Adult Neurology Residency Training Program Current Residents
James M. Addington (Co-Chief)
As one of the chief residents, I welcome you to the UVA Department of Neurology and Charlottesville! I was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio and completed my undergraduate work at Miami of Ohio, where I played one year of college football (ie: kicker). I majored in zoology with a minor in the neurosciences and it was at this point that I started to develop my interest in the brain and nervous system. I graduated from Miami in 2007 and moved on to medical school at Indiana University, where I continued to explore neurology and all it has to offer. My interview trail led me across the Midwest and Southeast, ultimately landing me here at UVA. When I interviewed at UVA, I had a gut feeling that something was right. My interview dinner was filled with energetic residents and spouses, all talking about the quality lifestyle, the great food and music scene and all that the city of Charlottesville has to offer. As I entered my interview day, my perception of UVA continued to improve, meeting faculty and staff across all sub-specialties, all welcoming applicants with diverse backgrounds. There was a clear diversity within the department, with some faculty members more focused on research and others on the clinical aspects of neurology. Not knowing where I wanted to end in the field, this seemed to be a great fit for me. Now, having completed three years of training, I could not have been more right in my initial gut feeling. The training has been excellent, the exposure to neurology vast and the guidance superb. Following residency, I will be pursuing a neuromuscular fellowship at Ohio State. In addition, I have a strong interest in healthcare leadership, administration and quality improvement and hope to incorporate this into my career. Currently, I am a member of the Resident and Fellow section editorial team for the Neurology journal. My wife, Leslie, and I have loved living in Charlottesville. Although not the biggest city, the never ending food and wine scene, the nearby mountains and/or ocean and the ongoing concerts and festivals, have left us with a lasting impression that Charlottesville is certainly one of the best places live! On top of this, we now get to enjoy our last year here with our son, Hudson, who was born last February.
Welcome to UVA Neurology! You will discover cutting edge excellence, work with great staff and meet the greatest friends and colleagues. We look forward to our time together. My background includes a chemistry degree from UVA where I also rowed crew and participated in club swimming. A program at MCV which places twenty students in northern VA in an intense practicum training program for the final two years of rotations drew me to remain in Virginia for med school. While there I met a team of fantastic Neurologists and Neurosurgeons who encouraged my growing interest in Neurology. I was privileged to travel to El Salvador twice on medical missions trips where I was able to converse with patients and local doctors in Spanish and witness the fascinating treatment methods of neurologic diseases. During the search for a residency program, it was no surprise to discover cutting edge excellence at UVA and my first year has confirmed that observation. In my free time (cough) I try to stay physically active, attend a wonderful church and spend as much time as possible with some of the great fellow residents who have become close friends. These are simply snapshots of us but please know that we look forward to getting to know the full portrait of you.
Hi everyone. I am Surabhi. I was born and raised in Varanasi, a quaint city in the northern India. I went to Mumbai, India for my medical school at Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital. I love animals, reading fiction, painting and swimming. I came to the U.S. for residency training and completed my internship in Prelim IM at the Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College. Of all the places I interviewed for Neurology, I chose UVa because the atmosphere here appeared to be the perfect mix of academics and clinical training. But I must say, what I found unique here was that all this learning takes place in a very congenial environment. So far my time at UVa has been excellent and I look forward to more learning and fun.
I'm very excited to be part of UVa neurology family. After completing medical training in Tehran, Iran, I pursued clinical and research training at King's College London, UK, where I got involved in neuromuscular disease and multiple sclerosis research and clinical trials and continued research in MS at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I developed special interest in translational clinical research in neurology, then decided to follow an academic neurology path in the US. I chose UVa neurology residency, as this program offers a perfect mix of didactic teaching and hands on experience, with great supervision and direction. UVa has great resources to support my plans in pursuing a career in academic neurology with opportunities in research and teaching. The attendings are attentive, and they tailor the teaching to my individual goals and perspective. Despite its modest size, Charlottesville has much to offer in addition to its proximity to major cities and airports. The community is dynamic and vibrant, housing is affordable and there are lots of venues for fine dining or outdoor living.
