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Meet Our Trainees

Our residents come from medical schools around the U.S. and outside the country. See what a few of them have to say about our program.

Molly Knox, M.D.

Molly Knox, M.D.

What attracted you to medicine and neurology?

“The field of medicine was suggested by a college professor who thought it would fit well with my endless quest of ‘how and why?,’ but ultimately I chose the profession for the opportunity to help people continue doing what they love in spite of illness. Neurology is intellectually challenging with a wide range of diagnostic mysteries. It also provides the unique opportunity to care for patients who feel and are vulnerable, as disorders of the nervous system affect our core being and how we interact with the rest of the world.”

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Idaho

Marcus Callister, M.D.

Marcus Callister, M.D.

What makes Mayo Clinic's Adult Neurology Residency in Arizona unique?

“Mayo Clinic in Arizona is a unique combination of a world class medical institution with a mid-size hospital and staff. Training here, I have access to the highest expertise and boundless resources, and I know most of the neurology department and many hospital and clinic staff by name. I feel like I have every opportunity to succeed without getting lost in the crowd.”

Medical school: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

The Adult Neurology Residents pose for a group photo at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.
Adult Neurology residents in 2020

Graduates: Where are they now?

Chia-Chun Chiang, M.D.

Chia-Chun Chiang, M.D.

"I did a rotation at Mayo Clinic Arizona's Department of Neurology, headache division, as a visiting student. The invaluable opportunity made me realize how tormenting headaches can be, and how adequate treatment can tremendously improve the quality of patients' lives. Most importantly, I was very impressed with how the consultants devoted to the education of the residents. I was convinced that Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus would be a perfect place for me to launch my career in neurology."

2018 graduate and fellow at Mayo Clinic's Headache Fellowship (Arizona)

Michael Christiansen, M.D.

Michael Christiansen, M.D.

"The residency is unique because there is a tremendous amount of depth to our specialists' expertise and practice. As a resident, this means you have access to faculty and patients that cover all types of cases, from common to rare. Mayo is also a leader in practicing current evidence-based medicine and expanding the frontiers of the field."

2019 graduate and fellow at Mayo Clinic's Clinical Neurophysiology, Electromyography Fellowship (Arizona)

Recent alumni

NameGraduate Year
Michael Christiansen, M.D. 2019
Kate Grimsrud, M.D. 2019
Cristina Valencia Sanchez, M.D. 2019
Chia-Chun Chiang, M.D. 2018
Angela Parsons, D.O. 2018
Akta Patel, D.O. 2018
Rebecca Jones, M.D. 2017
Ashley Pena, M.D. 2017
Leslie Zuniga, M.D. 2017
Megan Davis, M.D. 2016
Erin Okazaki, M.D. 2016
Kristen Steenerson, M.D. 2016
Priya Dhawan, M.D. 2015
Trenton Overall, D.O.  2015