3rd Year FellowsMadan 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.
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
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?
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.
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
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).
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.