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Current Residents

PGY-4

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Kira Dillard, MD
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Oleksandra Dryn, MD
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Rashi Krishnan, MD
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Dr. Krishnan's Bio
Medical School:
B.J Medical college, Ahmedabad; India
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love to travel, trying out multi cuisines, scrap booking etc.
What are your career goals?

After my residency, I would want to pursue a 2-year fellowship in neuro critical care and in future practice as a neurointensivist as well as continue my research projects as well.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I chose UTHSC for my residency training because of its excellent faculty, well-structured curriculum and not to mention the diverse patient population which would make me a complete and a confident neurologist.
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Nathan Lawrence, MD
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William Mays, MD
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Dr. Mays' Bio
Medical School:
UTHSC
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I watch “Liv and Maddie” with my twin girls, take naps with our puppy, watch my wife cook spaghetti, meet with Christians regularly, sing in an award winning barbershop quartet, and write angry letters to the editor about freedom in America.
What are your career goals?
I have decided to pursue a neuro critical care fellowship.  I was exposed to a vibrant ICU experience early on in my residency, and I immediately fell in love with taking care of patients in a critical care setting.  Having had such a positive experience with our team, I am taking a position here at UT for post-residency training.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?

I was attracted to UT Neurology initially by the commitment of the department to all aspects of the broad field of neurology.  While we certainly have a world class stroke center, there are seemingly endless possibilities to pursue every discipline under the neurology umbrella.  Having this exposure to such a diversity of pathologies is one of the strongest aspects of our program.  However, most of all I was drawn to the pleasant work environment.  While each service is definitely busy, all expectations are reasonable and achievable.  The residents are given every chance to succeed.  This supportive atmosphere is indeed unique, and I look forward to going to work each day.  Residents are nurtured and encouraged to follow their chosen specialties, and every tool is readily available to become the best physicians possible.
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Payam Moein, MD
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Dr. Moein's Bio
Medical School:
Isfahan University of Medical School, Isfahan, Iran
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love being in nature and being active! Kayaking, playing tennis and swimming are my major hobbies. What are your career goals?
I would like to further my education with an epilepsy fellowship while still learning more about general neurology.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?

I liked the cordial environment between the residents and the excellence of hands on learning experience. The program is especially strong in the field of stroke and neuro ICU. Moreover, we had the opportunity to learn about ICU EEG monitoring which was important to me as an aspiring epileptologist. Last but not least, I could enjoy the amazing nature around Memphis with a reasonable cost of living.
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Vasile Popa, MD
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PGY-3

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Talal Aboud, MD
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Saeed Ansari, MD
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Dr. Ansari's Bio
Medical School:
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
What do you enjoy in your free time?
Cooking, watching movies, Reading books, surfing internet
What are your career goals?
Stroke/endovascular, epilepsy
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
Considerable number of patients and diverse patient population. Cheap city to live.
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Reza Bavarsad Shahripour, MD 
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David Benezra, MD
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Dr. Benezra's Bio
Medical School:
St. George’s University
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy spending most of my free time in the outdoors.  Memphis and the surrounding area have plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and camping.  When I am not exploring the outdoors, I spend a lot of time maintaining my programming skills by building mobile applications for the Apple App Store. 
What are your career goals?
My career goals include working as an outpatient neurologist in an academic program with a strong foothold in research.  Specifically, I enjoy the integration of technology into the field of neurology.  Currently, I am conducting research into using Virtual Reality as an alternative to mirror therapy for patients suffering from phantom limb pain.  In addition, I will be presenting at the yearly AAN meeting on the future of neurology as it relates to everything from mobile applications and wearables to robotic prosthetics. 
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I choose UTHSC for residency because I wanted a strong academic program that would encourage my goals of clinical research.  The program provides a robust inpatient foundation coupled with multiple opportunities to explore research in any field that interests you.  UTHSC offers extensive academic support with the research backing of world renowned hospitals such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
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Aman Deep, MD
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Dr. Deep's Bio
Medical School:
Government Medical College Amritsar, Punjab, India
What do you enjoy in your free time?
During my free time I like to cook North Indian cuisines, travel and listen to my favorite band, Coldplay. I also write poetry and love to hang out with my friends and try new restaurants.
What are your career goals?
I want to specialize in Movement Disorders. I have done extensive Movement Disorder research in both basic and clinical science at Barrow Neurological Institute with Dr. Alan Gibson and Dr. Abraham Lieberman which laid down a solid foundation for my career as a Physician-scientist. I want to explore new target areas for deep brain stimulation and come up with new treatment strategies for Parkinson’s Disease, RLS, Dystonia’s, Huntington’s Disease, and various other movement disorders. I also want to start a non-for-profit clinic for patients in need.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?

