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Resident scholarly activity

Neurology Residency
Neurology Residency
Neurology Residency
Neurology Residency
Neurology Residency
Neurology resident at conference
Neurology resident at conference
Neurology resident at conference
Neurology resident at conference

As a resident, you are required to complete one scholarly project during residency, with faculty mentoring. Your project may be:

  • One presentation at a regional or national meeting (poster or oral presentation)
  • One peer-reviewed publication

Our residents go above and beyond this requirement! They publish and present at multiple national meetings every year. We are happy to support scholarly activity with funds available for meeting registration, travel, publication fees and more.

Peer-reviewed publications


  • Aggarwal M, Gill S, Siddiquei A, Kokorelias K, DiDiodato G. The role of patients in the governance of a sustainable healthcare system: A scoping review. PLoS One. 2022;17:e0271122. Link
  • Ostojic M, Gill SS, Avila JD, Carry BJ. A Rare Case of I127V Heterozygous Transthyretin Amyloidosis With Atypical Transthoracic Echocardiogram Findings Presenting As Upper Extremity Sensorimotor Polyneuropathy. Cureus. 2022;14:e25259. Link
  • Sonier C, Owens M, Khurana S, Thakur L. Fatal Coma Secondary to Acute Onset of Hyperammonemia in a Non-Cirrhotic Adult Male Secondary to a Urea Cycle Enzyme Deficiency—a Rare Disease Case Report. The Guthrie Journal. 2022;74. Link
  • Seemiller J, Malik MT. Cognitive Sequelae of Central-Variant Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES). Case Rep Neurol Med. 2021;2021:8850316. Link
  • Seemiller J, Bischof GN, Hoenig MC, et al. Indication of retrograde tau spreading along Braak stages and functional connectivity pathways. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2021;48:2272-2282. Link 
  • Lowery MM, Taimur Malik M, Seemiller J, Tsai CS. Atypical Variant of Guillain Barre Syndrome in a Patient with COVID-19. J Crit Care Med (Targu Mures). 2020;6:231-236. Link  
  • Owens M, Choe L, Rivera JE, Avila JD. West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease associated with rituximab therapy. J Neurovirol. 2020;26:611-614. Link
  • Seemiller J, Challagundla S, Taylor T, Zand R. Intrathecal blood injection: a case report of a rare complication of an epidural blood patch. BMC Neurol. 2020;20:187. Link
  • Herbst J, Crissinger T, Baldwin K. Diffuse Ischemic Strokes and Sickle Cell Crisis Induced by Disseminated Anaplasmosis: A Case Report. Case Rep Neurol. 2019;11:271‐276. Link
  • Wyrostek S, Chakrabarti S, Baldwin K, Avila JD. A Case of Hypertrophic Pachymeningitis Associated with Immunoglobulin-G4 and c-ANCA. Case Rep Neurol. 2019;11:290‐294. Link
  • Schwartz F, Tahmasian M, Maier F, Rochhausen L, Schnorrenberg KL, Samea F, Seemiller J, Zarei M, Sorg C, Drzezga A, Timmermann L, Meyer TD, van Eimeren T, Eggers C. Overlapping and distinct neural metabolic patterns related to impulsivity and hypomania in Parkinson's disease. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019;13:241-254. Link
  • Morse AM, Bender E. Sleep in Hospitalized Patients. Clocks & Sleep. 2019; 1:151-165. Link
  • Hoenig MC, Bischof GN, Seemiller J, Hammes J, Kukolja J, Onur ÖA, Jessen F, Fliessbach K, Neumaier B, Fink GR, van Eimeren T, Drzezga A. Networks of tau distribution in Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2018;141:568-581. Link
  • Taddonio AP, Veloso EJ, Baldwin KJ. Human Chronic Necrotizing Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis: A Novel Case Report. Case Rep Neurol. 2018;10:302‐308. Link
  • Cuchanski M, Baldwin KJ. Mutation in KIF5A c.610C>T Causing Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia with Axonal Sensorimotor Neuropathy. Case Rep Neurol. 2018;10:165-168. Link
  • Novroski AR, Baldwin KJ. Chronic Autoimmune Mediated Meningoencephalitis and Periodic Fever Syndrome Treated with Anakinra. Case Rep Neurol. 2017;9:91-97. Link
  • Kala N, Turner SG (2017) Bevacizumab: A Review of Use in High Grade Gliomas. J Drug Des Res 4(4): 1046. Link
  • Noorbakhsh-Sabet N, Pulakanti VC, Zand R. Uncommon Causes of Cerebral Microbleeds. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017;26:2043-2049. Link 
  • Diaz-Cruz C, Chua AS, Malik MT, Kaplan T, Glanz BI, Egorova S, Guttmann CRG, Bakshi R, Weiner HL, Healy BC, Chitnis T. The effect of alcohol and red wine consumption on clinical and MRI outcomes in multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2017;17:47-53. Link
  • Malik MT, Myers C, Kazmi SJ, Zand R. Recurrent Intracerebral Hemorrhage after Exercise in a Young Patient Presenting with Sporadic Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy in a Young Patient. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2017;9:12-13. Link
  • Malik MT, Kenton Iii EJ, Vanino D, Dalal SS, Zand R. Lateral Medullary Ischemic Infarct Caused by Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery Aneurysm. Case Rep Neurol 2017;9:316-319. Link
National meeting abstracts

