Class Year: 2021
Thomas (Tom) Fitzpatrick, MD
Ellora Karmarkar, MD, MSc
Eduardo Sanchez, MD
Class Year: 2020
John Bui, MD
Mentor: N/A (deferring answer until confirmed)
Additional Work: None currently - just starting out
Previous Lives: Probably a musician, if I knew how to sing and play an instrument
5 Year Plan: Academic track
Peter Bulger, MD
Alyssa Castillo, MD
Eric Chow, MD, MPH
Graduate School: MS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University
MPH, Epidemiology, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Epidemic Intelligence Service, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research Interest/Project: Community spread of respiratory viral infections including influenza, SARS-CoV-2, RSV. Extrapulmonary manifestations of respiratory viral infections. Outbreak investigations and public health policy.
Mentor: Helen Chu
Additional Work: Cardiovascular events associated with influenza hospitalization, Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children
Previous Lives: Simultaneous translator or maybe an orchid conservationist
5 Year Plan: Public health at the local, state or federal level
Fun Facts: I went great white shark diving.
Katie Doss, MD
Michael Gonzalez, DO
Raaka Kumbhakar, MD
Wei-Teng Yang, MD
Graduate School: MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research Interest/Project: Intersection between addiction and infectious diseases; transition of care; HIV; viral hepatitis; STD
Mentor: Shireesha Dhanireddy
Additional Work: Possibly on implementation science or getting a MBA
Previous Lives: I really wanted to spend some time in a cooking school but never had a chance. I still want to have a bistro / bar when I am rich enough.
5 Year Plan: Become a local expert in addiction and ID and try to be as good in clinical ID as I can. Definitely some teaching responsibility.
Fun Facts: Being foreign to the US and even having left my family home early in Taiwan, I am a pro in moving.
Class Year: 2019
Elizabeth Chandler Church, MD, MSc
Graduate School: MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Research Interest/Project: Tuberculosis, TB vaccines. Temporarily working on COVID monoclonal antibody clinical trials.
Mentor: Larry Corey
Additional Work: Endometrial TB, new diagnostics
Previous Lives: None, I've been in school the whole way through.
5 Year Plan: Academic medicine somewhere. Predominately research (clinical and epi, not lab) with some clinical time.
Fun Facts: I worked as a reptile handler at an aquarium for 13 years.
Madeleine Heldman, MD
1) Leading a national registry (founded by Olivia Kates!) of solid organ transplant recipients with COVID-19.
2) Examine the incidence and outcomes of viral infections after CAR-T-cell therapy.
Mentor(s): Ajit Limaye, Cindy Fisher, Josh Hill
Additional Work: EBV is my favorite virus! I am doing a retrospective chart study to examine the incidence and outcomes of PTLD in EBV D+/R- solid organ transplant recipients.
Previous Lives: Other than being a medical student and resident, I have worked in a basic science lab at the NIH, served falafel and pizza to hungry college students (while I was in college), and taught kids how to waterski as a camp counselor.
5 Year Plan: Transplant/immunocompromised host clinician/researcher ....and figuring out a way to get paid to teach medical students and residents how awesome ID is!
Fun Facts: I am tone deaf but love musicals! I can sing "Hamilton" and "Rent" from start to finish.
Jimmy Ma, MD
Graduate School: MD, Washington University in St. Louis
MS, Health Services, University of Washington
Research Interest/Project: Health disparities, mental health, substance use, HIV, viral hepatitis
Mentor(s): Mari Kitahata and Heidi Crane
Interest/Hobbies: Hiking, running, food, outdoors
Previous Lives: Would totally be a park ranger in a different life--love being in nature, learning more about it, and teaching people about it.
5 Year Plan: Academic vs public health career addressing health disparities
Fun Facts: Jane Lock gave us her parking spot while we were traveling to hike in Los Angeles.
Karolina Maciag, MD, PhD
Graduate School: PhD, Immunology, Harvard Medical School
Research Interest/Project: TB Immunology
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Urdahl
Interest/Hobbies: Global/public health advocacy, running, skiing, tennis, travel
Previous Lives: Engineer or journalist, though it's hard to imagine anything else than the career I love!
5 Year Plan: Start my own lab studying host-pathogen interactions, continue clinical care in either the inpatient or outpatient management of infectious diseases
Fun Facts: Almost every summer vacation in grade school, our family went beach camping in North and South Carolina - some of my favorite summer memories.
Stephanie McLaughlin, MD, MPH
Tara Reid, MD, PhD
Graduate School: PhD, Pathobiology, University of Washington
Research Interest/Project: Bacterial STI pathogenesis, antigenic variation, Syphilis, cutaneous T cell responses, vaccine development, treponematoses
Mentor(s): David Koelle, Lorenzo Giacani, Julie Dombrowski
Additional Work: Raising my children, maximizing the output of my small vegetable garden.
Interest/Hobbies: Gardening, potentially rollerblading/rollerskating
Previous Lives: Internal Medicine resident
5 Year Plan: Work on an effective vaccine for syphilis and participate in establishing clinical studies
Fun Facts: I am a low-key prepper.
Asa Tapley, MD, MSc
Graduate School: MSc, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Research Interest/Project: Broad interest and experience in tuberculosis treatment and prevention related clinical, translational, and bench research. Current projects include looking at the potential for maternally derived T-cell responses to TB specific-antigens among Kenyan infants
Mentor(s): Tom Hawn, Connie Celum, Grace John-Stewart, Sylvia LaCourse, Adrienne Shapiro
Additional Work: Advise several healthcare start-ups
Interest/Hobbies: Running, hiking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, listening to music, playing guitar
Previous Lives: Initial career was in health and safety policy
5 Year Plan: Get a K (and subsequent faculty position) to do tuberculosis-related clinical research in South Africa and elsewhere