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Dr. Chapin Benjamin Chapin, M.D., graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in social and behavioral and research methodology before earning his medical degree from the Roy J. and Lucille Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He played ultimate Frisbee at KU when his team qualified for nationals as one of the top 20 teams in the nation. His other interests include reading science fiction, film/animation, camping, running, basketball, volleyball and disc golf.
Dr. Gerson Trevor Gerson, M.D., is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Creighton University with a major in Ancient Greek, and went on to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. After residency, he will be doing a fellowship in Headache Medicine, and is currently active in the American Headache Society. He enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and their adorable son, Gabriel, taking in all of the family-friendly activities in Kansas City. He also has been an active clown for over 10 years, volunteering at various hospitals and with the Shriners at parades, circuses and other activities benefiting children.
Dr. Kimrey Kathryn Kimrey, D.O., earned her bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She went on to earn her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, World War II history, reading and movies.
Dr. Massey Brenton Massey, D.O., was born in Voorhees, New Jersey, and grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He earned his medical doctorate at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. This year, along with Dr. Gerson, he is serving as a co-chief resident. Following graduation, Dr. Massey will remain at KU Medical Center as an assistant professor of neurology, focusing his efforts on the care of hospitalized neurology patients and the education of medical students.

He enjoys cycling, jazz music, playing guitar and watching Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball.  Contact him at
Dr. Mingbunjerdsuk Prompan Mingbunjerdsuk, M.D., came to the KU Neurology residency program from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests include cooking, reading, badminton, swimming and tennis. Contact her at
Dr. Sikowski Mark-Victor Siwoski, M.D., is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended the University of British Columbia for his undergraduate degree in Biology. He went on to study medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He is interested in neuromuscular disorders, neurophysiology and neuro-immunology. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, rock climbing and weight lifting. Contact him at
Dr. Wachter Nathan Wachter, M.D., is from Carterville, Ill. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for undergraduate studies before going to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill. He is interested in movement disorders. He comes to Kansas City with his wife who is a PGY-1 in Emergency Medicine. He is a big sports fan with his favorite teams being the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, but he is quickly jumping on the Royals and Sporting KC bandwagons. He enjoys exploring all the wonderful activities and restaurants Kansas City has to offer. Feel free to contact him at



Mark Farrenburg Mark Farrenburg, M.D., is originally from Farrenburg, Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Southeast Missouri State University. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is interested in sleep medicine, movement disorders, and general community neurology. He grew up on a farm and enjoys growing most anything. Other personal interests include hunting, baseball and other outdoor activities.
Weston Gordon, M.D. Weston Gordon, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Saint Louis University, where he earned both his bachelor of arts degree in biology as well as his medical doctorate with a distinction in research. He plans to pursue a career in academics with an interest in vascular and interventional neurology. Dr. Gordon enjoys playing golf and practicing the saxophone and piano in his free time. He is also an avid St. Louis sports fan and loves to watch Cardinals, Blues and Billikens games.
Monika Manchanda Monika Manchanda, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident from Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree, Honors, majoring in neuroscience, before obtaining a M.D. from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Her hobbies include traveling, painting, crafts, cooking, exercising and playing sports.
Yana Nesterenko Yana Nesterenko, M.D., is from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, and moved to New York when she was 8years old. She received her bachelor's degree from CUNY Hunter College and went on to attend the American University of Antigua for her M.D. degree. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, cooking, and exploring new cities through their culinary offerings.
Joseph Pleen, MD, neurology resident Joseph Pleen, D.O., was born in Chicago and raised in New Albany, Indiana. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville with a double major in biology and chemistry. He earned a master's degree in biology at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, completing a thesis on snake venom proteomics. He then graduated with his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is interested in a career as a physician scientist after residency and wants to continue participating in international medical development. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys traveling, hiking, running, weightlifting and playing most any sport, as well as writing and playing music.


