine and neurology here at Partners, a foundational leg of the journey to unite research and service to patients in need. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and running, playing the violin, reading (non-fiction like Diamond and Pinker, and classic sci-fi like Herbert, Asimov, Wells and Le-Guin), and managing a bee hive.
I grew up in Canada, just outside of Toronto and moved to the U.S. when I began undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins. There, I majored in neuroscience and became interested in the interplay of cellular and molecular signals that govern cell death, and the dysregulation that leads to neurodegeneration. I decided to pursue an MD/PhD at Columbia University, where I studied the cellular trafficking patterns of proteins that generate amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease. In medical school, I fell in love with neurology, and I was particularly moved by the strength of the patients and families affected by devastating neurodegenerative diseases. Although I am open to many fields within neurology, I am currently interested in movement disorders and behavioral neurology.
I chose the Partners program because of the culture of the people here, and the incredible breadth of clinical experiences and research opportunities. The support amongst the residents, and the dedication of the faculty and administration is immediately apparent. Outside of work, I love baking, cooking and hiking, and I hope to rekindle my love of rowing by getting out on the Charles River. My fiancé, Dan, and I can’t wait to explore Boston and New England, starting with the restaurants and breweries!
I was born and raised in South Korea, where my parents still live. It was not until my college graduation that I came to America to pursue a career in medicine. Before then, I was an entrepreneur, then an economics researcher, and then an educator working with the United Nations. As a medical student, I was humbled and mesmerized at the same time by the intricacy and mysteries of clinical neurology, and convinced that I would love to be a part of it ever since. In later years of medical school, I focused on secondary prevention of stroke in a county hospitals and identified the most common factors associated with poor outcome.
I chose the Partners Neurology residency not only because I wanted to be inundated with a panoply of neurological disorders of all kinds, but also because of its people. Much to my surprise, the program readily exudes its collegiality and nurturing atmosphere, even during interview days.
Outside of hospital, I am a father of two young, active boys, and enjoy spending time with my family. I love to travel with them to explore the beautiful New England in all seasons. I am also an avid basketball player and used to be a singer at an amateur band, which become increasingly difficult with two children taking both balls and microphones away from me. My wife and I are seafood lovers, and there is no better town for us than Boston.
I was born in Moldova and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. My interest in neuroscience took root in high school when I had the opportunity to work in a lab investigating optic nerve pathfinding in leopard frogs. I was completely hooked and went on to major in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. There I remained involved in research, working in a lab studying hypothalamic development, but also developed a strong interest in medicine. I pursued an MD-PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, where my graduate work focused on enteric nervous system development and neuroimmune interactions in the gut. My interest in clinical neurology also solidified in medical school; I enjoy the close interactions with patients in this specialty and am continually inspired by the courage of patients and families living with difficult neurologic conditions.
I am thrilled to have matched at Harvard Neurology and look forward to working alongside dedicated clinicians,educators, and researchers in an environment that offers tremendous opportunities and support for physician-scientist career development. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, indoor gardening, cooking, and exploring Boston with my husband.
I grew up in beautiful Québec city, Canada, with its quaint cobblestone streets, unique French-Canadian culture and iconic Château Frontenac. In college, I studied arts and science, with a particular interest in philosophy and history of science. Then, I moved to Montreal, where I went to medical school at McGill University. Working in Wilder Penfield’s Montreal Neurological Institute, I fell in love with the scientific,but also human side of neurology. There is something deeply unnerving about losing control of one’s own body or mind and caring for patients through such terrifying experiences is a privilege. This, along with the diagnostic conundrums and rapid advances in therapeutics, confirmed that neurology was the perfect career for me.
I chose Harvard MGH/BWH neurology for the combination of exceptional clinical training and commitment to research and education. The academic opportunities at MGH, BWH and HMS are unparalleled, and this is where the neurology of today and tomorrow is happening. I also love Boston (let’s go Red Sox!) and cannot wait to discover New England. When I am not working, you will find me cycling, reading history and philosophy or getting involved in medical education.
I was born and raised in Canada, moved to Philadelphia for college, and spent two years in NYC before moving to Nashville for medical school. I’m thrilled to be back in the northeast for my neurology residency at Partners! Ever since college, I have been intrigued by the brain and its ability to direct the rest of the body, its capacity to create, and its tendency for such varied expressions of pathology. I love teaching and personalizing lessons towards different audiences: whether it be medical students, patients or their families. I’m excited to work with and learn from some of the best neurologists and researchers in the world here at Partners so I can provide the best patient care possible. When I’m not working, I love performing stand-up comedy, creating comedic sketches, and doing yoga.
I was born and raised in Milan, Italy, although I also have Spanish origins from my mom side.My multicultural background and infinite love for travelling brought me all around the world in the past, including studying as an exchange student in St.Louis, Missouri. That is how I spent my fourth year of high school, hosted by a wonderful American family, and when I definitely fell in love with the U.S.culture.
It also represents the moment in which I acknowledged to myself that medicine was what I wanted to deal with for the rest of my life. I still can picture myself 17-year old dissecting a pig’s brain in the Anatomy Lab: I was amazed by how complicated the neural architecture looked like. At the same time, all those tiny structures were intermingling and interfacing with each other so perfectly…I thought it was something that only nature could have created. At that time, I already knew Neurology was the only pathway for me.
After returning to my home country, I completed my medical studies under the mentorship of Prof. Vincenzo Silani, whose intellectual curiosity and extraordinary intelligence were of absolute inspiration for me. He also introduced me to the fascinating as much as terrifying world of ALS. The research project of my thesis focused on the genetics of this pathology as well as on the molecular background of snake-eyes sign associated motor neuron diseases. To me, the nervous system represents the only clinical entity that allows human beings an interaction with the external world, both from a physical and intellectual point of view. The molecular mechanisms underlying its physiological function as well as neurodegeneration are yet to be fully elucidated and I am strongly committed to further study and possibly contribute to this unique field of medicine.
Now that I have matched in Neurology at Partners Program, I couldn’t be happier and more excited to start this new chapter of my life in the vibrant community and enriching environment of MGH and BWH. Working under the guidance of the world’s leading experts in the field is an honor for me and I am extremely grateful for this immense opportunity. I can’t wait to see what my future at Partners holds for me, both from a clinical and research point of view!
Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, jogging and being immersed in nature. However, my greatest passion is certainly horse-back riding. Taking care of my horse and galloping with him in the fields allows meto combine my unconditional love for animals with my sportive nature. It simply fills my heart.
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in the north Atlanta suburbs. While attending medical school in my home state, I discovered a passion for clinical neurology. In neurology, a patient’s history, exam,laboratory tests, imaging, and therapy all come together to form a beautifully logical arc that is fascinating and rewarding. Because of my interest in public health, I also was attracted to neurology’s impact on our society. For example,the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement recently reported that 1 in 5 Medicare dollars in 2019 will be spent on a patient with dementia, and many expect that number to increase over time as the US population continues to age. I believe neurology offers a unique and important perspective to our on-going discussions about the future of health care in the US and globally. That perspective likely will include important topics such as health policy, health information technology, and medical technology innovation. I am excited to be a resident at Partners Neurology because of the opportunities to learn from some of neurology’s leading authorities, the program’s support for residents as we explore important questions, and the program’s warm and inviting people. When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy the outdoors, sports, travel, getting to know Boston, and spending time with friends and family.
I grew up in Staten Island, NY, home of the best pizza in the world. I first became interested in Alzheimer’s disease and the brain during high school, when my grandmotherwas diagnosed with the all too common disease. I went on to study neuroscience and philosophy during my undergrad years at Boston University. During college,I participated in neuroimaging research at Brigham and Women’s on Schizophrenia, Multiple Sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. I also captainedseveral moderately-successful intramural basketball, flag football, and ice broomball teams. I stayed at BU for medical school where I confirmed my love for neurology and had the amazing opportunity to teach Mediterranean-diet-themed cooking classes in our hospital’s demo kitchen. I was also able to conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), andpost-anoxic brain injury after cardiac arrest. My research and clinical experiences have led to my desire to combine my love for both cognitive neurology and neurocritical care going forward, and to pursue a better understanding of the relationship between the cerebrovasculature and neurodegeneration.
I was drawn to the Harvard Neurology program by the amazing residents and faculty,the great research opportunities, the incredible mentorship, and the outstanding clinical training. Now that I’ve had that opportunity to work with my co-residents and meet the faculty, I can definitely say that I made the right choice.
When I’m not in the hospital, you can find me on the basketball and tennis courts,cooking, hiking and eating lobster up in Maine, or attending sporting events…when my Knicks and Yankees are in town.
Born and raised in Egypt, I went to medical school at Mansoura University. Since my first neurology rotation, I knew I wanted to become a neurologist. I became enchanted by a unique aspect of the specialty; localization – a process that requires a fundamental understanding of neuroanatomy, good history taking, general and neurological examination, and further refining via appropriate diagnostic studies. To gain a different perspective, I traveled to London for an elective at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery during my final year of medical school. At Queen Square, I got to experience excellent clinical care, teaching, and research, and was advised by one of the physicians I worked with to pursue my career in the United States as my hunger for learning could not be satiated more than on that side of the Atlantic.
By the end of medical school, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the neuroscience PhD program of Virginia Commonwealth University. Soon after, I realized I’m interested in neuropharmacology, cell signaling, and electrophysiology. I joined the lab of Diomedes Logothetis where I learned how to utilize electrophysiological techniques to study G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). Graduate school was hard, yet the 5 years I spent as a graduate student were the most amazing of my life. I worked with talented people from different backgrounds, spent my time between Richmond and Boston, and most importantly, re-learned how to think.
After graduate school, I did my internship and a year of neurology training at University of Iowa, where I learned a lot from wonderful mentors. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Boston, a vibrant city for which I have a deep affinity, and to complete my neurology training as part of Partners Neurology. I have a personal interest in sleep research, and cannot think of a more exciting place than Harvard with more than 80 faculty conducting research on sleep neurobiology and circadian rhythms.
Outside of work, I enjoy finding good bars/restaurants, seeking live indie music shows, and working on my pour-over coffee technique and my Arabic podcast.
I was born in Kishinev, Moldova just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. My parents immigrated to Canada with my sister and I when I was 5years old, and I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I attended the University of Toronto where I studied Neurosciences and Psychology and first became captivated in the overlap between the mind, brain and body. It was here that I also first got interested in Medicine and in symptoms quality improvement.
