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Meet the Residents

Department of Neurology


Class of 2016 (PGY-3)


Brice McConnell, MD  

Brice McConnell, MD
I was born and raised in sunny Colorado. I completed an undergraduate in Biochemistry at Colorado State University, and subsequently completed a MSTP at UC Denver with a PhD in Molecular Biology. When I had the opportunity to stay here for residency in Neurology, I was thrilled to join the program. My wife and our dogs live in a home near the University and enjoy our great backyard garden with plenty of fresh veggies all summer. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking and camping. My wife and I are also travel enthusiasts, and love to have a good adventure outside of the States.

   

 


 

Dina Galperin, MD  

Dina Galperin, MD
Dina Galperin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to Colorado at young age. She grew up in Denver and attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a degree in integrative physiology. She moved away to attend medical school at St. Louis University and then ventured even further east to New York. There she completed her internship year at Northshore-LIJ hospitals. After a long time away she and her husband are excited to return to sunny Colorado where she will conitnue her neurology training. She is excited to enjoy all the great outdoors Colorado has to offer and cannot wait for the start of the ski season.

 

 

   
Cameron Ludt, MD

 


 

Cameron Ludt, DO
Cameron grew up in Tucson, Arizona soaking up the sun and exploring the desert. She attended University of Arizona (go wildcats!) and pursued a degree in Marine Biology. After realizing she doesn’t swim well, gets horribly sea sick and is surrounded by desert she switched her major the Physiology. She completed her medical school training at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. After spending the majority of her life in the dry heat she decided to head to higher ground. She completed her Intern year at the University of Colorado. She loved the UCH program, the people she worked with and all the things to do around this great state. When not diving into the mysteries of the brain, Cameron enjoys exploring new places in Colorado, hiking, scuba diving, sushi and learning to drive in the snow.

 

 

 
Stacy Dixon, MD  

Stacy Dixon, MD
Stacy is a born and raised Hoosier from Indiana. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she majored in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. She then went on to complete her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Because she enjoyed being a student, she decided to also obtain her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Indiana University School of Medicine. For her dissertation, Stacy studied epigenetic medications in the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. After spending her entire life in Indiana, Stacy thought it was time to move to the mountains. She completed her internship year in Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. She is thrilled to now begin her Neurology residency in Denver at the University of Colorado and to begin to experience the Mountain West lifestyle with her husband who is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

 

 

 
Trevor Hawkins, MD  

Trevor Hawkins, MD
Trevor was born and raised in Cleveland OH, where he perfected the art of cheering for losing teams (ie Indians, Browns and Cavs). He then traveled south to Columbus where he attended THE Ohio State University for undergraduate where he finally learned what it means to cheer for a winning team. Although he started college wanting to be a chemist and then a neuroscientist, years of being buried in a basement with only lab rats for company quickly turned him to a more personable career. He then graduated with a major in biochem and a minor in neuroscience and went on to University of Toledo for medical school. After touring the state of Ohio, he felt it was time to get away to the great state of Colorado. He completed his medicine internship at University of Colorado and greatly enjoyed his first year at Denver. In his spare time, he is taking full advantage of the mountain life having skied just shy of 40 days last year, hiking, golfing, volleyball in the park or exploring the many fine microbreweries and restaurants Denver has to offer.

​Class of 2017 (PGY-2)


Samuel DeStefano, MD  

Samuel DeStefano, MD
Hometown: Harrison, Arkansas
Undergraduate: Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University Medical
Interests: still undecided but early interest in cognitive neuro, sleep neuro and medical technology
Hobbies: Skiing, Golfing, Arkansas and New Orleans football
What I like about colorado:
1) The ability to get up early on a day off, go to the mountains for a half day of skiing and be back in time for lunch (or golf.)
2) the never ending list of activities going on in the city.

