The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program at UC Davis is to prepare residents for the independent practice of clinical neurology. The program provides broad exposure to patient care across the age spectrum in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings.

The UC Davis Department of Neurology is a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research in neurological disorders, particularly in epilepsy, dementia, neuro-immunology, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, and stroke. Graduates of the residency training program are well-prepared to enter clinical practice or to continue training in a subspecialty or neuroscience fellowship.

To learn more about our post-graduate training programs, please see the Neurology Residency Training Program and Neurology Fellowships pages. And please take some time to visit us on Facebook at our UC Davis Neurology Residency and Fellowship Programs page.

Kristina Hart, D.O.

Born and raised in small town Colorado, Dr. Hart developed an interest in neurology at young age due to personal life exposures and further cultivated this as she obtain her B.S. in psychology with a neuropsychology focus at CU Denver. She then moved to small town Oregon where she obtained her D.O. degree at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest. She completed her intern year at UC Davis. She is interested in serving underserved areas as a general neurologist after completing residency. In her free time she enjoys local and international travel, hiking, visiting the coast, spending time with her husband, and playing with her 3 dogs.  She may be contacted at kmhart@ucdavis.edu

Victor Saunders, M.D.

Having lived in almost most parts of the U.S. , Dr. Saunders is thrilled to have now California home. He first came to California for his undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology, with an emphasis on Human and Environmental Health. His interest in neurology started during his 3rd year at Northwestern Medical School and has research interest in optimization of medication utilization. He is part of the first class of categorical neurology at UC Davis and completed his intern year there. In his free time he likes to hike, try local restaurants/bakeries, and visit home to play with his dog.
He may be contacted at vfsaunders@ucdavis.edu.

 

 

Tiffany Green, M.D.

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina
She may be contacted at thgreen@ucdavis.edu

Wentao Li, M.D.

Dr. Li grew up in Shanghai, where his interest in medicine was fostered by his grandfather, a retired army physician and pathologist.  He studied neuroscience at UC Berkeley and obtained his M.D. from University of Illinois, Chicago.  His current area of interest is cognitive and behavioral neurology; particularly executive dysfunction and cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injuries.  He is happily married, and his hobbies include painting, cooking, gardening, martial arts, and science fiction and historical novels. He may be reached at wntli@ucdavis.edu.

 

 

 

Busola Adesina, M.D.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
She may be contacted at aadesina@ucdavis.edu

Alex Carlin, D.O.

Dr. Carlin grew up in the East Bay Area and attended UC Davis as an undergraduate, where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, COMP, where he became interested in neuroscience. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis before continuing on to his Neurology residency. In his free time he enjoys travel, music, and spending time with family and friends. He may be contacted at alcarlin@ucdavis.edu.

Shaan Ludder, D.O.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
He may be contacted at ssludder@ucdavis.edu

Leslie Markun, M.D.

A California native, Dr. Markun earned her BA and MSc from Johns Hopkins University. She developed an interest in neurology and began her research career under the guidance of Dr. Ostrem at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Markun earned her MD from Central Michigan University and most recently completed her Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. She is committed to caring for patients with neurological disease through the development of innovative treatments and improved access to care. She may be reached at lmarkun@ucdavis.edu

Miguel Ruvalcaba, M.D.

University of California Davis School of Medicine
He may be contacted at mruvalcaba@ucdavis.edu.

Beatrice Akers, D.O.

Dr. Akers was born and raised in Davis, California.  She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Physiology and Metabolism.  After working at a community health clinic in Oakland, California, she attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California.  As a medical student there she was recognized as the Student Doctor of the Year, and was selected as a pre-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  Through her Fellowship, she completed an additional year of hands-on training in Osteopathic manipulative treatment.   Her interests in Neurology include headache and pain, with a strong interest in osteopathic manipulative treatment as an added tool to address these disorders.  Outside of medicine, she enjoys gardening, fermenting foods and spending time with her family.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.  She may be contacted at bakers@ucdavis.edu

Christopher Campos, D.O.

