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Department honors graduating residents and fellows

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Members of the Duke Neurology Department gathered amidst space capsules, moon rocks, and tornado simulations for the 2018 graduation of our residents and fellows on Saturday. At the Durham Museum of Life and Science, our graduating trainees were honored by their former mentors who had become their colleagues.

Many of the trainees will be staying on in different capacities within Duke. Of the six graduating residents, five will be staying on at Duke for fellowship training. Olinda Pineda, MD, will join a McLeod Family Medicine, a private practice near Myrtle Beach, where she will be seeing patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The other five graduating residents will be joining the following fellowship programs:

  • Sweta Sengupta, MD - Headache
  • Casey Farin, MD - Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
  • Sommer Ebdlahad, MD - Neuromuscular Medicine/EMG
  • Jason Bethea - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Colleen Stack, MD, MBA - Epilepsy

In addition, Child Neurology’s William Gallentine, DO, honored the two graduating Child Neurology residents who spent a year within the Department: Kathleen Cardinale, MD, who will join the General Pediatric Neurology faculty at Yale New Haven Hospital, and Ashley Helseth, who will enter a postdoctoral fellowship in movement disorders in the lab of Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD.

Within our faculty, residents presented Vani Chilukuri, MD, with the annual the Marvin Rozear “Common Sense” award, as well as Jodi Dodds, MD, and Rozear himself with awards for excellence in teaching. They also honored Saurabh Sinha, MD, PhD, Gina Murray, and the other members of the “second family” they had during their four years at Duke.