 

 


 

Asher Jones, MD  

Asher Jones, MD
Asher grew up in Central Florida where he spent most of his time wrestling and water skiing. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Brigham Young University in Utah after which he attended The Chicago Medical School. He completed his internship year in Internal Medicine here at the University of Colorado. He currently lives in Denver with his wife and 3 children. He is very excited to be out West again and to be training in neurology at such a great program. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball (or any sport for that matter), hiking, camping, and going to parks with his family. His favorite thing about Colorado is the fresh mountain air and lack of alligators in the lakes.

 

 

   
Justin Persson, MD  

Justin Persson, MD
Hometown: Armour, SD
Undergraduate: Psychology at Augustana, Sioux Falls, SD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Hobbies: Intramural basketball, biking, hiking, reading, taking our boston terrier to the dog park.

 

 

   
Katie Rosell, MD

 


 

Katie Rosell, MD
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Undergraduate: Newman University, Wichita, KS
Medical interests: At this point, it's hard to find an area of neurology that I don't like, so I can't pinpoint one specific area as my favorite. I do especially have an interest, however, in movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders.
Hobbies: In my free time, I really enjoy baking (I don't know that I'm particularly good at it but I sure like trying) and reading books purely for enjoyment. I also love going camping and hiking with my husband and friends and having movie nights at home or going out in pursuit of a new ice cream place I haven't tried.
What do I like about Colorado? I haven't lived in Colorado since I was 5, but my family has gone out to the mountains in Colorado almost every summer since then to hike. I really enjoy exploring the mountains as well as the afternoon rain showers. Also, my husband is starting to teach me to ski, so I look forward to that!
Favorite job before residency: Volunteering in jungle birds at the zoo in Wichita.

 

 

 
Sasan Salimian, MD  

Sasan Salimian, MD
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, Baltimore County Medical Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Movement Disorders, Stroke
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Sports What do you like about Colorado: The mountains! And also the weather and the easy access to nature and outdoor activities.
Anything else: can't think of anything in particular to mention right now... I may send you an update for this section at some point

 

 
 

 

Class of 2018 (PGY-1)


Alexander Frolov, MD      

Alexander Frolov, MD
Alex originally hails from St. Petersburg, Russia, but spent most of his puddle-jumping years in Israel and the Los Angeles area, before attending high school, college, medical school, and internship in Texas. Moving around at a young age gave him a deep appreciation for exploring new places and mountains, which in part drove his decision to come to Denver, a place he had visited only very briefly before residency. As a bonus of sorts, his lovely wife is doing her psychiatry residency at UCSF, so they will have yet another city to explore. Aside from travelling, Alex loves hiking and the outdoors, music and concerts of all types, and also dabbles in photography (unabashed self-promotion: http://secondautumn.wordpress.com).

     
Brandon Pope, MD  

Brandon Pope, MD
Brandon was raised all over the country including stents in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, California and Kansas. As an undergraduate he studied business administration with concentrations in entrepreneurship and chemistry at the University of Kansas. He has been fortunate enough to be involved at the early stages of several small businesses including an upper wilderness trail contractor and an independent film studio whose website and social media he still manages, along with contributing his photography to its productions. After marrying his beautiful wife, Lauren, Brandon decided to attend medical school in Kansas City at KUMED where he did research on the neuro-protective benefits of before and after cardiac arrest and eventually decided to pursue a career in neurology. He was fortunate enough to be invited to interview for residency at Colorado and fell in love with the place and its people. In the future, Brandon plans to complete a fellowship in neurocritical care and potentially interventional neuroradiology as well as remaining actively entrepreneurial.

     
Brandon Pope, MD  

Emily Forbes, OD
Emily was born in Long Island, New York. She attended college at NYU with a major in Biology. After college she worked for a chromatin lab in Boston researching the molecular genetics of histone demethylases. After two years living and working in Boston, she felt it was time to move back to NY and attended medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She spent an additional year obtaining a masters degree while in medical school. After spending her life in the northeast, she was delighted to have the opportunity to join the Neurology program at University of Colorado Hospital. Her favorite things to do in the city are visiting the Botanical Gardens and Washington Park. Outside of the city she loves hiking and climbing in the mountains.

