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Class of 2020

Melanie BraunMelanie K. Braun, M.D.

Melanie_braun@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Rochester, New York

Medical School:  University of Rochester

Melanie is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology.  She attended medical school at the University of Rochester after earning a degree in Biology from Ithaca College where she also played varsity lacrosse. During medical school, she developed an interest in medical education and discovered her love of neurology. She is originally from Rochester and enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region, and traveling abroad.​ After residency, she will be pursuing a fellowship in Movement Disorders.

Ryan CanissarioRyan Canissario, M.D.  

Ryan_canissario@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  New Windsor, New York

Medical School:  SUNY Downstate

Ryan Canissario is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology. Originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York, he graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics & Management. Ryan then worked in New York City as a project manager for a digital marketing agency before deciding to pursue his passion for medicine. He completed Columbia University's postbac premed program and subsequently attended medical school at SUNY Downstate. After neurology residency, Ryan will be a fellow in neuroimmunology at the University of Rochester. When not at the hospital, he enjoys running, cooking and spending every minute he can with his family.

Dimitrios ManouDimitrios G. Manou, M.D. 

Dimitrios_manou@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Rochester, New York

Medical School:  University of Rochester

Dimitrios (Jim) Manou is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at the University of Rochester after obtaining his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology from the University at Buffalo. Originally from the Rochester area, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, sports, and traveling.

Kristen L. McCartneyKristen L. McCartney, M.D.

kristen_mccartney@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Sanford, North Carolina

Medical School:  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Kristen McCartney is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology.  After completing her undergraduate work in Biochemistry at Arizona State University, she attended medical school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Kristen hails from Sanford, North Carolina and is a diehard Tar Heel fan. She spends her free time exploring Rochester; going to movies, museums, and musicals; snuggling with her cat Lexie; and most importantly is the Captain/Coach of the unofficial neurology resident volleyball team! After finishing her residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics.

Tyler A. RehbeinTyler A. Rehbein, M.D.

Tyler_rehbein@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Medical School:  University of Minnesota

Tyler Rehbein is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota after earning his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Genetics from the same institution. During medical school he engaged in neuroradiology research with diffusion tensor imaging. Being from Minnesota he enjoys spending time outdoors and around the lakes. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, swimming, camping, reading, and computers.

Nicholas J. TaylorNicholas J. Taylor, M.D.

nicholas _taylor@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Buffalo, New York

Medical School:  Ohio State University

Nicholas Taylor is a PGY-4 resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where he completed his undergraduate training, and met his wonderful wife Carly. Nick was born and raised in a small town near Buffalo, NY. Nick and Carly take care of a snake, a leopard gecko, a dog, and (as of the time of writing this) their 13 month old daughter, Evelyn. In Nick's limited free time with a daughter at home he enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing computer games, karaoke, and hiking (Rochester has awesome parks and miles of trails – look into it!)  Nick has found the environment at U of R to be full of friendly people, busy, but supportive and open to changes to improve patient care and resident quality of life: many problems being discovered based on resident feedback have had solutions implemented by the residents in real time with full support from department leadership. During residency Nick developed interest in quality improvement. He also appreciated that call and service time during his recently completed PGY-2 and 3 years offered both opportunity for independent decision making and readily available support when needed. He is pursuing fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Rochester after completing residency, and he plans to practice as a general neurologist. 

Class of 2021

Michael CohenMichael H. Cohen, M.D.

michael_cohen@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: New York City, New York

Medical School:  University of Buffalo

Michael​ Cohen is a PGY-3 Resident in Adult Neurology. He attended medical school at the SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences after earning a degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from The University of Michigan. He was born and raised in Manhattan, and would be happy to help you navigate the NYC subway system if you plan a visit to the Big Apple. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing soccer and riding his bicycle.

Kelly L. DonohueKelly L. Donohue, M.D.

kelly_donohue@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Jamestown, New York

Medical School:  University of Cincinnati

Kelly Donohue is a PGY-3 Resident in Adult Neurology. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH after earning a degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Coaching from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She is originally from Jamestown, NY but has come to consider herself a Hoosier with a love for Indiana University football. In her free time, she also enjoys watching the Philadelphia Eagles, trying new restaurants, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends. 

