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Current Neurological Surgery Residents

PGY 6

Shaheryar Ansari, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2012. Originally from Indianapolis, Dr. Ansari received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • John Barnhill Anatomy Award, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Marcus Ravdin Medal, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar 2012, IU School of Medicine, MD Program
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Indiana Chapter
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Indiana Alpha Chapter
  • ED Johns Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Morris Green Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Barney Crowe Scholarship, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Evans & Hitchcock Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Glenn W Irwin Scholar, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Kentucky Alpha Chapter
  • Dean’s List – University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences (2006–2008)

Timothy Kovanda, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2012. Originally from Batavia, Illinois, Dr. Kovanda received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Mensa Scholarship – Awarded the Chicago Area Mensa Scholarship by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation (2010).
  • S.T.A.R. Scholarship Recipient – Provided funding for “Student Training in Approaches to Research” program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (2009).
  • Andrew’s Family Award – Awarded by the Oberlin College Department of Athletics. This award is given annually for excellence in academics, athletics and leadership (2008).
  • Captain – Oberlin College Men’s Soccer Team (2007 season).

PGY 5

Thomas Gianaris, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2013. Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Dr. Gianaris received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Gina Monaco, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2013. Originally from Chicago, Dr. Monaco received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She earned her MD/PhD degrees from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago.

Honors and Awards

  • Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery, 2013
  • Ione C. Davis Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • Boyd L Mahuron MD Scholarship, 2011–2012
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Annual Scholarship, 2010–2011
  • PULSe Student Travel Award, 2008–2009
  • Renmin Scholarship Award, 2003–2004
  • Tang Zhong Ying Special Scholarship Award, both 2002–2003 and 2001–2002

PGY 4

Wei Xia Huff, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2014. Originally from Hefei, China, Dr. Huff received her undergraduate degree from Fundan University in Shanghai, China. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry from Purdue University and her medical degree from IU School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery, 2013
  • Ione C. Davis Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • Boyd L Mahuron MD Scholarship, 2011–2012
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Annual Scholarship, 2010–2011
  • PULSe Student Travel Award, 2008–2009
  • Renmin Scholarship Award, 2003–2004
  • Tang Zhong Ying Special Scholarship Award, both 2002–2003 and 2001–2002

Nicolas W. Villelli, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2014. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Villelli received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University.

Honors and Awards

  • The Dr. Peter Anthony Volpe Medical Student Scholarship, 2013
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine Outstanding Academic Merit Scholarship, 2011 and 2012
  • Landacre Honor Society, 2012
  • American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, 2011
  • The Ohio State University Excellence in Service Award, 2011
  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 2009
  • Guy and Gerda Perry Academic Scholarship, Anderson University, 2008
  • Dean’s List, Anderson University, 2007–2010

PGY 3

Jacob Archer, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2015. Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dr. Archer received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), 2014
  • 1st place poster & abstract: OUHSC Stevenson Cancer Center Symposium, 2014
  • Class of 1945 Scholarship, 2014
  • Second Century Medical Scholarship, 2013
  • A Ray Wiley Scholarship, 2012
  • Freda Sornsen Plummer Scholarship, 2011

Andrew Koivuniemi, MD, PhD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2015. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Koivuniemi received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He earned his medical degree and PhD from IU School of Medicine and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Best Student Paper Award, 2nd Place – IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • 2014 Educational Enhancement Grant – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Travel and lodging expenses)
  • 2013 Chorofas Foundation Award ($5,000 for the advancement and dissemination of research after graduation, nominated by Purdue University, 1 of 20 awarded nationwide)
  • 2013 Graduate School Outstanding Research Award – College of Engineering (One of 7 awarded out of all Purdue University engineering graduate students)
  • 2013 Northwestern/Purdue Speaker Exchange Award – Northwestern University (Travel and lodging expense)
  • 2012 Indiana University School of Medicine Travel Award – Bootes Course on Translational Medicine in Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Graduate School Outstanding Service Award – Purdue College of Engineering (One of 10 awarded out of all Purdue University engineering graduate students)
  • 2012 First Place – International Bioengineering Society’s Student Ethics Contest (143 contestants)

Stephen Mendenhall, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2015. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mendenhall received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • 2013–2014 Medical Scholars Research Grant: Anterior versus Posterior Approach for Cervical Myelopathy: Comparative Effectiveness and Cost-Utility Analysis.

Authors: Stephen K Mendenhall, BS; Scott L. Parker, MD; Priya Sivasubramaniam, BS; Matthew J. McGirt, MD; Clinton J. Devin, MD.