I was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in Florida. I attended college at the University of North Florida where I spent most of my time surfing, though organic chemistry did occasionally cut into my beach time. I also met my wife there; we celebrated our 10th anniversary this year. I graduated with a degree in psychology and did research projects involving language and dementia. I have been interested in neurology since college, and knew I would apply for neurology residency. I came to Virginia to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2007, and liked it here so much that I decided to stay in Virginia for residency. I applied to about a dozen programs, but felt that UVA really had the "complete package." Our faculty are outstanding, and put a huge emphasis on learning and collegiality. I'm not quite sure how they do this, but they seem to pick great residents every year who are a lot of fun to work with. Charlottesville is great as well; despite being a small town, there is always something going on and if you like the outdoors the possibilities are endless. It's nice to live in a state where you can go surfing one day and snowboarding the next. I am now in my PGY2 year, and have not yet decided what subspecialty I will enter after residency. I have strong interests in movement disorders and in vascular neurology.
Melanie D. Ward (Co-Chief)
I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. I went to Bethany College for undergrad and West Virginia University for medical school (Let's Go Mountaineers!). I knew I wanted to come to UVA for residency after dinner the night before my interview, because the residents seemed genuinely happy, passionate about the program, and closely knit. Trusting my gut feeling was definitely a smart move, and it has truly been an honor to train here. Our faculty are well-renowned yet extremely down-to-earth, approachable, and committed to our education. As residents, we have a great work-life balance and there are always fun activities to do in Charlottesville (including college sports, a great music scene, outdoor activities, dog-friendly events, and lots of great restaurants, breweries, and wineries). After residency, I will be staying at UVA for a fellowship in clinical multiple sclerosis. I'd be happy to answer any questions about our program at any time, so feel free to get in touch!
I was born in Charleston, SC and moved several times during my childhood, living all over the East coast and Midwest. I went to Purdue University, where I studied neurobiology and first fostered my interest in neurology. Following that, I attended Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA where I listened to a lot of live music, attended festivals and parades, ate amazing food, oh and received my MPH in Epidemiology. Finally, I went to Penn State University College of Medicine. I interviewed at about a dozen programs. I chose UVA for it's well known excellence in patient care and focus on training and education, but it was truly the comaraderie and close-knit department of amazing clinical neurologists that sealed the deal for me. The laid-back, yet driven atmosphere of UVA is in my eyes a unique and wonderful asset of the program. The character of the town of Charlottesville and it's great location were also big draws for me. There is always plenty to do here, with impressive local craft breweries and vineyards, a fun downtown, and the always ecclectic restuarant scene. We're also only minutes away from national parks with a seemingly endless number of beautiful hikes, camping and paddling opportunities. Importantly, we always make sure there is time to enjoy those things while training here. After residency, I plan to complete a fellowship in stroke and go on to a career in academic medicine with a focus on education and clinical acute stroke management.
After being raised near Charleston, W.Va, I attended the University of Notre Dame, where I spent most of my time as an electrical engineer tailgating football games. I went to West Virginia University for medical school. It was during my 3-4th years that I decided to do my residency in neurology. I interviewed at about a dozen programs. I chose UVA because the program is great, Charlottesville is great, and the residents are generally happy people. I am now in my 1st year of residency and am very happy to be here. The training has been excellent. The focus here is on training, patient care and quality of life. After my residency, I plan to do a fellowship. I am currently most interested in movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, and epilepsy.
