Position Post-Residency

Class of 2023

Akhil Shivaprasad, MD Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship, Duke University
Himanshu A. Patel, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Maryland
Syed A. Gillani, MD Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology, Univ. of Missouri
Sanaa A. Karim, DO Pain Fellowship, Oklahoma University
Danish Kherani, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, UT Houston
Tony J. Zhang, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Houston Methodist

Class of 2022

Meryim Poursheykhi, MD Neurohospitalist, Vanderbilt
Andy Lin, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
Melody Badii, MD Neuromuscular Fellowship, UC Irvine
Abdulmunaim Eid, MD Neuroimaging Fellowship, Houston Methodist
Ahmed Khalafalla, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Houston Methodist
Nishath Naseem, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic

Class of 2021

Shruti Agashe, MD  Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Mayo
Harsh Patel, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Emory
Destiny Hooper, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Cincinnati
Vindhya Koneru, MD Movement Disorder Fellowship, Houston Methodist
Ilya Dubovoy, MD Private Practice, Williamsburg

Class of 2020

Hina Aslam, MD Private practice
Jillian Heisler, MD, PhD Private practice, Houston Methodist
Rajeel Imran, MD Stroke Fellowship, Emory University
Jon Toledo, MD Movement Disorder Fellowship, University of Florida

Class of 2019

Keerthana Akkineni, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
Chih-Chun Lin, MD, PhD Movement Disorder Fellowship, Columbia University
Shyam Panchal, MD Stroke Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Kishan Patel, MD Stroke Fellowship, Emory University

Class of 2018

Mahnaz Entezaralmahdi, MD Pain Fellowship, University of Southern California
JaMÍs MonÉt Jackson, MD Transition Fellowship, Pediatrics to Adult Neurology, UT Houston
Nicholas Rome, MD Private Practice, New Orleans
Crystal J. Yeo, MD, PhD Neuromuscular Fellowship, Harvard Medical School

Class of 2017

Alireza Faridar, MD Neuroimaging Fellowship, Houston Methodist 
Eva Mistry, MD Vascular Neurology, University of Cincinnati
Haseeb Rahman, MD Vascular Neurology, Emory University

Class of 2016

Rajan Gadhia, MD Vascular Neurology Fellowship,  Harvard Medical School
M. Obadah Nakawah, MD Neuroimaging Fellowship, Houston Methodist

Class of 2015
John Eatman, MD Neuromuscular Fellowship, Houston Methodist
Umair Saeed, MD Stroke and Neurocritical Care Fellowship, UT Houston
Stacy V. Smith, MD Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship, Houston Methodist 
Headache Medicine Fellowship, UT Southwestern
Jason Thonhoff, MD, PhD Neuromuscular Fellowship, Houston Methodist 

Class of 2014
Hristelina Ilieva, MD Neuromuscular Fellowship, Johns Hopkins
Sepideh Mokhtari, MD Neuro-oncology Fellowship, MSK Cancer Center
Brooke McQueen, MD Neurophysiology Fellowship, Houston Methodist 

Class of 2013
Xuan Wu, MD Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

Class of 2012
Kathleen Alfuth, DO Private Practice, Dallas
Ashkan Mowla, MD Vascular Neurology & Stroke, University of Michigan
Usha Thapalia, MD Epilepsy/EEG, Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2011
Mohammad Al Baeer, MD Neurophysiology Fellowship, Houston Methodist 

Class of 2009
Snehi Sehgal-Kapur, MD Neurophysiology Fellowship, The State University of New York

From Our Graduates


"I wanted to share some news that you may have heard about already from Vicky. I accepted a neurohospitalist/inpatient epilepsy position at Vanderbilt. They asked me during my interview if I could handle a busy inpatient service. I thought back to our own teaching service and how busy we were but still learned to lead a team efficiently. That training was invaluable and though slightly intimidated, I feel surprisingly well prepared for this next step. Warm regards." Keerthana Akkineni, MD


