Residents / Class of 2019

Whitley Aamodt, MD, MPH
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, 2015

In my spare time, I enjoy taking walks along the Schuylkill River, exploring new restaurants, and traveling to exotic destinations. I also enjoy photography and interior design.

My preliminary interests include cognitive neurology, movement disorders, and neuroinfectious disease. I am also passionate about global and community health and hope to apply my interests to work with underserved populations.

Stephen Aradi, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, 2015

Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Philadelphia's restaurants, parks, museums, and the surrounding area's numerous hiking trails and botanical gardens. I also enjoy cooking when I get the chance.

I am interested in movement disorders and hope to have a career mixing clinical education and research. I am drawn to multidisciplinary care settings for chronic neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.   

Neena Cherayil, MD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 2015

I really love watching and sometimes even performing improvisational comedy. My newly discovered Philly fascination though is acro-yoga, a blend of circus acrobatics and traditional yoga. It's the most fun you can have while increasing your risk of vertebral dissection!   Otherwise, I would say I also enjoy dogs generally, parenthetical interjections (see?), reading, writing, and travelling within and without the US.

As of now, I localize my interest within neurology centrally more than peripherally but am otherwise quite undifferentiated. I enjoy taking care of neuro-oncological issues as well as stroke but may be singing a different tune as I make my way through PGY2 year and discover all the nooks, crannies, and sulci of neurology.

Erin Conrad, MD, MA (Google Scholar)
University of Michigan, 2015

I enjoy video games, board games, walking around Philadelphia, and eating donuts from Reading Terminal Market.

I am clinically undifferentiated. I like any research where I get to do math.

Mindy Ganguly, MD (Google scholar)
Case Western Reserve University SOM, 2015

I love traveling, trying new foods, and picturesque views. My hobbies include fencing, painting, cultural dance and most recently, scuba diving. My major non-scholarly endeavor this year is to become a successful dog owner.

My academic interests include global health and clinical epidemiology - specifically how social and cultural factors shape health seeking behaviors and outcomes. My interests in neurology are so far broad, but I am preliminarily interested in epilepsy.

Joanna Mattis, MD PhD (Google Scholar)
Stanford School of Medicine, 2015

Most of my free time is spent with my two sons and my husband. We are regulars at the Philadelphia Zoo and the Please Touch Museum, as well as our local playground. My husband is British and we visit England as often as possible. I previously played the clarinet and am hoping to start that again before the end of residency.

I am interested in movement disorders, although I am not yet decided and am also considering sleep or epilepsy. I am particularly interested in Deep Brain Stimulation and other therapeutics targeting neural circuits. On the research side, my PhD focused on the development and application of optogenetic tools for circuit dissection.

Susanna O'Kula, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2015

An ideal day outside the hospital would include a leisurely brunch, any combination of hiking/biking/running, seeing friends and family, and finally curling up with a good book or the latest Netflix series. I also enjoy baking desserts that contain chocolate, and my goal is to adopt a rescue dog by the end of residency.

While many neurologic subspecialties appeal to me, I am still exploring my academic interests. Whatever the clinical focus, I would like to pursue quality improvement initiatives and health equity & global health projects as well. As a former English major, I also hope to incorporate narrative medicine into my practice.

Sara Manning Peskin, MD MS
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2015

In my spare time, I do a bit of writing, including contributing to the Huffington Post, Boston Herald, and New York Times. I enjoy taking my dog to the park, and telling my husband what a great wife he has. I also like to run extremely slowly.

I'm a travel junkie, so naturally I'm excited about neurology in low-resource settings.  I want to learn how patients can be diagnosed and treated in countries where basic imaging and labs aren't available.  I also like learning how neurologic diseases interplay with cultural beliefs, like kuru in New Guinea and seizures in Ancient Rome.


Jon Rosenberg, MD BS (Google Scholar)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2015

I enjoy athletics and outdoor activities, including running, tennis, boxing, and hiking.  In my free time I like to cook, read, and travel-when possible.

I am interested in Neurocritical Care and Stroke, in particular anticoagulation and management of intracerebral hemorrhage.

Etsegenet Tizazu, MD, MS
Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2015

During my spare time, I like watching movies, traveling, spending time with my family and exploring the many beautiful parks in Philadelphia.

My academic interests are neuroimmunology, autoimmune neurology, epilepsy and global health.

Xin (Linda) Zhou, MD (Google Scholar)
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2015

I enjoy trying new restaurants (currently 5+ pages of Philly restaurants in my google doc) and craft beers, traveling abroad, jogging along the Schuylkill River Trail (so beautiful, especially in the fall), spending the afternoon in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and browsing through Reading Terminal Market.

My academic background is in neuro-oncologic basic science research, but I am keeping an open mind regarding sub-specialization after residency.




Danielle Barber, MD, PhD (CV)
Yale University 2012
Pediatric Neurology

I spend nearly all of my non-hospital time these days with my two hilarious and happy kiddos, and my husband. We love taking them everywhere - live music concerts, swimming, skiing, and just spending time outside and with family. I'm also quite involved in the special needs community.

I have a great interest in brain injury in tiny babies, and the variable developmental outcomes. I definitely want to get back to the basic science lab, working at a molecular level.


Melissa Hutchinson, MD MA (Child Neurology)
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014

I love margaritas and reading novels... when I'm not hanging out with my 3 littles! Adventures in playing beauty shop and doing arts and crafts with my  4 year old daughter, Natalie, mixed with chasing around my 2 year old twins is what makes me happy. Claire's silly nature and Andrew's love of scaling furniture keeps me on my toes.

I am interested in soaking in all areas of Neurology during this first year of post-peds training.

Jeremy Wong, MD (Child Neurology)
University of California, Davis 2013

I like playing with technology, running, and cooking Philippino cuisine.

I am interested in epilepsy

Susan Matesanz, MD (Child Neurology) (Google Scholar)
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014

I like traveling, cooking (paella is my specialty), spending time with friends and family, the beach, and skiing.

I am interested in pediatric neuromuscular medicine and global health.


Carlyn Patterson Gentile, MD PhD (Child Neurology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2014

I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. This includes going on long hikes and walks, spending time on the beach, and skiing with my husband and son.

 My academic interests include systems neuroscience research, vision, and headache. I hope to pursue a career in academic medicine and neuroscience research.  

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Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
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