Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Residents


Currently we have a total of 24 residents: eight PGY-2s, eight PGY-3s and eight PGY-4s.


PGY-4 Graduating Class of 2021


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Nathan Darji, D.O.; Administrative Chief Resident 2020-2021

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Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
Internship: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital-Internal Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Michigan sports teams, traveling, cooking, exploring new restaurants
PM&R Interest: Brain Injury
Why Baylor? Initially what drew me to PM&R was my interest in helping patients afflicted by neurologic disease maximize their function. Baylor has exactly what I was looking for in a program in terms of strength of training in inpatient neurorehabilitation especially at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where there are boundless resources and opportunities to learn and grow as a physiatrist. Diversity of training sites is one of the greater strengths of this program, with opportunities to learn at the VA, a freestanding rehabilitation hospital, a community rehabilitation hospital, large academic center, and a world-class children's hospital. You will get to experience the true breadth of this field at Baylor.
On top of it all, Houston is an affordable city with plenty of things to do for all age groups, single or married, kids or no kids which makes it a great place to live!


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Jay Karri, M.D., M.P.H.; Academic Chief Resident 2020-2021

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Hometown: Lufkin, Texas
Medical School: The University of Texas HSC at Houston
Internship: The University of Texas HSC at Houston
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Collecting vinyl records and listening to true crime podcasts
PM&R Interest: Interventional pain management
Why Baylor? Opportunities for training and research collaboration through the best rehabilitation facilities and healthcare systems in the country.


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Harsha Ayyala, M.D.

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Hometown: Marlboro, N.J.
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Internship: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling, competitive dancing, painting, vintage/antique shopping
PM&R Interest: Brain Injury
Why Baylor?: As a part of the largest medical complex in the world, Baylor provides ample resources for physicians to be at the forefront of our respective fields. The PM&R department, in particular, provides various clinical sites and diverse patient populations to create a comprehensive residency experience. Through world class research, clinical opportunities and advocacy, being in the Texas Medical Center overall provides a platform for excellence.


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Max H. Epstein, M.D. 

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Hometown: Long Branch, N.J.
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School by way of University of Michigan
Internship: Internal Medicine at Morristown Medical Center
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Surfing, skiing, playing guitar and making music
PM&R Interest: Sports and spine, regenerative medicine, diagnostic ultrasound
Why Baylor? Baylor opens doors of opportunity that I knew I would not necessarily have elsewhere.


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Jennifer Hsieh, M.D.

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Hometown: Austin, Texas
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: Baylor College of Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling, hiking, good food, spending time with family
PM&R Interest: Clinical General
Research: Early mobilization in the ICU
Why Baylor? The diversity in the patient population you care for is truly a strength at BCM. You get to work with the veteran community which has unique resources with particular regard to SCI and amputee population; with an underserved community in a very busy county healthcare system; with one of the top inpatient neurorehab hospitals (TIRR); and with a fantastic children's hospital in TCH.


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Tracey Isidro, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - Galveston, Texas
Internship: Baylor Scott and White Internal Medicine Program - Temple, Texas
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Wellness and personal development, working out, salsa dancing, composing piano music
PM&R Interest: Sports Medicine and MSK
Why Baylor: Top PM&R program, supportive and nurturing learning environment, ability to train at TIRR, caring and respected faculty, multiple educational opportunities, amazing co-residents, Houston culture, diversity, lots of things to do in Houston.


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Jasvinder Singh, M.D. 

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Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Internship: Stony Brook University - John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Punjabi folk dance, Minnesota Vikings football, Brunch
PM&R Interest: Interventional pain management, sports
Why Baylor? Extensive general rehab training, high hands-on procedural volume, huge breadth of practice settings (standalone academic rehab hospital, private hospital rehab floor, VA hospital, academic children's hospital, county hospital).


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Bobby Song, M.D.

