Class Year: 2021

Sarah "Sally" Baker

Sarah "Sally" Baker, MD, MSc, PhD

Medical School: Tulane
Residency: University of Washington

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Thomas (Tom) Fitzpatrick, MD

Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Washington

Sarah Himmelfarb

Sarah "Talia" Himmelfarb, MD

Medical School: George Washington
Residency: Tulane (Meds-Peds)

Ellora Karmarkar

Ellora Karmarkar, MD, MSc

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

Anahita Mostaghim

Anahita (Ana) Mostaghim, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia
Residency: Boston Medical Center

Nwaichi Chinime

Chinime Nwaichi, MBBS

Medical School: Lagos College
Residency: John Stroger Hospital

Eduardo Sanchez

Eduardo Sanchez, MD

Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
Residency: Einstein Medical Center

Will Simmons

William (Will) Simmons, MD

Medical School: Columbia
Residency: Mass General

Khai Tram

Khai Tram, MD

Medical School: Stanford
Residency: Washington University

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

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

Peter Bulger, MD

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

Alyssa Castillo

Alyssa Castillo, MD

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

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

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

Katie Doss, MD

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

Michael Gonzalez

Michael Gonzalez, DO

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

Raaka Kumbhakar

Raaka Kumbhakar, MD

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

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 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

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

Andrea Zambrano

Andrea Zambrano, MD

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Medical School: UCV- Jose Maria Vargas
Residency: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Hobbies: Scuba diving, ethnic food, travel, music, dog lover

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

Vidya Atluri, MD, PhD

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Medical School: UC Davis
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Hobbies: Baking bread, Reading

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

Michela Blain, MD

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
Hobbies: Soccer, Duke Basketball, Travel, Sunshine

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

Medhavi Bole, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Residency: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Abby Hussein, MD

Abby Hussein, MD

Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Residency: University of Colorado

Olivia Kates, MD

Olivia Kates, MD

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Hobbies: Pomeranian walking, handmade pastas, all these free broadcasts from the Metropolitan opera

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

Denise McCulloch, MD

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Residency: NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Ethan Valinetz, MD

Ethan Valinetz, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Residency: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Class Year: 2017

Sarah McGuffin, MD, MS

Sarah McGuffin, MD, MS

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Washington
Hobbies: Hiking, running, painting

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 (