Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program

Current Fellows / July 2020-June 2021

First Year

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.

Elizabeth Kurtz, MD

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

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

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

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

Dr. Pittappilly's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2012-2017 American University of Antigua College of Medicine for medical school in Antigua and Barbados
2017-2020 Internal Medicine at UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg, PA

Bio:

forthcoming

 Joshua Rosenthal, MD

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

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

Second Year

Muhammad Abbas, MD

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

Dr. Abbas' Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2007-2013: Medical school – Lahore Medical & Dental College
2016-2019: Internal Medicine Residency – The Wright Center , Scranton PA
2019-present: Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA

Bio:

Dr. Abbas completed his medical education Lahore Medical and Dental College. He did multiple externship in the United States; but the one which made him interested in Nephrology was in Emory University where his mentor was training in nephrology. He started his residency at The Wright Center in Scranton PA in 2016 where he was involved in multiple QI projects. Dr. Abbas accepted a renal fellow position at the Renal and Electrolyte division at UPMC in 2019 and is hoping to pursue a career in Critical care medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing and listening to music and online gaming.

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.

Sanjana Kapoor, MD

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

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

2019- Present, Nephrology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2017- Present, MSc (Epidemiology), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
2016- 2019, Internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, New York, NY,
2008- 2015, Medical School at DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India, MBBS

Bio:

Dr. Kapoor completed her medical education at DY Patil Medical College in Mumbai, India followed by a yearlong clinical internship. She then relocated to Brooklyn, New York where she completed her internal medicine residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. During medical school, she developed an interest in epidemiology and became involvement in research activities. Sanjana decided to further her interest in epidemiology, by enrolling in a masters program that she continues to pursue during fellowship. She accepted a position as a fellow in the Renal-Electrolyte division in 2019 and hopes to pursue a career in transplant nephrology. Outside of work, Sanjana enjoys biking, travel and exploring the local food and live music scene.

Praveen Ratanasrimetha, MD

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

Dr. Ratanasrimetha's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

2005-2011: Medical school – Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
2016-2019: Internal Medicine Residency – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
2019-present: Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA

Bio:

Dr. Ratanasrimetha completed his medical education at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital in 2011. He worked in rural Thailand and Bangkok for five years before accepting an internal medicine residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas in 2016. After his internal medicine residency, he accepted a Renal-Electrolyte fellow position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is expected to complete his fellowship in 2021. In his free time, he enjoys running.

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.

Shoaib Wazir, MD

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

Dr. Wazir's Education and Bio

Education/Training:

Medical school, 2003 – 2009, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar Pakistan
Residency, 2013 – 2016, UPMC McKeesport, Pittsburgh, PA

Bio:

Dr. Wazir completed his medical education at Khyber Medical College Peshawar Pakistan in 2009. After graduation, he practiced medicine in Pakistan. In 2016, he relocated to the US to complete his internal medicine residency at UPMC McKeesport. After that, he worked as an academic hospitalist for three years at UPMC Mercy. In 2019, he matched in Nephrology at UPMC and he’s hoping to do another year in Critical Care medicine after his Nephrology fellowship. He enjoys cooking–mostly BBQ.

Nephrology Transplant

Ivy Melgarejo, MD

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

Dr. Melgarejo's Education and Bio

Education:

2007 – 2011, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Philippines
2015 – 2018, University of Hawaii, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Honolulu, HI

Bio:

Dr. Melgarejo is a medical graduate from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery University. She completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of Hawaii in 2018 prior to coming to Pittsburgh. She completed her nephrology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Renal Class of 2020 and is staying for another year to complete a renal transplant fellowship. Her research work includes projects on CMV infection and allograft rejection. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, biking and local travels.

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