Current Residents

2021 - 2022 Residents

PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4
Michael Figueroa Meaghan Berns Salman Ikramuddin Heba Afeefy
Ernest Hanes Jeff Bowers Nikita Khetarpal Emily Hudson
Omair Lodhi Madisen Janssen Nick Purcell Kaci McCleary
Monica Ngo Rob Lowe Apameh Salari Lisa Moore
Abhiram Pillai Rebecca Roberts Grace Tobin Bindi Parikh
John Ziegler Joshua Vanderburgh Mai Kau Yang Hope Ukatu

Class of 2022

ResidentEmily Hudson

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Medical SchoolWestern University of Health Science

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I enjoy the twin cities. I like the experience in rotating through a university hospital, county hospital, and veterans hospital. This allows us to see a huge variety of patient populations and pathology.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The program is very receptive to resident feedback and makes changes when able.

What are your plans after residency: Neuroimmunology fellowship

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Eating cheese curds and kayaking

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: For one summer I worked on a fig farm on a small island in Greece.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: A travel photo journalist


ResidentKaci McCleary

Hometown: Newton, IA

Medical SchoolUniversity of Iowa, CCOM

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: The culture and the people.

What do you enjoy most about the program: Friday school when I get to see all my colleagues, eat lunch, and learn.

What are your plans after residency: I would like to work with families on end of life dementia care.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Swing dancing (there's a good scene here!)

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I collect medical antiques.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: in some technical aspect of film making like set design.


Ukatu,HopeHope Ukatu

Hometown: Roseville, MN

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota

What are your plans after residency: University of Minnesota

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: The MN State Fair, of course.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love to sew in my spare time! I started as a little kid with a bag of scraps and no machine, so I would spend hours stitching doll clothes, bean bags, and whatever else I could make by hand. Now I'm on my second sewing machine and enjoy working on clothing and decorative items.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Interior Designer

Class of 2023

FellowSalman Ikramuddin

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: After attending Minnesota for medical school I was open to exploring options outside of the midwest. However, previous experiences in medical school with the attendings, staff and research teams in this department made clear to me that our program was truly unique. My mentors here are caring and invested in my success and that is invaluable. In addition to this, the program offers a number of tangible items that set it apart from others; Weekly didactics ensure a deep understanding of basic neuroscience, neuropathology, and neuroradiology, while a PGY-1 neurology clinic experience inspires confidence in the second year. The presence of a committed neuro-critical care unit allows for unsurpassed training. The program is also the home of millions in research funding across stroke, NCC, and movement disorders among others.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The people! My co-residents have quickly becoming friends, the staff have been unwavering in their support during the challenges of residency.

What are your plans after residency: I am interested in pursuing a fellowship in Movement Disorders with a focus in deep brain stimulation. The neuroscience involved in stimulation is absolutely fascinating and I see much room for innovation and advancement in this space.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Minneapolis is truly an amazing city and is a big part of why I decided to stay for residency. Summers are fantastic for the lakes and rivers, our crisp winters are a chance to visit the many art galleries and theaters in the city. I personally love being out on a boat on Lake Minnetonka when the opportunity presents itself.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love meteorology and read lots of weather blogs! (it's a thing around here since the weather can change at any moment)

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Most likely a pilot! Cant rule out being an investment banker or CEO of a multinational VC.


Nikita Khetarpal

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Medical SchoolWayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: Easy -- the people! I loved the camaraderie between the residents and the fact that faculty go out of their way to make this residency program a positive experience. An added perk is that Minneapolis is a beautiful city with plenty of neat places to explore and things to do!

What do you enjoy most about the program: Friday School

What are your plans after residency: Neurohospitalist in the Memphis, TN area

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Complaining about the snow/cold weather, but secretly enjoying it.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love classic British comedies!

