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Welcome to the University of California (UC) Irvine Neurology Residency Program. We are a close family of well-trained and dedicated faculty and resident trainees with a passion for the field of Neurology, dedication to the best patient care and highest professionalism. UC Irvine Neurology's extensive clinical and scientific environments provide a strong foundation for excellent training. Our residents are given a broad range of clinical experience by virtue of the large and diverse populartion of patients served. The Douglas Hospital of the UC Irvine's main medical campus is a large tertiary care and teaching hospital with level I trauma center and 370-bed capacity. We are the only academic center in the Orange County area serving large geographic patient population and a major referral center from surrounding counties. We serve exceptionally diverse patient population in terms of culture, race, and economic status. Our stellar faculty of more than 50 clinicians, scientists, and clinician-scientists, who trained in very reputable and competitive institutions across the country provides the best intellectual and technological resources for resident training. We have strong representation of all subspecialties in Neurology, to include Comprehensive Stroke Center, Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Nationally Recognized ALS and Neuromuscular Center, Behavioral Neurology, Neuro-Oncology, Neuroimmunology divisions and Movement Disorders Program, as well as a state of the art NeuroCritical Care unit. As the only university-based care provider in Orange County, UC Irvine's multifaceted organization from primary care to transplant and neurosurgery is dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, to the teaching and to the delivery of the finest evidence-based care. UC Irvine has a devoted team of nationally regarded researchers, clinicians, and educators united to improve the loves of the people, to provide the most compassionate healthcare because we're driven by our passion for innovation, grounded in the best medical and scientific knowledge.

Education at UC Irvine »

The neurology residency at UC Irvine provides the knowledge and skills that define a highly qualified clinical neurologist. The training includes opportunities to develop a research expertise. We are committed to the learning environment. Teaching occurs during daily lectures, educational conferences in addition to the bedside and table-rounds and regular interactions between residents and faculty. The faculty is very accessible to the residents, which includes both availability and a relaxed interactive environment. The educational tradition also encourages the development of teaching skills during residency and participation of the senior residents in the education of their junior residents. We thrive to train residents with exceptional humanistic qualities, who have respect, honesty, loyalty, and compassion. All the residents are expected to develop research projects and participate in the quality of improvement projects. The annual Resident Research day is held in June each year where residents present their projects. 

UC Irvine Department of Neurology uses the six competency areas identified by the ACGME for organization of educational objectives and assessment methods. 

Patient Care

Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. 

Residents must be able to copmetently perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures for the area of neurological practice. 

Residents must demonstrate competency perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures for the area of neurological practice. 

Residents must demonstrate competency in the management of outpatients and inpatients with neurological disorders across the lifespan including those who require emergency and intensive care. 

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. 

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.


Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherance to ethical principles. 

Systems-Based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. 

Residency Curriculum »


UC Irvine is a linked advanced-preliminary program. The applicants who match with us in the neurology department have an option to match with UC Irvine's preliminary medicine position, should they choose to rank it. There is no separate interview required; your neurology interview day also constitutes your interview with the preliminary medicince program. Most of our residents choose to do their preliminary year at UC Irvine.


The PGY2 year is comprised of primarily inpatient rotations. We have a 2 member night float system. The psychiatry requirement by the ACGME is completed during the PGY2 year at LBVA. There is resident outpatient continuity half-day per week clinic throughout PGY2-4 years. 

  • 2-3 months of inpatient general neurology at UCIMC
  • 2-3 months of inpatient stroke neurology at UCIMC
  • 2-3 months of night float at UCIMC
  • 1 month of psychiatry consults at LBVA
  • 1 month of neuro ICU at UCIMC
  • 1 month of electives/ambulatory rotation
  • 1 month of vacation

The PGY3 year includes pediatric neurology, EEG and EMG training, and increased exposure to outpatient neurology.

  • 3-4 months of inpatient neurology at UCIMC (divided between general and stroke)
  • 1-2 months of inpatient pediatric neurology consults at CHOC
  • 1-2 months of night float at UCIMC
  • 1 month of outpatient neurology
  • 1-2 months of electives
  • 1 month of neuro ICU at UCIMC
  • 1 month of EEG at UCIMC
  • 1 month of vacation

The PGY4 year includes neuropathy and increased elective and outpatient time.

