Adult Neuro Residents

Lorraine Edrington

Neurology Residency Program Coordinator

Lindsay Frerichs, MD & John Ciotti, MD

2018-2019 Academic Chief Residents

Brandi Baker, MD, PhD

2018-2019 Wellness Chief Resident

Ethan Hoang, MD 

2018-2019 Education Chief Resident

Maggie Blattner, MD, PhD

2018-2019 QI Chief Resident

 

PGY – 4

 

Brandi Baker, MD, PhD

Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Graduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama
Sub-specialty or Research Interests:
Outside of the hospital: yoga, running, biking, traveling, cooking, music, photography, and fishing

Margaret Blattner, MD, PhD

Hometown: St. Could, MN
Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Graduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Sub-specialty or Research Interests:
Outside of the hospital: English language tutoring, developing and implementing Neuroscience outreach programs for students in grade school and high school.

John Ciotti, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University
Sub-Specialty or Research Interests: Multiple Sclerosis
Outside of the Hospital: Playing/watching soccer, going to sporting events, and exploring St. Louis with my wife

Kalen Dionne, MD, PhD

Hometown: Peyton, CO
Undergraduate: Colorado College, Tzu Chi University
Graduate: University of Colorado
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest:
Research:
Outside of the hospital: brewing beer; traveling, playing basketball, whitewater rafting, writing poetry, playing guitar, acrylic painting, hiking & mountain climbing, mountain biking, scuba diving, home renovation

Elyse Everett, MD

Hometown: Wexford, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Graduate: University of Pittsburgh (Occupational Therapy
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest: Neuro-Palliative Care
Research:
Outside of the hospital: reading and spending time with my amazing husband and son

Lindsay Frerichs, MD

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Undergraduate: Iowa State University
Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest:
Research:
Outside of the hospital: Reading, swimming, and golfing

Ethan Hoang, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas-Austin
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest: Neuroinfectious disease / Neuroimmunology
Research: .
Outside of the hospital: staying active, working out, running half marathons, taking my dog to Forest Park, exploring new restaurants

Alan Plotzker, MD

Hometown: Newark, DE
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest:
Outside of the hospital: I’ve loved cooking ever since I was a child and my father would have me be his “sous chef.” There’s infinite room for creativity, and there’s something almost magical about taking a bunch of powders and liquids and turning them into, say, cinnamon rolls. I also play chess, I’m an avid NFL fan, and I’m very interested in health care policy and economics.

Yan Wang, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences
The Pritzker School of Medicine
Sub-specialty or Research Interests:
Outside of the hospital: Pottery, Netflix, Tennis

Anson Wilks, MD

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Sub-specialty or Research Interests:
Outside of the hospital: Skiing is my favorite pastime and has been ever since I was five years old living in New Hampshire where my lower school would take the students on Fridays for skiing lessons in the winter months. Every year I try to make at least one trip to the ski slopes and often travel out West. I have visited Utah on family vacations during the Sundance Film Festival during which I skied during the day and enjoyed the various films, another hobby of mine, being shown during the Festival at night.

PGY – 3

 

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
Graduate:
Medical School:Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine
Sub-specialty Interests: Undecided
Outside of the hospital: Eating, watching Netflix and cooking videos on You-Tube, taking naps, video games, card games, and web design.

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

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 – 2

 

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 – 1

 

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: 
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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: 
Research Interests: 
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Joshua Newman, MD

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty: 
Research Interests: 
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Joshua Okonkwo, MD, PhD

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: 
Research Interests: 
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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: 
Research Interests: 
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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: 

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.