Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program

Current Fellows / July 2020-June 2021

First Year

Shreedhar Adhikari, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Ph: (412) 647-8394

Dr. Adhikari's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2006-2011: Medical school – Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal
2016-2019: Internal Medicince Residency – Gerogetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC
2019-present: Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pi sburgh Medical Center, Pi sburgh PA

Bio:

Dr. Adhikari completed his medical education at Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal in 2011. He worked in Nepal for 5 years util starting residency at Georgetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC in 2016. After his 3 years residency, he accepted a position as Renal-Electrolyte fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is expected to complete his fellowship in 2018. He enjoys hiking, and photography.

Raad Chowdhury, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Chowdhury's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2010-2015 Windsor University School of Medicine
2015-2016 Research Trainee, Mayo Clinic Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
2016-2017 Research Trainee, University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital Division of
Nephrology
2017-2020 Internal Medicine Resident, Riverside Methodist Hospital

Bio:

Dr. Chowdhury’s interest in Nephrology was born as a Research Trainee at Mayo Clinic,
Division of Nephrology in Minnesota. He had the opportunity to study the pathogenesis of
Polycystic Kidney Disease under Drs. Vicente Torres, Peter Harris, and Caroline Sussman.
He subsequently continued his research training at University Health Network-Toronto
General Hospital under Dr. Heather Reich studying IgA Nephropathy. Thereafter, he went
onto complete residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Ohio. Through his journey, he
has presented in national conferences, published, and has been selected as an ASN Kidney
STAR numerous times. His interests in Nephrology include glomerular disease, onconephrology,
paraproteinemias and transplant nephrology. At UPMC, Dr. Chowdhury has
stated that he is excited to receive world class training that will allow him to develop into an
Academic Nephrologist, balancing patient care, teaching, and translational/clinical research.
Outside of work, he loves immersing himself in the food, culture, and entertainment that an
urban environment like Pittsburgh has to offer. Interestingly, he has lived in three of the top
10 largest cities in North America including NYC, Toronto, and Chicago.

Vignesh Viswanathan, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Ph: (412) 647-8394

Dr. Viswanathan's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

September 2008 – March 2013- Medical School – Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, India
March 2013-March 2014 – Medical Intern – Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, India
July 2016- June 2019 – Internal Medicine Residency – Canton Medical Education Foundation

Bio:

Dr.Viswanathan completed his medical education at Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute in India by 2013. He completed a further one year of training at the same hospital after which he spent a year practicing rural medicine in India. He then relocated to the US where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Canton Medical Education Foundation Internal Medicine residency program. During residency he worked on quality improvement projects looking to implement Merit Based Incentive Payment system in the out-patient setting for the residents. He also won the Critical Care resident of the year award and The Cathy Wolford Outstanding Resident of the year award during his graduating year at which time he was also a Chief Resident. Dr.Viswanathan accepted a position as renal fellow at the Renal and Electrolyte division at UPMC in 2019 and is hoping to pursue a career in Transplant Nephrology. Outside of work he enjoys soccer and listening to the blues.

Second Year

Nawras Alshoubaki, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Alshoubaki's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2004-2010 Jordan University of Science and Technology Medical School, Irbid, Jordan
2010-2011 Medical Intern, Prince Hamza Hospital, Amman, Jordan.
2011-2013 General Practitioner, Amman, Jordan.
2013-2015 Internal medicine resident, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.
2015-2018 Internal medicine resident, Unity Health System, Rochester, NY

Bio:

Dr. Alshoubaki completed his medical education at Jordan University of Science and Technology Medical School in Jordan in 2010. He completed an internship year in 2011 in Jordan and practiced as General Practitioner for the next 2 years. In 2013, he moved to Qatar where he joined as an internal medicine resident, one of few outside US ECFMG certified program. Nawras relocated to US in 2015 and completed his residency at Unity Health system, Rochester, NY in 2018. He accepted a position as Renal-Electrolyte fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and expected to complete his training in 2020. He enjoys watching and playing soccer and reading.

