Jessica Baker, MD
New York University
Rene Colorado, MD, PhD
University of Texas, Houston
Michael Erkkinen, MD
Dartmouth Medical School
Mark Etherton, MD, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern
Taha Gholipour, MD
Tehran University of
Medical Sciences, Iran
Claire Jacobs, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
School of Medicine
Tamara Kaplan, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD
Richard Krolewski, MD, PhD
Kristen Lindgren, MD, PhD
Marcelo Matielo, MD
Universidade Federal do Estado
do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Saad Mir, MD
University of Florida
Khaled Moussawi, MD, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Derek Narendra, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Amanda Piquet, MD
Pennsylvania State University
Saurabh Shukla, MD
Medical College Baroda, India
Melissa Walker, MD, PhD
Janice Wong, MD
University of Toronto, Canada
Hyun-Sik Yang, MD
Seoul National University, Korea
I grew up in Connecticut and have spent most of the last 10+ years bouncing back and forth between New York and Boston. As an undergrad, I studied evolutionary biology, writing my senior thesis on a group of microscopic animals called cycliophorans, which live on the mouthparts of clawed lobsters. My interest in neurology developed during medical school; I find the complexity of the brain to be simply fascinating. Within neurology, I'm very much undifferentiated and look forward to exploring different subspecialties. I was drawn to Partners Neurology by the sheer depth of the clinical experience, the abundant opportunities for research, and the collegial atmosphere amongst the residents. As a junior this year, I have been so impressed by the breadth of knowledge, leadership skills, and supportiveness of my senior residents.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and all things outdoors, especially biking, sailing, and when I can get away for the weekend, skiing. I live in Beacon Hill, and since moving here last month, have very much enjoyed trying new restaurants, getting lost around town on foot and my bike, and exploring this wonderful city!
I grew up in El Salvador and moved to beloved Texas to study at the University of Texas at Austin Psychology. I then moved to Houston to do the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Health Science Center where I had a fabulous time and did research focused in neuroimaging of patients with multiple sclerosis with low disability. I moved to Boston with my amazing wife Luisa the summer of 2012 to do my intern year at MGH where I had a great year and learned tremendously about medicine. I have now finally started the most exciting part of my training at the Partners Neurology Program, which has been an amazing learning experience. The opportunities to learn and the motivation that everyone shows about Neurology are impressive as well as the support we get from faculty and staff. My time in the program thus far has been full of positive experiences and I am very happy and proud of being part of the program.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with Luisa cooking, going to the beach, skiing or just hanging out at home with friends. I like all kinds of extreme sports including kitesurfing, paragliding and, of course, playing soccer! I have most recently started sailing on the Charles River with some our co-residents, which is a lots of fun.
I was born in Worcester, but grew up on the coast of Maine. I've lived in New England my whole life.
My interest in neurology is fundamentally a fascination with the relationship between the mind and the brain, and how they work together to create our moment-to-moment experiences. I am endlessly perplexed and drawn to the murky line between subjective and objective, where neurology sometimes needs to venture. I feel a tremendous desire to help those afflicted with neurological illnesses because their illnesses often affect either core components of their identity or functions which contribute to this sense. Between my 3rd and 4th years of medical school, I was fortunate to spend a year at the NIH studying the neuroscience of improvisational artistic expression (jazz music, rap music, slam poetry, and storytelling) using fMRI, bringing together my interests in neuroscience and music. Partners was a huge draw because the tremendous opportunities to grow not only as a neurologist -- most importantly as a clinician, but also as a teacher and researcher -- but also as a person working alongside tremendous housestaff, faculty, and staff, all of whom serve as great mentors.
Outside of the hospital, I love music (I'm a songwriter and can occasionally be seen performing at local open mics) and being outside (be it jogging along the esplanade or exploring New England in search of the perfect swimming hole!). My parents, sisters, and nephews are up in Maine so I'll shoot up there sometimes on my days off, too. I'm currently living in Cambridge.
