Current Residents


Ilyas Eli, MD

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

About Me: I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and immigrated to the US at the age of 13. I was raised in Nashville, TN, but lack the traditional southern accent. I attended Vanderbilt University where I received my B.A. with honors in molecular and cellular biology. I continued to complete my medical education from the same institution.

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Al-Wala Awad, MD

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

Undergraduate School: Arizona State, Tempe, AZ

About Me: I was raised in Tempe, Arizona. I completed his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, where I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While at the University of Arizona, I completed a 1-year research fellowship in neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

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Bornali Kundu, MD, PhD

Title:  Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

About Me: I was raised in Columbia, MD. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and my MD and PhD degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My PhD is in Neuroscience and focused on studying the neural bases of memory, attention, and learning using various brain imaging methods.

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Christopher Wilkerson, MD

Title:  Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Texas, Houston, TX

Undergraduate School: University of Texas, Austin, TX

About Me: I was raised in Flower Mound, Texas. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, I competed at the intercollegiate level as a member and captain of the Texas Crew rowing team. I am a “die-hard” longhorn who never misses a UT football game. While at UT, I received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Neurobiology. In medical schoo;, I was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and completed requirements for a Scholarly Concentration in Neuroscience ...Read More


John Muse, MD

Title:  Visiting UVM

I am a resident at the University of Vermont, but I am spending my PGY-5 year here at the University of Utah through a partnership between the institutions.

Evan Joyce MD, MS

Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

About Me: I was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and therefore I am a certified "cheese-head." I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate and graduate school, studying Biomedical Engineering with a focus on tissue and cellular scale engineering. While in college, I ran competitively on the club level and competed in marathons and triathlons, including the Ironman distance. In medical school, I felt drawn to Neurosurgery at the start of MS4 year after caring for a hemorrhagic stroke patient during rotations. I was elected to AOA and GHHS during MS4 year ...Read More

Jonathan Scoville, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

About Me: I was born in Santa Monica, California, but grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where I participated in many school activities such as wrestling, soccer, track, and student government at Idaho Falls High School. I then attended Brigham Young University, during which I served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Rome, Italy. After completing a degree in Biochemistry, I attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I am married to my ...Read More


Guilherme Agnoletto, MD

Residency: Neurological Institute of Curitiba, Brazil

Medical School: University of South Santa Catarina, Brazil

About Me: I was raised in southern Brazil. I graduated cum laude from the University of South Santa Catarina – UNISUL, Brazil and went on to complete a neurosurgery residency at the Neurological Institute of Curitiba – INC, Brazil. During my residency, I spent some time at the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany and also at the Baptist Neurological Institute/Lyerly  ...Read More

Robert Kim, MD, MS

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate School: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

About Me: Originally from South Korea, I was raised in Baltimore, MD, where I attended the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, I had a job as a research technician at the Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD, where I developed and tested resuscitative products on large animal models. I went to Chicago Medical School where I earned my MS then MD.

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Cordell Baker, MD

Medical School: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Undergraduate School: Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK

About Me: I was raised in Sapulpa, a small town in northeastern Oklahoma. I completed my undergraduate studies at Oklahoma Baptist University, where I ran cross country and track. I attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and became interested in neurosurgery after observing my mentor perform an awake craniotomy for glioma resection during one of my electives. This experience led to my involvement in ...Read More

Nicholas Gamboa, MD

Medical School: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate School: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

About Me: I was raised in Boise, Idaho. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Biology and graduated as a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. I developed a passion for research while working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where I focused on targeting molecular pathways in cancer and vascular pathology. I completed my medical education at ...Read More

Brandon Sherrod, MD

Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Undergraduate School: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

About Me:  I was raised in Florence, Alabama. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed my medical school education at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

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Samantha Colby, MD

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate School: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Jeffrey Nadel, MD, MS

Medical School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate School: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

About Me: I was raised in Centennial, Colorado. I completed my undergraduate studies at Colorado College, where I was a captain of the varsity swim team and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with honors, and with distinction in Neuroscience. I moved to Washington D.C., where I worked both in a translational brain research lab at the National Institutes of Health and as a health policy researcher at The Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy. ...Read More


Michael Bounajem, MD

Medical School: Long School of Medicine - UT Health San Antonio,  San Antonio,TX

Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

About Me: I was raised in Keller, Texas, a suburb north of Fort Worth. I attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, during which time my interest in surgery began. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to graduate with a distinction in research from the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio ...Read More

Elena Kurudza, MD

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

Graduate School: Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate School: Loyola University, Chicago, IL

About Me: I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, but moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University. While at Loyola, I studied molecular genetics and participated in epigenetics research. Following completion of my Masters I worked in an auto-immunology lab at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. I returned to Wisconsin to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin where I combined my interests in molecular biology and immunology and studied tumor immunology. While I am excited to now be living in Salt Lake, I will always remain a die-hard Packers fan.  ...Read More

Spencer Twitchell, MD

Medical School: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

About me: I was born in Sacramento, CA, but grew up in the mountains and deserts of Utah. I attended BYU and followed a natural progression in my interests that led me toward a career in medicine. In medical school, I scrubbed in to my first surgery with the neurosurgery program here, and I was hooked! I met my wife in medical school, and she is a pediatrics resident at the U. We have an english cream golden retriever puppy, and spend our free time chasing him through the winding streams, mountain lakes, and hiking trails of beautiful Utah. ...Read More


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