Meet Our Residents


Nida Faheem, M.D.Nida Faheem, M.D., 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


Sanjeev Keshary, M.D.Sanjeev Keshary, M.D., is 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. After graduation, he will begin a fellowship in neurocritical care at Washington University in St. Louis.

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

Matthew Markert, M.D., Ph.D.Matthew Markert, M.D., Ph.D., 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


Bhavana Patel, D.O.Bhavana Patel, D.O., 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


Matthew Sharrock, M.D.Matthew Sharrock, M.D., 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

Tekalign Burka, M.D.

Tekalign Burka, M.D., is 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


Ernesto Alonso, M.D.

Ernesto Alonso, M.D., is 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


Emmanuel Mantilla, D.O.

Emmanuel "Manny" Mantilla, D.O., is 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

Hala Samman, M.D.

Hala Samman, M.D., is 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

Kristine Domingo, D.O.

Kristine Domingo, D.O., 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, going on adventures with her fiance, making memories with her Neuro family, and diagnosing people's gait and motions. She is interested in Movement Disorders. Contact her at

Shamik Shah, M.D.Shamik Shah, M.D., 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


Matthew Varon, M.D.Matthew Varon, M.D., 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


Amanda Thuringer, D.O.Amanda Thuringer, D.O.,is 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




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 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.


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, 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 doctorate at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Okla.  Dr. Massey is interested in vascular neurology and neurocritical care and hopes to focus his practice on the care of hospitalized neurology patients.

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 FarrenburgMark 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-1 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 ManchandaMonika Manchanda, M.D., is a PGY-1 resident from Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree, Honors, majoring in neuroscience, before obtaining an M.D. from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Her hobbies include traveling, painting, crafts, cooking, exercising and playing sports.



Yana NesterenkoYana Nesterenko, M.D., is a PGY-1 from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, and moved to New York when she was eight years 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 M.D.Joseph Pleen, M.D., 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.


Last modified: Apr 20, 2017