I applied to US medical schools as I was interested in learning more about international health systems. I was fortunate to be accepted to Harvard Medical School, which brought me to Boston in 2015. Through medical school, I had wide clinical, research, and educational interests including international health systems and health services research, quality improvement (QI) and patient safety, leadership, resilience, and longitudinal medical education design. I’ve had the good fortune to work with mentors in quality improvement and education, developing new curricula to augment medical students’ health systems sciences knowledge, leadership potential, and resilience. I have been inspired, challenged, and moved by the patients I have cared for with neurological conditions and I am optimistic about the progress our field will make in the coming decades in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neurological disease. At this time, I am uncertain what I’d like to pursue within Neurology but I know I’m interested in a career integrating clinical Neurology, medical education research and reform, and health systems transformation. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to remain in Boston and join the Mass General Brigham Neurology Program!
When I'm not at the hospital, my favorite place to be is anywhere out of doors! I enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains, running, and travelling around the world. I meditate, dance, and stay in touch with friends to stay well. I also love watching movies or reading a good book, especially if I'm on the train or plane on my way to the next adventure!
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and have been living in the U.S. since college. At Wesleyan, I studied neuroscience but also enjoyed taking courses in art history, literature, and religion. After graduating from college, I moved to NYC and worked as a research assistant in the department of anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical School. I moved to Boston in 2014 for medical school and got involved with research in Alzheimer's disease as well as integrative medicine. Over the course of medical school, I realized that I love caring for children and I was very moved by their incredible families. I was particularly drawn to complex patients with developmental delays. During 4th year, I completed an away rotation at MGH in pediatric neurology and loved the faculty/residents. In my spare time, I love hosting potlucks, going to art galleries, exploring New England, and trying new restaurants.
I was born and raised in Barcelona and went to medical school also in Barcelona. After finishing medical school, I joined MIT/Harvard as a research fellow, and studied the role of the cerebellum in cognition using behavioral and functional neuroimaging analyses at the Schmahmann Lab and Gabrieli Lab. We characterized behavioral abnormalities in patients with cerebellar injury, developed a clinical scale to diagnose the cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome, described a triple representation of nonmotor task processing in the cerebellum, unmasked the functional gradients that define its macroscale organization, and used these novel functional neuroanatomy principles to develop software to better understand cerebellar fMRI abnormalities in patients from our behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry clinics. There is nothing I find more honorable than easing the suffering of others, and nothing I find more inspiring than studying the nervous system as it relates to our movement and senses, thoughts, and emotions. In neurology I see a lifetime of responsibility in touch with the fundamental, down-to-earth aspects of life; and at the same time a lifetime of awe and creativity, facing through neuroscience the most intellectually inspiring questions for humanity. When I’m not in the lab or the hospital I enjoy reading philosophy of mind and playing jazz guitar.
I am from Cleveland, Ohio but enjoyed my first stint on the East coast at Cornell University where I earned my BA in Genetics, Genomics and Development with minors in Spanish Language and Business. In college I spent several years doing basic science research working with mouse models of preeclampsia. While at first I had intended to pursue a career in research, I was fortunate enough to shadow a doctor at a nearby medical center which helped convince me that medicine was my newfound passion. For medical school I moved back to the Midwest and enjoyed 4 years at Rush University Medical College. During my second year of medical school I had the opportunity to evaluate a patient with Parkinson’s Disease who had a newly implanted deep brain stimulator, and that encounter, and many others convinced me to pursue a career in neurology.
Neurology as a profession is incredibly empowering: with a few simple tools, we can think through complex clinical problems to arrive at the most likely diagnosis! It is a thoughtful profession which allows the opportunity to spend quality time with our patients. Knowing this, I applied to Neurology and was fortunate enough to match at Partners Neurology where I am so excited to start in the Summer of 2020! Currently, I am completing my internship at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
While medicine is, of course, a passion of mine I have many other interests which fill my days off including baking (often inspired by the Great British Baking Show), reading, running and traveling as well as spending time with my husband, Peter!
I am from St.Louis, Missouri and went to Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad as well as a combined MD/PhD program. I have always been fascinated by the brain and got my bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a PhD in neuroscience. I became interested in mechanisms that drive neural plasticity, and my dissertation examined plasticity in cortical neural circuits during development and after focal ischemic injury. Clinically, I find diseases of the nervous system especially moving. Neurologic diseases are often poorly understood and can be especially devastating for patients and their families. I want to be a Neurologist in order to help these individuals. Furthermore, I anticipate research breakthroughs that advance therapeutic options for neurologic diseases and better our understanding of the brain will occur throughout my career. I am excited to be a Neurologist as this takes place, and I look forward to being part of these efforts.
I chose Harvard Neurology because of the unparalleled clinical and scientific opportunities available to residents. My career goal is to provide excellent patient care while also driving innovation that advances neurologic therapuetics. Harvard Neurology’s alumni highlight the program’s proven track record of fostering combined clinical and research interests, and I look forward to the training that I will get here.
Outside of work,I spend most of my time with my wife, Lucy, and dog, Kino. We are new to Boston and enjoy exploring the New England outdoors and taking advantage of access to great seafood.
I grew up in Auburn, Alabama and then attended Cornell University, where I studied neurobiology and cognitive science. During my undergraduate years, I conducted research in a biomedical engineering lab on a rat model of focal epilepsy and developed an interest in understanding neurologic disease mechanisms. Afterwards, I attended medical school in Long Island at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and my love for clinical neurology was only strengthened during my four years there. I am thrilled to have matched at Partners Neurology because of the amazing research opportunities that exist here as well as all of the genuine people in the program! Outside of the hospital, some of my hobbies include cooking,painting, yoga, and spending quality time with my friends and family.
I was born in Lyon, France and grew up in coastal Connecticut. I first became fascinated by the brain when I attended McGill University. There I discovered the phenomenon of blind sight, I heard the stories of patients HM and Phineas Gauge, and Icon fronted the destabilizing possibility that all of cognition may originate from sensory phenomena captured by a limited set of receptors. Since then, I have longed to understand the limitations of human knowledge as well as the underlying substrate of such knowledge, the brain. I decided to complete an MD/PhD program, and my PhD focused on understanding the contributions that electrical oscillations in our brain bring to cognition. I found that these oscillations carry considerable amount of information regarding our cognitive state, and that this information could be valuable both in the understanding how the brain works but also how its functions may become disordered in neurologic disease. The study the brain therefore further motivated my pursuit of becoming a neurologist. I am elated to have matched at Partners Neurology to not only work with some of the most preeminent neurologists and be exposed to some of the most enigmatic clinical cases in neurology, but also because of the opportunities available here to pursue research. Outside of work, I love to rock climb, do blind wine tastings, and to read philosophy.
I was born in Mexico and had the chance to live in different places growing up including Oregon and Puerto Rico. My interest in neurology started in college when I was taking an anatomy and physiology course and had the opportunity to see a real human brain for the first time in lab. I remember my fascination as I realized just how important that organ was to a lot of the traits we consider to be most characteristic of who we are- our memories, ability to see the world,interpret, and respond. This is what prompted me to get involved with neuroscience research as an undergrad looking at the role of inflammation in memory with aging. Throughout medical school, my experiences with patients in my neurology rotations confirmed for me my desire to pursue a career in neurology. Now I am thrilled to be at Partners for residency and look forward to getting the chance to work with patients in this fascinating field. Beyond medicine, I enjoy running along the Charles river, kayaking in the summer months, and watching movies.
I grew up in a few different places – in India for most of my childhood, and in New Jersey and Florida since my family migrated to the US. My journey to Neurology began in college, when I became captivated by the neurosciences and their bold pursuit of fundamental questions about who we are, how our minds work, and how the intricate biochemical constitution of the nervous system can give rise to the grand range of human experience. As a medical student I was moved by the debilitating impact of neurological illness on patients’ most cherished mental and physical faculties and motivated by the immense potential for advancing clinical care and scientific discovery in Neurology. My previous academic experience has involved research in cancer biology, genetics, and functional neuroimaging. I was drawn to the BWH-MGH Neurology residency program for its breadth and depth of clinical training, research opportunities, and welcoming environment. Outside of the hospital I enjoy exploring Boston by foot, amateur astronomy, tennis, and karaoke.
I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in bioengineering. I became interested in medicine in middle school and developed a specific interest in neurology after my Nana developed Alzheimer's Disease.In medical school at Yale, I found the neurology physical exam and diagnostic tests to be the most interesting, and I enjoyed hearing from patients and their families about how their neurologic condition had affected them and seeing the ways that neurologists were able to play an important role in improving their quality of life. I am excited to be coming to the Partners Neurology program and learning from leaders in the field. Outside of work, I love to run, cook,and bake.
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Chicago, IL when I was five years old. I went to Plainfield East High School in a Chicago suburb. I came back to the city for college at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I got a BS in neuroscience and stuck around in Chicago for medical school at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.
I first got interested in the brain and nervous system in a high school psychology class, where I found myself most interested in learning how the brain and neurons work. I studied neuroscience at UIC but wanted to keep myself open to exploring in medical school. I learned I didn't like being in the OR, so surgery was out, but I just kept getting drawn back to neuroscience and neurology and am excited to continue exploring the field at a fantastic program! I'm looking forward to learning from and working alongside some of the best neurologists in the world.
Outside of medicine, I like reading and collecting comic books of all kinds and playing tennis.
I am originally from Spain, where I spent most of my childhood, but also lived in Belgium, Canada, and Sweden. I graduated high school in Madrid and moved to Baltimore to study Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. I was fascinated by the nervous system—learning about disorders in the classroom and doing basic science research on the auditory system. At the same time, I discovered my passion for medicine by working as a Spanish medical interpreter. I stayed at Hopkins for medical school, where I conducted clinical research studying olfactory dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I was drawn to Neurology because I could form deep, meaningful relationships with patients while still having constant intellectual challenges, whether it’s with localizing a lesion or resolving complex cases.
I chose the Partners program because I was impressed by the countless opportunities it offered. I knew I would receive excellent clinical training, while still having the support to pursue my interests in clinical research.
Outside of work, I love to run, read, and travel. I am excited to get to know Boston and call it my new home!
I was born in Shanghai and immigrated to the United States when I was 5 years old. I then spent the rest of my childhood and adolescence living in the San Francisco Bay Area. My curiosity about life outside of San Francisco subsequently brought me to Philadelphia, where I completed both my undergraduate and graduate medical training. Having fallen in love with the East Coast, I am excited to receive my postgraduate training at the Harvard Partners Neurology Program.
