Current Residents


John Herndon, MD
John Herndon, MD
Hometown: Dalton, Georgia
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuromuscular disease, movement disorders
Hobbies: Tap dance, running, theater
Why I Chose UNC: There is a lot of thought put into supporting and educating residents, not just working them hard. Also, the Research Triangle is a great place to be.

Danouska Tememe
Danouska Tememe, MD
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergrad School: University of Miami
Med School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology: Stroke
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, but most importantly playing with my dog, Remmy!
Why I Chose UNC: The camaraderie at UNC is unparalleled, not just between residents but also the rest of the UNC staff. The attendings are all great mentors and always accessible. I can't imagine a more welcoming environment to train.

Krzysztof Romanowski, MD
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Undergraduate School: College of Charleston
Medical School: Georgetown University
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Multiple sclerosis, neuro-ophthalmology
Hobbies: Shark fishing, skateboarding, aquarium husbandry, marine biology
Why I Chose UNC: On top of this program being very impressive academically, the feeling of support and camaraderie among the residents and attendings was really noticeable when I interviewed here. I knew they were there for each other and were part of one big family. I wanted so much to be a part of that family of caring, supportive, well-adjusted residents. I am so honored that it was able to come true.

Venkatachalam Veerappan
Venkatachalam Veerappan, MD
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Stroke, movement disorders
Hobbies: Sports, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family.
Why I Chose UNC: I chose UNC because of its well-rounded program, diverse patient population, and excellent opportunities for subspecialty training during and after residency.

Ameeta Karmarkar, MD
Ameeta Karmarkar, MD
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Undergraduate School: 
Medical School: Grant Medical College, India
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Stroke
Hobbies: Yoga
Why I Chose UNC:  My decision to join UNC was spontaneous, and I never gave a second thought to where I wanted to be once I interviewed here. In addition to the strong academic focus and an impressive breadth of clinical training, I think UNC's people are its greatest asset. I was struck by the honesty and genuine warmth of the faculty and residents I met here, and it reflects in the work ethic and team spirit that the residents share. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is a beautiful place to live and has perfect weather. I am also quite impressed with the diversity of restaurants that Chapel Hill has to offer! 

Luke Barr, MD
Luke Barr, MD
Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ
Undergraduate School: Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Concussion, headache, interventional
Hobbies: multiple
Why I Chose UNC: Excellent location for quality of life with multiple social, career, family, and outdoor opportunities combined with a program that offers a diverse patient population allowing for broad, rigorous training exposure in the multiple sub-specialties of neurology, with a focus on teaching and rich multi-disciplinary approach to medicine. 

Pola Chojecka, MD
Pola Chojecka, MD
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad School: Yale University
Med School: Jagiellonian University
Area of Interest in Neurology: All
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and daughter, traveling, music, long-distance running, foreign languages and cultures, outdoor activities, classic cars
Why I Chose UNC: Great people, great medicine, great town!

Xiaoyan Li, MD
Xiaoyan Li, MD
Hometown: China
Undergraduate School: Peking Union Medical College, Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Medical School: Taishan Medical College
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuro-oncology and dementia
Hobbies: Cooking, running
Why I Chose UNC: As a neuroscientist in UNC who is really interested in pursuing a career in neurology, I got the chance to know the residents and attendings before I started my residency. I like the collegial atmosphere in the program and the attendings are really dedicated to teaching. Beyond that, Chapel Hill is my second home town and it is really hard to leave. 

Katie Moore, MD
Katie Moore, MD
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Undecided
Hobbies: Brunch with my husband, travel, needlepoint, spending time with family, college basketball
Why I Chose UNC: As a graduate of UNC School of Medicine, I knew what a great neurology department UNC had to offer. What an honor to work with such motivated and welcoming faculty and residents! I am so excited to be able to learn from some of the best neurologists in the world while serving the people of my beloved state. 