Lauryn E. HemmingerLauryn E. Hemminger, M.D.

lauryn_hemminger@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Gilroy, California

Medical School:  University of Rochester

Lauryn Hemminger is a PGY-3 resident in Adult Neurology. While attending medical school at the University of Rochester, she spent a year doing research in neuro-oncology and palliative care. Lauryn is originally from Gilroy, California, also known as the garlic capital of the world and shares a birthday with her younger brother. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, a dairy and vegetable farmer in the Finger Lakes, and her two rescue dogs.  

Joseph S. ModicaJoseph S. Modica, M.D.

joseph_modica@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Medical School:  University of Buffalo

Joseph Modica is a PGY-3 resident in Adult Neurology.  He graduated from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY in 2017.  A lifelong Buffalonian, he previously attended Canisius College where he earned a degree in Biology with minors in Classics and Neuroscience.  Joe loves to run, hike, camp, and backpack (especially in the Adirondack Mountains).  He additionally enjoys trying new foods, exploring breweries, playing with his dog, and attending concerts.  

Patrick J. RooneyPatrick J. Rooney, M.D.

patrick_rooney@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Skaneateles, New York

Medical School:  University of Buffalo

Patrick Rooney is a PGY-3 resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY after earning a degree in neuroscience at Middlebury College where he participated in track and field.  In his spare time, Patrick still enjoys running and being outdoors.  Whether it’s bird-watching, skiing, or kayaking, Patrick enjoys living in upstate New York because there is something different to do each season.  Although he doesn't plan on owning a pet during residency, Patrick grew up with Bernese Mountain Dogs and is always happy to meet a new 4-legged friend. 

Matthew R. WomeldorffMatthew R. Womeldorff, M.D.

matthew_womeldorff@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Medical School:  University of Utah

Matt Womeldorff is a PGY-3 resident in Adult Neurology. He grew up in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Matt graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Prior to attending medical school at the University of Utah, Matt taught high school biology in Arkansas for two years with the Teach For America program. During medical school, he engaged in brain tumor research, further developed his passion for teaching and leadership, and married his high school sweetheart, Kayla. He is excited about all aspects of neurology. In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading non-fiction, trying new restaurants, hiking, and spending time with his wife watching shows and movies.  

Class of 2022

Natalia Chunga Iturry, M.D,

Natalia Chunga Iturry

natalia_chungaiturry@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Medical School:  San Fernando Medical School at San Marcos University

Natalia Chunga Iturry is a PGY-2 resident in Adult Neurology.  She is originally from Lima, Peru, where she attended San Fernando Medical School at San Marcos University. After graduating, she spent a year doing research in neuropsychiatric disorders with diffusion tensor imaging at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her interests include translational medicine and public health. In her free time, Natalia enjoys hiking, watching sports, exploring bakeries, and cooking Peruvian food.

Jennifer Corcoran, M.D.Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoran@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Manasquan, New Jersey

Medical School:  University of Rochester

Jennifer Corcoran is a PGY-2 resident in Adult Neurology. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester after earning a degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is originally from Manasquan, NJ, a small town at the beautiful Jersey shore. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, reading non-medical literature, and hiking.

Matthew Dupree, M.D.Matthew Dupree

jamesmatthew_dupree@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Atlanta, Texas

Medical School:  University of Oklahoma

Matthew Dupree is a PGY-2 resident in Adult Neurology. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma after earning a degree in Biology at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. As a transplant from Oklahoma he finds the summers absolutely gorgeous and is really looking forward to having a true fall. He enjoys hiking, traveling, taking his dog on walks, exploring the new surrounding food scene, slowing down to spend some time with friends, and basically anything else that allows him to be outside for even just a little bit. That is at least the case until winter comes, so he's told.

