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Ndubuisi Ahuruonye MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Ndubuisi (Nd for short) grew up in metro-Atlanta after relocating from The Bronx, NY in 2002. He attended The University of Georgia where he majored in Cellular Biology and minored in Spanish. Following graduating from The University of Georgia, he attended Mississippi College where he obtained a Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree. Nd then attended Indiana University for medical school, where he discovered his love for neurology. While in school, he served as a clinical neurology and neuroscience course tutor for first and second year medical students. Emory was the perfect residency choice for Nd because it provided him with the opportunity to return to and serve his beloved city of Atlanta, the city that had done so much for him. Additionally, Emory’s program provides him with an opportunity to train in a warm and cultivating environment that will introduce him to a wide array of clinical pathologies in a diverse patient population. In his free time, Nd enjoys “hitting the gym,” practicing his rusty Spanish, traveling, watching/playing soccer (bring back Joga Bonito!), mentoring, and spending time with family/friends.

 

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Monique Anderson MD, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Monique was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After completing her undergraduate education with a major in Human Biology at Stanford University, she spent time at Columbia University completing research in Huntington’s Disease.  She matriculated to the University of Virginia, but subsequently took time out after her 3rd year to pursue research in the HHMI-NIH research scholar’s program. Her project involved understanding the role or regulatory T-cells in HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). The project continued to evolve after staying a second year, and eventually became the subject of her PhD dissertation, which focused on the role of exosomes in immune responses to HTLV-1 in HAM/TSP patients. After returning to UVa for completion of her clinical training, she continued to foster an interest in the intersection between neuroimmunology and neuroinfectious diseases, ultimately chooseing to complete neurology residency at Emory.  Outside of neurology, Monique’s interests include trivia, baseball, dancing, and exploring the Belt Line. 

 

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Arjun Athreya MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Arjun grew up most of his life in Fairfax, Virginia and stayed at the University of Virginia for college where he majored in Cognitive Science/Neuroscience, solidifying his love for the brain. He spent some time after at Virginia Commonwealth University exploring the cellular plasticity that occurs in epilepsy using rat models, before deciding that he wanted to learn the true meaning of “cold” by attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  Emory was the right choice for Arjun, given its leadership and position in the forefront of many sub-specialties in Neurology, the diverse patient population, the opportunity to explore varying healthcare systems (Grady, Emory, VA, Midtown), and the tremendous faculty and residents that he met during his interview.  In his free time, Arjun loves to play basketball, work out, hike, learn new songs on his ukulele, and explore the burgeoning food scene in Atlanta (especially on Buford highway.)  

 

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Ericka Tummings Bennett, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Georgia State University 

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Ericka was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. She attended Georgia State University, majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in pre medicine. During her senior year at GSU, she took Neurobiology as an elective and became immediately interested. She continued to immerse herself with earning her Master's in Neuroscience at Tulane University. Excited to be moving back home, she then attended medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She chose Emory for her Neurology residency because of the exposure to the diverse pathology and clinical cases that present to Grady and Emory Hospital, the opportunity to train at the Grady comprehensive stroke center, amazing residents and friendly faculty she met during her interview, and extensive research opportunities provided to her at Emory SOM. Ericka continues to enjoy all aspects of Neurology and is looking forward to narrowing to a specialty during her residency training. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, concerts, spending time with her husband and family, and traveling. 

 

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Andrew Ferguson MD

Undergraduate Institution: Rice University

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Drew was born in California and raised first in Ohio and then in Alabama before moving to Texas where he studied cognitive science at Rice University and found his passion for the brain. He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch; after flirting with PM&R and psychiatry he committed to neurology for his further pursuit of the neurological sciences and their fascinating clinical manifestations. He chose Emory for neurology residency for its excellent faculty, broad clinical exposure, sharp and hard-working residents, and opportunities for teaching and clinical research. He finds Atlanta a charming and dynamic city with incredible food and abundant green spaces, and he takes the opportunity to go hiking in the city and in the north Georgia mountains as often as possible. 

 

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David Landzberg MD

Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

David was born in New Jersey before moving to the south where he attended Vanderbilt University for college and medical school. He quickly became interested in the field of neurology after seeing the diverse presentations of neurologic diseases. David is continuing his training at Emory University for Neurology residency and is excited about Emory’s balance between academic and clinical medicine, as well as the numerous research opportunities. Currently, David’s subspecialty interests include neurocritical care, sleep medicine, and vascular medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, staying up to date with movies and exploring the different areas of Atlanta with his wife Heather.

 

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Isaiah J. Rolle, DO, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Oakwood University

Graduate School: University of Cincinnati

Medical School: Ohio University

PGY-1: Riverside Methodist Hospital

Isaiah was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He studied biology at the HBCU Oakwood University. While in college, he fostered his neuroscience interest with research fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mayo Clinic studying hippocampal neurons in neurodevelopmental disorders.  After college he began the Neuroscience Graduate Program and completed his Ph.D., becoming the first African American to earn a Neuroscience Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He is the first in his family to become a physician, as well as to earn a Ph.D. His dissertation established the first direct link that abnormal hippocampal granule cells can cause epilepsy. Isaiah's passion for people with neurological health challenges subsequently led him to study Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. While in medical school, Isaiah mentored minority students and is passionate about mentorship and diversity in medicine. Because of his interest in neuroscience research, minority health, and mentorship in academia, he believes Emory Neurology is no better fit to train him to become a clinically excellent and socially conscious Neurologist. Above all else, Isaiah dedicates every spare second to his wife LaToya and two daughters 6-year-old Laila Miri and 3-year-old Ilyssa Linda. 

 

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Mica Schachter, MD

Medical School: Instituto Universitario Italiano de Rosario

PGY-1: Rush University Medical Center

Mica is an Argentinian born in Rosario, a very lively port city, where she completed medical school. She then moved to the capital of Argentina, her dearest Buenos Aires, to train in critical care focusing on neurological critical diseases and liver transplant. Mica immigrated to the United States to be close to her husband and started a new life in Chicago. She had the opportunity to work at Rush University Medical Center in internal medicine as a resident, where she not only kept learning but made lifelong friends. She knew she would love to train at Emory University since the first minute of her interview day because of the unique people, research opportunities and clinical focus. 

 

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Eleanor Thomas MD, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Brown University

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine

PGY1: Emory University School of Medicine

Eleanor was born in Birmingham, AL and grew up in Auburn, AL.  She attended college at Brown University, where she double majored in Classical languages and Neuroscience.  Following college, she did two years of research in neuronal plasticity at the NIH, and then attended Yale University School of Medicine for her MD/PhD.  During her PhD she studied ALS pathogenesis in a rodent model focusing on how disease- causing misfolded proteins could spread between different cell populations in the spinal cord.  Eleanor chose Emory because of its diverse clinical exposure and training environment, opportunities to continue her research in ALS, and eagerness to live in a vibrant, growing city close to her hometown.  During her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing golf, and spending time with her family, including her one-year old son.  

 

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Yinan Wei, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia-Augusta University

PGY1: Medical College of Georgia-Augusta University

Yinan was born in Jilin, a northeastern city of China. He spent half of his childhood in Stockholm, Sweden and the other half in Warner Robins, GA. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, GA for undergraduate education and completed his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA for medical school and developed a passion for neurology after caring for patients during his neurology rotations. He chose Emory University for neurology residency, because of the diverse patient population, abundant clinical settings, extensive research opportunities, and friendly faculty and residents. His research interest lies in role of the blood brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking, tennis, basketball, cooking, and crafts.