Dr. Monideep Dutt was born and grew up in Calcutta, India where he attended medical school at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery followed by Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health from the Institute of Child Health, both prestigious government institutions of Calcutta University, India.
As a pediatrician, Dr. Dutt worked in a tertiary care center for Pediatrics and Neonatology and during this time he became fascinated by the nervous system and was attracted by the possibility of helping children with neurological disorders. In 2008, he moved to US where he attended a second Pediatric Residency Program at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Flushing, New York and was awarded the title of “Best Resident” of his year.
He moved to Boston in 2011 and completed the Child Neurology training at Boston Medical Center of Boston University Medical School.
Dr. Dutt became an Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Neurology Department at Wake Forest Baptist Health in July 2014. He likes managing a variety of neurological disorders affecting children at different ages, of which his special interest is in Neonatal Neurology.
He loves listening to music and enjoys time with family and friends. He looks forward to visit his parents in India every year.
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Dr. Annette Grefe was born in San Francisco,
but grew up in Germany and attended high school there. She returned to
the U.S. after graduation and received her BA from Southern Connecticut State
University, then obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism at Syracuse
University in 1983. After working at a medical center publication for
the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham, Alabama, she become
fascinated with medicine, and with the neurosciences in particular. She
pursued premedical studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and in
1992 graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She
completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Baptist Medical Centers
in Birmingham and then entered residency and fellowship training at the
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. She
completed her Child Neurology training in 1997 and then moved to Billings,
Montana, where she spent nine years in solo private practice. She
missed the intellectual stimulation of academic practice, however, and
therefore joined the faculty of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in October
Dr. Grefe is a generalist within the
subspecialty of pediatric neurology. She particularly enjoys taking
care of patients with epilepsy, neurologic complications of rare genetic and
metabolic disorders, as well as movement disorders. She believes that truly
listening to patients (or their parents) is a physician’s most important
attribute. She is enthusiastic about teaching and has been actively
engaged in medical student and resident education and curriculum development. She served as Child Neurology Residency Associate Director for Pediatric
Neurology from 2008 to 2017. She is passionate about sparking students’ interest in
pediatric neurology, and about training her residents to be the best doctors
they can be.
In her free time, Dr. Grefe enjoys art and
photography. She and her husband also love choral music, travel and
exploring the outdoors with their two Australian Shepherd dogs.
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Dr. Chon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and
emigrated with her family to the U.S. at the age of three. The majority of
her childhood was spent in Minnesota. She graduated with a BA in chemistry
from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983; then entered the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, graduating with an MD in 1987. Following medical
school, she was a surgical intern in Los Angeles. She changed her
career focus to pediatrics and relocated to North Carolina to be with her
husband. After a research fellowship in pediatric infectious disease,
she was a pediatric resident at UNC-Chapel Hill, completing residency in
1993. She joined the pediatric faculty at Moses Cone Hospital in
Greensboro, NC, where she practiced and taught for thirteen years.
While a fulfilling career, she wanted to become more expert in a narrower
field of pediatrics and returned to UNC for training in child
neurology. After completing residency in 2009, she was a fellow for an
additional year in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. She joined
the neurology faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in August
2010. Although trained as an epileptologist, she is interested in all
aspects of child neurology.
Dr. Lee enjoys playing the piano, relaxing
at the beach and when time allows, visiting Korea. She has a daughter
in college and her husband is a medical researcher.
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Dr. Scott Otallah was raised in a small town in central Virginia. He became fascinated by pediatric neurology while working with children with brain injuries during medical school. He completed his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Virginia.
After training, Dr Otallah spent three years working at a newly established training program as a general pediatric neurologist. There, he was able to hone his clinical interests while working closely with a tight knit group of medical students, pediatric residents, and clinical faculty. He grew greatly as a clinician, electroencephalographer, educator, and mentor during this time.
It has long been Dr. Otallah’s joy and passion to serve children with neurological illnesses while also serving and supporting their families. He has particular interests in traumatic brain injury including concussion and in CNS demyelinating diseases such as pediatric multiple sclerosis. At Wake Forest he plans to work toward establishing dedicated clinics for these patients.
