Emory University School of Medicine is ranked by U.S. News as one of the top 25 medical schools for research and is ranked 20th among all U.S. medical schools in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support. Emory University Hospital is ranked as a top 25 hospital for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News. The School of Medicine is affiliated with Emory Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in Georgia.

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Neurosciences program, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, is committed to training future pediatric neurologists through our Pediatric Neurology Residency program at Children’s at Egleston and Children’s at Scottish Rite. Residents participating in the program will get firsthand experience at treating a large and diverse population of pediatric neurological diseases & working in a variety of neurological subspecialty clinics, as well as inpatient and outpatient experience at our multiple campuses.

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PGY - 5
Jasmine Forte, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA – B.A. Psychology
Undergraduate & Degree: University of Richmond – Richmond, VA -
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Outside Interests: Fitness ministry & leading a bible study for married couples at my church, napping & online shopping.
What I like about Emory: the diversity of interests and cultures represented and that everyone here is excited about learning and always striving for excellence within their field.
PGY - 4
Emily Kern-Smith, MD
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergraduate & Degree : Hendrix College - Conway Arkansas – B.A. in Biology with a minor in chemistry
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Outside Interests: singing karaoke, playing guitar and ukulele, sewing, knitting & crochet, most recently started taking classes in aerial silk, trivia nights with friends, watching the Braves, Falcons & United games.
What I Like About Emory/Atlanta: I chose to do my residency at Emory because of the wonderfully supportive faculty/staff & the abundance of opportunities for research & further expansion of knowledge. I also love living in Atlanta where there is always something do and new places to explore.
Michelle Tutmaher, MD
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate & Degree: University of Rochester – Rochester, NY – B.A. in Biology with a focus on neuroscience
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Outside Interests: Running, hiking, traveling & spending time with my husband, daughter & dachshund.
What I Like About Emory: the diverse patient population & the friendly collaborative teaching environment
PGY - 3
Kathryn Elkins, MD
Undergraduate & Degree: New York University – New York City, NY
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine – Atlanta, GA
Outside Interests: cooking, hiking the North Georgia Mountains, exploring Atlanta’s quirky neighborhoods & eating at all of the delicious restaurants, & traveling the world with my fiancé, Brendan who is a surgery resident here at Emory.
What I Like About Emory: I love the patient diversity and volume here at Emory, we see a lot of everything on both the pediatric & neurology sides! I also love my supportive pediatric neurology family!
Jenny Lin, MD
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Undergraduate & Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA – Biomedical Engineering
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine – Atlanta, GA
Outside Interests: trying new kinds of foods & experiencing different cultures, animals
What I Like About Emory/Atlanta: I like the wide range of subspecialists of Emory and the diversity of Atlanta
PGY - 2
Ekta Bery, MD
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Undergraduate & Degree: Emory University – Atlanta, GA – Biology with Minor in Dance & Movement Studies
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, GA
Outside Interests: spending time with family & friends, traveling, cooking & dancing
What I Like About Emory/Atlanta: I love that the program fosters diversity & supports individuals of all backgrounds. I also think we have an advantage as being the primary children’s hospital in the city – we see such a range of patients and get exposure to lots of unique cases!
Mohammed Shahnawaz, MD
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate & Degree: Kent State University – B.S. in Integrated Life Sciences
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Outside Interests: technology, NBA, NFL & Formula 1, traveling, video games, playing basketball & attending musical shows
What I Like About Emory: I love the campus & diversity that is present at Emory & Atlanta
PGY - 1
Ashley Nutt, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate & Degree: Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama – B.S. Biomedical Science
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Outside Interests: laughing, more laughing, salsa dancing, hiking, clay sculpting, eating gelato & Auburn football
What I Like About Emory: I love that every day I have the opportunity to serve a community that I grew up in, to be a provider in an institution that provided so much care for my family. I am thrilled to be back in Atlanta and so close to my family.
