Find out more about our diverse and accomplished group of residents, including their backgrounds, specialities and career goals.
Andrew, born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, studied Neuroscience at Brown, taught 5th grade in Boston, and returned to PA to complete an MD/MEd at Penn State. He has adjusted well to pandemic-life in New York City: he enjoys playing basketball and frisbee, biking around Central Park, and going on leisurely strolls along the East River. His interests within neurology are broad, although he has developed a particular interest in Sports Neurology (from years as a Philly sports fan) as well as medical education.
Don is originally from Manalapan, New Jersey, and is enjoying living in New York City for the first time. He attended Rutgers University and was part of Rutgers' dual PharmD/MD degree program. He graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2015 and worked as an independent community pharmacist for a year, before beginning medical school at Robert Wood Johnson in 2016. In his free time, Don enjoys cooking with his fiancée Kat, an anesthesia resident at Weill Cornell, as well as exploring NYC together. He also enjoys listening to live music and watching baseball. His interests in neurology include neurocritical care, vascular neurology, as well as healthcare policy.
Alexandra grew up in Boston before heading up north to Dartmouth College, where she majored in Studio Art and Psychology, and competed in the heptathlon for the Track & Field team. After graduation, she wore a number of hats including being an executive assistant, selling handmade cards on Etsy, and waitressing while completing a pre-med post-baccalaureate program at Harvard. She attended New York Medical College and fell in love with NYC (although she'll forever be a Boston sports fan!). She loves dogs, exploring NYC on long walks, and making art. She has developing interests in neuroimmunology, movement disorders, and critical care.
Steph hails from the lovely Garden State, where she completed a combined medical and PhD degree in Neuroscience at Rutgers-RWJMS while developing her interests in health and science policy. Her doctoral research explored the molecular mechanisms of neuronal survival and degeneration under oxidative stress in Parkinsonian models. When she’s not hiking the abundant trails in the tri-state area, Steph can be found enjoying music, painting, and attempting to grow a jungle in her apartment.
Anjeli was born and raised on Long Island and attended New York University where she majored in Global Public Health and Biology. In college, she discovered her fascination with the brain while working in a neuroscience lab investigating the neural circuitry behind animal behaviors. After completing medical school at Boston University, she is now thrilled to be back home for residency in her favorite city in the world. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, biking, and rock climbing. Her current interests include neurophysiology and medical education.
Justin was born and raised in Queens, New York. He studied Political Science at Stony Brook University and attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys anime, listening to podcasts, video games, weight lifting, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His interests within neurology include medical education.
Aaron, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana is excited to call New York City his home for the next four years! He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and this is his first time living outside of the midwest. In his spare time he enjoys having his friends and co-residents over for dinner, biking around Central Park, and enjoying all of the amazing food that NYC has to offer. His interests within neurology include neuromuscular diseases, medical education, #neurotwitter, and clinical trials.
Nara was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but has been on the east coast ever since attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She conducted research on the role of T regulatory cells at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before attending medical school at Dartmouth (alma mater of our own famous Fred Plum). During medical school, she was active in the Student Interest Group In Neurology (SIGN) and is now very interested in mentoring medical students who are considering this wonderful field. She is thrilled to be at such an amazing and supportive program as Cornell, surrounded by brilliant and caring residents, faculty, and staff. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New York City and relaxing with her adorable pet bunny rabbit named Larry.
Stephanie is from Durham, North Carolina, where she grew up cheering for Duke basketball and swimming distance freestyle. She studied evolutionary biology and international relations at Mount Holyoke College, one of the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, while swimming and rowing for Division III teams and serving as the student body liaison with the US Department of State for an initiative on Women in Public Service. While Stephanie has not chosen a subspecialty yet, she loves genetics, genomics, and the idea that an individual or family’s makeup not only affects disease susceptibility and severity, but their responses to medications and recoveries as well. She’ll likely apply genetics and evolution to whatever she finds most fun clinically. She is a former pastry chef who enjoys supplying glucose to colleagues and petting strangers’ dogs in Central Park.
Ali grew up in Miami, FL. A fiction lover, she majored in Literature at Yale before teaching 7th grade English in New York City. She attended University of California San Francisco for medical school after completing post-baccalaureate coursework down the street from New York Presbyterian-Cornell at CUNY Hunter College. She is interested in neurocritical care, palliative care, and the intersection of neurologic and psychiatric disease, having completed research in schizophrenia during medical school. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, salsa, and spending time with her husband.
