Trainees of the Month

Dr. Julie Youssefi

Departmental Trainee of the Month, May 2020

  • "Dr. Youssefi has consistently demonstrated maturity and commitment. She has excellent interpersonal skills. She is caring, hardworking and does a fantastic job quietly without expecting praise… she always does what she feels is right for her patients and the team."
  • "Throughout these years, I have always seen Dr Youssefi walk the extra mile with patient care and being extremely thorough with her work, and she does this quietly without expecting any reward or praise."
  • "She is one of those steady residents whom is in the background because is trustworthy and gets the work done."

Dr. Chintan Rupareliya

Departmental Trainee of the Month, January 2020

  • “Excellent team work...when we were in need of help to cover a busy stroke service, without any other thought, he readily offered to help. This was an excellent display of compassion and team work. He's been willing to step up to help when the program is in needs on numerous occasions."
  • “Chintan is doing very well and performing above a PGY2 level”
  • Multiple faculty noted that Chintan is thorough and is at much ease dealing even with tough stroke cases despite being a  junior resident.

Dr. Gabriella Keeton

Departmental Trainee of the Month, November 2019

  • “Dr. Keeton has been very professional and has excellent communication skills."
  • "Recently one of my patients was admitted to the hospital. Even though I have been on vacation, Dr. Keeton took the time to keep me informed (on a daily basis) and incorporated my opinion for the patient’s management. This kind of excellent communication will keeps the primary provider informed and at the same time, family also gains confidence in the management plan (better patient satisfaction)."Dr. Keeton was thorough, shown a lot of interest, and generated very active discussions during bedside rounds. I have also heard from multiple residents that Dr. Keeton is a great team player."
  • Based on her professionalism, communication effort, and great skills as a member of the team, Dr. Keeton is being recognized as the November Neurology Resident of the Month.

Dr. Katelyn Dolbec

GME Trainee of the Month, October 2019



Dr. Fawad Yousuf

Departmental Trainee of the Month, October 2019

  • “I wanted to bring to your attention the great service that was provided by Dr. Fawad Yousuf while on night float. He evaluated and admitted a pregnant woman for pseudotumor cerebri evaluation. I requested him to help with a LP if possible. Friday night was quite busy, but I received a message from him that morning that he completed the procedure.  I truly appreciate his taking this on because we quickly completed the work up.”
  • “Dr. Yousuf is very receptive to feedback, takes it positively, and implements it into his practice.  I have also heard from other faculty that he asks for verbal feedback and is constantly looking for areas of improvement. During rounds, he does not interrupt students while they are presenting, but then adds to the history and examination findings and offers a plan.”
  • “With his knowledge about the patients, I could rely on his presentation without any concerns. If he doesn't know something, he openly admits that or he would mention that he neglected to obtain the information. He read through every article I sent him and had further questions by next day. Professionalism, thoroughness, honesty and thirst for improvement and learning makes me feel that he is going to be a star resident.”
  • Based on his professionalism and focus on our educational mission, Dr. Yousuf is being recognized as the October Neurology Resident of the Month


Dr. Katelyn Dolbec

Departmental Trainee of the Month, September 2019

  • As an Associate Chief Resident, multiple requests by residents are addressed in a professional manner. She is easily approachable.
  • Dr. Dolbec has been on the Movement Disorders (MD) rotation during August. She contacted the faculty in advance to prepare for each clinic.  For example, for Botox Clinic, she asked to first examine the patients herself and develop a treatment plan to review with the faculty.  She took the extra effort to teach, obtain relevant papers, and to share articles related to the patients she evaluated.  She intentionally rotated with all the MD faculty to learn their different approaches, setting a great example for optimizing the elective experience.  Several of the patients specifically mentioned Dr. Dolbec’ s professionalism and thoroughness; some suggested that she should become a Parkinson’s specialist!
  • Dr. Dolbec is always prepared, professional and respectful in her interactions with patients.  She is enthusiastic about the learning and has an excellent fund of knowledge.
  • She is a great choice; she is smart hard working and always prepared - she has been top notch since she was a PGY 2