     
Gary Walker, MD  

Gary Walker, MD
Gary grew up in Baton Rouge Louisiana where he received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at LSU.  He then moved down to New Orleans and completed medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. After spending much of his life down south, he was absolutely thrilled to move out to sunny Colorado and join the excellent neurology program here.  His primary interests are currently movement disorders, neuromuscular, and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry; however, he finds everything related to the brain to be extremely fascinating!  His favorite things about Colorado include: the people, weather, mountains, and all the outdoor activities.  When not at work, he enjoys mountain biking, golf, disc golf, basketball, skiing, and exploring the city.

   
 
Gary Walker, MD  

Isaiah Kletenik, MD
Isaiah grew up in Pittsburgh and Seattle together with his three siblings and parents, Moshe and Rivy, both devoted educators. He studied in seminary at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem and completed a BA in Jewish Philosophy and Thought at Yeshiva University in New York City. Isaiah was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. A one-way ticket to China post-college altered his life path and after backpacking through Asia, teaching elementary school and volunteering as a medic, he completed post-baccalaureate premedical study in the Harvard University Health Careers Program. While applying to medical school, Isaiah served as chaplain intern at Harborview Medical Center and continued his work with the Kline Galland Center, a Seattle multi-care provider for the elderly, where he led services, lectured and served as their first hospice chaplain. Isaiah received his medical training at the University of Washington where he founded the Humanities in Medicine Society and was a teaching assistant for the medical writing course. His academic interests include behavioral neurology, medical humanities and the study of consciousness. Isaiah also enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, writing, philosophizing with friends and exploring the forests and mountains of Colorado.

   
 
Jeanne Feuerstein, MD  

Jeanne Feuerstein, MD
Jeanne was born in San Francisco. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and studied creative writing and English there.  She spent a grueling year as a probate case clerk in San Francisco post-graduation, and was about to move abroad to teach English in S. Korea when she decided that she was interested in medicine.  She then started volunteering at Maitri (a Buddhist AIDS hospice) and Cole Street Clinic (a free clinic for young people in SF). The following year she attended Bennington College in Vermont to obtain all of the pre-reqs needed for medical school. She then did research at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix for a year and then attended University of Arizona for medical school in Tucson.  Not yet completely sure if she'll head into behavioral neurology as planned or switch over to movement or neuroimmunology.... When not grinding away in the hospital she loves to go to farmer's markets, run, go to garage sales, eat delicious food, put on an old episode of 90210 and travel.

     
Zachary Wilson, MD  

Zachary Wilson, DO
I have lived in Colorado most of my life. I obtained my Biomedical Science degree at Colorado State University (Go Rams!). While studying at CSU, I developed a strong interest in neurology. I attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, spending the first 2 years in Kansas City, and my 3rd and 4th year of medical school in Detroit. I am very excited to be back in my home state studying neurology. I live in Aurora with my wife Nicole. I enjoy having quick access to the mountains, being near my family and friends, and playing with my animals.

 

 
 

 

Recent Graduates

​Class of 2015 ​Current Position
Andra Dingman, MD
(Child Neurology)
​AHA/Bugher Stroke Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016.
Taylor Finseth, MD
​Movement Disorders Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016
Jason Fleming, MD
 
​Neuromuscular Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016
Laura Friedlander, MD ​Epilepsy Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016
Cliff Hampton, MD ​Private Practice in Couer d’Alene, ID
​Michelle Leppert, MD ​Vascular Neurology Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016
Michael Persenaire, MD ​Behavioral Neurology Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016
Craig Press, MD ​Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellow at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Adam Wallace, MD

Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow at the Mayo Clinic Rochester


​Class of 2014 ​Current Position
John Binder, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Pediatric Neurologist at the Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana 
​​Mario Cerdan-Trevino, M.D.   
​Vascular Neurology Fellow at Johns Hopkins University
Takamasa Higashimori, MD
 
​Stroke and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellow at the University of Minnesota
Andreas Michas-Martin, MD ​2013-2014 Movement Disorders Fellow at the University of Colorado
​Amanda Moen, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Pediatric Neurologist at Gillette Children’s Hospital Child Neurology Group, St. Paul, Minnesota
​Alex Mohler, M.D. ​2013-2014 Neuro-Oncology Fellow at the University of Colorado

Wayne Moldovan, M.D.

