Meet Our Residents

PGY-4

Megan Baumgardner, D.O.Megan Baumgardner, D.O., is a PGY-4 resident interested in memory and sleep disorders. From her hometown of Blue Springs, Mo., she went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then graduated with a degree in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University. She enjoys hiking, attending theatrical performances at Kansas City's Starlight Theater and attending Kansas City Royals baseball games. Contact her at mbaumgardner@kumc.edu.

 

Phaedra Dowell, M.D.Phaedra Dowell, M.D., is a PGY-4 resident interested in neuromuscular disorders. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She likes the large, open parks in Kansas City that are great for walks and picnics and feature large off-leash areas for dogs. She also enjoys cooking and traveling, and working with the entertaining and friendly staff in the residency program. Contact her at pdowell@kumc.edu.

 

Robert Murphy, M.D.Robert Murphy, M.D., is a PGY-4 resident interested in general neurology and vascular neurology. He attended the University of Kansas and received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from his hometown of Wichita, Kan., before attending KU Medical Center and graduating with his M.D. degree. He enjoys visiting the restaurants in Kansas City's Westport area, the aquarium at Kansas City's Crown Center and Sporting Kansas City soccer games, at a stadium he feels is clearly the best in the United States. He is married with two children, Lexi and Reagan. Contact him at rmurphy@kumc.edu.

 

Robert Reynders, D.O.Robert Reynders, D.O., is a PGY-4 resident interested in dementia. A native of Clovis, Calif., he graduated with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University before earning his D.O. degree from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. He enjoys board games and science fiction, along with the many family-friendly activities in Kansas City, including Kaleidoscope, Wonderscope and the Toy and Miniature Museum. He and his wife have two children, Reagan and Maxwell. Contact him at rreynders@kumc.edu.

 

 


PGY-3

Nida Faheem, M.D.Nida Faheem, M.D., is a PGY-3 resident who graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's B.A./M.D. program before joining the University of Kansas Medical Center's Neurology residency program. As a medical student, she teamed with theater performers at Kansas City's Coterie Theater to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Kansas City area high schools through an acted script and subsequent question and answer sessions. An avid Scrabble player, she helped establish a tournament in her community library. She is fluent in English and Urdu, and is learning to speak Spanish and Arabic. Contact her at nfaheem@kumc.edu.

 

Sanjeev Keshary, M.D.Sanjeev Keshary, M.D., is a PGY-3 resident interested in stroke, cognitive/behavioral neurology and critical care. He came to the University of Kansas Medical Center's Neurology residency program after earning his bachelor's degree and his M.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He enjoys meditation, music, exercise, video games and cooking in his spare time. His wife works as a pediatrics resident at Children's Mercy. Contact him at skeshary@kumc.edu



Matthew Markert, M.D., Ph.D.Matthew Markert, M.D., Ph.D., is a PGY-3 resident who graduated from the joint M.D./Ph.D. program at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He also has a master's degree in mathematical engineering and a bachelor's degree in bioscience and neurophysiology from Drexel University. He enjoys photography, especially with a Polaroid camera and old 6x6 film. He enjoys live music concerts, classic movies and reading philosophy, including Descartes, de Tocqueville and Rand. Contact him at mmarkert@kumc.edu.

 

Bhavana Patel, D.O.Bhavana Patel, D.O., is a PGY-3 resident who received her bachelor's degree in chemistry and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis. She went on to receive a master's degree in biology from Purdue University and a D.O. degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.V. Fluent in five languages, she enjoys running, Zumba, international medicine and interior design. She has worked in a number of different volunteer groups and has helped tutor young children, improve on-campus recycling and performing community health screenings. Contact her at bpatel2@kumc.edu.

 

Matthew Sharrock, M.D.Matthew Sharrock, M.D., is a PGY-3 resident who was born in Chicago, but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He received a bachelor's degree from Andrews University before receiving his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is interested in traumatic brain injury, stroke and epilepsy, and in particular where those three conditions intersect. His interests include architecture and urban renewal, cooking, science fiction, cinematography and basketball. Contact him at msharrock@kumc.edu.



Tekalign Burka, M.D.

Tekalign Burka, M.D., is a PGY-3 resident originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas before continuing at KU Medical Center's School of Medicine to earn his M.D. degree. His interests in neurology include movement disorders and stroke, and outside of practicing medicine, he enjoys jazz music, piano, soccer and basketball. Contact him at tburka@kumc.edu.