My interest in the brain and nervous system was sparked by a tragedy that occurred early in my childhood. Just before I turned 5, my maternal uncle was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). At the time of his diagnosis, the disease was essentially a mystery, as many doctors had not even heard of it.However, despite the lack of knowledge and therapeutic options, my uncle remained resolute throughout the course of his illness and fought to his last breath. Even though my uncle passed away many years ago, the determination that he had to fight his neurodegenerative disease inspires me to this day and is one of the reasons why I decided to become a neurologist.
Having studied network and cellular dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease for my graduate thesis, I continue to be passionate about research in the field of neurodegeneration and hope one day to be involved in translational medicine. I believe that Partners can help me achieve this goal given its strong collaborative environment and reputation for producing pioneers in the field. Outside of work, I play keyboard and synthesizer for a funk rock band. You can also find me hoarding board games and hosting game nights.
I come from a small rural town in Normandy, France. My first move across the Atlantic was to attend college in Montreal, Canada, where I majored in Neuroscience. I was instantly captivated by the complex architecture of the nervous system and our evolving understanding of the human brain in health and disease. After college, I journeyed back to Europe to attend medical school at Oxford. I was drawn to neurology by the wide range of acute and chronic pathologies, the diagnostic reasoning process, and the elegant precision of the neurological physical exam. On clinical placements, I saw the sheer impact of untreated neurological disease on quality of life, at times affecting patients at the core of who they are and how they experience the world around them. The number of patients in need of better treatment options, combined with the rapid advances in clinical and translational research have engendered a great sense of responsibility and hope for the future of clinical care in neurology, one that I am excited to be a part of as a future neurologist.
As a medical student, I had the privilege of rotating at BWH on the inpatient service and neurology ICU, where I saw bedside applications of cutting-edge research in an environment which fostered active mentorship and emphasized compassionate, patient-centered care. I chose the Harvard Neurology program for its breadth and depth of clinical training, the diversity – both within the program and the patient population it serves, and the welcoming, collegial atmosphere.
Outside of work, I enjoy photography, trying new restaurants and cafes, traveling, break dancing, petting furry animals, and learning new languages (currently, Spanish!). I am excited to be coming to Boston and look forward to exploring the historic city and the greater Northeast in the years to come!
I am from Nottingham, United Kingdom and I carried out my medical training at Imperial College London.
From an early stage, inspired by patients with neuroimmune disease, I became interested in the interactions between the immune system and the nervous system. After practicing as a junior doctor in Newcastle, I came over to Boston as a Kennedy Scholar to work on projects relating to multiple sclerosis genetics and treatment. This set the stage for a subsequent PhD focused on ways of engineering immune cells to optimize their function. I am hoping to carry forward these ideas to develop immunotherapy for patients with neurological disease.
I am very much looking forward to returning to Boston again to continue my clinical training - it’s a real privilege to be able to look after patients as part of a diverse and supportive Partners team.
I was born at the Brigham, but grew up in New Jersey, where I picked up a lifelong love for the Yankees. This has caused a minor issue or two since I returned to Boston for undergrad, medical, and graduate school, but I love this city and am very excited to continue on here for residency. During my PhD, I studied the basic biochemistry of the ubiquitin-proteasome system,which led to an interest in how problems with the cellular machines that dispose of defective proteins can cause human disease. In medical school, I was drawn to neurology by its unique culture and by the fascinating and broad spectrum of neurologic disease. I am hoping to build a career as a physician-scientist studying the role of protein quality control in problems of the nervous system.
Outside of work, I love to play cello, cook spicy food, and spend as much time as I can with my wife Simin, who is a Brigham cardiology fellow, and my (as of this writing) 5-month-old son, Sina.
I grew up in New Mexico and moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, where I studied painting and biology. It was not until the end of a post-college research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health that I knew I wanted to pursue science and medicine. I fell in love with neuroscience and joined the MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I studied the role of redox oscillation in circadian timekeeping of the suprachiasmatic nucleus and hippocampus in the lab of Dr.Martha Gillette. Neurology was a natural choice for me as it combined my research interests with the opportunity to develop long-lasting patient relationships.I chose Harvard Neurology for the unparalleled clinical and research opportunities, dedicated faculty, and a supportive atmosphere in which I felt immediately comfortable.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my husband Ian and dragging him to the corners of MA I’ve come to love so much (especially the Montague Bookmill). I usually spend my free time tending to plants, being outdoors, and admiring art.
I was born in California and went to undergraduate college outside of Boston at Wellesley College. I returned to California for medical school, but yearned to return to Boston for residency at MGH. My interest in pediatrics spurred from both personal and academic experiences. My passion for neurology first developed while conducting research in pediatric epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis for the last decade at MGH. I hope to practice academic pediatric neurology studying and treating refractory epilepsy, particularly that of genetic etiology. Outside of the hospital, I love jazz and playing the saxophone. I also enjoy improv comedy, believing laughter to be the second best medicine.
I love MGH Pediatric Neurology for the supportive, collaborative, passionate environment created by the whole department even in my pediatric years. I have also appreciated my Pediatric Neurology continuity clinic, a spectacularly unique option to all pediatric neurology residents here.
I was born in San Rafael, California, just north of San Francisco, then stayed in the Bay Area for both college and medical/ graduate school. At Stanford, I worked in a lab researching the epigenetics of aging and lifespan in C. elegans and volunteered with a local hospice organization. At UCSF, I completed my PhD in Neuroscience researching homeostatic synaptic plasticity at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction, studying plasticity at both healthy and degenerating synapses. After 5 years in the lab, I had so much fun back in all my clinical rotations, but unsurprisingly, fell in love with neurology. In medical school, I became more interested in palliative care and end of life issues, partly through working with ALS patients on a clinical research project about medical aid in dying. I knew I wanted to be a neurologist because neurology combines my intellectual interests (through the neuro exam and the many unanswered research questions) and emotional interests(because neurological diseases affect who we are as human beings and require deep connections between patient, family, and provider).
I chose Harvard Neurology because of the people and culture– the opportunity to work with the best clinicians and scientists as part of a big nervous system family! I’ve never lived outside the Bay Area(what is winter?), so residency will be a time of growth and many jacket purchases for me. I’m very excited to explore a new city/ state/ region of the country! Outside of the lab and hospital, I love cooking vegetarian food with my husband, Mitul, baking chocolaty desserts, running, picnicking, and reading novels.
I was born and raised in Germany. I received my medical degree from the Medical School of the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. I trained as a pediatric and pediatric neurology resident in Germany before joining Harvard and the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, as a postdoctoral research fellow. I am passionate about movement disorders of childhood and rare neurodegenerative diseases. As a physician and scientist my goal is to work towards treatment for these diseases.
I do have a twin sister (fun fact) and we are both medical doctors! My husband works in biotech and we have a three year old daughter and 3 month old son. If there is ever any time left in the day, you will find me either running along or watching the sun set over the Charles River Esplanade.
I grew up in San Jose, CA with a love of books and a passion for classical piano. In my undergraduate genetics class at Washington University in St. Louis, I was captivated by the simplicity of the Mendelian system, the elegance of epistatic interactions, and the mechanistic pathways to which these interactions alluded. Later, the opportunity to study the complex pathophysiology of globoid cell leukodystrophy in the medical scientist training program at Washington University inspired in me a profound respect for the nervous system. While working with children and young adults with these rare genetic disorders during my clinical rotations, I witnessed the immense and unmet need for pediatric-to-adult transition of care for this vulnerable population. Looking forward to residency and beyond, I am interested in pursuing neurogenetics and studying the adult, post-treatment phenotypes and pathophysiology of traditionally pediatric neurologic disorders.
I chose the BWH-MGH-Harvard neurology program because of its clinical, research, and educational excellence. The graduates featured in the alumni booklet we received during our interview all have truly outstanding and inspiring achievements, and I am so excited and honored to follow in their footsteps for my residency training. Having now spent fourteen years each on the West Coast and the Midwest, I am also looking forward to complete the trifecta and fall in love with the East Coast!
Outside of medicine, music and books remain important parts of my life. In addition, I love museum-hopping with friends,attending concerts/musicals/ballets/operas, taking long walks in nature, deep conversations, and anything chocolate!
I grew up in northern New Jersey in the shadow of New York City, and didn’t stay far from home when I moved to Manhattan for undergrad at Columbia. There, I studied neuroscience and behavior, got involved in neurocritical care research, and fell in love with the brain. I credit the literature, art, and philosophy classes of Columbia’score curriculum that accompanied my neuroscience coursework and the rich cultural climate of New York City with setting the foundation for how I think about neurology and approach my patients now. After several working as a clinical research coordinator in the neuro ICU at Columbia Presbyterian and focusing primarily on invasive neuromonitoring and clinical outcomes in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients, I moved north to Boston to begin medical school at Harvard Medical School. My interest in neurology persisted throughout my clinical rotation in medical school, and I spent an additional year doing research in the MGH neuro ICU, this time on depression, anxiety, and PTSD in neuro ICU patients and their family caregivers. This experience of working with patients and their families to cope with their experience of acute brain injury has shaped my current interest in a career joining neurocritical care and palliative care.
Outside of the hospital, I can be found reading fiction, watching movies, writing, trying my hand at making films, and playing with my cat.
I grew up in Wellesley,Massachusetts and went to Vassar College in New York for my undergraduate degree. I quickly became interested in the biological roots of behavior,choosing to major in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. While in college I also developed an interest in the healthcare needs of older adults. I moved to Chicago for medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine, where I pursued research in the field of geriatrics as well as neurology: I studied patient portal use by older adults, and later worked on a project investigating neuropsychiatric profiles of patients with autoimmune encephalitis. I also developed a strong interest in medical education through tutoring, clinical skills leadership, and work in curriculum review committees.
Through my clinical rotations during medical school, I found that neurology offered an amazing opportunity to focus on a system that always captured my attention, and also allowed me to frequently consider issues in care for older adults. I chose BWH-MGH Neurology because of the exceptional combination of fantastic clinical training,opportunities in clinical and medical education research, and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Outside of the hospital, I love to make music (I sing and play the ukulele,) cook, and grow my collection of houseplants. I also love hiking and spending time outdoors in the diverse landscapes that New England has to offer.
