Nephrology In the Department of Medicine
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Class of 2010: Paru Kathpalia, Bhupinder Virk, Jessica Lapasia, Jair Munoz Mendoza

Graham Abra, MD and Stanford Dialysis Nurses

Class of 2010 with John Scandling, MD, Fellowship Program Director

Jessica Lapasia, MD and Jane Tan, MD

Class of 2010 with Glenn Chertow, MD, Division Chief

4th Year Fellow

Paru Kathpalia, MD
Medical School:  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency:  Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Paru graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Economics prior to migrating east to equally cold weather and attending the University of Michigan Medical School.  He then moved further east to complete an Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.  During his time in Boston, he also worked for a global consulting firm where he focused on pricing and strategy for healthcare and biotechnology firms.  He completed his clinical year in Nephrology at Stanford in 2009.  Currently he works in the lab of Dr. Alan Pao examining aldosterone regulated microRNAs in the distal collecting duct.

His interests include sporting events, yoga, and meditation, and he is an avid world traveler with his wife.

(Left to right: Kevin Erickson, Erik Lum , Cristina Arce, Jenny Shen)

3rd Year Fellows

Shuchi Anand
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Shuchi is currently exploring areas of research: physical activity in patients on dialysis, chronic kidney disease epidemiology and modifiable risk factors in developing countries, and dialysis care in developing countries.  For her work with physical activity in patients on dialysis, she is working with a USRDS special study group, called the Comprehensive Data Study.  She is a recipient of a F32 grant for this work.  For exploring CKD and dialysis care in developing countries, she is working through a new Stanford collaboration with a research non-governmental organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Mentors within the division: Glenn Chertow, Manjula Kurella Tamura

Mentors outside the division:   Michelle Barry, Mark Cullen, Thomas Gaziano

Kevin Erikson
Medical School:  University of Pennsylvania
Residency:  Emory University

Kevin graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.  After working for two years in Washington DC in policy and economics, he went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and did his internal medicine training at Emory.  He is now in the research part of his Nephrology fellowship at Stanford and is also a Stanford Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) fellow.  His research interests include cost-effectiveness analysis and studying how economic incentives affect care of patients with kidney disease.   Outside of research and medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family, history, politics, Washington Redskins football, and just about anything outdoors.

Jenny Shen
Medical School:  Columbia University
Residency:  UCLA Medical Center

Jenny completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Harvard University before moving on to Columbia University for medical school.  She traded snow in for sun, completing her residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center.  After completing her clinical year of nephrology fellowship, she transitioned to the research side and recently obtained a Master's Degree in Epidemiology at Stanford.

As an American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Clinical Scholar, her research interest is in the chronic dialysis population and improving its outcomes, particularly those on home therapies, including peritoneal dialysis.  She is currently working on a project to determine the associations among heparin dose during chronic hemodialysis and the risks of important clinical events.

Tammy Sirich
Medical School:  University of California, San Diego
Residency:  Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Tammy graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Chemistry.  She moved down the California coast to attend medical school at the University of California, San Diego.  She missed the Bay area, thus returned to complete her internal medicine residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.  She chose to pursue a career in nephrology to bridge her two interests of chemistry and medicine. 

Tammy completed her clinical nephrology year and is currently in her 2nd year of research under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Meyer.  Her current research interest involves identification of uremic toxins as well as lowering the plasma levels of known uremic toxins, such as protein-bound solutes.  This translational research involves utilization of analytical techniques such as high performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.  She is currently being supported by a National Kidney Foundation grant.

(Kevin Erickson presenting his research at ASN, November 2011)

2nd Year Fellows

Graham Abra
Medical School:  University of California, San Diego
Residency:  UC San Diego – Internal Medicine Chief Resident 2009-2010

Graham graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology. He stayed in San Diego for medical school, residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Diego where he became interested in care delivery systems and the metrics by which they are evaluated. He completed a clinical year of nephrology fellowship at Stanford and then joined the inaugural class of fellows at the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) headed by Arnold Milstein. His research at CERC is focused on chronic kidney disease care redesign with an emphasis on lowering societal cost while improving clinical quality. His work is supported by a Clinical Scientist in Nephrology grant from the American Kidney Fund.

He is an avid road cyclist and one of the deputy editors at the popular Renal Fellow Network blog.

Rohini Arramreddy
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency:  Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Rohini graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Psychobiology and then moved to Richmond, VA to pursue her medical degree.  She relocated back to California and completed her internal medicine residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She completed a year of clinical research in nephrology which focused on individualizing dialysate sodium prescriptions and understanding home hemodialysis technique survival. She is now a clinical nephrology fellow.