  • 2-4 months of inpatient neurology at UCIMC (divided between general and stroke)
  • 1-2 months of inpatient pediatric neurology consults at CHOC
  • 1 month of night float at UCIMC
  • 1-2 months of outpatient neurology
  • 1-2 months of electives
  • 1 month of EMG at UCIMC
  • 1 month of neuropathy at UCIMC
  • 1 month of vacation
Didactics »








Morning report

Morning report

Morning report

Morning report

8:00 0 9 :00 AM






12 pm - 1pm


Morning report

Morning report

Morning report

Morning report

8:00 0 9 :00 AM


Board Prep/Lecture/ Vignette

Stroke Journal Club

Board Prep/Lecture/ Vignette

Board Prep/Lecture/ Vignette

5-6 PM


Neuroradiology Conference

Neuroradiology Conference

Neuroradiology Conference

Neuroradiology Conference

8:00 0 9 :00 AM


ICU Journal Club or Lecture


Behavioral Neurorology


12 pm - 1pm


Neurovascular Conference

Neurovascular Conference

Neurovascular Conference

Neurovascular Conference

5-6 PM








Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

8:00 0 9 :00 AM



Neuroradiology didactics



12 pm - 1pm




Fridays  7-8 AM - Tumor  Board

1st and 3rd Fridays 12-1 PM - Epilepsy Surgical   Conference



Clinical Sites »

UCI neurology residents spend a majority of their time at the UCI Medical Center (UCIMC) in Orange. Outpatient rotations are also done at the Tibor Rubin Medical Center in Lng Beach (LBVA) and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange. (As interns, some residents will also rotate in the medical ICU at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.) The neurology department's administrative offices are located in Manchester Pavilion, two blocks from UCIMC.

UCI Medical Center

UC Irvine Medical Center is a major teaching hospital and a University owned hospital, the principal facility for the School of Medicine's teaching research programs. Bed capacity os 370 with the high census of Neurology and Neurosurgical patients and major trauma center. Total dedicated neurology beds are 35 on the step down unit and 12 in the Neuro ICU. It is at the cross roads of three major highways and at the juncture of four large cities (Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Garden Grove) and the only academic tertiary care center in the Orange County area with a large referral base. The Neurology inpatient services consist of non-stroke (general) Neurology and consults, the stroke inpatient service and the Neurointensive Care Unit, each covered by one attending on call for the entire week. Additionally, there is a 24/7 coverage by an attending of the EEG/Critical Care EEG/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Neurooncology services. Douglas Hospital is the main training site for the Neurology inpatient care. We have a night float system consisting of 2 residents and the day teams consisting of a senior and junior residents, in 2-3 person teams on each service. The consult service consists of patients anywhere from altered mental status, neurological involvement in systemic diseases, transplant and systemic cancer, to acute neurological diseases such as neuromuscular, seizures and status epilepticus, intracranial invasive monitoring for seizure location, neurooncology, neuroimmunology inflammatory, infectious, and neurodegenerative disorders. Our stroke center is one of the busiest and certified centers in Orange County with an average 400 stroke admissions per year. The Neurointensive Care team consists of Physician Assistants, Clinical Pharmacists in addition to the neurology and neurosurgical emergencies, postoperative neurosurgical patients, and traumatic brain injuries, All this provides a very broad exposure and valuable educational neurology clinics are held at UC Irvine Medical Center and affiliated practices such as the Manchester Pavilion and Gottschalk Plaza where the residents get exposure to the subspecialty and general neurology clinic patients and continuity clinics every other week (alternating with the VA clinics). 

Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center

The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is a 200-bed hospital affiliated with UC Irvine. It is a nationally recognized facility for its spinal cord injury unit. Neurology residents complete their required one-month psychiatry at the VA. Furthermore, psychiatry rotations, as well as other specialized rotations such as neuro-uroloy are available through the VA. The VA currently has two full time and three part time faculty, all of whom are on the UC Irvine Faculty and board-certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. The residents participate in a resident half-day continuity clinic at the VA every other week where they see wide range of patient population relevant to their broad Neurological exposure and experience to include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, memory disorders, neuromuscular disorders, headaches, epilepsy, posttraumatic and non epileptic disorders and neurodegenerative disorders. There are also didactics and mini-lectures scheduled for the rotating Neurology and Psychiatry by the VA faculty on nearly regular basis (in addition to the main curriculum). Residents rotate on the psychiatry consultation and liaison service at the LBVA. 

