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Neurology Residents

Class of 2021

Evan Ariano, MD

Evan Ariano, MD

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Undergrad & Major: Benedictine University - Biological Sciences

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin

Specialty Interests: Headache

Hobbies: Attending live music events, gardening, dogs

Ari Gordin, MD

Ari Gordin, MD

Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

Undergrad & Major: UC San Diego - Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Medical School: Technion

Fellowship: Neurophysiology, UC San Diego

Hobbies: Rock climbing, Skiiing, Surfing, Occasionally reading a good book

Amara Mian, DO

Amara Mian, DO

Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL

Undergrad & Major: Loyola University Chicago - Biology 

Medical School:  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Fellowship: Headache, Loyola University - Diamond Headache Clinic

Hobbies: Yoga, traveling, baking 

Erin Murphy Fiedler, DO

Erin Fiedler, DO

Co-Chief Resident

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Undergrad & Major: Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute - Biomedical Engineering

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fellowship: Epilepsy, University of Chicago

Hobbies: Musical theatre, Baking, Cycling, & Barre

Michael Teitcher, MD

Michael Teitcher, MD

Co-Chief Resident

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Undergrad & Major: Yeshiva University - Biology

Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Fellowship: Vascular Neurology, Loyola University

Hobbies: Bluegrass music, Hiking, Playing outdoors with my kids

Christine Woods, DO

Christine Woods, DO

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad & Major: St. Edward's University - Biology

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Specialty Interests: Sports Neurology, Neuro-Oncology

Hobbies: Kayaking, Fishing, Swimming Hiking, Campfires, Pizza, Tacos, Country Music

Will Taylor, DO

Will Taylor, DO MS

Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Undergrad & Major: University of Missouri Kansas City - Biology & Chemistry

Graduate Work:  Roosevelt University, Master's in Biotechnology

Medical School: Kansas City University

Fellowship: Vascular Neurology, Loyola University

Hobbies: Avid White Sox fan, Reading science fiction

Class of 2022

Diana Andino, MD

Diana Andino, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad & Major: University of Houston; Bachelor of Science

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 

Specialty Interests: Neurohospitalist

Hobbies: advocacy, spending time with family, travel

 Carlos Lara, MD 

Carlos Lara, MD

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Undergrad & Major:  NA

Medical School: Universidad Central del Ecuador 

Specialty Interests: Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular

Hobbies: playing violin, music, cooking

Laurent Loganathan, MD

Laurent Loganathan, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Undergrad & Major: University of Toronto; Neuroscience & Physiology

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine 

Specialty Interests: Vascular/Interventional Neurology, Neurocritical Care

Hobbies: karate, violin, software coding, technology & gadgets, track driving, comic books, star trek

Fady Mousa-Ibrahim, DO

Fady Mousa-Ibrahim, DO

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Undergrad & Major:  University of California;  Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Medical School: Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - Lincoln Memorial University 

Specialty Interests: Neurocritical Care

Hobbies: cooking, trying new food, being with family & friends

Jasmine Singh, MD

Jasmine Singh, MD

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Undergrad & Major: The University of Akron; Natural Science  

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University 

Specialty Interests: Neurocritical Care

Hobbies: golf, board games, painting, online shopping

Anam Syed, DO 

Anam Syed, DO

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Undergrad & Major:  University of Illinois at Chicago; Neuroscience

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine

Specialty Interests: Neurocritical Care, Stroke

Hobbies: traveling, fitness, jigsaw puzzles, spending time family & friends, drinking chai

Class of 2023

Braden Dasovic, MD

Hometown: North York, CAN

Undergrad & Major: Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Life Sciences

Medical School: University College Cork School of Medicine

Specialty Interests: Undecided

Hobbies: Skiing, Swimming, Running, Snowshoeing


Jacqueline Hirschey, MD

Hometown: Winnetka, IL

Undergrad & Major: Northwestern University, Biology

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Specialty Interests: Undecided

Hobbies: gardening, painting, and cooking

Elise Johnson, MD

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Undergrad & Major: Emory University, Neuroscience

Medical School: Loyola University Medical Center

Specialty Interests: Movement disorders, neuropalliative care, neuro-ophthalmology/MS 

Hobbies: running, hiking, biking, skiing, Big Ten football, family, spoiling my dog

Farah Khan, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad & Major:  Loyola University Chicago; Psychology, Neuroscience, Gender Studies

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Specialty Interests: Undecided

Hobbies: reading, journaling, traveling to new cities and exploring new foods, spending time with family and friends, Bollywood movies and culture

Zachary Pardieck, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergrad & Major: Indiana University at Bloomington, Microbiology

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis

Specialty Interests: Epilepsy, headache, and general neurology

Hobbies: I love to travel, bike, and go out into nature when I have down time, especially walking around the Morton Arboretum in the west suburbs! I also enjoy watching the occasional independent or foreign film, such as classic Akira Kurosawa films.


