Kirtan Chauhan is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and received his medical degree (MD) at NYU School of Medicine. During his early education at Stuyvesant High School, Kirtan developed a strong interest in the field of neurology, exemplified by his volunteer work at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. As a member of the Neural Connections program, Kirtan received his first direct exposure with patients, which enabled him to become aware of the difficulties associated with chronic neurological disorders, among them substance abuse disorders. At Sophie Davis, one of Kirtan’s laboratory projects focused on the development and repair of the motor system in brain and spinal cord systems using cathodal trans-spinal direct current (c-tsDC) stimulation and c-Fos neuronal marker labeling techniques. His primary clinical and research interests include analyzing the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness, addiction treatment interventions for local communities, and alternative remedies for drug addiction. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, Kirtan focused on ongoing research studies and managed a unique pilot project geared towards the study of drug addiction in association with neurological disorders.