Trainees of the Month

Dr. Ana Albuja

Departmental Trainee of the Month, May 2018
GME Trainee of the Month, June 2016
  • Ana is a fantastic resident! Very conscientious and hardworking.
  • Always goes above and beyond for our patients and their families. There was an incident with a particular family who was quite demanding and Ana handled it professionally.
  • We are so excited for her to move on, but will dearly miss her and her smile.

Dr. Roman Kassa

Departmental Trainee of the Month, April 2018
Departmental Trainee of the Month, March 2017 
  • Very calm and handled a large volume of patients well. She was thorough and knew all patients well. She also took time to work and teach the psychiatry resident who worked with her on the consult service. The quality of her notes was excellent. This is one person that I will rely on for patient care. Stands as an outstanding example among her peers.
  • Roman is logical, systematic in her approach to patients, which is her greatest strength.  She is a great team player and compassionate with peers and patients.
  • She is a true perfectionist, and a role-model for how things should be done for medical students.  I loved working with Roman on my General Neurology rotation. She was always kind and helpful throughout the day. She made sure that I was involved with the care of the patients I was following, and involved me on other patients for interesting physical exam findings, procedures, etc.
UK GME Resident of the Month, April 2018
Departmental Trainee of the Month, February 2018

  • Karl has willingly and gratefully been the first to step up to the plate, taking on additional responsibilities as an AEHR super user, to assist his peers, dealing with the complexities of working with documentation and the electronic health record. His positive attitude and professionalism always impresses me.
  • Karl consistently performs at a high level.  He delivers possibly the best over the phone assessment and plan for complicated patients that I have ever been on the receiving end of.  It is clear, concise, accurate and well thought out. 
  • Karl brings a strong degree of humanism and empathy to his patient care.  He comforts his patients with his kindness, and in turn, is able to create a space for shared decision making and elevated quality of care.  He has been noted for his ability to engage medical students through both teaching and identification of opportunities for involvement, and been called a "role model."  I have been impressed with his thirst for learning and how quickly he is maturing as a neurologist.

Dr. Kevin O'Connor

Departmental Trainee of the Month, March 2018 
UK GME Resident of the Month, April 2017 
Departmental Trainee of the Month, February 2017
  • Kevin’s enthusiastic support of educational and wellness activities has had a noticeable impact on our resident and faculty engagement.
  • His role as departmental “Cruise Director” is proving vitally important to educational and recruitment activities.
  • We all appreciate Dr O’Connor’s herculean efforts in demonstrating the excellent quality of life Lexington has to offer, to the max! Based on verbal feedback from candidates during the interview season, Dr O’Connor’s name came up often, and this has undoubtedly had a positive impact on our successful match this year. 
  • Kevin is an enthusiastic and talented first year resident. He engaged in several discussions about disease pathophysiology and enhanced the team discussions with excellent questions. He is very professional and his communication skills are superb. I enjoyed working with him and have no doubt that he will evolve as an outstanding neurology resident in the years to come.
  • Kevin went out of his way as a busy PGY1 to contribute to our residency recruitment season.  He helped escort candidates for almost every dinner. He  even helped with tasks that he did not sign up for, even helping with child neurology interview dinners. He is the only resident who volunteered every time I sent an email requesting for help with interview day tasks.  He has gone above and beyond to demonstrate his commitment to our recruitment success, even volunteering to clean the stroke work room pre-interview.
  • From the first time I met Kevin during his interview for a residency position, I knew there was something special about him.  He has such a contagious sense of humor and is so pleasant to be around.  He is so eager to do anything he can to help and is extremely diligent in doing everything ever asked of him.  His involvement in resident recruitment was phenomenal.

Dr. Sharoon Qaiser

Departmental Trainee of the Month, January 2018
Departmental Trainee of the Month, November 2016
  • Dr. Qaiser is a key trainee member of the KNI-KCH Care Coordination Team with his contributions including helping develop and implement
  •  the Pediatric Stroke Protocol and other team initiatives.
  • Sharoon is very diligent. He is hardworking and eager to supply his efforts when something is needed. Absolutely a go-getter.
  • Dr. Qaiser has been on the inpatient service this month and has done a wonderful job.  He really is leading the team as an upper level child neuro resident should be … Dr. Qaiser has put extraordinary effort into making sure that patients get the care they need, all the way down to calling housekeeping directly to ask for rooms to be cleaned. 