Children's Hospital of Orange County

CHOC is a 279-bed hospital affiliated with UC Irvine and has the only pediatric emergency department in Orange County. It is the only dedicated pediatric teaching hospital in Orange County, and one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country. The Neuroscience Institute is one of its four centers of excellence. Residents complete their required 3 months of Pediatric Neurology rotation with excellent experiences to include various genetic disorders, epilepsy syndromes, neurological manifestations of the systemic diseases, pediatric ICU and movement disorders. The pediatric muscular dystrophy clinic is also hosted at CHOC. The Pediatric Faculty is actively engaged in educational lectures throughout the year. 

Residential Supervision »

Residents at UC Irvine Medical Center and VALB are supervised by board-certified neurology attendings most of whom have additional expertise in a specific subspecialty. An attending is available either on-site or by pager 24 hours 7 days a week.

As residents progress in the program, they are delegated increasing responsibility for decisions related to patient care.

Salary and Benefits »

Resident Salary

For the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • PGY-1: $57, 233
  • PGY-2: $59,130
  • PGY-3: $61,453
  • PGY-4: $63,879

Housing Stipend

Most UC Irvine residents may receive $2,900 per year to assist with housing costs.

Educational/Exam Stipends

Residents who choose to complete their preliminary medicine year at UC Irvine may receive up to $1,000 for expenses related to California medical licensure and USMLE Step 3.


Residents also are provided with no-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance, including coverage for dependents (spouse/children/domestic partner). Long-trem disability insurance is also provided.

Residents are also provided with professional liability coverage for all activities that are approved components of the residency program. 

Research Opportunities and Requirements »

Each neurology resident at University of California Irvine (UCI) develops a research project during the three years of residency. These projects may include traditional hypothesis-driven research as well as case series of case reports. They can be projcts that last for the entire three years, or be divided into two or three subparts. Research projects are presented to the Department at an annual Research Day in June. 

Research Projects

For those oriented towards research, or who want to take maximum advantage of the educational opportunity afforded by training in a leading university, engaging in research as a resident is a chance to jump into a research project with a seasoned investigator. There are many options; for example, you might devote your electives to a single project, or you might design a project that spans more than one year, in whihc case only an update on the ongoing project will be presented in June 2017. Your chances of obtaining a competitive fellowship will be bolstered by completing a solid research project during residency.

For those who do not expect to pursue research long-term, your project can help to sharpen skills you will need in the future, such as compiling and comparing a series of patients, or evaluating industry-sponsored trials. You may choose to do a case report or a chart review of a condition of interest - again, with a faculty mentor. Or you may choose to help a faculty member with one of their clinical trials.

Regardless of your future plans for engaging and research, this is an opportunity to have an extended relationship with a faculty member whose clinical style, research, or clinical practice exploring a neurology subspecialty of potential interest can have substantial value.

Finding a Mentor

For aid in identifying a faculty mentor, please see our Neurology Faculty Research Focus List  for a listing of many of the Neurology faculty, their research interests, and in many cases links to their Google Scholar profiles or research websites. A full listing of the faculty can be found on the department website. A listing of clinical trials in the department is also available. Contact the faculty lead or any of the adjunctive faculty participating in the clinical trial if you're interested in that research. In some cases, residents may choose a co-mentor from another area or department, for example Neurobiology and Behavior, Public Health, Epidemiology, etc. that would be helpful for the resident's project. Choose your mentor early in the year since each faculty member can only mentor two residents per year. This policy is to make sure that the faculty have enough time to devote to mentoring residents in their research projects and helps to expose residents to a wider variety of topics in Neurology

How to Get Started

Case series:

  • focus on a particular patient that you (or a colleague) has cared for who posed unique problems medically, whether diagnosis, treatment, or social/emotional. Then work to find other similiar cases and seek to determine what makes them unique, why they are of interest, have other simliar cases been reported, etc.?
  • find a mentor who can discuss the cases with you, help you find relevant literature, contact faculty from other specialties who may have seen patients, etc. 

