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Come learn about the exciting Neurology Residency and Fellowship programs at VCU, through interactive meet-and-greets wi...
04/15/2021

Come learn about the exciting Neurology Residency and Fellowship programs at VCU, through interactive meet-and-greets with our Residency Program Director, Dr. Jon Snider. #NeuroTwitter #AANAM #Neurology

Come learn about the exciting Neurology Residency and Fellowship programs at VCU, through interactive meet-and-greets with our Residency Program Director, Dr. Jon Snider. #NeuroTwitter #AANAM #Neurology

We are thrilled to announce the VCU Neurology Department Chief Residents for 2021-2022: Usaamah Khan, MD; Teryn Nogles, ...
03/29/2021

We are thrilled to announce the VCU Neurology Department Chief Residents for 2021-2022: Usaamah Khan, MD; Teryn Nogles, MD; and Zach Cox, DO. We look forward to the leadership they will bring to their peers, program, and department. Congratulations to our incoming chiefs!

We are thrilled to announce the VCU Neurology Department Chief Residents for 2021-2022: Usaamah Khan, MD; Teryn Nogles, MD; and Zach Cox, DO. We look forward to the leadership they will bring to their peers, program, and department. Congratulations to our incoming chiefs!

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Neil Bhathela, DO, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VC...
03/24/2021

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Neil Bhathela, DO, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU because of the critical care and neurovascular training focus.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: The culture of the residents.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: UCLA Sports and Neurotrauma Fellowship.

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Capital Trail with a side of Proper Pie.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I enjoy biking and chess.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Neil Bhathela, DO, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU because of the critical care and neurovascular training focus.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: The culture of the residents.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: UCLA Sports and Neurotrauma Fellowship.

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Capital Trail with a side of Proper Pie.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I enjoy biking and chess.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Adil Niaz, DO, PGY-4. Learn why...
03/17/2021

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Adil Niaz, DO, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU Neurology due to the people I met here during my interview. I found the residents as a whole to be a very close-knit group. Additionally, I knew I would get very strong clinical training due to the breadth and acuity of pathology seen here.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: The relationship I have with my co-residents and faculty members; everyone has each other's back.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: Clinical Neurophysiology at VCU.

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: The Virginia Capital Trail.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I have lived in five different states, including three different cities in Tennessee.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Adil Niaz, DO, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU Neurology due to the people I met here during my interview. I found the residents as a whole to be a very close-knit group. Additionally, I knew I would get very strong clinical training due to the breadth and acuity of pathology seen here.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: The relationship I have with my co-residents and faculty members; everyone has each other's back.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: Clinical Neurophysiology at VCU.

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: The Virginia Capital Trail.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I have lived in five different states, including three different cities in Tennessee.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Hiral Padia, DO, PGY-3. Learn why she chose VCU...
03/10/2021

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Hiral Padia, DO, PGY-3. Learn why she chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what she believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU Neurology because it's in a city I love! I love art, music, and most of all, fantastic food. I also knew I wanted to go to a busy academic hospital where I'd get comfortable with common neurological disorders, but also see and learn how to treat the more rare ones.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: I really value my relationships with my co-residents and attendings. I feel really lucky to have such awesome people to spend so much of my time with both at work and outside of work!

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Grace Noodle is my go-to ramen spot. It is absolutely delicious. You'll find me there pretty much once a week in the fall/winter. Also, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens are beautiful and a great place to relax and getaway!

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I love traveling! I've been all over the states, and have been to Japan, India, China, Mexico and Peru. I'm looking forward to more worldly experiences when I finish residency!

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Hiral Padia, DO, PGY-3. Learn why she chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what she believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: I chose VCU Neurology because it's in a city I love! I love art, music, and most of all, fantastic food. I also knew I wanted to go to a busy academic hospital where I'd get comfortable with common neurological disorders, but also see and learn how to treat the more rare ones.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: I really value my relationships with my co-residents and attendings. I feel really lucky to have such awesome people to spend so much of my time with both at work and outside of work!

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Grace Noodle is my go-to ramen spot. It is absolutely delicious. You'll find me there pretty much once a week in the fall/winter. Also, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens are beautiful and a great place to relax and getaway!

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I love traveling! I've been all over the states, and have been to Japan, India, China, Mexico and Peru. I'm looking forward to more worldly experiences when I finish residency!