I’m a Carolina girl, born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I went to Duke University, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Women’s Studies and Speech and Hearing Sciences. Inspired by a friend who had a stroke, I co-founded Duke NeuroCare, a service organization that helps people affected by neurological disorders. In medical school, I became fascinated by localization and the physical exam and found myself reading about neurology for fun -- even after a long day on the wards!
At UNC, I completed my medical and journalism graduate degrees simultaneously. I’ve reported and written stories as an intern for North Carolina Health News and worked as a freelancer for CNN, covering the coronavirus pandemic. As a physician-journalist, I hope to continue writing stories that raise public health awareness and make medicine(especially neurology!) a little easier to understand.
I’m so grateful to be part of the Harvard Neurology family. I chose this program because of the inspirational faculty and residents, positive teaching culture and intellectually enriching work environment. On the interview trail, I found the residents to be compassionate patient advocates, incredible teachers and just cool people who I thoroughly enjoyed being around. I also felt really supported because there were mentors for all my scholarly interests (neurology, education and medical writing).
While I’ve been in the South my whole life, I’m excited to explore and make Boston my home during residency. Outside of work, I consider myself an amateur baker, intermediate snowboarder/skier, yoga practitioner, occasional world traveler, recreational tennis player and avid reality TV binge watcher. I also love spending time with family and friends,preferably outdoors.
I was born and raised in Kentucky but spent twelve years in St. Louis while I completed by BS, PhD, and MD at Washington University. Originally, I chose to study the immune system during my graduate work because of its influence across every organ in the body but ultimately became fascinated with neuroimmunology in particular. More specifically, my PhD focused on defining the interactions between the immune and nervous systems that govern the sensation of chronic itch. Neuroimmunologic interactions like these are an area of great interest,and as I start my career in neurology, I look forward to the challenges that working within this space entails. Likewise, I am excited to move to Boston and work with the wonderful patients, residents, and faculty at Partners. Although Partners has outstanding clinical and research opportunities, I chose it for this amazing community of people.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, spending time with my friends and family, and finding new favorite places to eat. Please don’t hesitate to send your suggestions to this new New Englander!
I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Dayton, where I received degrees in Biology and Chemistry and minored in Philosophy. During my time as an undergrad, I performed molecular physiology research studying the function of aquaporin proteins in fluid and ion homeostasis and cryoprotectant accumulation in freeze-tolerant amphibians.Knowing I wanted to become a physician but also wanting to continue basic science research, I matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University after college. As a graduate student, I studied the DNA replication stress response and role of DNA fork remodeling proteins in tumor development. After experiencing the complex problem solving and fascinating pathophysiology in neurology during my clerkship as a third-year medical student,I knew I had found the perfect field to mesh my clinical and research interests. I am currently planning on pursuing a research and clinical career in neuro-oncology.
I chose Partners for residency due to the unparalleled research opportunities, outstanding clinical training,exceptional mentorship and programmatic support and the collegial environment amongst the residents and faculty. I am also so excited to be able to live in and explore Boston for the next several years!
In my free time, I enjoy reading about American History, golf, drawing, cooking, playing guitar and spending time with my family and my wife, Deirdre, who is a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.
I was raised in Columbia, Missouri spending much of my time riding horses and cheering on the Mizzou Tigers. I attended the University of Missouri where I obtained my undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, I participated in neurobiology research studying the cellular mechanisms of spinal cord injury, which is what initially prompted my fascination for the nervous system. I moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. As a medical student, I explored various clinical research projects including spinal cord and peripheral nerve modulation as well as the neuropathology of congenital heart disease. Following my second year of medical school, I completed a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology where I gained additional exposure to neuropathology. Ultimately, it was my experiences and patient interactions during my neurology clerkships which drew me to neurology. I delighted in the “puzzles” inherent within lesion localization and was intrigued by the power of the neurologic exam to aid in solving these puzzles. I chose Harvard neurology due to the program’s preeminent academic reputation, culture of teaching, commitment to quality patient care, and the opportunity to train with leaders in the field. Having lived in the Midwest for my entire life, I am excited to explore Boston and get to know the East Coast.
When out of the hospital, I love anything outdoors: enjoying the sunshine and exploring new places. You may find me at the gym, running, or hiking with my two Shiba Inu dogs.
I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and became interested in neuroscience in high school. I moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University for college, where I developed a passion for research and was fortunate to have excellent mentors who helped me get started on my path toward becoming a physician scientist. I came to Harvard for my MD/PhD training, where I studied somatic mutation in the human brain. During my clinical rotations in medical school, I fell in love with the elegance and mystery of neurology. I am drawn toward the fascinating pathology, the profound impact of neurological diseases on the lives of patients, the depth of patient-clinician relationships, and the endless basic and translational research opportunities that the field of neurology presents.
I chose Harvard Neurology for its clinical excellence, unparalleled breadth of research opportunities, and incredibly supportive program culture. Additionally, I have become completely enamored with Boston during my time here and couldn’t be more excited to be staying for my next stage of training. Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my husband Alex and our two cats, running, cooking and baking, and exploring all the beauty and adventure that New England has to offer.
I was born in Valledupar, Colombia, in a family of Lebanese descent. I spent my childhood in Valencia, Venezuela, before returning to Colombia and calling Bogotá my home.
As a medical student, my initial interest in neuroanatomy quickly expanded to all clinical specialties related to the brain. I had the opportunity to care for patients with neurological disease alongside exceptional mentors in Bogotá, Barcelona, and Philadelphia, and decided to become a neurologist.
Within Neurology, my interests include the intersection between Sleep and Movement Disorders, neuroethics, and the impact of social disparities on disease prognosis.
In addition to its rigorous clinical training, I chose Harvard Neurology due to its ample research network, and the leadership's support to each resident's unique career path.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends, travelling, dancing salsa, and hiking with my husband and our two dogs: Vladimir and Sabina!
Growing up in three major cities, I was exposed to a rich diversity of cultures in London, New York, and Beijing. As a third-generation physician in an artistic household, I lived adjacent to medicine, painting subject matter from landscapes to organ systems. Training at Imperial College School of Medicine cultivated my interest in neurological diagnoses. I researched pediatric traumatic brain injuries, skin biopsies in the detection of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's disease, and the long-term effects of bariatric surgery on the incidence of stroke in adults with obesity. I immersed myself in Boston's uniquely innovative clinical environment during a research fellowship investigating immune checkpoint inhibitors. Harvard Neurology was a natural fit; the close-knit community, teaching rigor, and scientific curiosity drew me back to Boston.
Going forwards, I am excited to build a strong career in academic neurology. I am passionate about medical education, clinical research, and neuroimmunology. Outside of the hospital, you can find me on the dance floor, running along the Charles, or spending time with my loved ones.
Born and raised in Cordova, Tennessee, I do say “Y’all” quite a bit. This fact did not change much when I attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Here, I first started looking at a career in medicine oriented towards humanism. I then landed even further down south for medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. The city had a puckish charm and reinforced the value of embracing your neighbors, beads and all. Nonetheless, I had always had a dream of venturing up north.
In neurology, the physical exam does not just signal “trouble below” but speaks to structures and pathways, localization and lesioning. The specialty is a challenge to untangle the nerve fibers and to create something actionable. On my interview day at MGB, everyone I met was not only a clinically astute physician but also an excellent researcher, teacher, or advocate. At MGB, I have grown as a bedside clinician while continuing to hone my own interests in LGBTQIA+ health and academic leadership.
When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy planning my next travel venture, stand-up comedy, and hosting game night. I am an aspiring Corgi dad.
I was born in Washington D.C., but (after a brief stint in Minnesota) spent most of my upbringing in Connecticut. I studied psychology at Williams College and later completed a pre-medical post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College. While in medical school at the University of Virginia, my fascination with the brain drew me to neurology. My interests in community and global health also brought me to rural South Africa – where I conducted research in partnership with a local university – and to Rwanda twice – where I returned for two rotations at public hospital. As these interests merged, I grew increasingly excited by global neurology and its potential to address inequities in access to neurologic expertise. With longstanding commitments to sustainability and capacity building, Partners Neurology stood out as leader in global neurology. On my interview day, the program’s supportive, enthusiastic and intellectually curious environment made it my top choice.
Beyond the hospital, you might find me outside hiking, playing tennis, exploring new neighborhoods by foot or backpacking. On colder days, I am probably crafting or baking something that involves chocolate.
I grew up in Saratoga, California at the heart of Silicon Valley in a family of computer hardware engineers; however, my interests in chemistry, biology, life, and the human condition led me through four snowy years at Cornell followed by eight less-snowy years at Yale, where I completed my MD/PhD training. I was fortunate to complete my PhD in the Yale Department of Immunology with Ruslan Medzhitov, with whom I worked on a number of questions at the intersection of metabolism and innate immunity. Highlights include the discovery and characterization of an innate immune-like lipid opsonization property of the metabolic hormone adiponectin, an F30-funded project on the heterogeneity of insulin signaling in metabolic and non-metabolic tissue cell types, and a theoretical supply-and-demand framework for understanding the physiological control of metabolism in homeostasis, exercise,and inflammation. When thinking about residency, I decided to apply to neurology both because of the deeply meaningful opportunities to help patients through critical difficulties in their lives, and because there are still so many unanswered questions about the nervous system and how it relates to the rest of the body, and a burgeoning appreciation for lipid binding, inflammation, and innate immunity in neuropathology. In the future, I hope to explore how metabolism and lipid handling by CNS glial and immune cells contributes to disease in neuro-autoimmune and neuroinflammatory diseases and neurodegeneration. But right now, I am incredibly excited to train at Partners Neurology to become a great neurologist and gain volumes of invaluable firsthand experience diagnosing, managing, and treating these and other neurological disorders.Outside of work, I enjoy art, playing and listening to music (jazz, covers,Queen, etc.), coffee shops, reading, kendo, and the occasional run or hike outdoors.
I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago, Illinois with my parents and older brother. For my undergraduate studies I attended the University of Miami majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience, with minors in Public Health, Math, and Chemistry. Prior to medical school my research focused on engineering cell lines with CRISPR/Cas9 targeted protein tagging and knock-outs. For medical school I came back home to Chicago to attend the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In medical school, my passion for neuroscience blossomed through research on DAT-SPECT functional imaging for drug-induced parkinsonism and utilization of various therapies in the treatment of Huntington’s disease. On clinical rotations, I found myself fascinated by the mechanisms of neurological diseases and admired the meaningful longitudinal patient-physician relationships fostered by my mentors. Serving on curriculum review committees in medical school reinforced my interest in innovation within medical education.
