Adult Neuro Residents

Lorraine Edrington 
Sr. Neurology Residency Program Coordinator

Kelly Todd
Residency Assistant 

 

Nirupama Yechoor, MD & Omar Butt, MD, PhD

2019-2020 Academic Chief Residents

Elizabeth Perelstein, MD

2019-2020 QI Chief Resident

Victoria Levasseur, MD

2019-2020 Wellness Chief Resident

Chris Chou, MD 

2019-2020 Education Chief Resident

 

PGY – 4

 

Omar Butt, MD, PhD

Hometown: Hazleton, PA
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Sub-specialty or Research Interests: Undecided
Outside of the hospital: Utilizing Multi-Modal Imaging with a focus on Resting-State for Clinical Prognostication Outside of the hospital: I’m an avid gearhead, outdoorsman with an affinity for vintage militaria, anime, and classic video game aficionado.

Chris Chou, MD

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine
Sub-specialty Interests: Sleep Medicine
Outside of the hospital: Karaoke, eating spicy foods, getting too invested in the Great British Bake Off, playing Overcooked and other video games, webdesign

Nicholas Coman, MD

Hometown: Halifax County, Va
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty or Research Interests: Deep Brain Stimulation, Brain-Computer Interface, Movement Disorders, Cognition
Outside of the Hospital: I host a sports and pop culture podcast, build furniture, play tennis, practice yoga, and am a regular at El Burro Loco and West End Wok.

Mark Garret, MD

Hometown: Stowe, VT
Undergraduate: Stanford
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Sub-Specialty Interests: Neuromuscle
Research Interests:
Outside of the Hospital: I love spending time outside hiking with my dog Nash and usually spend my vacations traveling to Colorado, Utah or Montana for skiing. I also spend a lot of time cooking and can often be found making fresh pasta or barbecuing.

Helen Hwang, MD, PhD

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate: University of California – San Diego
Medical School: University of Illinois
Sub-Specialty Interests: neuro-oncology, neuro-ID
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: working out, taking photos, trying new restaurants, and playing with the kitties

Lindsay Laws, MD

Hometown: Vale, OR
Undergraduate: Lewis & Clark College
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interests: Neurocritical Care
Research Interests: I have done basic science research in neuron communication in college and am currently working on a project involving outcomes and resource utilization of patients with intracerebral hemorrhages in the neuro-ICU vs. step-down unit.
Outside of the hospital: Spending time with my husband, running, attempting, but mostly failing, DIY home renovations.

Victoria Levasseur, MD

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario, Canada (born), grew up throughout the midwest
Undergraduate: Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA)
Medical School: University of Missouri
Sub-Specialty Interests: neuroimmunology/neuro-infectious disease
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: Travel to visit family/friends, brunch, distance running, and playing/listening to music

Elizabeth Perelstein, MD

Hometown: Stamford, CT
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Graduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Sub-Specialty Interests: Undecided. Email me your suggestions.
Research Interests: QI, automation of manual processes
Outside of the hospital: musicals/theater, Netflix, crossing the street just to pet a dog

Adaku Uzo-Okereke, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Sub-specialty Interests: Epilepsy
Research Interests: N/A
Outside of the hospital: Creating portraits with colored pencil or watercolor, playing with my dog, hiking

Nirupama Yechoor, MD, MSc

Hometown: Toledo, OH
Undergraduate: MIT
Graduate: Duke University
Medical School: Ohio State University
Sub-specialty Interests: Neuro-ICU, Neuro-Oncology, Epilepsy
Research Interests: Neuro-ICU, Neuro-Oncology, Epilepsy
Outside of the hospital: Field hockey, running, make up videos on Instagram, cooking, trying new restaurants in STL, traveling, watching music videos

PGY – 3

 

Matthew Brier, MD, PhD

Hometown: Allen, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Sub-specialty Interests: Neurodegenerative Disease
Research Interests: Functional neuroimaging
Outside of the hospital: taking care of the dog, whiskey, video games, time with friends

Kimystian “Mysti” Harrison, MD

Hometown: Jackson, MS
Undergraduate: Tougaloo College
Graduate: Mississippi College
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Sub-Specialty or Research Interests: Neuroimmunology/MS, Behavioral Neurology/Dementia
Outside of the Hospital: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring St. Louis, trying new restaurants, eating, traveling and watching NFL football.