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2023

  • Matthew Hart MD, Alyssa Smith MD, Anne Marie Morse DO. Sandman Send Me a Dream: Rare Case of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder in a Sighted Pediatric Patient. Link
  • Matthew Hart MD, Maja Ostojic DO,: Seeing Double: a Case of a Massive Type B2 Thymoma Presenting with Pseudo-Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia. Link
  • Christopher Houck, Joseph Alario, Micaela Owens, Joseph Seemiller. Resident-Driven Quality Improvement Project to Improve Treatment of Status Epilepticus – Oral presentation. Link
  • Sukhraj Gill, Christopher Whiting, Muhammad Taimur Malik. Invasive Optic Nerve Aspergillosis with Intracranial Extension in an Immunocompetent Patient. Link
  • Sukhraj Gill, Sandeep Gill, J. David Avila, Gino Mongelluzzo. Uncommon Presentation of an Uncommon Disease: Stroke-like Migraine Attacks after Radiation Therapy in a Patient with Sudden Onset Expressive Aphasia and Cryptogenic Fevers. Link
  • Sandeep Gill, Sukhraj Gill, Madeline Williamson, J. David Avila. A Rare Case of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia 46 With Novel Compound Heterozygous GBA2 gene variants. Link

Neurocritical Care Society 2022

  • Matthew Hart, Ashish Patel, Varun Pulakanti. A Review of the Use of Hyperosmolar Therapy in a Rural Non-Neurocritical Care Staffed Intensive Care Unit. Accepted for poster presentation.


  • Mikki Sapkota, Muhammad Taimur Malik. Factors Associated with Recovery after Plasma Exchange in Steroid-Refractory Multiple Sclerosis Patients

