Meet the Current Residents 



Class of 2017





Travis Lewis, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
University of Alabama School of Medicine, 2013

I enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, cycling of any type (Road, Mountain, Cyclocross...I've been riding the MS 150 since 2014).

I am interested in neurodegenerative disease and therapeutic delivery technologies including gene therapy. I will be starting a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Penn.




Kristina Patterson, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
Northwestern University School of Medicine, 2013

I am an avid yogi and try to practice 2-3 times a week.  I also enjoy riding my bike and going for a run.  I'm also an enthusiastic foodie.  If I'm not being physically active, I'm probably trying a new restaurant.

I am interested in neurocritical care and paraneoplastic/autoimmune diseases in the critical care setting.  I am currently working on a project with Eric Lancaster investigating the molecular mechanisms of autoantibodies to cell adhesion molecules found in diseases such as Morvan's syndrome, CIPD, and AIDP. I am starting a neurocritical care fellowship at Yale.



David Do, MD (Google Scholar | LinkedIn)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2013

I enjoy building apps and teaching a coding class at the medical school. Every year I pose as an undergraduate student to attend PennApps, the largest collegiate hackathon. I have watched every episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and Parts Unknown several times.

I am interested in developing clinical apps for doctors to utilize clinical data and better manage their patients. I plan to practice General Neurology and design tech-enabled solutions to improve care.


Class of 2018




Kelley Anne Humbert, MD
Harvard Medical School, 2014

I enjoy anything that involves being outdoors, including hikes, bike rides, anything by the beach. I always enjoy a good sporting event, and play tennis and volleyball. When residency permits, I travel as much as possible, usually centered around scuba diving locations.

Preliminarily, I am most interested in cognitive disorders and movement disorders, though there is a lot I haven't seen yet. I also really like education and global health and hope to incorporate that into future career plans.


Jamie E. Podell, MD (Google Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2014

I love traveling and doing just about anything outdoors - can't wait to go to Tanzania with FAME and to travel around Africa afterwards! Outside of work, I am a new puppy mom and try to keep up with my hobbies of drawing, painting, knitting, and conquering whatever new DIY project inspires me. I also enjoy playing on many of our neurology intramural sports teams.

I have a background in cognitive and neuropsychiatric research but have loved my time in the neuro ICU and am excited to pursue fellowship training in neurocritical care.



Eric A. Kaiser, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 2014

I am a classically trained clarinetist.  Consequently, I spend a lot of time listening to music, especially classical music, opera, and musical theatre albums, and attend various performing arts events including the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia.  I am also a sports fan, and having grown up in Wisconsin, my loyalties are to the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers.  I also enjoy discovering many of the amazing restaurants here in Philadelphia. 

I am interested in headache medicine. My research uncovers the mechanisms of migraine and photophobia.  I have a particular interest in utilizing pre-clinical animal models to explore the pathophysiology of migraine with the goal of developing new therapeutic tools for patients.    


Class of 2019


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, 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.

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. I enjoy taking my dog to the park, and telling my husband what a great wife he has. I also like to run, albeit 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.

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.


Graduate Career Paths

Beyond residency, we position our trainees for excellence in Fellowship training and career advancement.

Two-thirds of our residents remain at Penn to complete their Fellowship training. In many cases, these Fellowship programs combine further clinical experience with research activities. Support for Fellowship research comes from both R25 Fellowship support as well as several training grants held by faculty within Neurology.

The remaining one-third of our residents elect to leave Penn for their Fellowship and choose positions at top institutions across the country. Over the past ten years, these institutions have included Partners, UCSF, Wash U, Michigan, NYU, NIH, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Stanford.


Our residents work with world-class clinicians and researchers in every field of neurology. This diversity is reflected in the areas of focus they pursue after residency. Over the past ten years, the distribution of chosen specialty has been:


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Department of Neurology
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

Vanna Hing, Residency Coordinator

Telephone: (215) 662-3370
vanna.hing@uphs.upenn.edu