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Message from Program Director

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you and introduce you to our Program.

Since its inception in 1962, the neurological training program at Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College has remained continually accredited until the present and evolved into a program that prides itself on uncompromising clinical excellence. Firmly anchored in the tradition of classic Neurology which focused on precise anatomical localization, our Program has evolved over the ensuing five decades to reflect the dynamic multi-dimensional neuroscience of today. Neuroscience is burgeoning and our specialty is fast changing; it is an exciting time to be in Neurology!

Our program has a strong academic focus and prepares residents to become outstanding clinicians, fully prepared for Board Certification in Neurology. The didactic teaching curriculum is well balanced with exposure to a wealth of clinical experience. Upon completion of residency training, our residents are well groomed for fellowships in competitive academic programs or to enter private practice. We accomplish these goals in a supportive, educationally innovative, and friendly atmosphere which fosters teamwork and collegiate collaboration.

Our four year Categorical program accepts three residents per year. The structure of the Program is based on the tenets of ACGME core competencies, facilitating progression of resident training along established milestones guidelines. Our highly qualified subspecialty trained Faculty are totally committed to patient care and education, and accessible to Residents at all times.

New York Medical College, our academic partner was founded in 1860. After many decades of historic association with New York City institutions – notably the Flower and Fifth Avenue and Metropolitan Hospitals – the College moved in 1977 to its present sprawling campus in Valhalla at Westchester County, NY, and affiliated with Westchester Medical Center (WMC), which is now our primary teaching Hospital and ACGME Sponsoring Institution.

WMC is a 652-bed academic hospital and the flagship of WMCHealth in Valhalla, located in Westchester County. As a tertiary and quaternary care hospital, Westchester Medical Center serves as a referral base for a population of more than 2.4 million people. Its location in New York’s Hudson Valley affords both population density and diversity that assures a rich clinical environment for Resident education.

Westchester is just less than an hour away by car or train from New York City. Our residents enjoy both the bustling vibrancy of NYC and the scenic serenity of Hudson Valley. Surrounded by outstanding academic and cultural institutions of the area, Westchester is quintessentially an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.

With the infusion of new departmental leadership and additional subspecialized faculty, there is a sense of renewed optimism and many great expectations for the near future. We are proud of our program and look forward to meeting you and exploring ways to shape your future through our program. 



Venkat Ramani, MD
Program Director


Program Overview and Curriculum

The goal of the program is to provide high quality comprehensive training in Clinical Neurology with a strong foundation in basic Neurosciences. The four-year program is structured to provide progressive education in Clinical Neurosciences with increasing levels of patient care responsibilities. Six months of the first year are spent in Internal Medicine to obtain broad clinical experience in general internal medicine. The second year resident will spend the majority of time on Neurology adult inpatient services (stroke, epilepsy and general neurology).  A required one-month rotation in Psychiatry, as well as one month of Ambulatory experience, is also offered in the second year. The third year provides subspecialty training in neurocritical care, clinical neurophysiology (EEG-EMG), radiology, and child neurology. At the fourth year level the Resident is well prepared to provide inpatient neurology consultations to other departments. Residents are offered a three-month elective during their training during their Third and Fourth year.

PGY-1

  • 6 months IM
  • 3 months IM/ subspecialties
  • 1 month Vacation
  • 2 months Neurology

(Click to view a sample year)

PGY-2

  • 5 months Inpatient/Stroke service
  • 3 months Epilepsy/General Neurology service
  • 1 month Child Neurology
  • 1 month Neuro Critical Care
  • 1 Month Outpatient
  • 1 month Vacation

PGY-3

  • 2 months Inpatient/Stroke service
  • 1 month Epilepsy service
  • 2 months Child Neurology
  • 1 month EMG
  • 1 month Elective
  • 1 month Consult Service
  • 1 month Neuro Critical Care
  • 2 months Outpatient
  • 1 month vacation

PGY-4

  • 1 month Child Neurology
  • 2 months Elective
  • 7 months Consults
  • 1 month Neuro Critical Care
  • 1 month Vacation

Duty Hours

The New York Medical College Neurology training program at Westchester Medical Center strictly adheres to all work hour policies per NYS and ACGME requirements.

A night-float system minimizes 24-hour calls, and the residents are provided an on-call room in the main hospital close to the Neuroscience Floor.