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Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Internship: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Hobbies/Personal Interests: I like to eat and play tennis
PM&R Interest: Sports medicine
Why Baylor? I really enjoyed my interview here and felt like the residents all had a strong sense of camaraderie. In addition, I feel privileged to be able to train at a world class rehabilitation facility which will give me a well-rounded training background in both inpatient and outpatient practices. Houston is an amazing city which is big enough to have a little (or a lot) of everything but simultaneously affordable and easy to get around.


PGY-3 Graduating Class of 2022


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Maaheen Ahmed, D.O.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Internship: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Urban exploration, animal rescue, live music, and of course my cat Nala
PM&R Interest: TBI and Oncology
Why Baylor? I’ve always dreamed of working at the TMC and coming home to live in one of the most diverse cities in the country! (And I missed being able to swim to work.)


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Elaine Gregory, M.D.

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Hometown: Harrington Park, N.J.
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Internship: Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital Jackson, MI
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, all forms of dance!
PM&R Interest: Everything
Why Baylor? I was so grateful to match at Baylor, as I knew it would provide me with a solid foundation in MSK and to all of the specialties in PM&R so that I will be well prepared to pursue any area of PM&R when I complete my training!


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Yuting Jiao, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: General Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine
Hobbies/personal interests: Spending quality time with friends and family
PM&R Interest: Regenerative medicine, peri-operative management (helping patients minimize pain, getting back on their feet and getting back to do what they love to do after surgery)
Why Baylor? Can't imagine myself anywhere else!


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Harsha Kannan, D.O.

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Hometown: Holmdel, N.J.
Medical School: Western Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: ECHN Transitional Year Residency at Manchester Memorial Hospital
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Music, basketball, good quality time spent
PM&R Interest: Regenerative medicine, sports medicine/MSK, neuromuscular, pain, interventional spine, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehab, greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, you name it
Why Baylor? An absolutely top tier program in the field of my passion in one of the booming cities at the forefront of diversity and culture with some of the best preceptors I had a chance to work with (who welcomed me in!)


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George Polson, M.D.

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Hometown: Katy, Texas
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: Loyola MacNeal Hospital
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Quality time with family & friends, the great outdoors, and the TEXAS LONGHORNS!
PM&R Interest: General Physiatry, Interventional Pain Management
Why Baylor? A truly unique experience of training in the world's largest medical center while being surrounded by a close-knit group of peers and mentors.


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Irvin Quezon, M.D.

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Hometown: Balanga, Bataan, Philippines, San Diego, Calif.
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Internship: General Surgery Internship at the UACOM - Phoenix, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Martial arts, ethnic cuisines of Southeast Asia, electronic interactive entertainment media
PM&R Interest: General Physiatry, Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation, Stroke, Spasticity, Exercise Physiology, Neuroplasticity
Why Baylor? Amazing residents and the faculty who are engaged, enthusiastic and are truly invested in their training, education and caring for their patients.


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Michelle Seymour, M.D., Ph.D.

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Hometown: New Castle, Penn.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine (M.D. and Ph.D.)
Internship: Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
Hobbies/personal interests: Cooking, reading, playing board games, traveling, creating beautiful things
PM&R Interest: Pediatric rehab, transitional medicine
Why Baylor? Love the faculty and training sites!


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Jennifer Sun, M.D.

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Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: Wellstar Kennestone Transitional Year
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Rock climbing, yoga, photography
PM&R Interest: Pain medicine, Pediatric rehabilitation
Why Baylor? I had the opportunity to work with faculty during medical school and really enjoyed my experience with them. I like the exposure to interesting patients with many hospitals being tertiary referral centers and the larger program size, as well.


PGY-2 Class of 2023


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Emmanuel Achilike, M.D.

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Hometown: Garland, Texas 
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Internship: McGovern Medical School Department of Internal Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Photography, Gaming, Music, and Mentorship
PM&R Interest: General Rehab, Spinal Cord Injury, Interventional Spine, Pain Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, but mainly I just want to develop a skill set where I can help as many people as possible.
Why Baylor? Matching at Baylor is a true honor because I think it is an institution that has been at the forefront of physiatry since its inception. More important to me than reputation is the willingness to innovate and the bond I formed with the residents when I was only a medical student. I think the willingness of the residents to take a medical student under their wing speaks volumes about the learning environment in a program and department, and I hope to contribute to that type of learning and working environment.


