Department of Neurology

Current Residents

Class of 2019

Geetha KanakeswaranGeetha Kanakeswaran, M.D.

Geetha Kanakeswaran, M.D., earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience degree from University of California, Los Angeles, in 2008; Master of Medical Science degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania in 2011; and a Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada in 2015. Prior to residency, she participated in ALS research at Drexel University. She served as a neuroscience and biochemistry peer tutor at the Department of Educational Services, Grenada, and a physiology, microanatomy and neuroscience tutor at the Center for Academic Success, Drexel University.


Alex Mirzoev, M.D.Alex Mirzoev, M.D.

Alex Mirzoev, M.D., earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from York University in 2011, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2015. Prior to residency, he published with the epilepsy division at Sick Kids in Toronto, Canada, and was a research assistant at the Sleep Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.


Praveen Venkatachalam, M.D.Praveen Venkatachalam, M.D.,
Chief Resident

Praveen Venkatachalam, M.D., earned his Master of Science in Aging Studies and Neuroscience degree from the University of South Florida School of Medicine, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Rajah Muthiah Medical College in India. He completed a vascular neurology and neurohospitalist fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He was mentored by the president of the Indian Stroke Association. He was a junior resident at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuroscience in India and worked at the GLB Acute Stroke Centre, India. His research interests include stroke.


Miesty Woodburn, M.D.Miesty Woodburn, M.D.

Miesty Woodburn, M.D., earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training-Sports Medicine at the University of Central Florida and her Doctor of Medicine degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada in 2014. She is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2013. Prior to residency, she taught anatomy and sports medicine at Immaculate High School in Connecticut and served as an athletic trainer for Tulane University’s Division I football team in Louisiana, Gold Coast Physical Therapy and Associates in Florida, and Chase Collegiate School in Connecticut.


Class of 2020

Preston Eibling, D.O.Preston Eibling, D.O.

Preston Eibling, D.O., earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Toledo in 2012, and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. He has volunteered at the Alzheimer's Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other associations that seek to improve the lives of patients and families who face neurological disorders. Prior to residency, he also served as a tutor for anatomy, histology and embryology. Dr. Eibling enjoys spending time with his family and friends while serving the community's holistic health needs.


Lane Fowler, M.D.Lane Fowler, M.D.

Lane Fowler, M.D., earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Marshall University in 2011, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Marshall University in 2016. He serves as a first lieutenant and physician in the U.S. Air Force National Guard. Dr. Fowler volunteers for Special Olympics and the Boy Scouts of America.


Ashley Paul, M.D.Ashley Paul, M.D.

Ashley Paul, M.D., earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albany Medical College in New York in 2016. Prior to joining the residency program, she served at the Albany Medical Center Department of Neurology, the Albany Medical Center Quality Improvement and the  Albany Medical Center Department of Urology.


Umran Ugur, M.D.Umran Ugur, M.D.

Umran Ugur, M.D., earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica in 2015. Prior to joining the residency program, she served as chief student in internal medicine at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, in New York. She also volunteered as an EMT in undergraduate school and helped organize clinics in the indigenous community of Salybia.


Class of 2021

Meredith Clouse, M.D.

Meredith Clouse earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Clouse is a neurology resident. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, she served as a teaching assistant for problem solving in biomedical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dr. Clouse enjoys playing the harp and piano, as well as reading, traveling and cooking.


Eric Creed, D.O.

Eric Creed earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (NC) in 2017. Dr. Creed is a neurology resident. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as an academic peer tutor at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He enjoys writing poetry, studying Ancient Greek and Roman history, and playing golf.


Ibrahim Mustafa, D.O.

Ibrahim Mustafa earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. Dr. Mustafa is a neurology resident. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as a volunteer for the American Lung Association, DOCARE International, and Pulmonary Critical Care and Allergy/Immunology in Nevada. He enjoys playing basketball, hiking, kickboxing, and painting.


Nicholas Ressa, M.D.

Nicholas Ressa earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2017. Dr. Ressa is a neurology resident. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as laboratory technician in quality control at Ideas, Incorporated in Illinois. He authored the following publications: “The Reasons Behind the Ink,” co-author, Cutis Dermatology Magazine November 2016, survey study looking into the reasons people get tattoos/tattoo removal; “The Protective Effect of Host Heat Shock Protein 70 against Salmonella typhimurium Induced Gastroenteritis in vivo,” co-author, research and poster completed Spring 2012- Midwestern University, and “A look into the use of how heat shock proteins can provide an innate defense to salmonella without the use of antibiotics, preventing resistance.” He enjoys playing hockey and running marathons.


Last edited on 08/22/2018.