Academic Conferences

Our residents enjoy a vigorous academic curriculum to prepare them for the in-service exam, the Neurology boards and their professional careers. Most of the teaching sessions are held in the Neuroscience conference room, which is located on the Neuroscience floor of the Westchester Medical Center and is fully equipped with audio-visual and computer LCD projection systems. Grand Rounds and combined multidisciplinary conferences with Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology are held in similarly equipped conference halls.

  • Weekly Basic Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy lectures
  • Weekly Chairman’s Rounds
  • Weekly Neuroradiology Conference
  • Monthly Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
  • Monthly Quality Conference
  • Monthly Stroke Quality Conference
  • Monthly Stroke Case Review Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Monthly Research Conference
  • Monthly Combined Neurology/Neurosurgery Cerebrovascular Conference
  • Biweekly Board Review
  • Quarterly Combined Conference with Neurosurgery
  • Quarterly Residency Retreats

A Day in the Life of a Neurology Resident

Mon

7:00 a.m. Resident Rounds

9:00 a.m. Patient Rounds with family

Tues

7:00 a.m. Resident Rounds

8:00 a.m. Emergencies in Neurology Series (Jul-Aug) /

Neuroscience Lecture Series (Sep-Mar)

9:00 a.m. Patient Rounds with family

1:00 p.m. Chairman Rounds

2:00 p.m. Board Review

Wed

7:00 a.m. Resident Rounds

8:00 a.m. Emergencies in Neurology Series (Jul-Aug) /

Neuroscience Lecture Series (Sep-Mar)

8:30 a.m. Cerebrovascular Conference (Every other month)

9:00 a.m. Patient Rounds with family

3:00 p.m. QA Meetings 1st of Month Neurology QA; 3rd of month Stroke

3:00 p.m. Grand Rounds

Thurs

7:30 a.m. Morning Report

9:00 a.m. Patient Rounds with family

Fri

7:30 a.m. Morning Report

9:00 a.m. Patient Rounds with family

3:00 p.m. Wellness with Program Director (biweekly)

Resident Mentorship and Wellness

A multi-faceted mentorship program underscores Westchester Medical Center Neurology Residency Program's commitment to individualized career development. We recognize that mentorship is needed during training and beyond, which is why we have established a formal mentorship program for all residents. This is a unique support program that aims to assist each resident in developing their own skills, strategies, and capabilities as a physician through the guidance of a mentor. The mentor will enable their mentee to tackle the next hurdle more effectively with or without the mentor’s presence and to support the following:

The goal of the mentorship program is to empower the resident, help them foster effective time management skills, while helping them demonstrate responsibility and commitment and professionalism.

Westchester Medical Center, as an institution, and Neurology, as a department, considers resident wellness a top priority. Residency can be stressful and we believe that a healthy mind and healthy body are paramount to having a healthy resident. Hence our residents participate in quarterly retreats and social events at outside venues.

2020-2021 Program

Resident

Mentor

PGY2 Neurology

Mentors Assigned

Faizan Ali, MD, MPH

Robert Fekete, MD

Daniela Galluzzo, MD

Ramandeep Sahni, MD 

Osher Rechester, MD

Stephen Marks, MD 




PGY3 Neurology

 Residents choose mentor for career guidance

Jessica Bloomfield, MD

Shyla Kodi, MD 

Christopher Bondoc, MD

Christeena Kurian, MD 

Michelle Bravo, MD

Jin Li, MD 


 

 

PGY4 Neurology

Residents choose mentor for career guidance

Hussein Alshammari, MD

Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD 

Kristina Maselli, MD

Anila Thomas, MD and Shyla Kodi, MD  

Sydney Moseley, MD

Stephan Mayer, MD 

Life in Westchester

New York is an epicenter for health, cutting-edge technology and medical research. With over 20,000 acres of parkland, miles of Hudson River and Long Island Sound shoreline, many historic sites representing 300 years of American history, Westchester is the perfect blend of outdoor beauty, rural character, and urban/suburban lifestyles dictated by its proximity to New York City. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy festivals, outdoor concerts and cultural gatherings.

 


Current/Past Residents

Current Residents: 2020 - 2021

PGY-4


Hussein Alshammari, MD
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Hussein was born in Iraq and was raised in Springfield, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochem at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. His hobbies include soccer, outdoor activities, and cheese tasting. Hussein’s interests in Neurology includes both inpatient (ICU, stoke) and outpatient interest.


Kristina Maselli, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Kristina was born in Bronx, NY and was raised in Westchester, NY. She completed her undergraduate Degree in Neuroscience at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. Her hobbies include spin classes, baking, and spending time with family and friends. Kristina's interests in Neurology include dementia and movement disorders.


