Adult Neuro Residents

Edrington_L Lorraine Edrington
Neurology Residency Program Coordinator


James Giles, MD, PhD and Leah Robison, MD
2017-2018 Academic Chief Residents


Leanne Stunkel, MD and Osvaldo Laurido-Soto, MD
2017-2018 Education & QI Chief Residents

PGY – 4

Kim_A Albert Kim, MD
Hometown: Albany, GA
Undergraduate: Duke
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia/University of Pittsburgh
Sub-specialty or Research Interests: neuroimaging, dementia; perhaps neuro-ICU
Outside of the hospital: tennis, basketball, BBQ, foodie/craft beer, rock climbing
Obertenova_S Souzana Obretenova, MD
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Sub-specialty or Research Interests: Undecided
Outside of the hospital: spending time with friends, cooking, movies, trips to the Forest Park zoo
John Younce, MD
Hometown: Raleigh/Cary/Chapel Hill, North Carolina
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sub-Specialty Interest: Undecided (considering movement disorders)
Research: My primary research interest to date has been in studying the effects of deep brain stimulation in rodent models using evoked fMRI.
Outside of the Hospital: keeping my wife happy (Hi Dani!), but I also like to bike, watch basketball (fondly remembering the days when I still had a jump shot), play chess and strategy games on various electronic devices, occasionally cook something adventurous, and eat barbecue and authentic Mexican food. If you can find me a place serving a good bowl of pozole in STL, I will be forever in your debt.
Leah Robison, MD
Hometown: Schenectady, New York
College: Union College in Schenectady New York
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Sub-Specialty Interest: Possibly Neurohospitalist
Research: n/a
Outside of the hospital: Art, picnics outside, Netflix.
Osvaldo Laurido-Soto, MD
Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
College: University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest: Movement or Sleep, still working on this one
Research: Memory/Consciousness
Outside of the hospital: Foodie, Mixology, Reading, and overall seeing new places.
Justin Long, MD PhD
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
College: Indiana University – Bloomington
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Sub-Specialty Interest: Behavioral Neurology/Dementia
Research: During my PhD, I investigated gene regulatory mechanisms pertinent to Alzheimer disease, specifically focusing on the roles played by certain microRNAs in regulating expression of key gene products (APP and BACE1) implicated in the disease as a means of identifying novel drug targets. Moving forward I will focus on mechanisms of neurodegeneration.
Outside of the hospital: The remainder of my free time is spent with my wife and two kids.
James Giles, MD PhD
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Medical School: The University of Manchester, UK
Sub-Specialty Interest: Stroke
Research: My PhD research was in neuro-inflammation, investigating mechanisms of neutrophil migration in acute ischemic stroke. I also have a strong interest in medical education and social theory, having undertaken research projects in peer-assisted learning, medical school admissions and residency training.
Outside of the hospital: I live in the Central West End with my girlfriend (a plastics resident at Barnes, also from England) and cat. We run a non-profit based in the UK that aims to widen the participation of under-represented minorities at UK medical schools. I enjoy making the most of Forest Park, and am still exploring St Louis and Missouri.
Leanne Stunkel, MD
Hometown: Bethel, Connecticut
College: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Sub-Specialty Interest: Neuro-ophthalmology
Outside of the hospital: Running, hiking, Forest Park activities, museums, exploring St. Louis with friends
Brendan Eby, MD
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB)
Sub-specialty or Research Interests: Vascular Neurology, Stroke, Endovascular treatment of neurovascular disorders
Outside of the hospital: I like to play video games or watch Netflix , go to the gym or grab a beer. In the fall, you’ll catch me watching football (college and NFL), and in the spring, I’ll be out enjoying nice parks and gardens.

PGY – 3

Baker, Brandi 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:
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
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:
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
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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.
Wang 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 – 2

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: 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

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.

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.

PGY – 1

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
Scott Fiedler, MB, BS
Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:  University of San Deigo
Medical School: University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School
Sub-specialty Interests:  Movement and Behavioral
Research Interests:  QI
Outside of the hospital:  Traveling, off roading, movies
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
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
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.