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Dr. James Crisp was the recipient of the Class of 2015 HO Teacher of the Year award from the 3rd Year Medical Students.  This is a great honor for Dr. Crisp!

Crisp, James


Dr. Mariana Ciobanu was the recipient of the 2013 Pediatric Neurology Resident of the Year.  

2013 Pediatric Neuro Resident of Year - Ciobanu

WFBH Neurology Resident's Newletter

Many Neurology residents here at WFBH are involved in research and quality improvement issues, in addition to clinical duties.  This newsletter airms to highlight the achievements of our residents - from the clinic to the research lab, from national and international meetings to the committee room.  Please take the time to read our Summer 2013 Newsletter.


 Dr. Roy Strowd ('13 Resident) was the recipient of the Teaching Award from both Classes of 2012 and 2013!!

  Roy Teaching Award Class of 2012_edit2  Roy Teaching Award Class of 2013_edit2


Dr. Roy Strowd ('13 Resident) was awarded a $10,000 educational grant from the AAN for a research project studying the "Use of a mentored peer review program to enhance neurology resident education on the basic concepts of biostatistics, research methodology, and peer review."


PSR Teaching Award Class of 2013_edit3   Dr. Patrick Reynolds received the Class of 2013 Teaching Award

Dr. Patrick Reynolds (Neurology Residency Program Director) was awarded by the American Academy of Neurology, Program Director of the Year at the Annual Academy meeting in New Orleans, in April, 2012.   The AAN only awards 2 program directors a year for this distinction.
Reynolds_AAN program director award



Congratulations Class of 2011!!

Class 2011


Dr. Joe Ashburn ('11 Resident) received the 2011 Neurology Residency Research Award. Dr. Joe Ashburn was also elected AOA. 

Ashburn Research Award
Dr. David Mayans ('12 Resident) was elected to be Chair of the AAN’s Consortium of Neurology Residents and Fellows.
Dr. Roy Strowd ('13 Resident) received the 2011 Neurology Residency Teaching Award. Dr. Strowd was also selected to be on the Editorial Board of the Neurology Journal’s Resident and Fellow section.

Dr. Maria Sam (Neurology Faculty) received the 2011 Neurology Faculty Teaching Award and the Golden Apple Award.
Sam Golden Apple Award



David Mayans (’12 Resident) was selected the 2010 Neurology Teaching award, and Andrew Evans (’10 Resident/’11 Fellow) was given the 2010 Neurology Research Award voted on by the Neurology faculty.

Joseph Ashburn (’11 Resident) and Paul Ferguson (’11 Resident) were voted in 2010 as Friends of the Student Award by the medical students.

Currently expecting babies or have had babies this year  in Neurology are,  Emily Pharr (’09 Resident/’10 Fellow) Andrew Evans (’10 Resident/’11 Fellow), Scott Haines (’10 Resident), Paul Ferguson (’11 Resident), Joseph Ashburn (’11 Resident),  Patricia Mireles,  (‘11 PN Resident), Robert Kotloski (’12 Resident), David Mayans (’12 Resident), Roy Strowd (’13 Resident), Mellekate Vishwas (’13 PN Resident)!

The Neurology residents and their guests had a cook out at the home of Kanishk Makhija (’10 Fellow) in downtown Winston-Salem on August 22, 2010. 

The 2010 Farewell Party was hosted by Dr. Allison Brashear, and her husband, Cliff Ong, at their home an evening in June, 2010.  The graduating residents and their guests attended.  Each graduating resident was asked to invite 1 or 2 faculty members who were significant in their Neurology training.  Guests were Drs. Brashear, Cartwright, Grefe, Haq , Jeffery, O’Donovan, Reynolds , Tegeler, and Walker.

Congratulations to Roy Strowd, Neurology for receiving the 2010 Resident Teaching Award from the 2010 graduating medical students.

Cory Lamar was selected to receive a $1000 Minority Scholarship and Andrew Evans was selected to receive $500 at the 2009 Residents’ Symposium Scholarship and Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in October, 2009.

The 2009 Farewell Party was held at the Old Fourth Street Filling Station in downtown Winston-Salem in June, 2009.  In the 2009 graduating class were Time Braden (private practice in his home state of Tennessee – Go Vols!), Hans Greiner (continuing his training in Pediatrics to pursue Pediatric Neurology while his wife is doing a fellowship in Pediatrics in Cincinnati), Lee Kennedy at Wake doing an EMG fellowship), and Arpita Patel (private practice in the Washington, DC area).