Sydney Moseley, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine

St. George’s University School of Medicine Sydney was born in Toronto and was raised in Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario Canada. Her hobbies include zumba, travel, guitar, and fashion. Sydney’s interests in Neurology include behavioral neurology, neuro-oncology, and neuro-immunology.

PGY-3



Michelle Bravo, MD
Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine

Michelle was born and raised in Queens, NY. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry and Studio Art at New York University in NYC. Her hobbies include drawing, traveling, hiking, and strength training. Michelle's interests in Neurology include Vascular Neurology and Neuro-immunology.




Christopher Bondoc, MD
Lewis Katz SOM at Temple University

Chris was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. When he's not at the hospital, Chris can be found reading and collecting comic books, watching pro wrestling, going to concerts, choreographing and freestyling hip-hop dances, spending time with his beautiful wife, and realizing that he probably should've mentioned his beautiful wife as the first thing. Chris' interests in Neurology include headaches, neuropsychology, and epilepsy.



Jessica Bloomfield, MD
Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Jessica was born in NYC and raised in the Boston area. She graduated with honors in psychology from Haverford College and spent 6 years researching the fMRI and EEG correlates of memory before beginning medical school. Her hobbies include ice skating, traveling, watching the Red Sox, and snuggling with her pet hedgehog Quinn. Her interests in neurology include epilepsy and cognitive neurology.

PGY-2

Syed Faizan Ali, MD 
St. George’s University of Medicine Syed was born in Pakistan and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He received the Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Scholar Fund Scholarship to obtain his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Loyola University of Maryland. Subsequently, he went on to earn master degrees in both Public Health (MPH) as well as Cellular & Molecular Biological Sciences (MSc). During graduate studies, he spent three years performing wet-bench neurosciences research studying motor stereotypy disorders, subventricular zone changes in a model of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus, as well as glaucoma at the Kennedy Krieger Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He went on to publish several studies as well as present his findings of changes in cerebellar nuclei and granule cells in a mouse model of stereotypies during the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, April 2017. Faizan is currently open-minded about the many exciting sub-specialties within neurology; he is particularly intrigued by the fields of neuro-critical care, vascular/stroke neurology, and interventional neuroradiology/neuroimaging. During personal time, Faizan loves to create things (especially through baking and drawing/painting), lifting weights, swimming, jogging, as well as spending quality time with his lovely wife and daughter Liyana.

Daniela Galluzzo, MD
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia

Daniela was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended medical school in Milan, Italy, at Vita-Salute San Raffaele Medical School. Italy has always felt like a second home to Daniela, her parents were born in the south of Italy, and she had the pleasure of traveling to Italy to visit her grandparents. Daniela is interested in comprehensive Oncologic care, having shadowed in Neurosurgery, Radiation, and Medical Oncology. After residency, she has her sights set on a Neuro-Oncology fellowship. She completed her medical school thesis on the treatment of Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, and has conducted research in Neuroradiology and Primary CNS Lymphoma. She is interested in furthering the research on brain tumors.

Osher Rechester, MD
  Osher is originally from the Boston area. He completed his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to medical school, he conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital in the lab of Shaw Warren, MD, where he contributed to multiple projects, including one that employed a hemorrhagic shock model of systemic inflammation. His hobbies include biking, playing ping pong, and studying various forms of martial arts. His interest in neurology includes neuro-immunology, dementia, and vascular neurology.

PGY-1

Serena Wong, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine Serena was born and raised in Hong Kong until she moved to Southern California with her family in 2003. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a BA degree in Psychology. She was an undergraduate psychology research scholar at her college, and presented a poster concerning heritage language proficiency on children behavioral problems in Chinese immigrant families. She was one of the authors of a published research titled “Prevalence of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in Neurosurgical ICU Patients – The Overdiagnosis of UTI.” She hopes to focus on Vascular Neurology or Neurocritical care in the future. In her spare time, Serena enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, playing table tennis, watching animation and exploring new restaurants.

