Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Biswajit Banik, MD
Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Medical School: Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College (Bangladesh)
Chetan Nayak, MD
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Medical School: St. John’s Medical College (India)
Ashutosh Pandey, MD
Hometown: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh India
Medical School: Gauhati Medical College (India)
Gurtej Singh, MD
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba)
Class of 2020
Waleed Abood, MD
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Medical School: University of Baghdad College of Medicine (Iraq)
Why I chose MU: I admire the program on both professional and personal level. The amount of resources available. I like Columbia, it is a nice, quiet safe place to raise a family.
Kunal Bhatia, MD
Hometown: New Delhi
Medical School: Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital
Why I chose MU: My association with MU dates back to 2014 when I joined the department of neurology as an observer. During the course of my observership I got the opportunity to interact with various faculty members in the department. In my opinion, the faculty members exhibit brilliance and expertise in the field of neurology as well as its various sub-specialties. It was during this exchange of ideas that I realized my primary area of interest in neurology was vascular neurology. UMC being a designated level 1 stroke center along with a newly opened neuro-critical care unit is the optimal place for me to nurture my skills and specialize in this field. Apart from an outstanding professionalism, I have also witnessed a friendly working environment and healthy camaraderie among the residents which is vital for any residency program to be a success. An extra plus point of choosing UMC is living in Columbia. It is a small, beautiful and peaceful university town which is quite affordable and friendly. It is also one of the best cities in the United States to live with a family. There are lots of nice trails (the famous Katy Trail) present in Columbia for enjoying activities like running, biking and hiking. I am fortunate to have got the opportunity to pursue residency training in Neurology at UMC and I am looking forward to this endeavor with full passion and sincerity.
Aditya V. Boddu, MD
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Medical School: Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad
Why I chose MU: MU is a clinically and academically vibrant program with a cohesive and friendly atmosphere among the residents and faculty set in the backdrop of a University town makes me choose MU as the place to begin my career and training in Neurology.
Brandon C. Gallemore, MD
Hometown: Seneca, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
Why I chose MU: As a student I was privileged to work with many fantastic attendings and residents and I really enjoyed the familial atmosphere of the department. It is a growing program with an ever increasing number of faculty and residents. In addition I saw early on that the faculty place great emphasis on both resident and medical student learning. The program fit my medical school’s motto of “Docere, Studere, bene facere.”
Shail S. Thanki, MD
Hometown: Dubai, U.A.E
Medical School: Lviv National Medical University
Why I chose MU: I chose MU for multiple reasons. Firstly, there are endless opportunities to learn at Mizzou with each specialty of neurology being well represented with abundant opportunities to see a wide spectrum of neurological diseases. The faculty, residents and the staff have created an excellent working environment. I had the opportunity to personally interact with a lot of faculty members and appreciated the support they provided to the residents and the students. Lastly, Columbia is one of the best college towns in the country and it has a lot to offer to nature lovers like myself.
Class of 2019
Madihah A. Hepburn, MD
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
Medical School: University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences
Why I chose MU: MU has a wide variety of neurology services and sub specialties for you to gain exposure in and develop as a neurologist. Our hospital has a wide catchment area here in mid-Missouri which allows for a broad exposure to many different types of patients. Additionally Columbia is a city that is ‘not-too-small-and-not-too-big’, meaning you can always find something fun to do, without the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Tracy J. Moll, DO
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, United States
Why I chose MU: My family is close, there’s a lot of forward momentum with the program and we have Neurology trained Neuro-intervention, attendings with wide range of specialty.
Elanagan Nagarajan, MD
Hometown: Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
Medical School: St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine (Grand Cayman)
Laura Qi (Chi), MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Why I chose MU: To learn and enjoy neurology surrounded by curiously kind colleagues and enthusiastically dedicated teachers!
Aaron M. Tauer, MD
Hometown: Harrison, Arkansas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Southwestern Medical School
Why I chose MU: I chose MU because I felt like it had the perfect mix of everything I wanted in a program. Strong clinical training, friendly staff, and based in a small town where I want to raise my son.
Class of 2018
Gurpreet Khakh, MD
Medical School: Government Medical College Patiala/India
Siva Prasad Reddy Pesala, MD
Medical School: Kurnool Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India
Jagkirat Singh, MD
Medical School: Dayanand Medical College, India
Anant Wadhwa, MD
Hometown: New Delhi and Pune, India
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Why I chose MU: Drs. Shenker, Beversdorf and Sahota