I am originally from Pennsylvania where I went to undergraduate prior to moving to Texas for medical and graduate school. I spent my graduate years studying synaptic transmission in mouse models of autism spectrum disorders. Going forward I hope to remain in academic neurology while also performing translational research. At this time I am very interested in vascular neurology and, in particular, mechanisms of post-stroke recovery. I chose Partners because of its combination of excellent clinical training and multitude of outstanding research mentors/labs.
I have only been in Boston for a short while but in my time outside of the hospital I enjoy exploring the city, especially Jamaica Plain where I live. These explorations have been focused on local parks and museums as I have a toddler to entertain! My wife and I also greatly enjoy the outdoors and look forward to exploring the New England area over the next few years.
I am from Iran, and I went to medical school in Tehran. Before starting residency with Internship at MGH, I did post-graduate research in epilepsy (functional imaging using EEG-fMRI) at Montreal Neurological Institute, and multiple sclerosis (natural history, clinical course and biomarkers) at Partners MS Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Being a neurology resident is exciting and full of thinking, problem solving and learning. Being in Partners Neurology Residency Program is an amazing opportunity to take this training experience to the highest level. We have a great and caring program leadership devoted to their residents' training and quality of life, an amazing faculty, and two of the greatest hospitals in the Nation. Boston is a great city to live in, no need to say!
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife exploring Boston, Cambridge and many nice places you can find around Boston to relax and have fun.
I'm originally from Colorado, spent my undergraduate, med school and internship years in Chicago, though I did go West to California for my PhD in Chemistry. I was drawn to neurology because of the broad range of interesting conditions, the wide variety of career paths, and by the fact that I simply liked the people I met during my neurology rotation.
I picked the Partners program because, again, I just liked the people that I met here on my interview. The depth of expertise in the faculty cohort is impressive, but I have been more impressed by their enthusiasm for all things neurology and the approachability of everyone in the program. One of the best features of the program is my co-residents, from whom I learn every day, and who have been universally welcoming and supportive.
This is my first experience living in Boston, and so far I'm liking it. I enjoy eating, hanging out with friends, and generally just ambling about and exploring, and am not worried about running out of city to discover during residency.
I grew up in Seattle, WA and moved to the East Coast for college and have stayed here for the last 10 years. I went to Penn as an undergrad where I studied neuroscience and met my husband. I have always been fascinated with the brain and did research using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to better understand working memory as an undergrad. After college, and before medical school, I spent a year living in New York and working as a high school teacher teaching science and health in inner-city Brooklyn. I went back to Penn for medical school and was excited to start my residency in Boston, first with my internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and now my residency at Partners.
I chose Partners because of the amazing faculty and extraordinarily accomplished current residents. It would be hard to choose between two of the most incredible institutions in America, BWH and MGH, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be trained at both.
I have been in Boston for over a year now, and I love the city. . Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, cooking, reading fiction, and writing
I find the nervous system to be such a fascinating, almost magical part of the human body. My research was in doing whole cell recordings from mouse hippocampal neurons to look at the effects of heat on their activity and what implications that might have for understanding febrile seizures.
I chose the Partners Neurology program for the incredible diversity of patient cases and subspecialties we get exposed to as well as the incredibly smart and friendly residents, faculty and staff. I am so inspired by our faculty and co-residents who accomplish so much not only in patient care, but in teaching, research and global outreach.
When I am not puzzling over our patients' neurologic mysteries, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, hosting potlucks, eating at new places, dancing and occasionally even trying to refurb furniture.
I am excited to be part of an amazing group of co-residents and faculty in a program that offers an impressive breadth of clinical experiences and a wealth of opportunities for basic science investigation. As my clinical training in neurology intensifies, I am actively searching for a subspecialty niche that will allow me to care for patients with diseases that I find most fascinating from both a clinical and basic science perspective. I am especially interested in the biology of neural stem and progenitor cells and am looking forward to developing a research project with one of the many researchers at BWH/MGH/Harvard with active interest in this field.
I have been in Boston for about 10 years with my wife Marissa. It's a fantastic city to live and work in. My free time is wonderfully busy spending time with my daughter Wendy as she explores the world around her (i.e. Brighton), and occasionally sneaking away for a date night with Marissa at one of Boston's many superb restaurants.