Andrew Huang, M.D.Andrew Huang

andrew_huang@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Walnut Creek, California

Medical School:  Dartmouth Medical School

Andrew Huang is a PGY-2 resident in Adult Neurology who​ attended the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire after studying philosophy and molecular & cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has enjoyed longer distance running, squash, tennis, reading the new yorker, and the nyt's modern love column. He has growing interests in teaching, medical ethics, the philosophy of medicine, ​​palliative care, and neuro intensive care.

Michael Ibarra, M.D.Michael Ibarra

michael_ibarra@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Medical School:  University of Texas at San Antonio

Michael Ibarra is a PGY-2 resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at the Long School of Medicine in San Antonio after earning a degree in Biology from Texas Tech University. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in El Paso, Texas. In his spare time he enjoys working out, playing basketball, reading noir books, and traveling.

Diana Li, M.D.Diana Li

diana_li@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania

Medical School:  Temple University

Diana Z. Li is a PGY-2 Resident in Adult Neurology. She attended medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University after earning a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard. She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montgomeryville, PA. In her spare time, she enjoys music, painting, traveling, and exploring local cuisines. 

Class of 2023

William Barbosa, M.D.

William Barbosa

william_barbosa@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Walworth, New YOrk

Medical School:  New York University School of Medicine

William Barbosa is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University.  Born in Puerto Rico and raised near the Rochester area, he enjoys playing guitar, soccer, traveling, outdoor activities, and catching up with friends in his spare time.   

Jordan Carrier, M.D.

Jordan Carrier

jordan_teachout@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Kalamazoo, Michigan

Medical School:  Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine

Jordan Carrier is a PGY-1 resident in Adult Neurology. She attended Michigan State University for medical school after obtaining her bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Sciences and French from Western Michigan University.  Originally from southwest Michigan, Jordan enjoys spending her time with her dog (Winston) and husband at Great Lakes beaches and trails.

Patrick Curry, M.D.

Patrick Curry

patrick_curry@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Ellicott City, Maryland

Medical School:  University of Maryland

Patrick Curry is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland after earning a degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Originally from Ellicott City, MD, Patrick enjoys hiking, traveling, playing tennis, and playing music. Clinically, his interests include epilepsy and movement disorders.

Cara Doyle, D.O.

Cara Doyle

cara_doyle@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Buffalo, New York

Medical School:  Campbell University School of Osteopathic MedicinePro

Cara Doyle is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology. She attended medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, North Carolina. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a second major in Spanish from SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY. Cara enjoys spending time with her pups—her Golden doodle, Henry and her lab/pit rescue, Koa. She also enjoys singing, Mario kart, weightlifting, and listening to her record player.

Kelsey Jensen, M.D.

Kelsey Jensen

kelsey_jensen@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Edina, Minnesota

Medical School:  Case Western Reserve University

Kelsey Jensen is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine after earning a degree in Neuroscience at Pomona College. Kelsey is originally from Minnesota. Her interests include listening to too many podcasts, cooking, cross stitch and coming up with new nicknames for/catering to the every whim of her lovely dog.

Nami Shah, M.D.

Nami Shah

nami_shah@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Medical School:  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Nami Shah is a PGY-1 resident in Adult Neurology. She was part of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program and attended University of Rochester for both college and medical school. She completed a degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  In her spare time, Nami enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, and reading. 

Neil Sielski, M.D.

Neil Sielski

neil_sielski@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Williamsville, New York

Medical School:  University of Buffalo

Neil Sielski is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology. He graduated from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo after obtaining his bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Neil is originally from Buffalo where he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his golden doodle Toby. Clinical interests include epilepsy and headache medicine.

Oskar Wielgus, M.D.

Oscar Wielgus

oskar_wielgus@urmc.rochester.edu

Hometown:  Chicago, Illinois

Medical School:  Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Oskar A. Wielgus is a PGY-1 Resident in Adult Neurology.  He attended medical school at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Benedictine University in Chicago, Illinois. He met his wife Elizabeth in Krakow, who joins him at the University of Rochester as a resident in the fast track program for Child Adolescent Psychiatry.  Born in Poland, he continues to speak fluent Polish at home and enjoys traveling around Europe, hiking and playing basketball. Clinically, his interests include medical education, neurocritical care and neuro-oncology.