7th Year Residents (Chief)
Priscilla Pang, M.D., M.S.
Priscilla Pang, M.D., M.S., graduated in June 2010 with a medical degree from Case Western University, Cleveland, OH. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Case in applied anatomy. Her research interests have included molecular mechanisms of neural protection and empiric antibiotic utilization in the clinical setting. While an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, she was a nationally competitive cyclist. She also enjoys rock climbing.
Abigail Rao, M.D.
Abigail Rao, M.D., graduated in June 2010 with a medical degree from Brown University, Providence, RI. As a Howard Hughes Research Scholar, she had worked at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on hippocampal dendritic potassium channels. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, she studied the expression of nestin in neural stem cells. She has served in the Big Sisters program and enjoys travelling with her family.
6th Year Residents (Research)
Kelly Bridges, M.D.Kelly Bridges, M.D., graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in June 2011, where she has been formally recognized for “altruism in medicine” and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She was previously an undergraduate in neuroscience at UCLA. While at at UCLA she published in the Journal of Neuroscience for research regarding neuron circuitry in the brainstem. Kelly received "Outstanding Student in Neuroscience" award and the American Medical Women's Association award for "Academic Achievement" for being among the top 10% of women, while in medical school.
She is an outdoor enthusiast and has built both a cabin and house with her family.
Frances Hardaway, M.D.Frances Hardaway, M.D., graduated from the Medical University Of South Carolina in June 2011, where she was elected a member of alpha omega alpha (AOA). She was previously an undergraduate in psychology at the University of Richmond, Virginia. She has published work during medical school on human functional brain imaging and magnetic stimulation.
Her interests include tennis and piano.
5th Year Residents (Senior)
Kunal Gupta, M.B.B.Chir., Ph.D.Kunal Gupta, M.B. B.Chir., Ph.D., graduated from the University of Cambridge, England, UK in June 2007, with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBChir). He was awarded a PhD, also from the University of Cambridge in June 2012. His PhD research work was focused on the novel discoveries he made around glial-neuronal interaction under molecular paradigms of traumatic brain injury, using a human stem cell platform.
Dr. Gupta enjoys, competitive ballroom dancing (standard and Latin disciplines), tennis, skiing and snowboarding.
Katie L. Krause, M.D., Ph.D.Lynn K Krause, M.D., Ph.D., graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI in May 2012. She was awarded a PhD, also from the Medical College of Wisconsin in May 2008. Her PhD research work was focused on examining plasticity within the neuronal respiratory networks of the brain.
Dr. Krause, Ioves the outdoors, backyard astronomy, and spending time with her dog.
Tristan M Stani, M.D.
Dr. Stani, enjoys playing guitar and composing music,surfing, mountain-bike riding, scuba diving and long distance running.
4th Year Residents (Senior)
Carli Bullis, M.D.Carli Bullis, M.D., graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN in May 2013. She was elected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA) and was in the top quintile of her medical school class. Her hobbies include running, traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr. Bullis also enjoys figure skating and was awarded a Silver Medal at the US Figure Skating Intercollegiate National Championships during her undergraduate years.
Lauren Simpson, M.D., M.P.H.Lauren Simpson, M.D., M.P.H., graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine, Raleigh, NC in May 2013. She was awarded an M.P.H. from Duke University in 2012. While in medical school, Dr. Simpson taught primary-level English to a hospital in Tanzania as well as distributed clothes, books, and toys to children in an orphanage in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Her hobbies include cooking, jogging, and reading.
3rd Year Residents (Basic Clinical Neuroscience)
Jacob Bagley, M.D.Jacob Bagley graduated from Duke University, and previously completed an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Jacob has pursued research on cortical stimulation mapping of epilepsy foci in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Duke.
His interests include foreign travel and building computers.
Jo Ling Goh, M.D.
Her interests include singing and gymnastics.
Paul McMahon, M.D.
His interests include fly fishing and sailing.
2nd Year Residents (Junior)
Erik Brown, M.D., Ph.D.Erik Brown graduated from Wayne State University's MD/PhD combined degree program, completing PhD work with a major in translational neuroscience, a minor in biomedical engineering, and a dissertation focusing a language structure and function using modalities of cortical stimulation, DTI, fMRI, and, primarily, electrocorticography (ECoG). Significant awards during medical school training were First Place selection during Data Blitz among medical students, residents, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows at the 2011 Workshop on HFOs in Cognition and Epilepsy at the Montreal Neurological Institute and 2012 Asselin Award for first author publication among medical students, residents, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. He had previously completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
His personal interests included foreign travel, guitar, camping, surfing, and ice hockey.
Yimo Lin, M.D.
Yimo Lin graduated from the University of Chicago and was previously an undergraduate at Brown University, Rhode Island and at the Sorbonne, Paris. Dr. Lin also completed a 2-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health researching the molecular pathways underlying neurodegenerative disease. Her work has been published in PLoS One, J Biological Chemistry, J Neurooncology, J Neurosurgery, Epilepsia, Traffic, J Pediatrics and others. She has lived in six countries and is conversant in four languages. In her free time, she enjoys video games and yoga.
1st Year Residents (Intern in Neurological Surgery)
Erik Larson, M.D.
Erik Larson, M.D., joined neurological surgery in 2016. Erik was a staff sergeant in the US Air Force (2001-2005) serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an airborne linguist. He pursued his undergraduate education at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he graduated summa cum laude with a BS in neuroscience. He then obtained his medical degree from University of Washington, Seattle. While in medical school, he was honored to be selected as a Tillman Military Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation. His interests include spending time with his family, cooking, and hiking.
David Mazur-Hart, M.D., M.S.
David Mazur-Hart, M.D., M.S., joined neurological surgery in 2016. He completed his medical training at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Norfolk, Virg., where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a third-year student. He also received a Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences from EVMS. He previously completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash. While in medical school he volunteered for a number of organizations including the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team providing food and shelter for the homeless and the student run free clinic, HOPES. His personal interests include hiking, baseball, basketball, golf, music, and board games.
Nasser Yaghi, M.D.
Nasser Yaghi, M.D., was educated at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in molecular and cell biology, with a minor in psychology. Dr. Yaghi was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Medical Research Fellow completing a year of research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas studying cancer immunotherapy. His project focused on nanoparticle delivery of microRNA to influence the tumor microenvironment of glioblastomas. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas with a medical degree and research track distinction in May 2016. Nasser enjoys basketball, soccer, and reading. He is interested in entrepreneurship and taking new treatments/medical devices to market. He remains an active member of his family’s pizza business.