I chose UTHSC for my residency due to the world-renowned faculty. The patients we encounter at UTHSC come from a diverse population and with varied pathology which provides a great learning experience. We get ample opportunity to manage common to rare cases. The most important part of the residency program is the autonomy you get while making clinical decisions which I feel is truly amazing and which you won’t see anywhere else.
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Muhammad Ishfaq, MD
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Dr. Ishfaq's Bio
Medical School:
National University of Science and Technology (Army Medical College)
What do you enjoy in your free time?
Travelling, eating
What are your career goals?
Possibly neurocritical care
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I chose UTHSC because of the great faculty.
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Rena Sukhdeo, MD
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Dr. Sukhdeo's Bio
Medical School:
University of Medicine and Health Sciences
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy good food, good company and making memories that will last a lifetime! I also love to travel. I intend to see a great many places once I’ve finished residency. My ultimate pass time is spending time with my family and significant other, all of whom live some distance away.
What are your career goals?
I hope to pursue fellowship in Headache medicine, and also obtain my MPH so I can dabble in Administration as well. However, my ultimate goal is to become a proficient and knowledgeable Neurologist.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I was intrigued by the diversity of the population I would treat, and the rare pathology I would encounter given our position in the stroke belt. I knew there would be high volume, and many challenges, which all help mold me as young physician during training.

PGY-2

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Teena Bajpayee, MD
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Dr. Bajpayee's Bio
Medical School:
St. Matthew’s University – Grand Cayman Islands
What do you enjoy in your free time?
cooking, gardening, scrap-booking, watching movies, playing with puppies, traveling
What are your career goals?
I am very interested in stroke and epilepsy.

Also, having been involved in medical education, I would like to continue that path and work in an academic medical center, along with hospital administration.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I chose UT for its optimized resident-to-faculty ratio, diverse Neurological patient population given its location in America’s Stroke Alley, and for its well-structured and integrative Neurology curriculum.
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Juan Goyanes, MD
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Dr. Goyanes's Bio
Medical School:
Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA) Dr. Pablo Acosta Ortiz School of Medicine, Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and family. I love traveling, outdoor activities, exploring restaurants with diverse gastronomy, working out (if time allows), and watching different series/movies.
What are your career goals?
I would like to pursue fellowships in neurocritical care/epilepsy and interventional neurology.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I chose UTHSC for my residency because it offers a broad spectrum of diverse pathologies in multiple settings (public and private practice), which provide great learning opportunities. Stroke and vascular pathologies are very common in our diverse population, which make the program particularly strong in these areas. However, there are plenty opportunities for development in other fields such as neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, neuroncology, etc. The work environment is busy, but at the same time friendly with well renown faculty. In addition, Memphis is very affordable to live and offers a good life style compare with other big cities, which are more expensive.
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Carolina Harbert, MD 
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Ana Maleki, MD
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Igal Mirman, MD
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Mona Rezaei, MD
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Dr. Rezaei's Bio
Medical School:
Shahid Beheshti Mesical Uni (SBMU)
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy hiking and boating, which is very easy to do in Memphis. I also love going on road trips with my family and friends, which we are able to do on weekends.
What are your career goals?
I want to specialize in a specific Neurology area; however, I am still exploring my options by starting research in different fields. We have very helpful and forthcoming attendings to guide us through this process and believe I will soon reach my decision.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I chose UTHSC Neurology program because of its diverse exposure.  The program is famous for its educational opportunities and great staff attending whom provide the best setting of education along with its patient exposure. Residents get to work in different inpatient and outpatient settings in great referral centers such as St. Jude and MUH stroke center. This will allow me to become a confident and well-educated Neurologist.
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Cesar Sanchez Padron, MD
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Dr. Padron's Bio
Medical School:
Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)
What do you enjoy in your free time?
Going out with my wife to know important landmarks in TN and USA. Seeing movies, series, and playing at home, and spending time with my family.
What are your career goals?
Been able to contribute in the Vascular Neurology field in my country with the experience gained in my program, and to help to improve my program.
Why did you choose UTHSC for your residency?
I am really interested in stroke and vascular pathology. As the center of the “Stroke Belt”, UTHSC program have the experience and the organization to train me as the best in the vascular field.

Last Published: Sep 19, 2018