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.

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.

 

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

Dr. Simkins was born in Utah, but has lived across the country. He earned his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Boise State University. He moved east to Michigan State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology and his medical degree. He completed his internship with the UC Davis Internal Medicine Dept and is currently in his 4th year of Neurology residency where he was elected to Chief Resident. He has a particular interest in Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis, which he will continue to pursue during fellowship at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, OR beginning in 2019. During fellowship he will continue to participate in clinical treatment of neuroimmunologic disease, but also engage in translational research intended to bring new treatments for these disorders from the lab to the clinic. A devoted father, Dr. Simkins also enjoys athletic training, music, the outdoors, and wood building.

He may be contacted at tsimkins@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 sparked his interest toward a 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, sampling various cuisines, singing and playing guitar, reading, gym, and playing a variety of sports

He may be reached at jdompor@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.

 

Tiffany Green, M.D.

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina
She may be contacted at thgreen@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Kristina Hart, D.O.

Born and raised in small town Colorado, Dr. Hart developed an interest in neurology at young age due to personal life exposures and further cultivated this as she obtain her B.S. in psychology with a neuropsychology focus at CU Denver. She then moved to small town Oregon where she obtained her D.O. degree at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest. She completed her intern year at UC Davis. She is interested in serving underserved areas as a general neurologist after completing residency. In her free time she enjoys local and international travel, hiking, visiting the coast, spending time with her husband, and playing with her 3 dogs.

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 have now 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/bakeries, and visit home to play with his dog.

He may be contacted at vfsaunders@ucdavis.edu.

 

Busola Adesina, M.D.

University of Wisconson School of Medicine
She may be contacted at aadesina@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Alex Carlin, D.O.

Dr. Carlin grew up in the East Bay Area and attended UC Davis as an undergraduate, where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, COMP, where he became interested in neuroscience. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis before continuing on to his Neurology residency. In his free time he enjoys travel, music, and spending time with family and friends.

He may be contacted at alcarlin@ucdavis.edu.

 

Shaan Ludder, D.O.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
He may be contacted at ssludder@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Leslie Markun, M.D.

A California native, Dr. Markun earned her BA and MSc from Johns Hopkins University. She developed an interest in neurology and began her research career under the guidance of Dr. Ostrem at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Markun earned her MD from Central Michigan University and most recently completed her Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. She is committed to caring for patients with neurological disease through the development of innovative treatments and improved access to care.

She may be reached at lmarkun@ucdavis.edu.

 

Miguel Ruvalcaba, M.D.

University of California Davis School of Medicine
He may be contacted at mruvalcaba@ucdavis.edu.

Beatrice Akers, D.O.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
She may be contacted at bakers@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Christopher Campos, D.O.

Dr. Campos was born and raised near the ocean in South Florida where he spent his summers teaching children how to swim. He became interested in medicine after realizing the importance of public health and disease prevention during his college years at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He then earned a BS in Biomedical Sciences while running the university's aquatics department at the Recreation and Wellness Center. He attended medical school at Rocky Vista University in Colorado but set his sights on Sacramento to be close to both the mountains and the ocean. He decided to enter Neurology early in his 3rd year while seeing patients with Parkinson's Disease on his Neurology rotation. While not at work he spends most of his free time cooking and baking for his friends and family

He may be contacted at cjcampos@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Michael Chang, D.O.

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Dr. Chang received his B.S. in Accounting at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After a year of working as a patient advocate through the AmeriCorps program in North Philadelphia, he returned to Long Island to attend the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his D.O. degree. During medical school, he discovered his passion for the neurosciences and decided that he wanted to begin his neurology training in California. His current area of interest include epilepsy. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, watching basketball, and playing board games.

He may be reached at mimchang@ucdavis.edu

 

Manveer Dilts-Garcha, M.D.

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
He may be reached at mdgarcha@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Meghan Krowicki, D.O.

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
She may be contacted at mkrowicki@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Hemali Patel, D.O.

Dr. Hemali Patel was born in England, UK, where she spent the greater part of her life. She and her family emigrated in 2007 to Florida, where she obtained degrees in Neuroscience & Behavior, and Psychology. For medical school, she attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this (very early!) point in her neurology career, she has interests in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology. Her dream career includes teaching a medical school neurology course as well as residents. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and exploring all of the natural beauty and liveliness that California has to offer!

She may be contacted at hpat@ucdavis.edu


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