Clinical trial:

  • find out what trials are currently underway in UCI Neurology by reviewing the list of Clinical Trials, asking colleagues and faculty members, and/or searching on
  • contact one of the participating faculty members for the trial in which you'd like to be involved

Hypothesis-driven research:

  • think about your clinical interests and schedule to determine what type of research would be a good fit (e.g. neurological specialty, method, required skills)
  • find a mentor
  • don't be hesitant to ask faculty to serve as your mentor, this is what we do; if you send an email don't hesitate to follow up multiple times
  • map out your project with your mentor to make sure it's feasible in the available time 
  • work with your mentor to identify available resources (such as undergraduate 199 students who can help with the project)
  • if you undertake a longer term hypothesis driven research project, be prepared to discuss hypotheses, experimental design, and methods in the first year of the project (see also how presentations at this stage of the project are now valued in the literature, e.g. "registered reports" and "results-free review" Presentations in the later years of the project would include data and interpretations. However, projects should be completed by the end of residency, so works in progress are not expected from graduating residents.


Certain research studies require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The IRB monitors all human research studies at the university. Talk to your mentor about your project to determine whether IRB review is needed and what approvals are already in place for the project. As a general rule, quality improvement projects do not need IRB approval. Quality improvement projects focus on improving clinical practice and must be specific to UCI, not including patients or data from other sites. Chart review studeis may need IRB approval; talk to your mentor and if IRB review is needed you can work with the Neurology clinical trials unit manager, Veronica Martin, and Dr. Tahseen Mozaffar to get approval. A case series of up to three subjects does not need IRB approval. Publication of studies with larger numbers of patients usually does require approval. The Office of Research has a website with a question/answer interface you can use to get more information about required approvals for your study (


Submit an abstract on your project to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) or other meeting. You can submit an abstract on last year's project. Other possible meetings include American Neurological Association (ANA), American Epilepsy Society, etc. Many meetings have travel scholarships and the Department has funds for residens to attend meetings, particularly with accepted abstracts. It is a requirement to attend one meeting during the three years of residency. Resident research awards are given at many meetings. 

Publish your research findings (with the help of your mentor). Please let Drs. Flanagan, Mnatsakanyan, Mozaffar and Jean Gottbreht know about abstracts you've submitted to meetings and articles for publication.

Quality Improvement Projects

In some cases quality improvement projects can turn into research projects. Keep in mind that you don't need Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for quality improvement projects, but if you plan on expanding for a research project that may be published as generalizable knowledge the project will need IRB approval. 

Shared Projects

Residents may choose to do a shared project for larger studies. In this case, there must be a sufficient depth to the project to result in enough data and findings for each resident to have their own component of the project to present at Research Day or as an abstract for a meeting. All shared projects must be approved by Dr. Flanagan. 

Research Presentations

Each resident will present their research in June at the departmental annual Research Day, which will mimic the structure of a professional meeting such as the annual meeting of the AAN. This will provide residents with practice preparing and submitting research abstracts as well as preparation and delivery of oral and poster presentations. All residents are expected to present at Research Day and any absence must be approved by Drs. Mnatsakanyan and Mozaffar. If an absence is approved, you must arrange to have your project presented at Research Day in your absence, usually by your faculty mentor. 


July-October - Identify a faculty mentor and start to develop your research project. Begin background reading of literature, gather charts or data, start any experiments, and begin analysis. You may want to start analysis on a small group of patients to determine which outcome parameters are most interesting for your study. 

November - Send your research topic and faculty mentor to Jean Gottbreht and cc Dr. Flanagan. You will recieve an email reminder with the due date.

November-March - Continue background reading of literature, gather charts or data, any experiments, analysis, statistical methods.

April - Finalize all data, graphs, gather literature, case studies, etc. 

Early May - Abstracts due, 1-2 weeks later presenters will be informed whether they will have an oral or poster presentation. 

Mid-May - Put together presentation. 

