Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program

Current Alumni Spotlight

SHAN SHAN CHEN joined the program in 2013 after her residency training in Saint Agnes Hospital at Baltimore, MD. Because of the intensive training offered in both clinical and research aspects of UPMC, she joined the team as a Renal Fellow. Soon after, she found herself in a conducive learning environment surrounded by friendly colleagues and supportive stuffs. With the help of great mentors, she engaged in clinical research focused on prevention of peritoneal dialysis related infection as well as renal transplant and health care quality improvement. She also completed an EMBA in University of Pittsburgh during her years as a clinical fellow. She is now continuing her career at Division of Nephrology, University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor. She likes to spend time with her son, Aaron in her free time.

CARY BOYD was born and raised in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of Arizona and then went on to pursue her Ph.D. in physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. Her thesis research focused on mechanisms of sodium transport. After completing her Ph.D. she moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 to attend medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been here ever since. She now considers herself a “Pittsburgher” and even owns a Steelers jersey. After moving to Pittsburgh, she met her husband in the laboratory while he was studying chloride transport and she was studying sodium transport. They have a daughter named Piper. She is currently studying the kinase WNK1 and its regulation of sodium transport in the kidney. Her future goals are to become an expert in the clinical management of hypertension and electrolyte disorders, as well as a scientist discovering the molecular mechanisms of hypertension. Currently, Cary is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Renal-Electrolyte Division. In her free time Cary enjoys collecting state quarters, drinking iced lattes, and reading books to her daughter, whereas she tries to avoid cooking dinner, running marathons, and cold weather.

BILL HOFFMAN came to the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC in 2013 for the Renal Fellowship Training Program. He was interested in a career in academic medicine and looking for a program with a strong clinical focus and also options for further training. At UPMC, he found a supportive environment with wonderful faculty, and a diverse range of opportunities for research and master’s programs. He completed the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at UPMC in 2016. Dr. Hoffman was the 2016 recipient of the ASN Ben J. Lipps, Grantham Research Fellowship and currently works at UPMC Pinnacle as a renal transplant surgeon.  His main interests are in translational research including characterizing memory B cell activation and its relationship to acute transplant allograft rejection. Outside of the hospital, he is busy with three small children.


Class of 2021
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Muhammad AbbasFurther TrainingUniversity of PittsburghCritical Care Medicine Fellow
Shreedhar AdhikariPrivate PracticeBay City, MI Nephrologist
Sanjana KapoorFurther Training Albert Einstein CoMTransplant Nephrology Fellow
Praveen Ratanasrimetha Further TrainingMD Anderson Cancer CenterOnconephrology Fellow
Vignesh ViswanathanFurther Training Johns Hopkins Transplant Nephrology Fellow
Shoaib WazirFurther TrainingPhoenix, Arizona Interventional Nephrology Fellow
Class of 2020
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Nawras AlshoubakiPrivate PracticeMilwaukee, WINephrologist
Aravind CherukuriAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Kartik KalraAcademicGeisinger Medical CenterFaculty
Ivy MelgarejoFurther TrainingUniversity of PittsburghTransplant Nephrology Fellow
Ripudaman MunjalPrivate PracticeStockton, CANephrologist
Siddharth VermaFurther TrainingUniversity of CincinnatiCritical Care Medicine Fellow
Class of 2019
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Syeda AhmadFurther TrainingColumbia UniversityGlomerular Disease Fellow
Ayham BatainehFurther TrainingMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterCritical Care Medicine Fellow
Dean CampbellPrivate PracticeLancaster, PANephrologist
Winn CashionFurther TrainingUniversity of PittsburghResearch Fellow
Huiwen ChenAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Naveen ReddyPrivate PracticePhiladelphia, PAHospitalist
Class of 2018
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Hossam AbdallaPrivate PracticeBaltimore, MDNephrologist
Sara HusainPrivate PracticeNeptune, NJNephrologist
Vaishnavi PochineniPrivate PracticeHyderabad, Telangana, IndiaTransplant Nephrologist
Amoghavarsha PuliAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Joshua SadolfAcademicUniversity of North CarolinaInterventional Nephrology Faculty
Srijan TandukarPrivate PracticeShreveport, LATransplant Nephrologist
Class of 2017
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Handaa BaatarkhuuPrivate PracticeLong Island, NYNephrologist
Melbeth LusicaPrivate PracticeVirginia Beach, VANephrologist
Eric OngPrivate PracticeSeattle, WANephrologist
Rohan PaulAcademicGeorge Washington UniversityFaculty
Akhil SharmaAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Roy ShamirPrivate PracticePittsburgh, PANephrologist
Class of 2016
FellowType of PracticeInstitution/LocationPosition
Cary Boyd-ShiwarskiAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Patricia Centron VinalesAcademicGeorge Washington UniversityFaculty
Yan DorneichAcademicUniversity of PittsburghFaculty
Amandeep KaurPrivate PracticeEast Liverpool, OHNephrologist
Julio Pena PolancoPrivate PracticeWatkinsville, GANephrologist
Fadi TohmeAcademicLAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, Beirut, LebanonCritical Care Nephrology Faculty


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

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

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