Marialaura was born and raised in Padua, Italy, where she attended medical school at the University of Padua, one of the oldest medical schools in the world. After spending a year in Brussels for her med school thesis, she moved to Miami for graduate school where she earned her master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Miami. Before med school her main interest was swimming and she competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, representing Italy. She is thrilled to be finally in NYC, her favorite city in the world! Marialaura enjoys traveling around the globe, free museum days, watching Netflix with her cat Zelda, exploring new restaurants in the city, and of course swimming. Her interests within neurology include stroke, vascular neurology, stroke disparities and neuroepidemiology and she hopes to pursue a career as an academic vascular neurologist.
Susmit has divided roughly each decade of his life so far between India, Thailand, and the USA. While completing his MD-MS as part of the Clinical Research Training Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he caught an early morning 6 Train from the Bronx to interview at Cornell. Now as a resident here, he feels lucky to learn about Neurology and research from his inspiring peers and teachers. His research interests include finding and validating tech and telemedicine-based approaches to neurological problems. Besides research and medical education. His other interests include reading historical nonfiction, checking in on fans of the NY Knicks (they’re hurting), and cataloging his favorite Halal carts across NYC.
Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, went to Wake Forest University, medical school at Pitt, and is now extremely excited to join his brothers in the Big Apple as part of the phenomenal Cornell Neurology team. His medical interests include vascular neurology, acute stroke treatment, primary prevention of disease, and teamwork. Outside of brain stuff, Paul enjoys eating tacos (strictly flour tortillas), live blues/jazz music, documentaries, and obnoxiously rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. He will be visiting all pizza spots in the UES by the end of residency (list on his fridge).
Sam, a native of Bergen County, New Jersey, has made New York City his home for over a decade, since graduating from Colgate University in central New York. He attended medical school at Columbia, way up in The Heights, and is now enjoying the sea level environs of the Upper East Side. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, making music, watching baseball, running in Central Park, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Rose, and their handsome cat, Socrates. His interests within neurology include neurocritical care and vascular neurology.
Moises was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in the South Bronx (Hunts Point) and subsequently Harlem. He attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine, where he wrote his thesis in medical education, specifically in neurology. His research interests involve using technology and active learning techniques to enhance student learning. He is interested in pursuing an academic career in medical education and headache medicine. During his free time he loves writing and recording music, sketching people, drawing anime and creating medical illustrations, and photography.
Virginia is from Upstate New York. She studied Neuroscience at Columbia, attended medical school at Mount Sinai, and worked on the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory during her Ph.D. at NYU. She enjoys pasta and lap swim at the McCarren Park Pool. She is interested in Movement and is working on the biology of alpha-synuclein with Jacqueline Burré here at Cornell.
Alex was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut 45 minutes away. She comes back home after going to college and medical school in Philadelphia. She is so excited to be back at Cornell and MSKCC, having worked in cancer research at MSKCC in between college and medical school. In her free time, she loves to explore different boroughs and spend time with her two dogs, Georgina and Isabella. She is currently interested in neuro-oncology.
Mu Ji was born in South Korea but had the great fortune of growing up all over the globe. He calls many different places home: the bustling metropolis of Seoul, the sweltering tropical humidity of Bangkok, the dry desert heat of Doha (where he attended Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar) and now the cacophonous human orchestra of New York City. His goal is to foster his love of Neurology and to grow it into a blossoming career that encompasses clinical excellence, invigorated research and education. His other passions include the visual arts, playing the piano and traveling!
Josh grew up in London, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience, before later completing a combined medical degree and PhD from University College London (UCL). His research employed neuroimaging to explore the mechanism of action of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease, based at the UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. He worked as a Foundation Doctor in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) before joining us at Cornell. His accent is believed to be genuine.
Sarah was born at NYP-Cornell (of all places!) and raised in Pleasantville, New York. She majored in Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY before coming to Weill Cornell for medical school. Over the years she has done research in a learning and memory lab, a translational stroke lab, and more recently in Dr. Schiff's lab at Weill, studying emotional expressions in patients with disorders of consciousness. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, cooking Mediterranean food, and playing board games. She chose to stay at Cornell for neurology residency because she knew she would get world-class training from a group of residents and faculty members who were brilliant, enthusiastic, warm and remarkably approachable. Sarah loves all of neurology, particularly in the acute setting, and is considering a career as a neurohospitalist after completing a vascular or EEG/neurophysiology fellowship. She also has a strong interest in medical education, which she plans to incorporate into her future career.
Sally is from San Diego, CA and studied Biology and English at Duke University prior to medical school at the University of Rochester in upstate NY. She enjoys boba, free museum days, and reading with her cat, Béchamel. She is currently interested in neuro-oncology and neuroimmunology, but open to all specialties.
