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Our Current Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellows

Infectious Disease Current Fellows

3rd Year Fellows

m kumarMadan Kumar
Don’t judge the quality of the program by my inclusion. Clerical errors were made. So, I’m from NYC but Penn State is my home away from home. I’m a big runner/hiker, and I love a good craft cocktail (former bartenders what's up!) To quote one of the great philosophers of our era: “My life is dope and I do dope things.” I’m working towards a career in transplant ID and my favorite parasite is definitely Onchocerca volvulus.

A PurandareAmol Purandare
I think I am actually a cook, with medicine being my hobby. Food is always on my mind usually in the form of sandwiches and tacos. Travel, Trivia, and T-lettered alliterations also take their toll on my mind.ID interests: I have an interest in antimicrobial stewardship, unusual presentations, and the smell of Pseudomonas in the micro lab.

2nd Year Fellows

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Michael Edzards 
Originally from the Midwest, my wife and I have transitioned smoothly to DC. I don’t yet know what direction I’m headed within Infectious Disease, but I have always been well supported by the faculty/co-fellows at CNMC. The variety of infectious diseases that we encounter has exceeded my expectations thanks in part to the many international travelers we have the opportunity to treat. I have loved living in the city and taking advantage of the bevy of restaurants in the area. A favorite DC moment: sitting in on a Supreme Court oral argument. Favorite infectious organism: what do you have?

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Nicholas Rister 
Living in DC for the past year has been one of the most rewarding and entertaining times of my life. Coming from Southeast Virginia, I had gotten to know the city many times but living here has been an explosion of opportunities and new experiences. It seems like every day brings a novel restaurant, concert, or festival. My work at both Children’s National and the FDA has been fascinating and the fellowship extremely welcoming. It feels like I have a whole family at work that have not been shy about getting to know me and making sure we experience everything DC has to offer. From learning more about a diverse international patient population to exploring the entire DC/MD/VA region, I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring.

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Rachel Zhang
I hail from the great Garden State (no Jersey jokes around me!), but lived most of my life in NYC before coming down to DC. I enjoy snacking (hint: come work with me when I’m on service and you’ll be well fed), traveling on credit card points, going to operas and musicals, and strolling through museums. My ID interests include esoteric pathogens, weird rashes, and the latest technology down in the micro lab. As a hardcore coffee addict, my favorite organism has to be Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium that can survive on the metabolism of pure caffeine.

1st Year Fellows

M BozellaMichael Bozzella
I'm originally from the Boston area, and have spent most of my life in the north east between undergrad in western NY, med school in Maine, and residency in Boston. I'm excited to be here in DC for this next life chapter, and be immersed in all things infectious. I'm looking forward to getting to know a new city and exploring its museums, restaurants, and theaters. I have a particular interest in medical education and its use in promoting antimicrobial stewardship, and I have been known to get way too excited by purulence and febrile travelers. While I normally love a good virus, one of my current favorite organisms is Rickettsia rickettsii (just another prime example of how nature is out to get us).

A YountsAlexandra Yonts
I was born a Buckeye, raised a Husker and most recently lived in the sunny land of Northern California, so I am excited to be back in B1G 10 country (Go Big Red!) and in a place where people actually get excited about sports. Other than spectating at athletic events, I also enjoy exploring the DMV via my tastebuds, cooking, baking, going to concerts, painting, hiking, and skiing. As a CBER FDA fellow, I am looking forward to broadening my skill set and learning about the very different world of clinical vaccine trials and the processes involved in getting them to market. I’m also excited and honored to continue to work with sick children and their families, and to participate in the fascinating medical detective work that is Pediatric Infectious Disease every day! As the granddaughter of a dairy farmer, I would have to say my favorite infectious organism is Mycobacterium bovis or anything else that can be found in unpasteurized milk.

What Are Our Recent Graduates Up To?

What Are Our Recent Graduates Up To?

Since 2007, 14 physicians have completed our pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training program and gone on to a variety of activities. Currently, 5 are in traditional academic practice (clinical, education, research), 1 is in an academic practice but doing little research, and 1 is in a purely clinical practice without research or education duties. The remaining 7 have landed in perhaps less common but very challenging infectious diseases venues: 3 are based with the FDA, 2 are providing clinical infectious diseases services in underserved countries, 1 is with the CDC, and 1 is doing bench research with no clinical duties.

Quotes From Our Fellows and Alumni

Quotes From Our Fellows and Alumni

“DC is a cool city. It has a bit of everything; history, architecture, food, art, culture, politics, you name it. It also makes an interesting place to work. We have a fun group with lots of fellows and engaging faculty and staff. There is always the potential of a rural, urban, and/or exotic differential being on your list of patients to see daily. We see and do a lot, but never feel overwhelmed!” –Dr. Amol Purandare, Current Fellow

“My experiences at Children’s National Medical Center and the FDA have prepared me well for my new position. Children’s National provided me with a strong clinical background and the FDA a strong understanding of clinical trials and regulatory science.” -Dr. George Dubrocq, Alumnus 2017

“Looking back on my training, CNMC/FDA was the perfect combination for me. I saw a tremendous volume of patients presenting with both common and uncommon infectious diseases and learned from amazing attendings on the wards and in the microbiology lab. Through my time in the FDA CDER track, I developed an understanding of drug development, clinical trials and labeling that has proven invaluable in my interactions with patients and in my pursuit of scholarly activity.” -Dr. Kimberly Martin, Alumna 2015

“During residency I became interested in pediatric HIV and international health. Out of residency, I worked for the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Malawi, and thereafter decided to pursue a Peds ID fellowship at CNMC because I knew it would offer me the opportunity to continue to pursue my interests in HIV, tropical medicine and international health but more importantly would give me the tools to become an effective clinician and independent physician scientist.

My primary scholarly research was completed at the FDA with a focus on evaluating safety and effectiveness of new vaccines.  In addition, the fellowship offered me the opportunity to conduct investigator-initiated clinical research projects and I took courses in epidemiology and biostatistics in the school of public health at GWU. The support and academic experience at CNMC were optimal to pursue a career as a physician scientist.

After fellowship, I accepted a faculty position at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/CWRU School of Medicine.  In September 2016, I was awarded a K23 Mentored Career Development Award from the NIH to study the relationship of cardiovascular health and inflammation in children infected with HIV in Uganda.

The Peds ID fellowship at CNMC offered me the mentorship and environment to enable me to purse my research career and work towards achieving my long-term career objective and become a pediatric clinical research with international expertise in metabolic and cardiovascular complications of HIV.” – Dr. Sahera Fargo, Alumna 2013