Current Fellows

 

 Third Year Fellows

  • Maria del "Pilar Acosta" Lara, MD (Chief Fellow)
    • Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
    • Internship & Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Glaveston, TX
    • Research Interest: Clinical aspects of ILD; pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  Mentors: Drs. Steven Duncan and Tracy Luckhardt


  • Matthew Fain, DO
    • Medical School:  College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
    • Internship & Residency: Kessler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS
    • Research Interest:  Effects of e-cigarettes in the lung epithelium.  Mentor: Dr. Patricia Jackson


  • Krittika "Mint" Teerapuncharoen, MD
    • Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Thailand
    • Internship & Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
    • Research Interest: Pathogenesis of pulmonary vascular disease in COPD.  Mentor: Drs. Steven Rowe and J. Michael Wells


  • Tejaswini "Teja" Kulkarni, MD, MPH
    • Medical School: Bangalore Medical College, India
    • Graduate School: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
    • Residency: Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    • Research Interest: Pathogenesis of interstitial lung disease and optimization of clinical management of patients with ILD.  Mentors: Drs. Veena Antony and Joao de Andrade


  • Nirmal Sharma, MD
    • Medical School: Stanley Medical College, Tamilnadu University, Chennai, India
    • Internship: Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, OH
    • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
    • Research Interest: Clinical outcomes and management strategies for patients with advanced lung disease and post lung transplantation.  Role of microbiome in pathogenesis of chronic allograft rejection in lung transplant recipients.  Mentor: Dr. Victor Thannickal

Second Year Fellows

  • Miranda Curtiss, MD, PhD (ABIM Research Pathway)
    • Medical School:  University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA 
    • Graduate School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology
    • Internship & Residency:  University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    • Research Interest: Asthma pathogenesis.  Mentor: Dr. Frances Lund


  • Anand Iyer, MD
    • Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
    • Internship & Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    • Research Interest: COPD outcomes.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Dransfield


  • Trisha Parekh, DO
    • Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Internship & Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    • Research Interest: COPD outcomes.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Dransfield


  • Derek Russell, MD (Fellow Representative - Program Evaluation Committee)
    • Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Galveston, TX
    • Internship & Residency: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    • Research Interest: The roles of exosomes and matrikines in neutrophilic pulmonary diseases including COPD, ARDS, and lung allograft failure


  • Roozbeh Sharif, MD, MEd, MSc
    • Medical School: Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
    • Graduate School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (MMS)
      University of Houston, Houston, TX (MEd)
    • Internship & Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (1st year)
    • Research Interest: ILD outcomes.  Mentors: Drs. Joao de Andrade and Tracy Luckhardt

First Year Fellows

  • Jason Fain, MD
    • Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL
    • Internship & Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    • Research Interest:


  • Bryan Garcia, MD
    • Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL
    • Internship & Residency:  University of Florida, Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL
    • Research Interest:


  • Swati Gulati, MBBS, MS
    • Medical School: Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Amritsar (MBBS)
    • Graduate School: Rush University, Chicago, IL (MS)
    • Internship & Residency: John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
    • Research Interest:


  • David LaFon, MD
    • Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL
    • Internship & Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    • Research Interest:


  • Aline Zouk, MD
    • Medical School: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Lebanon
    • Internship: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
    • Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
    • Research Interest:


   

 



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