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Srijan Adhikari, M.B.B.S., is from Nepal, a country in Southeast Asia, lying along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain range. He earned his medical degree from Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. He moved to U.S. in pursuit of neurology residency, ultimately settling in fun-filled Kansas City. He is interested in pursuing a career in neurocritical care and interventional neurology. He plans to contribute to international neurology through tele-medicine. Srijan is a sport enthusiast and enjoys following European soccer closely. Recently he has developed a keen interest in football and is a KC Chiefs fan. Apart from sports, he enjoys movies, music and good food. Together with his wife, he plans to travel extensively. Contact him at
michael bellew Michael Bellew, M.D., was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his undergraduate degree in Biblical Literature and for his Master of Business Administration degree. He earned his medical doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Michael is interested in headache medicine and traumatic brain injury and hopes to pursue this through fellowship. He enjoys weight lifting, reading a variety of genres, listening to podcasts, playing board games and cooking. Contact him at
Shweta Goswami, MD, neurology resident Shweta Goswami, M.D., is originally from Amritsar, India. Her family moved to the United States when she was 7 years old, and lived in many states including Michigan, Texas and Missouri. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Creighton University and stayed on to complete her medical degree. She did her intern year at Loyola University Medical Center and transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center to be closer to her husband and mother. Her interests in neurology include stroke, critical care and interventional neurology. When not working, she enjoys the outdoors and hanging out with her puppy, Benjamin.
aissata diawara Aissata "Aisha" Diawara, M.D., is an identical twin, originally from Mali, West Africa. Her family moved to New Jersey when she was ten years old. After receiving a bachelor degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey, she graduated with an M.D. degree from St. James School of Medicine. She spent time in Chicago, IL doing a variety of clinical clerkships and is especially interested in dementia and multiple sclerosis. Aissata's hobbies include cooking a wide range of cuisines and apartment gardening. She is an active person who loves exercising, yoga, traveling, and reading. She also knows five different languages and is enthusiastic about learning more!
nicholas doher Nicholas Doher, D.O., is originally from Lincoln, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Classical Languages. Dr. Doher completed medical school at tthe Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is interested in Epilepsy and Movement Disorders. Dr. Doher is a devout Cornhusker fan and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and snow skiing.
ryan lay Ryan Lay, M.D., was born in Wichita, KS and was raised in Des Monies, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's in Biology at Iowa State University and earned his M.D. at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine before coming to the University of Kansas Medical Center's Neurology residency program. His interests within the field of Neurology include Stroke, Neuromuscular Medicine, and General Neurology. He also enjoys "disc-ing" (disc golf), regular old golf, any/all movies, podcasts and fiction adventure books such as Sherlock Holmes and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Conctact him at 

Vishal Saini, D.O.

Vishal Saini, D.O., spent much if his life moving around a lot, but considers Philly home. After finishing undergrad at Penn State, he went to Nova Southeastern University in Florida for med school. Wanting a change in scenery from the East Coast, he came to the Midwest and has enjoyed getting to experience Kansas City! His current interests in Neurology are neurocritical care and sleep medicine. When not working, he likes cooking, drawing, watching movies and running.


Kyle Dack, MD, neurology resident Kyle Dack, M.D., was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Kyle is currently undecided on his neurologic specialty as he has an array of interests. He enjoys running, Mexican food, reality TV, succulents and French bulldogs.
Muhtadi Islam, MD, PhD, neurology resident Muhtadi Islam, M.D., PhD, was born in Murphysboro, Illinois, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Dayton, he attended Ohio State University's Medical Scientist Training Program, received his PhD in Biomedical Science in 2016 and completed his MD in 2018. Dr. Islam has a particular interest in pursuing a career in neuromuscular medicine with a focus on clinical research. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and English bulldog; traveling abroad; and tinkering with gadgets.
Obiefuna Nwabueze, MD, neurology resident Obiefuna Nwabueze, M.D., was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised primarily in St. Francisville, Louisiana. After earning his bachelor's degree in cognitive sciences at Rice University, he returned to Louisiana to receive his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is interested in pursuing a career in epilepsy. He enjoys writing, cooking, playing board and video games, and listening to podcasts.
Daniah Shamim, MD, neurology resident Daniah Shamim, M.D., was born in Pakistan, grew up in Malaysia and eventually settled in Canada. She completed undergraduate studies in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Toronto before pursuing her medical degree in Netherland Antilles. Her academic interests include neurocritical care, vascular neurology and headache. She is an art, music and food enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys playing squash, travelling and trying new places to eat with her husband.
Mai Yamakawa, MD, neurology resident Mai Yamakawa, M.D., is from Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. She earned her medical degree at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, and completed two years of postgraduate training at the National Center for Global Medicine, Tokyo. Her research interest during medical school was proteinopathy and RNA dysregulation in neurodegenerative disorders, which ultimately led her to come to the US for the further opportunity in the field of neurology. She enjoys listening to and playing classical music, reading, exploring the city and the country and chatting with her new friends.

Last modified: Jul 23, 2019