Today we are featuring faculty member, Leslie Cloud, MD. Dr. Cloud is an Associate Professor for the Division of  Moveme...
03/04/2021

Today we are featuring faculty member, Leslie Cloud, MD. Dr. Cloud is an Associate Professor for the Division of Movement Disorders and Director of Parkinson’s Disease Program at VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center. This photo was taken on Halloween in 2019. Halloween has always been one of her favorite holidays.

Q: What brought you to VCU?
A: I was attracted to the idea of the Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Center, which was brand new at the time. This job offered me the opportunity to focus on Parkinson's Disease and provided all the resources I needed to launch my career.

Q: Tell us about research you are passionate about or currently working on.
A: I have spent most of my research time thinking about the gastrointestinal features of Parkinson's disease such as constipation and gastroparesis. There are currently 734 files on my work laptop containing the word "stool" in the title.

Q: What do you like most about the Neurology Department?
A: My co-workers. They have been incredibly supportive during the past two years while I have faced a major health challenge.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Listening to and reading about the history of punk rock from the 80s and 90s (live music always preferred), binge-watching television series that allow me to completely escape from reality (recent favorite is Carnival Row on Amazon), taking long walks with my sons while they "hunt" for pokemon, playing chess with my oldest son, and volunteering in Colontown (an online community of more than 100 “secret” groups on Facebook for colorectal patients, survivors, and care partners) as a community leader.

Today we are featuring faculty member, Leslie Cloud, MD. Dr. Cloud is an Associate Professor for the Division of Movement Disorders and Director of Parkinson’s Disease Program at VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center. This photo was taken on Halloween in 2019. Halloween has always been one of her favorite holidays.

Q: What brought you to VCU?
A: I was attracted to the idea of the Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Center, which was brand new at the time. This job offered me the opportunity to focus on Parkinson's Disease and provided all the resources I needed to launch my career.

Q: Tell us about research you are passionate about or currently working on.
A: I have spent most of my research time thinking about the gastrointestinal features of Parkinson's disease such as constipation and gastroparesis. There are currently 734 files on my work laptop containing the word "stool" in the title.

Q: What do you like most about the Neurology Department?
A: My co-workers. They have been incredibly supportive during the past two years while I have faced a major health challenge.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Listening to and reading about the history of punk rock from the 80s and 90s (live music always preferred), binge-watching television series that allow me to completely escape from reality (recent favorite is Carnival Row on Amazon), taking long walks with my sons while they "hunt" for pokemon, playing chess with my oldest son, and volunteering in Colontown (an online community of more than 100 “secret” groups on Facebook for colorectal patients, survivors, and care partners) as a community leader.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Justin Nowell MD, PGY-4. Learn ...
03/03/2021

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Justin Nowell MD, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: When evaluating residency programs one of the most important aspects to me was the people I worked with and the culture of the department. VCU has been an incredible family to me and the comradery amongst our residents is definitely one of our strongest points.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: Not only is the relationships amongst residents close, but amongst attendings as well. I feel that any one of our attendings is available at any time for advice, whether it's in regards to patient care, career guidance, or whatever else is on your mind.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: Movement Disorders at University of California San Diego

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Richmond is anything but lacking in the category of 'places I want to eat'. Nate's Bagels, Proper Pie, 8 1/2 Pizza, and Shyndigz are a few of my favorites. For the beer lovers, Richbrau Brewery is definitely a place to check out -- be sure to stop by on a Thursday night when they have live music.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I have an identical twin brother.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Chief Resident, Justin Nowell MD, PGY-4. Learn why he chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what he believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?
A: When evaluating residency programs one of the most important aspects to me was the people I worked with and the culture of the department. VCU has been an incredible family to me and the comradery amongst our residents is definitely one of our strongest points.

Q: What do you value most about the program?
A: Not only is the relationships amongst residents close, but amongst attendings as well. I feel that any one of our attendings is available at any time for advice, whether it's in regards to patient care, career guidance, or whatever else is on your mind.

Q: Where is your Fellowship Placement?
A: Movement Disorders at University of California San Diego

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?
A: Richmond is anything but lacking in the category of 'places I want to eat'. Nate's Bagels, Proper Pie, 8 1/2 Pizza, and Shyndigz are a few of my favorites. For the beer lovers, Richbrau Brewery is definitely a place to check out -- be sure to stop by on a Thursday night when they have live music.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?
A: I have an identical twin brother.

