Neurology

Our Team

  • Professors

    Bhardwaj, Anish, MD, MBA, MS, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FANA, CPE

    Bhardwaj, Anish, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE, FACMPE, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FANA

    Professor and Chairman

    Vice Provost
    Chairman, Department of Neurology
    John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Neurology
    Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Anatomy

    Department:  Neurology

    Bio,  Curriculum Vitae

    Associate Professors

    Patel, Chilvana, MD

    Patel, Chilvana, MD

    Associate Professor

    Director, Neurology Residency Program
    Director, Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

    Department:  Neurology

    BioCurriculum Vitae

    Assistant Professors

    Rai, Prashant, MD

    Rai, Prashant, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Associate Director, Neurology Residency Training Program

    Department:  Neurology

    Bio, Curriculum Vitae

    Staff

    Jeanene DeLaRosa

    DeLaRosa, JeaneneResidency Program Coordinator

    Email: jmdelaro@utmb.edu

    Department: Neurology

  • Fellows

    Fellows

    Bhatt, Sandeep, MD

    Sandeep Bhatt, MD
    Sandeep Bhatt
    Fellow, Neurocritical Care
    Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College, Navi Mumbai

    Shebani, Zacharia, MD

    Shebani, Zacharia, MD
    Zacharia Shebani
    Fellow, Neurophysiology
    University of Tripoli

    PGY-4

    2023 Resident Graduates

    Esechie, Aimalohi, MD, PhD

    Esechie, Aimalohi, MD, PhD
    Aimalohi Esechie, Chief Resident
    St. George's University School of Medicine

    Rivera Vega, Nelitza, MD

    Vega, Nelitza Rivera, MD
    Nelitza Rivera Vega, Chief Resident
    University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

    Harazeen, Ahmed, MD

    Harazeen, Ahmed, MD
    Ahmed Harazeen
    University of Sharjah College of Medicine

    Amrani, Yanis, MD

    Amrani, Yanis, MD
    Yanis Amrani
    Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi-Ouzou Faculté de Médecine

    PGY-3

    2024 Resident Graduates

    Banerjee, Pankhuri, MD

    Banerjee, Pankhuri, MD
    Pankhuri Banerjee
    Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College

    de Gannes, Samantha, MD

    de Gannes, Samantha, MD
    Samantha de Gannes
    St. George's University School of Medicine

    Lobaina, Milena, MD

    Milena Lobaina, MD
    Milena Lobaina
    UTMB

    Rane, Schweta, MD

    Schweta Rane, MD
    Schweta Rane
    Grant Medical College

    Valaparla, Vijaya, MD

    Vijaya Valaparla, MD
    Vijaya Valaparla
    Guntur Medical College

    PGY-2

    2025 Resident Graduates

    Bhattarai, Aabishkar, MD

    Bhattarai, Aabishkar, MD
    Aabishkar Bhattarai
    Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal

    Brown, Alexander, MD

    Brown, Alexander, MD
    Alexander Brown
    UTMB

    Cabral Frade, Heitor, MD

    Cabral Frade, Heitor, MD
    Heitor Cabral Frade
    Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB) Centro de Ciências Médicas Brazil

    Elnaeem, Awab, MD

    Elnaeem, Awab, MD
    Awab Elnaeem
    Univ. of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST) Faculty of Medicine, Sudan

    Narvaez Caicedo, Camila, MD

    Narvaez Caicedo, Camila, MD
    Camila Narvaez Caicedo
    Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, Ecuador

    Sharma, Tripti, MBBS

    Sharma, Tripti, MBBS
    Tripti Sharma
    Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences

    PGY-1

    2026 Resident Graduates

    Ahmad, Rowaid, MBBS

    Ahmad, Rowaid, MBBS
    Rowaid Ahmad
    Services Institute of Medical Sciences

    Ahmad, Rowaid, MBBS


    Muhammad Ansari
    Baqai Medical College

    Jacob, Shireen, MBBS


    Shireen Jacob
    Christian Medical College (Vellore)

