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Neurology Residency Training Program


Eunice Abrams


Eunice Abrams
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Med School: University of Iowa
Current Subspecialty Interests: Movement Disorders, Stroke, Epilepsy

I chose the University of Michigan because of the great location, great teaching, and friendly staff. There is broad exposure to neurological diseases. In Ann Arbor, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. I also enjoy the many children’s playgrounds, the children’s museum, and the many child-related activities.

One Thing You Should Know: I have twin daughters and I am very proud of them.

 

Eric Beltran
Erik Beltran
Undergrad: Creighton University
Masters in Neuroscience: Loyola University
Med School: Univeristy of Illinois - Chicago
Current Subspecialty Interests: Stroke, Sports Neurology

I chose the University of Michigan for the patient population and variety. Faculty and staff are friendly and supportive. It is a great environment to learn in. I am very impressed by how receptive the faculty is and how much they are willing to help you develop into a great neurologist. This program’s #1 priority is its residents and it takes pride in helping us achieve success. In Ann Arbor, I have been known to enjoy a beer (or two) on the patios of the various restaurants in the downtown area.

One Thing You Should Know: I am a huge Cubs fan and grew up near the ballpark in Chicago.

Theme Song: I have always wanted to walk down the hall on rounds with my team to the song “Pick Up The Pieces” by Average White Band.

 

Giulia Benedetti
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Med school: The Ohio State University
Current subspecialty interest: Autism, neuro critical care

It took some convincing to choose to cross over to enemy territory. But I was ultimately persuaded by the faculty and fellows I met in the Pediatric Neurology Department. I liked how Mott Children's Hospital has the resources of a large academic center but the resident class was small enough to really get to know everyone. I have been so happy with my current resident class, and look forward to meeting a whole new set of residents during my year of adult neurology! 

One Thing You Should Know:  I was a college rower, I have the world's cutest niece and nephew, and I recently acquired a kitten in the spirit of embracing my inner cat lady. 

Theme song: The current song I can't get out of my head is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.  It is so stuck it's preventing me from coming up with any other song, so I'll just have to go with that one. 

Matthew Ebright
Undergrad: Taylor University (in the cornfields of Indiana)
Med School: Wayne State University
Subspecialty interest: neuromuscular, movement

I am married with an almost two year old boy and another baby on the way October 2014. I am a family-man these days, leading to a significant decrease in my times for hobbies, however I am excellent at diaper changing and playing with toys. Choosing a Residency program was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am so glad that I chose Michigan. It starts with the people here. First-name basis with faculty, hilarious co-residents, friendly atmosphere; it fit like a glove! It has also been the best place I could take my family - parks, good schools, lots of events, an amazing social atmosphere where it easy to get plugged in. My wife loves it here, and if she's happy, I'm happy. I love sports too, so being close to Detroit in addition to Michigan sports makes this a perfect place. Finally, I have been so impressed by the hospital - the facility, faculty, and co-residents have been outstanding.

One Thing You Should Know: I used to be quite the avid guitarist: took classical guitar lessons, was the lead guitarist in a ska band named Dead End School (you can ask me for a couple MP3s if you would like later), and played in several concerts in College (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxzM21U-bl4 - the bassist!). Unfortunately marriage, children, and residency has decreased my rock and roll-ability.
 
Theme song:
"Awake My Soul" by Mumford and Sons

Ryan Jacobson
Ryan Jacobson
Undergrad:  Washington University
Med School: University of Illinois
Post-graduate plans: Neuromuscular fellowship

I chose the University of Michigan for residency because of the high quality of the faculty and their dedication to teaching residents and students. I also liked that this was a large department with good exposure to all subspecialties of neurology. My favorite thing about the program is spending time and working with intelligent, funny co-residents. I also enjoy trying espresso at all the many coffee shops in Ann Arbor

Theme Song: “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis

 

Robert Kobelja
Undergrad: Loyola University New Orleans
Med School: University of South Alabama
Current subspecialty interests:  Neuroimmunology, Neuromuscular

There were several reason why I chose the University of Michigan but the biggest reason was for the people. I felt like I easily meshed with the residents during the interview and enjoyed my time with them. The faculty I met were very approachable, down to earth, fun and passionate about neurology.  And just from this I felt that I fit in here. There were of course other great perks about the program including a vast number of sub-specialties to be exposed to in neurology. Also the location in Ann Arbor with lots of good food, numerous parks and lots of water nearby how could you go wrong? 