  • Sharoon steps up and takes on extra projects that improve patient care without being asked & always follows through.”
  • I have worked with Sharoon since he started his residency. He is a great person to work with and is always willing to help with whatever is needed. 
  • His passion for child neurology is contagious. When he was in service on September and October I frequently heard pediatrics residents mention that they could notice how much he loves what he is doing. 

  • He is reading and keeping himself updated constantly. He recently won the AAP Travel Grant Award for his work in the Pediatric Status Epilepticus protocol. 

UK GME Trainee of the Month, December 2017
Departmental Trainee of the Month, November 2017
  • "Wali did a phenomenal job early in his junior year on a very busy stroke service. He effectively managed the care of a large volume of patients while the team was sorely understaffed, yet he treated each patient as an individual and with compassion. He is a true advocate for his patients and this will only serve to make him a stronger physician as he continues his training"
  • "Wali is conscientious, very easy going, takes time and makes sure work is complete. He even typed out medication instructions in Spanish for a person in spite of having clinic, what not! Such dedication to patient care is commendable."
  • "Dr. Qayoumi was an excellent educator, but more an excellent physician. I have supreme confidence that he will go very far in his career if he continues to exemplify good character, compassion, and the work ethic he currently shows."

UK GME Trainee of the Month, November 2017
Departmental Trainee of the Month, September 2017
  • Dr. Yadav has had several recent academic accomplishments, in addition to noting her excellent and collegial clinical care and excellence in teaching / mentoring rotating medical students.  Along these lines, she recently first-authored an article published in Headache exploring variables underlying recognition of chronic migraine by primary care trainees. This work was previously selected from among over 100 posters for an oral presentation at the American Headache Society, which Dr. Yadav expertly presented and fielded questions about.  In addition, she has performed an important quality improvement initiative in our department analyzing recent changes in practice habits concerning electroencephalogram utilization, which has impacted our approach to epilepsy care in our hospital.  She serves on our departmental KNI clinical leadership committee.  

  • Dr. Yadav is known for her conscientious patient and commitment to self-learning and improvement.  There was an example from early in her training where a senior resident was unexpectedly absent and Dr. Yadav immediately stepped in to fill the role, impressing many faculty with her leadership abilities in that situation.  One faculty noted that she is always "eager and hungry for more knowledge".  Recently, a medical student noted in her evaluation, "Dr. Yadav is wonderful! She is very kind, efficient and very knowledgeable. She engaged in student teaching when she could and  was very convincing in persuading us to really consider being a neurologist. She definitely had me thinking more about neurology after  talking to her."  This comment reflects the type of role modeling we hope our residents portray, and Dr. Yadav's committment to education and teaching in the face of a busy clinical service."

Dr. Jordan Clay

Departmental Trainee of the Month, October 2017
Departmental Trainee of the Month, October 2016
2016 Outstanding Teacher in the Neurology Third-Year Clerkship, awarded by the UK College of Medicine Medical Students
  • Stroke last week - we were hit with a rare surge in volume, while understaffed, with very junior Junior’s, Jordan demonstrated many skills, including solid clinical decision making, calmness, organization, and resourcefulness, organizing the team and utilizing resources such as the general neurology intern to help weather the storm. I was impressed. He knows the job inside and out.

  • Jordan has demonstrated excellence in being a reliable and hardworking colleague and chief administrator in our program.   Co-managing the clinical schedule on top of patient care responsibilities is an immense challenge for anyone that he has approached professionally, fairly and in a timely fashion.  I have been especially impressed with his attention to professionalism and inclusiveness in recent written communications.  He has been noted on multiple student evaluations for being approachable and an strong role model for rotating students and trainees, despite high patient care volumes.  Jordan should be congratulated for his excellence in leadership as administrative chief and growth as a clinical neurologist. "

  • Jordan was a true advocate for medical students; he was a good role model both as a doctor and as a person.  He was very approachable and knowledgeable, and a valuable resource to medical students.  I appreciated that he would give us feedback.

  • Jordan handled an incredibly delicate goals-of-care family discussion on hospital service with remarkable empathy, patience and professionalism.  It was a model interaction and instructive moment for the entire team.  He created the perfect amount of space and pause for thought and reflection, while offering well-timed reflective statements.  The family, in turn, viewed Jordan as their doctor, and felt secure in him helping to guide their decision making.  Outstanding job!

  • Jordan is fun to work with, asks thoughtful, intelligent questions, and does an excellent job with our patients and their families.

