Residency is a time to learn through immersive experience, to develop independence, and to formulate a vision for your own path as a child neurologist. The program at WashU provides all of these elements: a busy clinical service of diverse and complex patients through the age spectrum, daily teaching from experts across the field of neurology, opportunities to teach medical students and fellow residents, and the chance to join research projects. Friendships I formed with my co-residents through call nights, shared holiday dinners, and outings in and around St. Louis have lasted well beyond my time at WashU, and faculty mentors have become not only colleagues, but friends. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity during my 5th year to travel to Myanmar with Dr. Mar to join her research project and to teach in Yangon Children’s Hospital, and for the mentors in both pediatric and adult neurology who helped me to develop my interests in neuromuscular diseases and neurogenetics.

Alex Fay MD,PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF

My name is Alexa Craig and I am the first graduate (2012) of the unaccredited Neonatal Neurology fellowship program at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I did my Child Neurology training at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. When I left St. Louis to come home to Maine to build a Neonatal Neurology Program, everyone in St. Louis wondered if my NICU even had electricity. All jokes, aside, the fantastic training and mentorship I received from my fellowship year in St. Louis was the key to success in all aspects of my career. Coming from a program as highly regarded at the WashU program allowed me to be viewed as an authority in my field and opened doors for program building and research. I am now employed 50% for clinical neonatal neurology and cerebral palsy and 50% for research with active studies ongoing to try to decrease health care disparities for newborns delivered in rural community hospitals. I have become a regional expert in neonatal neurology and have had a KL2 career development award and several loan repayment program awards. I truly believe that all this evolved from the fabulous training I received from the WashU Pediatric Neurology Department.

Alexa K. Craig, MD MSc MS
Neonatal and Pediatric Neurology
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Tufts University School of Medicine

I was lucky enough to find WashU through another alumnus of the pediatric neurology program. He fondly recalled his collegial relationships with faculty and strongly encouraged me to apply because of the breadth of the faculty expertise. I am certainly glad I listened to his advice! Clinical rotations prepared me for a broad variety of situations. I honed my ability to interpret research–particularly as it relates to caring for patients, which has always been my primary passion. While the rigor of the training is undisputed, what I value most about my experience at WashU is that I was challenged to grow in a *supportive* environment. I know I can still always reach out to my old mentors if I ever need it (and I certainly have) I will always be grateful for my WashU “family.”

Kit Meddles, MD, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Neurology & Sleep Medicine

Pediatric Neurology residency training program graduates (’93 to present)

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Shannon Agner, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Medical school: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Saumel Ahmadi, MD, PhD

Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis

Jacqueline Anderson, MD

Private Practice at Mercy Children’s Hospital, Springfield MO

Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis

Merveen Appu, MD

Staff Pediatric Neurologist, HSHS Neurosciences Center, Springfield IL

Medical school: Madras Medical College, India

Susan Arnold, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
Director Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program
Medical Director of Neurophysiology Laboratory, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

Medical school: Cornell Medical College

Deepa Arun, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology, St. Louis University School of Medicine

Medical school: Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Madras India

Areeba Basit, MD

Staff Pediatric Neurologist, Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital

Medical school: Kasturba Medical College Manipal, India

Michael Ciliberto, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa

Medical school: Washington University

Jordan Cole, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado

Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis

Cameron Crockett, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Medical school: University of Iowa

Sarah Dixon, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Medical school: University of Michigan

Nico Dosenbach, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis

Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis