Current Neurology Residents 2017-09-22T07:54:30+00:00

Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation 2016-2017 Residents

Message From Our Chief Residents

UIC Neurology: four years of limitless opportunities, preparing you for the challenge of your professional journey.

Welcome to University of Illinois at Chicago, nestled in the Illinois Medical district, in downtown Chicago. The UIC residency program is split amongst three residency sites: University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Jesse Brown VA and Advocate Christ Medical Center. Each clinical site has its unique strengths. UIH, our main hospital, is a comprehensive Stroke Center with a very active Neurosurgical Department and a growing population of Neuro-Oncology patients. Aside from the already well established Neuromuscular, Epilepsy, Autoimmune, Cognitive, Pediatric and Stroke sections, we are excited about a recent addition of a Movement Disorder specialist to our faculty. The hospital also has one of the largest populations of Sickle Cell patients in the city giving residents exposure to neurologic issues unique to these particular patients.

At Jesse Brown VA, the patients are older, often with complex medical histories, including traumas, psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. There, we get excellent exposure to dementia, movement disorders, stroke, and degenerative spine cases. We cherish working with these veterans and hearing their stories. Advocate Christ Hospital, a tertiary level 1 trauma center on the south side of Chicago, runs one of the largest left ventricular assist device (LVAD) programs in the country and has a vast referral area, including the southwest suburbs and western Indiana, meaning that it provides tertiary neurologic care to areas that may be lacking these services.

Collectively, these vastly different sites provide a unique balance between rare and routine neurological cases. The high complexity and volume of these cases stimulate learning and discussion, promote independent thinking and provide multitude of opportunities for writing case reports. It is a great opportunity to learn in an academic, community-based and government-run practice settings and learn about their particular advantages. In addition to inpatient hospital experience, we get ample exposure to outpatient practice through our continuity clinics at both UIC and JBVA, as well as, multiple specialty clinics.

Many of our residents are also actively involved in research projects and the program encourages participation in professional conferences, including the AAN, American Epilepsy Society and the International Stroke Conference, as well as learning workshops.

Chicago is a vibrant city with a deep-rooted mentality of hard working individuals. The city has a long- standing history of diverse and unique multicultural presence throughout the metropolitan areas. There is an abundance of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, nightlife, museums and parks. Our residents stem from all over the world, and each of them brings unique strengths to our program. Together, we frequently celebrate completion of challenging rotations and support each other’s accomplishments. Our program would not be as successful without the friendships we’ve built and the trust we’ve developed with each other.

Overall, we can confidently say that the high volume of patient exposure over the three large academic centers, along with a highly supportive faculty allows UIC to stand out as an excellent neurology residency program. The strength of our program lies in the camaraderie shared between the residents and faculty. There is an excellent balance between autonomy and oversight at all of the sites affiliated with our program. The program has grown exponentially over the past several years with more sub-specialty presence in each area of neurology. We hope to continue this growth in the coming years. We appreciate your interest in our program and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Izabela Biesiada (irobel1@uic.edu)

Dr. Akash Patel (apate27@uic.edu)

PGY-4’s

Dr. Shalene Amin

Dr. Shalene Amin

Dr. Izabela Biesiada

Dr. Izabela Biesiada

Dr. Andre Culpepper

Dr. Andre Culpepper

 
Dr. Sunhee Kim

Dr. Sunhee Kim

Dr. Akash Patel

Dr. Akash Patel

Dr. Vinny Sharma

Dr. Vinny Sharma

 

 


 

PGY-3’s

Dr. Fang Bai

Dr. Fang Bai

Dr. Nikesh Bajaj

Dr. Nikesh Bajaj

Dr. Nicole DiGiannantonio

Dr. Nicole DiGiannantonio

 
Dr. Shama Farooq

Dr. Shama Farooq

Dr. Muhammad Husain

Dr. Muhammad Husain

Dr. Gabriela Trifan

Dr. Gabriela Trifan

 

 


 

PGY-2’s

Dr. Andrew Christiana

Dr. Andrew Christiana

Dr. Kevin Chen

Dr. Kevin Chen

Dr. Bayan Moustafa

Dr. Bayan Moustafa

 
Dr. Sarah Mufti

Dr. Sarah Mufti

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Dr. Ali Zandieh

Dr. Ali Zandieh

 

 


 

PGY-1’s

Dr. Francesco Laterza

Dr. Francesco Laterza

Dr. Sushant Puri

Dr. Sushant Puri

Dr. Shuo Qian

Dr. Shuo Qian

 
Dr. Neda Sattarnezhad Oskouei

Dr. Neda Sattarnezhad Oskouei

Dr. Golnaz Yadollahikhales

Dr. Golnaz Yadollahikhales

Dr. Muhammad Zeb

Dr. Muhammad Zeb

 

 

Fellows

Aftab Awan, MD,

Aftab Awan, MD, PGY7 – Neuromuscular Medicine

Dr. Martha Cruz

Martha Cruz, DO, PGY5 – Clinical Neurophysiology

Ahmad Daif, MD

Ahmad Daif, MD – PGY6 – Epilepsy

 
James Gutierrez, MD,

James Gutierrez, MD, PGY5 – Clinical Neurophysiology