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Meet Our Trainees

The Neurologic Surgery Residency in Jacksonville, Florida, includes trainees from across the U.S. and around the world. See what a few residents have to say about the program and their research interests.

Olu Akinduro, M.D.

Olu Akinduro, M.D.

What are your research interests?

After working for a year as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company, I developed an interest in drug delivery, which I intends to use in future translational projects related to spinal tumors such as chordoma. In my spare time, I enjoy weight lifting, running, cooking, and spending time with my wife.

Medical school: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Kelly Gassie, M.D.

Kelly Gassie, M.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

I grew up hearing about Mayo Clinic all the time, and when I had the opportunity to interview for residency, I fell in love with the patient focus. All of the physicians believe in the mentality that the needs of the patient come first. This completely put Mayo Clinic at the top of my list. 

Medical school: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Ansh Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.S.

Ansh Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.S.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic? 

I initially came to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as a visiting medical sudent. Following graduation from medical school, I returned to complete a research fellowship in neurosurgery and postdoctoral master's degree program in clinical and translational science. I desired to train at Mayo due to the depth and breadth of operative cases, mentorship model of training, tremendous flexibility and support to pursue future academic and professional goals, and its truly patient-centric philosophy as an institution.

Medical school: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences

James Lee, M.D.

James Lee, M.D.

What are your research interests?

My research interests include using human electrophysiology to understand how we learn, form memories, and make decisions. Outside of research, my all-time favorite activity is to grill meat and relax with close friends and family!

Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Alaa Montaser, M.B., B.Ch.

Alaa Montaser, M.B., B.Ch.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

My dream is to become a neurosurgeon who can provide the best care for patients, at the highest level possible. I was fascinated by the neurosurgery training model at Mayo Clinic, and the tremendous clinical and operative experience coupled with research and educational activities. I was impressed by the friendly, yet professional work environment, where all team members maintain the needs of the patient as the utmost priority. Indeed, Mayo Clinic is a perfect fit for my career aspirations.

Medical school: Ain Shams University of Faculty of Medicine

Krishnan Ravindran, M.D.

Krishnan Ravindran, M.D.

What are your research interests?

My academic interests include management of cerebral aneurysms and use of advanced neuroimaging and cerebrovascular disease. Outside of neurosurgery, I enjoy scuba diving, playing the guitar and drums, and travelling.

Medical school: University of Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne, Australia