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Meet the Fellows 2016-2017

Department of Neurology



Brice McConnell, MD      

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

       
Samantha Holden, MD  

Samantha Holden, MD
Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
Samantha received her B.S. in Neural Science from New York University and her M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed her medical internship and neurology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Her research interests include cognitive and other non‐motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which has led to her decision to complete dual fellowships in both Movement Disorders and Behavioral Neurology. She has received a research grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to validate a performance‐based assessment of cognitive functional abilities in Parkinson’s disease. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading historical fiction, going on long walks with her dog, Harrison, and keeping up on celebrity gossip and fashion.

       
 
Natasha Sparrow, DO  

Natasha Sparrow, DO
Adult Epilepsy Fellowship

Natasha received her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She then joined the Robert T. Knight cognitive neuroscience research lab at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute to study mechanisms of cognitive processing in humans and the contribution of prefrontal cortex to human behavior. She graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California and completed her Neurology Residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. Natasha is excited to continue her training in epilepsy at the University of Colorado. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends.

       
Dina Galperin, MD  

Dina Galperin, MD
Adult Epilepsy Fellowship

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 continue 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.

       
Christopher Groth, MD  

Christopher Groth, MD
Movement Disorders Fellowship

Chris grew up on a farm in Winterset, IA and then attended Iowa State University for Undergraduate and the University of Iowa for Medical School. He did my Neurology Residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He and his wife are very excited to move out to Denver and to explore the area. They greatly enjoyed all of the outdoor activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and hope to take advantage of the multiple opportunities with being so close to the Colorado Rockies.

       
Trevor Hawkins, MD  

Trevor Hawkins, MD
Movement Disorders Fellowship

Trevor was born and raised in Cleveland OH, where he perfected the art of cheering for losing teams (i.e., Indians, Browns and Cavs). He then traveled south to Columbus where he attended 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 for Residency in Neurology. In his spare time, he is taking full advantage of the mountain life skiing, hiking, golfing, volleyball in the park or exploring the many fine microbreweries and restaurants Denver has to offer.

       
Siamac Esfandi, MD  

Siamac Esfandi, MD
Neuroimmunology Fellowship

Siamac was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He received his MD from Iran University of Medical Sciences. He completed his Neurology Residency at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he first learned about Multiple Sclerosis from Dr. Jeffry Greenstein during his PGY4 rotations and fell in love with the field. He then encountered an opportunity to start working as the Co-Director of the MS Center for caring at Crozer Keystone Health system and 2 years later returned to Drexel University as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Division.
He then found an opportunity to learn about UC’s Neuroimmunology Fellowship first hand while on a ski trip in Colorado. Impressed with the exceptional quality of the program, he decided to apply for this position. He also won the National MS Society grant for this fellowship.
Being an avid skier, he fell in love with Colorado Mountains in a heartbeat and he has been coming back to Colorado for the past 3 years for skiing and is extremely excited to finally live in the touching distance of the Rockies majesty!

       
Stacy Dixon, MD, PhD  

Stacy Dixon, MD, PhD
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

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. And 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 modifications 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 then went on to even bigger mountains and completed her Neurology residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora. During her residency she found an interest in neuromuscular disorders and muscle pathology and will be completing a Neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Colorado. She and her husband are avid outdoor enthusiasts and have loved living the Colorado lifestyle and hope to continue to do so for many years.

       
Alaa Bou Ghannam, MD  

Alaa Bou Ghannam, MD
Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

Alaa is a 30-year-old who lived most of his life in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended the American University of Beirut where he got his Bachelor in Sciences and Doctorate in Medicine. He also completed a residency in ophthalmology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center for four years and then moved to Washington, D.C. where he did a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology. In his free time, he is keen on doing sports including jogging, basketball, volleyball and swimming. He likes to watch movies and read national geographic related articles, and always enjoys experiencing good restaurants in town.

       
Cameron Ludt, DO  

Cameron Ludt, DO
Vascular Fellowship

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 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 Neurology residency at University of Colorado, where she became interested in young adult stroke and vascular neurology. Cameron enjoys exploring new places in Colorado, hiking, scuba diving, sushi, and learning to drive in the snow.