Dr. Patricia Olson 

Departmental Trainee of the Month, August 2019

  • KNI Clinic Attending: I have worked with Patricia last week in the clinic; she was very professional and ... was at ease with patient/family interactions. In addition, two of my patients were admitted to EMU [while she was on that rotation] and Patricia updated me about the patients. Her communication skills are among the best I have observed.  
  • EEG Tech:  I was with one of our EMU patients preparing for discharge. The patient, who has an extensive medical history, seemed to need some more explanation and clarification about her event.  Dr. Olson walked to make sure that patient was OK with her plan of treatment. I told her that the patient needs some more explanation. It day was a busy day and Dr. Olson had a lot to do in addition to having 2 new students who were following her everywhere.  Despite this, Dr. Olson spent about 30 minutes, discussed the diagnosis again in lay language, and responded to all of the patient's questions. Afterwards, the patient had a better understanding about PNES and felt more felt relaxed and thankful.  I believe this kind of professionalism and genuine kindness is rare and needs to be acknowledged and appreciated when we see it.  As a member of the Neurology team, I am so grateful and honored to be working with such a knowledgeable and nice resident as Dr. Olson.

Dr. Fred Odago

Departmental Trainee of the Month, May 2019

  • Fred is always smiling and spreads positive energy!!! 
  • On an average, we have 7-8 patients per day. Fred knew every case and is a good team player. He is proactive in doing the lumbar punctures and is appreciated by team members. He is definitely a step ahead of rotating residents (from other depts.) and gave me additional patient management ideas. 
  • I can clearly see that did his homework on at least one tough case.  Fred came to service ready for an active discussion. On the whole, I was impressed with the amount of work he is putting in and being a great team player. 
  • Fred has been doing very well on the general service this month - he has been working efficiently and diligently; striving to manage all aspects of care for his patients.
  • We have been understaffed due to a shortage in interns and clinic demands; he has stepped up during this time, managing multiple complex patients and yet still been able to successfully complete procedures (LPs) and smooth over issues with difficult patients. 

Dr. Jason Chisholm

Departmental Trainee of the Month, January 2019
  • I am so proud of Jason. He was among the first residents I worked with when I started in August 2018. I was impressed with his fund of knowledge, work ethic and teaching skills for his level of training. Additionally, he is genuinely a nice person. He has impeccable bedside manner and is always respectful and polite.
  • Stroke service hit a high of 49 patients on 1/1/19 and this required a tremendous amount of highly coordinated work. I think this is a UK record? More than I have ever seen anyway…Jason went above and beyond the call and knew every patient and addressed every need, providing oversight for all patients, rather than simply focusing on his own cadre of patients.  All patients were extremely well cared for and all issues were rapidly attended to.
  • I have never been as impressed with a junior resident than I was with Jason’s performance at this time.  Efforts should be made to recognize his stellar (and selfless) performance and in my opinion we should be looking at bringing him on board as junior faculty when his residency is complete.”

Dr. Tarek Ali

Departmental Trainee of the Month, December 2018
  • Tarek has once again risen to the challenge providing excellent mentorship to our junior trainees. His hard work should be recognized and for the second time this year, Tarek justifiably deserves resident of the month for going above and beyond and spending the time to ensure our junior level trainees are fully supported.

Dr. Jason Chisholm

Departmental Trainee of the Month, November 2018
  • I have worked with him this week on General Neurology. Jason is just second month into neurology residency. He has already shown leadership qualities and proactive in learning in-depth about each case. His knowledge base is definitely superior to what is expected from a PGY2. He has even a taken a step forward and read articles related to complicated cases and was presenting the day after in rounds. I enjoyed the team rounds with him being around. He was very friendly and ready to educate every team member. I think he is an asset to the program and we will soon see him with many more achievements. 

