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.

UC Davis Neurology Residents



Dr. Jessica Danison
Jessica Danison,

Dr. Danison currently serves as the department’s Epilepsy Fellow, pursuing advanced training in epilepsy after two years of practice as a general neurologist at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, VA. She earned her B.A. in Neuroscience at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, followed by her D.O. at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She completed her internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she subsequently served as Chief Resident in Neurology.

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Dr. Pasha Ansari
Mustafa Ansari,

A native Texan, Dr. Ansari earned his M.D. from the University of Texas School of Medicine after receiving his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from U.C. Davis. In his first year of neurology residency, he is particularly interested in neurocritical care. A dedicated NBA fan, he also enjoys playing basketball, hiking, distance running, and standup comedy. 

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Dr. Katherine Park
Katherine Park,

Dr. Park grew up in Washington state and earned her bachelor's degree in Neurobiology at the University of Washington before studying medicine at Loma Linda University and earning her M.D. She has traveled throughout Asia and much of Europe, taught English in Korea, and she enjoys cooking Korean food, baking, drawing, and watching musicals.

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Dr. Gabriel Moreno
Gabriel Moreno,

Dr. Moreno was born and raised in Michigan, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned his M.S. in Exercise Biology at Wright State in Ohio and his M.D. at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He also practices Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, and he loves to travel when time allows.

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Dr. Dionne Swor
Dionne Swor,

Dr. Swor grew up in a small town in Michigan before earning her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.A. in Biotechnology at Columbia University, where she also enjoyed a career as a neuroscience researcher before her growing interest in medicine led her to the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York, where she earned her D.O. Her other interests include music, art, weight training, and yoga.

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Dr. David Bissig
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 snowboarding and biking and he is also a fine artist whose preferred medium is painting in oils.

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Dr. Zuolo Liu
Zuolo Liu,

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 Internship in Internal Medicine at the UD Davis Medical Center. She is fluent in Chinese as well as English and her other interests include traveling, biking, kayaking, visiting historical places, and the Way of Tea -- the formal Japanese tea ceremony.


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Dr. Cherisse Bent-Mwero
Cherisse Bent-Mwero,

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

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Dr. Peter Pan
Peter Pan,

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 Dr. 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 Medical Center. Dr. Pan has worked as a software developer and his hobbies include computer programming, running, and traveling in his spare time.

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

Born in Uzbekistan, Dr. Yusupov grew up in Queens, NY, and 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. In his free time, Dr. Yusupov enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities that keep him in touch with nature..

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Dr. Doris Chen
Doris Chen,

Originally from China, Dr. Chen discovered a deep interest in the relationship between the brain and mind as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where she majored in cognitive neuroscience. After earning her B.A., she went on to earn her M.D. at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas and then to complete her internal medicine internship at UC Davis. She is particularly interested in quality of life issues for treatment of neurology patients as well as in cognitive research, and in her spare time enjoys literature and Taiko (Japanese drumming).

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Dr. James Dompor
James Dompor,

A native Californian, Dr. Dompor earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Irvine, where neuroscience coursework and his experience witnessing the benefits of proper treatment for neurological disorders combined to cement his desire for a career in neurological medicine. He earned his D.O. at A.T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO, and completed his internship with the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, AZ. In his spare time he enjoys travel, singing and playing guitar, reading, and participating in a variety of sports.


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

Dr. Simkins grew up in northern Utah and earned his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Boise State University in Idaho. He then entered a joint degree program at Michigan State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology and his D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by completion of his internship at UC Davis. His career goal is to become a physician-scientist focusing on translational research to bring new treatments for neurological disorders from the lab to the clinic. He is also a devoted father and CrossFit competitor and enjoys music and alpine sports.

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Dr. Simrit Sodhi
Simrit Sodhi,

Originally from India, Dr. Sodhi earned her B.S. in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at the Sancheti Institute in Pune, India, before coming to the U.S. and earning her second B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa. She went on to earn her M.D. at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where her experiences during Neurology rotation inspired her to specialize in Neurology. 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.

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Dr. Sandeep Walia
Sandeep Walia,

Dr. Walia grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned his B.S. in Physiological Sciences at UCLA. While earning his M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine, his experience during rotation on Neurology wards reinforced an interest already sparked by a research internship at UCSF investigating the role of pathogenic B cells in multiple sclerosis. He completed his internship at Georgetown. Dr. Walia is also a classically trained musician who performs on the Dhol, a traditional drum of Northern India, as well as a choreographer and dancer for a Bhagra team that performs and competes nationally and internationally.

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