Nigel Harrison, MD

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Undergraduate: University of Alberta
Medical School: University of Dublin
Sub-Specialty Interests: Neuro-immunology/MS or Neuro-oncology
Research Interests: Undecided
Outside of the Hospital: I enjoy cycling, snowboarding and delving into the local music scene.

Robert “BJ” Heuermann, MD, PhD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: Washington University – St. Louis
Medical School: Northwestern
Sub-Specialty Interest: possibly Movement Disorders or Epilepsy
Research Interests: For my PhD work I studied HCN channels and their involvement in mouse models of epilepsy and depression, and plan to continue with basic/translational research in residency and beyond.
Outside of the hospital: The vast majority of my time goes to my wonderful wife keeping our 2 boys alive. Otherwise, I try to get an occasional soccer game and explore the burgeoning St. Louis craft beer scene.

Jameson “Jamie” Holloman, MD

Hometown: Rye, New York
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University Medical School
Sub-Specialty & Research Interests: Neuroimmunology
Outside of the hospital: any and all outdoor activities (biking, running, flag football, raquetball, golf…), improv comedy, reading, drinking good beer

Jeet Kapadia, MD

Hometown: Regina, SK
Undergraduate: University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Angela Liu, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate: Harvard
Medical School: Temple University
Sub-Specialty Interests: Undecided, but interested in MS, neuroimmunology, sleep and headache.
Research Interests: Outside of the hospital: reading, cooking, tennis, classical music concerts

Shahvaiz Magsi, MD

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Undergraduate: D.J. Sindh Government Science College, Karachi
Medical School: Baqai Medical University, Karachi
Sub-specialty: Vascular Neurology and Epilepsy
Research Interests: Stroke prevention, neurorehabilitation and  rare causes of stroke including stroke associated syndromes
Outside of the hospital: Browsing through the news, travelling and exploring, reading medieval fiction, Netflix, experimenting in the kitchen and Music

Yunshuo “Caroline” Tang, MD, PhD

Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: University of California – San Francisco
Sub-Specialty Interests: neuro-ophthalmology, epilepsy, stroke
Research Interests: plasticity and regeneration
Outside of the hospital: I enjoy good Asian food, gardening, cat-sitting, mixing fountain pen inks, and making person care products. When I’m in front of the screen I pass time watching soccer games, detective/police TV drama, Japanese anime, and playing RPG games. Want to learn fishing, especially curious about noodling…

Jonathan Williams, MD

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Howard University
Sub-specialty Interests: Epilepsy
Outside of the hospital: Guitar, biking, building projects, movies

Mary Wren, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate: Washington & Lee University
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: TBD
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: I enjoy exploring St. Louis. I enjoy running – Forest/Tower Grove Parks are both beautiful. When weather and time permits, I like to go backpacking. I am looking forward to fall in the Ozarks. I also enjoy the brewery scene in St. Louis – four hands in my favorite so far.

PGY – 2

 

Jordan Amar, MD

Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate: Northwestern University (MS, Neurobiology)
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Sub-specialty interests: Epilepsy/EEG, intra-operative neuromonitoring; maybe stroke 
Research Interests: My background is in auditory-evoked potentials, with a few years of benchwork prior to that.  My project interests right now are in non-convulsive status, neuroepidemiology, and EEG biomarkers.
Outside of the hospital: Racquetball, running through Forest Park, football season (Go Bruins!), trying new restaurants, and hanging out with my 10 classmates who are all very fun, very smart people.

