See where our recent Neurology Graduates have advanced and what they have to say about our Neurology program.


  • Navpreet Bains: Endovascular Stroke Fellowship, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Biswajit Banik: Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Virginia
  • Gurtej Singh: Neurophysiology Fellowship, Columbia University


  • Waleed Abood: Epilepsy Fellowship, Johns Hopkins
  • Kunal Bhatia: Neurocritical Care Fellowship, Washington University
  • Aditya Boddu: Movement Disorder Fellowship, University of Alabama
  • Shail Thanki: Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Buffalo


  • Madihah Hepburn: Neurocritical Care Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
  • Tracy Moll: Private practice, Virginia
  • Elanagan Nagarajan: Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Columbia University
  • Laura Qi: Endovascular Neuroradiology Fellowship, University of Minnesota
  • Aaron Tauer: United State Air Force, Alaska


  • Gurpreet Khakh: Neuromuscular Fellowship, Washington University
  • Siva Pesala: Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Kansas
  • Jagkirat Singh: Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Anant Wadhwa: Movement Disorders Fellowship, Yale University


  • Kristin King: Movement disorder fellowship, University of Colorado
  • Naresh Mullagari: Critical Care fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
  • Sushma Yerram: EEG / Epilepsy fellowship, University of Rochester, NY
  • Laila Alqadri: EEG / Epilepsy fellowship, University of Michigan


Anant Wadhwa

“I trained at the MU Neurology residency program from 2014 to 2018 and received a solid foundation in all aspects of the specialty. Diverse subspecialty training, caring mentors and affable colleagues were the perfect combination for a fruitful and enjoyable four years in Columbia. The program leadership were always supportive of my goals and helped me land the movement disorders fellowship that I desired, at Yale University. I've been away from Mizzou for just over a year now, yet it still feels like home.”

Gurpreet Khakh

“Two years after the graduation, I get a smile on my face when looking back at the time spend at MU. The confidence that keeps me going as a neurologist comes from the training that I have received from the “academically rich” environment and having had a privilege to learn from the great neurologists. Not to ignore the social aspects, I & my wife have loved this small but vibrant place. My 4 year-old son loved the child oriented activities in this family-friendly town.”

Siva Pesala

“All faculty and staff in the University of Missouri, Columbia Neurology residency program are very supportive. All attending physicians are great teachers, knowledgeable, and inspiring. Residents will not only get the opportunity to work in a comprehensive stroke and neurocritical care centers, but also get good exposure to subspecialties including epilepsy, neuromuscular, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and pediatric neurology. I am able to function as a competent neurohospitalist with ease and precision because of my training at Mizzou.”

Madihah Hepburn

“Throughout residency I was often asked why I chose to move to Columbia, Missouri since I am from the Caribbean and the weather in Missouri is the opposite of the tropical climate I grew up with. My response has always been that my initial interview at the University of Missouri-Columbia reminded me of home because of the hospitality of the residents of the program as well as the leadership. As a result of the four years I spent in this neurology residency I felt I was ready for independent practice. The neurology residency here provided me exposure to a wide variety of cases, since it is uniquely located in the middle of Missouri and therefore received transfers from all over the state and even from bordering states. The residency program provided me with graduated autonomy so that by the time I reached my years as a senior resident I was confident in both diagnosis and clinical management of both inpatient and outpatient neurology conditions. The faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia emphasized the foundations of neurology including anatomic localization and generation of differential diagnoses. More importantly the faculty was invested in your success and providing the tools you needed to build your skill set and clinical acumen, when I graduated I was thankful that I had become not just a neurologist but was taught the tools of how to further develop as a clinician educator. I am now completing a neurocritical care fellowship and I still find myself referencing teachable moments during my residency in order to teach the residents that I now work with. I am from the Bahamas and I moved to the United States alone, but at the University of Missouri-Columbia after four years I found family.”

Elanagan Nagarajan

“Choosing the University of Missouri for residency was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. During my residency at UMHC, learned every day about how to be a better physician and person all with the guidance and support from my Mizzou neurology family. The size of our program helped me to build a strong relationship with my colleagues, attending physician and location draws a diverse and complex patient population. This makes for an exceptional environment in which to train and gain experience under the guidance of truly top-notch attendings. I have had the chance to present research at national meetings as well as work in a clinic that focuses on my subspecialty interest. If given the chance to choose again, I would absolutely choose this program all over again.”