Dr. Parneet Grewal

Departmental Trainee of the Month, August 2017

  • Dr. Grewal has been consistently noted in her evaluations for her team leadership, hard work and excellence in clinical management, especially of very complex cases.  The program has received unsolicited feedback on her excellence in communication and coordination in complex neurologic cases involving multidisciplinary teams.  She is known to be a very enthusiastic learner, often volunteering for case presentations.  Recently she has had accomplishments in her academic career with an accepted first author manuscript in Neurology, “Pearls and Oy-sters: an uncommon initial presentation of thyrotoxicosis”, in addition to an abstract acceptance at the American Neurological Association, “Neuro-vascular Complications of Lupus Spectrum Disorders”.

Dr. Ben Barnes

Departmental Trainee of the Month, June 2017
2017 Emergency Medicine Consultant Resident of the Year

  • Dr. Barnes has been particularly noted for his excellence in teaching at the medical student level, being consistently rated by rotating students at the highest level.  Students have noted his enthusiasm for teaching as well as his engagement in teaching them and preparing them for daily rounds' presentations.  Many students have noted that he was exceptionally approachable.  Recently, he received the Emergency Medicine Consultant of the Year Award, which is voted on by the Emergency Medicine residents.  This is a particularly outstanding distinction which attests to Dr. Barnes' excellent communication and interpersonal skills and patient care in the setting of high-volume, high-acuity clinical care during his ER consultation experiences.  Dr. Barnes is always engaging in the literature, and strongly committed to his self-learning and growth, which has translated into high-value clinical care.

  • Ben Barnes is the resident that stands out for the same reasons as Dr. Lightner. He is approachable and always making sure you are getting something out of what is going on. He is constantly aware of medical students around him and has never once seemed annoyed to have us around. It is clear that his goal in teaching medical students is not make himself look good or won awards but to produce quality medical students who, are intelligent and informed decisions when it comes to their patients in the future. He also allows us to make mistakes and then walks us through his line of thinking.

  • Ben Barnes was 100% amazing. He was always willing to teach at the bedside and help me with things I was struggling with. He would also talk about patients with me after I had seen them and we would go through everything, including building a differential and a plan for them. He is a wonderful teacher and doesn't give you any answers before you've come up with your own ideas first.

  • Ben Barnes was a great teacher. If there was a concept that needed to be reviewed, he would help in a very personable way, pulling me aside and talking me through it, as opposed to using the opportunity to publicly show off or shame.

  • Ben Barnes was incredible with teaching, sat down and drew things out for us, explained things very thoroughly

  • Ben Barnes would pick one of us each day and we would go through one of our patient to explain exactly why we were doing everything on this patient. This was very helpful.  He was also a very open to answering any questions we had.

  • Dr. Ben Barnes was very helpful and used almost every situation as a teaching moment.  He treated me with respect while successfully developing a mentor-mentee relationship.  I learned more from Dr Barnes than from any other resident on my services.  

  • Dr. Ben Barnes walked through our differentials with us and asked us our thinking process, as well as pertinent information for each case. I thought he did a great job teaching us how to localize lesions for stroke and was very patient with us on service. He was also very approachable and easy to ask questions about concepts.

Dr. Mahsa Haghighat

UK GME Trainee of the Month, May 2017 
Departmental Trainee of the Month, January 2017 
Chief Resident
  • Dr. Haghighat has been kept busy by our service lately. She does a consistently good job interacting with our service, takes good care of our patients and follows up with whatever we need (even for the mundane stuff). Just wanted to say thank you and hope she understands her efforts are appreciated.
  • Mahsa is routinely here early and stays late to get her work done. She is so conscientious and is always seeking to improve knowledge and clinical decision-making. She is a true pleasure to work with.

Dr. Sushanth Aroor

Departmental Trainee of the Month, April 2017 
  • I think Sushanth has shown us that his proactive approach of tackling the inevitable challenges of residency head-on reaps its rewards. His intelligence and independent thinking is clear, yet whenever constructive guidance is given, saying it once is all that is needed and Sushanth consistently takes the “Bull by the horns”. He does not shirk from pursuing the most challenging goals and aspirations. Sushanth has been a pleasure to instruct because of this. I wholeheartedly feel he deserves this recognition.
  • Sushanth has rigorously pursued a research question that led to both a presentation at a national meeting and publication in a high impact journal.  We are proud of the work he has done.
  • It is such a pleasure working with Sushanth. He is always friendly and asks if there are ways in which he can help even if it is beyond his call of duty. Sushanth’s ownership of and dedication to medical education is patent. He created the pre-recording “Adult Neurologic Emergencies” medical students are required to watch prior to their lecture, and recently Sushanth created another voice-over lecture for interns. His efforts are imparting knowledge to hundreds of students and interns to come!
  • Sushanth is a very good teacher. He took time to explain the thought process of how to work up different conditions. He is also nice and personable so learning from him was a good experience.
  • Very knowledgeable and great at taking the time to explain things to us in a way that helps us learn.
  • Very approachable and intelligent. A pleasure to work under.