    Kaur, Manmeet, MBBS

    Kaur, Manmeet, MBBS
    Manmeet Kaur
    Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences

    Thatikonda, Nithisha, MBBS

    Thatikonda, Nithisha, MBBS
    Nithisha Thatikonda
    Government Medical College (Nagpur)
  • Professors

    Associate Professors

    Assistant Professors

    Clinical Professors

  • Graduates of Program

    • 2022 Graduates

      Andrea Gil Guevara, MD – Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center
      Dmitri Kovalev, MD – Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine
      Mauricio Perez-Davila, MD – Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine
      Neeharika Thottempudi, MD – Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine
      Brian Walter, DO – Completed his Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch

    • 2021 Graduates

      Hibatullah Abu El-Haija, MD – Fellowship at University of Virginia
      Yousuf Ajam, MD – Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York
      Lalitha Battineni, MD – Fellowship at Tennova Medical Center
      Bhanu Gogia, MD – Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical School Program
      Ayush Singh, MD – Fellowship at Emory University
      Arpitha Komaragiri, MD – Completed Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch

    • 2020 Graduates
      Diaa Hamouda, MD – Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine
      Varun Shah, MD – Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine
      Ruiqing “Linda” Sun, MD, PhD – Fellow ship at UT Health McGovern in Houston
      Ali Shoraka, MD – Completed Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch
       
    • 2019 Graduates
      Anju Abu, MD – Fellowship at UT Houston
      Noushin Jazebi, MD – Fellowship at NIH
      Neel Patel, MD – Fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital
      Ahmad Yusuf Solaiman, MD – University of Michigan
       
    • 2018 Graduates
      Sara Dehbashi, MD – Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
      Hunaid Hasan, MD – Fellowship at New York University
      Sumanjit Kaur, MD – Fellowship at Georgetown University
      Prashant Rai, MD - Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch
      Rafael Rodriguez, MD – Completed Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch
       
    • 2017 Graduates
      Daniel Graf, MD – Fellowship at Emory University
      Nicholas Metrus, MD – Fellowship at MD Anderson
      Narges Moghimi, MD – Fellowship at UT Houston
      Rafael Rodriguez, MD – Fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch
       
    • 2016 Graduates
      Divya Mella, MD – Fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas
      Lucido Ponce, MD – Fellowship at John Hopkins University 
      Rahul Shah, MD – Fellowship at UT Health Science, Houston 
       
    • 2015 Graduates
      Mohamad Ezzeldin, MD – Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian Medical Center
      Arafat Hashwani, MD – Fellowship at UT Houston
      Bing Liao, MD – Fellowship at The Mayo Clinic
      Ahmed Yassin, MD – Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
       
    • 2014 Graduate
      Anteneh Feyissa, MD – Fellowship at Mayo Clinic
      Ahmad Shawagfeh, MD – Fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences
      Sheetal Shroff, MD – Fellowship at Methodist, Houston
       
