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Child Neurology Residents & Recent Alumni

Meet the current residents and recent alumni of the Department of Neurology’s Child Neurology Residency training program.

Child Neurology Residents

Class of 2023


Lena Bell, MD

Hometown: New York, New York
Areas of interest: pediatric neurology, neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, and healthcare disparities
Hobbies: exploring New York City, reading, and playing sports
Why I chose NYU Langone: The people, the training opportunities, and the location. The entire program—from the residents to leadership—is extremely supportive. Training at a large public hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and a large university hospital is a unique opportunity. Lastly, nothing compares to New York City.


Dhristie Bhagat, MD

Hometown: Syosset, New York
Areas of interest: child neurology, education policy, and health advocacy
Hobbies: cooking, TV and movies, history, plays, and traveling
Why I chose NYU Langone: I chose NYU because of the people I met here on the interview trail and because of its partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. It’s a place that allows me to be exposed to the newest discoveries in medicine, while encouraging us to measure its successes based on outcomes of our most underserved patients in the community.

Class of 2024


Mekka Garcia, MD

Hometown: Centralia, Missouri
Medical school: Yale School of Medicine
Areas of interest: neuro-oncology and neonatal neurology
Hobbies: anything outdoors (hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing), traveling, baking, and eating my way through New York City
Why I chose NYU Langone: I loved the faculty that I met during my interview. I also love the diverse populations at NYU Langone and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue—many of whom are immigrants like myself. Furthermore, there are many research opportunities available for residents to get involved in, and the educational opportunities at NYU Langone are vast.


Gayatri Raj Ghosh, MD

Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Medical school: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Area of interest: child neurology
Hobbies: cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, skin care, crocheting, puzzles, and spending time with my dog
Why I chose NYU Langone: I was very impressed by the emphasis on resident education. All of the faculty and leadership are very passionate about teaching and helping us reach our career goals. I also loved the resident culture of both the pediatric and neurology programs and am thankful to have such wonderful co-residents.

Class of 2025


Eliana Applbaum, MD

Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Areas of interest: neuroimmunology, but still exploring other areas
Hobbies: long walks around the city, trying new restaurants, entering Broadway lotteries, riding the ferries for fun, and continuing a quest to find the best vegetarian tacos in New York City
Why I chose NYU Langone: My co-residents in pediatrics, neurology, and child neurology are very supportive, and there is a highly collaborative atmosphere. Also, the expansive variety of clinical experiences you gain from working at both NYU Langone and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is a unique and fantastic aspect of this program.


Monica Ferrer Socorro, MD

Hometown: Venezuela
Medical school: Yale School of Medicine
Areas of interest: epilepsy, global health, and health equity
Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, picnicking in Central Park, yoga, running, traveling, snorkeling, and eating funky cheese
Why I chose NYU Langone: I chose to pursue my training at NYU Langone and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue given the program’s strong reputation, diverse patient population, and my admiration for Bellevue’s mission to treat everyone irrespective of immigration status or ability to pay.

Child Neurology Residency Recent Alumni

Graduated 2022

Hillary Eichelberger, MD
Medical school: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center

Rachel Pauley, MD
Medical school: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Graduated 2021

Shelley Sisemore Varnado, MD
Medical school: Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Rebecca Stainman, MD
Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine

Graduated 2020

Amanda Barton, MD
Medical school: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Jason Ziplow, MD
Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University