Second Year Fellows

Nicole Hunt, MD

2010 University of the West Indies, Jamaica MBBS
2018 Howard University Hospital, Washington DC

Nicole was born and raised in Jamaica, receiving her medical degree from the University of the West Indies. She began her medical career as a house officer, later medical officer, in both rural and urban Jamaica. In 2015 she began her internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital where she was awarded the intern of the year. She had a productive residency with significant leadership responsibilities, serving as a chief resident in her final year and being nominated as most outstanding chief resident. She also played an integral role in the restructuring of the admissions policy for her department.

Her interests lie in addressing health care disparities in medicine and preventive rheumatology.

In her free time, Nicole is also an aspiring artist. She adores the visual and performing arts and thrives on exercising her creative genius with a special interest in drawing and painting.

Reshad Mahmud, MD

2011 – Union College, Schenectady, NY – BS
2011 – Union Graduate College, Schenectady, NY – MS
2014 – Albany Medical College, Albany, NY – MD
2018 – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Residency

Reshad was originally born and raised in Southern California, however moved east to complete a combined degree BS/MS/MD leadership in medicine program in upstate New York that provided focus on healthcare economics and management. Following this, he joined the internal medicine residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he developed his interest in rheumatology. Enjoying all that Pittsburgh has to offer, he has remained at Pitt for his fellowship. Reshad has particular medical interest in quality improvement and rheumatology interest in autoimmunity related lung disease. During his spare time, he enjoys visiting national parks, listening to live music, and exploring new cuisines.

Nicholas Vaughn, MD

2010 – Bradley University – BS
2014 – Saint Louis University Cook School of Business – MBA
2015 – Saint Louis University School of Medicine – MD
2018 – Medical College of Wisconsin – Residency

Born in North Dakota, I grew up in central Illinois, where I also completed my undergraduate studies. I then moved to St. Louis, where I completed a dual-degree program in the medical and business schools. While in medical school, I met my wife, Gina, a pediatrician. We then couples-matched to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for residency, where we enjoyed the cheese, various encased meats, long winters, and mild summers. My primary rheumatologic area of interest is in rheumatoid arthritis.  My other professional interests include: data science, healthcare information technology, research commercialization, and early-stage biotech ventures. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, gardening, golf, and walking with our Golden Retriever, Scout.  Gina and I are expecting our first child in the summer of 2018.

First Year Fellows

Silvia Martinez Laverde, MD

2007 – Universidad de los Andes, Bogota Colombia – MD
2013 – University of Pittsburgh, department of surgery – Research Scholar
2015 – University of Pittsburgh, Mercy Hospital – Residency
2018 – UPMC St Margaret’s Attending Hospitalist

I am originally from Colombia, and did medical school there. I came to the US in 2013 to continue my medical career. Initially did research in the surgery department in basic science, studying mitochondria damage in a trauma model in mice. In 2015 started my internal medicine residency. During this time I also started my research in rheumatology focused on myositis associated interstitial lung disease. Now I will be joining UPMC Rheumatology fellowship program.
My interests are myositis, scleroderma and lung involvement in these diseases. As well as medical education.
In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors for hiking, biking or having picnics with my family, I also like to play the piano and watching soccer.

Cristina Padilla, MD

2008- Baylor University, Waco, TX- BS
2010- Boston University, Boston, MA- MS
2016- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School- MD
2019- University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital- Residency 

I am a native Texan from the Houston area. I moved to Boston after college for graduate school in Forensic Science. However, during my time there, I became very interested in Rheumatology while working as a scleroderma and SLE research coordinator. As a result of my experience with the BU Rheumatology Division, I decided to become a Rheumatologist. I also plan to pursue a research career with prior experience in translational and clinical research. 
My hobbies include running, yoga, cooking, travel, spending time with family and friends, and attending music events and shows. 

Steven Taylor, MD

2012    University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona – BS
2016    University of Arizona, College of Medicine Tucson – MD
2019    University of Colorado Denver – Residency

I completed my medical education under the “dry-heat” of the Arizona desert before moving to the sunny, but temperate, climate of Denver, Colorado for residency training. After determining Rheumatology was the perfect fit for me, I was fortunate to be selected to complete this training at UPMC. My academic interests include studying care for populations, medical diagnostics, rheumatoid arthritis, and the spondyloarthropathies. Outside of work I enjoy cooking gadgets, brewing coffee and the great outdoors with my wife and doggo.

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