Neurology Residents in 2013-2014


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. 


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. 


Christina Chee received her B.S. in Biology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship throughout her undergraduate years.  Christina was also awarded the Multicultural student Award in 2005. During this time Christina was an active volunteer on the VCA Intercultural Committee and at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital where she spent time in the pediatrics unit. She participated on a research study concerning the effects of genisten on gamma irradiated mice. Christina entered the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2006 to pursue her M.D. Here she worked on several research projects including an independent research project called ďNovel Risk Factors and Management Strategies for Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) and StrokeĒ.  It involved finding an association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea, stroke and TIA using the Berlin Questionnaire on Inova Fairfax stroke patients.  Christina completed her M.D. in 2010 and completed her internal medicine internship here at Brown. 

John Cullen attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his B.S. in Exercise Science in 2006.  During this time John was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta National Pre-Health Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.  While an undergraduate he participated in research to assess the effectiveness of oral dexamethasone for acute moderate to severe outpatient bronchiolitis in a multi-centered randomized control trial. He was an active volunteer with the Special Olympics.  John entered the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in 2006 to pursue his M.D.  In medical school John took part in various research project including focusing on patients who had undergone anterior communicating artery coiling and carotid artery stenting with thrombolytic therapy and looking at the success of recanalization using predictors such as NIH stroke scale scores at presentation.  John was an active volunteer during medical school.  He spent time with children at Caseyís Place a respite center for children who have developmental disabilities and severe medical issue.  He was a medical school orientation advisor and a student volunteer at a health fair.  John received his M.D. in 2010 and completed his medical internship at Suny Upstate Medical University.   

Robert Gross graduated cum laude and with departmental honors from Columbia University, where he majored in French and Roman Philology while fulfilling his premedical requirements.  He was on the Deanís List all four years.  During this time he worked as a summer researcher conducting organic chemistry research for the development of new compounds for potential use in cancer treatment.  Robert volunteered with the Letís Get Ready! Tutoring and mentoring program where he taught math to inner-city students and at the Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Department.   In 2005, Robert entered medical school at the New York University.  He continued to be active in research and spent time in the Cardiovascular Research Center.  Robert was president of the Chess Club and a recruitment chair of the local chapter of the American Medical Association. Robert took time off during Medical School to conduct neurology research. His project was to put together a database documenting the response to firstĖline treatment in multiple sclerosis patients.   Robert completed his M.D. in 2010 and completed his internal medicine internship here at Brown.

Renee Hickey received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 2005.  During this time Renee worked as a Research Assistant at Bradley Hospital on a study designed to assess the prevalence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder among 400 admitted adolescent psychiatric inpatients and to establish the sensitivity and specificity of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Questionnaire (BDD-Q) when applied to an adolescent population. She also worked at Childrenís Hospital in Boston as a patient liaison.  Renee entered St Louis Medical School in 2006 to pursue her M.D. In medical school her continued interest in neuroscience led to tutoring of the subject for undergraduates, summer work with an inpatient neurology team and research aimed at assessing the prevalence of agitation in hospitalized dementia patients. Renee completed her M.D. in 2010 and completed her internal medicine internship here at Brown.

Benjamin Margolis attended Santa Monica College and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York majoring in Computer Arts.   He then went on to Hunter College and Columbia University to satisfy his medical school requirements enrolling in a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program. Benjamin worked as a computer artist after graduation.  He co-founded a performance art team Torino: Margolis where they created performance art pieces that used neuromuscular stimulators whereby one member of the team loosely controlled the movement of another by electrical stimulation of the muscles. Benjamin entered Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006.   During medical school Ben participated in research involving gene screening for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  He was also active in many professional societies.  Benjamin completed his M.D. in 2010 and completed his internal medicine internship at Mt Sinai.