Ernesto Alonso, M.D.

Ernesto Alonso, M.D., is a PGY-3 resident originally from Cuba. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from in that country, and came to the University of Kansas Medical Center by way of Miami, Fla. He is interested in neurocritical care in particular, and enjoys running, playing tennis, meeting friends and family during his spare time. Contact him at ealonso-labori@kumc.edu.





PGY-2

Emmanuel Mantilla, D.O.

Emmanuel "Manny" Mantilla, D.O., is a PGY-2 resident originally from Cebu City, Philippines. He received an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Velez College before attending medical school at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He hopes to pursue his interests in neuro-oncology while studying at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He enjoys traveling, discovering good places to eat, watching old movies and exploring Kansas City with his wife and his son, Trent. Contact him at emantilla@kumc.edu.



Hala Samman, M.D.

Hala Samman, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident from Strongsville, Ohio. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate before going to obtain her medical degree. She is interested in general neurology, clinical neurophysiology, headache and sleep medicine. She enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it is traveling, playing tennis, hiking, or going for a walk with friends. She also loves to entertain and cook when time permits, along with reading a good book. Contact her at hsamman@kumc.edu.



Kristine Domingo, D.O.

Kristine Domingo, D.O., is a PGY-2 resident who spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to Eagan, Minn., in middle school. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She moved to Kansas City to graduate from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioethics with a D.O. degree and master's degree in bioethics. She enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, cooking, eating, crafting, painting and adventures of all sorts. She has worked with homeless shelters in Kansas City and works to raise awareness of issues facing the homeless. Contact her at kdomingo@kumc.edu.


Shamik Shah, M.D.Shamik Shah, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident who is originally from a small city in India named Vadodara. He completed his high school with a major in science and went to the Medical College Baroda in India. After obtaining his medical degree, he received a master's degree in public health from Long Island University. He is interested in stroke, neurocritical care and neuromuscular disorders. He enjoys traveling, fine dining, playing laser tag and skating. He also plays the tabla, an Indian classical drum. Contact him at sshah4@kumc.edu.


Matthew Varon, M.D.Matthew Varon, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident who is originally from Papillon, Neb. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for his undergraduate education in Spanish and Chemistry before obtaining an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He is interested in cognitive/behavioral and geriatric neurology. He also enjoys woodworking, fly fishing and hiking. He and his wife have a daughter, Eleanor. Contact him at mvaron@kumc.edu.


Amanda Thuringer, D.O.Amanda Thuringer, D.O., is a PGY-2 resident from Mitchell, S.D. She attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for her undergraduate degree, which she obtained in cell and molecular biology. She went on to obtain a master's degree in biological sciences from the University of South Dakota and a D.O. degree from Des Moines University. She is interested in stroke and critical care, and also enjoys gardening, biking, yoga, trying new restaurants in the Kansas City area, and taking her dog to dog parks. Contact her at athuringer@kumc.edu.

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PGY-1

Dr. Chapin

Benjamin Chapin, M.D., is a PGY-1 resident who 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.

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Dr. Gerson

Trevor Gerson, M.D., is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from Creighton University with a major in Ancient Greek, and graduated from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University.  He is interested in a career in Pain Medicine or Headache after residency.  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.

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Dr. Kimrey

Kathryn Kimrey, D.O., is a PGY-1 resident who 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.

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Dr. Massey

Brenton Massey, D.O., is a PGY-1 resident born in Voorhees, N.J., but grew up in Oklahoma City.  He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.  He then earned his medical degree at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Okla.  Dr. Massey is interested in general adult neurology, vascular neurology, headache and pain medicine.  He enjoys cycling, jazz music, playing guitar and watching Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball.  Contact him at bmassey2@kumc.edu.
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Dr. Mingbunjerdsuk

Prompan Mingbunjerdsuk is a PGY-1 resident who comes to the KU Neurology residency program from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests include cooking, reading, badminton, swimming and tennis. Contact her at pmingbunjerdsuk@kumc.edu.

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Dr. Sikowski

Mark-Victor Siwoski, M.D., is a PGY-1 resident 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 msiwoski@kumc.edu.
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Dr. Wachter

Nathan Wachter, M.D., is a PGY-1 resident 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 nwachter@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Aug 21, 2015
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