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Meet Our Residents

The Adult Neurology Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin is fully accredited by the ACGME as a categorical program. We take either five or six residents per year (alternating years). Our outstanding residents are the core of the program. To give you a better feel for our program, we have put together several videos to let you hear from some of our residents in their own words. During our virtual interview process, you will have additional opportunities to speak with our residents (via telephone, video conference, or email). In the meantime, I invite you to view these videos to get to know us better.

What do you like to do for fun?

What interested you in the Neurology Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin?

What do you like the most about your residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin?

What will you miss the most when you graduate from the Neurology Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin?

What do you like about life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin?

Class of 2022

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Allison Block, DO

Chief Resident

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I love running, being outside and paper newspapers.

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Darren Dugas, MD

Resident

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; About me: Before medical school I went to pharmacy school.

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Brian Johnson, DO

Chief Resident

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I am from the Rockies and am an avid snowboarder. I have also lived in Mexico for two years and I’m fluent in Spanish.

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Joyce Okendo, MD

Resident

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria; About me: In high school I would participate in musicals. One of my favorite musicals is Into the Woods.

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Danish Pardhan, MD

Resident

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; About me: I am a tennis maniac. In my free time I love reading airline food reviews.

Class of 2023

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Jennifer Collins, MD

Resident

Medical School: University of Wisconsin; About me: Prior to medical school I was a high school biology teacher.

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Michael Dryden, MD

Resident

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia; About me: I have a dog named Dude.

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Annaliise Hayrynen, DO

Resident

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I danced competitively in college and still dance swing, blues and salsa as often as possible.

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Ryan Lee, MD

Resident

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; About me: When I was in 6th grade, I studied in New Zealand for one year.

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Tina Nigam, MD

Resident

Medical School: Michigan State University; About me: I love dogs and foster abused/abandoned dogs.

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William Pennant, MD

Resident

Medical School: University of Wisconsin; About me: I have been to 25+ countries.

Class of 2024

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Armghan Ans, MD

Resident

Medical School: Services Institute of Medical Sciences; About Me: I think I can do all the sports in the world, except for bullfighting.

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Tyler Heinrich, MD

Resident

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine; About Me: I’ve made a lot of free time to read around the subject of epistemology.

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Brittany Legg, MD

Resident

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine; About Me: I’m a gardening enthusiast, both indoors and out!

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Michael Mendoza, MD

Resident

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; About Me: I'm a big fan of collecting books. The coolest book in my collection is a First Edition of the original Flexner Report.

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Hatem Tolba, MD

Resident

Medical School: Tanta University Faculty of Medicine; About Me: I’m a soccer maniac and I used to play it professionally before medical school. I still play as often as possible and I support Manchester United.

Class of 2025

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Herath Chehan, MD

Resident

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; About me: I have an identical twin brother.

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Adil Chohan, DO

Resident

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I won a regional speech contest when I was a kid.

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Amro Elrefaei, MD

Resident

Medical School: Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine- Egypt; About me: I am left handed and the only (O-ve) blood group in my family.

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Brian Kelley, DO

Resident

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: Myself and an internal medicine resident at MCW married identical twins.

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Joseph Nashid, DO

Resident

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: In my spare time I spend time with my 3 kids who are full of energy and play all kinds of sports.

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Krysten Rutzinski, MD

Resident

Education: Medical College of Wisconsin; About me: I leased a horse during undergrad.

Recent Program Graduates

Following graduation from our program, our former residents have pursued many different career opportunities. While some chose to go directly into practice after residency, most pursued fellowships. We have had graduates complete fellowship training in virtually all subspecialty areas of Neurology at a wide range of outstanding programs across the country including the Medical College of Wisconsin, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, Johns Hopkins, Washington University at St. Louis, University of Chicago, and Emory to name but a few.
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2021

Kevin Chow, MDVascular Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Ruchi Dhyani, MD – Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowship –  University of Pittsburgh
Brandon Overholt, DO – Neurocritical Care Fellowship – University of Maryland
Vishal Pandya, MD – Epilepsy Fellowship – John Hopkins
Ahmad Sawalha, MD – Epilepsy Fellowship –Mayo Clinic

2020

Daniel Champeau, MD – Neurophysiology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Marek Cierny, MD – Vascular Neurology Fellowship –  Cleveland Clinic
Sam Hooshmand, DO – Neuroimmunology and MS Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Tracy Trolanikunnel, MD – Movement Disorder Fellowship – University of Florida 
Pamela Youseef, MD – Private Practice – Doral, Florida 

2019

Nicola Carlise, MD – Neuroimmunology and MS Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Salman Farooq, MD – Neurology Attending – Medical College of Wisconsin
Salman Jafri, DO – Private Practice – Ponoma, California 
Sumaiya Khondker, MD – Neurocritical Care Fellowship – Emory University
Amanda Willcox, DO – Neurocritical Care Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin

2018
Gabriel Bonnell, MD – Neurology Attending – Medical College of Wisconsin
John Andrew Cox, MD – Neurocritical Care/Neurointerventional Fellowship, Medical College of WI
Mohammad (Ashish) Kabir, MD – Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship – University of WI-Madison
Gregory Rozansky, MD – Neurocritical Care Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Brandon Strawn, DO – Private Practice, Beloit, WI
2017
Patrick Bauer, MD – Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy – Medical College of Wisconsin
Amrita-Amanda Lakraj – , MD – Neuro-ophthalmology  –  Johns Hopkins University 
Jigar Mankad , MD – Group Practice – Springfield, IL 
Harrison Pearl, MD – Vascular Neurology – Emory University  
Christopher Southwood , MD – Vascular Neurology – University of California at San Francisco