Karin Ludwig, MD

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Yarden Bornovski, MD

Alumni/Program Graduates

2019-2020

Vaibhav Goswami, MD 
Manipal University

Vaibhav was born in India and grew up in Alberta, Canada. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Manipal University. During the course of his residency he has published over 10 poster abstracts. Prior to residency he had his own web-solutions company and he now continues to keep his passion alive by indulging in healthcare technology and finding ways to innovate hospital logistics and processes. In his spare time he enjoys traveling. Vaibhav’s interest in Neurology includes interventional neurology, vascular neurology and healthcare technology. Vaibhav has also worked with TED-Ed to develop a video on stroke education
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – 2019

Kavneet Kaur, MD 
MGM Medical College India

Kavneet was born and raised in Punjab, India. She speaks Punjabi and Hindi. Kavneet received third year honors and graduated Cum Laude in medical school. Kavneet is currently working on her M.P.H. in Health Care Policy and Management at New York Medical College. During the course of her residency training, she has published 7 poster abstracts to AAN/AANEM/ANA. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, music and spending time with family. Fellowship: Vascular Neurology at North Shore University Hospital – 2019

Rafia Shafqat, MD PGYIIV
St. Georges University

Rafia was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and raised in Toronto, Canada. She speaks Urdu and Punjabi. She completed Bachelors of Science in Biology in Ryerson University, Canada. During the course of her residency training, she has published 2 poster abstracts and currently working on a clinical trial in movement disorder. Hobbies include reading (and re-reading Harry Potter), cooking, baking and yoga. Interests in Neurology include pursuing Headache and Facial Pain fellowship.
Fellowship: Headache Medicine and Facial Pain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – 2019

Sania Atta, MD
Ayub Medical College (AMC)

Sania was born and raised in Pakistan. She is fluent in Pashto & Urdu. Her hobbies include sketching, painting, traveling, movies, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. Sania’s interests in Neurology include Neurophysiology.

Scott Wolf, DO 
Western University COMP-NW

Scott was raised in Ogden, Utah. He did his undergrad in Microbiology. His hobbies are traveling, music, running, art, music, friends, family, good conversation, and anything fun really. Scott’s interests in Neurology include Stroke and Headaches.

Ervis Xhihani, MD 
New York Medical College

Ervis was born in Elbasan, Albania and was raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is fluent in Albanian. He completed his undergrad in University of Connecticut. His hobbies include cooking, fantasy football, listening to podcasts and running. Ervis’s interests in Neurology include Neurocritical care and Stroke.

Graduation Fellowship/Private Practice

Year

2021 Sleep Medicine Einstein Montefiore, Bronx, NY

2021 Neuo Critical Care Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

2021 Neuro Critical Care Duke University Durham, NC

2020 Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG) Colombia, NY

2020 Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG) Stony Brook, NY

2018 Vascular Neurology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC

2018 Neurologist, Memorial Hospital of Sweet Water Country, Rock Springs, Wyoming

2018 Neurohospitalist, Hudson Valley Hospital – New York Presbyterian

2017 EEG/Epilepsy, North well (LIJMC), Manhasset. NY

2017 Neurocritical Care, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

2017 Neurocritical Care, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

2016 Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

2016 Vascular Neurology Fellowship, USC, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Neuro Hospitalist, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC

2015 Sports Medicine,  Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Vascular Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Private Practice, Queens, New York 

2014 Neuro Critical Care, Wayne State Medical Center, Detroit, MI

2014 Neuro-Rehabilitation, Burke Rehabilitation, White Plains, NY

2014 Vascular Neurology, Westchester Medical Center 

2013 Vascular Neurology at UMASS - Worcester

2013 Clinical Neurophysiology - SUNY Downstate Medical Center

2013 Neuro Critical Care - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

2012 Clinical Neurophysiology - NYU/Hospital for Special Surgery

2012 Clinical Neurophysiology - Mt. Sinai, NY, NY

2012 Clinical Neurophysiology -  Georgetown University Hospital

2011 Headache - University of South Florida

2011 Vascular Neurology - NYMC/WCMC

2011 Vascular Neurology - NYMC/WCMC

2010 Private Practice

2010 Private Practice

2010 Movement Disorders - Boston University Medical Center; Sleep Medicine Boston University Medical Center 

2009 Clinical Neurophysiology - University of Texas

2009 Private Practice

2009 Pain Management - New York University  Hospital

2008 EEG/Epilepsy - Long Island Jewish Medical Center

2008 Sleep Medicine - University of Missouri at Kansas City

2008 Clinical Neurophysiology - Georgia Health Sciences University 

2007 Headache - Montefiore Medical Center

2007 Vascular Neurology - UMDMJ

2007 Neuro Oncology Memorial Sloan Kettering  

2006 Vascular Neurology - Mt. Sinai, NY, NY

2006 Neurocritical Care at UCLA Medical Center

2006 Clinical Neurophysiology -  Jacobs Neurological Institute SUNY Buffalo; Sleep Medicine - Winthrop University Medical Center

2005 Clinical Neurophysiology - Long Island Jewish Medical Center

2005 Clinical Neurophysiology -  Jacobs Neurological InstituteSUNY Buffalo

2005 Clinical Neurophysiology - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

 


Clinical Research and Education

Research is an integral part of the mission of the department of Neurology. Excellence in clinical care is interwoven with advances in education and clinical research. As an academic medical center, our affiliation with New York Medical College, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the country, has uniquely positioned us to become premier educational and research sites for our Neurology residency and fellowship training.