I chose Harvard Neurology for its exceptional clinical training in a collaborative environment, broad range of research exposure, and opportunities to grow as a medical educator. I look forward to developing as an academic physician hoping to devote my future career to a balance of patient care, clinical research, and medical education.
Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Rachel including our recent obsession with jeopardy. I also love building and sailing wooden boats, gardening, gourmet mushroom cultivation, and the Chicago Bears.
I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, where I received my MD and PhD in Pharmacology through the Physician-Scientist Training Program of Hacettepe University. Mainly, my PhD focused on neuropsychiatric outcomes of western diet consumption and insulin resistance during the adolescent period, when the developing brain is much more vulnerable to insults. During my medical training, I was fortunate to experience the different aspects of medicine practiced in the United States in several various institutions such as New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, Cleveland Clinic, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. After graduating in 2018, I moved to Nashville, where I joined the lab of Dr. Ege Kavalali and Dr. Lisa Monteggia at Vanderbilt as a postdoctoral research fellow. I studied the molecular mechanisms of epileptic encephalopathies due to mutations of the fusion machinery that orchestrates neurotransmitter release. This truly translational research made me realize that bridging the gap between the bench and the bedside with tailored hypothesis-driven treatments is what excites me. Thus, I chose the Mass General Brigham / Harvard Neurology Residency Program, where clinical training is intertwined with basic science research with ample opportunities to learn from and work with the best clinicians and scientists of the field! More importantly, before, during, and after my interview, I met amazing people who were kind, humble, and passionate. I am looking forward to calling them myco-residents and my mentors. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing yoga, exploring third-wave coffee, working out with Peloton's Cody Rigsby and Ben Alldis, listening to live music, and dancing!
I grew up in Toledo, OH and studied Neuroscience and Spanish at the University of Michigan. One of my favorite classes at the University of Michigan delved into the underpinnings of affective neurocircuitry, motivating me to explore neurocircuitry further through my honors thesis. I then went to the Cleveland Clinic for medical school. There, I enjoyed combining my Spanish and medical skills during an annual medical outreach trip to Peru, an experience that has contributed to my passion for global medicine. In medical school, I kept an open mind about specialties and found something enjoyable about each rotation. Ultimately, my interest in neurology was solidified by the rewarding clinical experiences, excellent mentorship, and exciting research. I love the hands-on physical exam with its profound ability to reveal pathology, the rapid evolution of the field which necessitates constant learning and innovation, and most importantly, being able to connect with patients and their families through the ups-and-downs of diagnosis and treatment of a life-altering disorder. After my third year, I spent a year researching the central vein sign in multiple sclerosis at the NIH in Dr. Reich’s lab in the neuroimmunology section. This experience led me to be even more excited about neurology, neuroimaging, and multicenter clinical collaborations. I chose Mass General Brigham for its outstanding quality of clinical training and endless opportunities to further my interests in research, global neurology, and education during my training.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring nature and trying out new restaurants and ice cream shops. I am excited to explore all that Boston has to offer, and I can’t wait to explore some of the hiking trails a short drive away in the White Mountains!
I am from Miami, Florida originally, but my love for all things equestrian took me to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia for high school. There I developed a love for science and research that led me to attend Vanderbilt University for undergraduate, where I majored in engineering and neuroscience. As an undergraduate, I studied the impact of spinal cord lesions on cortical sensory processing and the pathways that mediate cortical remapping after spinal cord injury. Driven by a desire to advance patient care through research, I decided to pursue an MD/PhD at Vanderbilt. During my PhD, I studied the impact of dopamine transporter variants on behavior and dopaminergic signaling in the striatum.
I was drawn to the Mass General Brigham program because of the outstanding training clinical and research training opportunities the program provides and because of the incredible people I met during my interviews. Having lived in the South for the past 12years, I am looking forward to experiencing all that Boston and the Northeast have to offer!
Outside of the hospital, you’re likely to find me at the barn where I enjoy riding and competing in the hunters and jumpers. If I’m not there, I’m probably at a hot yoga studio or out exploring with my husband, Allan, and my dog, Moose.
I grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and went to Johns Hopkins University for college, where I majored in neuroscience and worked in labs studying mechanisms of neuronal-glial coupling as they relate to normal brain functioning and neurodegenerative disease. I became fascinated by basic neuroscience and how it underlies and advances clinical neurology. Additionally, I found that I loved patient care and decided to pursue physician-scientist training. As an MD-PhD student at Penn, my interests shifted towards behavioral neurobiology. During my thesis, we identified the first known gene that controls sleep in young animals and delineated how it orchestrates developmental patterning of a core sleep circuit.
I decided on the field of neurology because it combines a mechanistic approach to medicine with the opportunity to contribute scientifically and provide compassionate care for very vulnerable patients. I chose Harvard neurology for its excellent clinical training, extensive research opportunities, and culture that embodies my values, including social justice, intellectual curiosity, and collaboration. After training, I’m hoping to have a career as a physician-scientist studying cellular/molecular underpinnings of behavior and neurobehavioral disease.
In my free time, I love cooking without recipes, reading, being outside, eating chocolate, drinking IPAs and hanging out with my husband, Robert, who is an internal medicine resident at MGH!
I grew up in a small village in the Italian Alps of Northern Italy, where the land is known for its wineries and crisp, mountainous air. After high school, I decided to leave for medical studies in Germany and other international rotations in order to obtain the best possible training. From the beginning, I was especially drawn to Neurology. I loved the complex and sometimes bizarre manifestations of diseases affecting the nervous system, like the patient who cannot identify faces or loses her ability to count numbers. While in medical school, I also realized that I not only wanted to master the existing clinical knowledge, but also desired to expand its frontiers, and thus I joined the lab of Dr. Kuner to pursue a research doctorate in neuropharmacology studying central pain syndromes in animal models. Subsequently, I decided to remain as a resident in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at Heidelberg University Hospital, where I learned from modern pioneers in the field. I became intrigued by the phenomenon that brain cancer, the terrible multifaceted disease I faced daily in the clinical setting, is actually the evolutionary consequence of the malignant transformation of a single cell in a human body. My clinical experiences fueled my desire to further our understanding of this debilitating disease and discover new treatment modalities. As such, I joined the Suvà lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital to pursue a research fellowship in brain tumor genetics. As a postdoctoral fellow, I have leveraged cutting-edge single-cell genomic methods to dissect diffuse gliomas, which has already led to important observations regarding the glioma immune microenvironment and cellular response to treatment with novel targeted therapies. I am hoping to build a career as a physician-scientist in the field of Neuro-oncology and translational medical science with the ultimate goal of leading my own laboratory.
Outside of work, I love climbing, hiking, reading fiction, brewing espresso, trying new recipes, spending time with friends, and trying my luck in escape rooms.
I grew up in Norwich, Connecticut and went to school at Haverford College in Pennsylvania where I played on the tennis team and played French Horn in the orchestra. While at Haverford, I did research on x-ray crystallography of protein binding targets in the brain. My research brought me to Sweden as an exchange student in Lund where I studied biophysical chemistry and completed my research using the MAX LAB synchrotron. After college, I wanted to take some time to take my more microbiological chemistry research to a broader systems approach and worked for two years in the Morrison Cardiovascular Research Lab at Yale University, and moved with it to Brown University. In my study of the inflammatory pathways that lead to atherosclerotic disease, I focused my research on investing the role of statins in modulation of aortic calcification.
I was drawn to Neurology in medical school as soon as we started the Neurology block in the first two years of medical school. On my clinical rotations, I loved the variety that neurology offers and the role of a neurologist in helping patients through their most vulnerable times. I have had a personal connection with neurology since my father was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when I was 5years old. During medical school, I conducted clinical research on the Myasthenia Gravis population at UConn Health and investigated the use of IVI gas treatment. I also developed a passion for medical education and taught as a fourth year preceptor to first year medical students in the Delivery of Clinical Care course.
My interest in Harvard Neurology stemmed from my interest in clinical medicine, biomedical research and medical education. I knew after my interview with the physicians and residents that MGB was the perfect program for me where I could explore all aspects of neurology!
Outside of medicine, I love to travel. My favorite destination has been Iceland. My greatest joy in life is being an aunt to my three nephews and niece. I have quite the sweet tooth and love baking and cake decorating. I still play a lot of tennis and try to play the French Horn when I can. I was raised by native Bostonians and therefore am a huge Boston sports fan and enjoy attending Sox games. Some of my other hobbies include hiking, photography, board games, and taking pictures of my cat Aurora.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and went to college at Rice University, three blocks down from my elementary school. There, I pursued a degree in chemistry and worked as music director of the university run radio station (ktru 96.1 FM!).After graduating and conducting two years of translational research focused on molecular targets for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I made the leap to medical school. I landed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where I bought my first parka, avoided cheesesteak, and was immediately attracted to the paradox of clinical neurology: puzzling, yet logical. At Penn, I pursued an array of projects including imaging techniques for intraoperative brain tumor fluorescence, choice architecture of physician-patient conversations in ICU settings, and global neurology in northern Tanzania. My experiences as a student have fueled an interest in building a career that combines clinical research with global collaborations that address barriers to practicing neurology in resource-limited settings. Outside the hospital, I make time for long-distance running, cooking with liberal interpretation of recipes, and beating my sister to the Monday crossword.
I was born and raised in Brazil, a country known for its diversity and friendly people. During medical school, I became fascinated by the human brain and decided to share my excitement about neurology with my peers and patients. I coordinated and participated in several events to bring awareness to neurologic diseases in Brazilian communities and organized conferences and meetings targeting medical students and health professionals interested in the nervous system. These activities contributed to my increasing passion for patient advocacy and medical education. To immerse myself in the specialty, I did research in the cognitive field and was awarded three scholarships to develop my projects in the neuromuscular area. My experiences led me to the US as a postdoctoral research fellow in the MS center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where I had the opportunity to research the safety and efficacy of disease-modifying therapies and serum biomarkers associated with MS.
I chose Harvard Neurology because of the program’s commitment to education and training in a supportive environment surrounded by fantastic clinicians and researchers. It is a diverse, welcoming, and knowledgeable community that makes it a special place with plenty of opportunities to learn, teach, and advance neurology research and patient care. Also, Boston has captured my heart.
