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Nolan R. Williams, MD (PGY 4)
Chief Resident

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurocritical Care, Interventional Neurology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Functional Neuroimaging, Epicortical Stimulation for Depression, Nutrition.
Personal Interests: Kitesurfing, Surfing, Snowboarding, Snowkiting, Traveling, Taekwon-Do.

I am proud to be part of the Neurology and Psychiatry program here at MUSC. Many people ask why I am doing a combined program in Neurology and Psychiatry and my answer is that I believe that this field of clinical neuroscience will be one of the most important areas of medicine and science over the course of the next 30 years. From advances in the resolution of brain imaging to the recent development of brain stimulation therapies for mood disorders to cutting edge neurointervention on ischemic stroke, I am constantly reminded why MUSC is one of the leaders clinical neuroscience and the perfect fit for me.

Erin Ilkanich, MD (PGY 2)

Undergraduate: Salisbury University
Graduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical: American University of the Caribbean

Professional Interests: Neuromuscular diseases- specifically amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Dementia, functional neuroimaging, neurobiology of schizophrenia
Personal Interests: Traveling, live music, Cleveland sports, cooking

I chose a combined Neurology/Psychiatry residency because these two fields of medicine are very much interconnected and being comprehensively trained in both specialties will greatly benefit my patients. I specifically chose the program at MUSC because both departments are extremely strong; the faculty are first-class and the research that is being done at this institution is unparalleled. Every time I walk into the hospital, I am reminded why choosing to train at MUSC was the best decision I have made.

Mac Wilson Abernathy, MD (PGY1)

Undergraduate school: University of Mississippi
Medical school: University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Psychiatric Comorbidities in Neurologic Disease, Epilepsy, Mood and Psychotic Disorders, Neuropsychopharmacology, Functional Neuroimaging, ECT, Vagal Nerve Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Pain, Anxiety Disorders

Personal Interests: Building computers, traveling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, neuroscience and the philosophy of consciousness and perception, mathematical patterns in nature. We live amidst the golden age of neuroscience and MUSC is on the frontier of this new era of scientific understanding of the nervous system.  Neurofunctional imaging, brain stimulation, and advances in neurobiology are shedding new light on processes within the central nervous system.  The line between neurologic and psychiatric disease is becoming less distinct and training in both Neurology and Psychiatry was the obvious choice for me. The faculty, facilities, clinical training and research within the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neurosciences at MUSC is unparalleled. MUSC has created the best environment for me to train as a combined resident in Neurology and Psychiatry.

Bryan West, MD (PGY 1)

Undergraduate school: Tulane University
Medical school: New York University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Mind & Body Medicine, Psychopharmaceuticals, Expanding treatment paradigms beyond the confines of the traditional office setting. Personal Interests: Rock climbing, canoeing, surfing, meditating, writing 

As a combined neurology and psychiatry resident, I have a firm belief that the future of both fields are intimately intertwined. I, like most people, see the brain as noodle soup, but I don't see any brain disease as being purely neurologic (the noodles) or psychiatric (the soup).