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Neurology

Meet Our Residents

Class of 2020

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Daniel Champeau, MD

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Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin; About me: I play bass and sing in an active rock band.

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Marek Cierny, MD

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Medical School: Masarykova Univerzita Lekarska Fakulta, Czech Republic; About me: I can’t sing or play any musical instrument but that does not prevent me from participating because I have a black belt in judo.

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Sam Hooshmand, DO

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Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; About me: I love trying new cuisines.

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Tracy Tholanikunnel, MD

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Medical School: Medical University of SC College of Medicine; About me: I adopted a retired racing greyhound who can run up to 45 mph.

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Pamela Youssef, MD

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Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; About me: I love to travel and scuba dive wherever I travel. I have scuba dived in more than 25 Caribbean islands in the past six years.

Class of 2021

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Norman Burgess, MD

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Medical School: Avalon University School of Medicine; About me: My biggest and greatest accomplishment is my two beautiful children and my amazing wife.

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Kevin Chow, MD

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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.

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Ruchi Dhyani, MD

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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!

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Brandon Overholt, DO

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Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; About me: I play tenor saxophone. I enjoy jazz and single malt scotch.

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Vishal Pandya, MD

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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.

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Ahmad Sawalha, MD

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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

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Allison Block, DO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Annaliise Hayrynen, DO

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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

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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

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

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William Pennant, MD

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

Recent Program Graduates

In recent years, our alumni have done everything from going into private practice, continuing in academic neurology, as well as pursuing any number of Neurology fellowships either at MCW or at other prestigious programs such as Washington University, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, Baylor, Rush, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of Pittsburg, Yale, UT South Western, and Columbia to name a few.

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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 Fellowship – Medical College of Wisconsin
Amrita-Amanda Lakraj, MD – Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship – Johns Hopkins University
Jigar Mankad, MD – Private Practice, Springfield, IL
Harrison Pearl, MD – Neurocritical Care Fellowship, Emory University
Christopher Southwood, MD – Vascular Fellowship, Stanford University

2016

Naveen Addagatla, MD - Washington University, St. Louis - EMG Fellowship
Susiani Intan, MD - University of Illinois, Chicago - Neuro Ophthalmology Fellowship
John Leschke, MD - University of Minnesota, Neurosurgery Residency
Serena Thompson, MD, PhD - Cleveland Clinic - Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Aditya Vuppala, MD - MCW - Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

2015

Ryan Brennan, DO - Movement Disorders Fellowship - University of Nebraska
Saritha Kundoor, MD - Neurovascular Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Janki Lavingia, MD - Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin
Pedro Oliveira, MD - Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship - Louisiana State University
Derrick Shumate, DO - Headache Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin