Division of

Renal-Electrolyte

Current Fellows

First Year

Nawras Alshoubaki, MD

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

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

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

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

Second Year

Syeda Ahmad, MD

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

Ayham Bataineh, MD

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

Dean Campbell, MD

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

Education:
August/2005-May/2009 B.A. Microbiology (Cum Laude) with honors – Miami University
(Ohio).
August/2009- May/2013 M.D. – University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Professional Experience
June/2013-June/2016 Resident – University of Maryland Department of Internal Medicine
July/2016-July/2017 Hospitalist physician – Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela, PA

Research Activities:
February/2008-May/2009
Basic science research, specifically SDS analysis of
nucleopolyhedroviruses. Under preceptorship of Dr. Xiao-Wen Cheng, Department of Microbiology,
Miami University (Ohio). Clinical projects were focused primarily on improving infectiousness of
nucleopolyhedroviruses in plant parasites using horizontal transmission of plasma vectors. Research
activities included bright field microscopy, SDS-gel electrophoresis, vector cloning, and plant parasite
cultivation for virion injection.
September/2012-January/2015
Clinical research focusing on activation of innate versus adaptive
immune responses in hospitalized patients with pneumonia. Under preceptorship of Dr. Mark Cowan,
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland
School of Medicine. The project included obtaining cytokine levels (IL-2, IL-6, RANTES) in patients
with severe pneumonia requiring ICU admission and retrospectively examining if cytokine profiles
correlated with expected Gram positive or Gram negative infection.
August/2013-June/2015
Research review of current literature and analysis of current strategies in
diagnosis, classification and treatment of chronic kidney disease. Under preceptorship of Dr. Matthew
Weir, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. The
project involved compiling existing data and summarizing the most pertinent and studies that guide
clinicians in caring for chronic kidney disease patients.
March/2015-June/2016
Review of current literature on the immunological development and
clinical significance of milky spots in the omentum. Under preceptorship of Dr. Petr Hausner,
Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our project is a review article
on how our understanding of the immunophenotype of milky spots can lead to more effective treatment of
malignancies that are known to metastasize to the omentum.

Winn Cashion, MD

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

Naveen Reddy, MD

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

Nephrology Transplant

Srijan Tandukar, MD

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

Itunu Owoyemi, MD

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

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

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