​Neurologist, Houston, Texas

 

​Class of 2013 ​Current Position
Charlie Braun, M.D. ​Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI  
​​Haley Burke, M.D.  ​Interventional Pain Medicine Fellow at MD Anderson Texas Medical Center, Texas
Emily Gertsch, M.D., M.P.H.
Child Neurology
​2013 -2014 Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
Kimberly Horiuchi, M.D. ​2013-2014 Epilepsy Fellow at the University of Colorado
Drew Kern, M.D. ​2013-2014 Clinical Movement Disorders Fellow at Parkinson Society Canada's National Research Program, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
​Angel Pulido, M.D. ​2013-2014 Vascular Fellow at the University of Colorado

​Marcus Wheeler, M.D.
Child Neurology

​Pediatric Neurologist at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Kalispell, MT

 

​Class of 2012                                             ​Current Position
Peter Bergmann, M.D. ​Private Practice Kaiser Staff Neurologist at Sky Ridge Medical Center 
​​David Case, M.D.  ​2013-2014 Neuro-Critical Care Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
2012-2013 Neurovascular Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Emily Lampe, M.D.
​Private Practice at Blue Sky Neurology, Swedish Medical Center
Eryn Lonnquist, M.D. ​Instructor Fellow at Denver VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
2012-2013 Neurobehavior Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Danielle McDermott, M.D., M.S. ​Neurologist at Kaiser Permanente, Denver
2012-2013 Epilepsy Fellow at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
​Meredith Schultz, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Child Neurology Pediatric Neurologist at Dean Health Systems, Madison, Wisconsin

 

 

​Class of 2011                                              ​Current Position
L. Marius Birlea, M.D. ​Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
2011-2013  Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
​​Adam Graham, M.D. ​Private Practice at the Blue Sky Neurology, Swedish Medical Center
2011-2012 Neuromuscular Medicine Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Aaron Haug, M.D.
​Private Practice at Blue Sky Neurology, Swedish Medical Center
2011-2012 Movement Disorders Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Cindy Keator, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Child Neurology Pediatric Epileptologist at Cook Children’s Hospital, Ft. Worth, Texas
2011-2012 Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Katie Polovitz, M.D. ​Private Practice at Neurology of the Rockies, Parker Adventist Hospital
2011-2012 Epilepsy Fellow at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
​Teri Schreiner, M.D., M.P.H.
Child Neurology
​Child Neurology Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Rocky Mountain MS Center & Children’s Hospital Colorado
2011-2012 Neuroimmunology Instructor/Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

 

​Class of 2010                                               ​Current Position
A. Brooke Allen, M.D. ​Private Practice, Roaring Fork Neurology, PC  Basalt, Colorado
Jocelyn E. Bear, M.D. ​Locum Tenens, Denver, Colorado
Nhu T. Bruce, M.D.
​2010-2011 Vascular Neurology Fellow, University of California San Diego
Sita Kedia, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Child Neurology Assistant Professor Pediatric Neurology and General Academic Pediatrics
2010-2011 Research Fellow University of Colorado/ The Children's Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Britt Stroud, M.D.
Child Neurology
​Child Neurology General Pediatric Neurology, The Children’s Hospital Southwest Florida Fort Meyers, FL
Matthew West, M.D.

​Assistant Director, University of Colorado Neurology Residency Program
Instructor Fellow of Neuroimmunology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Christy Young Barbee, M.D. ​Private Practice, Exempla Good Samaritan Kaiser Hospital Denver Colorado

2015-2016 Neurology Housestaff