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Meet Our Current Residents in Neurosurgery

Chief Residents (Class of 2018)
Postgraduate Year 6 (Class of 2019)
Postgraduate Year 5 (Class of 2020)
Postgraduate Year 4 (Class of 2021)
Postgraduate Year 3 (Class of 2022)
Postgraduate Year 2 (Class of 2023)
Postgraduate Year 1 (Class of 2024)


Chief Residents

Chikezie Eseonu, M.D.

Chikezie Eseonu, MD

Undergraduate Education: Harvard (2007)
Medical School: Yale (2011)

Previous Research Areas:

  • Multi-targeting nanoparticle drug delivery of siRNA to high grade human gliomas in Jordan Green's biomedical engineering lab
  • Developing a fibrin gel/biodegradable polymer nanoparticle drug delivery carrier
  • Retrospective analysis of the prognostic factors, extent of resection, clinical outcomes, and costs for awake craniotomies
  • Retrospective analysis of the clinical outcomes, extent of resection, learning curve, surgical technique, costs, and quality-adjusted life years of the microscopic and endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgical approaches
  • Intraoperative brain mapping
  • Clinical outcome studies for gliomas, pituitary tumors, brain metastases, and meningiomas

Awards and Grants:

  • Shining Star Award (2014) The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine
  • Diversity supplemental grant in health-related research (2015), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Neurosurgery Chairman's Award for Improving Patient Safety (2016), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery
Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, M.D.

Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, MD

Undergraduate Education: Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Saltillo (2005)
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (2011)

Previous Research Areas: 

  • How brain tumors elude the immune system by suppressing it., specifically the effect of checkpoint molecules and how we can inhibit them to help the immune cells recognize tumor cells and create a durable and effective immune response against the tumor
  • Mechanisms that brain tumor cells use to migrate and invade normal brain tissue, as well as ways to inhibit these mechanisms and decrease the invasion of normal brain by tumor cells
  • Mechanisms of vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) with a mouse model of SAH to allow us to understand the mechanisms by which aneurysm patients sustain strokes after the initial hemorrhage
  • Outcomes of patients with cerebrovascular disease
  • Outcomes of brain tumor patients

Grants and Awards:

Harvey Cushing Hunterian Research Award (2017)

Christopher Jackson, M.D.

Chris Jackson, MD

Undergraduate Education: Wake Forest (2008)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2013)


Postgraduate Year 6

Matt Bender, M.D.

Matthew Bender, MD

Undergraduate Education: Yale (2006)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2012)

Research Areas:

  • Two-year enfolded endovascular neurosurgery fellowship with Drs. Coon, Colby and Caplan. Research mentors also include Drs. Tamargo and Huang. Clinical research interests include:
  • Longitudinal studies of subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Antiplatelet strategies for endovascular procedures
  • Novel applications of flow diverters and flow diversion outcomes
  • Endovascular access strategies and new catheter technology
  • Descriptive work on vascular anatomic variation​

Awards and Grants:

  • Walter Dandy Award for Clinical Research (2017), Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery Chairman's Award for Improving Patient Safety (2017), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery
Rajiv Iyer, M.D.

Rajiv Iyer, MD

Undergraduate Education: New York University (2007)
Medical School: New York University (2012)

Previous Research Areas:

  • Mentored by Dr. Alan Cohen. Investigating novel intracranial approaches and innovative surgical instrumentation in the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery laboratory in the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation and in addition serving as clinical mentor in the Center for Biodesign and Innovation (CBID) engineering program.
  • Working with Dr. Mark Luciano in establishing an animal model of shunt infection and hydrocephalus and using this model to collaborate with various engineers on innovative shunt-related products/systems. Also establishing an in vitro benchtop model of physiologic ventricular shunting in order to investigate hydrodynamics of shunting by controlling for several variables.
  • Clinical research interests include: pediatric craniocervical instability, pediatric spine deformity, pediatric craniofacial outcomes, intramedullary spinal cord tumors, adult skull base CSF leaks and intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Other interests include global neurosurgical health outreach/service through various nonprofit organizations
  • Trained under Dr. Jallo at JHACH for 6 months (from 7/1/2016 – 12/31/2016)

Postgraduate Year 5

Bowen Jiang, M.D.

