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 Class of 2020

Emily Hanzlik, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Arkansas
Medical School: Saint Louis University

Emily grew up in Wynne, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!) where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology. She then attended Saint Louis University for medical school and became interested in child neurology. During medical school, Emily also began Tae Kwon Do and recently earned her black belt. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, pickup volleyball games, running, taekwondo, reading, and cheering for the Razorbacks. She is looking forward to getting to know Nashville, starting her residency at Vanderbilt and returning to SEC country.


Shital PatelShital Patel, M.D.

Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical School: Rutgers University

Shital was born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Staying close to family and friends, she attended Rutgers University for both undergrad and medical school. In undergrad, she majored in Cell Biology/Neuroscience and Religion. Combining her love for the neuroscience with the children she had mentored over the years in Special Education classes, Shital is very excited to be on her way to becoming a Child Neurologist. Shital loves to explore different cities and countries, and is thrilled to be coming down to Nashville for residency! In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, play board games, hike, and paint!


Jessica Wharton, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Jessica was born and raised in Westminster, Maryland, a small town west of Baltimore. She decided to head south for college where she attended the University of South Carolina. She earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish. She decided to stay in South Carolina to continue her education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she discovered her love of neurology. Jessica is thrilled to begin her medical career at Vanderbilt where she will be a part of the Child Neurology residency program. During her free time she enjoys being outdoors, especially running, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Charlie.


Class of 2021

Victoria Adeseye, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Victoria was born and raised in Houston, Texas. During her undergrad time at the University of Texas at Austin, Victoria spent plenty of Saturdays during the fall at UT Football games ( Hook 'em). When she was not attending a UT sporting event, she was working on earning her B.S. in Biochemistry and her minor in Business. Keeping the UT tradition, Victoria moved back home to Houston where she attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Victoria discovered the wonderful field of Child Neurology during her first year of medical school and is excited to start her training at Vanderbilt University. Victoria is excited to spend her time in Nashville and hopes to continue to enjoy some of her hobbies: Victoria is a huge foodie and loves to try new restaurants and new recipes, she also enjoys watching sporting events, theater productions, spending time outdoors hiking or at the beach, and traveling.


Deepankar Mohanty, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Deep was born in India and moved to Texas when he was very young, spending most of his childhood in Austin, Texas. He decided to stick around for his undergraduate education, attending the University of Texas. He first became interested in neuroscience there and went to Baylor for medical school intending to specialize in neurology. He discovered a passion for pediatrics as well in medical school, and is now very excited to be starting child neurology residency at Vanderbilt. In his free time, he enjoys following NBA basketball (big fan of the Phoenix Suns), cooking, and reading.


Emily Singer, M.D.

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Emily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Vanderbilt University where she majored in Neuroscience. After graduating, Emily spent a year in Guatemala working and exploring the country. She returned to Louisville for medical school and met her husband, Chad Singer. Chad is originally from Indianapolis and moved to Louisville for a job in the energy management business. Emily and Chad have a curly coated retriever named Ali who loves to hike and run. Emily is thrilled to be back in Nashville and can't wait to explore the city's ever-changing restaurants and music scene!


Class of 2022

Mac ManualMac Manuel, M.D.

Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans

Chad is from a small town in Louisiana called Eunice. He majored in biochemistry at LSU and then moved a bit further down the road to attend LSU-New Orleans for medical school. He became interested in child neurology after working as an ABA therapist in undergrad. Chad is married to Erin, who is also from Eunice and is a small animal veterinarian. They are proud cat-parents of Bella and Winston. In his spare time, Chad is obsessed with LSU sports (Geaux Tigers!). He also likes to play golf poorly and is a pretty good Cajun cook, especially gumbo. He is looking forward to experiencing Nashville and joining the child neurology residency at Vanderbilt. 


Brianna SmithBrianna Smith, D.O.

Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brianna grew up Weslaco, Texas, located at the junction of the US-Mexico border. She ventured up north to Baylor University for undergrad and received a BA in Psychology. After graduation, she moved even further north to attend University of North Texas Health Science Center for medical school. Brianna is very excited to embark on an adventure outside of Texas and begin her career as a child neurologist at Vanderbilt University. In her free time she loves to cheering on her beloved Baylor Bears, spend time with her dog, Lucy, jogging and trying new foods.