My name is Christopher Groth and I am originally from the great state of Iowa. My wife and I couples matched here, she doing Emergency Medicine, and have greatly enjoyed our experiences out here. We love all of the activities that are available here including hiking, kayaking, visiting wineries and breweries, going to the beach, visiting DC, etc. Additionally, I have found this program to be incredibly friendly and helpful, though continuing to push me to be the best doctor that I can be. I feel that all of the attendings that I work with truly want to help me to learn and are always available for questions. If you ever want to know more, please email me as I would love to tell you more about the area and why I feel that the training program here is so great.
I'm from the DC suburbs and went to UVa for undergrad, where I double-majored in biochemistry and comparative literature. After some soul-searching about the direction I wanted to take my life, I ended up at Columbia University in NYC for medical school and an intercalated master's degree in narrative medicine. I decided on neurology about halfway through my clerkships, and when I interviewed at UVa, I was blown away by the program: the broad catchment area, the varied subspecialty representation, and most especially the camaraderie among the residents. I haven't been disappointed. The training has been excellent. The focus here is on training, patient care and quality of life. Our attendings, both on the inpatient services and in clinic, are focused on our education, whether that means emailing articles, demonstrating bedside maneuvers, or formal teaching through noon conferences and chalk talks. There's so much enthusiasm for resident-driven research and curriculum development; if you have a particular area of interest you're almost certain to find a faculty member to help you out. Mentorship is a strong point here, and a big part of my fellowship decision (movement disorders) has to do with the great people I've worked with in that division. The collegial atmosphere I saw among residents at the interview dinner extends to our interactions with faculty, with other departments like internal medicine, and outside the hospital. Charlottesville's a phenomenal place to live, with an excellent music, theater, and restaurant scene, a very walkable downtown, and it's just a few minutes from Virginia Wine Country and the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Impromptu happy hours/picnics, as well as more formal events organized by the Neuro Department or the Housestaff Council (like Third Thursdays, RN/MD socials, or the Residency Retreats) let us unwind outside the hospital. I could talk anyone's ear off about Charlottesville, our program, or medical humanities -- so if you have questions about any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I am originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I moved down to New Orleans for college at Tulane University, where I majored in Anthropology and Neuroscience. I loved living in NOLA--- from the cajun food to jazz, it was a fun place to live. After I graduated, I moved back home got my medical degree at Indiana University, where I enjoyed living closer to home for a while. I chose University of Virginia for several reasons, but the number one reason was the people I met and spoke with. The residents and faculty are all so smart, fun, and passionate about what they do. That passion is contagious, and I knew it would create an exciting working and learning environment. It doesn't hurt that Charlottesville area is a beautiful place to live. There are endless hiking trails, great live music, awesome restaurants, and wineries. I couples matched here with my husband, Adam, and we love to explore the area with our dog Scout, and are never for lack of things to do when we both are off work.
I'm from Santa Rosa, CA (famous for being
the home of Charles Schultz and the Snoopy museum). I went to college
at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I earned my
degree in Biopsychology and minored in beach jogging and eating Mexican
food. I went to Penn State University for medical school and it was
during my 3rd and 4th years of medical school that I decided to go into
Neurology. I chose the University of Virginia because all of the
faculty I met were clearly enthused about their field and about
teaching. The residents were all genuinely nice, both to us applicants
and to each other. As an example, during my interview dinner one
resident agreed to take the call pager and be on call for another
resident who had another commitment. This kind of cohesiveness is a
genuine strength of the residency program.
I am now in my first year of residency as an intern in the Medicine program at UVA, and am looking forward to my Neurology rotations this year. I'm happy to be living in Charlottesville (with all the outdoor ‘naturey’ activities, great restaurants, outdoor concerts and farmers markets), even if they don't have a Snoopy museum.