Start of June - Show presentation to faculty mentor, begin revising presentation with their feedback; print posters; practice presentations. 

Mid-End June - Neurology Research Day

Current Residents »

Program Directors


Lilit Mnatsakanyan, MD
Program Director

Dr. Mnatsakanyan received her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia, completed residency in adult neurology at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a two-year fellowship at UCLA /Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. She joined UCI department of after completing her fellowship in 2011. She is one of the epileptologists in our state of the art Comprehensive Epilepsy center involved in medical and surgical management of complex epilepsy patients, video electroencephalography (EEG), continuous EEG monitoring in critically ill, ictal spectroscopy, advanced imaging, epilepsy surgery, neuromodulation device therapy, electrocorticography, and functional brain mapping. She is the director of the intraoperative monitoring program, providing real-time neurophysiological monitoring during cranial and spine surgeries. Her educational activities include teaching, resident continuity clinic and, clinical research activities.

Adult Neurology Residents PGY-4

Maryam Hosseini, MD*, MS, earned her Medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran after which she practiced as a general practitioner for three years. She earned her Master’s degree in Biomedical and Translational Sciences at UC Irvine in 2014. As a junior research specialist, she studied the mechanism of coma and the role of Orexin in neurological recovery following cardiac arrest (global ischemia) and resuscitation. As a neurology resident, she has a special interest in caring for stroke patients so she is planning to pursue vascular neurology as her fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and traveling.

Maya Hrachova, DO*, grew up in Minsk, Belarus before moving to California where she attended UC Davis majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology. After graduation, she worked as a research analyst in the Neurodegenerative Disease Program at Stanford Research Institute where she investigated potential biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease. Soon after, she left Bay Area to move to Southern California to attended Western University for Health Sciences where her passion for neurology amplified. She was excited to match to UCI Neurology Residency Program where she continues to learn from patients with diverse backgrounds, internationally known faculty and pursue her love for research in the field of Neuro-Oncology. In her free time, Maya enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and spending time with her family.

Kevin Kapur, MD, was born and raised in the South Bay, Los Angeles area. He earned his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at UCLA and his medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He is interested in behavioral neurology, neuroimmunology, epilepsy, and palliative care. In his spare time, he enjoys pop culture, board/video games, spending time with friends and family, and chicken.

Shadi Milani, DO, earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at University of California, Irvine and a medical degree at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is passionate about neuromuscular medicine and plans on pursuing a fellowship in this field. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, travelling and extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving.

Jeffrey Mullen, MD, grew up in rural North Dakota. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Dakota where he primarily played the trumpet. He then enlisted in the Army and spent several years in the military as a special operations combat medic. He attended medical school at UC Irvine, where he also completed his medicine internship. In his spare time he enjoys road trips, woodworking, and despite his efforts he is ineffective at maintaining a garden.

*Chief Resident

Adult Neurology Residents PGY-3

Nita Chen, MD, hails from Taiwan and completed her bachelor's degree in in neuroscience and physiology as well as cognitive science at University of California, San Diego. She attended medical school in Albany Medical College, NY. She enjoys research, and her current academic interests include movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, etc. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her supportive cat Glia, doodling, and gardening. She is also an avid Yelper, and one of her crucial missions during her residency is to sample every boba/pearl milk tea of Southern California. You can find her slice of life comics on Instagram @neurologicalpanda

Batool Hussain, MD, is an international medical graduate who did Medical school from Ziauddin Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan.  She is interested in Vascular Neurology and Epilepsy.  In her spare time, she enjoys being a cat mom to her two fur children Guffy and Leo.

Brian Jung, MD, received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with honors in Neuroscience. After graduating from college, he worked in neuroimaging research lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His research focused on investigating the disease-specific pattern of cerebellar atrophy in patients with Spinocerebellar ataxia. At Baltimore Veterans Affairs, he helped conduct research on the use of exoskeleton robotics system for gait rehabilitation in stroke patients. Brian then earned his medical degree at UCI School of Medicine. As a medical student, he was awarded a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he investigated the use of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI technique for characterization of different brain tumor types. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and playing golf.