AAN 2022

  • Micaela Owens, Jasmine Owens, Christopher Whiting. Geographic Distribution of Neurologists in Rural Areas. Link
  • Tyler Crissinger, Joseph Seemiller, John Herbst, David Avila, Kelly Baldwin. Infectious Causes of Chronic Meningitis in Neurosurgical Patients. Link
  • Joseph Seemiller, Tyler Crissinger, Jose Eduardo Sarti, John Herbst, Eunice Bae, J. David Avila, Kelly Baldwin. Diagnostic Characteristics and Outcomes of Chronic Meningitis. Link
  • Tyler Crissinger, Joseph Seemiller, John Herbst, David Avila, Kelly Baldwin. Infectious Causes of Chronic Meningitis. Link
  • Sukhraj Gill, Sandeep Gill, Matthew Hart, Mitchell Onken. Cervico-Thoracic Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistula in a Patient with Lower Extremity Weakness Exacerbated by Steroids and Lumbar Puncture. Link
  • Micaela Owens, Alyssa Smith, Cynthia Correll, Anthony Noto, Megan Esch, Joseph Alario. Resident Driven Quality Improvement: A Self-Sustaining Model for New Milestones. Link
  • Alyssa Smith, Sandeep Gill, Micaela Owens, Scott Friedenberg, Robert Waldeck, Madeline Smiley. Neurology Residents as Teachers of Undergraduate Neuroscience - an Untapped Resource! Link
  • Matthew Hart, Sandeep Gill, Sukhraj Gill, Julianne Gay, Scott Friedenberg, Anthony Noto. Hospital Teleneurology Role Leads to Significant Wait Time Reduction for Follow Up Appointments and Increased Access to Subspecialists. Link
  • Sandeep Gill, Taimur Malik. The Concomitant Incidence of Multiple Sclerosis and Primary CNS Tumors Leading to Treatment Dilemma. Link

AHS 2022

  • Patel AD, Friedenberg SM, Dinko J, Seeley B, Sponenberg M, Webster LK, Stefanowicz EA, Cole, S. Implementation of a best practice alert in the electronic health record reduced neurology referrals and magnetic resonance imaging for headache: A pilot program of 1860 patients. Link

AANEM 2022

  • Christopher Houck, J. David Avila. Use of Repetitive Nerve Stimulation in the Geisinger Health System Neurophysiology Laboratory”. Link

NCS 2022

  •  Matthew Hart, Ashish Patel, Varun Pulakanti. A Review of the Use of Hyperosmolar Therapy in a Rural Non-Neurocritical Care Staffed Intensive Care Unit.

AAN 2021

  • Micaela Owens, Madeline Williamson, Cynthia Correll. X-linked Christianson Syndrome with Neurodegeneration and Atypical Parkinsonism in Female Carriers. Link
  • Sandeep Gill, Stephanie Wyrostek, Megan Esch, Christopher Whiting, Ramin Zand. Acute Bilateral Optic Neuritis due to Borrelia Burgdorferi in a patient with Multiple Sclerosis on Ocrelizumab. Link
  • Stephanie Wyrostek, Christopher Whiting, Cortney Houtz, J. David Avila. Resident Lumbar Puncture Clinic at Geisinger Health System: A Single Program Needs Assessment for Quality Improvement. Link
  • John Herbst, David Avila, Madeline Williamson. Thirty-three Years to Diagnosis: Distal Hereditary Motor Neuropathy Type VA with a Novel Variant in BSCL2. Link
  • Kristi Anderson, Joseph Seemiller, Muhammad Taimur Malik. Diagnostic Dilemma of Aspergillus Meningitis in Patients with Hepatitis C co-infection; A Case Series. Link
  • Micaela Owens, Kenny Schwartz, Edward Stefanowicz, David Avila. The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Neurology Residency Clinic: A Single Program Experience. Link

ISC 2021

  • Urvish K Patel, Priyadarshee Patel, Lavanya Dondapati, Mohammed Ali Abdulqader, Arpita Bhriguvanshi, Simin Khan, William Spataro, Richard Napier, Eseosa Urhoghide, Mehwish Martin, Abhishek Lunagariya. Organic Sleep Disorders Are Linked With Stroke-A Nationwide Population Study. Link
  • Urvish K Patel, Priyadarshee Patel, Vikram Preet Kaur, Mohammed Ali Abdulqader, Srishti Laller, Abhigyan Datta, Faisal Sheriff, Mark Rapisura, Gurinder Singh, Mehwish Martin, Eseosa Urhoghide, Roberta Santos, Abhishek Lunagariya. Metabolic Syndrome is Associated With Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Patients With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation-A National Estimate. Link

AES 2020

  • Erica Lewis, Na Tosha Gatson, Daniel Graf, Cynthia Correll. Diffuse Electrographic Suppression Associated with Increased Intracranial Pressure and Paroxysmal Neurologic Events in Patients with Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis.

