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A Letter from the ResidentsChristmas 2017 Photo

We are so excited you are considering the Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester! As current residents, let us first say how happy we are to have chosen Rochester for our residency education.


One of the most unique aspects to this residency program is how it prioritizes resident education. In addition to the typical array of conferences, journal reviews, patient of the week discussions, we also get the opportunity to actively participate in teaching the medical school’s neuroscience course called “Mind, Brain, Behavior” to the second year medical students during our PGY-5 year. There is also opportunity to travel to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland where we help educate third year medical students.

The neurology faculty are incredibly supportive and are tremendous teachers as well as mentors. You have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized leaders across multiple neurological subspecialties in a very patient and family-centered atmosphere. There is plenty of opportunity to gain exposure to the different subspecialties within pediatric neurology including epilepsy, movement disorders, neuro-oncology, demyelinating disorders, sleep medicine, and neuro-genetics. Many of our residents continue on to complete fellowships at University of Rochester or elsewhere in these specialties.

You will find that our program has residents that not only enjoy working together but become life long friends outside the hospital. Rochester itself has very affordable living around the hospital and also within the surrounding suburbs. Personally, we most enjoy the seasonal festivals (Liliac Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, East Ave Festival, Park Ave Festival, International Jazz Festival), and the outdoors activities including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, apple picking, and wine tasting around the Finger Lakes Region. When we are not out exploring Rochester, many of us are enjoying each other’s companies at monthly wine tasting gatherings, barbecues or just for dinner!

We encourage you to join the family of Child Neurology at the University of Rochester for your residency training. We have a mixture of residents from Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca, South Carolina and even Texas. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you, showing you more about our program and around the city. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are excited to see you on the interview trail!


Aubrey Duncan, M.D.

Current Residents

Class of 2019 (Recently Graduated)

Aubrey Duncan

Aubrey Nicole Duncan, M.D., University of Rochester

Aubrey grew up in Ithaca, NY. She grew up training horses and later spent time living in Brazil doing this as well as time in Haiti after the earthquakes helping with the reconstruction of schools. She attended college at Roberts Wesleyan College and then medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Aubrey absolutely loves pediatric medicine and is very much enjoying finishing her pediatric residency. She is married to an engineer/arborist (Matthew), has a cat (Nevada), a Plott Hound (Sawyer), and a brand new son Cooper! Aubrey loves training and riding horses, back packing, cycling, singing, and spending time with her wonderful family.

Class of 2021 (PGY-4)

Emily Krainer

Emily Krainer, M.D., Vanderbilt University

Emily attended medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN after earning degrees in Neuroscience and Biology at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She is originally from Huntington Station, NY. In her free time, Emily enjoys biking, spending time with friends and family, trying out new restaurants in Rochester, and traveling. She also plays the flute and recently learned to play guitar. She is so excited to be in Rochester and has been taking advantage of the many great summer festivals!

Justin RosatiJustin Rosati, M.D., Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Justin Rosati is currently a PGY-1 resident in the Pediatrics portion of his training.  He graduated from the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine on Long Island after attending the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies.  He is originally from Levittown, NY.  In addition to medicine, Justin is passionate about music and hopes to incorporate this into his medical career.  In his free time he enjoys cooking, hockey, movies and spending time with his wife

Class of 2022(PGY-3)

Stella DengStella Deng, M.D., New York University

Stella Deng is currently a PGY-2 resident in the pediatrics portion of her training. She went to medical school at New York University after completing her undergraduate studies at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She is originally from Old Lyme, CT. In her free time Stella enjoys biking, painting, watching musicals, and traveling. She loves exploring the Rochester area with her husband and being in the outdoors!  

Nicola RossNicola Ross, M.D., University of Rochester

Nicola is originally from Boston, although she is a Pacific Northwesterner at heart, as she spent most of her school years outside of Seattle, and graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. After going back to school at Bryn Mawr College and completing their Postbaccalaureate Premedical program, she came to the University of Rochester for medical school and stayed for their wonderful Child Neuro residency program! She has been enjoying dragging her husband Wayne around the country with her, and they are both excited to have just bought their first house with a big backyard for their rescue pooch, Sammy! In her free time, Nicola has been known to sing in choirs, dance, go on road trips with her husband, and travel around the country to visit family.

Class of 2023(PGY-2)

Cindy HernandezCindy Hernandez, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

Cindy Hernandez is currently a PGY-1 resident in the pediatrics portion of her training. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine after receiving her Master’s degree from The University of North Texas Health Science Center and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. While she loves expanding her knowledge of Child Neurology, you can often find her in the kitchen learning and perfecting recipes passed down from friends and family or out on the dance floor sharpening her Salsa turns! She is excited to further her career at the University of Rochester and explore her new surroundings! 

Jessica JohnsonJessica Johnson, DO, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jess attended medical school at TouroCOM in Middletown, NY after completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Drew University in Madison, NJ.  She is originally from Boyertown, PA.  She is most looking forward to all of the outdoor activities Rochester has to offer such as running, hiking, and rock climbing.  Aside from sports and coaching, she enjoys traveling, meeting new people, trying new foods and occasionally taking a break to sit and read or paint.

Class of 2024(PGY-1)

Ryan Alan Carrier, MD, Michigan State University College of Human MedicineRyan Carrier

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Shermila Pia, MD, California Northstate University College of MedicineShermila Pia, MD

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