Dr. Campos was born and raised near the ocean in South Florida where he spent his summers teaching children how to swim. He became interested in medicine after realizing the importance of public health and disease prevention during his college years at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He then earned a BS in Biomedical Sciences while running the university's aquatics department at the Recreation and Wellness Center. He attended medical school at Rocky Vista University in Colorado but set his sights on Sacramento to be close to both the mountains and the ocean. He decided to enter Neurology early in his 3rd year while seeing patients with Parkinson's Disease on his Neurology rotation. While not at work he spends most of his free time cooking and baking for his friends and family.  He may be contacted at cjcampos@ucdavis.edu

Michael Chang, D.O.

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Dr. Chang received his B.S. in Accounting at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After a year of working as a patient advocate through the AmeriCorps program in North Philadelphia, he returned to Long Island to attend the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his D.O. degree. During medical school, he discovered his passion for the neurosciences and decided that he wanted to begin his neurology training in California. His current area of interest include epilepsy. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, watching basketball, and playing board games.
He may be reached at mimchang@ucdavis.edu

Manveer Dilts-Garcha, M.D.

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
He may be reached at mdgarcha@ucdavis.edu

Meghan Branston, D.O.

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
She may be contacted at mkrowicki@ucdavis.edu

Hemali Patel, D.O.

Dr. Hemali Patel was born in England, UK, where she spent the greater part of her life. She and her family emigrated in 2007 to Florida, where she obtained degrees in Neuroscience & Behavior, and Psychology. For medical school, she attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this (very early!) point in her neurology career, she has interests in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology. Her dream career includes teaching a medical school neurology course as well as residents. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and exploring all of the natural beauty and liveliness that California has to offer!  She may be contacted at hpat@ucdavis.edu

Heros Amerkhanian, D.O., M.P.H.

Dr. Amerkhanian joins us from Glendale, Calif. and received his medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, Irvine. Heros is looking forward to learning the diagnostic and therapeutic skills essential to the field of neurology, and how to combine them with empathy to provide the best patient care possible. In his spare time, Heros enjoys reading (especially about nature, history and science fiction), playing board and video games, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Nima Beheshti, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Behesti joins us from Colorado and received his medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine. Nima is looking forward to learning about the many different aspects of neurology, and cutting-edge techniques and protocols to best help his patients. In his spare time, Nima enjoys playing board games and working on arts and crafts projects with his wife, including woodburning, leatherworking and Japanese ink painting.

Todd Chatlos, M.D.

Dr. Chatlos joins us from Virginia and received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. Todd is looking forward to helping patients with a wide variety of neurologic diseases, while learning about the disease processes that are causing their symptoms and the therapies that can help them. He’s especially interested in neurophysiology and neuroimmunology. In his spare time, Todd enjoys seeing concerts, traveling, hiking, playing piano & singing, and exploring local restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Abhinav Katti, D.O.

Dr. Katti joins us from Michigan and received his medical degree from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also attended graduate school in basic medical science at Wayne State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Abhinav is looking forward to working with a diverse patient population and learning from experts in a variety of neurological subspecialties. He’s especially interested in neurocritical care and dementia. In his spare time, Abhinav enjoys hanging out with his wife and two dogs, playing basketball, football, soccer, tennis, and golf, and watching sports – especially the Michigan Wolverines.

Carla Wood, D.O., M.S.

Dr. Wood joins us from Lakewood, Calif. and received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill University. She also received her Master of Science degree in medical neuroscience from the Charite University of Medicine and her Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Carla is looking forward to learning from experts in a variety of neurological subspecialties and working with a diverse patient population. In her spare time, Carla enjoys snowboarding, surfing, hiking, yoga, water color painting and gardening.

Christopher Zimmerman, D.O. 

Dr. Zimmermann joins us from Novato, Calif. and received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also took pre-med classes at Mills College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from St. John’s College. Christopher is looking forward to meeting and working with new colleagues and mentors, getting excellent training and expanding his skills to become a great neurologist. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys cooking, playing the piano, dabbling in software development and reading science fiction/fantasy books.


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