Avni Sanghi, DO
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Undergraduate & Degree: Iowa State University – Chemical Engineering
Outside Interests: learning how to cook food from different ethnicities & experiencing different international cultures through traveling
What I Like About Emory: I love the diversity of amazing people and an academic environment conducive to learning & thinking outside the box.
Ben Siegel, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate & Degree: University of Pittsburgh -
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Outside Interests: spending time with my wife, cheering on Atlanta United & Atlanta Falcons, exploring the many cuisines along Buford Highway & strolling through Piedmont Park.
What I Like About Emory: as a tertiary referral center, its trainees are exposed to a tremendous diversity of patients & benefits from the tutelage of clinicians who are deeply knowledgeable & passionate about child neurology. Because of the breadth and depth of expertise at Emory and Emory's close relationships with surrounding academic institutions, it is also a great place to pursue collaborative clinical, basic science or translational research.
  • Children's at Egleston is a state of the art 255 bed free standing children's hospital. The facility includes 108 ICU beds for four separate dedicated units comprised of pediatric, neonatal, cardiac and technology dependent intensive care units. These are supported by land based, helicopter and fixed wing emergency transport services. An emergency surgical suite adjacent to the heliport is available to stabilize patients prior to transfer to the main operating room complex. A busy emergency department is situated between the operating room and radiology suites. The hospital contains comprehensive diagnostic services including laboratory, imaging and electrophysiologic modalities.
  • Children's at Scottish Rite is a 250 bed free standing children's hospital. The facility includes 72 ICU beds for three separate dedicated units comprised of pediatric, neonatal and technology dependent intensive care units. These are supported by land based, helicopter and fixed wing emergency transport services. An emergency surgical suite adjacent to the heliport is available to stabilize patients prior to transfer to the main operating room complex. A busy emergency department is situated between operating room and radiology suites. The hospital contains comprehensive diagnostic services including laboratory, imaging and electrophysiologic modalities.
  • Emory University Hospital is a 597-bed, adult tertiary care facility serving the metropolitan Atlanta area as well as the state of Georgia and surrounding region. The hospital contains 24 single occupancy neurology and neurosurgery rooms on floors 2G and 3G with dedicated neuroscience nursing. The area includes 6 epilepsy monitoring units (video/EEG), and all rooms are “hard wired” to a central reading station. Six beds are equipped to allow respiratory and hemodynamic patient monitoring and act as an “intermediate unit” for more intense patient monitoring. An additional 4 portable monitoring units are available for use in the ICU or on other care units. Intraoperative monitoring is also performed by Neurology staff. There is an out-patient/in-patient neuro-diagnostic laboratory on 2G housing 4 EEG/EP rooms which can also be utilized for sleep studies at night and one room dedicated to trans-cranial doppler studies. In addition, there is an area for on-line visual monitoring of both the patient and the data as well as a room used by the resident/fellow for data interpretation. There are also 20 neurology and neurosurgery ICU beds staffed by 2 full-time neuro-intensivists and appropriately trained nurse practitioners and nurses. Support facilities include a full-service neuro-radiology division with expertise in CT, MRI, diagnostic angiography, and interventional neuro-radiology. Neurosurgical consultation is available at all times, as are other specialty consultation services. The hospital includes 47 and 56 psychiatry and rehabilitation beds, respectively. The Emory Clinic is an out-patient facility directly across the street from Emory University Hospital. Neurology is housed on the 3rd floor. There are 16 examination/consultation rooms and 3 EMG/NCV laboratory rooms and 2 daytime EEG rooms.
  • Children’s Specialty Services, most outpatient activity for the Division takes place outside the hospital at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Advanced Pediatrics located at 1400 Tullie Road, N.E. and the Scottish Rite Campus at 975 Johnson’s Ferry Road.
  • Grady Memorial Hospital, with over 1100 beds, is one of the largest general hospitals in the world. Located in the heart of the historic "Sweet Auburn" district of downtown Atlanta only five miles from Emory, Grady serves the populations of Fulton and DeKalb counties. Here, residents are exposed to the entire spectrum of acute neurological disease and assume major responsibility for patient care, both on the neurology inpatient service and the hospital-wide neurology consultation service. The Neurology outpatient clinics and inpatient service are conveniently located on the same floor alongside our neurophysiology laboratories, an up-to-date departmental library, call rooms, and faculty offices.