Debra Kirby (’07 Resident/’08 Fellow) and Ned Cain were married on October 12, 2007 at Tangelwood Park in Clemmons, NC.

Eric Pitts (Fellow ’07) and Martin Brown (’07 Fellow) scored in the top 10% on the EMG In-service and residents: Coy Miller (’08 Peds Neurology), Deborah Kirby (’07 Resident ), Kara Eickman (’08 Resident/’09 Fellow ), Mary Campagna-Gibson (’08 Resident/’09 Fellow) and Aaron Miller (’08 Resident) all scored in the top 25%!

A Farewell Picnic was held at Tanglewood in June, 2007 and we had a showcase of Neurology Babies!  Participating in the Baby Parade was Mary Campagna-Gibson’s son, Luke Arthur Gibson; born May 17, 2006’ Lollie Hagen’s daughter Lucy Louise, born on August 24, 2006; Hans Greiner’s son, Luck Cannon Greiner, born September 19, 2006; Coy Miller’s daughter, Campbell Caroline, born December 7, 2006; Lee Kennedy’s son, Sawyer James, born on December 30, 2006; Tim Braden’s son Jacob Johnson, born May 1, 2007, and the newest (1 week old) Mitch Isaac’s son, Charles Mitchell, born May 28 2007.  There was no limit to the cooing. We really had a baby boom and Neurology continues to grow!

Kelly Ybema (’05 fellow) has moved back to Michigan, and she brought Chuck and Chip with her.  Kelly will be starting a private practice job, while Chuck works with Chip on his future as a southpaw pitcher.

Cecile (’04 resident, ’05 fellow), Joshua, and Mathijs Becker have packed up and moved to a house on the lake in Springfield, IL.  Cecile is joining a busy practice and already looking forward to spending time on her pontoon boat.

It was fierce competition, but the Different Strokes (Drs. Lefkowitz, Bettermann, and Cartwright) defeated Hagen’s Heros (Drs. Donofrio, Bell, and Hagen) in the 2005 Neurobowl.

Mike (’06) and Sarah Cartwright had their first child, Adam, on March 11th, 2005.  Adam passed his initial neurologic exams with flying colors, and he is now working on sitting and causing trouble.

After completing his pediatric neurology residency, Raymund David (‘05) has begun work in Sioux Falls, SD.  We all hope he can deal with the climate change, especially the winters.

Jon Kerrick (’05) has received a bunch of good news recently.  He and his wife Kim just had their first child, Mason.  Jon also accepted a position in Georgia, so Mason will be close to his grandparents.

Misty Sinclair (’05) has started a private practice position in Pinehurst, NC.  Dr. Donofrio is very jealous of all the golfing opportunities she will have in her new location.

After completing her epilepsy fellowship, Mary Medlin (’04 resident, ’05 fellow) has moved across the country to start a private practice position in Washington state.  In addition to practicing neurology, she plans to continue her cycling training and pursuit of the yellow jersey.

Shane Maxwell (’05) has signed on for another year.  Unfortunately for the neurology department, he will be switching to the department of anesthesia to complete a one year pain fellowship.  We can’t wait to call him for a consult!

Lisa Hobson-Webb (’05) has accepted a position as a neuromuscular fellow at Duke.  She will start her training in July of 2005.

The class 2004 has started their fellowships!  Cecile Becker is doing an EMG fellowship here at Wake Forest, and Mary Medlin also stayed at Wake Forest for further training in epilepsy.  Allison Chan is studying sleep medicine at Stanford, and Shehzad Choudry is doing a pain fellowship at Duke.

After completing their fellowships, the class of 2003 has moved on to the real world!  Jim Bavis studied sleep medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and is now joining a practice in Ohio.  Andrea Rinn finished her sleep medicine fellowship at Wake Forest and is joining a practice in Charlotte, NC.  Jason Rosenberg did a pain management fellowship at Wake Forest and is joining a practice in Pawley’s Island, SC.  Belinda Zhang studied epilepsy at Wake Forest and is now joining the faculty of the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest. 

Cecile Becker (’04) had her first child, Mathijs, on September 24th 2003.

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