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
Andrea Zambrano, MD
Graduate School: Johns Hopkins- Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Washington- MPH
Research Interest/Project: Neglected Tropical Diseases , Tropical medicine/travel medicine, Parasitology
Mentor: Judd Walson
Previous Lives: National Geographic photographer, Mermaid, Sailor around the world, WWII spy
5 Year Plan: Finish ID fellowship and MPH, decrease soil transmitted helminth burden around the world, visit 10 more countries
Fun Facts: I have been to 54 countries in the world.
Class Year: 2018
Vidya Atluri, MD, PhD
Graduate School: MD/PhD
Research Interest/Project: Antibiotic stewardship, antibiotic allergy assessments
Mentor: Paul Pottinger
Interest/Hobbies: Baking bread, Reading
5 Year Plan: An antibiotic stewardship and clinical ID job at an academic institution
Fun Facts: I swam with sharks.
Michela Blain, MD
Research Interest/Project: HIV, medical education, health equity
Mentor: David Spach
Additional Work: HIV care outcomes during incarceration, STD national online curriculum, Bias reduction in medical school curriculum
5 Year Plan: ID & medical education
Fun Facts: Previously worked as a kayak tour guide
Medhavi Bole, MD
Abby Hussein, MD
Olivia Kates, MD
Research Interest/Project: Bioethics in infectious diseases (Vaccination, Transplantation, Stewardship, and End-of-Life)
Mentor(s): Dr. Catherine Liu, Dr. Steve Pergam
Additional Work: UW COVID-19 in SOT Registry Project (handed off to Dr. Heldman!)
Previous Lives: Had a job at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for 3 years in college. Birds!
5 Year Plan: Complete my masters in bioethics at UW (2021) and apply for blended academic jobs in bioethics and immunocompromised ID. Set up an academic career studying ethics issues in ID, beginning with the ethical dimensions of antimicrobial stewardship particularly in special populations.
Fun Facts: I have a driver's license, but I haven't been behind the wheel since 2014. Prefer to walk!
Denise McCulloch, MD
Ethan Valinetz, MD
Class Year: 2017
Sarah McGuffin, MD, MS
Graduate School: University of Washington (MS, Chemistry), University of Washington (MD, School of Medicine)
Research Interest/Project: Nontuberculous mycobacteria, Clinical Trials, Education
Mentor: Paul Pottinger
Additional Work: COVID clinical trials (4), COVID teaching website,
Nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, and Medical student, resident, and fellow teaching
Previous Lives: Organic and medicinal chemist
5 Year Plan: Keep on learning and having fun both in and out of work via outdoor adventures, clinical and research work with patients with NTM, and exploring more effective and interactive ways to teach ID.
Fun Facts: I built a boat out of milk cartons as a child. It carried four of us across the finish line to win first place in the Seattle Seafair Milk Carton Derby (https://www.seafair.org/events/2020/seafair-milk-carton-derby)