Welcome New Faculty! August, 2019

Meet Athena Amini, DNP

Epilepsy and Sleep
Athena Amini, DNP is a neurology nurse practitioner at CUMC, in the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep.  She received her BSN, MSN, and Doctorate from Columbia University School of Nursing and is board-certified in Family Health.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Amini worked as a neuroscience NP at NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where she delivered direct care to patients with complex neurological conditions, including seizures, sleep disorders, headaches, neuropathies, vestibular disorders, ADHD, and autonomic dysfunctions.  She works collaboratively with the neurologists and interdisciplinary providers in our Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center to manage and treat patients with seizure and sleep disorders. Dr. Amini sees patients at the Neurological Institute of New York and ColumbiaDoctors Midtown locations.

Meet Dr. Bautista

Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology
Alyssa Bautista, MD is an assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, in the Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology.  She attained her medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, followed by medical internship at New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital Center and neurology residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Bautista subsequently completed fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of California, San Diego.  Her clinical and research interests include treatment strategies in stroke prevention, acute stroke management, and quality improvement in stroke care. Dr. Bautista joined the inpatient neurohospitalist teams at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence and Allen Hospitals. 

Meet Dr. Naqvi

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Imama A. Naqvi, MD is an assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, in the Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease.  Dr. Naqvi obtained her medical degree with honors from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed Neurology residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, followed by a fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the National Institutes of Health.  She subsequently joined the faculty at Temple University, where she continued participation in NIH-funded clinical trials, and directed the FASST stroke prevention clinic. Dr. Naqvi is board certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology and her clinical interests include post-acute stroke care and stroke clinic models. Her research interests focus on stroke epidemiology, transitions of care, and secondary prevention.

For an appointment with Dr. Naqvi, please call 212-305-1710.

Meet Dr. Stojanovic

Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology
Konstantin Stojanovic, MD is an assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, in the Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at University of Rochester, followed by medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Stojanovic’s graduate medical training included medical internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, followed by neurology residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Stojanovic’s research is focused on the intersection of machine learning and neurology in the fields of computer vision and natural language processing, specifically. He is also interested in the role technology can play in improving care of neurological diseases, including telehealth and clinical decision support systems. Dr. Stojanovic joined the inpatient neurohospitalist teams at NewYork-Presbyterian/Milstein and Allen Hospitals. 

Meet Julia Yasek, MS, FNP-BC, DNP 

Neuromuscular Medicine​​​​​​​
Julia Yasek, MS, FNP-BC, DNP is a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine. Prior to pursuing nursing, Dr. Yasek conducted laboratory and clinical research in the Department of Neurology at University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, with a focus on neuromuscular disorders, genetics, and imaging. She subsequently graduated from the UMass Medical School Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, and practiced for several years in both an inpatient acute care setting and a primary care practice, with a focus on underserved populations. Dr. Yasek also has interests and training in palliative care, healthcare policy, and quality improvement, and brings these many skills to her role, as part of the multidisciplinary care team in the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center.