Olivia Lewis, 23, suffered from a stroke, which led to her having a disorder known as Locked-In-Syndrome that affects le...
02/10/2021
Richmond woman, 23, suffers brain stem stroke, makes rare recovery from locked-in syndrome

Olivia Lewis, 23, suffered from a stroke, which led to her having a disorder known as Locked-In-Syndrome that affects less than 1% of stroke victims. Our faculty member, Dr. Daniel Falcao, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair for the Division of Vascular Neurology was one of Olivia’s physicians while she was in acute care at VCU Medical Center. Read more about Olivia’s harrowing experience and amazing recovery...https://richmond.com/lifestyles/richmond-woman-23-suffers-brain-stem-stroke-makes-rare-recovery-from-locked-in-syndrome/article_e0262cae-9974-5de8-b262-1a136c4961d5.html

When Olivia Lewis was 21 years old and a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, she suffered a massive brainstem stroke in her Fan apartment and almost died.

Today we are featuring faculty member, Samuel A. Taylor, Jr., MD. Dr. Taylor is Chair and Assistant Professor for the Di...
01/28/2021

Today we are featuring faculty member, Samuel A. Taylor, Jr., MD. Dr. Taylor is Chair and Assistant Professor for the Division of Sleep Medicine and is the Director for VCU Center for Sleep Medicine. Here, he is pictured with his family in what he says is one of their "happy places," Coastal Maine.

Q: What brought you to VCU?

A: There were two main factors which drew me to VCU. As a Sleep Medicine/Neurology subspecialist and owing to my strong interest and affinity towards the academic medicine practice milieu, VCU is the only academic Sleep Medicine program which has strong affiliation with and is primarily administered through the Department of Neurology in the state of Virginia. Additionally, being a native Virginian, I was strongly interested in the opportunity to practice at the height of my training and career interests in my home state.

Q: Tell us about research you are passionate about or currently working on.

A: While it may sound cliché, I truly am interested in all aspects of Sleep Medicine. However, my deepest interest and passion lies in the study of the differential phenotypic expression of various sleep disorders, especially sleep-related breathing disorders and sleep disorders associated with neurodegeneration, during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Q: What do you like most about the Neurology Department?

A: There are several characteristics that I enjoy about our department. The primary characteristic is our collegiality. Despite the unfortunate effects of the pandemic, there remains a very favorable chemistry that permeates our department. We truly like and enjoy each other’s company as well as respect each other's general and wide-ranging subspecialty expertise. This is reflected in our overall practice. Because we truly care about each other, this facilitates and augments the collective medical care of our patients. This chemistry includes all members of our department, especially with respect to our residents. We are also steadily growing in number and diversity which further strengthens our mutual understanding and collegiality.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I have several hobbies but my most favorite are cooking and enjoying gourmet cuisine, travel, landscape photography, martial arts, cinema and poetry.

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Sh*tal Patel, MD, PGY-1-IM. Learn why she chose...
01/26/2021

Our Neurology Residency Program has some amazing residents! Say hello to Sh*tal Patel, MD, PGY-1-IM. Learn why she chose VCU Neurology Residency Program and what she believes the city of Richmond has to offer!

Q: Why did you choose VCU Neurology Residency Program?

A: I chose VCU Neurology Residency Program because I had such a wonderful interview day experience. The faculty was extremely friendly and just felt the closeness between the faculty and residents. I really liked that sense of community. I also chose this residency program because of the wide variety of patient cases and patient volume. I wanted to be exposed to a many different subspecialties that VCU had to offer compared to other programs to make me the best neurologist that I could be.

Q: What do you value most about the program?

A: I value the residents the most and the friendships I have made with them. Seeing my neurology colleagues is one of my favorite parts about coming to work every day.

Q: What is a great spot to check out in Richmond?

A: I love museums, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an awesome place to check out. They have plenty of different forms of art. It is free admission to the public and has plenty of places to sit outside on a sunny Richmond day. You can also find me at one of the many dessert places in Richmond including getting my favorite birthday cake ice cream at Gelati Celesti Ice Cream.

Q: What is a unique fact about yourself?

A: I love to travel and have been to more countries than U.S. states. I have many more countries on my travel bucket list left to see!

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