Neurology Residents in 2013-2014

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Jordan Anderson, DO   Jordan is a combined Neuro-Psychiatry resident who received his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009.  He then went on to complete his medical training at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. During his time at school, Jordan was active in the Illinois mentor program, serving as site supervisor. This program fostered positive mentoring relationships between university students and children in the local community.  Jordan also assisted with research at the Kelleher Group. This research focused on mass spectrometry-based protein analysis which were analyzed for unique qualities to ultimately provide key details for antibiotic synthesis. Additionally, Jordan was a Simulation Education Technician and was responsible for setting up the medical schoolís robotic simulated patient which was used to train Emergency Medicine Residents.  Jordan comes to us after completing his preliminary training at the Wright Center Scranton-Temple in Pennsylvania. 

Andrew Bouley, MD   Andrew Bouley graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2007, obtaining a B.S. in Biology, minor in Economics. In addition, Andrew spent two semesters aboard, studying Biology & Economics at Queen Mary, University of London & Ecology and Culture in South Africa.  Andrew returned to Duke School of Medicine to obtain his medical degree. Andrew was active with the Teaching & Mentoring Interest Group, in particular serving as Program Coordinator for Duke Med Elementary, a program that hosts field trips for elementary school students from local schools where the students are taught basic medical lessons.  He also assisted in a clinical research study performing HIV screenings in Dukeís Emergency Department.  In addition, Andrew took a leadership position with the Global Health Interest Group, representing student opinions and acting as a source of information for prospective global health students.  In keeping  with his interest in global health, he spent a year of independent study in Tanzania. He served as a student liaison on the Community Advisory Board and assisted in educating community-appointed members about Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centreís NIH-funded IMPAACT.  He also volunteered in an orphanage; devised, organized and ran a blood drive.  Andrew completed his internal medicine training at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
     

Jonathan Drake, MD   Jonathan graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Zoology and went on to complete several graduate programs majoring in Medical Sciences and Biology respectively.  He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in 2013.  Throughout his time in medical college, Jonathan was a research associate for Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts.  He also worked full time for the neuropsychology group on their Alzheimerís disease study.  Jonathan was also heavily involved in a project that involved analyzing neuropsychological and neuropathological data from the brain bank cohort of study participants to assess total pathological burden in Alzheimerís disease.  The aim of the study was to address discrepancies that occasionally arise between measures of neuropathological and clinical dementia severity.  Jonathan completed his internal medicine internship here at Brown.

Jacques Reynolds, DO  Jake graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in 2007 and immediately thereafter enrolled in University of New England, Biddeford, ME obtaining his Master of Science degree in Neuroscience/Pain.  His masterís research provided him with a first authorship publication.  Additionally during this time, Jake devoted much of his time to volunteering at a local Emergency Department, working as a teaching assistant for a graduate level neuroscience course and assisting in organizing a research conference held at UNE.  He also held multiple teaching roles at UNECOM. Jake also held a leadership position as recruitment officer in the campus chapter of the American Medical Association.  Furthermore, he was a humanitarian during his time at UNE.  He earned a silver TOUCH award for volunteering over 120 service hours as a member of MEDLIFE, in which he helped to coordinate a 16 day mission trip to provide primary health care in outlying communities around Cuzco, Peru.  Jake comes to us after completing his preliminary training in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

 Daniel Sacchetti, DO Daniel received a B.A. in Psychology/Biopsychology Concentration with a Minor in Physics from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.  He became interested in clinical research and interned in a cardiovascular medicine laboratory at Brigham & Womanís Hospital.  He was later hired as an undergraduate intern in MRI research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He enrolled in Boston University School of Medicineís Master in Medical Sciences post-baccalaureate program.  He earned his M.A. in three semesters, tutored students in medical physiology and was awarded honors recognition for his foundation for a peer-reviewed journal article published in Neuropsychologia. While Dan completed his thesis, he was offered a position at the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.  He continued to conduct research and co-authored a book chapter on Dementia for the Brigham Board Review in Internal Medicine.  In addition to conducting research, Dan was trained and certified in MRI imaging at the MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.  He co-authored another publication that was accepted in the peer-reviewed journal Psychology and Aging.   He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his preliminary year of internal medicine at St. Vincentís Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Brian Wong, MD  Brian graduated from the University of Rochester in 2005 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Psychology.  He served as a teaching assistant and tutor for the Department of Biology for introductory undergraduate biology courses and was a member of the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students.  He performed research and gained experience in the pharmacology industry through an internship at Biogen Idec, and has continued to be proactive about conducting research specifically focused on the implementation of RNA interference in mammalian genomic expression, through which many of his research findings have been presented in poster format.  Brian received his medical degree in 2013 from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his preliminary year in Internal Medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts.


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Roderick Elias pursued his undergraduate degree in Bio-psychology and Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University and went on to complete his medical training at Tufts University School of Medicine.  During his time at Tufts, Rod was the Coordinator for TAHSS and NYLFF.  TAHSS, a summer program, is designed to help underprivileged students participate in academic research and develop their activities into a thesis by summerís end.  NYLFF, a separate program, allows students, with interests in medicine and science, to visit the medical school and experience its activities.  He planned, directed and oversaw student curriculum, activities and academic projects, which included assisting with research.  Rod completed his internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark New Jersey.

