Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation 2020-2021 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. Here at UIC, we cater to a diverse and often underserved population in Chicago. During your time here, you will have the unique opportunity to make a lasting difference in many people’s lives by treating and stabilizing them acutely in the inpatient setting and continuing to provide them with long-term neurologic care in the outpatient setting. We pride ourselves on giving our residents a well-rounded education, offering rotations through both the University of Illinois Hospital and Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Hospital.


The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) is a 462-bed academic teaching hospital located in the Illinois Medical District, one of the largest urban healthcare districts in the country. We are a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and a tertiary referral center, meaning that we not only treat and rehabilitate patients suffering from acute strokes across the Chicago area but also receive complicated patients from many outside hospitals in the Chicagoland area and its neighboring cities. Our hospital is equipped with an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) in which we care for patients with complex, refractory seizures. In addition, we have a 22-bed neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU) where we encounter patients with high acuity suffering from life-threatening ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, traumatic brain injuries, CNS infections, and neuromuscular diseases with respiratory compromise. Our residents are given an appropriate amount of autonomy in caring for these patients, providing them with a feeling of ownership of all aspects of their care, including coordinating their care with our Neurosurgery department and leading family discussions regarding end-of life decisions. We encourage a multidisciplinary approach to caring for our patients and residents have the opportunity to work closely with different departments, including Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. This not only helps to broaden our clinical knowledge but helps us build camaraderie with our fellow caregivers.At UIC, we believe our veterans, who have selflessly sacrificed for our country deserve top notch care. Our residents rotate through the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital where they have the opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for our country and learn from their stories and experiences. 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. Outpatient medicine is also an essential part of any neurology residency program, and at UIC we provide our residents with ample clinic exposure in a variety of different departments, including Stroke, Memory and Aging, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular, Neuro-oncology, Neuro-immunology, Neurosurgery, and Pediatric Neurology. We also work closely with our residents to help schedule elective clinic rotations in specific subspecialties of interest. Most importantly, our residents have weekly continuity clinic where they have the chance to have ownership of their own patient pool and learn all aspects of being a primary outpatient Neurologist.

In addition to training astute clinicians, we also prepare our residents to be academically successful. We offer an all-encompassing educational curriculum, including neuroradiology conferences, morning reports, journal clubs, grand rounds, and noon lectures provided by leading experts. We also allow our residents to present at resident and departmental conferences to help build their public speaking and presentation skills. At UIC, we understand the importance of resident scholarly activity as not only a way to familiarize oneself with scientific research but also as means to develop a strong application to fellowship training programs. Our faculty are eager to work with our residents and each resident will work closely on a project with a research mentor 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 each year. We also provide our residents with opportunities to attend educational workshops focused on enhancing their own personal interests in Neurology.  We have a proven track record of success in training clinically strong, academic physicians and each year our residents match in top fellowship programs across the country.

Located in the heart of Illinois Medical District, our residents get to enjoy all of the benefits of living in a large metropolitan area. Chicago is a fun and vibrant city that is as diverse as it is big. From biking on the lakeshore trail to enjoying an afternoon music festival in Grant Park, there is something for everyone. Our residents are from all walks of life and we are sure that the multitude of different cultural neighborhoods native to Chicago, will make you feel at home! We hope that you consider our training program this interview cycle and look forward to helping you on your journey to becoming a Neurologist!


Dr. Shuo Qian (email [email protected])

Dr. Golnaz Yadollahikhales (email [email protected])


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

Ahmad Daif, MD

Alexander Bader, MD

Evan Jameyfield, MD

Junghyun Marco Kim, MD

Prateek Kumar, MD


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

Emily A. Fritzmann, MD -Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

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


Sushant Puri, MD -University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital

Shuo Qian, MD – Capital Medical University

Neda Sattarnezhad O., MD -Tabriz University of Medical Sciences

Gulrana Syed, MD -Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Golnaz Yadollahikhales, MD -Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Muhammad W. Zeb, MD – Khyber Medical College


Andrew Christiana, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Karl Echiverri, MD
Neuromuscular Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Parisa Hassanzadeh, MD
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Marian Shehata, MD
Minia University Faculty of Medicine

Bayan Moustafa, DO
Vascular Neurology
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fellowships for the graduated residents

Kevin Chen
Washington University, NICU Fellowship

Andrew Christiana
UIC Neurology, Neurophysiology fellowship

Jorge Rodriguez F.
UIC Informatics Fellowship

Sarah Mufti
Stanford University Sleep fellowship

Ali Zandieh
Mayo Clinic, Headache fellowship

Bayan Moustafa
UIC Neurology, Vascular Neurology