The Division of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics currently has eighteen pediatric neurologists and fourteen advanced practice providers with a variety of research interests. The neurology team’s multidisciplinary approach is supported by a multitude of pediatric professionals including:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroradiology
  • Social work
  • Child life specialists
  • Pharmacists
As part of the team residents:

  • Work with a large and diverse population of children with a variety of neurological diseases, learning to treat acute emergencies, as well as care for chronic conditions.
  • Become exposed to state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of children with neurological disease, including epilepsy surgery, management of vagal nerve stimulators, baclofen pump management and pediatric neurophysiology.
  • Receive education in all facets of adult neurology from a distinguished adult neurology faculty.
  • Become the primary caretaker and leader of the inpatient neurology service, as well as in the fellow’s continuity clinic.
  • Participate in daily medical rounds, as well as a variety of conferences with opportunities to teach and learn
  • American Epilepsy Society Meeting- CACNA1A Mutation in an Infant with Focal Epilepsy and Ataxia, December 2016 Rebecca Luke, D.O.
  • Child Neurology Society Meeting - Pure Sensory Neuropathy of Childhood, October 2017 Rebecca Luke, D.O.
  • American Academy of Neurology -Unexpected Neuromuscular Diagnoses from Chromosomal Microarray, April 23, 2018- Rebecca Luke, D.O.
  • American Academy of Neurology – MUNIX and HFMSE in Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, April 23, 2018 Jasmine Forte, M.D.
  • Child Neurology Society Meeting Kansas City, MO –Sleep Quality and Accelerometry in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, October 4-7, 2018 – Benjamin Siegel, MD
Emory University School of Medicine Pediatric Neurology participates in the Match and is now accomplished through the NRMP. Applications are accepted through the EERAS application service.

Five-year Categorical Training Program:

Three categorical slots are available each year allowing Pediatric Neurology residents to also complete their preliminary General Pediatrics training at Emory University School of Medicine. Applicants need only apply to Pediatric Neurology via ERAS for consideration for the five year categorical training program (SEPARATE APPLICATION TO GENERAL PEDIATRICS IS NOT REQUIRED: An interview with General Pediatrics will automatically be granted to those selected to interview for Child Neurology).

Positions Available through 2019 Match:

Three PGY1 categorical positions with preliminary training beginning 7/2019 and Child Neuro beginning 7/2021.

Application Timeline:
September 2018 Applications begin to be accepted through ERAS
September – October 2018 Applicants are notified of interview invitations
October 15, 2018 Deadline for all applications to be received
Mid October 2018 – January 2019 Interviews
March 15, 2019 Match Day

Interview Trip:

The Pediatric Neurology Residency Program and Pediatric Residency Program will provide accommodations for one night during the interview trip. Dinner will be provided on the evening before interviews and breakfast & lunch on the day of interview. There is an optional general pediatric dinner the evening after the interviews.
Each applicant will typically interview with two pediatric neurology faculty members and the residency program director.

Typical Pediatric Neurology Interview Schedule:

Travel to CHOA – Egleston Hospital
7:00 a.m.
Light continental breakfast
7:15 – 8 a.m.
ECC Room 209A
General Pediatric Residents
General Pediatrics Rounds
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
General Pediatrics Team
Egleston Tour
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Gen Pediatric Residents
General Pediatric Interviews
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
General Pediatric Faculty
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ECC Room 209A
12:30-12:50 p.m.
Welcome and Program Overview
1:00 -1:20 p.m.
Jamika Hallman-Cooper, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency

Time Dr. Hallman-Cooper Child Neurology Faculty Child Neurology Faculty
1:30 – 1:50 p.m. 1:30 – 1:50 p.m. 1:30 – 1:50 p.m. 1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Applicant 1 Applicant 4 Applicant 3 Applicant 2
Applicant 2 Applicant 1 Applicant 4 Applicant 3
Applicant 3 Applicant 2 Applicant 1 Applicant 4

International Medical Graduates

IMG’s seeking appointment to a residency position must be certified by the ECFMG and enter the training program on a J-1 or H-1B1 visa, unless a citizen of the United States or holding an Alien Registration Card. For J-1 visas visit the ECFMG website for further information: For information on H-1B1 visas, visit Emory University's International Student and Scholar Programs at


Salaries are competitive and congruent with postgraduate training experience. Further information regarding benefits, malpractice, moonlighting and other policies is available from the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In addition to the benefits provided by Emory University School of Medicine, the Department of Neurology provides discretionary funds for each resident for the purchase of textbooks and other educational materials, and to cover meeting-related travel expenses. The department also covers the cost of membership in the American Academy of Neurology for each resident, and provides several additional benefits, including a subscription to the journals Neurology and Continuum. In addition to the paid vacation provided by the university, the Division of Neurology provides an additional week of academic leave time annually to allow for resident participation in meetings and other scholarly activities.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact:

Marianna Watson, C-TAGME
Pediatric Neurology Residency Coordinator
Phone: 404-727-5747   Fax: 404-727-8997

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

PGY 1-2: In the first two years of training, the participant will be a resident with the Department of Pediatrics Residency Program.

