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 5 or 6 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.
Class of 2021
Kevin Chow, MD
Medical School: St. James School of Medicine, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; About me: I swam inside the crater of a dormant volcano in Costa Rica.
Ruchi Dhyani, MD
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine; About me: I once had my artwork displayed at an art show in Toronto. The art piece that I sold during the fundraising event was inspired by the painting of The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. I love experimenting with new media and having fun with colors and continue to create art in my spare time!
Brandon Overholt, DO
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; About me: I play tenor saxophone. I enjoy jazz and single malt scotch.
Vishal Pandya, MD
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin; About me: I spend as much of my free time as possible in the great outdoors and particularly enjoy backpacking in different wilderness areas. My latest trip was on the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming in August 2019.
Ahmad Sawalha, MD
Medical School: University of Sharjah College of Medicine; About me: I used to play piano in the school, however I couldn’t play it during college and I lost my skills. I’m looking forward to learn piano again after finishing residency.
Class of 2022
Allison Block, DO
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I love running, being outside and paper newspapers.
Darren Dugas, MD
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; About me: Before medical school I went to pharmacy school.
Brian Johnson, DO
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.
Joyce Okendo, MD
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.
Danish Pardhan, MD
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
Jennifer Collins, MD
Medical School: University of Wisconsin; About me: Prior to medical school I was a high school biology teacher.
Michael Dryden, MD
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia; About me: I have a dog named Dude.
Annaliise Hayrynen, DO
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.
Ryan Lee, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; About me: When I was in 6th grade, I studied in New Zealand for one year.
Tina Nigam, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University; About me: I love dogs and foster abused/abandoned dogs.
William Pennant, MD
Medical School: University of Wisconsin; About me: I have been to 25+ countries.
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.
Daniel Champeau, MD – Neurphysiology Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Marek Cierny, MD – Vascular Neurology Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic
Sam Hooshmand, MD – Neuroimmunology and MS Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Tracy Trolanikunnel, MD – Movement Disorder Fellowship – University of Florida
Pamela Youseef, MD – Private Practice – Doral, Florida
Nicola Carlise, MD – Neuroimmunology and MS Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Salman Farooq, MD – Neurology Attending – Medical College of Wisconsin
Syed Salman Jafri, MD – Private Practice – Ponomia, California
Sumaiya Khondker, MD – Neurocritical Care Fellowship – Emory University
Amanda Willcox, DO – Neurocritical Care Fellowship - 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
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