Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation 2021-2022 Residents

Message From Our Chief Residents

Welcome to the University of Illinois College of Medicine Neurology residency training program! We are delighted and honored that you are considering our residency training program. The program is committed to providing you with well-rounded education in a variety of neurological subspecialties and life experience to prepare you for success in any field you choose to pursue in your future endeavors.

This year during the COVID-19 pandemic our department has made strong efforts to ensure a smooth and safe transition for incoming residents. The program has adapted extremely well, especially with implementation of telehealth visits for patients in addition to virtual learning conferences for the residents. We aim to maintain a collaborative and supportive working environment and provide top quality healthcare to our patients.



This is a categorical program offering an invaluable intern year of internal medicine that will strengthen your knowledge base and create camaraderie with our medicine colleagues. Beginning your first year in neurology training as a PGY2, there is a focus on building a solid foundational knowledge through clinical experience rotating on mostly inpatient services, including general neurology, stroke, neuro intensive care, and neuro-oncology. You will also have clinic months during which you will gain early exposure to all subspecialties in neurology including movement, neuromuscular, neuro ophthalmology, epilepsy, sleep, cognitive behavioral, and neuroimmunology. As you progress to your senior years as a PGY3 and PGY4, the goal is to build your leadership skills as on the inpatient teams, gain further subspecialty exposure, and allow for elective time to pursue personal interests in neurology.


You are trained in treating and stabilizing patients acutely in the inpatient setting as well as providing them with long-term neurologic care in the outpatient setting. There is a vast educational curriculum, including neuroradiology conferences, morning reports, journal clubs, grand rounds, and noon lectures provided by leading experts. Our residents present at resident and departmental conferences to help build their public speaking and presentation skills.


Our faculty are eager to work with our residents on research projects with the goal of presenting their work at our Neurology department grand rounds at the end of their fourth year, as well as submitting papers to national journals for publication and presenting their work at national conferences.


At UIC, we embrace and value diversity, reflected in our residents and attendings who come from countries all over the world, each with a unique educational and cultural background. Diversity is also embodied in our patient population and wide spectrum of diseases. You will have chances to rotate both at the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Hospital (JBVA), inpatient and outpatient. Each has its own practice mode, unique patient population and medical structure/system.

Our Hospitals

The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) is an academic teaching hospital located in the Illinois Medical District, one of the largest urban healthcare districts in the country. UIH is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and a tertiary referral center, accepting complicated patients from Chicagoland and surrounding area. Our hospital is equipped with an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) where we care for patients with complex, refractory seizures and a neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU) where we encounter patients with high acuity, life-threatening ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, traumatic brain injuries, CNS infections, and neuromuscular diseases with respiratory compromise. At the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (JBVA) Medical Center, our residents have the opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for our country. Caring for veterans offers a unique challenge, as these patients often have multiple medical comorbidities that have to be taken into consideration when treating their neurological problems.


Outside of work, you will have plenty to explore within the city. Chicago is home to some of the best museums, sports teams, restaurants, shopping and theaters in the country. Our campus is close to the downtown area for easy access to all the fun experiences, while the campus itself is quiet, convenient and safe. Little Italy, a nearby community, is very family friendly, while West Loop, which is just across the highway, is known for the best restaurants in the city. There is ease of transportation, so many residents can enjoy work and life balance without a vehicle. We thank you for considering our training program and look forward to meeting you soon!

Sara Torabi, MD and Kaleigh Fetcko-Fayad, MD
PGY4 Chief Residents


Parisa Hassanzadeh, MD
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Nabihah Kabir, MD
Windsor University School of Medicine

Luis Meneses Q., MD
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Facultad de Medicina Alberto Hurtado

Aaron Ruderman, MD
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Travis O’Rear, MD
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Marian Shehata, MD
Minia University Faculty of Medicine


Jonathan Bundy, MD
St. Louis University School of Medicine

Nayson L. Fernandes, MD
California Northstate University College of Medicine

Laith Freij, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Mariam Mirza, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Manoj Padmanabhan, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Miguel A. Santiago F., MD
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine


Aisha Ali, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Ahmad Daif, MD
Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine

Alexander Bader, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Evan Jameyfield, MD
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Junghyun Marco Kim, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Prateek Kumar, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine


Kaleigh M. Fetcko, MD -Indiana University School of Medicine

Maria Chavez-Keatts, MD -Universidad de San Martin de Porres Facultad de Medicina Humana

Neil K. Sharma, MD -University of Illinois College of Medicine

Sara N. Torabi, MD – Indiana University School of Medicine

Jessica O. Wilson, MD – University of Illinois College of Medicine

Kyle T. Wylie, MD -Indiana University School of Medicine


Dr. Shuo Qian

Shuo Qian, MD
Vascular Neurology Fellowship
Medical School: Capital Medical University

Ereny Mikhael, MD
Epilepsy Fellowship
Medical School: Washington University of Health and Sciences

Heba F. Ekladios, MD
Epilepsy Fellowship
Medical School: Beni Suef University Faculty of Medicine

Fellowships for the graduated residents

Sushant Puri, MD
NeuroOncology at John Hopkins & NIH

Shuo Qian, MD
Vascular Neurology at UIC

Neda Sattarnezhad, MD
MS & Neuroimmunology Fellowship at Stanford

Gulrana Syed, MD
Neurophysiology Fellowship at Rush University

Golnaz Yadollahikhales, MD
Behavioral Cognitive Neurology at UCSF

Waleed Zeb, MD
Neurocritical Care at Washington University