Current Residents

Current Residents

Year 3

KumarManish Kumar

  • M.B.B.S., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, India

  • M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, India

  • Pediatrics Residency, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, India


    I grew up in India and attended Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India for medical school and Pediatrics residency. I was drawn to Neurology while learning neuroanatomy in the medical school and I have always felt that localizing the neurological symptoms and arriving at a diagnosis gives the feel of a detective! and is quite fascinating. I chose UVA because I had heard about the excellent Neurology and Child Neurology program and the beautiful location. After spending almost two years here, my feelings for this place have grown stronger and stronger because of nice people, nice place, very friendly attendings, and lots of academic activities. In my leisure time, I like to do swimming, watch movies, play chess, and chat on skype with my family. Although there are plenty of options for fellowships following my residency here, I am planning to go back to my home country and work as a child neurologist as my family is over there.


Year 3

AxeenErika Axeen

B.S. University of Iowa

M.D. University of Iowa

Pediatric residency (2-year preliminary), Univeristy of Virginia


I am originally from Ames, Iowa.  I went to undergraduate in Iowa City at University of Iowa, where I majored in Biology with a minor in Art History.  I stayed there for medical school where I was first exposed to Pediatric Neurology.  I liked that it was a subspecialty where we can form long-term meaningful relationships with our patients and help them to live meaningful lives.  For residency, I looked only at 5-year combined programs and looked initally at programs of all sizes.  I visited UVA near the end of the grueling interview trail and knew immediately that I would feel at home.  I thoroughly enjoyed my Pediatrics years and feel that I got good training, an abundance of mentors and lifelong friends.  The faculty at UVA in both Pediatrics and Neurology are here because they like to teach and work with residents.  Charlottesville is a fantastic, low-stress place to live with an abundance of things to do such as hiking, outdoor dining, visiting wineries/breweries, live music, etc.  The fact that it rarely snows here is a nice bonus! 



Year 2



Amal Abu Libdeh, M.B.B.S.

M.B.B.S.: University of Jordan. Amman, Jordan.

Pediatric Residency: University of Jordan. Amman, Jordan.

Pediatric Residency: University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

I grew up in Jordan and did most of my training there. 3 years ago, I got married and moved to the US.  I first lived in Virginia for a few months before moving to Florida to do my pediatric residency, and then I returned to Virginia to join my husband. I was fortunate to be accepted at UVA. Becoming a child neurologist has been my dream for a long time, and to be able to do that at an outstanding program while staying with my husband and 2 kids is great. This medium- sized program is exactly what I was looking for, and it offers endless opportunities for learning, research and career advances, all in a professional and friendly environment.   

Plans for the future, I’m not sure yet, but for now, I am enjoying everything that Charlottesville and the UVA have to offer. I like going on road trips enjoying mountain views. I also like trying out new restaurants and meeting new people. So, if you like energetic college towns, if you’re looking for a place to start and raise a happy family, and if you’re looking for a high standard program, then this could be the right place for you.  I am more than happy to share my experience and answer any questions you may have. You can email me at Good luck.