Find out more about our diverse and accomplished group of residents, including their backgrounds, specialities and career goals.
Karishma Parikh (Peds)
Renatta Knox, MD (Peds)
Renatta is from California and earned both of her doctorates from Harvard. She chose Cornell for the close-knit community and research opportunities. She loves jazz, takes advantage of all the jazz fun in the city, and takes public dance classes at Alvin Ailey. She is interested in pursuing neurogenetics or neuro-oncology.
Syeda Hafsa Sahid (Peds)
Kellyann Niotis, MD
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.
Mikel Shea Ehntholt, MD
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.
Neha Vijayvargiya, MD
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, travelling, dancing, and watching Netflix. She is interested in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology.
Saeedeh Azary, MD
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 Bobker, MD
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!
Ashley Aaroe, MD
Ashley majored in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and went to Northwestern University for medical school. She wanted to come to Cornell for many reasons - there is an incredible faculty to learn from, and she liked the structure of the residency itself - but far and away the most significant factor was the camaraderie that she saw between residents on her interview day. She is Mexican-American and has an interest in healthcare disparities. Outside medicine, Ashley loves ballet, soccer, and lemon meringue pie.
Brian Andersen, MD
Brian grew up in Houston, Texas before attending college and medical school in Minnesota. He enjoys exploring the Big Apple by bicycle, making music, and traveling in his free time. He has been interested in neuro-oncology since medical school and is performing clinical and basic research at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a resident.
Christopher Brown, MD
Chris grew up in West Chester, PA and developed an interest in neurology while studying at Boston College. Prior to starting medical school in NYC, he performed research in autonomic and peripheral neurology and then spent a year touring the National Parks of the United States.
Class of 2019
Darya Khazanova, MD
Darya is originally from Sumy, Ukraine, but she grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she is a frequent flyer on the Volleyball courts of Brighton Beach. Since high school, Darya has been interested in neurology and education and is hoping to one day become a neuro-hospitalist, spending her time teaching medical students and residents.
Jessica Wilcox, MD
Jess is originally from South Jersey, but for most of her adult life has considered Philadelphia her home. It is there where she first realized her interests in neuro-oncology and neuro-immunology through research in novel glioblastoma treatments.
Mais Al-Kawaz, MD
Mais was born and raised in Baghdad and loves living life fully. She became interested in neurology during the brain and mind course in medical school and came to Cornell after working with our MS faculty on a research project. She hopes to pursue a career in academic neurology.
Antonio Moya, MD, MPH
Antonio was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to Southern California, where he grew up loving jazz, music, and running. He also has worked with the Asian immigrant communities of LA and SF during medical school, traveling to Asia annually and conducting local and international stroke research. He hopes to carve a niche in neurology and public health for the prevention of neurologic diseases.
Caroline Miranda, MD
Caroline, a lifelong New Yorker, studied Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke before studying Parkinson’s disease in Dr. Kaplitt’s lab at Cornell, where she remained for medical school and residency! As a resident, she has contributed to a book chapter and researches gait and EMG analysis in CIDP. Her clinical interests include general neurology, EMG/NCS, and oncology. She enjoys traveling, good food, and boating. She is the wellness committee chair.
Jaclyn Burch, MD
Jackie grew up outside of Rochester, New York. She is currently conducting research on primary brain tumors and stroke with fellow resident, Neal Parikh, under the direction of Dr. Navi and Dr. DeAngelis. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and watching soccer, baking, and hiking. She is on the QI committee.
Matthew Mercuri, MD
Matt was born and raised in Scranton, PA. He studied English and philosophy as an undergraduate before receiving his medical degree from NYU. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums, walking his dog Stella, and watching high-quality long-form television.
Radhika Jagannathan, MD, PhD
Radhika grew up in New York but spent medical school in the Midwest at Washington University in St. Louis before making the homecoming journey back to New York. She spends her free time exploring the exceptional food, drink, and theater scene of New York City (and playing Pokémon GO). She is considering a fellowship in neuro-oncology.
Trent Hodgson, MD
Trent grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. He studied the structure and function of potassium channels in college before moving to Chicago for medical school and San Diego for his intern year. He misses running on the beach and surfing. He regularly enjoys Central Park and exploring the bars and restaurants of NYC.
Yahya Atalay, MD
Yahya grew up in Ankara/Turkey, where he attended medical school. He went on to study the cognitive effects of subarachnoid hemorrhage at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a great passion for bass guitar and photography and currently enjoys every morning by watching the magnificent silhouette of New York City from the GW bridge. He is interested in going into neuro-critical care.
Aaron Gusdon, MD
Aaron grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys bicycling to remote parts of Queens and genotyping mitochondrial DNA. He is busy with a research project funded by the Chinese government. He will be pursuing a neurocritical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins next year.
Alyssa Rehm, MD
Alyssa will be pursuing a fellowship at Columbia in electrophysiology/EMG. She also loves the ocean, beach, and all water sports (sailing in particular). But most of all, she loves spending time with her husband, Kyle, and their new daughter, Keira Summer.
Daniel Kurz, MD
Dan grew up in Ohio and moved to New York for medical school. He is a dedicated runner and puppy dad. Next year, he will begin fellowship training in MS/demyelinating diseases at Mount Sinai, where he will also earn a Master’s in Clinical Research.
Evan Noch, MD, PhD
Evan is originally from Holland, PA and is on a quest to eat at every restaurant between his apartment and the hospital before he graduates. He has been interested in neuro-oncology since medical school and will continue as a neuro-oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center next year. He currently serves as Chief Resident for Research and Education.
Krithiga Sekar, MD, PhD
Krithiga grew up in Australia and Africa and has travelled to 6 of the 7 continents of the world. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience and will be an epilepsy fellow at Columbia next year.
Neal Parikh, MD
Neal comes to New York City from Wichita, by way of New Haven. His only extra-curricular interests are his baby and cocktails. He is currently serving as Administrative Chief Resident and will be continuing his training as a Vascular-Neuroepidemiology fellow at Columbia, where he will also earn a Master’s in Epidemiology.
Setareh Salehi Omran, MD
After living all over the world, Setareh decided to move to New York City in order to pursue her passion in Neurology. She developed an interest in stroke during residency and now serves as Chief Resident of Operations and Scheduling. Next, she will go to Columbia for a Vascular Neurology fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and hiking.