Waleed Abood

“I am very proud that I did my residency training here. I had smart and caring mentors. I was exposed to a wide range of neurological diseases and by the end of the training I was very comfortable managing all the common diseases. It prepares you well to be a good clinician. I learned a lot from every single member of the faculty. There was no day that went without some form of learning. It is hard to talk about the program without mentioning Dr Shenker, he is very supportive and really cares. We and the program are lucky to have him.”

Jagkirat Singh

“I had the opportunity to train at MU Neurology from 2014-2018 and found faculty very welcoming and supportive. During training I came across a wide variety of cases, ranging from simple to complex, which primed me to adapt to any kind of practice. With it's encouraging environment, the program has ample opportunities in terms of subspecialty focus, research and leadership. Overall I felt, the exemplary faculty has resolute commitment to foster the career of its residents.”

Shail Thanki

“I graduated from Mizzou neurology residency program in 2020 and started my vascular neurology fellowship at University at Buffalo. The training at Mizzou taught me a lot of things. One of the biggest thing I noticed about myself at the beginning of my fellowship was the confidence with which I dealt with stroke patients. Mizzou neurology residency program gave me the platform to build strong knowledge base and gave me the confidence to deal with acute neurological conditions including stroke. The residency program implements graded autonomy in its curriculum which I believe is one of the strongest point about the program. The residents become confident in dealing with acute and chronic neurological conditions very early during their residency. Training at a tertiary center, I was exposed to wide range of neurological pathologies from common conditions such as migraine to rare autoimmune encephalitis. As Dr. Shenker says – you will not see all the exotic cases during your residency, but the training should be able to provide you the tools and knowledge base to identify them should you come across a rare pathology during your practice. Mizzou is a strong clinical program but there are also endless opportunities for those interested in research under the mentorship of widely published faculty members. This is reflected by the fellowship placement of our graduates into highly reputed academic programs across the country. Another strong point about the program is the camaraderie between the residents and the faculty. There is mutual respect among each other and this goes a long way into shaping the physician you are. It is very important to have a life outside of work during the residency and Mizzou provides the perfect opportunity to build relationships not just within the neurology department but also in other specialties and outside of hospital. I have made lifelong friends in Columbia and will carry the Mizzou tag in my career with pride.”

Aditya Boddu

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been an alumnus of the neurology residency program at Mizzou. Looking back after a very rewarding and immersive residency experience, I realize that my mentors and faculty are not just excellent neurologists who shared their wealth of knowledge and clinical neurology but also good people who honed the best in me as a doctor and a person. Columbia, MO is a beautiful college town where I made several lasting friendships. I graduated feeling very confident in my ability as a neurologist and a physician moving forward into fellowship. This is one residency program that deserves consideration for any medical student who is serious about a career in neurology.”

Aaron Tauer

“Residency can be one of the most challenging and formative times in a person’s life, but the staff at the University of Missouri went out of their way to help me get the most out of it. I feel like I not only got a great education from attendings that genuinely cared about my training, but I also made friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. On top of this, Columbia is a beautiful little college town with plenty of great restaurants and lots of outdoor activities.”

Kunal Bhatia

"From the time I started residency training at Mizzou in the Department of Neurology to now graduating and moving into fellowship, I have always felt I got the best training that anyone could imagine. One of the strengths of the program is the level of autonomy that you gain as one progresses through 4 years of training which helps you become a confident physician as you come out of the residency program. Dr. Shenker, our program director, has been a father like figure to me and takes care of the residents like his own family. There are ample opportunities that the program offers for any resident to excel in his/her career whether its research, leadership roles, teaching residents, administrative responsibilities, etc. For a person like me who enjoys doing procedures, seeing patients with a wide array of diverse neurological conditions and taking a more active role in the management of a patient makes this program stand out. All the faculty members are easily approachable and are incredibly invested in residents' education, whether its during rounds or formal didactic sessions. Looking back at my residency I would certainly say that with the support of Dr. Shenker, other faculty members and my co-residents, I was able to excel academically and at the same time grow as a person. I thoroughly enjoyed me time at MU-Neurology program and consider myself fortunate to be able to train under a great team of physicians."