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Mark Farrenburg Mark Farrenburg, M.D., is from Farrenburg, Missouri. He earned his Bachelor's in Biochemistry from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He currently serves as co-chief resident with Dr. Monika Manchanda. Following graduation Dr. Farrenburg will complete an epilepsy fellowship at KU. After fellowship he has accepted a position to work in epilepsy and general neurology at a community hospital in southeast Missouri.

He grew up on a farm and enjoys growing most anything. Other personal interests include hunting, Atlanta Braves baseball and most outdoor activities.
Weston Gordon, M.D. Weston Gordon, M.D., is from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Saint Louis University, where he earned both his B.A. in biology and M.D. with distinction in research. He has accepted a fellowship position in a combined vascular and neuro-interventional fellowship training program following graduation from residency. Dr. Gordon hopes to pursue a career in academics and medical education following completion of his training. He enjoys golfing during his time off and is an avid St. Louis sports fan.
Monika Manchanda Monika Manchanda, M.D., is 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 8 years old. She received her bachelor's degree from CUNY Hunter College and went on to attend the American University of Antigua for her medical 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 Moines, 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.


Carley Carter, MD, neurology resident Carley Carter, M.D., was born and raised in Oklahoma City. After receiving a B.S. in Psychology at Oklahoma State University she went on to earn a medical degree at American University of the Caribbean. She currently hopes to pursue a career in Autoimmune Neurology or Movement Disorders. She thoroughly enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her husband, little fur-ball and their two ducks.
Maggie Logan, MD Maggie Logan, M.D., is from Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology. She went on to work in clinical trials at the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her hobbies include reading, movies and exploring new restaurants.
Daniel Mafla, MD, neurology resident Daniel Mafla, M.D., comes from Quito, Ecuador, which is the Middle of the World. He enjoys reading, trying new foods and racquet sports, of which tennis is the number one sport, but he also likes ping pong and padel (uncommon here). Being from South America, soccer is always something he will enjoy too, as well as coffee. Inside the brain sciences, he initially liked Neurology due to stroke, but now he leans toward Neuro-immunology or advanced general Neurology.
Maryam Matloub, MBBS, neurology resident Maryam Matloub, MBChB, is from Baghdad, Iraq. She earned her medical degree from Baghdad University. She showed great interest in neurosciences and clinical neurology during medical school which prompted her to come to the United States to pursue further training in this field. Her personal interests include nature and animals, traveling and exploring new places, making new friends and learning different languages. She also enjoys outdoor activities, watching documentaries and listening to pop and classical music.
Tyler Okelberry, MD, neurology resident Tyler Okelberry, M.D., was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and earned his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University. He then earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center before moving to Kansas City to begin the neurology residency program at KU. He enjoys music, reading and the great outdoors. But most of all, he loves spending time with his wife and two little kids at the parks, museums and libraries of KC.
Gloria Ortiz-Guerrero, MD, neurology resident Gloria Ortiz-Guerrero, M.D., was born and raised in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. She earned her medical degree at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia. She moved to Kansas City to complete a research training in the fields of Neuromuscular Disorders and Epilepsy, which ultimately led her to pursue a career in neurology. She loves soccer, especially when Colombia plays, and also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and friends, dancing, playing the piano, exploring new places, traveling and meeting new people.
Deepa Patel, MD, neurology resident Deepa Patel, M.D., was born in California and lived across six different states. She attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She went on to study medicine at St. James School of Medicine. She has an avid interest in neuro-immunology, vascular neurology and headache. She actively enjoys traveling, cookies, museums and dogs.
Ahmad Salameh, MBBS, neurology resident Ahmad Salameh, MBBS, was born in Jordan and grew up in United Arab Emirates. He earned his MBBS degree in The University of Sharjah. He worked as an Internal Medicine Resident for two years in Abu Dhabi then decided to pursue a career in neurology. He enjoys neurosciences and is interested in vascular and intervention neurology. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée and discovering new places, activities and movies. He loves biking and all beach activities including swimming and kayaking. He also plays soccer and is a big fan of Barcelona.
Joseph Wend, DO, neurology resident Joseph Wend, D.O., earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University where he was involved with TBI research using a rat model. He graduated from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, for medical school. He enjoys attending concerts, playing basketball, golf and attending live sports events.

Last modified: Feb 24, 2020