Masaki Nagamine, MD, completed a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis and went on to pursue research on neurosensory pathways. He was a clinical liaison for a free clinic in Sacramento and a program coordinator of medical education at a clinic for the underserved in Michigan. He earned his medical degree at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. As a neurology resident, he has a passion for research and many neurologic subspecialties with an emphasis in vascular neurology. He enjoys going to Disneyland and various conventions with his wife in his free time.

Adult Neurology Residents PGY-2

Candace Borders, MD, Matthew Bower, MD, Amit Chaudhari, MD, PhD, Tigran Khachatryan, MD, PhD and Ravi Rajmohan, MD, PhD

Meet our 2019-2020 Fellows and Residents

Program Coordinator

Jean Gottbreht, BS
Residency Coordinator
Jean grew up on a farm in North Dakota and graduated from Minot State University with a BS degree in Education.  She lived 5 years in Wyoming and then in 1987 moved to California. She took a 1-month temp job at UCI in 1987 and has never left.  Jean and Bill have been married 35 years and have 3 grown children, whom have all graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition they have 6 “out of this world” grandchildren.  She loves being “mom” to the residents but really LOVES being Grandma. She loves time together with her grown family.  She is a huge fan of the RED SOX and really enjoys jigsaw puzzles.  If in the mood, she enjoys cooking and baking.


Past Fellows and Residents »

Graduating residents pursue subspecialty fellowship training after residency. Our graduates choose to enter into the academic centers, some choose a private practice, group practice or join larger organizations. Below is a list of recent graduates and where they have gone:

Yr Grad Fellowship
Monica Lavian, DO 2017 Neuromuscular UC Irvine
Tim Lai, MD 2017 Neuromuscular UC Irvine
John Parker, MD 2017 Clinical Neurophysiology  USC
Arnold Brizuela, MD 2016 Clinical Neurophysiology  USC

Dana McDermott, DO

2016 Memory Disorders UC San Francisco
Daniel O'Connell 2016 Neuro Oncology UCLA
Neggy Rismanchi, MD, PhD 2016 Clinical Neurophysiology  UC Irvine
Olivia Kim, MD 2016 Clinical Neurophysiology  UC Irvine
Sonia Nayyar, MD 2016 Neuromuscular UC Irvine
Caroline Peyronnard, MD 2016 Neuromuscular UC Irvine
Kristofer Nissenen, MD 2015 Memory Disorders UC San Diego
Mariano Porto, MD 2015 Clinical Neurophysiology  UT San Antonio
Nassim Naderi, MD 2015 Clinical Neurophysiology  Cedars Sinai
Michael Sy, MD, PhD 2015 Multiple Sclerosis UC Irvine
Victor Doan, MD 2015 Clinical Neurophysiology  USC
Anna Morenkova, MD, PhD 2014 Movement Disorders UC Irvine
Farzin Pedoim, MD 2014 Movement Disorders Loma Linda University
Brian Kaiser, DO 2014 Private Practice Colorado
Susan Sifers, MD 2013 Movement Disorders Stanford
Avriel Linane, DO 2013 Epilepsy Vanderbilt University
Grant Kidd, DO 2013 General Neurology Military Assignment
Nada Hindiyeh, MD 2013 Headache  Stanford
Lauren Green, DO 2012 Headache USC
Hitesh Patel, MD 2012 Clinical Neurophysiology  UC Irvine
Xiao-Tang Kong, MD, PhD 2012 Neuro Oncology UCLA
Claudia Munoz, MD 2012 Epilepsy
Szofia Bullain, MD 2011 Memory Disorders UC Irvine
Reza Pirsaheli, MD 2011 Neuro-Critical Care Stanford
Hormozd Bozorgchami, MD 2011 Stroke  Oregon
Interventional Radiology Neuroradiology Oregon
Ajeet Sodhi, MD 2011 Stroke  UC San Diego
Dongmei Jiang, MD, PhD 2010 Clinical Neurophysiology  Harbor-UCLA
Epilepsy Washington University in St. Louis
An Do, MD 2010 SCI/Neuro-rehabilitation UC Irvine/LBVA Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab center
Wenqiang Tian, MD, PhD 2010 Neurophysiology  UCSD
Kaveh Saremi, MD 2010 Neurophysiology UC Irvine
Movement Disorders UCLA
Dion Fung, MD 2009 Stroke
Nastaran Rafiei, MD 2009
Cyrus Dastur, MD 2008 Neuro-intensive Care UC Irvine
David Brown, DO 2008 Neuro-imaging Dent Neurological Institute in Buffalo
Karen Cheng, MD 2007 Sleep Stanford
Naomi Lin, MD 2007 Clinical Neurophysiology  Cedars Sinai
Vinh Dang, MD 2007 Clinical
Shirisha Janumpally, MD 2007
Ronnie Karayan, MD 2006 Clinical Neurophysiology  UC Irvine
Beth Lo, MD 2006
Marcel Hungs, MD, PhD 2005 Sleep Stanford
Karen Lee, MD 2005 Clinical Neurophysiology  UC Irvine
Miracle Wangsuwana, DO 2005 Private Practice
Norman Wang, MD 2004 Epilepsy Barrows Institute
Kim Madden, DO 2004 Private Practice
Sonya Patel, DO 2004 Joined Kaiser Permanente
Marwan Maalouf, MD 2003 Behavioral Neurology UC Irvine
Mankong Leung, MD 2003
Vivek Jain, MD 2002
Sergey Akopov, MD 2002
Anwar Gonzalez, MD 2002
Menaka De Silva, MD 2002
How to Apply »


