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Pediatric Neurology Residents

Class of 2017

Lilliana Banari - photo  

Liliana Banari, MD    

Hometown:  Edinet, Moldova

Undergraduate: Nursing, Republican Nursing College, Chisnau, Moldova                                                                                               

Medical School:  State Medical & Pharma University, "Nicolae Testimitanu"    

Pediatric Residency:  Wake Forest School of Medicine


​I chose Wake Forest because of its excellent reputation for quality in medical education and residency training, the faculty dedicated to teaching, and I love the area that offers a great variety of activities. I was impressed with the feeling of camaraderie between the residents and their enthusiasm about neurology. It's so much easier to learn when people around are so passionate about what they do. The faculty (without exception) is pretty amazing neurologists, and all of them are very focused on teaching and mentorship. Another huge plus of the program is the diversity in faculty members' training so we can benefit from being exposed to different schools' trends. I really appreciate one to one teaching that is a remarkable part of my training here. No matter how busy we are we still get to enjoy each other outside the hospital as well. It's so much to do around here: from great outdoors in the mountains to art shows and great performances at NC School of the Arts.  I feel really lucky to be trained at Wake Forest! It's my dream come true!


Candace Curry - Class of 2017 photo

Class of 2018

Candace Curry, MD
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Undergraduate: BS, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Medical School: MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Hi! My name is Candace. I grew up on a farm in the mountains of NC. I am what's known as a "Triple Deac".  I went to Wake Forest for undergrad where I majored in mathematics. For medical school, I had the privilege of continuing my education at Wake. When it came time to choose a residency, I looked at lots of programs but couldn't match the advantages I found right here at Wake Forest. Both the pediatrics and neurology departments are fabulous and Winston-Salem is an easy and fun city to live in. I am loving my intern year in pediatrics. We have a great balance of work, learning, and life outside of the hospital. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing at the lake, visiting family in the mountains, tackling diy home improvement projects, and attending Wake Forest athletic events.



Class of 2019

Beth Anne Cavanaugh, MD
Hometown:  Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
 Beth Ann Cavanugh - 2019 Update Photo

Hi, I am Beth Anne. I was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. I attended University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate education and University of Cincinnati for Medical School. I decided to move east when I fell in love with both the Pediatric program and the Neurology program at Wake Forest. Winston-Salem is the perfect city for me and in my free time I enjoy gardening, hiking and skiing. I am passionate about medical education and I am very excited to be here at Wake Forest!  


Class of 2021


             Ashmitha Raja      

Ashmitha Raja, MBBS

Hometown:  Bangalore, India

Medical Education:  Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences

Graduate School:  Wake Forest University


I was born and raised in Bangalore and graduated from medical school there. I chose Wake for graduate school because of its excellent research facilities and was excited to match here for residency. Faculty are really helpful and make the extra effort to focus on individualized teaching. The program and the support system for research and academic activities are also excellent. Winston Salem is a charming town with numerous hiking trails and beautiful parks and in my free time, I enjoy reading SFF, spending time outdoors and exploring the area.


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