In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis with my fiancé Alex at the Boston Commons and going for a walk along the Charles River. I also enjoy ice skating, swimming, and going to the beach.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I ventured back to New England for college at Brown University. It was at Brown that I first became fascinated by the complexity of the brain and decided to major in Neuroscience. After college, I spent a year working at the National Institutes of Health, studying cognition in patients with ADHD using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
As a medical student on my third-year neurology clerkship, I was struck by the way that neurologic diseases are inherently high stakes, just by virtue of involving the brain. I quickly knew that I wanted to work with patients suffering from neurological illnesses. Throughout medical school, I completed research projects studying the effects of time to surgery in patients with glioblastoma and brain mapping techniques during glioblastoma resection surgeries. I also developed an interest in medical education while designing a medical sciences curriculum for Bay Area high school students.
I am thrilled to be returning to New England for residency!I chose MGB Neurology for the incredible clinical opportunities ranging from primary neurology to the one-in-a-million diagnoses, the passionate faculty that are committed to mentorship, and the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of residents. In my free time, I love being active, whether it’s playing tennis, spinning, hiking, or walking other people’s dogs (aspiring dog mom)!
I grew up in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and completed my undergraduate training at Gettysburg College, where I experienced the best of both biology and music worlds. I moved down to Baltimore after college as a research study coordinator, studying retinal and brain degeneration in multiple sclerosis using advanced imaging techniques. Here, I began to understand how intellectually and emotionally compelling medicine could be, while forming lasting relationships with mentors and colleagues. I moved back around home to the “sweetest place on Earth” for medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, where I also pursued a master's degree in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning.
I chose neurology for its endless opportunities to explore the complex intersection of pathophysiology and a patient’s personal struggle through research, education, and humanism. After my interview day, it was clear that Partners would nurture me into a well-rounded neurologist, while being a strong advocate for my personal path through the field. Specifically, I am excited to explore other pockets of clinical research, as well as understanding how I can use evolving adult education literature to improve teaching methodologies in academic medicine and health for our LGBTQIA+ folk.
I grew up in Folsom, California, a town at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills. I attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate where I studied Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and a minor in Philosophy. There, I did undergraduate thesis research studying the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in zebrafish. After graduating, I spent a year working for a nonprofit that placed me in an East Bay public high school teaching biology to underrepresented students and mentoring them for careers in science. I attended medical school at UC San Francisco, where I led the medical ethics interest group and did research in ethics of care for neurodegenerative disease. During my clinical rotations I was drawn to both infectious diseases and neurology and was specifically passionate about care for underserved populations. I received a grant to spend one year working with an interdisciplinary clinical research team studying HIV-associated neurologic infections while living in Kampala, Uganda, where I saw firsthand the serious toll of untreated neurologic disease in underserved patients. This experience motivated me to train in neurology, and I hope to devote my career to improving neurologic care and education worldwide, with specific focus on the diseases disproportionately affecting those with more limited access.
I chose Harvard Neurology because of the breadth and depth of clinical training, the endless opportunities, especially in global health, and the inspiring and supportive colleagues with whom I would have the opportunity to train. I will be doing my Internal Medicine internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. As someone who has spent their whole life on the West Coast, I can't wait to explore Boston and the Northeast!
Outside of work, I love to be outside, and am an avid backpacker, climber, runner, and skier (we will see how many of those I can keep up through residency). I also enjoy cooking, playing jazz saxophone, and landscape photography.
I was born in Chennai, India, where I spent much of my early childhood before moving to California and eventually putting down American roots in Michigan. Braving the long and harsh winters after coming from so much sun, I completed my undergraduate at Michigan State University, where I studied psychology, cognitive science and Spanish while becoming obsessed with my newfound passion: ballroom dancing. As a student, I was captivated by the intricacy and organization of the nervous system, especially as it pertained to coordinating sophisticated movement, such as dancing, in time with temporal and auditory cues, such as music. Accordingly, my honors thesis revolved around parsing outa role for the supplementary motor area in auditory beat perception using transcranial magnetic stimulation. Then, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, I completed my MD/PhD, where I researched the three-dimensional organization of chromatin and its impact on schizophrenia disease risk using a stem cell model of the brain. During my clinical rotations, my love for neurology was affirmed given the diversity of patient presentations, disease entities, and the reverence shown to the neurological physical exam.
I chose the Mass General Brigham Neurology program for its seemingly infinite resources and training opportunities. I left the interview totally inspired and excited about the prospect of starting my career at a program that boasts such a vibrant, talented, and supportive community. Looking ahead, I am interested in pursuing neuro-infectious diseases/neuroimmunology and leveraging my basic science background to approach more translational and clinical questions. I am also passionate about medical education and community service.
While not a stranger to the East coast, I am excited to fall in love with Boston. Outside of medicine, you can find me on the dance floor, in the kitchen trying new recipes, in museums and performances of all sorts, practicing South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, or spending time with loved ones!
I was born and raised in Monterrey, a large city in northeastern Mexico. I went to medical school also here, at Tecnologicode Monterrey. My interest in neurology dates way back, even before I knew I wanted to become a doctor! I recall that when I was a kid I kept staring at a little brain-shaped toy from an anatomy model my parents gifted me, wondering what it does and how. I consider neurology to be an extraordinary combination of art, science, and puzzles that can be translated into patient care and cannot be found anywhere else. This interest and the aim to expand clinical frontiers led me to conduct clinical rotations in the United States and the United Kingdom. I also have a great interest in research and have conducted work in the role of long non-coding RNAs in diabetic nephropathy, the role of vitamin Din the inflammatory status of patients with heart failure, and the interplay between adipomyokines and inflammatory cytokines in children with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. I also greatly enjoy assisting the community, and one of my favorite activities is to have assisted in the clinical care of patients with neurologic disabilities and from marginalized backgrounds housed at a charitable organization in Monterrey.
I am passionate about traveling to distant and exciting places; I have visited 61 countries on five continents thus far. I also enjoy watching soccer, police TV shows, and courtroom dramas. I love exploring urban areas and hiking in nature!
I am originally from Massachusetts (specifically Hopkinton, where the Boston Marathon starts), and after going to college and medical school elsewhere, am very excited to be back.
I attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, where I conducted systems neuroscience research on avian vocal motor learning. My work in this lab inspired me to pursue a PhD in addition to an MD, and so I went to Washington University in St. Louis as a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program. During my PhD, I developed a novel mouse model of hemiplegic migraine. Following my PhD, I became involved in clinical research on the care of adult with cerebral palsy. I applied to residency in Neurology, and ultimately chose Harvard for its excellence in both clinical training and research opportunities.
Outside of work, I enjoy being active - especially road biking, trail running and climbing. I’m also looking forward to getting back into skiing now that I’m no longer in the mountain-less Midwest!
I grew up just outside of Cleveland, OH as a middle child prior to spending 12 years in Nashville, TN at Vanderbilt University completing my BA, MD, and PhD training. As an undergraduate student, I was fascinated studying neuroscience and learning about basic science research as I investigated receptor-mediated oxidative stress signaling in neurodegeneration. During a shadowing experience in the Neurology ICU, I discovered a passion for medicine and patient care that led me to pursue training within the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program. There, I completed my PhD thesis creating and characterizing induced pluripotent stem cell-based models of pediatric epilepsies. Neurology was a clear choice for my residency training as a specialty that combines an inspiring patient population with opportunities to improve treatments for conditions like stroke and neurodegenerative disease in the future.
I am excited to move to Boston and begin the next phase of my training within a community at Harvard Neurology that provides incredible clinical and research opportunities led by enthusiastic and supportive teachers and mentors. Outside of work, you might find me reading nonfiction, attempting to learn new board games, watching and playing sports, or spending time with my wife (Katie) and our dog (Bella).
I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Introduced to the wonders of the human brain by Oliver Sacks’ books, I became fascinated by the “astonishing hypothesis” first made by Hippocrates and elegantly described by Francis Crick: the brain is all we are. These cells, currents and molecules create all we think, learn, do and feel: “as Lewis Carroll's Alice might have phrased it: 'You're nothing but a pack of neurons.’”
During my medical studies in Athens, this quickly turned into a passion for clinical neurology, neuroscience research and education. I worked as a research trainee in Neuropsychopharmacology, focusing on behavioral and neurochemical sex differences in drug response. Cultivating a profound interest in quality medical education, I participated in the development of a modern, multimodal Neuroanatomy lab experience and taught neuroanatomy, neurology, neuroscience and teaching skills to medical students, graduate students and the general public.
After graduating in 2019, I moved to Boston to pursue a postdoctoral Research Fellowship here at BWH. At the Translational Neuroimmunology Research Center, I have had the amazing opportunity to investigate multiple sclerosis in a real journey from the bedside to the bench and back: clinical outcomes, serum bio markers and molecular immunology. I have continued to teach neurology and neuroanatomy at HMS and participate in curriculum development and education research, assisting in the transition of the preclinical neurology course to a virtual online format during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading a World Health Organization project investigating health workforce education during the pandemic.
I chose the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency program not only for its rich history and world-class clinical and research powerhouse hospitals, institutes and centers, but for what I consider the real wealth of BWH and MGH Neurology: the collegial environment nurtured by this inspiring group of approachable and supportive people. Everyone here has given me opportunities, time and advice so I can achieve my goals and grow into a better physician, researcher and educator.
Outside the hospital, I love spending time with interesting people and learning, experiencing and discussing an ever-evolving variety of interests: jazz music, cooking, restaurants, cocktails, coffee, investigative journalism, literature, television series, architecture, decorating, antiques, style and fashion: all those captivating people’s (brains’) creations that make life fascinating and enjoyable.
I grew up in Columbia, Missouri before heading to Brown, where I first fell in love with neuroscience. After spending a year at the NIH pursuing neuroimmunology research in a mouse model of depression, I moved to sunny Los Angeles for medical school at UCLA. I realized neurology was the one for me through my interactions with patients, where I was amazed by the power of the neurological exam and cherished the chance to uncover (some of) the black box of the human brain with them. I look forward to the opportunity to build long-term relationships with my patients and discuss the most unique aspects of being human, such as language, memory, movement, sensation, and quality of life. I am also passionate about mentorship and medical education. At Mass General Brigham, I was drawn to the down-to-earth residents, the emphasis on shaping residency to fit the interests of each trainee, and the wealth of research and medical education opportunities. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, baking, exploring new places and foods, reading, and photography.