I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. I then completed my undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. From there, I stayed in Ohio to attend The University of Toledo College of Medicine. I am excited to now be an intern at University of Virginia and reside out of the snow belt for the first time in my life! The weather is great, but I chose UVa because of the people. I am only beginning my intern year, and while at times it can be busy, I still look forward to coming to work every day because I love the people I work with! From faculty and residents to nurses and support staff, the University of Virginia is committed to quality patient care and resident education. The learning environment is supportive while at the same time encourages you to be the best physician you can be. As a plus, Charlottesville is beautiful and the outdoor activities are endless. My boyfriend and I enjoy touring the vineyards, taking hikes in the Shenandoah Valley with our chocolate lab, visiting local restaurants (I have not had a bad meal yet) or just sitting on our front porch gazing at the mountain view. It is a remarkably dog-friendly town, and we often take our dog out to eat with us or to the off-leash dog park. I am not sure what field of Neurology I will end up in, but I am excited to be receiving top-notch Neurology training at UVa and am looking forward to the next four years!
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan where I majored in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. That is where my interest in neurology and neuroscience began. From there, I headed to the heartland, and completed medical school at the University of Iowa. After my 3rd year neurology rotation, my decision to pursue a career in neurology was cemented. While navigating the couples match process, I interviewed at programs across the country. What struck me most about UVA is that the program here is so well balanced. Not only does this program offer excellent training in neurology, but I found the residents here to be incredibly genuine. During the dinner with the residents the night before the interview day, I truly got the sense that residents were very close knit and had lots of fun meeting up outside of work. On interview day, the faculty clearly demonstrated their passion for teaching and patient care. These elements, paired with the vibrant college town atmosphere, made choosing the University of Virginia very easy. So far I have really enjoyed my start to intern year. My wife (an internal medicine intern) and I have both found many things to do in Charlottesville and can't wait to explore the area further. At this point, I am most interested in pursuing a stroke fellowship after residency. If you have any questions about the couples matching process, the program here at Virginia, or about anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me!
I am originally from Florence, Alabama. I graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Mathematics, and then I moved to Birmingham and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. I became interested in neurology during my second year of medical school when we studied neuroanatomy, and after my neurology rotation during third year I was certain I wanted to make this my career. My wife and I, both born and raised in Alabama, wanted to stay relatively close to home for my residency. After interviewing at categorical programs primarily in the southeast, it was clear that the neurology residency program at UVA was the best choice because of the faculty, staff, and residents associated with it and the record it has for training excellent neurologists. In addition to the outstanding program, the charming city of Charlottesville and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains offer plenty to enjoy (and with Washington, D.C., just two hours away, there is literally always something fun to do). At this time, I plan on completing a fellowship in Neurophysiology or Movement Disorders following residency. We have really enjoyed the past year here and are looking forward to the next three years!
I attended the University of Minnesota where I majored in neuroscience and stayed on to complete medical school. I decided to pursue a neurology residency during my third year of med school. I chose UVA for residency for many reasons, mainly because of its strong dedication to resident education, the support that the neurology department provides to its entire staff, and the warm weather, in contrast to the frigid temperatures in Minnesota. The most important reason I was drawn to UVA was because every attending and resident I encountered during the interview process and afterwards was very friendly, supportive, and always willing to help. Charlottesville is a great place to live: lots of sun and beautiful mountain views and the charm of a smaller city without the hassle. I am currently in my second year of residency and excited for my first year of neurology.
I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and went to undergrad
in Santa Fe, New Mexico at St. John's College where I studied the great
books of western literature. During college, I began doing neuroscience
research in neonatal epilepsy at Georgetown during my summers.
When I came back to the east coast for my post-bac program, I continued
research in neonatal epilepsy, specifically investigating the effects
of potassium channel opener therapy at Penn/CHOP. I went to
medical school at the University of Maryland where I continued
participating in neuroscience researching the effects of calcium
channel blocker therapy in central pain syndrome.
I always had a good idea that I would pursue neurology given my research background. But as I got to know more neurologists, I saw that, more than any other field, they were people like me. Here at UVA was no different. The relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful mountains and the collegial atmosphere amongst the residents was what initially attracted me to the program. My fiancee and I could not be happier to be in Charlottesville. I plan to pursue a career in academic neurology and look forward to cementing my decision on a specialty during residency.
