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

Each of the 13 blocks each year consists of 2 separate 2-week rotations.

PGY1: All residents who match into our program also receive a preliminary intern year in internal medicine at VCU. We have worked closely with our IM colleagues to craft an intern year that gives a strong foundation in medicine with rotations of particular relevance to future neurologists (including palliative care, hematology/oncology, and Neuroscience ICU experiences), as well as begins to prepare our preliminary residents for their neurology years. Preliminary residents rotate through the Neuroscience ICU and Stroke consult team, and also have a 2 week “neurology boot camp” block at the end of their intern year (launching in June 2021). Please see click here for more details on the preliminary year and a sample schedule.

PGY2: The goal of our PGY-2 year is to acclimate our residents to the care of acute neurologic conditions in the inpatient setting, while also giving them ample outpatient and elective experiences early in their training. This combination allows our residents to start their training with a well-rounded knowledge of neurology, while helping allowing them to begin exploring their specific interests. Roughly half their year is spent on inpatient services (Wards, Consults, Day float, Night float, and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center consult team).  The other half is spent on electives and outpatient rotations (including EMG, EEG, movement disorders, and neuro-ophthalmology). 

PGY-3 and PGY-4:  Our residents continue to develop graduated leadership responsibilities during these years, with PGY-3 residents taking on senior roles by the second half of the year.  Residents continue to have ample elective and outpatient time in addition to their roles as inpatient team leaders, and also incorporate time in child neurology, psychiatry, and Neuroscience ICU.

 

Residents rotate through the following:

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 
  • Grand rounds 
  • Subspecialty conferences in neurovascular, neuromuscular, epilepsy, movement disorders, and quality improvement.  
  • Updates in the field of neurology
  • The business of neurology  
  • The ethics of neurology 

Conferences often include lunch for attendees.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Department of Neurology Residency program.

Coronda Lee, Medical Education Team Lead

Coronda Lee grew up in Virginia in the Hampton Roads area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014 from St. Leo University and her Masters in Program Management in 2018 from Colorado State University. Previously, Coronda served as a Program Coordinator at the University of Iowa in the Department of Neurology. She is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience to contribute to the strong education programs here at VCU.

If you have any questions about the Neurology Residency Program, please see Coronda's contact information below:

Coronda Lee, Medical Education Team Lead
Email: Coronda.Lee@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804)828-9583

 

As Chief Residents, we want to welcome you to VCU Neurology! We are proud of the training we received here and want to highlight our experiences in this program. The biggest strength at VCU is the people you work with. You will build lifelong relationships with both your co-residents and your faculty members. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among residents, and there is an emphasis on residents-as-teachers, with senior residents taking an active interest in training the juniors. As a residents in a categorical program, we complete our intern year with VCU Internal Medicine. This helps to build a ​well-rounded base of knowledge in general medicine and helps to foster relationships with others in the hospital.  We are fortunate to have faculty members from most every subspecialty of Neurology at VCU, and they are always willing to teach and mentor us, both formally and informally. This leads to a very collegial environment and as residents we have no reservations reaching out for even the smallest questions. We have had a rich clinical experience here, being exposed to the acute and chronic management of neurological diseases ​in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and experience with managing both common and uncommon diseases. If you have any questions regarding our program, VCU, or Richmond in general, please reach out to us!

 

Regards,

 

Adil Niaz, D.O.

Justin Nowell, M.D.

VCU Health System, Department of Neurology Housestaff are listed below

PGY-2

Christopher Bird, MD

Christopher Bird, MD

Starts October 2020 PGY-2

Christopher Bird, MD

Christopher Bird, MD

Starts October 2020 PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Jane Chang, MD

Jane Chang, MD

PGY-2

Jane Chang, MD

Jane Chang, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

PGY-2

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

Junghoon “John” Ha, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Phillip Lee, MD

Phillip Lee, MD

PGY-2

Phillip Lee, MD

Phillip Lee, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Mark Magharious, MD

Mark Magharious, MD

PGY-2

Mark Magharious, MD

Mark Magharious, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Lauren Menzies, MD

Lauren Menzies, MD

PGY-2

Lauren Menzies, MD

Lauren Menzies, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Deep Patel, MD

Deep Patel, MD

PGY-2

Deep Patel, MD

Deep Patel, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

Vivek Patel, MD

Vivek Patel, MD

PGY-2

Vivek Patel, MD

Vivek Patel, MD

PGY-2

Department of Neurology

PGY-3

Christopher Henry, MD

Christopher Henry, MD

Child Neuro PGY-3

Christopher Henry, MD

Christopher Henry, MD

Child Neuro PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Benjamin Alwood, MD

Benjamin Alwood, MD

PGY-3

Benjamin Alwood, MD

Benjamin Alwood, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Matthew Anderson, DO

Matthew Anderson, DO

PGY-3

Matthew Anderson, DO

Matthew Anderson, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

PGY-3

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

Stephen “Zach” Cox, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Erik Haley, MD

Erik Haley, MD

PGY-3

Erik Haley, MD

Erik Haley, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Usaamah Khan, MD

Usaamah Khan, MD

PGY-3

Usaamah Khan, MD

Usaamah Khan, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Teryn Nogles, MD

Teryn Nogles, MD

PGY-3

Teryn Nogles, MD

Teryn Nogles, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Anton Ostashko, MD

Anton Ostashko, MD

PGY-3

Anton Ostashko, MD

Anton Ostashko, MD

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

Hiral Padia, DO

Hiral Padia, DO

PGY-3

Hiral Padia, DO

Hiral Padia, DO

PGY-3

Department of Neurology

PGY-4

Neil Bhathela, DO

Neil Bhathela, DO

PGY-4

Neil Bhathela, DO

Neil Bhathela, DO

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Alex Dworetz, DO

Alex Dworetz, DO

PGY-4

Alex Dworetz, DO

Alex Dworetz, DO

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Christina Graley, MD

Christina Graley, MD

PGY-4

Christina Graley, MD

Christina Graley, MD

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

PGY-4

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

Mejgan Mukhtarzada, DO

PGY-4

Department of Neurology

Adil Niaz, DO

Adil Niaz, DO

PGY-4; Chief

Adil Niaz, DO

Adil Niaz, DO

PGY-4; Chief

Department of Neurology

Justin Nowell, MD

Justin Nowell, MD

PGY-4; Chief

Justin Nowell, MD

Justin Nowell, MD

PGY-4; Chief

Department of Neurology