Fausto Ordonez
Fausto Ordonez, MD
Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Undergraduate School: N/A
Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Stroke, Endovascular, Movement Disorders
Hobbies: Gym, Poker, Football
Why I Chose UNC: Being at the buckle of the stroke belt, as well as one of the biggest myasthenia centers in the country gives you great exposure and opportunity for developing in the field of neurology. When you come to UNC you realize what a great environment there is between residents, fellows and attendings. The goal of UNC Neurology is to help you achieve your full potential, but at the same time make your residency years enjoyable.

William Coleman
William Coleman, MD
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Undergraduate School: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Louisiana State University in New Orleans
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Dementia, movement disorders, epilepsy
Hobbies: Reading, exercising, and Malbec, ribeye and Caesar salad.
Why I Chose UNC: The city has the right latitude. The people have the right attitude.

Candice Kam
Candice Kam, MD
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Undergrad School: Reed College
Med School: Tulane University
Area of Interest in Neurology: Undecided
Hobbies: Basketball and hiking
Why I Chose UNC: Great city, supportive residents and faculty, and a great hospital. 

Victor Lin
Victor Lin, MD
Hometown: Fremont, California
Undergraduate School: Washington University in Saint Louis
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Critical care, Movement disorders
Hobbies: Fountain pens, watching television/movies, gaming
Why I Chose UNC: Great camaraderie among the residents along with support from the UNC faculty and staff. The Research Triangle is also a great area to live with a little bit of everything to offer.

Steven Palmer
Steven Palmer, MD
Hometown: Westhampton Beach, NY
Undergraduate School: Villanova University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Epilepsy, neuromuscular disease
Hobbies: Tennis, going to the beach, trivia, swimming
Why I Chose UNC: During my interview I found that UNC had everything I was looking for in a residency program, including the ability to see patients with a variety of neurologic illness, a sense of camaraderie and support among the residents and faculty, and warm weather! I have felt particularly well supported and respected by the other residents and faculty here in the program, and the hospital support staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.

Amalia Roth
Amalia Roth, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate School: Pomona College
Medical School: University of Michigan
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Undecided
Hobbies: Running, cooking, board games
Why I Chose UNC: Combination of a diverse patient population, collegial atmosphere, and good quality of life.

Hazem Albandar, MD
Hazem Albandar, MD
Hometown:  Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School:  Temple University
Medical School:  Temple University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology:  Undecided
Hobbies:  Cooking, traveling, photography
Why I Chose UNC:  I chose UNC due to its superb breadth of clinical training, outstanding faculty and residents, and its location in the beautiful Chapel Hill area.

Matthew Burton, MD
Matthew Burton, MD
Hometown: Scott Depot, West Virginia
Undergraduate School: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology: Stroke, critical care
Hobbies: Being outdoors, sports
Why I Chose UNC: The atmosphere at UNC is phenomenal. From my initial visit, I felt that the program really looks after their residents and genuinely cares about their well being and education. The residents got along great with one another and were always there to help each other.

Charles Port, DO
Charles Port, DO
Hometown: Grove City, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology: Stroke, neuromuscular
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, travel
Why I Chose UNC: The residents and faculty seem like great people to work with, the program is really oriented towards helping you achieve your personal career goals and Chapel Hill is a beautiful location to live.

Sung Hyun Seo, MD
Sung Hyun Seo, MD
Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
Undergraduate School: Wellesley College, then finished up at Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology: Behavioral neurology, seizures, migraines
Hobbies: Spending time with my cats, watching movies, board games
Why I Chose UNC: UNC Neurology is an excellent program. People are kind and there is a culture of caring. I love the location, the patients, the hospital staff and all of the trees. 

Zuleyma Toldeo-Nieves, MD
Zuleyma Toldeo-Nieves, MD
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate School: University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Campus
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Neurology: Neuroimmunology/multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular, stroke
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, watching period dramas, history, Harry Potter
Why I Chose UNC: It has always been my dream to live in North Carolina so I had no doubt about where I wanted to pursue my residency training. UNC has great facilities, an incredibly diverse patient population and a very supportive faculty and hospital staff.