Jasmin was born on the East Coast, grew up in California, and came back East for college. She studied Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, Public Health at Yale, and attended medical school here at Cornell. Jasmin is honored and extremely happy to stay here for residency. She enjoys exploring the culturally diverse city with her friends, drinking coffee, and walking her beagle, Macchiato.
Shamelia may have been born in Queens, NY, but, she identifies as a “true” Long Islander. She attended CUNY Hunter College where she studied biology with a concentration in the neurosciences and philosophy. There, she had the opportunity to conduct research on breast cancer and adult onset neurodegenerative disease. She later moved to Rochester, NY where she received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys music, dance, chile con queso and lots of reality tv! Her current interests include neuro-oncology, stroke, neuro-critical care, medical education and palliative care.
Melvin was born and raised in the “Boogie-Down” Bronx. He traveled to Arizona for medical school and he is ecstatic to be back home in NYC for residency. Currently, he is interested in pursuing a career in vascular neurology or Neuro-critical care. On his spare time, he loves to Netflix, watch movies (he is a huge Star Wars fan), travel, spend time with family and friends, and cheer on the New York Yankees and New York Giants.
Kurt was born in China and grew up in Indiana. With a background in Neuroengineering, he is interested in electrophysiology and is currently considering epilepsy and movement disorders for fellowship. On his free time, he spends a good amount of time dancing. He also enjoys swimming, surfing, and the like, as well as hiking trips when time permits.
Andrew was born in NYC, grew up in NJ, went to college at Brown University, and attended medical school in Cleveland. His neurology interests are in Headache, Epilepsy, and MS. Outside of work he enjoys racket sports including tennis and table tennis, soccer, tai chi, video games, and TV.
Andrea was born in South Korea but grew up in Queens, New York and considers herself a steadfast New Yorker. In her free time, she enjoys exploring different restaurants, eating her way through the city. She also likes to travel and loves being in the water, having been an avid swimmer all of her life. She is excited to be at Cornell and is currently interested in movement disorders.
Saeedah was born and raised Tabriz, Iran, and attended Tehran University Medical School and UCLA for an MPH. She performed post-doctoral research in MS at UCSF before coming here for residency. She is an avid swimmer and oil painter and is actively exploring her neurology interests.
Sarah was born in Long Island, grew up in South Florida, and comes to NYC by way of New Orleans. She is excited to have left New Orleans to move to her other favorite city in the world! Interested in Movement Disorders and Neuro-Oncology, she hopes to apply her understanding of the mind-body connection to her patients!
Stephanie was born in Tampa, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida, attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University, and then completed neurology residency at NYP Cornell. She is excited to stay at Cornell to pursue the vascular neurology fellowship. As a fellow she is continuing her residency research on cancer and its association with stroke. She has a strong interest in medical education and leads medical student group sessions on neurology and medical ethics. After fellowship, she plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator and academic neurohospitalist.
Shea was born in Florida and raised in North Jersey and has traveled across the world by way of his military service. He enjoys being outdoors, running in Central Park, and exploring NYC. He is an enthusiastic NY Mets fan and was named after their old stadium. Within Neurology, he is especially interested in traumatic brain injury.
Ashwin grew up in Long Island, NY. He enjoys lifting weights, playing basketball, and will always be a Knicks fan at heart. His academic interests have involved studying Glutamate receptor physiology, understanding mechanisms in major depression, and medical education. Within Neurology, Ashwin enjoys Epilepsy, General Neurology, Neuro-critical Care, and Neuromuscular Medicine. Most significantly, Ashwin loves Manhattan and is excited to explore NYC during his time here.
Kellyann was born and raised Manalapan NJ and enjoys anything that involves being outdoors – hiking, running, and anything by the beach. When life permits, she loves traveling and being immersed in new cultures. She tries to go on one Scuba trip a year, most recently the Galapagos. She is excited to finally live in and discover NYC.
Neha is originally from Sinking Spring, PA and is excited to explore the city one restaurant, musical, and city block at a time. She also loves picnicing in Central Park, traveling, dancing, and watching Netflix. She is interested in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology.
Bhavan was born in Gujarat, India moved to Cleveland and trained at Cleveland clinic Foundation Fairview hospital. He did is MPH from Cleveland state university with majors in biostatistics. He is very interested in Vascular Neurology and Neuro Critical-care. Apart from academics, he loves traveling and is passionate about traveling photography.
Hafsa is from Chicago, where she attended college, and majored in Neuroscience, before working in a neurology research lab at Harvard Medical School. She then moved to Newcastle, UK for medical school and enjoyed her travels in Europe. Hafsa completed her pediatric residency at Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, followed by a pediatric cancer survivorship fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, with a focus on childhood brain tumors. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking and swimming.