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Airline pilot or professional makeup artist


Nicholas Purcell

Hometown: Rapid City, SD

Medical SchoolUniversity of South Dakota

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: My training hospitals in South Dakota would occasionally send patients to UMN and I remember them speaking highly of the care they received here. Additionally, I plan to practice Neurology in a rural setting, and I spoke to multiple residents and faculty who spoke to the many ways this program could accomplish that goal. Finally, I was thoroughly impressed with the staff and residents I met during the interview process, which truly exceeded most other interviews I had.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The faculty and staff. They continually help me address my needs to become the best neurologist I can be, all while caring for my personal wellness.

What are your plans after residency: Practice Neurology in a rural setting and do a multitude of procedures (EMG, EEG, Botox, etc)

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Fishing, and I can bike a few blocks from my house to do it.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: As a kid I played in the Little League World Series

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Game, Fish and Parks supervisor


Apameh Salari

Hometown: Kerman, Iran

Medical SchoolShahid Beheshti Medical University, Tehran, Iran

What do you enjoy most about the program: My co-residents and Friday school!

What are your plans after residency: Fellowship, not sure about the subspecialty

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Kayaking and paddle boarding on the lakes

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I'm a good oil painter

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Animal rescuer or interior designer


ResidentGrace Tobin

Medical SchoolRush Medical College of Rush University

 

 

 


FellowMai Kau Yang

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: Great experiences as a medical student, fantastic residents and supportive faculty, training in various hospitals serving different populations

What do you enjoy most about the program: My co-residents!

What are your plans after residency: Neurohospitalist, but also taking the time to explore subspecialties and considering fellowship.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Getting ice cream as Izzy's and walking along the Stone Arch Bridge

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I watch the entire Back to the Future series at least twice a year

If you weren't a physician, you would be: A judge on a television cooking competition, but if I'm being realistic, a teacher.

Class of 2024

ResidentMeaghan Berns

Hometown: Stillwater, MN

Medical SchoolOakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: It had a reputation for being a very supportive program with rigorous training. I was also particularly drawn to the way Neurology pulls its students into its program during the first year with multiple neuro rotations, neurology continuity clinic, and attendance at Friday school. I felt that most other programs left you to IM that first year, but why wait until PGY2 to start practicing your field of choice? Plus, I knew the Twin Cities to be a diamond in the rough, having a surprising amount of diversity, arts and culture, and excellent food scene while maintaining a more close-knit, Midwestern feel.

What do you enjoy most about the program: Everyone from the Program Director to faculty to my fellow residents have welcomed us interns with open arms and have worked hard to make us feel like we're already part of the Neuro team

What are your plans after residency: Not quite sure yet. I'm interested in neuroimmunology, movement disorders, and neuro-infectious disease

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Camping in the Boundary Waters

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I have a playlist containing exclusively Renaissance-era music

If you weren't a physician, you would be: A baker or archaeologist


Jeff Bowers

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: The wonderful people involved with the program and the nurturing learning environment they have fostered.

What do you enjoy most about the program: Friday school

What are your plans after residency: Vascular or Neurocritical Care Fellowship

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Boot hockey in the winter

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love conspiracy theories

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Professional baseball player (kidding)


ResidentMadisen Janssen

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Medical SchoolRocky Vista University

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: The residents and faculty alike were all very easy to talk to, shared a mutual enthusiasm for the quality of the program, and the resident camaraderie I sensed was exceptional. I decided to come to the U of M Neurology program because of the people I met during the interview process, the teaching environment I sensed, and because I knew this program would push me and prepare me for any fellowship and ultimately for a successful life-long career in Neurology.

What do you enjoy most about the program: I really love the teaching focus, the people, the camaraderie, and the vast unique medical exposure.

What are your plans after residency: Likely a fellowship, but its too early for me to decide which sub-specialty yet.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Spending time outside and enjoying the many lakes and trails, thus my favorite MN activity is paddle boarding and biking

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I was a River Guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in Idaho

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Science Teacher/Professor


ResidentRobert Lowe

Hometown: Eagan, MN

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I did several neurology rotations at the U of M hospitals during medical school and was sold by the amazing culture of the program. Every attending, fellow, and resident I worked with was happy, hardworking, and eager to teach.

