Current Fellows

Elizabeth PerelsteinElizabeth Perelstein, MD

Home Town: Stamford, CT
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

When did you first become interested in Neurology?

In senior year of college. My research mentor was a neurologist specializing in dementia. After watching him work in the clinic, I realized that neurology is a great intersection of neuroscience and humanism.

How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?

By surprise. When I started, I thought that I would specialize in dementia. However, my favorite pathologies ended up being vascular pathologies.

What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?

I did my residency at Washington University, so I knew well the strengths of the program. I'm lucky to work with outstanding faculty with diverse interests across the spectrum of stroke, including emergency medicine, imaging, rehabilitation, and public health.

What are your research interests?

Quality improvement projects are my area of interest. There will always be a need for reexamining our systems and processes, especially as care models update.

In what direction is your future headed?

What a horrifying existential question, thank you.

I plan to continue in academic medicine. The academic environment has the complex pathologies, teaching, and QI that I enjoy.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I know a little American Sign Language (ASL).


Saurav DasSaurav Das, MD

Home Town: Bhubaneswar, India
Medical School: Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine

When did you first become interested in Neurology?

During pre-med years after reading popular science books including Ramachandran on phantom limbs, Norman Doidge on neuronal plasticity, Oliver Sacks.

How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?

Mainly two reasons. 1. My residency was stroke-heavy. I liked how my clinical intuition was shaping very fast while examining stroke patients because of immediate feedback from neuro-imaging. 2. Recent developments in stroke therapeutics include endovascular treatment makes clinical practice in stroke very gratifying.

What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?

Faculty with track record of mentorship for candidates wishing to transition to clinical researcher pathway. 2. Dedicated research time during fellowship.

What are your research interests?

Outcomes research in large vessel occlusion strokes, gut microbiome in large vessel strokes, blood pressure variability and auto-regulation following large vessel occlusion strokes, medical education.

In what direction is your future headed?

Academic position, with a mix of clinical research and medical education.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I did a roadtrip of the West coast from Phoenix to Seattle. Was lost in the red-wood forests after the dark without telephone/ light. Survived the elks and here I am.


Kevin YeboahKevin Yeboah, MD

Home Town: Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas, Nevis
Residency: St. Louis University

When did you first become interested in Neurology?

I first became interested in neurology in medical school during neuroanatomy, this was one of my favorite courses.

How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?

I became interested in vascular neurology because stroke care is dynamic and requires quick decision making in the acute phase. Additionally, stroke care is highly research driven.

What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?

I was attracted to Washington University fellowship because of the strong emphasis on evidence based and research driven care. Additionally, because of the large number of neurology faculty who are excellent mentors.

What are your research interests?

Neuroimaging, social determinants of health and health equity.

In what direction is your future headed?

I want to further specialize in interventional neurology and provide a combination of endovascular and medical management of acute ischemic stroke.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I have lived in 10 different cities within 3 countries.