CHEST 2020

  • Nizar Al-Salameh, Matthew Hart, Alejandra Garcia-Fernandez. A Case of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome with Unique Neurological Manifestations. Link
  • Harshil Shah, Varshitha Kondapaneni, Sohiel Deshpande, Venus Sharma, Mohammed Abdulqader, Uvesh Mansuri, Faizan Malik, Achint Patel, Preetam Jolepalem. Epidemiology of Critical Illness Myopathy and Polyneuropathy in Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Link

AANEM 2020

  • Eric Veloso, J. David Avila. Nusinersen for Treatment Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Screening an Adult Population for Clinical Trial Eligibility. Link

ANA 2020

  • Alyssa Smith, M. Cosmin Sandulescu. COPD/Asthma and Active Smoking History Associates Independently with Parkinson's Disease Outcome in an Essential Tremor Population. Link 

AAN 2020

  • Joseph Seemiller, Micaela Owens, Tyler Crissinger, Nicole Joseph, M. Cosmin Sandulescu. Elderly Diagnosis of Essential Tremor as a Possible Confound for Prodromal Parkinson's Disease. Link
  • John Herbst, Kelly Baldwin. Neuroimaging Characteristics in Neoplastic Chronic Meningitis. Link
  • Kelly Baldwin, John Herbst, Jose Rivera, Eunice Bae, Tyler Crissinger. Infectious Causes of Chronic Meningitis in HIV-Negative Patients. Link
  • Kelly Baldwin, John Herbst, Jose Rivera, Tyler Crissinger, Eunice Bae. Infectious Causes of Chronic Meningitis Among Neurosurgical Patients. Link
  • Erica Lewis, Glen Finney, David Avila. Concurrent Alzheimer disease and primary lateral sclerosis associated with presenilin-1 gene mutation in a 30-year-old man. Link

AANEM 2019

  • Stephanie Wyrostek, Jose David Avila: Incorporation of Electrodiagnostic Case Reviews to the Morning Report in a Neurology Residency Program. Link
  • Carolina Vivar, Jose David Avila. GDAP1 – Related Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: Additional Evidence for the c. 692C>T Variant as a Pathogenic Mutation. Link
  • Mathieu Cuchanski, Eric Veloso, Rachel Dragano, Laura Fierke, Jose David Avila. Edaravone Use in Northeastern Pennsylvania: A Single Clinic Experience. Link

AAN 2019

  • Joseph Seemiller, Gerard Bischof, Merle Hoenig, Masoud Tahmasian, Thilo Van Eimeren, Alexander Drzezga. Bi-directional Analysis of Tau Propagation between Braak Stages along Functional Connectivity Pathways. Link
  • Carolina Vivar, Jose David Avila. GDAP1 – Related Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: Additional Evidence for the c. 692C>T Variant as a Pathogenic Mutation. Link
  • Shivakrishna Kovi, Anthony Noto. Prudent testing of factor V Leiden in Ischemic stroke. Link
  • Micaela Owens, Lisa Choe, Jose Rivera, David Avila. West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease Associated with Rituximab Therapy. Link

ISC 2019

  • Carolina Vivar, Satabdi Hudson, Christopher Cummings, Anthony Noto, Lisa Beckett, Kelly Baldwin. Achieving Stroke Honor Role Elite Plus by Implementing a 24/7 Neuro-Hospitalist Program. Link
  • Satabdi Chakrabarti, Carolina Vivar, Christopher Cummings, Lisa Beckett, Kelly Baldwin, Anthony Noto. Effect of a Neurohospitalist Service on Length of Stay of Ischemic Stroke Patients. Link

AES 2018

  • C. Correll; A. Novroski. A Case Series of Medication Refractory Recurrent Absence Status Epilepticus of Later Life.