Stephen WalkerStephen Walker, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Stephen was born and raised in and around Birmingham, Alabama before enrolling at The University of Alabama where he majored in biochemistry and played marimba for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. He then attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he became fascinated by neuroscience. Having witnessed first-hand the shortage of child neurologists as a patient, Stephen was thrilled to find that the field of child neurology so perfectly blended his academic interests in neurobiology and metabolism and his desire to help other children and families work through neurologic diagnoses and their ramifications. He could not be more excited to start residency training in child neurology at Vanderbilt. When not working, Stephen looks forward to catching shows and performances at the Ryman Auditorium and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, cheering on the Tide and the Titans, and talking to anyone who will listen about how great child neurology is.

Class of 2023

Jade Davis M.D.

Jade Davis, M.D.

Undergraduate: Ball State University
Medical school: Indiana University

Jade was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana (a great place to own a time share if you're a Parks & Rec fan). She could not stand the thought of leaving, so she attended Ball State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. She then went to Indiana University for medical school where she discovered her calling in child neurology. There, she met her fiancé, Adam, who will be an adult neurology resident at Vanderbilt. She enjoys reading, running, dancing, tennis, trying new foods, traveling (most recently to Kenya for two months) and binge-watching TV shows. Jade is excited to start her career as a child neurologist while exploring her new home of Nashville. She is thrilled to be a part of the pediatrics and child neurology residency programs at Vanderbilt.


Michael McCormack M.D.Michael McCormack, M.D.

Undergraduate: Pepperdine University
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Michael grew up in Franklin, Tennessee. After high school, he moved to Southern California where he attended Pepperdine University and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He returned to Tennessee for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Michael discovered his passion for neurology after his first year of medical school while doing work in stroke research. He is excited to return to the Nashville area to complete his training in child neurology. In his free time, he enjoys board games, camping, hiking, trail running, and generally anything that will get him outdoors.



Brittany Passiak M.D.

Brittany Passiak, M.D.

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical school: Vanderbilt University

Brittany is from Westport, Connecticut, and moved to the South for her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt. She worked for two years in electronic health record implementation and optimization, and then returned to Vanderbilt for medical school. She quickly became interested in Pediatrics, and found the perfect mix of her interests in Child Neurology. Brittany is married to Stephen, who she met during her undergraduate years at Vanderbilt. Brittany and Stephen both love to cook, spend time in the outdoors, explore the foodie scene in Nashville and spend time with their dog, Sadie. Brittany is thrilled to become a "triple Dore" and continue her training at Vanderbilt.


Class of 2024

Laura Amstrong, M.D., Ph.D.

Undergraduate: Brown University
Graduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Vandebilt University

Laura grew up in Louisville, KY where she enjoyed playing board games with her family, watching college hoops, running cross-country and track, and learning to make the perfect mint julep. After high school, she moved to Providence, RI where she studied neuroscience. She spent school holidays traveling to Centre College to visit her now husband, Keane. At Vanderbilt, she was introduced to the field of child neurology in the lab of Kevin Ess, where she studied the pathophysiology of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. She enjoyed her time with the Vanderbilt MSTP and the VUMC community so much she decided to stick around for residency. She is looking forward to continuing to run the greenways with her terrier, Alistair, exploring Tennessee’s hiking trails, and trying all the new restaurants and weekend festivals that Nashville has to offer.

Richard Carozza, M.D.

Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical School: Boston University

Richard grew up in Littleton, Massachusetts. After escaping his small town roots, he moved to Montreal, Quebec, where he attended McGill University and attained a B.Sc. in Physiology. Fleeing the frozen tundra to the north, he pursued graduate studies and then medical school at Boston University, particularly enjoying advocacy and political work, conducting research in methods of non-invasive measurement of intracranial pressure, and falling in love with child neurology. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, running, and reading books, especially if there’s a murder mystery to be solved. He’s thrilled to move south, pick up “y’all”, and become a bandwagon Predators fan.

Amber Cooke, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida

Amber was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida.  She moved to Gainesville where she completed her BS in Nutrition.  She became a double-Gator when she started medical school at the University of Florida.  Amber discovered her passion for child neurology during her third year of medical school.  Her favorite rotations were Neurology and Pediatrics, so she tried an elective in Child Neurology and found it combined all the aspects she loved in both fields and more.  In her free time, Amber enjoys fitness classes, fashion, exploring new places with her husband Shawn, playing softball, and watching hockey.  Although she is a Florida Panthers fan, she may have to become a Predators fan here in Nashville.

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