Dr Otallah hails from a family of teachers and another of his passions is medical education. He has been fortunate enough to receive awards for his teaching during the course of his training and early career. He looks forward to sharing his love of neurology with the trainees at Wake Forest.
At home Dr Otallah is a dedicated husband and father as well as an avid reader, hiker, and sports fan. He loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to participate in medical outreach in Central America and Africa.
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Dr. Gautam “Vinnie” Popli grew up in India where he attended
medical school and completed a pediatric residency at Jabalpur
University. He then came to the US and completed a second pediatric
residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a
Cornell-University-affiliated program in New York. For the next eight
years he worked as a general pediatrician and hospitalist in Maine, where he
also served as a volunteer fire fighter. While general and critical
care pediatrics (and firefighting) provided plenty of excitement, it did not
provide the intellectual stimulation he was seeking. Dr. Popli
therefore decided to pursue Pediatric Neurology residency training at
the Boston Medical Center, Boston University, where he graduated in
2009. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical
Neurophysiology at Children’s Hospital in Boston (Harvard Medical School) in
His main areas of interest within pediatric neurology include
intractable epilepsy, epilepsy surgery and brain mapping.
Dr. Popli has a private pilot’s license and in his spare time
enjoys collecting medical books and other antiques related to the medical
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Dr. Mary Silvia was born in Fresno, CA where she lived until
moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California to
study Mechanical Engineering. She obtained a B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering, but in her last year of engineering school, changed her focus to
medicine. For a year following graduation, she was a Lecturer for the
Mechanical Engineering department teaching introductory Engineering classes
while taking pre-medical requirements. She subsequently attended
Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she became interested
in neuroscience and decided on a career in pediatric neurology. She
completed 2 years of general pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Medical
Center and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Neurology
program and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for both pediatric
neurology training as well as a fellowship in
Epilepsy/Neurophysiology. After finishing her training, she moved
back to Southern California, where she worked as a solo pediatric epileptologist
at Loma Linda Medical Center for almost 4 years. However, missing the
intellectual stimulation and camaraderie of epilepsy colleagues drew her back
to the east coast to join the faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her younger
brother and his family in Greensboro, playing tennis and other sports,
reading, playing with her dog Pepe, and watching independent films and
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Lauren Strauss was raised in a suburb outside of New York City. She received her Bachelor in Applied
Sciences in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania with a minor in
Psychology. It was during this time,
she became fascinated with the overlap between medicine and engineering, and
realized that she would like to pursue a career in medicine. She graduated from New York College of
Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), after which she completed two years of
Pediatrics residency at the NSLIJ Steven and Alexandra Cohen’s Children’s Medical
Center. For her Child Neurology residency
training, she moved to Boston and trained at Harvard University’s Boston
Children’s Hospital. She was very
active in education during her time there and was elected chief
resident. She found the treatment of
patients with chronic or refractory headaches rewarding. She went on to complete a fellowship in
Headache Medicine through Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s John R
Graham Headache Center, which has received international recognition for
clinical excellence, for pioneering new approaches to headache treatment and
for research on women's issues, as well as clinical trials for the treatment
of headache disorders. During this
fellowship, she cared for both adult and pediatric patients.
Strauss is one of the only board-certified UCNS headache specialists in the
region with a special interest in pediatric and young adult. Since joining Wake Forest Baptist Health
and Brenner Children’s Hospital, she has offered clinic-based procedures for
treatment of pain including occipital nerve blocks, trigger point injections,
and IV medication infusions. Her goal
for patients is for them to gain control back of their pain, managing
headaches to reduce the need for the emergency room. She is building a multi-disciplinary
program for treatment of refractory headache patients.
Strauss is enthusiastic about teaching young trainees interested in Child
Neurology and Headache, and since 2017 is the program Director for the Child Neurology Residency Program. She is actively engaged in medical student
and resident education and curriculum development.
her free time, Dr. Strauss enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, catching up with
old friends, and exploring local NC festivals.