Hey! My name is Matt. I grew up in Charlotte, NC. Throughout my childhood and in high school, my focus was split between class work, year-around high school, club, and state-team soccer, classical and jazz piano, tennis, and place-kicking for the football team. The summer before I went to Duke University, I shadowed a psychiatrist who served a low income patient population, all of whom were on Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans. Witnessing the inspiring transformation of a schizophrenic patient after successful treatment that led to his assimilation back into society was the catalyst for my interest in a career in medicine. At Duke, the innate drive to reenact what the psychiatrist that I shadowed did for her patients collided with my life-long curiosity for the myriad functions of the conscious mind and the neurological correlates underlying what drives our behavior. The neuroscience classes I took and the work I did in Dr. Meck’s lab investigating, through electrophysiological studies examining firing patterns of neurons within the striatum of rats, how we are able to estimate short lengths of time resulted in more of a passion than a curiosity for the brain. What really solidified my decision to go into Neurology were my experiences with the wide variety of neurological diseases I saw during third year of medical school at Wake Forest University. Wake Forest will always be special place for me because not only is it where I discovered what direction my career was heading, but it is where I met my fiance, Emma Pace, who is a Family Medicine resident at UVA.
Hearing about all the horror stories of couples matching and the trials and tribulations of finding a place that both parties could agree on had us rather fearful of what was to come during our interview season. UVA was our first interview and after traveling from Charleston, SC to Portland, Oregon and various programs in between, nothing came close to the excitement and comfort we both felt throughout our visit to UVA. Not only were the faculty and residents outstanding people and physicians, they were fun, happy, welcoming, and easy to talk to and get along with. Both the family medicine and neurology programs encompassed not only outstanding academic training, but also a laid back, collegial environment. We now live within walking distance of the hospital with our dog Rue who has her own fenced-in back yard to run around in. We have yet to completely discover all that Charlottesville has to offer, but we love the ample amount of live music, hiking, breweries, wineries, and quality restaurants in the area. If you weren't thinking of checking out UVA Neurology, I would strongly encourage you to reconsider. Cheers!
Eastern Virginia Medical School
It is great to be back in Charlottesville! I’m originally from Mclean, Virginia, a quiet suburban town in Northern Virginia that is 10 metro stops away from the White House. My interest in neuroscience began when I was a senior in high school. I studied Tardive Dyskinesia in rats and presented an abstract at the Intel International Science Fair. When I started college at the University of Virginia, I majored in neuroscience and studied epilepsy in rats with Dr. Jaideep Kapur’s laboratory. By the time I reached medical school I could not wait to work with people with neurological diseases!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to train at the University of Virginia because of the incredible research opportunities, diverse patient population and exemplary teaching provided by the attending physicians and residents in this program. Additionally, Charlottesville is an awesome place to live. Where else can you find a yoga studio within walking distance of a restaurant that serves hamburgers with fried eggs?
University of East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Mabuhay! I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and completed my education and training (yes, even residency) in University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. To make a long story short, I am currently re-doing my neurology residency here in the US. I initially did Neuro-oncology fellowship here in University of Virginia and MGH/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Somewhere along my fellowship training, I decided that I want to stay and do my residency again. University of Virginia was instinctively my first choice. The faculty is outstanding, very supportive and welcoming. I have worked with some of the residents during my fellowship training here and they are friendly, hardworking and know have to have fun. Being a city girl my whole life, coming to Charlottesville was a big change for me…in a good way. The place is beautiful, the people are very pleasant and everything is close by, including the vineyards; plus no horrible traffic and parking is easy! The relaxed environment is very conducive for learning and I am looking forward for the next 4 years.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
"Hello, my name is Greg Kuhlman. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I traveled a great distance from home to attend undergraduate college at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where I studied Athletic Training. After undergrad, I returned to Cincinnati working as an athletic trainer and a restaurant manager before completing my Masters in Business Administration degree at the University of Cincinnati. Here, I continued on as a Bearcat for medical school and discovered my interest in Neurology. My forth year of medical school was a big year - I married my wonderful wife Margaret and I matched at the UVA Neurology Residency Program. I wanted to go to a residency program that could prepare me for either an academic or clinical career and allow me to pursue hobbies that I enjoy, namely hiking with our dog Fiasco, mountain biking, and cycling. This elusive "work-life balance" seems to be attainable here. Something else I have found is that the faculty here is friendly, supportive, and easily approachable. My wife and I have enjoyed this transition and look forward to what is to come in the future."
