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Class of 2023


Qasem Al Shaer, MD 

Undergraduate Institution: An-Najah National University

Medical School: An-Najah National University

PGY-1: Emory University

Qasem was born in the UK, before going back to Palestine where he grew up and attended medical school. He then moved to the US to work as a research fellow in the center for clinical neurophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He worked on neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring and the use of IOM to detect stroke in the surgical population, thus allowing for early intervention. Aside from clinical practice, Qasem is interested in medical education and in medical sociology. Therefore, Emory was his choice for its excellence in providing clinical care, cutting edge research, serving marginalized populations, and the ample opportunities to follow his research interests. In his free time, he loves hiking with his wife Hala, visiting new places, and exploring new ideas.



Andrew Elson, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia

Medical School: University of Alabama

PGY-1: Emory University

Andrew was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, before moving to Athens, GA to attend the University of Georgia for undergraduate. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, he participating in a longitudinal clinical curriculum that allowed him to provide longterm care for patients with a wide variety of neurological disorders. It was through this experience that his interest in a career in neurology was fostered. The opportunity to return to Georgia and train at a top academic neurology institution made Emory an obvious choice for him. His current interests are varied but include neuroimmunology, cognitive neurology, and movement disorders. In his free time, he likes to stay active by playing sports and rock climbing, but also enjoys cooking and following the local sports teams.



Sitara Koneru Achanti, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: The University of Toledo

PGY-1: Emory University

Sitara was born and raised in Columbus, OH and attended college at Case Western Reserve University where she studied Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism and minored in Economics. She then attended medical school at the University of Toledo in Ohio where her interest in neurology was born. She spent time investigating pretreatment neuroimaging and its impact on clinical outcomes after mechanical thrombectomy as well as the impacts of a hospital bypass protocol involving the RACE score. She chose Emory for her neurology training because of its incredible training environment, exceptional and kind faculty, research opportunities, diverse pathology, and most importantly, the amazing residents she met on interview day! Sitara has an interest in vascular and interventional neurology. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, playing tennis, and exploring all Atlanta has to offer with her husband. 



Ehizele Osehobo, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Duke University

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

PGY-1: Emory University

Ehizele was born in Ontario, Canada, and spent his early years there and in New York before ultimately settling in Fayetteville, GA at age 8. At Duke he looked for something other than biology to major in, and found himself in an Intro to Neurosciences course that cemented his pathway to becoming a neurologist. He earned his master's degree in Pre-Clinical Science from Mercer University, and worked for a medical technology company providing patient education tablets to hospitals across the country in the year before matriculating to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. He is passionate about mentoring future physicians and increasing the representation of minorities in medicine, specifically in neurology. Neurointerventional radiology is particularly appealing to him, and he is also interested in the prospect of creating an interdisciplinary outpatient center where his patients can get all their follow-up care, treatment, therapy, and imaging in the same place. Emory was the best choice to explore his passions and subspecialty interests, while also staying near home and family.



Aida Risman, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Emory University

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

PGY-1: Emory University

Aida was born in Vancouver, Canada, where she spent her early childhood years, then raised in Atlanta. She attended Emory University for her undergraduate education, where she majored in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and instantly developed a passion for neuroscience and clinical neurology. She attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Over the years she has been involved in various research projects including the use of optogenetics as a treatment for seizure activity, investigating the genetics of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and evaluating immunotherapeutic treatments for malignant brain tumors. She is thrilled to be back at Emory to continue her training in neurology - the rich academic and research opportunities, diverse pathology, ability to treat vulnerable populations at Grady, and vibrant city environment in Atlanta made choosing Emory an easy decision. She is currently interested in pursuing a fellowship in epilepsy and intraoperative monitoring. In her spare time, Aida enjoys spending time with family and friends, international travel, spending time outdoors, and exploring new restaurants. 



David S. Sandlin, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Millsaps College

Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine

PGY-1: Emory University

David is originally a native of Jackson, Mississippi, but he has deep ties to the city of Atlanta which he is proud to call home. He developed an intense interest in research during his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Millsaps College, where he ultimately completed a research fellowship in organic chemistry. Spurred on by the prospect of discovery but also curious about a career in healthcare, David pursued a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences while also working at the University Hospital as an ECG technician; it was there he decided to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. He enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences: his PhD dissertation project investigated the effects of explosive shockwaves on the vestibular system, and the utility of the vestibulo-ocular reflex as an early biomarker for mild traumatic brain injury. He is excited to train in the Emory Neurology Residency Program for multiple reasons including but not limited to: ample opportunities for research during training, wide exposure through varied training settings and locations (Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, the Atlanta VAMC, and the Emory Brain Health Center), multiple fellowships available at the institution, and his personal ties to the city of Atlanta. David enjoys spending his non-clinical time with his family, friends, and dogs, but can otherwise be found mountain biking, paddling, hiking and



Sally Williams, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University

Medical School: Boston University

PGY-1: Emory University 

Sally was born and raised in Decatur, GA. She attended Wesleyan University for her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Dance, where she developed her love for neurology investigating connections between neurological disease and the arts. She went to Boston University for medical school and spent time investigating genetic drivers of meningiomas and brain metastases in the Neuro-Oncology labs at MGH. Throughout her studies, she was consistently drawn to neurology for its complex and puzzling pathology as well as the opportunity to develop unique long-term relationships with patients. She has particular interest in neurodegenerative diseases and imagines a career specializing in Movement Disorders. She is very happy to have returned to the South, for both the weather and for the exceptional training and diverse patient population at Emory. In her spare time, she can be found baking, playing board games, or rock climbing.



Joaquin Vizcarra, MD 

Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

PGY-1: Emory University

Joaquin was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, where clinical and research experiences fueled his passion for Neurology. After completing his studies, he was awarded the Louise and Raymond Koenig Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disorders and invested two years at the University of Cincinnati conducting clinical research in Movement Disorders. His scholarly interests revolve around neurological phenomenology, evidence-based medicine and data analysis, and the integration between electronic patient-reported outcomes and technology-based objective measures. Joaquin chose Emory for its diverse clinical settings, outstanding faculty and residents, and unparalleled research opportunities. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing the guitar, watching and playing soccer, and exploring Atlanta.



Johanna Yun, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Louisville

Medical School: University of South Florida

PGY-1: Emory University

Johanna grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She attended the University of Louisville through the Brown Fellows scholarship. Through this program, she double-majored in biology and anthropology and organized independent study programs in five countries. Following her undergraduate years, she taught conversational English and led leadership, diplomatic, and diversity programs for high school students in Seocheon, South Korea, through the Fulbright Program. Upon returning to the U.S., she began medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She graduated with a certificate from its SELECT Program, which focuses on emotional intelligence, values-based patient-centered care, healthcare systems, and quality improvement. She chose Emory Neurology because of its culture of support and respect, enthusiastic faculty, and incredible academic resources. She was drawn to the city of Atlanta because of its diverse and friendly population and a growing art scene. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking, discovering new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.