Current Residents

 

Mohammed Alshareef 

Mohammed Alshareef, M.D.

PGY Year: Chief, 7
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Why you chose MUSC: When I applied for residency, I wanted to find a program that provides excellent surgical training, mentorship, research, and well-roundedness. MUSC encompassed all of those aspects and more. The neurosurgical training here is very diverse and each faculty member brings something different to our training. MUSC neurosciences is also one of the top 10 most funded from the NIH. The research opportunities for residents are numerous, between basic science and clinical research. Our leadership encourage each resident to find his/her own path when it comes to research and academic growth!
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: I love playing soccer and saltwater fishing. I play weekly in a soccer league. I also love hiking and backpacking, and often will go up for the weekend to backpack in the lower appalacian trail near Greenville, SC.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Jaime L. Martinez Santos, M.D.

PGY Year: Chief, 7
Undergraduate: Iberoamerican University (UNIBE)
Medical School: Iberoamerican University (UNIBE)
Clinical Interest: Skull base and Open Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Why you chose MUSC: When I was applying to residency, I was looking for a strong academic program with a large and diverse surgical volume, great supervision and mentorship in well balance with progressive resident autonomy and ample research opportunities. Geographic location was also important for us and Charleston is warm and relatively close to home: The Dominican Republic. Charleston is truly a wonderful city were anyone would enjoy spending 7 years of their lives. When I was applying, the neurosurgical exposure that residents get at MUSC and the team’s camaraderie stood out and captivated me, and it continues to do so now 7 years later.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Enjoy sports, exercise and the outdoors. I try to workout at least 5 times per week, play soccer and enjoy fishing (inshore and outshore). I also enjoy traveling and dining with my wife, and our dog Molly (our Pitbull rescue).


Mohammed Alshareef 

Mithun Sattur, M.D.

PGY Year: 6
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Mohammed Alshareef 

Thomas Larrew, M.D.

PGY Year: 6
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Neurosurgery, hydrocephalus, intraventricular hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy
Why you chose MUSC: MUSC offers a truly well rounded training experience. The program has a good mix of surgical training, research opportunities, and work-life balance. Our attendings have trained everywhere from UCSF and NYU to institutions in Japan (under Sugita) so a wide variety of surgical techniques are seen. In terms of research, I’m interested in cerebrovascular and pediatric neurosurgery so I wanted to go somewhere that would expose me to exciting research in those fields. The cerebrovascular attendings publish at least once a month and one of our pediatric neurosurgeons, Dr. Ramin Eskandari, has an extensive research background so I was excited at the thought of working with them. A unique research component to our program is the Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences. This is a program that serves to bring device concepts to fruition, all the way from design and manufacturing to patenting and selling. The program boasts a good work-life balance. .
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: I enjoy surfing at Folly Beach, playing guitar with friends, playing soccer on the competitive MUSC intramural soccer team, and exploring the amazing Charleston cuisine.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Guilherme Porto, M.D.

PGY Year: 6
Undergraduate: College of Charleston
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Interest: Cerebrovascular and Complex Spine Surgery
Why you chose MUSC: Strong academic and operative program in the Holy City.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Boating in the marshlands of Charleston is one of my favorite weekend activities. Never a bad day on the water!


Mohammed Alshareef 

Laura Wolgamott, M.D.

PGY Year: 5
Undergraduate: Denison University
Medical School: Wright State University
Clinical Interest: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine
Why you chose MUSC: During my interview at MUSC, I felt that the group was really close-knit and that there was clearly a good environment to learn and gain experience from.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: I enjoy many outdoor activities such as Hiking, Backpacking, Climbing, Running/Walking with my dog Kirb. I also enjoy Yoga and HIIT when I can't hit the trails/get outdoors.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Jeffrey Wessell, DO