One Thing You Should Know: I enjoy fencing with my weapon of choice being the sabre.

Theme Song: The Intro Theme to HBO's Game of Thrones

 

Abbey Lecso
Abbey Lecso

Undergrad: University of Michigan
Med School: University of Toledo
Current Subspecialty Interests: Sleep Medicine (though I am keeping an open mind)

I went to the University of Michigan for undergraduate and to the University of Toledo for medical school. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to stay in the area for residency, but the interview day and dinner won me over in the end! I felt like I could see myself working well with everyone I met. It was my top choice and it feels great to be back in Ann Arbor! My colleagues are all incredibly smart! In Ann Arbor, my favorite things include kayaking on the river, eating at all the great restaurants downtown, and Michigan football in the fall.

One Thing You Should Know: I really enjoy antiquing! I once won tickets to Antiques Roadshow and drove 8 hours to get there only to be told that my item was a fake.

Theme Song: “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys (imagine the scene from the movie This is the End)

 

Mollie McDermott
Mollie McDermott
Undergrad:  Mount Holyoke College
Med School:  Dartmouth
Current Subspecialty Interests: I have not yet decided upon a single subspecialty, but it will be something CNS-y.

I chose the University of Michigan because I felt like I fit right in with all of the faculty and residents I met on my interview day. I liked the structure of the program, and it has a great reputation. And Ann Arbor is pretty universally thought of as a great place to live. I love my co-residents and the faculty are fun, approachable, and ridiculously good at what they do. In Ann Arbor, I like going to the Ark for folk concerts, going to German Park, and going to sleep.

One Thing You Should Know: I take the New York Times daily crossword puzzle way too seriously.

Theme Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands”

 

Melissa McDonald
Undergrad: University of Utah
Med School: University of Michigan
I grew up in St. George, Utah, a small desert town with lots of red rock and hot, dry summers. I came to medicine via an unusual route, having majored in dance and danced professionally with a company in Salt Lake City, only later pursuing a medical career.  I was drawn to University of Michigan Medical School by the enthusiasm and friendliness of the students and faculty and because of the high quality of the program. I stayed here for residency for the same reasons. I found that the faculty are collegial and love to teach, peers are accomplished, fun and interesting, and the patients have a variety of conditions that round out clinical experience.  Ann Arbor is much different from my desert home, but I have grown to love the many trees, changing seasons, water and the variety of people who come here to study all kinds of things, inside and outside of medicine.

One Thing You Should Know:  I love to read short stories

Theme song: “A Ways to Go” by Emmy Lou Harris

 

Nancy McNamara
Undergrad: Lake Superior State University
Med school: University of Michigan
Current subspecialty interest:  Epilepsy

I came to Ann Arbor for medical school, but ended up staying because I fell in love with the clinicians here. I think what sets U of M apart is that it is full of clinicians who went into medicine idealistic, and have been able to keep that idealism as they progressed. Every day my love of medicine is renewed in the patients I am privileged to get to know and care for.

On a personal note, I am happily married and have an adorable son, my proudest accomplishment. I understand why parents are a little crazy when it comes to their children, because I am too.
One Thing You Should Know:  I hadn’t gone into medicine, I would have become a chef—or maybe a Travel Guide—or a farmer…those are my top 3.

Theme Song: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Because I listen to it 12 times a day to make my 22-month-old son happy, and so I can watch him dance.

 

Nate Mohney
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Med School: Penn State University
Current subspecialty interest:  Vascular Neurology

 In choosing a residency, my top priority was finding a program in which I would feel comfortable and which demonstrated a warm and opening environment.  University of Michigan definitely won me over.  Although I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, I find the personality of the Midwest most in tune with my own.  I have always chosen programs with a nurturing environment, which I find most conducive to productivity and excellence.  Even in my year with internal medicine I was encouraged by the teamwork and collegiality shared between attendings, residents, nursing, and support staff.  It has been my sincerest pleasure to work with and learn from my patients, who hail from all over, stretching from the utmost Northern Peninsula of Michigan to Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

One Thing You Should Know:   One of my greatest personal accomplishments was achieving a Bachelors of Arts degree in music at Pitt.  I struggled with some aspects of musicianship (sight-singing for one!) and it was something that I had to devote sufficient time and effort towards.

