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Residency Leadership

Andrea Swenson, MD, Program Director



  • Residency Program Director
One of the most satisfying parts of being a program director is watching our talented residents become top-notch neurologists and future leaders in neurology. As our residents progress through their training, I enjoy teaching them at every level and truly appreciate how much I learn from them along the way.
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Abdel Wahed,MD

  • Associate Residency Program Director
  • Curricular and Professional Development
Having done my residency and fellowship at UIHC, I count myself very privileged to be a part of a program and an institution that offer immense support to enhance medical education and the culture of residents-as-educators. Teaching trainees of all levels is not only gratifying but also pushes me to challenge myself and grow as a clinician, and working with such an awesome and devoted group of residents is what makes my job exciting!
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  • Associate Residency Program Director
  • Educational Resources and Technology
As a former resident at the University of Iowa, I felt the faculty were very supportive and helped me explore my interests in neurology and teaching. I am excited to have the opportunity to pay it forward and work with residents to learn from each other while providing the best care to our patients.
Adriana Rodriguez


Rodriguez Leon,MD

  • Associate Residency Program Director
  • Wellness and Health Promotion
“While we teach, we learn," Seneca. As a medical student, resident and fellow I always learned the most from my peers and seniors. Having the opportunity to be involved in education at all levels of training is one of the most exciting things about my job. I am privileged to work with such an enthusiastic, caring and smart group of residents. Their ambition and drive continuously motivates me to be a better neurologist.
George Richerson, MD, PhD



  • Chairman, Department of Neurology
  • Director, Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program
Our Neurology Department celebrated its 100th year in 2019. It has a long history of contributing to the field, but there has never been a better time to become a neurologist. There are already many new treatments used for neurological disease, and there are many new advances in neuroscience on the verge of being translated to even more therapies. At Iowa, many of our trainees are taught to succeed in career paths from basic to translational to clinical research, and they are all taught to be excellent clinicians.
Tracey Cho, MD



  • Vice Chair for Education
Working with our residents gets me excited for work every day. Their enthusiasm to learn, dedication to patients, and care for each other inspires me to learn and improve my own neurological skills.
Deema Fattal, MD



  • VA Site Director
  • Resident Wellness Initiatives Collaborator
Mind your NESS! Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, Stress.
Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD



  • Assistant Director, Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program
The University of Iowa is really a unique place to train. We have committed and passionate clinicians who are at the forefront of neurology, and our whole department collaborates to train the next generation of leaders in neurology. Our residents are key partners in this process and are heavily involved in research; they present at national and international conferences and publish in the very best journals.
Caroline Martin, MA



  • Education Manager
Working with our trainees is the most rewarding part of my job. Their dedication and drive really is inspiring; the feeling of community within the program is noticeable.