Dr. Tarek Ali

Departmental Trainee of the Month, October 2018
  • Dr. Ali is showing an enormous amount of potential.  He is the definition of  a professional and shows skills well above his level.  Additionally, Dr. Ali is using his educational background to improve the ability of the residents to teach others by providing education on how to educate others.  Dr. Ali is an asset to the program and will no doubt do great things.
  • Dr. Ali is always willing to help out and never complains, furthermore, his work ethic is incredible.

Dr. Emily Justusson Riddle

Departmental Trainee of the Month, September 2018
  • Dr. Riddle is a pleasure to work with, and always makes time to educate the interns.  Her leadership has matured as she approaches the end of her residency and we have no doubt that her work as a Headache Fellow will be outstanding. Dr. Riddle exemplifies professionalism and cooperation.

Dr. Sharoon Qaiser

UK College of Medicine Trainee of the Month, September 2018
Departmental Trainee of the Month, August 2018
  • As a Chief, Dr. Qaiser is creative, engaged, efficient and will assist the Education Office in any way and without prompting. As a person, he is kind, generous, and lends support to his peers daily. Dr. Qaiser is the type of person who never forgets your birthday and stops by your office because he hadn’t seen you in a while. And he’s a snazzy dressy, which makes us all look good.
  • Dr. Qaiser assigned himself to an extra two weeks of inpatient service at the beginning of July so he could be available to teach the new PGY-3 residents and make their transition to Neuro as smooth as possible.
  • Dr. Qaiser developed a new resident-led RITE review course that is occurring every Tuesday from noon-1.  He sends out the material for everyone to review and leads Q&A sessions.  He could have just designed study sessions for himself, but rather he put in a lot of additional work to include his fellow residents.
  • Dr. Qaiser has advocated persistently for a new resident work room.  He has demonstrated that the lack of space is impinging on patient care and resident communication, and significant progress has been made on this difficult issue. 
  • Dr. Qaiser has taken over as the go-to resident for Nusinersen injections for children with SMA, which has required a lot of extra work.  He has developed packets for completion at the time of injections, and provided additional education for other residents to participate with this special educational opportunity. 
  • Dr. Qaiser rewrote the entire schedule after major change in the adult neuro schedule.
  • Dr. Qaiser has gone way above and beyond the expectations his training to advocate for fellow residents and patients.  He is more than deserving of this recognition!

Departmental Trainee of the Month, July 2018
  • I also agree with the nomination of Dr. Pradeep for Resident of the Month, particularly in regard to her willingness to step up to the role of scheduling chief. She has worked tirelessly on the schedule, through several iterations, in her typically stoic manner. 
  • Swati has stepped up multiple times as a co-resident and friend for us.
  • She has taken to role of doing our schedule this year graciously, a role which none of us wanted  knowing that it will have to be re-done once the new resident comes i.e double work and has worked very hard to accommodate almost all of the requests regarding vacation and other important details. She is also very kind hearted , gives you great guidance and is very fair. She is very quiet, does not complain and is very steady in everything she does.

Dr. Paige Sutton

GME Trainee of the Month, July 2018
Departmental Trainee of the Month, June 2018
I’d like to nominate Paige for a resident of the month.  She has gone the extra mile for the residency interviews.  Paige has contacted the education office multiple times lending her assistance during the process.  She has posted our information on national boards and has offered to discuss our program with candidates.  I have mentioned how great she was to other residents and I am certain they would send statements of support.  Paige is in the infancy of her training but I have no doubt she will emerge as a leader and a shining star! 

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.

Departmental Trainee of the Month, March 2017 Departmental Trainee of the Month, April 2018
  • 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.

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.

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. 

Dr. Wali Qayoumi

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.

Drs. Ana Albuja & Mauricio Villamar

UK GME Trainees of the Month, June 2016

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.