Positions

Clin Postdoc Fellow
Neurology
Epilepsy Fellowship
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Education

Clinical Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Neurophysiology
Residency at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Child Neurology
Residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Pediatrics
MD-PhD from UT Health / MD Anderson / UPR MSTP Program
BS from Rice University
Bioengineering
BA from Rice University
Cognitive Sciences, with Honors

Certifications

Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Statement

My goal as a physician scientist in the field of pediatric epilepsy is to create novel diagnostic approaches to language localization using advanced imaging techniques, in tandem with the clinical care of patients who are undergoing evaluation for epilepsy surgery.

Over the course of my residencies in pediatrics and child neurology and fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy, I have undergone very strong clinical training to allow me to treat pediatric epilepsy patients with competency and compassion. My experiences in studying cognition across the lifespan, as well as my clinical training in pediatric epilepsy, give me a strong clinical and research background to conduct functional neuroimaging research in the pediatric epilepsy population. I have been conducting bioimaging research over the past 17 years, and with regards to research productivity, I have published 14 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 5 of which were first-author publications.

While an undergraduate at Rice University, I honed in on mathematical modeling skills and MATLAB programming as part of my bioengineering degree. In addition to my endeavors in engineering, I also pursued an honors degree in cognitive science, which gave me the opportunity to study linguistics and cognitive psychology. During the course of my MD/PhD training, I was able to bring together my computational skills along with my cognitive science interests by conducting research evaluating the neural basis of audiovisual speech perception in both children and adults. While in the lab of Michael Beauchamp, we investigated changes in cortical connectivity during the development of language from age 6 years to adulthood using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), resulting in 6 publications.

As a member of the pediatric epilepsy faculty, I plan to combine converging evidence from multiple advanced neuroimaging modalities, including task-based fMRI, resting state fMRI, magnetoencephalography and TMS, to localize language in pediatric epilepsy patients undergoing workup for epilepsy patients. My journey through imaging research, medical training, doctoral research, and finally training as a neurologist and epileptologist, has given me the experience and expertise required to pursue this research inquiry and care for these patients.

Selected Publications

Memberships

American Epilepsy Society
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society