Theme Song: "Mony Mony," because not even the Batman theme song mentions his name as much.


Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss
Undergrad: University of Texas - Austin
Med School: University of Texas – San Antonio
Current Subspecialty Interests: Undecided

I will always be a Texan at heart, but I chose the University of Michigan because of the people. I interviewed at many excellent programs that, like University of Michigan, had renowned faculty, well-developed research programs, and excellent clinical training, but the University of Michigan was the best fit. Everyone I met was kind and welcoming, and I thought I would be the happiest here over the next 4 years. I love the people I work with. This is a relaxed and supportive environment, and your fellow residents and staff become more like family than colleagues. Ann Arbor is a college town with many young professionals, great restaurants, and an active social scene. TMAZ Taqueria is one of my favorite places. It is a little hint of Texas so far from home.

One Thing You Should Know: I love to sing. I try to hide it, but it comes out in the shower, on car rides, and at the end of the night when I’m out with friends.

Theme Song: “Beer, Bait, and Ammo” by Kevin Fowler

 

Andrew Mundwiler
Andrew Mundwiler
Undergrad: Calvin College
Med School: Chicago Medical Scohol at Rosalind Franklin University
Current Subspecialty Interests: Neuromuscular or Ataxia

I chose the University of Michigan because the facility in general is superb. The caliber and scope of the faculty were impressive, and so were the residents. I have loved working with and learning from the faculty. Across the board, they’re great. I was attracted to Ann Arbor as a place to live as well. Football season is my favorite thing about Ann Arbor.

One Thing You Should Know: I have never seen an episode of the Simpsons.

Theme Song: I would steal it from The New Adventures of the Gummi Bears.

 

Danielle Anstett Nolan
Undergrad: Kalamazoo College
Med school: Wayne State University School of Medicine

I am a Michigander at heart! I love Ann Arbor because there is always something fun going on such as an art fair, street fair, winter fest. Depending on your mood you can hang out at the rowdy college bars, sip wine at Vinology, or play Trivia at Conor O'Neils.  I have enjoyed working at UM Hospital. The residents here are great to work with and the attendings are very approachable; every day I am learning something new.

One Thing You Should Know: I have a Whoodle (poodle + wheaten terrier) puppy who looks like a stuffed animal and is adorable. And an old cat who is very jealous and keeps hitting him on the nose.

Theme song: "Cardboard Castles" by Watsky


Emily Nurre
Emily Nurre
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Med School: The Ohio State University
Current Subspecialty Interests: Undecided

When I interviewed at the University of Michigan, I discovered a great balance of excellent clinical training and cutting-edge research. It was apparent that attending physicians were passionate about their subspecialties and enthusiastic about teaching others. I was impressed with the feeling of camaraderie between the residents and their enthusiasm about neurology. At the dinner, I was excited to feel at home with fellow “neuro nerds.” I have already been exposed to a variety of different cases and subspecialties. It is easy to learn because the passion is infectious, the attendings are approachable, and there are unlimited interesting cases. There are so many lakes, rivers, and parks surrounding Ann Arbor. I also enjoy the city’s love for the arts. Art fairs, summer fairs, music fairs – you name it, they have it, and there is a new one every week.

One Thing You Should Know: I love to draw and paint.

Theme Song: “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash

 

Andy Ridder
Andy Ridder

Undergrad: Creighton University
Med School: Sanford School of Medicine
Current Subspecialty Interests: Stroke, Neuromuscular, Movement Disorders

The University of Michigan has an excellent reputation for quality in medical education and residency training. I found the residents and attendings I met on interviews very friendly, welcoming and enjoyable people to be around. I could tell from the beginning that they were very engaged in the education process. They seemed willing to discuss any topic, from the newest treatments and diagnostic pearls to their favorite movies. I had a ton of fun at the interview dinner with the residents and I could see myself making good friends here even at that time. Michigan also has plenty of options for fellowships locally.  One of my favorite things about this place is the combination of the high quality of education and the congeniality of all the people involved in education, from the interns to the senior attendings. Although I have lived in South Dakota for most of my life, I was born in Saginaw, MI and felt a need to return to my roots.  Michigan is a beautiful state and there is plenty to do outdoors, which was a requirement for my residency decision. I just moved to town a few weeks ago (I did my internship in South Dakota), but I already have found plenty to do.  The farmer's markets are wonderful and the downtown has a lot of interesting restauraunts and stores. I have a 2-year old son, who has unfortunately limited some of my restaurant choices, but there is plenty for him to do as well! There are several petting zoos and children's museums, but the most fun we've had as a family so far is the county waterpark, Rolling Hills, just south of town.  The city has a vibrant arts culture as well.  We are looking forward to some high quality theater through the University and the community.