Although I was born in Brooklyn, NY, I spent most of my childhood in Stratford, CT. I went to college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where I majored in Biology and Neuroscience. New England winters didn't keep me from moving further north to Boston after graduation, though, and I worked with Dr. Dara Manoach at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a research assistant in a lab investigating executive functioning deficits in schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome. Two years later I entered the M.D./Ph.D. program at Boston University School of Medicine and worked with Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg in the Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. For my disseration I examined language abilities and their relationship to brain structure in children with autism spectrum disorder and their unaffected siblings.
During medical school I was also actively involved in teaching and taught neuroanatomy in the Medical Neuroscience course to first-year medical students. I live with my husband, Matt, who works in finance and is a Boston area native. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including softball and hiking, and much to my family's chagrin, we're both avid Boston sports fans. I also enjoy karaoke and would never pass up the opportunity to sing a pop ballad or a Broadway tune, but Matt has yet to fully appreciate this talent. I've been in Boston for many years now and can't imagine being in any other city.
I have always desired a lifelong career in a field that would bring me both intellectual and humanistic challenges and rewards. The best match: neurology, a fascinating and dynamic field of medicine.
The variety of diseases we see in neurology is likely greater than in any other specialty. Therefore, neurology is never boring; on every morning rounds or clinic day I learn something new.
When the brain fails we see the most tragic and devastating disabilities. I learned early in my medical school years, in University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, how the treatment of neurological diseases requires great compassion and knowledge. Patients were very disadvantaged and there were difficulties in investigating the differential diagnosis (low availability of MRI and CSF exams). This experience allowed me to gain confidence in the neurological clinic by endlessly practicing the neurology clinical method and to use research to improve the quality of care.
Since then, my commitment to neurology brought me to places with a lot more resources. I completed of two neuroscience fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, where I also obtained a master degree in clinical research. My main research interest is in demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. Prior to coming to Boston, I completed my intern year at Yale, New Haven, CT.
My choice for the Partners- Harvard Medical School Neurology program allows me exposure to cutting-edge technologies in clinical care and research and to learn with leaders in the field of neurology. To date, my experiences have exceeded my expectations and I have gained a realistic appreciation of the rewards involved in pursuing residency in neurology. I believe that the experiences at Mass General, Brigham and Women, and the other various sites provide residents a solid foundation and multiple tools for a successful career in Neurology.
In the spare time, I enjoy a variety of summer and winter sports: swimming, surfing, sailing, kitingboarding, snowboarding.
I became interested in neurology fairly late in medical school (probably end of 3rd/beginning of 4th year). Interestingly enough, it was casual conversations (about human behavior/movement disorders) with faculty and a book (Phantoms in the Brain) that solidified my fascination with the brain/mind. I spent a little time working on a visual pathway processing and the potential overlap with valence before applying to residency, but as of right now, my neurologic preferences are a blank canvas waiting to be Jackson Pollock'ed. I chose to come to Partners because: 1) every resident I met was genuinely pleasant, SMILING, and made good eye contact (huge + for gauging social awkwardness) 2) there is an incredible number of faculty (>200) who are supportive, engaging, and passionate and 3) you get incredible training with a huge number of patients with a variety of disease. If you are up for getting top notch training, while working hard with a large and diverse group of residents/faculty, Partners is program for you.
I grew up in the Florida Panhandle so living in Boston has been a new experience, particularly dealing with the change in weather. I found out that, apparently, tennis shoes are inadequate for walking in snow. I enjoy listening to live music (20+ concerts here so far), playing djembe/guitar, cooking, and traveling (2 more continents to go). I also enjoy homeless outreach and helping patients express themselves with photography.
My interest in Neuroscience developed while I was in college at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. I joined the MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina where I studied the neurobiology of addiction. In particular, my research focused on mapping the circuitry involved in compulsive relapse to drug seeking (cocaine and heroin) and identifying the neuro-adaptations induced by drugs of abuse. I also investigated ways to reverse those neuro-adaptations in order to block the relapse behavior.
Going forward, I am interested in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, with particular focus on orbitofrontal cortex pathology, conversion disorders, various dementias, and the pathology of motivation and choice (i.e. addiction).
