Meet Our Trainees

Mayo Clinic neurologist examining a case

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. For details on all residents in the Adult Neurology Residency, see the resident profiles overview.

Kelsey Smith, M.D.

Kelsey Smith, M.D.

Did anything surprise you about Mayo Clinic’s program?

“I came to Mayo for my intern year in medicine. I was very surprised with how great this year was. I met so many outstanding co-residents and made many excellent friends from this year. I also have been surprised by the number of rare diseases (in addition to the bread and butter of neurology) that I have seen in my short time here.”

Hometown: Brooklyn, Michigan

Medical school: University of Toledo

Rafid Mustafa, M.D.

Rafid Mustafa, M.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

"There’s a value here that 'the needs of the patient come first' and when you actually walk through the halls of the clinic or through the hospitals here, you realize how very true that principle is to each and every person that works here. I’ve never experienced anything else like it, and once I did on my interview here I knew that this was where I had to be for my training."

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine

Ashley Santilli, M.D.

Ashley Santilli, M.D.

What attracted you to neurology?

"I had a very close family member affected by cerebral palsy so I have always been comfortable around patients with neurologic disease and connect with them closely. My favorite part of neurology is interactions with patients and their families. I like how hands on the field is and how the physical exam remains an important part of diagnosing and localizing. I love how specialized you can become in the field."

Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota

Medical school: University of Minnesota

Bryan Neth, M.D., Ph.D.

Bryan Neth, M.D., Ph.D.

What makes the Mayo Clinic Adult Neurology Residency unique?

"The culture is phenomenal. This is true throughout the Mayo Clinic enterprise, but the Department of Neurology is a special team of people that have come together to provide the best care for patients, teach future providers, and perform quality research. People are nice, hardworking, and do what is best for the patient and learning. If we need more time in clinic to ensure we have an adequate plan and recommendations for a patient, we are not pressured to take less time and rush through an appointment."

Hometown: Corfu, New York

Medical school: Wake Forest University