One Thing You Should Know: I'd love to live on a sailboat and bike to work, but my wife won't let me.

Theme Song: “Everyone’s Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey” by the Beatles

 

Andrew Sas
Andrew Sas
Undergrad: Dickinson College
Med School: Medical University of South Carolina
Current Subspecialty Interests: Sports Neurology, Neuroimmunology

I chose the University of Michigan because the residents are fun to be around, because the faculty is passionate about Neurology, and because of the Neurosport program. From the day I interviewed the residents treated me like I was part of the group. The neurology program is well balanced with great exposure to all of the neurology specialties starting as a PGY-2. The program is full of great faculty and residents. Everyone is friendly, fun to be around, and supportive of each other. Dr. London is energetic and supportive, a great residency director. My favorite thing about Ann Arbor is all the parks. I have two children, and there are so many parks in Ann Arbor that keep me busy with my kids. Football Saturday and the basketball games are a ton of fun if you can get tickets.

One Thing You Should Know: I have a son and a daughter. Before I had kids, I never understood all the pictures that parents carry around of their kids. As a parent, I have found out that I am a very proud father. I have an entire cell phone full of pictures and videos, and if you ask about what I have been up to, there is a good chance you are going to see a picture of my kids doing something. I do not know how I became a picture-showing parent, but I love it.

Theme Song: “Spider Pig” by Homer Simpson (“Does anyone know what a spider pig does? No, but he is doing it.”)

 

Kurt Sieloff
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Med School: University of Michigan

I have quite a history with U of M. Arriving August 2005 as a freshman engineer, I lived up at Bursley dorms on North Campus. I met my future wife (now an internal medicine resident here at U of M) junior year over the romantic lighting of Bunsen burners and aromatic yeast cultures (C'est la vie!). I continued on as a medical student at U of M where I ultimately decided to pursue neurology. Continuing my training at U of M was an easy decision for many reasons. Ann Arbor is a wonderful city, providing a fun and flavorful downtown with lots of opportunities for outdoor excursions. The faculty and residents here are outstanding and charismatic people who were quite obviously passionate about neurology and enjoy what they are doing. I am still navigating my niche in neurology, but I have a special interest in brain-computer interfacing and the clinical applications it will provide. I hope to be a "Michigan Lifer."

One Thing You Should Know:  I can't get enough sci-fi! Anything and everything from Isaac Asimov to Jean Luc Picard, I am always reading or watching something new in the genre.

Theme Song:  "Imagine" by John Lennon

 

Andrew Stein
Undergrad: Lehigh University
Med school: New Jersey Medical School

I chose the University of Michigan because I thought the staff was excellent during my interview. They all are very personable and great teachers. I also thought the patient population was very diverse and I would see all types of pediatric neurologic cases preparing me for anything I would see later in life. Ann Arbor is also a great place to live. The town has tons of great restaurants and always seems to be fun things going on.

One Thing You Should Know:  I grew up playing hockey and once played on the 1980 Olympic rink.

Theme Song:  “Growin’ Up” by Bruce Springsteen

 

Cindy Wang
Undergrad: Stanford
Med school: UT Southwestern
Subspecialty interest: Epilepsy

I grew up in Kansas (Go Jayhawks!), then moved to Texas (not to be messed with...), went to college in California (...and left my heart in San Francisco) and went to med school in Dallas (now home the G Dub presidential library!!!). I came to Michigan because of the wonderful adult and peds neuro program, the amazingly smart, helpful, and hilarious residents and attendings, and all the great things that Ann Arbor has to be offer (Michigan theater! Farmer's market! Snow... lots and lots of snow!!!). When I'm not working, I enjoy catching up on non-required reading, jogging through the Arb, unwinding in a yoga class, or watching people make delicious looking things on TV.

One Thing You Should Know:
love making people jump when I scratch the bottom of their feet.

Theme song: "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure


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