The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program at UC Davis is to prepare residents for the independent practice of clinical neurology. The program provides broad exposure to patient care across the age spectrum in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings.

The UC Davis Department of Neurology is a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research in neurological disorders, particularly in epilepsy, dementia, neuro-immunology, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, and stroke. Graduates of the residency training program are well-prepared to enter clinical practice or to continue training in a subspecialty or neuroscience fellowship.

To learn more about our post-graduate training programs, please see the Neurology Residency Training Program and Neurology Fellowships pages.  And please take some time to visit us on Facebook at our UC Davis Neurology Residency and Fellowship Programs page.

CHIEF RESIDENTS

David Bissig, M.D., Ph.D.

An Ohio native, Dr. Bissig earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Wayne State University of School of Medicine and his B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Michigan at Anne Arbor. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In his spare time he enjoys biking and snowboarding, and he is also a fine artist whose prefers painting in oils.

He may be contacted at dbissig@ucdavis.edu.

 

Zuolu Liu, M.D.

Originally from Chongqing, China, Dr. Liu earned her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and her B.A. in Biology and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship in Internal Medicine at UC Davis. She is fluent in Chinese as well as English and her interests include traveling, biking, kayaking, visiting historical places, and the formal Japanese tea ceremony known as the Way of Tea.

She may be contacted at zluliu@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 4

Cherisse Bent-Mwero, M.D.

Dr. Bent-Mwero grew up in a small town in Florida and took time off as an undergraduate to teach on a small island in Micronesia. She completed her B.S. in Psychology and Psychobiology at La Sierra University and earned her M.D. at Loma Linda University, where she also completed her Internal Medicine Internship. Dr. Bent-Mwero enjoys travel, recreating Jamaican and Tanzanian recipes, baking, gospel choir, and mentoring pre-professional students.

She may be contacted at cmwero@ucdavis.edu.

 

Peter Pan, M.D.

Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Pan earned his B.A. in Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, where he began his research career under the mentorship of Nobel Laureate Donald A. Glaser. He earned his M.D. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. Dr. Pan is also a software developer and his hobbies include computer programming, running, and traveling in his spare time.

He may be contacted at pcpan@ucdavis.edu.

 

Arkady Yusupov, M.D., M.B.A.

Born in Uzbekistan, Dr. Yusupov grew up in Queens, NY. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY, his M.B.A. at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, and his M.D. at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at the Westchester Medical Center of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Dr. Yusupov enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

He may be contacted at ayusupov@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 3

Doris Chen, M.D.

Originally from China, Dr. Chen became interested in the relationship between the brain and mind as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience. After earning her M.D. at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, she completed her Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. Her interests include quality of life issues for neurology patients and cognitive research, and in her spare time she enjoys literature and Taiko (Japanese drumming).

She may be contacted at dschen@ucdavis.edu.

 

James Dompor, D.O.

A native Californian, Dr. Dompor earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Irvine, where neuroscience coursework and witnessing successful treatment of neurological disorders decided him on a medical career in Neurology. He earned his D.O. at A.T. Still University in Missouri and completed his internship with the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Arizona. His other interests include travel, singing and playing guitar, reading, and playing a variety of sports.

He may be reached at jdompor@ucdavis.edu.

 

Tyrell Simkins, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Simkins grew up in Utah, earned his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Boise State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology and his D.O. at Michigan State University. He completed his internship at UC Davis, and is particularly interested in translational research to bring new treatments for neurological disorders from the lab to the clinic. A devoted father, Dr. Simkins also enjoys CrossFit training, music, and alpine sports.

He may be contacted at tsimkins@ucdavis.edu.

 

Simrit Sodhi, M.D.

Originally from India, Dr. Sodhi earned her first B.S. in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at the Sancheti Institute in Pune, India. She earned a second B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa, where she went on to earn her M.D. at the Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Sodhi completed her internship at UC Davis, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking an expanding repertoire of international cuisine, as well as running, biking, reading, and traveling.

She may be contacted at sksodhi@ucdavis.edu.

 

Sandeep Walia, M.D.

Dr. Walia grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned his B.S. in Physiological Sciences at UCLA. He earned his M.D. at Georgetown University, where his experience with Neurology patients reinforced an interest already kindled by a previous research internship at UCSF. He also completed his internship at Georgetown. Dr. Walia is also a musician who performs on the Dhol, a traditional drum of Northern India, as well as a Bhangra dancer and choreographer.

He may be contacted at swalia@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 2

Tiffany Green, M.D.

Western University of Health Sciences / College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

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She may be contacted at thgreen@ucdavis.edu.

 

Kristina Hart, D.O.

Western University of Health Sciences / College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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She may be contacted at kmhart@ucdavis.edu

 

Wentao Li, M.D.

Dr. Li grew up in Shanghai, where his interest in medicine was fostered by his grandfather, a retired army physician and pathologist.  He studied neuroscience at UC Berkeley and obtained his M.D. from University of Illinois, Chicago.  His current area of interest is cognitive and behavioral neurology; particularly executive dysfunction and cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injuries.  He is happily married, and his hobbies include painting, cooking, gardening, martial arts, and science fiction and historical novels.

He may be reached at wntli@ucdavis.edu.

 

Kate Robertson, M.D.

Kate grew up in Auburn, AL but spent several years in Ohio and New York along the way. She began her undergrad career as a music major with a full scholarship at Columbus State University for trumpet performance. With time, she found that her career interest was in psychology and neuroscience and transferred to the University of Georgia for research opportunities in the field of psychology. It was there that she decided to pursue medicine. After graduating, she completed a one year Post-Bac Pre-Med program at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta Ga and then attended medical school at Mercer School of Medicine in Macon, GA. 

She and her husband, Tristan, wanted to move to northern California to be closer to his family so she was glad that she had a great interview experience resulting in the opportunity to come to UC Davis for Neurology residency. She continues to be passionate about music so she plans to find a way to incorporate music into her interest in epilepsy. She has a dog named Argos and enjoys traveling the coast and hiking with her husband. Her other interest include yoga, meditation, and rock climbing. 

She may be contacted at kspate@ucdavis.edu.

 

Victor Saunders, M.D.

Having lived in almost most parts of the U.S. , Dr. Saunders is thrilled to now call California home. He first came to California for his undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology, with an emphasis on Human and Environmental Health. His interest in neurology started during his 3rd year at Northwestern Medical School and has research interest in optimization of medication utilization. He is part of the first class of categorical neurology at UC Davis and completed his intern year there. In his free time he likes to hike, try local restaurants and visit home to play with his dog. 

He may be contacted at vfsaunders@ucdavis.edu.


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