I am from Canada but grew up in Singapore. I received my BS in Computer Science from Western University with a concentration in Bioinformatics before receiving my MD from Yale. My research in undergrad was in computational neuroscience using artificial neural networks to model the peripheral tactile system. During medical school, I worked in the Blumenfeld lab on a number of projects, including: 1) studying the neuroanatomical connections between two brain regions implicated in loss of consciousness during focal seizures in rats, 2) designing a novel behavioral paradigm to study conscious auditory perception in mice, and 3) determining the reliability of patient self-reports of impairment of consciousness during seizures. I am also interested in medical education. I was a neuroanatomy TA and neuroscience student-teacher at Yale, and authored several teaching case studies. I also created and co-hosted a neurology clerkship podcast limited series (Clerkship Success Series) with Dr. Jeremy Moeller.
I love neurology as it sits in the intersection between the psychological and biological aspects of disease. There are so many aspects of being human – consciousness, self-reflection, appreciation of beauty – that are not purely physiological, and neurology does not shy away from these topics. Outside of work I enjoy board games, guitar, and writing. My pipe dream is to write a neurology-related book in the future.
I am originally from Portland, Oregon, but left the pacific northwest after high school for college and then medical school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Beginning as an undergraduate student, I did research relating to traumatic brain injury (TBI), initially working on clinical research focused on the role of platelet transfusions and cerebral hypoxia on outcome after brain injury. My experiences there helped convince me that the nervous system was the best organ system in the body. Once I started medical school, I found that I found a passion for neurology: I was enthralled by the diagnostic approach and the explosion in therapies increasingly available to our patients. Simultaneously, I transitioned from clinical research to translational research, focusing on the role of the Sulfonylurea Receptor-1 (SUR1)-Transient Receptor Potential Cational Channel Subfamily M Member 4 (TRPM4) in the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury. We used mouse models of TBI, human cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers, and clinical candidate gene analyses to investigate the mechanistic role of the SUR1-TRPM4 channel in the development of secondary injury cascades like cerebral edema and hemorrhage progression.
I chose the Mass General Brigham Neurology Program because of the exceptional clinical training and incomparable excitement apparent in everyone that I met associated with the program. Throughout my education, I have had multiple outstanding mentors who completed neurology training at MGB, and they all spoke of their training with the highest regard, and was blown away by the curiosity and warmth of everyone that I met during the interview process.
Outside of the hospital I can frequently be found around food, and have already started soliciting suggestions for places in Boston that I need to eat at during my training. I also love board games, and was happy to learn that many other people in the program are enthusiasts as well.
I grew up in West Windsor, NJ, and spent my undergraduate and medical training in Philadelphia, PA. I first became fascinated with the intricate complexity of the brain in high school through participation in the Society for Neuroscience's Brain Bee and early undergraduate neuroscience classes. At Penn, I studied bioengineering and finance, and my research focused on creating nanotechnology sensors for cancer biomarker detection; after graduation, I built on this experience and co-founded a company creating nanoparticle tracers for reservoir and environmental characterization. I enjoyed the combination of translational research and entrepreneurship and was excited to return to Penn for medical school.
During clinical rotations, I was drawn to neurology for the ability to help patients with diverse pathologies during vulnerable moments in their lives and for the incredible challenge and opportunity to solve unanswered questions about the nervous system. While in medical school, I completed a health technology innovation fellowship at Stanford and learned the Biodesign framework to identify unmet clinical needs and create novel solutions to address them. In the future, I aspire to blend my experiences in clinical medicine and entrepreneurship to advance novel diagnostic and therapeutic innovations for patients with neurological diseases.
I am thrilled to be at Harvard Neurology and look forward to working alongside dedicated faculty and colleagues to receive unparalleled clinical training and be a part of a supportive environment offering tremendous opportunities in research and innovation.
Outside the hospital, I enjoy being active, and you can regularly find me on the basketball or squash courts. I am always on the lookout for new podcast/book recommendations, and I like experimenting with coffee brewing while adding new spots to my travel bucket list. Though I am a loyal Philly sports fan (Fly Eagles Fly!), I am excited to immerse myself in Boston and explore hidden gems around the city!
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and moving to Boston was my first time living outside of the southeast. My fascination with the brain started with an interest in language, specifically French. Participating in a short exchange program in Paris during high school, I became fascinated by the way we are able to learn new languages. I studied neuroscience and French in college with a research interest in neurolinguistics. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I developed an interest in medicine working with a group from a local memory care center doing monthly creative activities, called “Arts & Alzheimer’s.” In medical school, I found a clinical application of my two interests in language and neuroscience working in a lab that studies how stroke survivors recover from aphasia.
Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors – hiking with my dog, Rue, going to the beach with friends, and taking road trips to explore New England when my family comes to visit. I also love cooking, volleyball, and live music! I was drawn to Harvard Neurology because of the culture of “looking out for one another” that was apparent within the inspiring group of residents!
I was born and grew up in Connecticut. I attended Bates College for undergraduate and my interest in neuroscience was sparked by an introductory neuroscience class I took during my freshman year. I was fascinated by how little we really understood about how the brain works and quickly decided to major in neuroscience. During college, I worked in a laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College studying the recovery of consciousness after severe brain injury. I attended Harvard Medical School and have remained involved in research focused on disorders of consciousness and neuroprognostication.
I am thrilled to be joining the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency Program and look forward to working and learning alongside the amazing community of faculty, residents, and students here. I live in Cambridge with my wife and our dog, and outside of work, enjoy cooking, playing music, and snowboarding.
I was born in New Jersey and grew up in St. Louis. Reed College was where my interest in neuroscience developed where I studied the epigenetic effect of early life stress within the limbic system using cichlids as an animal model. After graduating, I pursued a Master's in Biology from NYU and worked in an electrophysiology lab focusing on the neurobiology of affective disorders using a mouse model. After completing my project, I moved to be close to my family, where I attended medical school at Florida Atlantic University. As a medical student, my interest in Neurology grew through the framework of my academic life compounded by the intricacies of neurological pathology. Concurrently, I developed a deep passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion along with health disparities research. In my future career, I hope to meld these passions.
I was ecstatic to have matched at Harvard Neurology. I am excited to develop my clinical and career aspiration by working alongside expert clinicians, educators, and researchers. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, walking my dog Thor, taking care of my orchid/plant collection, and exploring nature! My favorite food is poke bowls!
I grew up in San Diego, California. I first became interested in applying genetic approaches to complex disease through a high school internship in a bioinformatics lab at the Salk Institute. Subsequently, I pursued a major in biochemistry at the University of Southern California and had the opportunity to work with a geneticist at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, where I was able to apply genetics in the clinical setting. I then chose to join the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where I knew I would apply my interests in translational research in genetics with the cutting-edge work being done by the Alzheimer Disease research team let my Margaret Pericak-Vance, PhD. There, I studied genetic and epigenetic contributors to dementia. Throughout both my graduate and medical years, I had the opportunity to work with clinical cognitive neurologists to evaluate dementia patients, which inspired me to pursue neurology as a career.
I am thrilled to have matched into the Massachusetts General Brigham Neurology Residency program and to work in a rigorous clinical training environment that emphasizes patient-centered care as well as support for research and evidence-based medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy scuba diving, hiking, and cooking.
I grew up outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan and first moved to the east coast for undergrad, where I studied neuroscience, psychology, and Spanish. Fascinated by many aspects of the nervous system, I had the fortune of participating in research in various fields of neurology, including studying microRNA fluctuations in glioblastoma, using CRISPR gene editing to examine genetic mechanisms underlying pediatric epilepsies, and evaluating the prognostic implications of subjective memory distortions in Alzheimer’s Disease. Given the great importance of the patient-physician relationship, I have also investigated how communication patterns during clinic visits are associated with medication adherence.
Neurology is such an amazingly diverse field, and I look forward to continuing to learn and explore its many different aspects alongside my amazing co-residents. Additionally, I am excited to explore the immense research and medical education opportunities that the Mass General Brigham system has to offer. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy hiking and exploring new areas, gardening, having food parties (especially with chocolate and/or zucchini), re-watching episode of Parks and Recreation, and practicing yoga.
I grew up in Auburn, Alabama. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering. During my time as an undergrad, I studied the electrophysiological mechanisms underlying human memory formation and then pursued a one-year fellowship at the NIH to develop a closed loop system to improve memory formation using electrical stimulation. To continue my interest in research, I pursed an MD/PhD at Emory University. As a graduate student, I developed eye-tracking based memory paradigm using deep convolutional neural networks in order to screen for AD on the mobile phone. I also developed large-scale personalized proteomic approaches to understand the molecular heterogeneity underlying AD.
I am thrilled to have matched at Harvard Neurology and look forward to working alongside dedicated clinicians, educators, and researchers in an environment that offers tremendous opportunities and support for physician-scientist career development. Outside of work, I enjoy fantasy football, playing poker, and exploring different restaurants in Boston.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and went to Princeton for college, where my early fascination with the brain grew. During my summer internship after my freshman year, I worked in an epilepsy clinic where I saw master clinicians interact with compassion and sensitivity to patients whose diseases really affected all aspects of their lives. I continued my research in neuroscience at Princeton and Cambridge University. My research focused on computational trade-offs of learning and multi-tasking and cognitive control mechanisms. I pursued my MD at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where I explored the neurological sequela of COVID-19 as well as factors that impact stroke thrombectomy outcomes. I also became very involved in medical education and helped shape a new pre-clinical neurology curriculum for the medical school. While neurology research continues to captivate me, my interest in clinical neurology really stems from my experience with patients with neurological conditions. The close patient relationships, diagnostic challenges, and range of pathology continue to excite me about my future career in neurology.
I am thrilled to have matched at Harvard Neurology and look forward to strengthening my clinical, research, and medical education skills through working with the amazing array of clinicians and researchers at MGH and Brigham. I chose the program because of the unmatched educational opportunities, warm training environment, and emphasis on mentoring. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy cooking vegan food and walking around Boston with my husband, son, and our two rescue dogs.
I was born and raised in South Carolina. My interest in Alzheimer’s disease and the scientific process started in college when I had the opportunity to work in a lab studying amyloid-beta transport across the blood-brain barrier. I joined the MD PhD program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville where I made the transition from basic science to clinical research. My graduate work focused on better understanding the intersection between Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease. Throughout medical school I learned that neurology was definitely the specialty for me—I really enjoy the puzzle of localizing the lesion and am constantly inspired by the patients and families navigating the unknown of neurodegenerative disease.
