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Rheumatology Fellows

2013 Entering Fellows

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Seema Kumar Patel, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency; Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ
M.D.; American University of Antigua, St George, Antigua and Barbuda


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Kyawt Win Shwin, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency; SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York
M.D.; Institute of Medicine, Yangon, Myanmar


2014 Entering Fellows

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Shubhasree Dutta Choudhury, M.D. (Sree)
Internal Medicine Residency; Overlook Medical Center, New Jersey
M.D.; Kolkata Medical College, India


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Megha Sawhney, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency; Cone Health University of North Carolina
M.D.; Maulana Azad Medical College, India


2015 Entering Fellows

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Sara Alehashemi, M.D., worked at the University of Pennsylvania before and during residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital, measuring the burden of atherosclerosis in rheumatic patients and also analyzing and interpreting molecular imaging findings in rheumatic diseases. She has 10 peer-reviewed publications and has given multiple presentations at national conferences. During her fellowship, she will work with Peter Grayson on vasculitis, with emphasis on advanced imaging techniques.


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Robinder Dhillon, M.D., has extensive clinical and research experience in many locations, including the Center for Musculoskeletal Research in Rochester, New York, studying the effects of PTH on femoral allograft healing and angiogenesis. He is the first author on an original article in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, two review articles and a book chapter, and has coauthored five other peer-reviewed publications. He completed his residency at Wayne State University. During his fellowship, he will be working with Mike Ward on outcomes research, with emphasis on arthritis. He will also pursue an MSc in clinical epidemiology through the Duke-NIH Program.


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Maryam Gul, M.D., has extensive research experience, including research at Cambridge University while at medical school, which resulted in her co-authoring a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine on genetic risk for stroke. She has 13 peer-reviewed publications and has presented at multiple national scientific conferences, including the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. During her fellowship, she will work with Nehal Mehta on inflammation and atherosclerosis in psoriasis and pulmonary hypertension.


2016 Entering Fellows

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Blas Betancourt, M.D,, earned his medical degree at the University of Medical Sciences of Villa Clara, Cuba. He completed residencies in clinical pharmacology at the University of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba, and internal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital/New York Medical College, New York. His research thesis during pharmacology training at the National Center of Scientific Research of Havana was based on animal models of inflammation. He has extensive experience in clinical research, with over 15 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts or book chapters. He previously worked in clinical development of biological products in different therapeutic areas at the Center for Biological Research of Havana. He then worked as a medical expert in the Medical Department at Bayer Healthcare Canada, and participated in international clinical trials in women's health care. Most recently, he worked as a resident in internal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital, where his main scholarly activity was related to the clinical utility of antinuclear antibodies.

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Ananta Subedi, M.D., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Kathmandu University of Dhulikhel, Nepal, and began residency in Internal Medicine at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. He has given multiple presentations, including at the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology Annual meetings. He has authored numerous publications on topics, including the effect of mycophenolate on the white blood cell count and the frequency of infection in systemic lupus, and a case of high fever, elevated ferritin and pancytopenia. He is currently completing his M.P.H. at the University of Massachusetts.

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