Sean Doyle is a native of Concord, NC (located just north of Charlotte, NC). He graduated from Concord High School in 2006. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate education, earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2010. During his four years as an undergraduate at UNC, Sean spent a full year studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain, where he became fluent in Spanish. After completing his undergraduate education at UNC, Sean took a job at UNC as a research technician in a basic science research lab studying cystic fibrosis and mucin secretion.
In 2014, Sean joined Emory’s MD/PhD program. He earned his PhD in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology from Emory in 2021. His doctoral thesis focused on the molecular characterization of the E3 ubiquitin ligase SPOP, a frequent driver of primary prostate tumor development. Sean then completed his MD degree at Emory in 2023. After completing the Transitional Year program at Northside this year, Sean will rejoin Emory to complete his Diagnostic Radiology residency. Sean is highly interested in medical education and scientific research. For fun, Sean enjoys exercising at his local CrossFit gym, cooking new recipes using his two Instant Pots, and trying out new restaurants around Atlanta.
Neal Hall was born in Roswell, Georgia, spending much of his early life in Cumming while attending Horizon Christian Academy, graduating in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of North Georgia in 2013 while working as a technician in the emergency department at Northside Hospital Forsyth. Following graduation, he worked for five years in the medical field, mainly as a pathology assistant at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, before heading to Savannah to begin medical school at Mercer.
Following his transitional year, he will complete residency in Diagnostic Radiology at The University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He has an interest in artificial intelligence and breast imaging. During his training, he has worked on numerous projects, including the discovery of a new protein implicated in breast cancer initiation and progression published in molecular and cellular biology, which he presented at the endocrine society national meeting.
Neal and his wife have three young boys, and they enjoy spending time together as a family, playing baseball, cheering on the Braves, and volunteering with their church. He is excited to return to the North Georgia area near family and friends and looks forward to serving his community again.
Dr. Akash Patel is originally from Savannah, Georgia, but has spent the last 9 years at Duke University for both his undergraduate (B.S. ‘18) and medical education (M.D. ‘23). Following his Transitional Year at Northside, he will complete his anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He has an interest in data science and quality improvement, having worked on several projects, which include the Duke Hotspotting Initiative, the implementation of a Hospital at Home program, and the assessment of perioperative programs. He has also participated in many research projects ranging from analysis of critical care databases to creation of a patient complexity tool.
For fun, Akash enjoys playing basketball, cooking, hiking, and spending time with his family and friends. He is very excited about joining the Northside community this year!