UK GME Trainee of the Month, January 2017 
Departmental Trainee of the Month, December 2016 
  • Jigisha Thakkar has impressed me since day 1 of becoming Chief.  She always steps up to the plate, asking how she can help and always goes above and 
  • beyond in every way.  She follows through, is so dependable and has been very instrumental in the recruitment of so many volunteers to help with interview season.  I feel as though she has earned the respect of the residents and is setting the standard high for the next Chief.  Jigisha is definitely my “go to” and I never have to doubt that she will deliver.  I just cannot brag enough on Jigisha.  She definitely makes my job a lot easier!
  • Dr. Thakkar was a great role model for the medical students.  She was very helpful in assisting us to target our presentations to relevant matters.  She also took the time to regularly teach us. She was supportive of the student role in the team process....she was very enthusiastic about teaching us first hand how to best communicate with patients.  She was a great mentor to have and role model to look up to becoming in the future.
  • Jigisha has excelled in her role as chief resident, earning respect of her colleagues, administrators and supervising faculty.  Her leadership has been conscientious, collegial, and innovative.  She has enabled significant changes to our clinical curriculum, resulting in improved morale in the residency and educational value of the program as a whole.  She has effectively advocated for the residents. She is an active participant in multiple clinical neuro-oncology studies, also having first-authored a contemporary review on molecular prognosis of gliomas. Clinically, she has been highly regarded as a patient advocate who regularly provides high-quality and thoughtful care to her patients.

Dr. Emily Justusson

Departmental Trainee of the Month, August 2016
  • From the time she started, Emily has always been proactive, positive, and professional.  She always takes time to speak and thank me every time she sees me.  Her positive demeanor is contagious.

  • Emily has been pro-active and taken important strides to improve our inpatient handover system, a process at the heart of many patient safety concerns in the era of duty hour reform.  She has approached the problem in a professional, systematic way, and has been successful in navigating complications on the way.  Keep up the great work!

  • She took the time to teach me, and made my experience on neurology fun and interesting.  She is a great role model, how I want to be when I am a resident.

Dr. Arpan Shrivastava

Departmental Trainee of the Month, July 2016
  • Dr. Shrivastava has shown exemplary commitment to both the promotion of resident wellness, in addition to the educational experience of rotating medical students.  He was recently awarded the departments medical student education award as he received the highest average ratings from medical students in the prior academic year. 
  • One student wrote that he is an "excellent resident with a commitment to education.  Engaged students with relevant questions and involved them in procedures.  Very approachable and knowledgeable about his patients.  A superb mentor and role model".  Another commented, "frequently pulled students aside for teaching sessions in the afternoon...consistently demonstrated enthusiasm which he shared with students".  Yet another, "always willing to take some of his own time to teach all of us, even when busy".
  • In addition, he has advocated for and organized resident wellness activities.  He is our incoming academic chief resident.

UK GME Trainees of the Month, June 2016
  • Drs. Mauricio Villamar & Ana Albuja lead national/international efforts to raise > $60,000 for relief after the Ecuadorian earthquake last 

  • month, demonstrating their commitment as doctors to public health, and their strong leadership skills.  Apart from this, they are special residents who jointly deserve this distinction.

Dr. Fahd Sultan

Departmental Trainee of the Month, June 2016
  • He always demonstrates the highest standard of unwavering professionalism, leadership and kindness. He is one of the rare individuals who asks “how are you” before you even get the chance. He is always willing to help and stops by countless times inquiring if help is needed. He takes charge to remedy any situation and shoulders so much responsibility with a positive attitude. What can one say about Dr. Sultan that isn’t immediately apparent: his gregariousness, his authenticity and his respect toward everyone.

  • Dr. Sultan did a great job of taking on the medical students and helping us prepare for rounds. He was always very thorough and helpful in letting us know what we needed to do in relation to our patients and how we could help. I am glad I had the chance to work him.

