Meet the 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.

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.  

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.

From an academic standpoint, I am interested in Huntington's disease, and I'm currently applying to a Movement Disorder's fellowship. Besides a clinical interest in HD, I'm interested in a research career focusing on genetic epidemiology and health outcomes in Huntington's and other movement disorders. I have also been heavily involved in Diversity and Inclusion efforts throughout the years, with an emphasis on health equities education, health care disparities research, as well as residency recruitment efforts. Independent of my research interest, I look forward to continuing an active involvement in diversity and inclusion efforts throughout my career

Class of 2021

Alexander Gill, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 2017

I have always loved hiking, camping, and the great outdoors. I have a strong passion for cooking, particularly experimenting with new foods, styles, and flavors and I enjoy hosting dinner parties. I like gardening and in the summer I grow my own herbs and vegetables. When I have the time, I love to travel and explore new cultures and cuisines.

My academic interests include neuroimmunology and neuroinfectious disease. I hope to pursue a career in academic medicine studying the role of immune activation and inflammation in causing neuronal dysfunction, particularly in the setting of CNS infections and inflammation-associated neurodegenerative disease.

Andrea Fuentes, MD (Google Scholar)
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2017

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, doing Pilates, and exploring different foods near and far. In my alternate life, I would be a travel food writer.

While I hope to continue exploring neurologic subspecialties during residency, I am interested in movement disorders, epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases. My research interest thus far has been in movement disorders, with an emphasis on progressive supranuclear palsy.

Geoffrey Noble, MD, PhD (Google Scholar)
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2017

I enjoy baking bread and cooking. In the summer I like to ride my bike, and in the winter I enjoy playing hockey (like any good Canadian).

My research interests are in the field of neurodegeneration.

Class of 2022

Samuel Carrell, MD/PhD (Google Scholar)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2018

I enjoy road cycling when I have the time, running, and cooking with my wife. We also have the world's laziest dog, a retired greyhound named Rita, who enjoys short walks. And I enjoy music and have played drums in several bands.

My past research examined mechanisms and experimental treatments for genetic muscle disease. I hope to continue studying neurogenetic diseases by developing pre-clinical models and testing experimental treatments that may one day improve the lives of affected families. Clinically, I am interested in neuromuscular medicine or movement disorders.

Emily Liu, MD (Google Scholar)
Stanford University School of Medicine, 2018

I was born in China but lived in 6 different states before coming to Philadelphia for residency. I’ve happily munched on different regional cuisines from smoky Arkansas BBQ to the blue crabs of the Chesapeake Bay to the warm, farmer’s market peaches of Northern California. Amidst this moveable feast, I cultivated a passion for art and writing – I’m a known doodler and scribbler. You’ll also find me on the hiking trials or bounding around the rock climbing gym.

My academic interests are in bioethics/neuroethics, medical humanities, and medical education, particularly as they relate to questions of professional identity formation and physician burnout. I’m still deciding on my overarching clinical path, but cognitive neurology, neuropsychiatry, and neuro-oncology are potential areas of focus!

Sahily Reyes-Esteves, MD/PhD (Google Scholar)
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, 2018
MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 2018

I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with my husband and dogs, cooking (and grocery shopping!), and spending time outdoors. I also love meeting new people and hosting friends at my home.

Clinically, I enjoy many aspects of neurology and patient care, and am excited to explore different possibilities during residency. In terms of research, I have a long-standing curiosity for neurodegeneration and envision pursuing this further in the upcoming years. I am also very interested in initiatives that promote access to quality healthcare for underserved populations, specifically within urban contexts.

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.

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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