I am excited to experience everything Boston and MGB Neurology has to offer and continue learning from exceptional clinicians and scientists. Outside of the hospital, you will find me at Dollywood (the best theme park in the world created by Dolly Parton). I also enjoy all things sports, indulging in desserts, and watching the Bachelor franchise every Monday night.
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a brief period before moving to the United States. During medical school, I found fulfillment in establishing rapport with patients and engaging with the diagnostic process, which for me was encompassed within the field of Neurology. I completed a research-focused master’s program to immerse myself in the field further. During that year, I developed a propensity score model that examined the use of early dexmedetomidine as an adjunctive medication and its influence on opioid requirements in the ICU. I also led a project that focused on introducing chronic racism as an independent contributor to stroke disparities in Black Americans, proposing a paradigm shift, and providing a multidisciplinary approach to be implemented by neurologists as we work to reduce these disparities in stroke.
I am thrilled to join the Mass General Brigham Neurology program because it is a dynamic program that will redefine my capabilities as a neurologist while also allowing me to pursue my passions. Outside the hospital, I enjoy playing tennis, finding new brunch spots, and watching Marvel movies and TV series!
I’m a Massachusetts girl, through-and-through, and a hard-core Dunkin’ enthusiast! I went to the College of the Holy Cross, a small liberal-arts college in Worcester MA, where I majored in Biology and Minored in Neuroscience. It was during my Freshman year seminar “Brain and Self,” where I first discovered the beautifully intricate, yet mysterious way the brain determines our sense of self. Reading Feinberg’s From Axons to Identity and learning about the famous work of Dr. Gazzaniga and Dr. Ramachandran allowed me to explore the molecular workings of neurotransmission and its perplexing manifestation into consciousness. I studied this further in my clinical research in the Cognitive Lab studying the neural correlates of addiction through fMRI studies and tests of cognitive control. I then completed a research year in the Department of Addiction Psychiatry at UMass Medical School shifting my focus to the veteran population. In medical school, I combined my interest in Neurology, clinical research, quality improvement, and completed a Distinction in Research on optimizing the management of seizure emergencies, refractory epilepsy, and febrile simple seizures. These experiences, along with my clinical rotations, not only reminded of how important the brain is in making us who we are, but also how losing this sense through neurological diseases affects patients and families. It became clear that working to preserve this sense of self as a Neurologist was the path for me.
I chose Harvard MGH/BWH Neurology because of its culture of excellence. But, even more than that, I chose MGB because I found a group of people who love Neurology as much as I do. Outside of work, I enjoy working out (especially barbell weightlifting, spinning and running), cooking spicy food, and spending time with my friends. My favorite food is definitely chocolate cake and my guilty pleasure TV show is hands-down Selling Sunset.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Wisconsin, I have taken a unique path to medicine and neurology. After college, I worked in television and film story development at DreamWorks Animation. Some of my favorite projects that I worked on include The Boss Baby and the Netflix series All Hail King Julien. I completed a postbacc premed program at Georgetown University where I first became involved in neurology research, working on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease clinical trials. During medical school, I conducted neuromuscular clinical research and developed an interest in the history of medicine and creative nonfiction writing. In particular, I am passionate about disability studies and strive to incorporate this perspective into my academic and clinical work in the health humanities and neurology.
I look forward to engaging with the vibrant physician-writer community within neurology at MGB, as well as the broader MGB and Boston community. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, 90s pop culture, and walking my senior pup Archie in Boston Common.
I grew up in the Chicago area where although I had medicine on my mind, I initially planned on being a musician. My undergraduate years, however, inspired my love for neuroscience and neurology. Between several fascinating Neuroscience courses and the creative process of research in a lab that studied neurodegenerative diseases, I knew that studying the brain would be part of my career. In my PhD, I focused on chromatin regulators that are implicated in intellectual disability syndromes and how these epigenetic processes are unique in neurons. Many of these same molecules are disrupted in brain tumors, and I'm currently planning on combining all these interests as a neuro-oncologist. Outside of the hospital, I love to play the piano and clarinet, explore new running trails, and enjoy all that Boston and New England have to offer!
Guilty pleasure TV show: Elite
Favorite food: Lobster rolls (I'm in the right place!)
I was born in Boston (Brigham and Women's - if you would believe it!), and grew up in Westford and Cambridge, MA. Since I was sixteen years old I knew I was going to be a Neurologist. My background was in the arts and my interest in neuroscience was initially sparked by learning neurobiology through drawing diagrams of synaptic transmission in my high school biology and psychology classes. This led me to pursue neuroscience and psychology at Boston University and begin research at Mass Eye and Ear in both neuro-otology at the Eaton-Peabody Lab as well as in clinical neuro-ophthalmology. My interests in neurology and neuro-ophthalmology continued throughout my time at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and my clinical experiences in neurology only confirmed that caring for this patient population was exactly my path in medicine.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to train with Harvard Neurology in the coming years as this program has the incredible benefit of both clinical and research excellence led by creative and driven physician-scientists. In addition to neurology, my interests include skiing, the arts, hiking/climbing, my cats, and going to the beach. My favorite food is any kind of shellfish, and my favorite guilty pleasure TV show is Love Island.
A New Yorker at heart, I was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. I attended Yale University and majored in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry but split my time between playing music in concert band with my clarinet, dancing Bhangra on our collegiate team, and studying the fascinating mechanisms of axonal regeneration in a neuroscience lab. After graduation, I stayed at the Yale School of Medicine for a gap year in the world of clinical research, investigating acute blood pressure management and cerebral autoregulation after ischemic stroke and using non-invasive bedside monitoring to guide personalized management in the NeuroICU. I attended medical school at Weill Cornell and was maybe a bit biased to love neurology from the beginning, but each experience in clerkship and beyond reinforced my specialty choice. I continued my next research chapter in advanced MRI looking at iron deposition and white matter degeneration in ALS and ischemic stroke, and headache care for LGBTQ patients. I was drawn to the relationships neurologists built with their patients in leading them through their complex diseases by carefully considering their history and providing thorough diagnostic guidance and treatment. Along the way I also became interested in medical education through teaching neurology topics and exam maneuvers to preclinical and clerkship students.
I am ecstatic to be matched at MGB not just primarily for its wonderfully warm community, but also for its amazing training in my interest areas of clinical medicine, research, and education. I am excited to hone my interests in neurology alongside such brilliant people, and to further explore avenues for clinical research and LGBTQ health in neurology. Outside of residency, I love attending concerts and shows, systematically trying all the restaurants in my neighborhood (currently the North End at the time of writing), plotting weekend getaways and travels, attempting latte art to live out my barista dreams, and brushing up on my very rusty tennis skills.
Favorite food: Cannolis from Modern Pastry, the perfect post-call pick-me up and BETTER than Mike's Pastry
Favorite guilty pleasure TV show: Elite
I was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina–a small-ish town at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. For undergrad, I moved down the road to Davidson, NC, where I pursued a degree in Chemistry. While there, I dabbled in bench research, working on the organic synthesis of polysaccharides. I originally planned to be a chemistry professor, but between college and graduate school, I worked as a research coordinator, living in Malawi and Sierra Leone where I led studies on the prevention and treatment of pediatric malnutrition. At some point, in the midst of many baby arm circumference measurements, I realized medicine was for me. This brought me back to North Carolina, where I attended Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. It was in med school that I realized that the brain was the wildest, most fascinating, most complex part of the body; so, it’s the part I wanted to study. Naturally, this led me to neurology. I’m thrilled to be joining the team at MGB. In my interview, I remember we were told that the folks at MGB love neuro–talking about it, learning about it, teaching it. With its mix of world-renowned experts, world-class research facilities, and friendly and supportive people who are excited about neurology, this was where I wanted to be. I knew this was a program that would demand my excellence and push me to be a leader in whatever field I pursue. I'm especially drawn to clinical education and global neuro and I look forward to exploring these potential career paths further.
I make the world’s best carrot cake. My favorite food is anything made with plants. When I’m out of the hospital, I enjoy classical piano, theater (acting on stage and watching from the audience), the gym, the great outdoors, and being way more into Star Wars than anyone else (the shows, the animated shows, the comics–all of it).
I was born and raised in NJ and went to Princeton University for college, where I worked in a lab studying the role of the pro-metastatic gene Metadherin in normal mammary gland development and breast tumor initiation. I then pursued an MD-PhD at Penn, where my graduate thesis focused on the epigenetic mechanisms underlying tumor plasticity in pancreatic cancer. Here I identified chromatin modifiers important for the regulation of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, as well as for immunotherapy resistance. My interest in clinical neurology came about later, during my post-PhD clerkship experience. I was fortunate to work with amazing teams on the consult, stroke, and ward services, and became fascinated by the diagnostic process and the many open questions that remain within neurology.
I am excited to continue learning about the diversity of neurological diseases and to take advantage of the many opportunities for physician scientists at MGB. I hope to expand on my background in molecular cancer biology by exploring the mechanisms underlying tumor innervation, and ultimately embark on a career as a neuro-oncologist-scientist. Outside of work I enjoy exploring my new city, particularly the many green spaces found throughout Boston, supporting the Sixers amidst the Celtics fans, and just hanging out whenever and wherever I can with friends and family.
I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where my fascination with the brain and the inner workings of the human mind developed at an early age. I went to UC Berkeley for college which, ironically, was the only place I chose not to apply as a neuroscience major. There, I pursued my other interests in chemical biology and linguistics. Linguistics led me right back to the neurosciences during the two years I spent studying the language connectome in patients with post-stroke aphasia and facilitating a stroke support group at the VA Northern California before moving out east for medical school at New York Medical College.
In medical school, I found myself continually being drawn back to neurology for so many reasons – the ways we impact patients by working at the crossroads of physical and mental health, the breadth of discoveries being made in neurology daily, and the diversity of people and specialties within the community, to name a few. In addition to my neurologic interests, I was actively involved in the mental health/wellness spheres and completed a concentration in medical education which allowed me to work on a serious illness/palliative care curriculum. Outside of the hospital, you can find me dancing, taking photos, spending time with friends and family, or trying out new hobbies. My favorite food is any kind of noodles (tofu is a close runner-up though) and my guilty pleasure movie is Two Weeks Notice.
I’m thrilled to be joining Mass General Brigham Neurology, where I was drawn to the wealth of opportunities to pursue my interests and explore new directions alongside a group of inspiring, passionate, and, most importantly, kindhearted people.