PL-1 # Blocks
General pediatric wards—Children’s at Egleston 3
General pediatric wards—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
Subspecialty wards—Children’s at Egleston 2
Subspecialty/general peds night float—Children’s at Egleston 1
Intermediate nursery—Grady Health System 1
*Ambulatory and term nursery—Grady Health System 2
*Pediatric Emergency department— Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
Behavior and developmental pediatrics 1
*Elective 1
PL-2 # Blocks
PICU—Children's at Egleston 2
NICU—Grady Health System 2
Subspecialty outpatient/wards—Children's at Egleston 2
Egleston general pediatrics night float—Children's at Egleston 1
Pediatric Emergency department—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
*Pediatric Emergency department—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 2
*Electives with call 2
*Electives without call 1
Adolescent Medicine 1

PGY 3-4:During the PGY 3 year, the resident will transition to the Neurology program, completing eleven months of adult neurology wards and outpatient clinics at Grady Health System and Emory University Hospital and one month of pediatric electropsysiology

PL-3 # Blocks
Adult wards 6
Neuropath/neuroradiology 5
Cognitive neurology 1

During the PGY 4 year, the neurology resident will complete eleven months of inpatient and outpatient pediatric neurology rotations at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston, Scottish Rite, and Executive Park campuses, and one month of child psychiatry.

PL-4 # of  4 week blocks

Pediatric Neurology Wards

9 months
Outpatient clinic 3 months

PGY 5: The PGY 5 year is reserved for elective rotations planned at the discretion of the resident with input from the division chief. Two months of neuropathology must be completed, one month of an adult neurology elective, and one month of child psychiatry. The remaining eight months can be used for a variety of electives within neurology such as neurophysiology, spasticity, epilepsy, neuromuscular, or sleep medicine.  Through Emory University School of Medicine, rotations with other subspecialties, such as neurosurgery, genetics and neuro-oncology, can be arranged. The residents are encouraged and supported in their efforts to pursue original research projects, which can be completed during research electives.

PL-5 # Blocks
Neuropathology 2
Child psychiatry 1
Adult Neuro Elective 1
Elective/Research 5
Pediatric Neurology Inpatient 3

  1. Adult Neurology Morning Report - occurs every Tuesday and Thursday morning and is designed for residents to present and discuss with attending physicians any cases admitted overnight. (PGY3)
  2. Adult Neurology Resident Didactics – Occurs each Friday (PGY-3-5)
  3. Pediatric Neurology Journal Club—occurs the first Friday (SR) & third Friday (EGl) of each month for critical review of the latest research in pediatric neurology. (PGY 4-5)
  4. Neurology Grand Rounds—occurs each Friday morning with presentations by nationally recognized experts in neurology and related fields. (PGY 3-5)
  5. NeuroRadiology Conference – Occurs the first Friday(SR) & third Friday (EG) of every month to gain exposure and understand the utility and interpretation of imaging studies of the nervous system, including CT, MRI, MR, and angiography, MR venography, MR spectroscopy, conventional angiography, and brain ultrasound. (PGY 4-5)
  6. Pediatric Grand Rounds—Occurs each Wednesday morning with presentations from local and national experts in a variety of areas of pediatric medicine. An additional grand round occurs each Thursday morning at the Grady Health System campus and is designed as a case presentation series. (PGY 4-5)
  7. Neurophysiology Conference—occurs weekly with rotating presentations from epilepsy, neuromuscular and sleep medicine. (PGY 3-5)
  8. Epilepsy Surgery Conference—Pediatric and adult surgery cases are presented for evaluation each Friday morning with participation from the entire epilepsy surgery team, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology. (PGY 3-5)
  9. Neuromuscular Rounds—occurs each week with a neuromuscular patient presentation from the pediatric or adult inpatient services. (PGY 3-5) 10. Case Conference – occurs the third Friday of each month with presentation and discussion of active cases. (PGY 4-5)
  10. Case Conference – occurs the third Friday of each month with presentation and discussion of active cases. (PGY 4-5)
  11. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds – occurs first Friday at Scottish Rite (PGY 4-5)
  12. Quality Improvement Conference - occurs quarterly to review cases with poor or avoidable outcomes. (PGY 4-5)