Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program

Current Fellows / July 2021-June 2022

Fellows can be reached via email or at A915 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.

First Year

Alexandra Bursic, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Bursic's Education and Bio
Education/Training:

2010-2014: BA, BS, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2014-2018: MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
2018-2021: Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2021-present: Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Bio:

Dr. Alexandra Bursic completed undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she quickly discovered her enthusiasm for nephrology. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2021. Throughout her medical training, she has engaged in several research projects in the realm of advance care planning and palliative care for patients with chronic kidney disease under the mentorship of Drs. Jane Schell and Amar Bansal. She is delighted to continue her training in nephrology at UPMC. After completing fellowship, she aspires to pursue a career in academic nephrology with an emphasis on geriatric and palliative care, home dialysis, and medical education.

Arjun Kalaria, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Kalaria's Education and Bio
Education/Training:
2009-2013: University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
2013-2015: Clinical Internship, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
2018-2021: Internal Medicine Residency, UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA
2021- Present: Nephrology Fellow at Renal and Electrolyte Division, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Bio:

Dr. Kalaria completed his medical school from the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi. The spark in Nephrology was born during his Transplant Nephrology elective in Birmingham, UK. After completing his medical school and internship, he moved to the US to follow his dream of Nephrology. He completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh PA. During that time, he continued to strive towards his passion in Nephrology by presenting at national conferences and by being selected as a Kidney Star and NephSIM Nephron. In addition, he attended the Nephrology Business Leadership Conference. He is privileged to continue his training at UPMC with elite faculty, with special interest in transplant and glomerular disease.
He enjoys soccer, cricket and traveling outside of work.

Hussain Karimi, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Sophia Knoell, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Knoell's Education and Bio
Education/Training:

2010-2014: BS, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
2014-2018: MD, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo OH
2018-2021: Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA
2021-present: Renal Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA

Bio:

Dr. Sophia Knoell completed her college education in Columbus, Ohio, at The Ohio State University and her medical education at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. During medical school, she found a passion for nephrology due to her combined interest in physiology and pathology. In 2018, she moved to Pittsburgh to start her internal medicine residency training at UPMC. As a resident, she worked in the Subramanya Lab studying the distal convoluted tubule and potassium regulation. In 2021, Sophia continued her training in Pittsburgh as a Renal Electrolyte fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and is expected to complete her fellowship in 2023.

Muhammad Rehman, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Takayuki Yamada, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Yamada's Education and Bio
Education/Training:

2008-2014: Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine (Japan)
2014-2016: Resident, Yokohama City University Medical Center/ Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital
2016-2017: Nephrology Fellow: Hadano Red Cross Hospital
2017-2018: Research Fellow: Yokohama City University
2018-2021: Mount Sinai Beth Israel (NY)

Bio:

Dr. Yamada’s journey to nephrology started during his residency in Japan, where he was exposed to CKD/ESRD patients. During his clinical and research fellowship, he experienced a variety of kidney diseases and participated in research projects that sought to understand the relationship between angiotensin receptors and CKD. This experience made him pursue his career as a physician educator as well as a clinical researcher. He did a residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in NY. Through his journey, he has presented in conferences and published research articles. Dr. Yamada is highly motivated to learn general nephrology as well as critical care nephrology during his fellowship at UPMC.
Outside of his work, he loves running/biking and cooking Asian foods.

Second Year

Raad Chowdhury, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

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.

Elizabeth Kurtz, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Kurtz's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2005-2009: BS, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
2012-2017: MD/MHS, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT
2017-2020: Internal Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
2020-present: Renal Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA

Bio:

Dr. Elizabeth Kurtz completed her college education at Carnegie Mellon and her medical education at Yale University School of Medicine in 2017. During medical school, she found a passion for nephrology and pursued research in acute kidney injury and polycystic kidney disease. Upon completion, she relocated to Boston to complete her medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2020, Elizabeth returned back to Pittsburgh as a Renal Electrolyte fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, and is expected to complete her fellowship in 2022.

Monica Mallik, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Mallik's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2012-2016 Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba
2017-2020 Internal Medicine at the Wright Center in Scranton, PA

Bio:
Dr. Mallik started her journey in medicine from Northeastern Pennsylvania, which led her to sunny Aruba for medical school. Then she travelled all over the country for her medical clerkships before finally coming back to Scranton, PA for her residency. While there, she learned the importance of and the need for medical and specialty care in her community. She will be starting her tenure as a Renal-Electrolyte fellow at UPMC in beautiful Pittsburgh this coming July! She looks forward to going back to Northeastern Pennsylvania and giving back to community she loves so much.

Amir Philobos, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Philobos's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2005-2013 Cairo University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
2017-2020 Internal Medicine at UPMC McKeesport in McKeesport, PA

Bio:

forthcoming

Matt Pittappilly, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Pittappilly's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2013-2017: American University of Antigua, College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbuda
2017-2020: Internal Medicine Residency, UPMC Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2020- Present: Nephrology Fellow at Renal and Electrolyte Division, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Bio:

Dr. Pittappilly completed his medical degree at the American University of Antigua. He then moved to Harrisburg, PA for his internal medicine residency training. It was during this time that he developed an interest in nephrology and in particular transplant medicine. Dr. Pittappilly accepted a renal fellowship position at the Renal and Electrolyte division at UPMC in 2020 and is hoping to pursue a career in transplant nephrology. Outside of work, he enjoys playing guitar, running, soccer and board games. 

Joshua Rosenthal, MD
Renal-Electrolyte Fellow

 

Dr. Rosenthal's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2013-2017 Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
2017-2020 New York University Langone Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Bio:

forthcoming

Nephrology Transplant

Winn Cashion, MD, PhD

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