"I am humbled and delighted to inform you that I am starting my first job as an assistant professor at the University of Florida Jacksonville NeuroICU next week. Thank you for the excellent education, training, and guidance in building my career. Please remember me in your prayers." Umair Saeed, MD

"Those billing and coding lectures were SO helpful.  One suggestion I have though is to do one on billing for common procedures like EMG and EEG. I hope everything is going well, I miss working with all of you!" Nicholas Rome, MD


"I hope all is well.  I just wanted to share a recent patient that I saw that my training at Methodist was critical in my ability to diagnosis and give her family answers. The training at Methodist 1) allowed me to learn pattern recognition in neuromuscular disease, 2) taught me to trust my exam over others’, 3) taught me EMG skills (even if this was the most trying part of the fellowship; it was worth it), and 4) completing the fellowship there made me a more confident clinician. Thank you for the all you did for me during fellowship.  As I have said before, you all do amazing work." Lamar Davis, MD


"I have been away for not even a month and I could not help but write an email.  I have settled in Cincinnati and absolutely love working here. I feel like I am in the Mecca for stroke research and opportunities seem to be endless. You helped me make the right decision. I have been involved in patient care here and my peers and faculty think that I was trained very well. I simply wanted to say Thank You, for all that you have done! Please do share my gratitude with the faculty at Methodist. I miss you all!" Eva Mistry, MD

" I am really honored and humbled to be trained at Houston Methodist with you all. The strong foundation during my residency has certainly helped me in my future career. I passed by vascular neurology (Stroke) boards last year and currently in my last year of neuro-critical care fellowship." Umair Saeed, MD


"I was thinking about Methodist today. I saw a patient with a tauopathy stare and another with hammertoes and high arches. It made me glad that I trained at a program that emphasized learning physical exam well and not just ordering tests. A few of my patients here are challenging, but I learned from you Dr. Simpson (as well as Dr. Appel and Dr. Smith) that any case no matter how difficult can be teased apart, analyzed and figured out with enough time and effort. This gives me comfort even when confronted with the most complicated problems. I hope everything is well at Methodist. I hope we can catch up soon, I am really curious how my patients are doing." John Eatman, MD

"I am thankful for my year in Houston. It has given me a different perspective on medicine and on how I choose to practice it. Before, I had no desire to be remotely involved in research; now I have a great interest in it. I have one patient that I am trying to get included in a trial for COL6 patients (I must thank Hristelina for her assistance in getting in contact with the lead investigator), and I may be a part of a treatment trial with kids with DMD (although, it appears that rank will be pulled on me and a more senior person may take the lead). Dr. Veda is teaching me to do muscle biopsies. I must honestly say that I hear Dr. Pleitez's voice each time; I don't say that in a negative fashion. Her standards on closing are something that I now appreciate. Again, I hope all is well. I really enjoyed my year at Methodist. It challenged me and made me a better doctor.  Please tell everyone I said hello." Lamar Davis, MD

"I am really loving it here in New York!!! The fellowship program is amazing, so many opportunities to grow as a clinician and a researcher. I really think your training in Methodist is paying off now. I am forever grateful for all the teaching and mentoring you have given me. I will keep you posted with my progress here. I just can't get enough of the city. I will be coming to Houston for a visit after Christmas. I would love to meet you and give you a big hug before I go back. Thanks for everything" Sepideh Mokhtari, MD

"I started my new job yesterday, received a badge as assistant professor, and was assigned a nice office on the 18th floor of Smith Tower. How lucky I am. But I also felt scared. I will start to work independently. I keep encouraging myself that I will treat the patients the way you do, work the way you do. I was trained by the best teachers; I have the best examples to follow. I should be fine. Best Regards" Xuan Wu, MD

"I really feel comfortable handling neurological and stroke patients independently and also teaching medical students and residents. Gil Wolfe, MD, my chairman, got a very good feedback from the residents about how I am doing only after being here for 2 months.
I owe you a lot for training me. Just wanted to say THANK YOU!" Ashkan Mowla, MD