Bowen Jiang, MD

Undergraduate Education: Stanford (2008)
Medical School: Stanford (2012)

Research Areas:

  • Two-year enfolded endovascular neurosurgery fellowship with Dr. Coon
  • Clinical research on novel devices and strategies for treatment of brain aneurysms, use of abciximab for treatment of intra-procedural thrombogenic complications during flow diversion, and longitudinal studies on mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke

Grants and Awards: 

  • 2017 - 2018: Council of State Neurological Society's (CSNS) Socioeconomic Fellow
  • 2015 - 2016: Vice Chair of Communications for the House Staff Patient Safety and Quality Council 
  • Most Outstanding Rotating Intern of the Year (2013), Department of General Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Camilo Molina, M.D.

Camilo Molina, MD

Undergraduate Education: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (2008)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2013)

Research Areas:

  • One-year complex spine deformity and oncology enfolded fellowship
  • Collaboration with the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation and the Bloodless Surgery Center, conducting research with Dr. Theodore, Dr. Wolinsky, and Dr. Sciubba. Projects include working on novel spinal cord monitors for use in the setting of spinal cord injury, spine surgery robotics, and intraoperative spine alignment assessment devices
  • Development of methods for personalized 3D printed spinal implants
  • Quality improvement clinical projects aimed at reducing blood loss and transfusions in spine surgery as well as spinal oncology and deformity clinical outcomes 
Teresa Wojtasiewicz, M.D.

Teresa Wojtasiewicz

Undergraduate Education: Barnard College of Columbia University (2007)
Medical School: Columbia (2013)

Research Areas:

  • One-year enfolded fellowship in functional neurosurgery under the direction of Dr. Anderson and Dr. Robinson
  • Developing interest in adult and pediatric functional neurosurgical procedures

Postgraduate Year 4

Christina Jackson, M.D.

Christina Jackson, MD

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas at Austin (2009)
Medical School: Harvard (2014)

Erick Westbroek, M.D.

Erick Westbroek, MD

Undergraduate Education: University of Utah (2009)
Medical School: Stanford (2014)

Grants and Awards: 

  • Outstanding Rotating Intern, Department of Surgery (2015), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine
  • Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement/Outstanding Junior Resident (2016), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery

Postgraduate Year 3

Yike Jin, M.D.

Yike Jin, MD

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2011)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2015)

Daniel Lubelski, M.D.

Daniel Lubelski, MD

Undergraduate Education: City University of New York, Queens College, Flushing, New York (2009)
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic (2015)

Dimetrios Mathios, M.D.

Dimetrios Mathios, MD

Undergraduate Education: University of Athens School of Health Sciences (2011)
Medical School: University of Athens (2015)

Risheng Xu, M.D.

Risheng Xu, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Education: Harvard (2007)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2015)

Grants and Awards:

Irving J. Sherman Award for Resident Achievement/Outstanding Junior Resident (2017), The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurological Surgery


Postgraduate Year 2

Jennifer Kim, M.D.

Jennifer Kim, MD

Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2010)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2016)

Ann Liu, M.D.

Ann Liu, MD

Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (2011)
Medical School: Wake Forest (2016)

Jordina Rincon-Torroella, M.D.

Jordina Rincon-Torroella, MD

Undergraduate Education: INS Serrallarga, Blanes, Spain (2006)
Medical School: University of Barcelona (2013)

Amanda Sacino, M.D., Ph.D.

Amanda Sacino, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Education: Boston University (2009)
Medical School:  University of Florida (2016)


Postgraduate Year 1

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, M.D.

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, MD

Undergraduate Education: Mt. Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (2012)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2017)

Brendan Judy, M.D.

Brendan Judy, MD

Undergraduate Education: University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2010)
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (2017)

Ryan Lee, M.D.

Ryan Lee, MD

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN (2012)
Medical School: University of Tennessee (2017)

Ryan Planchard, M.D.

Ryan Planchard, MD

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville TN (2013)
Medical School:  Mayo Medical School (2017)

Wuyang Yang, M.D.

Wuyang Yang, MD

Undergraduate Education: Capital Medical School, University of China (2008)
Medical School: Capital Medical University, China (2017)

 

Research Areas:

  • Two-year enfolded endovascular neurosurgery fellowship with Dr. Coon
  • Clinical research on novel devices and strategies for treatment of brain aneurysms, use of abciximab for treatment of intra-procedural thrombogenic complications during flow diversion, and longitudinal studies on mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke

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