  • 2013 Augustus McCravey Resident Award Winner—Southern Neurosurgical Society:

Comparative Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Topical Vancomycin Powder in Posterior Spinal Fusion for Spine Trauma and Degenerative Spine Disease. Authors: Michael C. Dewan, MD; Saniya S. Godil, MD; Scott L. Zuckerman, MD; Stephen K. Mendenhall, B.S.; David N. Shau, B.S.; Scott L. Parker; Matthew J. McGirt, MD

  • 2013 Mayfield Clinical Award – Congress of Neurological Surgeons:

Comprehensive medical management of lumbar disc herniation, stenosis and spondylolisthesis is not effective in real-world care: A value analysis of cost, pain, disability, and quality of life. Authors: Scott L. Parker; Saniya S. Godil; Scott L. Zuckerman; David Shau; Stephen K. Mendenhall, BS; Joseph S. Cheng, Matthew McGirt

PGY 2

Vincent J. Alentado, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2016. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Alentado received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship, CWRU SOM, 2013
  • President’s Scholar Athlete Award, Hillsdale College, 2011
  • Outstanding Senior, Beta Beta Beta Honorary Society, Hillsdale College, 2011
  • Outstanding Senior Biology Major Award, Hillsdale College, 2011
  • Outstanding Junior Biology Major Award, Hillsdale College, 2010
  • Dean’s List, Hillsdale College, 2007-2011
  • Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, 2008
  • Hercz Endowed Initiative for Leadership Scholarship, Hillsdale College
  • Howard Champ Messenger Scholarship, Hillsdale College

Jonathan Weyhenmeyer, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2016. Originally from Urbana, Illinois, Dr. Weyhenmeyer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Class of 1977 Scholarship (IUSM), 2015-2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (IUSM), 2015
  • HHMI Medical Research Fellow (Salk Institute), 2013-2014
  • Jay and Lucille Kahn Scholarship (IUSM), 2012-2013
  • HHMI Summer Medical Research Fellowship (Salk Institute), 2012
  • Phi Kappa Phi (UIUC), 2011
  • Highest Honors (UIUC), 2011
  • James Scholar Student (UIUC), 2008-2011
  • Dean’s List (UIUC), 2007-2010

Christopher Wilson, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July of 2016. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Sooner Oath Award, 2010
  • Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, 2011
  • The Kaplan Academy Inductee, 2012
  • Olson Endowment Fund scholarship August, 2012–May 2013
  • University of Oklahoma Athletic Department Postgraduate scholarship, August 2012–May 2016
  • OU Health Sciences Center Leadership Academy, January 2013–May 2016
  • T.A. Ragan Scholarship, August 2013–May 2014
  • Dr. Lawrence L. Jones Scholarship, July 2014–May 2015
  • Tulsa County Medical Society Scholarship, July 2014–May 2015
  • The Morris E. and Freda Hillson Katz Endowment Scholarship, July 2015–May 2016

PGY 1

Miracle Anokwute, MD, joined the Indiana University neurological surgical residency program in July 2017. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Anokwute received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • Medical Student Leadership Award, May 2015
  • George H. Rawls Scholarship for Full Tuition (Indiana University School of Medicine), May 2013–present
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Grant, May 2011–October 2012
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society—Lifetime Member, May 2011
  • Dean’s List Indiana University Northwest, May 2009–May 2013

Katherine Berry, MD, joined the Indiana University Neurological Surgery residency program in July 2017. Originally from New Braunfels, Texas, Dr. Berry received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree from Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

Honors and Awards

  • Senior Student Award in Neurosurgery, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2016
  • University Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2012
  • College Scholar, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • Summer Research Fellow, Freshman Research Initiative, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Women In Natural Sciences Honors Residential Program, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Mohammed Zaazoue, MD, MSc, joined the Indiana University Neurological Surgery residency program in July 2017. Born in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Zaazoue received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He completed an internship year followed by a three-year neurosurgery residency training at Ain Shams University Hospitals (2011–2015). During his residency, he also earned a Master’s of Science Degree in 2014. He completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in June 2017.

Honors and Awards

  • Vice Chair of the GME Quality and Patient Safety Council, August 2017–present
  • Forbes “30 under 30.” (One of the 30 most influential people under 30 in the world). 2014
  • Founder of Healthy Egyptians, a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Egypt, which aims at spreading health awareness and preventive medicine in Africa through utilizing non-conventional methods.
  • Stars of Social Entrepreneurship, American Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Advisor to the President of Egypt, for community development and healthcare reform.
  • Best Abstract Award, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, 2017