Overview

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at VCU School of Medicine’s residency program!

I am delighted that you’re pursuing a career in neurology, a fascinating and dynamic field currently undergoing an incredible period of growth and discovery.

Our residency program provides world-class clinical training in a supportive and collegial environment, while ensuring our graduates obtain the skills they need to become leaders and pioneers in the field of neurology. 

You can expect a comprehensive education in the diagnosis and management of common and rare neurological diseases in a diverse patient population. Skilled clinicians, researchers and educators who are deeply invested in your educational development and success will provide guidance and mentorship throughout your time at VCU. 

Our program is designed with flexibility, and we encourage you to pursue educational opportunities and personal growth outside of your core clinical training. This gives you the chance to explore interests you may have in areas such as subspecialty care, research, education and international medicine.  

Just as this is an exciting time to be a neurologist, it’s an especially exciting time to be at VCU. Our department is experiencing a period of growth and development, allowing even more opportunities for our residents as they pursue careers in neurology. We're actively expanding our already robust complement of subspecialists and the residency program has grown to include eight residents. I’m excited for you to contribute your own passions, interests and talents to the growing department and leave your mark on the residency program.

Warmly,

Jon Snider, MD 
Director, Neurology Residency Program  
Department of Neurology

Message from the Director

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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at VCU School of Medicine’s residency program! I am delighted that you’re pursuing a career in neurology, a fascinating and dynamic field currently undergoing an incredible period of growth and discovery.

— Jonathan Snider, MD

Rotations

The Department of Neurology operates on a 13-block rotation schedule.

About half of PGY-2 is spent in inpatient services and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, with 12-week rotations at each. We want our residents to explore areas that interest them — they spend four to six weeks on elective rotations during PGY-3 and are allowed nine weeks of electives during PGY-4.  

 

Residents rotate through the following:

Didactics

Throughout the three-year program, residents take part in a multitude of didactic lectures and conferences facilitated by a combination of residents and faculty with expertise in the topics at hand. Current and upcoming didactic opportunities include:   

  • Journal club 
  • Morning report 
  • Comprehensive subspecialty series exploring the neuroanatomy, neuropathology, clinical presentations and management of a variety of neurological conditions 
  • Weekly updates on recent discoveries in the field 
  • Localization rounds 
  • Grand rounds 
  • Board/Residency In-service Training Examination review series 
  • Conferences in neurovascular, neuromuscular, neuroradiology, neuroanatomy, neuropathology, quality improvement 
  • The business of neurology  
  • The ethics of neurology 

Conferences often include lunch for attendees. Residents also receive additional didactic experiences through individual subspecialty and elective rotations.  

Vacation

Every resident gets 3 weeks of vacation per year, as well as additional time off around either Christmas or New Year’s.

Current Residents

Meet our current residents

VCU Health System, Department of Neurology Housestaff are listed below.

PGY-1

Christopher Bird, MD

Christopher Bird, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Christopher Bird, MD

Christopher Bird, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Jane Chang, MD

Jane Chang, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Jane Chang, MD

Jane Chang, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Phillip Lee, MD

Phillip Lee, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Phillip Lee, MD

Phillip Lee, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Mark Magharious, MD

Mark Magharious, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Mark Magharious, MD

Mark Magharious, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Lauren Menzies, MD

Lauren Menzies, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Lauren Menzies, MD

Lauren Menzies, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Deep Patel, MD

Deep Patel, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Deep Patel, MD

Deep Patel, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Vivek Patel, MD

Vivek Patel, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Vivek Patel, MD

Vivek Patel, MD

PGY-1 - IM

Department of Neurology

Christopher Henry, MD

Christopher Henry, MD

Child Neuro Incoming July 2020

Christopher Henry, MD

Christopher Henry, MD

Child Neuro Incoming July 2020

Department of Neurology

Darina Dinov, DO

Darina Dinov, DO

Child Neuro Incoming July 2021

Darina Dinov, DO

Darina Dinov, DO

Child Neuro Incoming July 2021

Department of Neurology

PGY-2

Benjamin Alwood, MD

Benjamin Alwood, MD

PGY-2

Benjamin Alwood, MD

Benjamin Alwood, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Matthew Anderson, DO

Matthew Anderson, DO

PGY-2

Matthew Anderson, DO

Matthew Anderson, DO

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

PGY-2

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Erik Haley, MD

Erik Haley, MD

PGY-2

Erik Haley, MD

Erik Haley, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Usaamah Khan, MD

Usaamah Khan, MD

PGY-2

Usaamah Khan, MD

Usaamah Khan, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Teryn Nogles, MD

Teryn Nogles, MD

PGY-2

Teryn Nogles, MD

Teryn Nogles, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Anton Ostashko, MD

Anton Ostashko, MD

PGY-2

Anton Ostashko, MD

Anton Ostashko, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Hiral Padia, DO

Hiral Padia, DO

PGY-2

Hiral Padia, DO

Hiral Padia, DO

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

PGY-3

Neil Bhathela, DO

Neil Bhathela, DO

PGY-3

Neil Bhathela, DO

Neil Bhathela, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Alex Dworetz, DO

Alex Dworetz, DO

PGY-3

Alex Dworetz, DO

Alex Dworetz, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Christina Graley, MD

Christina Graley, MD

PGY-3

Christina Graley, MD

Christina Graley, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

PGY-3

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Adil Niaz, DO

Adil Niaz, DO

PGY-3

Adil Niaz, DO

Adil Niaz, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Justin Nowell, MD

Justin Nowell, MD

PGY-3

Justin Nowell, MD

Justin Nowell, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

PGY-4

Rachel Aubert, DO

Rachel Aubert, DO

PGY-4; Chief

Rachel Aubert, DO

Rachel Aubert, DO

PGY-4; Chief

Department of Neurology

Ben Farnsworth, MD

Ben Farnsworth, MD

PGY-4

Ben Farnsworth, MD

Ben Farnsworth, MD

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Juan Pablo Martinez, MD

Juan Pablo Martinez, MD

PGY-4

Juan Pablo Martinez, MD

Juan Pablo Martinez, MD

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Serendipity Zapanta Rinonos, MD, PhD

Serendipity Zapanta Rinonos, MD, PhD

PGY-4

Serendipity Zapanta Rinonos, MD, PhD

Serendipity Zapanta Rinonos, MD, PhD

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Necrisha Roach, MD

Necrisha Roach, MD

PGY-4; Chief

Necrisha Roach, MD

Necrisha Roach, MD

PGY-4; Chief

Department of Neurology

Robert Rodriguez, MD

Robert Rodriguez, MD

PGY-4

Robert Rodriguez, MD

Robert Rodriguez, MD

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

PGY-5

LaTangela Smith, DO

LaTangela Smith, DO

PGY-5; Epilepsy Fellow

LaTangela Smith, DO

LaTangela Smith, DO

PGY-5; Epilepsy Fellow

Department of Neurology

Hiba Alam, MD

Hiba Alam, MD

PGY-5; Vascular Neurology Fellow (until 9/30/2019)

Hiba Alam, MD

Hiba Alam, MD

PGY-5; Vascular Neurology Fellow (until 9/30/2019)

Department of Neurology

Umar Alam, MD, DO

Umar Alam, MD, DO

PGY-5

Umar Alam, MD, DO

Umar Alam, MD, DO

PGY-5

Department of Neurology