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Class of 2021


Mehdi Bouslama, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Tunisia

Medical School: Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Tunisia

PGY-1: Emory University

Mehdi was born and raised on the Mediterranean shore in Tunis, Tunisia. After earning his MD from Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, Mehdi spent two years in clinical research at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, one of the busiest stroke centers in the USA, investigating ways to enlarge the scope of endovascular therapies through clinical and outcome-focused research, and had the unique opportunity to participate in the recent landmark DAWN trial. His academic interests center on the development of new imaging paradigms and tools to improve stroke care systems with the hope of improving outcomes at the individual patient level. Mehdi plans on continuing his research endeavors as part of the Emory Neurology Residency Flexible Training Path. Mehdi chose Emory for the diverse patient population, the cutting-edge research, and the opportunity to work with well-established and friendly faculty. He envisions a career as a clinician-scientist in vascular and interventional neurology. In his spare time, Mehdi enjoys playing the “oud,” tennis, exploring the Atlanta food scene, and spending time with his wife, Donya, and newborn son, Alexander.


Anuj Dhir, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia

Medical School: Emory University

PGY-1: Emory University

Anuj was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, attending the University of Georgia where he studied biology and minored in Español. He then attended the Emory University School of Medicine, where his interest in neuroscience flourished. He investigated the relationship between retinal amyloid and Alzheimer’s disease, with hopes of determining whether retinal imaging could be used as a viable screening tool for early AD detection. He also has an interest global health, participating in two international electives in the Himalayas while in medical school. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, hiking, tennis, ATL sports, patio gardening, and photography.


Kristy Hwang, MD

Undergraduate Institution: UCLA

Medical School: Oakland University

PGY-1: Emory University

Kristy was born and raised in California and attended college at UCLA. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research associate at the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) where she coordinated clinical research studies and conducted neuroimaging research. Her time at the UCLA ADRC was where she developed an interest in neurology and research. She then attended medical school at Oakland University in Michigan where she lived in snow for the first time. She chose Emory for her neurology training because of its exceptional and friendly faculty, different training sites, diverse pathology, research opportunities and the amazing residents she met on interview day. Kristy has a special interest in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, cooking and traveling. 


Nicholas Janocko, MD

Undergraduate Institution:  Emory University 

Medical School: Emory University

PGY-1: Emory University

Nick was born in Tallahassee, FL and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. He attended Emory University for his undergraduate education, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. He remained at Emory for medical school and decided to stay for neurology residency training because he loves Atlanta, the diverse patient population, dynamic faculty, and ample research opportunities. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing sports (especially soccer), hiking, and going to the beach.


Eric Lawson, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Emory University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville

PGY-1: Emory University

Eric was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to South Carolina in high school. He attended Emory University and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology where he first developed an interest in Neurology while conducting research on the neuroprotective effects of exercise on retinal degeneration. He attended University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville for his medical degree. Eric chose Emory for residency for the unique training opportunities Grady, Emory, and the Atlanta VA afford with their diverse pathology, practice environments, and extensive research opportunities, in addition to his love for the City of Atlanta. Currently Eric's subspecialty interests within neurology include neurocritical care and stroke. In his spare time Eric enjoys running, Chicago sports teams, biking the Beltline, and exploring new restaurants with his fiancée.


Valerie Jeanneret Lopez, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina

Medical School: Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina

PGY-1: Emory University

Valerie was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She went to medical school at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá where she developed an interest in neurology. Her passion for clinical neurology and her interest in studying the molecular aspects underlying brain function brought her to Emory University where she participated in research studying the modulatory effects of tPA on the synaptic compartment. Soon after arriving in the US, she realized that Atlanta felt like a second home. Attracted by the warm weather, the friendly population and the southern charm, she decided to pursue her residency training at Emory, in a program that offers incredible academic and research opportunities. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dog; traveling; biking; and trying new foods. 


Caroline Maness, MD

Undergraduate Institution:  Emory University

Medical School: Emory University

PGY-1: Emory University

Caroline grew up in in Chapel Hill, NC. She moved to Atlanta to attend college at Emory University and never left. While in college, she developed a passion for neuroscience, German studies, and teaching. After college, she taught high school science at B.E. Mays High School in Southwest Atlanta before returning to Emory for medical school. While in medical school she continued to work with Atlanta-area high school students through teaching and mentorship programs at the School of Medicine. Emory Neurology was a natural choice for Caroline for residency so she could continue to work with the Atlanta community, while exploring the vast research and clinical opportunities that the Emory training program has to offer. In her free time, Caroline enjoys brushing up on her German language skills, running, weight lifting, and spending time outside to enjoy Atlanta’s perennial summer.


Julien Thomas, MD, MPH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County

Medical School: University of Miami

PGY-1: Emory University

Julien was born in Montreal and moved to Jamaica as an infant where he lived for several years. He later moved to England, Canada, and finally settled in Maryland where he attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Subsequently, he completed his master’s degree in Biomedical Science and worked at the NIH researching T-cell development. He then attended medical school at the University of Miami. There, Julien completed the 4-year dual-degree MD/MPH program at Miami with a focus on marginalized populations in healthcare. For someone who enjoys several aspects of medicine and neurology, Emory became the obvious choice, as a program with cutting-edge neurology research, supportive faculty, a diverse patient population, vast research opportunities, and a vibrant city environment. In his spare time Julien enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring Atlanta’s food scene.