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