Tariq Hamid a graduate of Nishtar Medical College in Pakistan, comes to us from Chesire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire where he was employed as a hospitalist.  Throughout his medical profession, Tariq has demonstrated care and precision in the assessment, evaluation and management of medical patients and their follow up.  Early on in his medical career, Tariq actively participated in community outreach programs, which involved visiting underprivileged areas and addressing community health concerns by bringing awareness and education regarding environmental sanitation, control of communicable diseases and primary health care.  Tariq completed a Family Medicine Residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Ari Harris completed his undergraduate education at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York, NY.  While attending Sophie Davis, he provided training for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clients in assisting them in areas of life and interpersonal skills.  He continued on to the New York Medical College in Valhalla to obtain his medical degree.    During his fourth-year of medical school, he participated in research at the NIH in neuroplasticity and motor rehabilitation.  His research focused on various therapeutic strategies to improve motor disability after stroke, including using peripheral nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and brain computer interfaces. Ari comes to us after completing his prelim training at New York Medical Center in Queens.

Jay Levin completed his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Brown University. He then entered Alpert Medical School of Brown University to pursue his medical training graduating in 2012.  While at Brown, Jay was selected by the teaching faculty to mentor 1st year medical students to assist them to become acclimated in performing new clinical skills. He was active in pursuing summer internships, one of which involved performing transcardial perfusion on mice, preserving their brains for future experimentation utilizing immunohistochemical (IHC) techniques. Jay completed his preliminary training in Internal Medicine here at Rhode Island Hospital. 

Denise Sebasigari graduated from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi with a degree in Chemistry.  She then went on to the University of North Texas Health Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated in 2012.  During a Medical Mission Trip to Sudan, Denise inaugurated John Dauís Lost Boy Clinic, where medical care was provided to returning Sudanese refugees.  Additionally, she has participated in research which focused on the molecular analysis of B cell receptor signaling in mantle cell lymphoma. Denise completed her preliminary training at Saint Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Prasanna Tadi a graduate of Alluri Sitaram Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in Eluru India, comes to us most recently from Columbia University Medical Center where he was a research assistant in the Department of Neurology. He coordinated four research study projects; three abstracts from these studies have been submitted.  In addition, a case report on Traumatic Brain Injury and a novel brain imaging technique have been submitted. One of the literature reviews Prasanna conducted, which examined the effect of bariatric surgery on metabolic syndrome, was published in New England Journal of Medicine. Prasanna completed his preliminary medicine training at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester Pennsylvania. 


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Danielle Cabral is a Neuro-Psychiatry Resident who began with us this July. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in International Studies and then enrolled in the post-baccalaureate Health Careers Program at Harvard.  She attended the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.  During her time in Arizona, Danielle created The UofA Alzheimerís Buddy Program, matching students with patients diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease as a way of broadening studentsí understanding of the disease as well as serving to underscore the impact of chronic disease on the patient and family.  Danielle was voted by her class to receive the Gold Humanism Award, the highest honor bestowed upon students for her excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.  Danielle completed her internship here at RIH in June 2012.

 Alison Daigle is a Neurology Resident who started with us in July. She is a graduate of Bates College of Maine with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  She also graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Applied Immunology and Molecular Biology.  Alison participated in undergraduate research and has worked with children with Autism. Alison graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While there Alison tutored her fellow classmates and was president of a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational, cultural and social opportunities of children with developmental disabilities.. She completed her internship at Saint Vincentís Hospital in Worcester Massachusetts.
 
 

 Christina Mijalski joined us in July as a Neurology Resident.  She graduated from Saint Maryís College with a B.S. in Biology/Psychology.  She then went on to earn her M.P.H. in Public Health. Christina worked for the Community Education and Epidemiology Units at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Immunization Program, where she coordinated community outreach to the underserved and conducted her MPH thesis study on the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control policies in Los Angeles County hospitals.  She was subsequently awarded a fellowship at the CDC National Immunization Program where she continued her professional development. Christine graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and did her internship at Alameda County Medical Center in California.

 David Miller joined us in July as a Neurology Resident.  David received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He then went on to Post baccalaureate training in the premedical program also at UMass. He attended the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and obtained his medical degree in 2011.  During his time at SUNY he participated in research to determine the significance of the gene PCQAP on brain function in subjects with Velocardiofacial Syndrome.  David completed his internship at Roger Williams Medical Center here in Providence.         

 Shawn Tsekhan began with us on July 1st as a Neurology Resident.  He comes to us from his undergraduate training at SUNY in Stony Brook NY with a B.S. in Biology.  While there Shawn was an instructor in the Adaptive Aquatics Program, a program designed to aid individuals with severe disabilities, many of which were neurological in nature. He completed his medical education at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the NY Institute of Technology.  There he volunteered in the anatomy lab, dissecting and creating anatomical prosections to be used as teaching aids for future medical students. He finished his internship in June at Staten Island University Hospital.