  • Dr. Sultan is consistently responsible, has clear communication, and is dependable..

Dr. Shahzad Zafar

UK GME Trainee of the Month, May 2016
Departmental Trainee, October 2015

  • He works very hard.  He cares deeply about our patients and wants to maximize their care. He is very bright and is even a sub-I on one of our epilepsy trials.  

  • After 3 years into his residency, Dr. Zafar continues to surprise me with his extraordinary empathy and commitment to patient care. Dr. Zafar was involved for three weeks in the care of a patient in super-refractory status epilepticus as the senior resident on the pediatric neurology team and later as a sub-investigator for a complex ICU drug trial in which this patient was enrolled. Dr. Zafar worked tirelessly and showed a remarkable level of maturity. He communicated effectively, several times per day with the pediatric ICU team, the pediatric neurology team, the epilepsy research team and the patient's family. He is an exceptional individual and resident. 

Dr. Kara Swafford

UK GME Trainee of the Month, April 2016
Departmental Trainee of the Month, March 2016

  • Kara is a great resident neurologist.  Watching her grow as a clinician has been a true pleasure. I would send a family member to her for care, which is the highest compliment I could give!

  • Kara is always advocating for her patients and her resident colleagues.

  • She is cheerful, enthusiastic, and a great teacher and role model for the students on hospital service...takes time to explain patient care to students.

Department Fellow of the Month, March 2016

  • Katie is a model postdoctoral fellow.

  • She will without a doubt be a leader wherever she chooses to begin her career. 

  • Katie assists in the needs of the team and does so willingly.  She is highly knowledgeable and is able to teach others well.

  • She consistently displays courtesy and professionalism to patients, colleagues, and superiors alike.

  • She is always willing to answer a question or to offer help.  

Dr. Pradeep Panuganti

Departmental Resident of the Month, February 2016

  • I was very impressed with Pradeep’s clinical skills, commitment to reading, and supervision of the team during my recent time on.

  • I just got discharged from the stroke service and I’ve never been treated better in my life. The senior resident on the team was exceptional, always keeping us updated on test results and the plan.

  • Dr. Panuganti was an excellent mentor. He seemed very organized and took responsibility for all of his patients. There were several instances when I remember Dr. Panuganti giving me advice on particular aspects of patient care that he felt I should read or know about. At other times, I did not know an answer or was incorrect in my assessment of the patient; in these situations, Dr. Panuganti very appropriately and respectfully corrected me, which encouraged my learning and development while at the same time not discouraging me to continue being active in the patient care. Moreover, he was always very respectful to patients and families. Importantly, he exhibited this when speaking to them in the patient’s room, but also when discussing the patient with the care team. I would highly recommend Dr. Panuganti to other medical students.

  • Even with the hectic stroke schedule, he was able to keep things running smoothly and even provide teaching to the medical students. Very easy resident to work with.

Dr. Mauricio Villamar

Departmental Resident of the Month, December 2015

  • Mauricio did an outstanding job on stroke service. He went out of his way to contact family members for updates and conversations regarding goals of care. I observed him conducting many difficult conversations and providing test results. He did so with compassion and empathy. He is an excellent bedside clinician.

  • Mauricio exemplifies the ideal resident. His approachability, willingness to volunteer and initiative to help -- all of which is accompanied by the utmost professionalism -- make him a joy to work with. He is always one of the first to respond to emails, complete evaluations, step up to volunteer during recruiting, and is just a genuinely nice guy.

  • Mauricio demonstrated a high level of patience and dedication in sorting out details and caring for patients with refractory headache. Notes were high quality, succinct, and easy to follow. He cared for patients with a high level of empathy and concern.

Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan

UK GME Resident of the Month, March 2013

  • Dr. Krishnamohan is very pleasant, ever smiling, never complains, never refuses to help, and during the holidays did an awesome job taking care of over 30 patients in the stroke service.  

  • He is patient, sympathetic and works hard to make sure the patients have their procedures and tests done on time.  Apart from this, he spends the extra few minutes answering their questions and speaking to them about their results too.

  • He always remains calm and is ready to help anyone.

  • He somehow found the time in our hectic schedules to make sure he taught something every day.

  • He was very good about including us (students) and discussing why he made his decisions and using them as a teaching moment.

  • He made an effort to find us (students) for procedures and made me feel like I was part of the team.

  • All interns and residents love to work with him.