Current Residents

The Neurology Residency Program attracts and trains the brightest doctors from medical schools around the region and across the U.S.

PGY-4 Residents


Jessica Choi, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: George Washington University, District of Columbia
Undergraduate: UCLA

Austin Momii, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: University of Irvine, California
Undergraduate: UCLA

Danielle Thordarson, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Rush University, Illinois 
Undergraduate: UCLA

Elizabeth Daphne Verter, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia
Undergraduate: Cal State Long Beach, California

Mohammad Kayyali, MD

Preliminary: Southern Hills Hospital, Las Vegas
Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
Undergraduate: Modern System School, Amman, Jordan

PGY-3 Residents


Jason Ching, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: George Washington University, District of Columbia
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

Sonja Darwish, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Drexel University, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Spencer Funk, DO

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Midwestern University Arizona COM, Arizona
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Utah

Xi (Nancy) Li, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: California Northstate University, California
Undergraduate: UCLA, California

Benjamin Simpson, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Louisiana State University, Louisiana
Undergraduate: Rice University, Texas

PGY-2 Residents


Huda Alalami, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Weill Cornell, Qatar

Samuel Frank, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Ohio State University, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Chicago, Illinois

Alexandra Livingston, DO

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: William Carey University COM, Mississippi
Undergraduate: Indiana University, Indiana

Helia Maghzi, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Isfahan University, Iran

Luigi Mangiacotti, DO

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, California
Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University, California

PGY-1 Residents


Stephen Avila, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

Alex Aw, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Ron Danziger, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: University of Melbourne, Australia
Undergraduate: University of Melbourne, Australia

Chae Kim, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
Undergraduate: UCLA

Christina Tan, MD

Preliminary: Cedars-Sinai
Medical School: University of Melbourne, Australia
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about our training programs, please contact:

Neurology Education Office