Christopher Anderson, MD

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
Sub-specialty: Headache/Pain Medicine, Neuromuscular, Neuro-immunology, Sleep Medicine, Behavioral
Research Interests: Clinical trials, quality improvement
Outside of the hospital: Committed indoorsman. Netflix, video games, Sci Fi/Fantasy, board-games. Will leave my apartment for restaurants and going out from time to time

Matthew Baer, MD, PhD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Virginia
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
Outside of the hospital: 

Nathan Farkas, MD

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Macaulay Honors Collegeat CUNY Queens College
Medical School: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Eva Klinman, MD, PhD

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Sub-specialty: primarily research, interest in cognitive, movement, neuromuscle and neuro-opthamology
Research Interests: Background in imaging and plan to continue to examine the pathways that sick and aging neurons take to fall apart.
Outside of the hospital: Hanging out with my husband and co-residents, nail art, two fresh-water aquariums, estate sales, board games.  Love eating, although I am a terrible cook.

Joshua Newman, MD

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Neurocritical care, Stroke, Neuroimmunology
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: Exploring local bars and restaurants, golf, Forest Park, City Museum, videogames

Joshua Okonkwo, MD

Hometown: Hartford, CT
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Enmanuel Perez Martinez, MD, PhD

Hometown: San Juan, PR
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Academic Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Sports Neurology
Research Interests: Neuro-glial interface - it's role in brain psysiology and pathophysiologic processes (basic science and translational research); traumatic brain injury; other 

Christopher Ray, MD

Hometown: Florence, AL
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Sub-specialty: possibly dementia, but still deciding
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: I love playing ultimate frisbee and running, and have completed several half marathons. I enjoy cooking as well, and occasionally try to paint with watercolor and gouache. My wife and I are active at our church, and spend lots of time playing with our bunny and guinea pig when we’re home.

Drew Roach, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Sub-specialty: Currently undecided but possinbly neuroimmunology or neuromuscular
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: I spend a lot of my free time hanging out with my wife and our Italian Greyhound, mainly in Forest Park and the Central West End.  I also enjoy watching sports, going to see live music, and traveling.

Mani Valtcheva, MD, PhD

Hometown: Plovdiv, BGR
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
Outside of the hospital: 

PGY1

 

Michael Butler, MD

Hometown: Cartersville, GA
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Headache, Pain Management 
Research Interests: Migraine, Neuroplasticity in Chronic Pain
Outside of the hospital: Running, Swimming, exploring the city with my fiance and dog, going to the zoo and local parks and skiing

Luis De Carvalho Paixao, BMBCh, MSc

Hometown: V. N. Gaia, Porto, Portugal
Undergraduate: University College London United Kingdom
Medical School: University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
Outside of the hospital: 

William Everett, MD

Hometown: Morton, Mississippi
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Considering neuromuscle or movement disorders
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: I spend most of my free time with my wife, Elyse, a recent WUSM Neuro residency alumna, and our children, Roland and Adelaide.  Other interests include guitar/piano, cooking, weightlifting and linguistics.

Amy Lin, MD, MPH

Hometown: 
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Christina Overmann, MD

Hometown: Springfield, IL
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford
Sub-specialty: General Neurology
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: Spending time with my husband and our son, dogs, and cat.  When I'm not busy doing that, I enjoy doing anything crafty and exploring restaurants in the area.

Arjun Padalia, MD

Hometown: Brandon, FL
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Min Qiao, MD

Hometown: Carmel, IN
Undergraduate: Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: still deciding but currently neuro-ICU, neuromuscle, or movement disorders
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, love trying new restaurants, teaching my odg new tricks, running, hiking, painting, sketching and drawing.

Michelle Rudman, MD, PhD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina at Columbia
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Arup Sarma, MD, PhD

Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Ana Vaquer, MD, PhD

Hometown: San Juan, PR
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Most likely Cognivite/Behavior
Research Interests: Dementia
Outside of the hospital: I love the beach but will transition to lakes here in Missouri.  I also enjoy baking, and most importantly, spending time with my dogs Lune, Sam and Kiko.

Wendy Xiao, MD

Hometown: Nashua, NH
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: Undecided
Research Interests: TBD
Outside of the hospital: Running, weightlifting, hiking, and skiing

One of the greatest resources of your PGY-2 year is our valuable team of nurse practitioners, pictures left to right, Emily Daniel, Becky Hopfinger, and Carliss Garrett.