PGY Year: 5
Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Clinical Interest: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine, Tumor
Why you chose MUSC: The interaction between residents and attendings caught my attention as it was an outlier in terms of great teamwork and camraderie. Charleston also has plenty to do so you can decompress when you have time off.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: I enjoy working out and following football. Otherwise my free time is spent with my two dogs and my wife.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Zachary Hubbard, M.D., MPH

PGY Year: 4
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Miami
Clinical Interest: Endovascular, peripheral nerve, spine
Why you chose MUSC: During my sub-I at MUSC I really respected the strong clinical skills that were present. The residents tackled a busy service with ease and displayed a great amount of competence. The relationship between the faculty and residents was truly special.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Running, playing Tennis. Exploring the food scene in Charleston. Battery Soccer games.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Orgest Lajthia, M.D.

PGY Year: 4
Undergraduate: George Mason University
Medical School: Georgetown University
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Mohammed Alshareef 

Aimee Weber, M.D.

PGY Year: 3
Undergraduate: Williams College
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Interest: Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, connectomics, addiction and brain circuitry, machine brain interface
Why you chose MUSC: Seven years is not short and the people were a big draw. Attendings have diverse clinical and research interests, while being approachable, available and down to earth. Residents have a team mentality and typically foster a supportive/receptive environment. Oh and Charleston!
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Spending time with family and friends, soaking every moment up in my spare time. Golf, sporting clays, diving, lifting, kayaking, alpine skiing, travelling and trying to take advantage of the activities and experiences Charleston and the Low Country have to offer.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Arunprasad Gunasekaran, M.D.

PGY Year: 3
Undergraduate: Louisana State University
Medical School: University of Arkansas
Clinical Interest: Skull base and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Why you chose MUSC: Great team and high volume clinical exposure
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Playing Tennis, Road Biking, Hiking


Mohammed Alshareef 

Timothy Webb, M.D.

PGY Year: 2
Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Clinical Interest: General neurosurgery with special interest in functional and cerebrovascular neurosurgery. 
Why you chose MUSC: Primary goal in choosing residency was a place where I would graduate as a highly skilled technical neurosurgeon with good clinical accumen. MUSC met that goal, but further impressed me with the dynamic of the resident team as highly cohesive group.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: I enjoy working outside a good bit, usually building something in my backyard. Big fan of podcasts and reading, particularly as it relates to history. My wife and I have several pets that we enjoy hanging out with. I also like to hike, kayak, travel, sample good cigars and whiskey, play my saxophone. Of course, the best times are often hanging out with others within the resident cohort and their friends/sig others.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Brian Saway, M.D.

PGY Year: 2
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine
Why you chose MUSC: It was important for me to find a program that had a diverse case load, that was able to open doors for future career opportunities, and created an environment that allowed for me to reach my maximum potential as a neurosurgeon in training. MUSC clearly met all the criterai regarding case load and renowned faculty, similar to other programs, but what set it apart was the strong interest in resident well being that led to systemic changes within the program. At MUSC we work hard to treat our patients, but the program also recognizes that if the residents are not mentally well, then their maximum potential is not being met. For these reasons, I chose MUSC.
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Mohammed Alshareef 

Matheus Pereira, M.D.

PGY Year: 1
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Clinical Interest: Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine, Tumor
Why you chose MUSC: Wonderful faculty and department, high clinical volume, vast research opportunities and support, and awesome resident team.
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: All things related to sports such as soccer, football, basketball, baseball, MMA, exercise/running, beach volleyball, snowboarding. Music, playing guitar and drums, traveling. Faith.


Mohammed Alshareef 

Matthew Triano, M.D.

PGY Year: 1
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Georgetown University
Clinical Interest: Functional neurosurgery, machine brain interface, complex spine
Why you chose MUSC: Camaraderie, high operative volume, emphasis on wellness, excellent research opportunities
Special Interest or what you enjoy to do outside of the hospital: Traveling, language learning, cooking. Attending concerts, DJing. Weightlifting, hiking, biking