A Letter from the Residents
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.
2015 Resident Photo
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!
Jennifer Cialone / Melissa Tsuboyama
Class of 2017 (PGY-5)
Jen is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she also completed training her first 2 years in Pediatrics. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After her third year in medical school, she spent a year conducting clinical research with Dr. Mink on Batten Disease. Jen is in her final year of Child Neurology training and will be staying here to do a fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics with a focus in Pediatric Movement disorders. In her free time, she enjoys painting her new house, playing with her puppy (Wallace), running, yoga, and exploring events in Rochester.
Melissa attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and completed her Pediatric residency at the University of Rochester where she is also finishing up her Child Neurology training. She is originally from New Rochelle, NY, a suburb outside of New York City, and went down south to Duke University for college (go Blue Devils!) where she majored in biomedical engineering. She hopes to be able to combine her love of child neurology with her interest in biomedical engineering in the future. Melissa is excited to start a fellowship in pediatric neurophysiology in Boston in July 2017, but is sad to leave her Child Neurology family in Rochester. In her free time, Melissa loves to karaoke, try foods from around the world, and go on short hikes around Rochester.
Class of 2018 (PGY-4)
Bo Hoon Lee, M.D., University of Rochester
Bo is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Rochester. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and then spent four years in Missouri where she attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree. Since moving to Rochester, she has gotten married, bought a house and adopted a dog (Daisy) and two cats (Pinot and Birdy). She and her husband are now expecting the newest addition to the family in October - a baby boy! Her favorite things to do in Rochester are the farmer's market, summer festivals and trying out all the new restaurants around town.
Roxana Pourdeyhimi, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Roxana is a southern native who's enjoying exploring her new home in Rochester! She recently moved from Charleston and is so excited to be a Child Neurology resident here at U of R, since she chose this program for its supportive and friendly training environment. In her spare time she enjoys running, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.
Class of 2019 (PGY-3)
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-1)
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 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