What do you enjoy most about the program: Starting continuity clinic in PGY-1 and the protected didactic time that we get during Friday School!

What are your plans after residency: Undecided at this point, but I'm leaning towards a Epilepsy or Movement Disorders fellowship.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Walking around the many parks in the Twin Cities area, especially in the fall.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I beta-test board games for a local board game company.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: A professor or high school science teacher.


ResidentRebecca Roberts

Hometown: Lino Lakes, MN

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I knew I wanted to come to the U of M for residency as soon as my interview day was complete. Everyone was extremely welcoming and excited to share the program highlights. It was made clear that the staff is very invested in your training and provide whatever support you need to reach your personal, academic, and career goals. In addition, the ability to train at several different sites allows for exposure to a wide patient population which I found to be a huge plus. Not to mention, Minneapolis is an awesome place to live!

What do you enjoy most about the program: I enjoy the diversity of patients and hospital systems we are exposed to in our training, as well as access to several different specialties within Neurology.

What are your plans after residency: Interested in Headache and Sports Neurology fellowships

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Spending time outdoors in the summer

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Fitness Trainer


Joshua Vandeburgh

Hometown: Florence, MT

Medical SchoolWestern Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

What do you enjoy most about the program: My co-residents are the best!

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: I'm still discovering, but I heard something about lakes around here...?

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I'm only cool by association to my awesome dogs: Emma the Great Dane, and Pau the intrepid Black Lab mix.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court... or purveyor of fine foods and spirits.

Class of 2025

ResidentMichael Figueroa

Hometown: Danville, CA

Medical SchoolLECOM - Erie Campus

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: The people! Everyone is so nice and inviting, really made a difference when I was choosing programs.

What do you enjoy most about the program: I like that there is exposure to more than one hospital system, which will in turn expose us to a diverse population of people.

What are your plans after residency: Probably a fellowship, but it's too early to tell.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Haven't spent enough time in Minnesota yet, but I imagine I'll spend a lot of time outdoors!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I've kept all of my concert ticket stubs for the last 10 years in a box. One day, I plan to make a big collage with them.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: A therapist.


ResidentErnest Hanes

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Medical SchoolArizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I was impressed by the energy and comradery of the residents, the organization of my interview and the commitment by the department to advocate for its residents such as ensuring protected didactic and clinic time for interns.

What do you enjoy most about the program: Personally, I had the most fun just talking with the residents, faculty and staff about their favorite experiences living in Minneapolis including raising dogs and family. Professionally, the broad scope and variety of subspecialists, hospital sites and resources for both education and research left little to be desired. Geographically, I continue to be impressed by the Twin Cities and all the beautiful scenery, great eateries and excursions they offer.

What are your plans after residency: I am most interested in Critical Care and Education. However, I am open to exploring all the subspecialties UMN has to offer.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Eating! There are tons of great restaurants here of every cuisine. What I missed most after leaving San Francisco was the abundance of good eateries. Though I am not sure if Minneapolis surpasses my hometown, it makes a strong representation of its food scene.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love writing/reading/watching Sci-Fi! This is one of the reasons I was drawn to Neurology. The procedures and concepts we are studying now used to be Science Fiction a generation ago. I am excited to see what breakthroughs will be achieved during my career.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Firefighter


Resident

Omair ul haq Lodhi

Hometown: Islamabad

Medical SchoolShifa College of Medicine

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I was a neurology resident in my hometown before joining UMN, so integration of neurology in PGY1 as well as Friday school stood out to me. The entire team is really invested in residents growth and follows up on resident feedback. I loved the friendly candor that made me feel very welcome, as if I was at a table with family. Everyone I spoke to seemed to genuinely care about everyone working here.

What are your plans after residency: It is too soon to say but if I had to choose right now then neuro-critical care/vascular neurology

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I used to teach street children in my hometown

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Event Manager


ResidentMonica Ngo

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: Having been to medical school at the University of Minnesota, I was excited to continue working with the amazing faculty, mentors and residents at the program. Furthermore, I couldn't be happier to stay in Minneapolis - a commuter friendly city with food gems comparable (or even better) than other major cities.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The residents and the program's collaborative culture!