Aravind Cherukuri, MD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Cherukuri's Education and Bio

Education:

1994-1999: Guntur Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India
1999-2000: Internship, Government General Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2002-2004: Internship and Residency (Internal Medicine), Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Scotland (award of MRCP-UK)
2004-2005: Senior Residency (Nephrology), St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
2005-2013: Fellowship (Nephrology), St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
2009-2013: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, University of Leeds (completion of PhD)
2013-2018: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, USA

Bio:

Dr. Cherukuri completed his medical education at Guntur Medical College in India in 2000. Upon completion opf schooling and a rotating internship, he relocated to the UK, where he completed his residency training in Scotland. Following this, he moved to Leeds in England to pursue a clinical fellowship in Nephrology at St. James’s University Hospital. During his fellowship, he was attracted to clinical transplantation and has taken up part-time translational research examining the role of B lymphocytes in human kidney transplant rejection. This led to the completion of a thesis titled: The diverse roles of B lymphocytes in human kidney transplantation and an award of PhD from the University of Leeds in 2014. He relocated further to Pittsburgh to work with Dr. David Rothstein at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and has been a post-doctoral research associate working towards developing a predictive biomarker for renal allograft rejection based on cytokine expressing B cells. In 2018, Dr. Cherukuri accepted a position as a Renal-Electrolyte fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is expected to complete his fellowship in 2020. Outside work he enjoys cooking, reading and cricket.

Kartik Kalra, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Kalra's Education and Bio

Education:

2005-2012- Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University, India
2014-2015- Junior Resident, Maulana Azad Medical College (GB Pant Hospital), New Delhi, India
2015-2018- Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
2018- Present- Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Bio:

Dr. Kalra completed his medical education at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University,
India. During this time, he served as an intern at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. He
completed clinical electives at the University of Minnesota, Case Western Reserve University,
and Cleveland Clinic. Further experience was obtained as a Research Trainee at the University
of Minnesota. Following graduation, he worked as a Junior Resident at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Kartik began his residency in 2015 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During residency, he presented case reports at the American College of Physicians, National Kidney Foundation and American Society of Nephrology conferences. He is a proud recipient of the PGY2 Resident Appreciation Award and PGY3 Outstanding Resident Award. He has a keen interest in Renal Medicine and will be pursuing fellowship training in Nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is currently one of the Visual Abstract Editors for Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Dr. Kalra enjoys teaching medical students and junior colleagues alike. Apart from academics, he loves playing cricket and tennis.

Ivy Melgarejo, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Ripudaman Munjal, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Siddharth Verma, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Verma's Education and Bio

Education:

2007 – 2012 – Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
2012 – 2014 – Medical Intern, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
2015 – 2018 – Internal Medicine Residency, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, New Jersey
2018 – Present – Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania

Bio:

Dr. Verma completed his medical education at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, located in Karnataka, India in 2014. During his internship he worked with the underserved pediatric population in rural areas, educating parents in nutrition. He completed clinical clerkships at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester prior to graduating from medical school. Following graduation he worked at Bombay Hospital, India as a Casualty Medical Officer. In 2015 he began his Internal Medicine residency at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey. During residency he has presented posters at several conferences, including the National ACP Meeting and the National Kidney Foundation Conference. In 2018 he accepted a position as a Renal-Electrolyte fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and is expected to graduate in 2020. He is currently working on multiple research projects including the kidney precision medicine project and studying the effect of magnesium in post kidney transplant patients. He will be starting a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine after completing his nephrology fellowship. He spends his free time playing video games and travelling.

Nephrology Transplant

Rohan Mehta, MD

Renal-Electrolyte Transplant Fellow
A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, Pa 15261
Ph: 412-647-8394

Dr. Mehta's Education and Bio

Education:

2013-2015       Fellowship (Nephrology), Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
2010-2013       Residency (Internal Medicine), East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
2000-2005       M.B.B.S., Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, MP, India

Bio:

Dr. Mehta hails from a small town in central India. His passion for medicine took him from Jabalpur, MP in India to Johnson City, TN for residency in internal medicine. He then moved to Emory University in Atlanta, GA to do a fellowship in Nephrology. His zest for life took him to Northern California where he practiced for a little over three years helping the underserved population of Humboldt County. Rohan came back to the east coast to pursue happiness training in transplantation. He found a family away from family in the transplant faculty at UPMC! Rohan loves to hike, bike, listen to music on vinyl, cook, go to concerts, and recycle. His areas of interest are Transplantation in patients with cancer and Renal transplant outcomes in patients with valvular disease.

Contact

Jane Wuenschel
Fellowship Coordinator
Renal-Electrolyte Division
C1108 UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-647-8394
Fax: 412-802-6852
wuenschelj@upmc.edu

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

A919 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 647-3118