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Aaron Charnay, M.D.

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Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Medical School: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center College of Medicine
Internship: Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Ballet, writing music (guitar, piano, ukulele), completing the NY Times crossword with my wife.
PM&R Interest: Pediatric rehabilitative and regenerative medicine, spasticity, cerebral palsy, dance medicine.
Why Baylor? Baylor is a remarkable program with legendary faculty and brilliant residents. The affiliation with Texas Children’s is also huge for me. TCH is a beautiful children’s hospital with an active inpatient pediatric rehab unit that stands out amongst other PMR programs. I’m excited to live in Houston to experience the vibrant art scene, Houston Ballet, and to go see the Harden and Westbrook together again at the Toyota center whenever possible.


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Bradley Chi, M.D.

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Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.
Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Internship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Food, sports, sleep
PM&R Interest: Neurorehab, academic medicine
Why Baylor? I enjoy the people and culture. Comprehensive clinical education, robust research mentorship, and strong alumni network.


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Laura Lachman, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Internship: Transitional Year at Redmond Regional Medical Center Rome, GA
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephew! Reading, Traveling, Foreign Languages, Foreign Films/TV, Trying New Restaurants
PM&R Interest: Pain Medicine
Why Baylor? BCM is a top PMR program and its location in the TMC provides unique opportunities not found elsewhere. The breadth of training sites and educational opportunities is one of BCM’s greatest strengths. I especially wanted to train at TIRR, a renowned rehab hospital. I also wanted to come home to Houston in order to be involved in the lives of my niece and nephew. And as someone who loves trying new restaurants, Houston is a great place to do so!


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Nicole Nguyen, D.O.

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Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Medical School: University of North Texas HSC- Texas Collage of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Medical City Weatherford- Internal Medicine Hobbies/personal interests: Hiking, Tennis, really any outdoor activities, trying new foods, playing with pups
PM&R Interest: general rehab/ MSK, electromyography
Why Baylor? It is a privilege to be able to train at a top tier PM&R program in the world's largest medical center. I knew the strength and diversity of training sites will provide well rounded experiences that will prepare residents with the knowledge and skills to become proficient physiatrists. It’s definitely a huge bonus that Houston is a Texas gem with delicious food, great diversity, rich culture, and plenty of fun activities!


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Sharif Palmer, M.D.

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Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Medical School: The University of Queensland
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Staying active, most things outdoors, playing sports, cooking, traveling
PM&R Interest: All of it!
Why Baylor? Baylor is an incredible program that I feel lucky to be a part of.


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Du Pham, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Internship: McGovern Medical School Internal Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: playing/watching football/soccer/volleyball, rock climbing, traveling, hiking, mountains and ice cream
PM&R Interest: Sports, Brain Injury, General Rehab
Why Baylor? Unbeatable camaraderie among the resident body. Diverse training sites with an excellent well-rounded curriculum. Having a chance to rotate at one of the top rehab hospitals taking care of medically-complex patients.


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Joseph Roys, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Internship: Baylor College of Medicine General Surgery Hobbies/Personal Interests: Reading fantasy novels, exercise, cooking/baking, watching Netflix and video games
PM&R Interest: Cancer Rehabilitation, Pain Management
Why Baylor? Baylor offers a thorough and top tier rehabilitation training program that services a wide variety of patients from all backgrounds. When interviewing at Baylor I felt as though each member of the program I met was not only extremely proud of what they did, but also very happy.


Incoming Class of 2024

  • Rohan Adiga, M.D.
  • Marissa Catalanotto, M.D.
  • Eliana Edge, M.D.
  • Stacey Isidro, M.D.
  • Thien Ninh, M.D.
  • Nnaemeka Nweke, M.D.
  • Christian Vangeison, D.O.
  • Evan Vidal, M.D.