What are your plans after residency: Fellowship in an "undecided" neurology sub-specialty.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Jogging across the Stone Arch Bridge

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I really got into playing League of Legends / gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Co-owner of a restaurant/bakery (still a possibility in my future!). In a fictional universe, I'd be a professional surfer.


ResidentAbhiram Pillai

Hometown: Kerala, India

Medical SchoolAmrita institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: I am sure 2020 was a unique experience for everyone in terms of virtual interviews and the challenges associated with making positive first impressions through a computer screen. Indeed, being able to express oneself in a short time frame, and that too, through video call, proved to be quite an arduous task. But even with these modern-day obstacles, the faculty, staff, and residents at UMN portrayed their familial camaraderie and efficient yet pleasant work environment of the department in an exceptionally endearing manner. The wonderful vibe I felt from interacting with the faculty and residents at UMN was unparalleled to that of any other interview I attended during the match season, which was extremely reassuring to me as an international medical graduate. Furthermore, the long history of the department in contributing to the field of neurology, diversity of the patient population, Friday School classes, and the vast exposure of residents-in-training to different hospital setups all played a critical role in helping me choose UMN Neurology as the most suitable residency program for me.

What are your plans after residency: Fellowship for sure, undecided on which one yet. I'm really interested in vascular neurology and neuro critical but, Its always nice to have an open mind :)

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I watch too much anime!

If you weren't a physician, you would be: An Astronaut, I was always intrigued by the outer space and possible existence of aliens :P


ResidentJohn Ziegler

Hometown: Janesville, WI

Medical SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Neurology Residency Program: The residents, staff, and faculty are wonderful! The mix of training sites offers an opportunity to serve a variety of patient populations. Last but not least, my wife and I have lots of friends and family in the area which is ideal as we raise our two daughters!

 

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Exploring the parks and bike trails with my wife and our two daughters.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: The only streaming service I subscribe to is PBS Passport.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: an elementary school teacher!

  • 2021 Placements
  • 2020 Placements
  • 2019 Placements
  • 2018 Placements
  • 2017 Placements
  • 2021 Placements

    Mona Al Banna - Yale, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Malik Ghannam - Iowa, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Adam Lipschultz - University of Minnesota, CNP Fellowship

    Kent Nichols - University of Minnesota, Research Fellowship

    Stephanie Reeder - University of Minnesota, Epilepsy Fellowhisp

  • 2020 Placements

    Aubree Bruhnding - University of Minnesota, Faculty

    Tanner Ferderer - Ohio State, Headache Fellowship

    Michael Hayes - University of Minnesota, Fellowship

    Allison Ho - University of Minnesota, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Nathan McGraw - University of Kansas, Fellowship

    John Riedinger - University of Minnesota, Fellowship

  • 2019 Placements

    Rami Assadi - Washington University - St. Louis, Stroke Fellowship

    Matthew Britton - University of Minnesota, Fellowship

    Roshni Patel - Rush College of Medicine - Chicago, Movement Fellowship

    Edward Labin - University of Minnesota, Fellowship

    Matthew Ronck - University of Minnesota, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Leighton Mohl - University of Minnesota, NCC Fellowship

  • 2018 Placements

    AJ Christnovich - University of Minnesota, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

    Parth Dhruv - University New Mexico, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

    Erika Horta - Detroit, MI, Neurooncology Fellowship

    Jessica Jarnot - University of Minnesota, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Jetter Robertson - University of Minnesota, Neurology Faculty

    Kyle Smith - Missoula, MT, private practice

  • 2017 Placements

    Anisha Bhangav - Washington University in St Louis, Neuromuscular Fellowship

    Abby Metzler - Mayo Clinic, Headache Fellowship

    Asma Moussaoui - Rush University, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    David Ortiz - University of Minnesota, Epilepsy Fellowship

    Pratit Patel - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

    Amber Stutz - University of Minnesota, Movement Disorders Fellowship