Our program reviews applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We are a linked advanced/preliminary training program. The applicants have an option to complete their preliminary medicine year at UC Irvine should they rank the preliminary Medicine program in line with the UC Irvine Neurology advanced program in their rank list. There is usually no separate interview required for the preliminary medicine position. 

Our NRMP Program IDs are as follows:

  • Neurology-Advanced 1043180A0
  • Med-Prelim/Neurology 1043140P1

Application Requirements

All applicants must provide all required documents through ERAS. The list of documents consists of a Dean's Letter or Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) three letters of recommendation, the medical school transcript and a personal statement. A Department of Neurology chair or designee letter is desired, but not absolutely needed; the second should be from a Neurology faculty member who has worked closely with you; the third should be from a faculty member of your choosing.

We do not employ a cutoff for USMLE scores. However, we prefer those who have passed their USMLE examinations on the first attempt. You must have a Step 1 score added to ERAS before we can review your application. Successful completion of Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills is required to begin any UC Irvine residency training program.

The deadline to submit ERAS applications for the Department of Neurology's residency programs is December 1.

International Applicants

We also consider applications from qualified international medical graduates through ERAS. International medical graduate applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. J visa is acceptable in select situations. Please note that your medical school must be on the state board's list of approved institution.  The list of documents consists of a Dean's Letter or Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) three letters of recommendation, the medical school transcript and a personal statement. A Department of Neurology chair or designee letter is desired, but not absolutely needed; the second should be from a Neurology faculty member who has worked closely with you; the third should be from a faculty member of your choosing.

We do not employ a cutoff for USMLE scores. However, we prefer those who have passed their USMLE examinations on the first attempt. You must have a Step 1 score added to ERAS before we can review your application. Successful completion of Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills is required to begin any UC Irvine residency training program. The deadline to submit ERAS applications for the Department of Neurology's residency programs is December 1.

Clinical experience (with supportive letters) in the United States is strongly recommended for international graduates. We also prefer applicants who have graduated from medical school within the previous three to five years and have been involved in clinical care since graduation. 


Interviews are conducted on Wednesdays from October through January.

The interview day begins with a welcome breakfast and overview of the departments within neurology, sometimes including presentations by faculty representatives from within the department. Applicants will then interview with four faculty members and a chief resident for approximately 20 minutes each.

Lunch is with the current residents, faculty and staff, and lastly, a complete tour of UCIMC will conclude the interview day.

Getting Here

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is located in Santa Ana and is the nearest airport to UCIMC. Depending on your departure city, it may be easier or less expensive to fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is about 35 miles northwest of UCIMC, or Long Beach Airport (LGB), which is 18 miles northwest. 

The Doubletree Anaheim-Orange County is located directly across the street from UCIMC and is a convenient place to stay for your interview.