AANEM 2018

  • Mathieu Cuchanski, Scott Friedenberg. Utilizing a Screening Questionnaire to Direct Appropriate Electromyography Referral in the Diagnosis and Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Quality Improvement Project. Link
  • Mathieu Cuchanski, Jose David Avila. Opioid-Related Brachial Plexopathy: A Case Series. Link

PNS 2018

  • Jose David Avila, Mathieu Cuchanski, Dante Grassi, Scott Friedenberg. Multifocal acquired demyelinating sensory and motor neuropathy successfully treated with self-administered subcutaneous immunoglobulin. Link

AAN 2018

  • Na Tosha Gatson, Sankeerth Challagundla, Atom Sarkar, Ann Kahler, Syed AJ. Kazmi, Ruben Bonilla-Guerrero, Gino Mongelluzzo. Neurosurgical Awakening of Cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy: Phenotypes, Predictors, and Prevention. Link
  • Mathieu Cuchanski, Kelly Baldwin. Novel Mutation in KIF5A Causing Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia with Axonal Sensorimotor Neuropathy. Link 
  • Shivakrishna Kovi, David Avila. Why do we repeat electrodiagnostic studies? And, does it make a difference? Link
  • Alyssa-Rae Novroski, Kelly Baldwin, Cynthia Correll, Anthony Noto, David Avila. Intensive Neuroanatomy Boot Camp Curriculum Demonstrates Improved Neurology Residency In-Service Training Examination (RITE) Scores. Link
  • Alyssa-Rae Novroski, Cynthia Correll. Flipped Classroom: Applications in Teaching EEG. Link
  • Carolina Vivar, Kelly Baldwin. Candida meningitis and ventriculitis after IV brown heroin use: a case series. Link
  • Satabdi Hudson, Jesse Manikowski, Nicholas Marko, Andrew Conger, Stanley Martin, Na Tosha Gatson. Of Competence and Compromise: Developing Standards in the Treatment of Chronic Cryptococcal Meningitis in Non-HIV-Infected Patients. Link
  • Varun Pulakanti, Neil Holland: A Fatal Case of Adult-Onset Acute Necrotizing Encephalitis Secondary to Influenza A Virus. Link
  • Muhammad Taimur Malik, Syed Kazmi, Joseph Vadakara, Gino Mongelluzzo, Na Tosha Gatson: The Gray Area of Dueling Immunity: Clinical Challenges in Treating Concurrent Multiple Sclerosis and Primary Brain Tumor. Link

CNS 2018

  • Evin Bender, Maya Lichtenstein. Phenotypic expression of presenilin 1 p.Gly206Ala autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Link

AANEM 2017

  • Alexandru Olaru, Jose David Avila. Genetic Testing in Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy: A Single Center Experience. Link

AAN 2017

  • Dana Vanino, Kelly Baldwin. Improving Cost and Laboratory Utilization in the diagnosis of Neuroborreliosis. Link
  • Muhammad Taimur Malik, Kristina Barron, Neil Holland. Implementation of an online communication interface (“Ask-a-doc”) in neurology department. Link
  • Mohammed Majeed, Christopher Cummings, Ramin Zand, Angela Groody, Neil Holland. Increasing utilization of tissue plasminogen activator in acute ischemic stroke with staff changes. Link
  • Jose David Avila, Carolina Vivar. Neurolymphomatosis: A review of 82 cases. Link
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Resident experiences

Work among friends, learn from great teachers.”

As an intern, I have plenty of interaction with the rest of the neurology residents, thus keeping us informed and integrated in the program. All of the attendings are excited to have us in the program and want to work with us in becoming neurologists. Geisinger is very focused on the education of residents, so the attendings in all programs foster learning atmospheres that are laid-back and informative. Having a wife and several children, this program has been very accommodating as well. My children are welcome at many events, and Geisinger has an auxiliary program through which families of residents do fun things together. The area is wonderful, and prices for food, gas and housing are decent as well. Overall, I am very excited about my decision to come here.”

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