The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program at UC Davis is to prepare residents for the independent practice of clinical neurology. The program provides broad exposure to patient care across the age spectrum in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings.

The UC Davis Department of Neurology is a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research in neurological disorders, particularly in epilepsy, dementia, neuro-immunology, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, and stroke. Graduates of the residency training program are well-prepared to enter clinical practice or to continue training in a subspecialty or neuroscience fellowship.

To learn more about our post-graduate training programs, please see the Neurology Residency Training Program and Neurology Fellowships pages.  And please take some time to visit us on Facebook at our UC Davis Neurology Residency and Fellowship Programs page.

CHIEF RESIDENTS

Mustafa Ansari, M.D.

A native Texan, Dr. Ansari earned his M.D. from the University of Texas School of Medicine after receiving his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from U.C. Davis. In his first year of neurology residency, he is particularly interested in neurocritical care. A dedicated NBA fan, he also enjoys playing basketball, hiking, distance running, and standup comedy. 

He may be contacted at mkansari@ucdavis.edu.

 

Katherine Park, M.D.

Dr. Park grew up in Washington state and earned her bachelor's degree in Neurobiology at the University of Washington before studying medicine at Loma Linda University and earning her M.D. She has traveled throughout Asia and much of Europe, taught English in Korea, and she enjoys cooking Korean food, baking, drawing, and watching musicals.

She may be contacted at kjpark@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 4

Gabriel Moreno, M.D.

Dr. Gabriel Moreno

Dr. Moreno was born and raised in Michigan, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned his M.S. in Exercise Biology at Wright State in Ohio and his M.D. at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He also practices Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, and he loves to travel when time allows.

He may be reached at gmoreno@ucdavis.edu.

 

Dionne Swor, D.O.

Dr. Swor grew up in a small town in Michigan before earning her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.A. in Biotechnology at Columbia University, where she also enjoyed a career as a neuroscience researcher before a growing interest in medicine led her to the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York, where she earned her D.O. Her other interests include music, art, weight training, and yoga.

She may be contacted at dswor@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 3

David Bissig, M.D., Ph.D.

An Ohio native, Dr. Bissig earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Wayne State University of School of Medicine and his B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Michigan at Anne Arbor. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In his spare time he enjoys biking and snowboarding, and he is also a fine artist whose prefers painting in oils.

He may be contacted at ddbissig@ucdavis.edu.

 

Zuolo Liu, M.D.

Originally from Chongqing, China, Dr. Liu earned her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and her B.A. in Biology and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship in Internal Medicine at UC Davis. She is fluent in Chinese as well as English and her interests include traveling, biking, kayaking, visiting historical places, and the formal Japanese tea ceremony known as the Way of Tea.

She may be contacted at zluliu@ucdavis.edu.

 

Cherisse Bent-Mwero, M.D.

Dr. Bent-Mwero grew up in a small town in Florida and took time off as an undergraduate to teach on a small island in Micronesia. She completed her B.S. in Psychology and Psychobiology at La Sierra University and earned her M.D. at Loma Linda University, where she also completed her Internal Medicine Internship. Dr. Bent-Mwero enjoys travel, recreating Jamaican and Tanzanian recipes, baking, gospel choir, and mentoring pre-professional students.

She may be contacted at cmwero@ucdavis.edu.

 

Peter Pan, M.D.

Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Pan earned his B.A. in Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, where he began his research career under the mentorship of Nobel Laureate Donald A. Glaser. He earned his M.D. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. Dr. Pan is also a software developer and his hobbies include computer programming, running, and traveling in his spare time.

He may be contacted at pcpan@ucdavis.edu.

 

Arkady Yusupov, M.D., M.B.A.

Born in Uzbekistan, Dr. Yusupov grew up in Queens, NY. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY, his M.B.A. at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, and his M.D. at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at the Westchester Medical Center of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Dr. Yusupov enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

He may be contacted at ayusupov@ucdavis.edu.

Post-Graduate Year 2

Doris Chen, M.D.

Originally from China, Dr. Chen became interested in the relationship between the brain and mind as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience. After earning her M.D. at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, she completed her Internal Medicine Internship at UC Davis. Her interests include quality of life issues for neurology patients and cognitive research, and in her spare time she enjoys literature and Taiko (Japanese drumming).

She may be contacted at dschen@ucdavis.edu.

 

James Dompor, D.O.

A native Californian, Dr. Dompor earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Irvine, where neuroscience coursework and witnessing successful treatment of neurological disorders decided him on a medical career in Neurology. He earned his D.O. at A.T. Still University in Missouri and completed his internship with the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Arizona. His other interests include travel, singing and playing guitar, reading, and playing a variety of sports.

He may be reached at jdompor@ucdavis.edu.

 

Tyrell Simkins, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Simkins grew up in Utah, earned his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Boise State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology and his D.O. at Michigan State University. He completed his internship at UC Davis, and is particularly interested in translational research to bring new treatments for neurological disorders from the lab to the clinic. A devoted father, Dr. Simkins also enjoys CrossFit training, music, and alpine sports.

He may be contacted at tsimkins@ucdavis.edu.

 

Simrit Sodhi, M.D.

Originally from India, Dr. Sodhi earned her first B.S. in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at the Sancheti Institute in Pune, India. She earned a second B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa, where she went on to earn her M.D. at the Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Sodhi completed her internship at UC Davis, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking an expanding repertoire of international cuisine, as well as running, biking, reading, and traveling.

She may be contacted at sksodhi@ucdavis.edu.

 

Sandeep Walia, M.D.

Dr. Walia grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned his B.S. in Physiological Sciences at UCLA. He earned his M.D. at Georgetown University, where his experience with Neurology patients reinforced an interest already kindled by a previous research internship at UCSF. He also completed his internship at Georgetown. Dr. Walia is also a musician who performs on the Dhol, a traditional drum of Northern India, as well as a Bhangra dancer and choreographer.

He may be contacted at swalia@ucdavis.edu.


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