Neurology Residency Program

Welcome New and Prospective Residents

Welcome to the Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) Neurology Residency Program in Palm Springs, CA. This is a 4-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our faculty includes physicians of allopathic and osteopathic backgrounds. The goal is to graduate neurologists who elevate an evidence-based platform to construct intelligently-individualized assessment and care, with patient-centered interest and reliable integrity.

We accept 4 residents per year, with the first class instated in July of 2015. The transitional first year emphasizes experience across a spectrum of general and subspecialty medicine, intensive care and surgical rotations, though includes neurology and neurosurgery, and ongoing didactic clinical neuroscience education from day one. Neurological education throughout the 4 years includes:

  • 10 months of concentrated outpatient neurology
  • 13 months of concentrated inpatient neurology
  • 3 years of weekly continuity clinic to equal 40 half day clinics each year
  • 4 months of neuro-critical care with dedicated neurointensivists and a dedicated neuro ICU
  • 1 month of psychiatry
  • 1 month of neuroradiology
  • 1 month of neuropathology
  • 1 month of neuro-ophthalmology
  • 1 month of clinical neurophysiology (EMG/nerve conduction, EEG, evoked potentials)
  • 1 month of epilepsy
  • 3 months of pediatric neurology
  • 3 months of research and quality improvement
  • 6 months of electives, which may include our neurointerventional service, or additional time in the above categories

The Department of Neurology participates exclusively in the National Residency Matching Service (NRMP) and can be found on the Electronic Residency Application Service. You may apply through the dean’s office at your medical school, or through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.


Muhammad SalimMuhammad F. Salim, M.D.

Program Director
Desert Regional Medical Center Neurology Residency

Current Positions:

  • Stroke Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital
  • Stroke Medical Director, Hi-Desert Medical Center
  • Attending physician, Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, Hi-Desert Medical Center, and FCCP Neurology Clinics

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medical Degree: M.D., Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan

Internship: Pediatrics, The Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, New York

Residency: Child Neurology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri


John LeggeJohn D. Legge, M.D.

Program Director: Desert Regional Medical Center Neurology Residency

Current Positions: Associate Program Director Core Faculty – Neurology, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medical Degree: M.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Internship: Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health Science Center, Richmond, Virginia

Residency: Neurology Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University Health Science Center, Richmond, Virginia

Fellowship: Movement Disorders, University of California, San Diego, California


First Year Residents

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Fawadalhuq Gillani, MD

Hometown: Brambleton VA
Hobbies: Hiking, travel, learning new languages, painting

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Samer Kebbeh, MD

Hometown: Pasadena, CA and Aleppo, Syria
Hobbies: reading and watching movies

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Nina Long, DO

Hometown: Westminster, CA
Hobbies: working out, watching rom-coms, playing my dogs, eating

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Niki Maki, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Hobbies: languages, dancing, and reading

Second Year Residents

Karim Al-Turk
Karim Al-Turk, DO

Faisal Choudhury
Faisal Choudhury, DO

Hometown: Irving, TX
Hobbies: aerial, landscape and travel photography and videography, hiking, music production, guitar

Zainab Gulraiz, MD

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Hobbies: swimming, travel, exploring the best cookies shops in town

Ye Ree You
Ye Ree You, DO

Parham Zamani
Parham Zamani, MD

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Hobbies: piloting and soccer

Third Year Residents

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Thai Dang, DO

Hometown: Orange County, CA
Hobbies: playing music, singing, running, nonfiction

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Carolina Garcia Garcia, DO

Hometown: McAllen, TX
Hobbies: traveling, eating, watching British sitcoms, dramas

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Amritha Parthasarathy, DO, MS, MPH

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Hobbies: painting and writing stories

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Jerris–Stephanie Okonkwo, DO, MS

Hometown: Albany, GA
Hobbies: volunteering, cooking, and traveling

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Naho Hatori, MD

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Hobbies: cooking

Fourth Year Residents

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Krupesh Bhakta, DO

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Hobbies: traveling

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Hae-Young Hawong, DO, PhD

Hobbies: ballet and yoga

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Conrad Manning, DO

Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Hobbies: fitness, baseball, hiking, going to the beach, Disneyland, spending time with family

The Department of Neurology participates exclusively with the American Osteopathic Association National Matching Service and can be found on the Electronic Residency Application Service. You may apply through the dean's office at your medical school, or through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Interviews

Scheduled on Fridays November through December, and are offered to applicants who have submitted an application through ERAS. (Applications sent by fax or email will not be reviewed.)

The interview day starts at 11:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. The itinerary includes:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Lunch with the residents
  • Didactic lecture
  • Interviews with faculty
  • Interview with the program leadership
  • Tour of DRMC and FCPP Neurology Clinics

Neurology Curriculum

The curriculum for Desert Regional Medical Center has been designed to meet ACGME accreditation standards and utilize the clinical strengths of the hospital faculty to produce a quality trained physician. The Neurology program has elected to use a monthly calendar for a 13, four-week arrangement for rotations.

PGY- 1:
General Internal Medicine Three (3) Months
Neurological ICU Two (2) Months
Cardiology One (1) Month
Neurosurgery One (1) Month
Emergency Medicine One (1) Month
Neurology Two (2) Months
Infectious Disease One (1) Month
Medical ICU One (1) Month
Oncology One (1) Month
PGY- 2:
Adult Neurology (Outpatient) Two (2) Months
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Six (6) Months
Neurology Intensive Care Unit Two (2) Months
Psychiatry One (1) Month
Neuro-Radiology One (1) Month
Neuro-Ophthalmology One (1) Month
Research and Quality Improvement One (1) Month
PGY- 3:
Pediatric/Child Neurology Two (2) Months
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Four (4) Months
Elective Two (2) Months
Research and Quality Improvement One (1) Month
Adult Neurology (Outpatient) Four (4) Months
PGY- 4:
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Three (3) Months
Adult Neurology (Outpatient) Four (4) Months
Child and Adolescent Neurology One (1) Month
Electives Four (4) Months
Research and Quality Improvement One (1) Month

Neurology Residency Program Faculty

Neurology Program Director

  • Muhammad Salim, MD

Core Neurology Faculty

  • John Legge, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Olga Khodakivska, MD
  • David Nacionales, DO
  • Kiriva Ubri, DO
  • Samir Macwan, MD

Non-Core Neurology Faculty

  • Kiarash Sadrieh, MD, CHLA Site Director
  • Jennifer Hui, MD, USC Site Director
  • Glenn Fischberg, MD (Neurointensivist/Hospitalist Neurologist)
  • Alok Sajhal, MD

Adjunct Teaching Faculty

  • Suneil Agarwal, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jeff Baker, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Andrew Givner, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Babak Khazaeni, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jacqueline Le, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Michelle Mouri, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Ryan Roten, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Joel Stillings, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Micah Wittler, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Shubha Kerkar, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Apollo Gulle, MD (Medicine)
  • Neerja Kaul, MD (Medicine)
  • Sam Lin, MD (Medicine)
  • Gerald Martin, MD (Medicine)
  • Hassan Bencheqroun, MD (Pulmonary Critical Care)
  • Learned Gonzales, MD (Pulmonary Critical Care)