Current Residents

Current Residents

Adult Neurology Residency Training Program Current Residents

PGY-4

James M. Addington (Co-Chief)

James AddingtonI was born and raised in the Buckeye State of Ohio. I went to undergrad at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where I majored in Zoology (with no intentions to ever work at a zoo). It is also at Miami where I earned a degree in Neurosciences, which prompted my interest in neurology and the brain. I graduated undergrad in 2007 and headed west to the Hoosier state (Indiana), where I attended Indiana University for medical school. In medical school, I continued to find all things neurology interesting and complex, so it was not a tough decision when it came to choosing what residency to apply for. I interviewed across the eastern United States, but knew UVA was the right fit following my interview. The welcoming residents and faculty, large patient population and fact that I could easily get around town when the city shuts down for 4 inches of snowfall, were all reasons I was attracted to UVA. Outside of neurology, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Leslie, whom I met back in the 6th grade at a public ice skating rink, and our dog, Colbie. Charlottesville has been a great place to live and we have enjoyed exploring the many hiking trails (ie: running into a black bear on our first hike on the AT), enjoying the great food scene and hopping from winery to winery.

Michelle C. Johansen

Michelle JohansenWelcome 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.

Surabhi Ranjan

Surabhi RanjanHi 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.

 

Reza Seyedsadjadi

Reza SeyedsadjadiI'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.

 

David H. Taplinger

TaplingerI 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)

Melanie WardI am from Charleston, WV. I went to Bethany College for undergrad and West Virginia University for medical school, where aside from studying I mainly focused on being obsessed with college football (let's go Mountaineers!). My favorite things in life (besides football season) are my three dogs (possibly the worst behaved in the world), bluegrass music, and spending time outdoors. I really enjoy living in Charlottesville, trying out the many restaurants in the area, and taking advantage of the great music scene here. I'm very glad I chose UVA for residency and am confident that I will receive great training here. Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions about the program, Charlottesville, or match in general!

 

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PGY3

Matthew Ehrlich

EhrlichI 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 was very active with my fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.  Following undergrad, I attended Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in wonderful New Orleans, LA where I received my MPH in Epidemiology. Finally, I went to Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. I had an interest in neurology throughout medical school, and this choice was finalized during my third year after my neurology clerkship. I interviewed at about a dozen programs. I chose UVA for it's excellence in patient care and focus on training and education, as well as the friendly and incredibly knowledgeable faculty. The laid-back, yet focused atmosphere of UVA and the character of the town of Charlottesville were also big draws for me. After residency, I am considering a fellowship in stroke and a career in academic medicine with a focus on education.

 

Matthew P. Elliott

ElliottAfter 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.

 

 

Christopher L. Groth

GrothMy 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 really love all of the activities that are available here including hiking, kayaking, visiting wineries and breweries, going to the beach, visiting DC, exploring American history, etc.  Additionally, I have found this program to be incredibly friendly, 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.

 

Sneha Mantri

MantriI attended UVa, where I majored in biochemistry and comparative literature. I went to Columbia University for medical school and a master's degree in narrative medicine. It was midway through my third year of medical school that I decided to do my residency in neurology. I chose UVA because of the broad catchment area, the varied subspecialty representation, and most especially the camaraderie among the residents. I am now in my first year of residency and am thrilled to be here. The training has been excellent. The focus here is on training, patient care and quality of life. I still haven't solidified my plans for after residency, but will probably do a fellowship and hope to stay in academics.

 

 


Kathryn S. Stevens

Stevens-NeveI am originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and for the most part consider myself a "Midwest girl.” I moved down to New Orleans after high school to attend Tulane University, where I studied Anthropology and Neuroscience. I loved living in NOLA--- from the delicious cajun food to live jazz, it was a fun place to be for four years. After I graduated, I moved back home to Indiana to go to Indiana University for medical school. It was not until the end of my third year of medical school that I decided to pursue a career in neurology. I chose University of Virginia for several reasons, but the number one reason was the people I met and spoke with. The residents, faculty, Dr. Burns, and Dr. Johnston are all so kind, fun, and passionate about what they do. That passion is contagious, and I knew it would create an exciting working and learning environment. Another reason why I chose UVA is the beautiful area in which it is set. Every day when I leave the hospital, I get a great view of the mountains.... that is hard to beat. Also, there are endless hiking trails and wineries that surround Charlottesville, two of my favorite things! I couples matched here with my fiance, Adam, and we love to explore the area with our dog Scout when we have some spare time. I am now in my first year of residency, and while I am looking forward to starting my neurology training, I am loving my medicine internship. I am learning a lot, and having fun spending time with my medicine co-interns. After my residency, I would like to do a fellowship in critical care or infectious disease.


Lisa S. Toran

Lisa toran croppedI'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.

 

PGY2

Halley Briglia

 

HalleyI 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!

Joseph Carrera

CarreraI 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!

 

Jason Crowell

CrowellI 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 have interests in stroke and neurocritical care and plan to do a fellowship following my residency.  We have really enjoyed our short time here and are looking forward to the next four years!

Kiran Kanth

KiranI attended the University of Minnesota where I majored in neuroscience and stayed on to complete medical school. I decided to pursue a neurology residency in the middle of my third year of med school. I chose UVA for residency for many reasons, the major ones being 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 encountered during the interview process and afterwards has been very friendly, supportive, and always willing to help. Charlottesville is a great place to live: lots of sun, the charm of a smaller city without the hassle, and DC and Richmond not too far away if you are craving an urban feel. I am currently in my first year of residency and excited to learn as much medicine as I can in one year. I am interested in completing a fellowship in stroke and critical care but have not limited my interests yet.

 

David Lapides

LapidesI 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.

 

Matthew McConnell

McConnellHey! 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!

 

 

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Rahul Guha

Eastern Virginia Medical School

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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? 

 

 

Jasmin Jo

University of East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Greg Kuhlman

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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"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."

 

 

Lauren Talman

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

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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.

 

 

Sarah Tisel

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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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!

 

 

Christopher Vachon

Indiana University School of Medicine

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