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
I hail from the heartland of America: Iowa. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate school. Though I knew I ultimately wanted to pursue a career in medicine, I took advantage of the liberal arts courses at Penn and majored in French. During college, I also developed an interest in non-fiction writing. Medical school brought me back to my hometown of Iowa City where I attended the University of Iowa. I realized late in my third year that Neurology was the perfect fit for me: the diagnostic process fascinated me and I found the patients endearing. While I’ll miss the home-cooked meals and rolling plains of Iowa, I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter in Charlottesville. The personable faculty and enthusiastic residents at UVA were what attracted me to this training program. I look forward to exploring the camping, hiking and rock climbing areas in and around Virginia and finding my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville.
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
I was born in Minnesota, but raised as an expatriate in Europe. My parents taught at an international school in Berlin, Germany until I was six and then at a school in The Hague, The Netherlands until I was eighteen. I attended college at Macalester in Saint Paul, MN where there were a large number of international students, and I was finally able to explore my hometown. I think I became interested in neuroscience initially because I spent a lot of time thinking about how a person’s culture influences his or her behavior. I majored in neuroscience and spent a good deal of time researching the neuroplasticity of pain both during college and as a postbac at the NIH. While at Penn State for medical school, I found neurology to be an exciting and growing field that fits my interests and skills. When choosing a residency program I looked for a place where I would be able to laugh with my co-residents on tough days. I looked for a program where the environment encouraged me to improve myself everyday and provided the tools to do so. When I interviewed at UVA I instantly felt a strong sense of belonging and found the Program Director and Chair of the department were enthusiastic and dedicated to resident education. I also witnessed a relaxed atmosphere and lots of laughter amongst the residents. I feel highly fortunate to be heading to UVA, and to Charlottesville where I am hoping to spend some time outdoors running, hiking, and exploring the nearby wineries. And, I am looking forward to finding a place in the back of my closet to store my Minnesota winter jacket!
Indiana University School of Medicine
I was born and raised amongst the cornfields of Fort Wayne, IN. Along the way I have enjoyed hobbies ranging from playing tuba to golfing and rooting for my Indianapolis Colts. I attended Wabash College, a small liberal arts college in southern Indiana where I studied Biology, Chemistry, and German. I then attended IU School of Medicine. My interest in neurology began during the first year of medical school after completing the neuroscience course. I became enamored with how all of the circuits of the nervous system work in perfect synchrony to achieve everything ranging from movement and sensation to thought, emotion, and memory. My clinical experience with neurology cemented my decision to pursue neurology which prompted the question of where I wanted to do my training.
I initially considered only programs in the Midwest, but due to encouragement from several faculty and friends I expanded my search to include Virginia specifically; I couldn’t be more pleased with that decision. Upon visiting, it was apparent that a unique rapport exists between residents and faculty alike. It simply felt comfortable; it seemed like a prime place to receive training that is going to lay the foundation for a career. While away from the great state of Indiana I will enjoy exploring the mountains, wineries, and breweries of Virginia with my beautiful wife, Brittany. She too has felt very much at home with the faculty and fellow residents here at UVA. We have both enjoyed our time here thus far and look forward to the coming years in Charlottesville!