Residents / Class of 2020


Moe Hein (Harry) Aung, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
Emory University School of Medicine, 2016

I enjoy quality time with my family and friends - sharing a meal, playing board games, traveling, watching movie, etc. I also like to play sports such as basketball, volleyball, and ping-pong.

I am interested in neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-immunology, stroke, and movement disorders. I am also very interested in continuing my research endeavors, especially in the realm of translational research - understanding the underlying pathogenesis of retinal and neurological diseases and developing potential therapeutic targets or means.


Sheena Baratono, MD, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 2016

I love trying out the many amazing restaurants in Philadelphia and trying to recreate the best meals. I love traveling abroad and exploring new cities. When I get a chance I try my hand at painting and photography.

My research background is in basic immunology and I'm interested in bringing that to neurology to study auto-immune and auto-inflammatory disorders of the nervous system. I also am very interested in the philosophical underpinnings of perception and cognition.


John Best, MD (ResearchGate)
University of California San Francisco, 2016

I enjoy cooking, especially East and Southeast Asian cuisines. My life leveled up when I discovered a Burmese grocery store in South Philly last month. Time away from work is predominantly spent outdoors, be it cycling, climbing or hiking.

My past work has been in global health in Asia. Moving forward, I hope to understand the disparities of neurologic disease burden and improve access to therapies. I have particular interests in infectious diseases as well as neurodegeneration and stroke.  

Alice Cai, MD (Google Scholar)
Washington University School of Medicine, 2016

I enjoy painting, piano, karaoke, and rock climbing

I am interested in neurologic physical exam, learning techniques in medical education, as well as autoimmune/paraneoplastic syndromes vs stroke and recovery from stroke.


Molly Cincotta, MD (Google Scholar)
University of Virginia, 2016

My personal interests include reading, mainly fantasy but really I will devour anything that comes with a strong recommendation. I also enjoy writing both fiction and creative nonfiction and hope to write about medicine and neurology someday. In my spare time I enjoy board games, escape rooms and playing with my dog, Sirius. 

Academically I am interested in medical education and trying to find better ways of training medical students and residents. I am also thinking about movement disorders as a specialty, although I'm mostly undecided from that standpoint.


Daniel Cristancho, MD MBE
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2016

I enjoy exploring new recipes from the New York Times Cooking section, baking bread, and a good Netflix binge. My puppy Charlie is expectedly full of energy, so playing fetch and teaching him new tricks is becoming a common pastime of mine as well.

Academically, I am interested in medical education and the intersection of Neurology and Medical Ethics. I enjoy inpatient clinical practice and am considering career paths as a Neurohospitalist.  

Kyra S. Jefferson-George, MD (Google Scholar)
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 2016

In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. While I have no musical talent of my own, I enjoy listening to music every day, especially alternative metal and classic rock.

Clinically, I am interested in cognitive neurology and movement disorders. I have an interest in both basic science and clinical research and would like to explore the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s dementia.  


Adys Mendizabal, MD, MA (Google Scholar)
Temple University School of Medicine, 2016

I'm a big sports fanatic, particularly of college football (Go Canes) and the NBA (Go Heat).  Since moving to Philadelphia I started running long distances, and I've ran in the Broad Street Run as well as the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. In addition to sports and running, as the good Cuban that I am, I love cooking (especially rice and beans), and salsa dancing.

I am interested in pursuing an academic career in health disparities in neurology, particularly social determinants of health.  Other academic interests include neuro-epidemiology, health outcomes, neuro-psychiatry, and ethics. 


Hannah Machemehl, MD (Google Scholar)
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 2016

I spend my free time finding green space in or outside the city and discovering which bagel shop is indeed Philly's finest.

I am interested in the social infrastructure surrounding neurological disease and women's health in neurology.  


Andrew Olsen, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2016

I enjoy spending time outdoors, keeping up with recent developments in physics and neuroscience, lifting weights, and listening to music (I generally listen to either rap or classical, oddly enough). I am currently splitting my free time between Philadelphia and New York, where my girlfriend lives, and I enjoy exploring both cities and trying new restaurants whenever I can.

I count myself as clinically undifferentiated at this point; I enjoy various aspects of neuro-ophthalmology, stroke, neuro-critical care, and epilepsy - though I still have a lot to see! I've recently done research using functional MRI to look at the cortical response to visual stimuli targeting specific classes of photoreceptors and visual pathways. 


Lindsay Raab, MD
University of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health, 2016

In my free time I enjoy sampling all of Philadelphia's amazing restaurants and walking along the river trails with my husband and dog. I am also an avid sports fan and love watching or attending Wisconsin Badger football and basketball games. Of course, my hobbies wouldn't be complete without mentioning my love for Netflix marathons.

At the moment, I am most interested in neurocritical care and stroke. I plan on being very active in medical education as well and plan to stay in academic medicine as a teacher and clinician.   



Vishnu Anand Cuddapah, MD, PhD (Child Neurology) Google Scholar
University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015

I enjoy all things that involve being outside and art. I love discovering new parks with my wife and 2 boys, as well as trying to set the annual record for number of visits to the Philadelphia Zoo.

I am interested in understanding the genetic basis of pediatric neurological disease. I hope to pursue a career in translational research.


Duriel Hardy, MD (Child Neurology)
Duke University School of Medicine, 2015

I enjoy eating/trying new restaurants in Philly, going to the beach, and watching sports.  I also enjoy running competitively and I am currently training for a half marathon in the fall.

I am interested in demyelinating diseases

Amisha B. Patel, MD/MPH (Child Neurology)
George Washington University School of Medicine, 2011

I enjoy traveling and I try to sky dive somewhere new every few years.

I am currently interested in pediatric headache and TBI.




Brian F. White, MD (Child Neurology)
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2015

I enjoy mountain biking and I run a Tough Mudder every year with my dad and younger brother. I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old.

My undergraduate degree is in sports medicine, and I'm very interested in sports-related neurological injuries, specifically concussion. I also really enjoy working with pediatric and adult neuro-oncology patients.

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3 Gates, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
Chair of Neurology

Raymond S. Price, MD
Program Director

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