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Neurology Residents

Class of 2020

Richard Chough, MD

Richard Chough, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergrad & Major: Northwestern University, Classics

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Specialty Interests: Neurophysiology, Cognitive/Behavioral Neurology

Hobbies: Kendo, Yoga, DJ

Jeremy Schmitz, MD

Jeremy Schmitz, MD

Hometown: Mahomet, IL

Undergrad & Major:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Psychology & Spanish

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Specialty Interests: Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, Behavioral Neurology

Hobbies: Euchre, music festivals, trail running, board games

Adam Schnitz, DO

Adam Schnitz, DO

Hometown: Oswego, IL

Undergrad & Major: Purdue University, Nuclear Engineering

Medical School:  Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Specialty Interests: Clinical Neurophysiology, Headache Medicine

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, ballroom dancing, swing dancing

Will Taylor, DO

Will Taylor, DO

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

Specialty Interests: Multiple sclerosis, Movement disorders

Hobbies: Avid White Sox fan, Reading science fiction

Piotr Tekiela, MD

Piotr Tekiela, MD

Hometown: Bartlett, IL

Undergrad & Major: Loyola University Chicago - Biology & Psychology

Medical School: Jagiellonian Medical College

Specialty Interests: Vascular Neurology

Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Gardening, Skiing, Brewmaster

Geeta Verma, MD                

Geeta Verma, MD

Hometown: Schaumburg IL

Undergrad & Major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Biochemistry

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Specialty Interests: Neurophysiology

Hobbies: Dance, Travel, Movies, Cooking 

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 InterestsNeurimmunology/MS, Headache, Movement disorders

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

Specialty Interests: Epilepsy, Neurophysiology

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

Specialty Interests: Headache

Hobbies: Yoga, traveling, baking 

Erin Murphy Fiedler, DO

Erin Fiedler, DO

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Undergrad & Major: Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute - Biomedical Engineering

Medical School: University of North Texas HSC

Specialty Interests: Epilepsy

Hobbies: Musical theatre, Baking, Exercise, & Barre

Michael Teitcher, MD

Michael Teitcher, MD

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Undergrad & Major: Yeshiva University - Biology

Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Specialty Interests: Vascular Neurology

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

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

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: Undecided 


 Carlos Lara, MD 

Carlos Lara, MD

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Undergrad & Major:  NA

Medical School: Universidad Central del Ecuador 

Specialty Interests: Vascular Neurology, Movement Disorder

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, Neuroimmunology, 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: Undecided 

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: Stroke, Neurocritical Care

Hobbies: golf, board games, painting

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 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 2019

Amy Brown Movement Disorders, Vanderbilt University
Saima Chaudry Neuroimmunology, Brown University RI
Jay Datar Neuroimmunology, Northwestern University
Carolyn Goldschmidt Neuroimmunology, Cleveland Clinic
Jonatan Hornik Neurocritical Care, University of Chicago
Lauren Ottenhoff Neurocritical Care, University of Michigan

Class of 2018

Kalea Colleta                     Neurophysiology, Loyola University Medical Center    
Preston Douglas Neurophysiology, Brown University 
Chandler Gill Movement disorders, Rush
Stasia Rouse Epilepsy, Rush 
Shannon Hextrum Neuro critical care, Northwestern University
Adriana Perilla Movement disorders, Cedar Sinai  

Class of 2017

William Conte             Multiple Sclerosis, University of Chicago
Michael Doerrler Headache, Loyola University Medical Center
Ravi Garg Neurocritical Care, University of Chicago
Adam Kapler Private Practice, Ohio
Zeina Rabi Neurophysiology, University of Chicago
Stephen Yeung Multiple Sclerosis, UC San Diego

Class of 2016

Maria Bruzzone                  Neurophysiology, University of Chicago
Rick Gill Neurocritical Care, University of Pennsylvania
Marisa McGinley Neuroimmunology, Cleveland Clinic
Jorge Ortiz Vascular Neurology, Loyola  University Medical Center
Clio Rubinos Neurophysiology, New York University
Luka Vlahovic Neuroimmunology, Standford University

Class of 2015

Thomas Ahn                      Private Practice, Colorado
Karen Orjuela Vascular Neurology, Loyola University Medical Center
Chris Robinson Neurocritical Care, Mayo Clinic
Saulena Shafer Movement Disorders, Barrow Institute, Arizona
Michael Star Vascular Neurology, University of Cincinnati
Daniel Vela-Duarte Vascular Neurology, Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2014

Louann Carnahan  Neurophysiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Esteban Golombievski Vascular Neurology, Loyola University Medical Center
Lilie Lovera Movement Disorders, University of Cincinnati
Federico Rodriguez-Porcel Movement Disorders, University of Cincinnati
Jaswinder Singh Clinical Neurophysiology, Loyola University Medical Center
Susan Anzalone Multiple 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 Metra The high speed Metra train connects outlying suburbs to downtown, and is an easy way to travel into the heart of the city. 
Ride Amtrak Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to over 500 destinations in 46 states, with more than 30 US train routes.
Hail a Cab Taxis 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 Bike Chicago'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.