Although research has always been of paramount importance to the department, the recent addition of research oriented faculty have expanded the opportunities residents have to work on projects related to cerebrovascular disease, neurocritical care, epilepsy, headache, neuroimmunology and many other areas. Through a systematic curriculum focused on biostatistics and research design, our trainees learn the critical skills required to pursue increasingly sophisticated research projects. According to their interests, residents are matched with collaborating research mentors. Our residents meet quarterly with their research mentors who help them get started on projects in their areas of interest and are available to assist. 

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Our Faculty

We have a well-qualified experienced core faculty of 9 adult and 3 pediatric full time neurologists. The size of the Department is conducive to close supervision and training of the Residents by the faculty.

  • Board certified
  • Represents all subspecialties of Neurology
  • Active in clinical practice and research

Brij M. Singh Ahluwalia, MD
Director, Department of Neurology
Chief, Cerebrovascular Disease Section
Attending Neurologist
Westchester Medical Center
Chairman
Professor of Neurology
New York Medical College

Venkat Ramani, MD
Chief, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and Epilepsy Section
Attending Neurologist
Westchester Medical Center
Professor of Neurology
Residency Program Director
New York Medical College

Fawaz Al-Mufti, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Attending, Neuro Critical Care, Neuroendovascular 
Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery and Neurology Research
Associate Program Director Neurology Residency Program
Associate Program Director Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship

Stephen Marks, MD
Co-Chief, Cerebrovascular Disease Section
Attending Neurologist
Westchester Medical Center
Professor of Neurology
New York Medical College

Robert Fekete, MD
Assistant Professor and Student Clerkship Director for Neurology
Attending Neurologist
New York Medical College

Jin Li, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Section Chief, Neuromuscular Disease 
Attending Neurologist
Westchester Medical Center
Associate Professor of Neurology
New York Medical College

Shyla Kodi, MD
Attending Professor
Attending Neurologist (Epilepsy Section) 
Westchester Medical Center
New York Medical College

Ramandeep Sahni, MD
Director, Stroke Program and Vascular Neurology Fellowship
Attending Physician
Westchester Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor
New York Medical College

Anila Thomas, MD
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Neurology
New York Medical College

Stephan Mayer, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurological Services

Christeena Kurian, MD
Assistant Professor 
Attending Neurologist (Stroke Section)

Gurmeen Kaur, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Attending, Stroke and Neurocritical Care
Director of Education Neurology Residency Program


How to Apply

Interviews and Resident Selection
We begin downloading applications from ERAS as soon as they are available. Residents will be notified in October if they have been selected for an interview. Virtual Interviews are conducted on Wednesdays in November, December and the first week of January. 

Match Information

All residents must register with ERAS and the NRMP. ERAS can be reached at 202.828.0413. Visit the ERAS website to get started. All applications must be submitted through ERAS to be considered.

Vacancies
We are currently accepting ERAS applications for three PGY 1 positions for July through the Main NRMP ERAS Match Program.


Selection Criteria

• USMLE Scores above 220 in Step 1 & 2 (1st attempt pass)
• Graduation from Medical School maximum of 5 years
• US citizen, permanent resident, J1 or H1 visas
• Strong motivation and commitment to Neurology as evidenced by:
– Background/education
– Personal statement
– Letters of recommendation
– Scholarly activities
– Communication skills

Interviews for the 2020-2021 cycle will be held virtually.


Contact Us

Residency Contacts

Nadia Tilden-Dassler
Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 914.594.2205
nadia.tilden-dassler@wmchealth.org

Laurel Kossow
Department Administrator 
Phone: 914.493.1533
Laurel_Kossow@nymc.edu

Sharon Jacob
Department Coordinator
Phone: 914.594.2203
sharon.jacob@wmchealth.org

Department Social Media Accounts

Instagram: @neurologynymc
Twitter: @neurologynymc