Tahaamin Shokuhfar, MD

Hometown: Leeds, Great Britain

Undergrad & Major: None

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Specialty Interests: Stroke, Interventional Neurology

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, tennis, racquetball, soccer

Class of 2024

Alex Balavanov, DO

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Victoria Grau Kazmierczk, MD

Medical School: Poznan Univerity of Medical Sciences

Ashley Raedy, DO

Medical School: Michigan State Univeristy College of Osteopathic Medicine

Amna Siddiqui, MD

Medical School: Dow Medical College

Adam Wadina, MD

Medical School: Loyola Univeristy Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Yuchen Zheng, MD

Medical School: University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Class of 2021



Richard Cough MD


Adam Schnitz DO


Class of 2019



Kalea Colleta DO


Shilpa Chaku DO

Neuro Critical Care

Ravi Garg  MD


Class of 2018



Somayyeh Sabet MD


Ferhad Bashir MD


Michael Doerrler MD


Class of 2017



Shathabish Kariyanna MD


Anne Damian MD


Natalie Litvinsky MD


Jessica Wilson MD


Jorge Ortiz MD


Class of 2020

Richard ChoughNeurophysiology, Loyola University
Jeremy SchmitzNeurophysiology, Rush University
Adam SchnitzNeurophysiology, Loyola University
Piotr TekielaVascular Neurology, University of Website
Geeta VermaNeurophysiology, Rush University


Class of 2019

Amy BrownMovement Disorders, Vanderbilt University
Saima ChaudryNeuroimmunology, Brown University RI
Jay DatarNeuroimmunology, Northwestern University
Carolyn GoldschmidtNeuroimmunology, Cleveland Clinic
Jonatan HornikNeurocritical Care, University of Chicago
Lauren OttenhoffNeurocritical Care, University of Michigan

Class of 2018

Kalea Colleta                    Neurophysiology, Loyola University    
Preston DouglasNeurophysiology, Brown University 
Chandler GillMovement disorders, Rush
Stasia RouseEpilepsy, Rush 
Shannon HextrumNeuro critical care, Northwestern University
Adriana PerillaMovement disorders, Cedar Sinai  

Class of 2017

William Conte            Multiple Sclerosis, University of Chicago
Michael DoerrlerHeadache, Loyola University
Ravi GargNeurocritical Care, University of Chicago
Adam KaplerPrivate Practice, Ohio
Zeina RabiNeurophysiology, University of Chicago
Stephen YeungMultiple Sclerosis, UC San Diego

Class of 2016

Maria Bruzzone                 Neurophysiology, University of Chicago
Rick GillNeurocritical Care, University of Pennsylvania
Marisa McGinleyNeuroimmunology, Cleveland Clinic
Jorge OrtizVascular Neurology, Loyola University
Clio RubinosNeurophysiology, New York University
Luka VlahovicNeuroimmunology, Standford University

Class of 2015

Thomas Ahn                     Private Practice, Colorado
Karen OrjuelaVascular Neurology, Loyola University Medical Center
Chris RobinsonNeurocritical Care, Mayo Clinic
Saulena ShaferMovement Disorders, Barrow Institute, Arizona
Michael StarVascular Neurology, University of Cincinnati
Daniel Vela-DuarteVascular Neurology, Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2014

Louann Carnahan Neurophysiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Esteban GolombievskiVascular Neurology, Loyola University Medical Center
Lilie LoveraMovement Disorders, University of Cincinnati
Federico Rodriguez-PorcelMovement Disorders, University of Cincinnati
Jaswinder SinghClinical Neurophysiology, Loyola University Medical Center
Susan AnzaloneMultiple Sclerosis, UC San Francisco

Although the days are long, the years are short!

Residents at Loyola live both in the surrounding Chicago suburbs and in the City. We make strong efforts to maintain a good work-life balance, as evidenced below! 

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Holiday Shindigs



Downtown a.k.a the Loop, serves as the hub of Chicago's public transit network that extends to surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs, and both airports.  This network includes Chicago transit Authority (CTA) and Metra commuter trail.

Take the "L"

Eight "L" lines - the Blue Line (24 hours), Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line, Red Line (24 hours) and Yellow Line - serve 145 train stations.

Ride the Bus

129 routes lace the city; buses stop every few blocks and have mounted maps within the cab.  Several lines operate 24 hours

Take MetraThe high speed Metra train connects outlying suburbs to downtown, and is an easy way to travel into the heart of the city. 
Ride AmtrakAmtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to over 500 destinations in 46 states, with more than 30 US train routes.
Hail a CabTaxis are plentiful and easy to hail.  Check individual companies for rates.  Chicago is also Uber and Lyft friendly.  CHICABS offers options for taxicab passengers to exlectronicall hail (E-hail) and pay for a taxi cab through mobile apps.
Grab a BikeChicago's Divvy bike-sharing program is an inexpensice and easy way to get around.  Thousands of bikes are available at hundreds of stations across the city.