Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation 2018-2019 Residents

Message From Our Chief Residents

Welcome to the University Of Illinois-Chicago College Of Medicine (UIC) Neurology residency training program! Based in the heart of the medical district of Chicago, UIC offers a broad exposure to all neurology sub-specialties, which enables our graduates to be comfortable with managing the full spectrum of challenging neurological disorders after graduation.

The residency training is split across 3 sites: The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH), Jesse Brown VA hospital (JBVA) and Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC). UIH is the primary training site; it is a busy tertiary care center which attracts a variety of neurological cases from across the region. UIH serves as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, has a dedicated Neuro-ICU, which is run by close collaboration between neurologists and neurosurgeons, has an expanding neuro-oncology service and a newly established Epilepsy monitoring Unit, which allows for a well-rounded exposure to complex, challenging cases. We share a close collaboration with our neurosurgery colleagues and manage complicated vascular pathology, offering exceptionally fast door to thrombectomy times. Along with a robust inpatient exposure, the UIH outpatient clinic center is where residents will be able to rotate through sub-specialty clinics. These specialty clinics include movement disorder, Botox, neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-oncology, Neuro-immunology and headache, to list a few. Daily noon didactic lectures and weekly neuro-radiology lectures are just part of the robust continued educational activities also take place at UIH. UIH hospital also has one of the largest population of Sickle Cell patients in the city giving residents exposure to neurological issues unique to these particular patients.

Jesse Brown VA hospital (JBVA) caters to taking care of the veteran population; these patients are often older, have complex medical histories, including trauma, psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. It offers an excellent opportunity to get exposed to neuro-degenerative disorders like dementia, movement disorders, stroke, or peripheral neurology. We cherish working with our veterans and hearing their stories, and our resident continuity clinic is split every other week between UIH and JBVA to allow a wide variety of case exposure.

Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC) is a level 1 Trauma center and a comprehensive stroke center in the South side of Chicago. It 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. ACMC, known to be an extremely busy center for all its specialties, provides the opportunity to experience how neurology is practiced in a community setting outside of a university hospital. The site is well known to residents to provide various opportunities to observe rare neurological pathologies, and provide a higher volume of cases which have resulted in various case reports and abstracts submitted to national and international conferences.

Research is strongly encouraged at UIC and all residents are actively involved in various projects, many of which have been finalized into articles published in indexed journals or data presented at national meetings. The program encourages participation in professional conferences, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society and the International Stroke Conference, as well as learning workshops.

Our residents stem from all over the world, and each of them bring unique strengths to our program. We have a resident wellness program and regular happy hours, to help manage the challenges of residency training; we frequently celebrate completion of 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.

Living in Chicago, a vibrant city with a long-standing history of diverse and unique multicultural presence allows residents to have numerous hobbies away from work and a chance to meet new people. Chicago offers an abundance of restaurants, shopping plazas, entertainment arenas, vibrant nightlife, museums and parks to enjoy your time outside of work.

We are confident that our residency training program, with the high volume of patients and the opportunity to practice within three large medical centers, along with a highly supportive and growing faculty, allows UIC to stand out as an exceptionally well-rounded and competitive program. There is an excellent balance between autonomy and oversight at all our training sites. The majority of our graduates pursue further fellowship training and have been well placed across the country. Graduates provided great feedback on the established structure of training and how it helped them become successful independent neurologists.

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Dr. Muhammad Husain (

Dr. Gabriela Trifan (


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


Kevin Chen, MD -University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

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

Bayan Moustafa, DO -Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science

Sarah Mufti, MD -Khyber Girls Medical College

Jorge M. Rodriguez Fernandez, MD -Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Facultad de Medicina

Ali Zandieh, MD – Tehran University of Medical Sciences


Nicole Digiannantonio, DO – Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Anem Kohli, MD- Neurophysiology Fellow- Lahore Medical and Dental College, Pakistan

Gabriela Trifan, MD – Vascular Neurology Fellow-Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Iuliu Hatieganu

Khondoker Alam, MD- Neuromuscular Fellow- Rajshahi Medical College, Bangladesh

Marco Khiella, MD- Epilepsy Fellow- Assuit University-Egyp