She is a mother to a 1 year old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.


Cristina Arce
Medical School:  University of Louisville
Residency: University of Florida – Internal Medicine Chief Resident 2009-2010

Cristina graduated with honors from Bellarmine University with a BA in Chemistry and Foreign Languages and International Studies before pursuing a medical degree from the University of Louisville.  She then relocated to the University of Florida to complete her internal medicine residency as well as chief medicine residency.  She has completed a clinical year of clinical nephrology and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Stanford.  Her current research focuses on health disparities in progressive CKD among the Hispanic population.  Her work is supported by an underrepresented minority supplement (URM) T32 grant.

Her interests include traveling and participating in mini-marathons as well as triathlons. 

Carlos V. Francisco
Medical School:  Albert Einstein
Residency:  Montefiore Medical Center

Carlos is originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a BA in Philosophy, he moved to New York City to begin his career in medicine at the Albert Einstein School Of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. Now at Stanford University, he is working in the lab of Dr. Vivek Bhalla, sequencing the chloride channel mutations found in the Barrter’s/Gitelman’s phenotype.

His interests include music and sports of any sort, and a life-long fascination with classic automotive history and engineering.

Erik Lum
Medical School:  Drexel University
Residency:  UCLA Medical Center – Internal Medicine Chief Resident 2009-2010

Erik graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in molecular cell biology before attending Drexel University College of Medicine.  He then moved to Los Angeles to complete a residency and chief residency at UCLA Medical Center.  Last year he completed his first clinical year in nephrology at Stanford.  Currently he is involved in quality improvement for the VA dialysis unit and works under the guidance of Dr. Alan Pao to better understand the role of SGK-1 in controlling the expression of the epithelial sodium channel in the collecting duct.

Erik will continue his training at Stanford in clinical transplant nephrology in the year 2012-13.

(Carlos Francisco and Katharine Cheung)

1st Year Fellows

Katharine Cheung
Medical School:  Georgetown University
Residency:  Stanford University – Internal Medicine Chief Resident 2010-2011

Katharine is a first year clinical fellow with an interest in Women and CKD. She graduated with Honors from Tufts University, with a BA in Women's Studies, achieving Highest Thesis Honors for her manuscript on intersex infants. She received her MSc in Physiology and Biophysics and MD at Georgetown University. She was a Resident and Chief Medical Resident at Stanford University, where she established a mentoring network for women in residency and a Women's Health Center resident clinic. Thus far, her research has focused on the elderly with ESRD and CKD. In her research years she plans to study the relationship between HRT and CKD and various cardiovascular risks. 

Born in Northern Ireland and raised in Canada, Kat enjoys traveling home whenever she can. In her free time she enjoys hiking, writing poetry and cooking gourmet dinners for her wife.

Rakesh Jotwani
Medical School: University of Chicago
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Rakesh is a first year fellow originally from the Chicago area.  He graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biology with a concentration in neuroscience.  After college, he moved back to Chicago, first to work thru the AmeriCorps program at a health care advocacy non-profit located in Chicago’s south side, and then to attend medical school at the University of Chicago.  He moved from the frigid cold of Chicago to the colder than expected San Francisco for internal medicine residency.  After residency, he worked as a hospitalist at a community hospital for a year before coming to Stanford for Nephrology fellowship.

He is interested in ethical issues surrounding dialysis and end-of-life care, and is currently working to put together a research project studying this.  Outside of work, his interests include spending time with his wife, family and friends, going to live music and cooking.

Sumi Sukumaran Nair
Medical School: Thirumala Devaswom Medical College (India)
Residency: Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University Program

Sumi graduated from Thirumala Devaswom Medical College in India. The research on proteinuria and CKD in filariasis that she spearheaded in medical school, laid the foundation for her interest in nephrology.  She moved to US and completed her residency at Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University Program.  She is currently a first year clinical fellow. Her research interest is in pharmacoepidemiology in CKD patients. 

She enjoys spending time with her infant, choreographing Bollywood dances, and learning new languages. She is already fluent in 4 languages and is working on adding Spanish to the list. 

Transplant Fellow
Colin Lenihan
Medical School:  University College Dublin in Ireland

Colin Lenihan gained his medical degree from University College Dublin in Ireland. He joined Stanford as a Kidney Transplant Fellow in July 2011. He has an interest in clinical transplantation research.

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