I spend my free time cooking, hiking, bar hopping, and checking out the different Boston coffeeshops.
Originally from the Minneapolis, I have bounced between the east coast and midwest over the last several years. I went to college at Columbia and then medical school at the University of Michigan. I took what was initially a year off of medical school to study the cell biology of familial parkinsonism at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. I caught the science bug and continued my research at both the NIH and Cambridge University in the UK for an additional three years, culminating in a Ph.D. from Cambridge, before returning for my final year of medical school. I stayed in the DC area for my internship, which allowed me finish a couple of projects in my lab at the NIH.
I was attracted to the Partners program because of the solid grounding in neurology from such master clinicians as Allan Ropper and Martin "Marty" Samuels and also because of sense of camaraderie among the residents, who work hard and support each other. The Boston area also has the largest concentration of biomedical research, which some residents take advantage of through the R25 grants that support six consecutive months of research in residency and through research intensive fellowships -- many supported through grants from the MIND (MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease) center and other mechanisms through Harvard and its affiliated hospitals.
I plan to pursue a fellowship in neurogenetics or movement disorders after residency and aspire to run a lab and see patients with movement disorders.
My wife and I have initially settled in the North End -- the "little Italy" of Boston with cobblestone streets, Paul Revere's revolutionary house, and a long stretch of the red-bricked Freedom Trail. Near the harbor and downtown, it is a twenty minute walk to MGH and thirty minutes by the green or orange Boston "T" line to Brigham and Women's Hospital.
My interest in Neurology began during my undergraduate years at West Chester University while working in a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center. After graduating, I attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey Pennsylvania, where I became involved in stem cell transplantation research for Parkinson's disease. My experiences at Hershey and passion for research made Neurology an easy choice for a specialty.
I chose to do my residency at Partners for a number of reasons. After rotating here as a visiting medical student, I was immediately impressed with the exposure to various neurological diseases and the strong teaching environment. There are so many opportunities for learning including weekly brain cutting with neuropathology, high-yield topics covered at noon conference, weekly grand rounds and other informal gathering including journal club. This residency program also provides an opportunity to have clinical experience in two fantastic hospitals that provide a great exposure to a diverse and unique patient base.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending exploring New England with my husband Dan. We both love Boston and the proximity to Maine and New Hampshire where we can enjoy our favorite hobbies: skiing and hiking.
My thought that "Brain is a master organ and controls the whole body, Lets learn more about it!!!" led me towards Medical school and finally towards Neurology. I am still early in my residency training and I am pretty open minded and still exploring my subspecialty interests.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife, exploring new places and cuisine and Boston is an awesome place for it. I also cherish the beautiful Charles Riverfront and the ferry rides along it. Truly, Boston is a great place to live, learn and enjoy.
I am a native of Tidewater, Virginia lately in Boston via Durham and NYC. I studied X-ray crystallography with Larry Shapiro at Columbia where I determined the crystal structures of portions of the ectodomain of Drosophila neuronal (N)-cadherin and applied structural and bioinformatic analysis to better understand the mechanism by which that molecule mediates intercellular adhesion in neurons. I am interested in the intersection of molecular and atomic level biochemistry and neuroscience, particularly as it relates to disease processes affecting the developing nervous system, disorders most commonly observed in children. I find one such disease subset--mitochondrial disorders--particularly interesting.
Since relocating to Boston I have enjoyed walking my dog in Beacon Hill, attempting to learn how to sail, buying "under 40" tickets to the Boston symphony, and traveling with my husband whenever we get the chance.
Since my personal experiences with dementia patients and fascinations about cognitive neuroscience / neurodegenerative diseases led me into medical school and then into neurology, I am currently interested in behavioral neurology. Nonetheless, as I am at the beginning of my neurology career, I will keep myself open-minded. In that regard, being in a large residency program exposes me to diverse perspectives from colleagues and many mentors.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending my time with my wife. I love walking along the Charles River and thinking and talking with my wife while enjoying the fresh air and scenery. I am also a fan of skiing and swimming. I have to say that Boston is one of the best places to study, work, and enjoy life!