    • 2007 - 1993 Graduates
      Wayne Downs, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1993
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Montana
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Anchorage, Alaska
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Christy Jackson, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1993
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UC San Diego (Cerebrovascular Disease)
      • Present Position: Assistant Professor, USC San Diego
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Heather Linn, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1994
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Baylor (Neurophysiology)
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Houston
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Randy Gardell, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1994
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Medical College of GA (Neurophysiology)
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Waco
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Daniel Johnson, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1994
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Wyoming
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Evansville, Indiana
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Daniel Lalonde, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1995
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UTHSC San Antonio (Stroke)
      • Present Position: Pain Management Fellowship
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      M. Elena James-Hewitt, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1995
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UTMB (Neuroscience) and Clinical Instructor, Neurology
      • Present Position: Private Practice: Salt Lake City
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Marci Roy, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1996
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Austin
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      G. Arunkumarsivasubramanium, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1996
      • Initial Position: Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Mesa, Arizona
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Richard Tyer, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1997
      • Initial Position: Assistant Professor, UTMB
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Round Rock, Texas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Maria L. DeLeon, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1998
      • Initial Position: Movement Disorders Fellowship, Baylor
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Nacadoches, Texas
      Wesley D. Dennis, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1998
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Houston
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Arlington, Texas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Fatma A. Radhi, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1998
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Manhattan, Kansas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Linette B. Melcher, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1998
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Austin, Texas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Michael Reynolds, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1999
      • Initial Position: Neurophysiology Fellowship, Duke University
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Greensboro, North Carolina
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Jeanette Straga, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1999
      • Initial Position: Neuroophthalmology Fellowship
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Valencia, California
      Pitchiah Mandava, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2000
      • Initial Position: Faculty, UTMB
      • Present Position: Assistant Professor, Baylor
      • Board Certification: ABPN, Cerebral Vascular Boards
      Blair Krell, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2000
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Lake Jackson, Texas
      Michael Palm, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2001
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, College Station, Texas
      Gregory Kurdyzlo, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2002
      • Initial Position: Epilepsy and EEG Fellowship, Univ. of Michigan
      • Present Position: Private Practice, The Woodlands, Texas
      Ann Bebensee, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2003
      • Initial Position: Neurophysiology Fellowship, Phoenix, Arizona
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Fresno, California
      Ryan Rawlings, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2003
      • Initial Position: Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Phoenix, Arizona
      Jeffrey P. Nelson, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2004
      • Initial Position: Faculty Physician, UTMB
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Knoxville, Tennessee
      Ramon Rodriguez, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2004
      • Initial Position: Movement Disorders Fellow, Gainesville, Florida
      • Present Position: Faculty, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
      Kaditam Reddy, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2004
      • Initial Position: Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
      Gregory Ackroyd, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2005
      • Initial Position: Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
      Fatima Ibrahim, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2005
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Houston, TX
      Payman Sadeghi, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2005
      • Initial Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, UTMB Private Practice, Houston, TX
      Rachel Salas, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2006
      • Initial Position: Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Health System Baltimore, MD
      Kahn Nguyen, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2006
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Humble, TX
      Iliud Irizarry, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2006
      • Initial Position: Neuromuscular Fellowship, Yale University VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven, CT.
      Octavian Adam, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2007
      • Initial Position: Movement Disorder Fellowship Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
      Dewey Le, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2007
      • Initial Position: Department of Neurology Kingwood Medical Center, Kingwood, TX
      Xi Lin, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2007
      • Initial Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology UTMB, Galveston, TX
      Adrian Santamaria, MD
      • Year Graduated: 2007
      • Initial Position: Sleep Medicine Fellowship, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 
    • 1992 - 1971 Graduates
      Linda Jane Smith, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1971
      • Initial Position: Assistant Professor, U. of Cincinnati
      • Present Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, UTMB
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABEM - RETIRED
      Dicky Huey, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1971
      • Present Position: Private Practice, San Antonio
      Patricia Corke, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1972
      • Initial Position: Faculty, Baylor U.
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Houston
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Suzie Tindall, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1973
      • Initial and Present Position: Professor of Neurosurgery, Emory University
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABN (Neurosurgery)
      Wayne Massey, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1973
      • Initial Position: US Navy
      • Present Position: Professor of Neurology, Duke University
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      H. H. Morris, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1973
