Class Year: 2021

Sarah "Sally" Baker

Sarah "Sally" Baker, MD, MSc, PhD

Hometown: Ogdensburg, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana
Medical School: Tulane
Residency: University of Washington

Graduate School: PhD Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University; MSc, Control of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Research/Clinical Interests: Innate and adaptive immunity in the lung, opportunistic bacterial pulmonary pathogens, vaccine development against weaponizable pathogens

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Thomas (Tom) Fitzpatrick, MD

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Washington

Research/Clinical Interests: Improving health outcomes for people who use drugs, harm reduction strategies with community-based interventions; skin and soft tissue infection, hepatitis C, addiction medicine and implementation science

Mentorship Committee: Sara Glick, Joseph Merrill

Sarah Himmelfarb

Sarah "Talia" Himmelfarb, MD

Hometown: Portland, Maine
Medical School: George Washington
Residency: Tulane (Meds-Peds)

Research/Clinical Interests: Immunology and social medicine/community organization to study how health disparities influence the immune system to change outcomes to infectious diseases

Ellora Karmarkar

Ellora Karmarkar, MD, MSc

Hometown: Aptos, California
Medical School: University of California at Los Angeles
Residency: University of Chicago (Meds-Peds)

Graduate School: MSc, Global Health, University of California, San Francisco

Post-Residency Training: Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Health

Research/Clinical Interests: Intersection of public health and academic medicine, medical education

Anahita Mostaghim

Anahita (Ana) Mostaghim, MD

Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
Medical School: Eastern Virginia
Residency: Boston Medical Center

Fellowship: Critical Care Fellowship, National Institutes of Health

Research/Clinical Interests: Immunology of sepsis, predictive models of treatment effects

Nwaichi Chinime

Chinime Nwaichi, MBBS

Hometown: Aba, Abia, Nigeria
Medical School: Lagos College
Residency: John Stroger Hospital

Research/Clinical Interests: Invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised hosts

Eduardo Sanchez

Eduardo Sanchez, MD

Hometown: Mexicali, Mexico
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
Residency: Einstein Medical Center

Research/Clinical Interests: Sexually transmitted infections, HIV and HIV prevention

Will Simmons

William (Will) Simmons, MD

Hometown: Woodbury, Connecticut
Medical School: Columbia
Residency: Mass General

Research/Clinical Interests: Antibiotic stewardship, infectious disease in critical care spaces

Khai Tram

Khai Tram, MD

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Medical School: Stanford
Residency: Washington University

PubMed Bibliography

Research/Clinical Interests: HIV, TB, clinical epidemiology, implementation science, geospatial analysis

Class Year: 2020

John Bui

John Bui, MD

Hometown: Northern Virginia
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: NYP-Cornell
Hobbies: Eating, rabbit and plant dad, bouldering

Research/Clinical Interests: T-cell therapies for chronic viral infections

Mentorship Committee: Christopher Peterson, Hans-Peter Kiem, Robert Harrington

Previous Lives: Probably a musician, if I knew how to sing and play an instrument

5 Year Plan: Academic track


Peter Bulger

Peter Bulger, MD

Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Chief Residency: University of Washington (Internal Medicine)

Research/Clinical Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, antibiotic allergies Mentorship Committee: Chloe Bryson-Cahn, John Lynch, Paul Pottinger

Alyssa Castillo

Alyssa Castillo, MD

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Chief Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (Internal Medicine)

Fellowship: Case Records Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine

Research/Clinical Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention and control, patient safety and quality improvement Mentorship Committee: Chloe Bryson-Cahn, John Lynch, Santiago Neme

Eric Chow

Eric Chow, MD, MPH

Hometown: La Canada, California
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Hobbies: Learning new languages, cooking, orchid and plant conservation

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

Fellowship: Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equality (BASCE) Fellowship

Post-Residency Training: Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza Division

Research/Clinical Interests: Extrapulmonary manifestations of respiratory viruses; multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and adults (MIS-A); influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory virus epidemiology

Mentorship Committee: Helen Chu, Jan Englund, Jeff Duchin

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

Katie Doss, MD

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Research/Clinical Interests: Solid organ transplant, epidemiology

Mentorship Committee: TBD

Michael Gonzalez

Michael Gonzalez, DO

Hometown: Cooper City, Florida
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, FL
Residency: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C.

Chief Residency: Georgetown University (Internal Medicine)

Research/Clinical Interests: Immunocompromised patients, vaccine immunology in CAR-T cell patients

Mentorship Committee: Josh Hill, Michael Boeckh

Raaka Kumbhakar

Raaka Kumbhakar, MD

Hometown: Vestal, New York
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Residency: Columbia University Medical Center/NYP, New York, NY

Research/Clinical Interests: HIV care cascade, linkage and retention in care, program evaluation

Mentorship Committee: Julie Dombrowski, Connie Celum, Ruanne Barnabas

Wei-Teng Yang

Wei-Teng Yang, MD

Hometown: Changhua, Taiwan
Medical School: National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine
Residency: Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital
Hobbies: Playing with my kids as much as I can; playing a good husband; cooking and collecting cook books; biking; KEXP Seattle; getting to the nature

Graduate School: MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research/Clinical Interests: Intersection of infectious disease and addiction medicine

Mentorship Committee: Shireesha Dhanireddy, Julie Dombrowski, Sara Glick

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

Elizabeth Chandler Church, MD, MSc

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: University Hospitals Case Western
Hobbies: Soccer, hiking

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

Madeleine Heldman, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University
Hobbies: Running, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, podcasts

Research Interest/Project:

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

Jimmy Ma, MD

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Barnes Jewish Hospital / Washington University in St. Louis
Hobbies: Hiking, running, food, outdoors

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

Karolina Maciag, MD, PhD

Hometown: Płock, Poland -> Northern Virginia
Medical School: Harvard/MIT HST
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital Osler Medical Residency
Hobbies: Global/public health advocacy, running, skiing, tennis, travel

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

Stephanie McLaughlin, MD, MPH

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Residency: NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Tara Reid

Tara Reid, MD, PhD

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital
Hobbies: Gardening, potentially rollerblading/rollerskating

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

Asa Tapley, MD, MSc

Hometown: Augusta, Maine
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: Johns Hopkins Bayview
Hobbies: Running, hiking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, listening to music, playing guitar

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