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Meet Our Residents

The Department of Neurological Surgery's residents for 2016-2017 are:

PGY-7, Chief Resident

Catherine Christie, MD, earned her bachelor's degree in French comparative literature from UC Berkeley and earned her MD degree from UC San Francisco. She also earned a master's degree in public health in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her thesis investigating changes in platelet and erythropoietin levels as a model to predict the incidence of HIV-associated dementia. Christie speaks several languages and is interested in public health and injury prevention.

Dr. Catherine Christie, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


Sean Kaloostian, MD, received his bachelor's degree from UC Riverside, where he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and whose focus was on biology, psychology and sociology. He received his medical degree from UCLA, where he was in the Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences and developed an interest in neurosurgery. He completed a preliminary internship at UCLA before becoming a neurological surgery resident at UC Irvine School of Medicine.His hobbies include pick-up basketball and following the Atlanta Braves. His inspiration remains his mother, whose strength drives him every day.

Dr. Sean Kaloostian, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


Michelle Paff, MD, received her bachelor's of science degree from UC Irvine and went on to earn her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann) in Philadelphia, Penn. As a neurological surgery resident, Paff has a great passion for the field and its subspecialties, including endovascular, pediatric neurosurgery, stereotactic radio-surgery and functional neurosurgery.Paff’s interest is in primary and metastatic brain tumors. In addition to neurosurgery, she has a passion for the arts.

Dr. Michelle Paff, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


John Roufail, MD, completed a neurosurgery residency and clinical training in Egypt, where he earned a master's degree in surgery and PhD in cerebrovascular surgery research. At Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, he was fellow in skull base and cerebrovascular surgery research. As a clinical fellow at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, he was a pediatric neurosurgery clinical fellows and studied the dynamics of cerebral spinal fluid and cerebral blood flow. As a neurological surgery resident at UC Irvine, he is interested in endoscopic skull base surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, spine surgery, epilepsy and movement disorders surgeries. He also enjoys swimming, scuba diving and community service.

Dr. John Roufail, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


Kieu Tran, MD, earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO., and a medical degree at the University of Utah, where she was awarded the Andrew J. and Carolyn Rice Schilly Scholarship, which is given to students for academic excellence. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Utah Medical Assocation, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Women's Association. She actively participated in a number of community and academic career opportunities while in Utah and throughout her life. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling and Broadway shows. She also has a passion for helping people in greatest need.

Dr. Kieu Tran, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


Benjamin Ball, MD, attended both college and medical school at the University of Virginia. He was awarded the Merck Manual Award in his second year for outstanding academic achievement. His primary interest is in brain tumor surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys watching NCAA basketball, critiquing movies and reading Stephen King novels.

Dr. Benjamin Ball, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident


Joseph Falcone, MD, attended University of Washington School of Medicine in Alaska. He was awarded the UW School of Medicine Service Award in May 2014 in recognition of contributions to service learning, community service and advocacy in underserved communities. He is a published physician and has an interest in research.

Joseph Falcone, MD, UC Irvine neurosurgery resident