      • Initial Position: Faculty, UTMB
      • Present Position: Professor and Director of the Electroencephalography Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      B. Ramos, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1975
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Beaumont, TX
      • Present Position: (Deceased)
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Elisabeth Schmalsteig, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1975
      • Initial Position: Faculty, UTMB
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Texas City
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Richard Hrachovy, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1975
      • Initial Position: Fellowship, Baylor (EEG)
      • Present Position: Professor of Neurology, Baylor
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABEEG
      Brent Masel, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1978
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Galveston, TX
      • Present Position: Director, Transitional Learning Center
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Andrew Chesson, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1978
      • Present Position: Dean of Students and Professor of Neurology, LSU
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Larry Green, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1978
      • Initial Position and Present Position: Private Practice, Idaho
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Jack Fraim, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1979
      • Initial Position: US Navy
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Beaumont
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Clyde Meyers, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1979
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Beaumont, TX
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Charles Britt, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1980
      • Initial Position: Fellowship & Faculty, Baylor (EEG)
      • Present Position: Coer d'Alene, Idaho
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABEEG
      Charles Barnett, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1980
      • Initial Position: Fellowship, Mayo Clinic (Neuroophthalmology)
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Dallas, TX
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Lenore Breen, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1981
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Washington University (Neuroophthalmology)
      • Present Position: Associate Professor, West Virginia
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Randall Light, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1981
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Bryan, TX
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Robert Niemann, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1982
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, San Angelo, TX
      • Present Position: Faculty, VA Hospital, Temple, TX
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Jacob Huff, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1982
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Harvard (Behavioral Neurology)
      • Present Position: Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Melinda Estes, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1982
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Cleveland Clinic (Neuropathology)
      • Present Position: Medical Affairs Department, Metro Health Systems, Cleveland
      • Board Certification: ABP (Neuropathology)
      Stewart Farber, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1983
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Florida
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Roderic Fabian, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1984
      • Initial Position: Assistant Professor, UTMB
      • Present Position: Clinical Associate Professor, Baylor
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABEM (EMG)
      • Neurology BCM
      Charles Dreyer, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Pediatric Neurology Faculty, UTMB
      • Present Position: Associate Professor, UTMB
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Thomas Kent, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Assistant Professor, UTMB
      • Present Position: Clinical Professor, Baylor
      • Board Certification: ABPN (Psychiatry and Neurology)
      Hans Langsjoen, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Faculty, U. North Dakota
      • Present Position: Associate Professor, UTMB
      • Board Certification: ABPN, ABIM (Internal Medicine)
      Mary Gaddy, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Vanderbilt (EEG); Faculty, Oklahoma
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Montana
      Louis Kirby, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Phoenix
      • Present Position: Director, Sun City Clinical Research
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Kala Paul, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1985
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UTMB (Neurophysiology)
      • Present Position: Director, Whitehall-Robbins Clinical Research
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Reed Young, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1987
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Houston Diagnostic Clinic
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Saud Sadiq, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1988
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Columbia (Molecular Biology)
      • Present Position: Roosevelt Hospitals, New York
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Sanford Fineman, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1989
      • Initial and Present Position: Private Practice, Phoenix
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Richard Brower, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1989
      • Initial Position: Faculty, Texas Tech
      • Present Position: Texas Tech University, El Paso
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Jerry Nash, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1989
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Arkansas
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Houston, Texas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Sally Borucki, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1989
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UTMB (Neurophysiology); Fellow, Neurorehabilitation Medicine, Cornell
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Tyler, Texas
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Montgomery Verona, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1990
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Missouri
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Evansville, Indiana
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Deborah Cantrell, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1990
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UT Houston (Epilepsy)
      • Present Position: Texas Epilepsy Center, Richardson
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      John Oas, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1990
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UCLA (Neuro-otology)
      • Present Position: Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Mary Downs, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1990
      • Initial Position: Private Practice, Missouri
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Anchorage, Alaska
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Carla Brandt, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1991
      • Initial Position: Fellow, UTMB (Neurophysiology)
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Evansville, Indiana
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Jay Harvey, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1992
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Cleveland Clinic (Epilepsy)
      • Present Position: Assistant Professor, Southwestern
      • Board Certification: ABPN
      Kim Edwards Smith, MD
      • Year Graduated: 1992
      • Initial Position: Fellow, Alabama (EMG)
      • Present Position: Private Practice, Georgia
      • Board Certification: ABPN