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Meet Our Current Trainees

Quentin Adams, MD - Department of Radiation Oncology

  • R5
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interest - Targeted Radiotherapy
  • Research Mentor - Ryan Flynn, PhD
Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - Case Western Reserve University SOM, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD - Case Western Reserve University SOM, Cleveland, OH
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interest - Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Amanda Benavides, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Nick Bormann, MD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R4
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Computational Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor - Aaron Boes, MD, PhD
Karen Cyndari

Karen Cyndari, MD, PhD, MS - Department of Emergency Medicine

  • R3, Chief Resident
  • MS - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • PhD - Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • MD - Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • Research Interests - Infectious Diseases and Disaster Management
  • Research Mentor - Christine Petersen, DVM, PhD
Melvin Donaldson

Melvin Donaldson, MD, PhD - Department of Emergency Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - University of Minnesota Medical School
  • PhD - University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Research Interest - Injury Prevention and Resiliency
Rachel Genova

Rachel Genova, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

Aysegul Gezer, DO, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R1
  • DO - Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PhD - Michigan State University 
Jonathan Jeschke, MD, PhD

Jonathan Jeschke, MD, PhD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R3
  • MD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • PhD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Gudbjorg Jonsdottir, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F3, Chief Fellow
  • MD - University of Iceland
  • PhD - University of Iceland
  • Subspecialty - Hematology/Oncology
  • Research Interests - Multiple Myeloma, MGUS, and Cancer Epidemiology
Gregory Kirkpatrick

Gregory Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - University of Colorado, SOM
  • PhD - University of Colorado
  • Subspecialty - Hematology/Oncology
Max Liu

Max Liu, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Developing Tau directed therapies in neurological diseases such as stroke and seizures. Neurodengeneration & Alzheimer's Disease
  • Research Mentor - Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD
Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • Associate
  • MD - University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • PhD - University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Research Interests - Neurogenetics and Neuroimaging
  • ​Research Mentor - Peg Nopoulos, MD
Emily Nguyen, MD, PhD

Emily Nguyen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial regulation of vascular smooth muscle

Brandan Penaluna, MD, MBA - Department of Psychiatry

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • MBA - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests: Interventional Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor: Nicholas T. Trapp, MD
Emily Phillips, MD

Emily Phillips, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R3
  • MD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F3 - Chief Fellow
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease
Kathleen Robinson, MD, PhD

Katie Robinson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F3
  • MD - University of Wisconsin
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin
  • Subspecialty - Endocrinology
  • Research Interests - Obesity, Metabolism, Medical Anthropology and Sociology
  • Research Mentors - Eli Perencevich, MD, MS and William Sivitz, MD

Kai Rogers, MD, PhD - Department of Pathology

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Jeremy Sandgren, MD, PhD

Jeremy Sandgren, MD, PhD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Neonatology
Kamel Shibbani

Kamel Shibbani, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • F2
  • MD - American University of Beirut
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease
  • Research Mentor - Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD

John Smestad, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1 
  • MD - Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • PhD - Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Madeleine Stump, MD, PhD

Madeliene Stump, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R3 - Department of Dermatology
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Investigative Training Track
  • Research Mentor - Kamal Rahmouni, PhD

Carly van der Heide, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics 

Oriana Gema Vanegas Calderon, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • F2
  • MD - Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Subspecialty - Gastroenterology
  • Research Interests - Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Pancreatic Disease
  • Research Mentor - Aliye Uc, MD

Luis Vargas-Buonfiglio, MD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F2
  • MD - Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Subspecialty - Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
  • Research Interests - Airway Host Defense, COPD, Air Pollution
  • Research Mentors - Joseph Zabner, MD and Alejandro Comellas, MD

Cory Wilson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • PhD - University of Texas MD Anderson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Nanmeng Yu, MB, PhD

Nanmeng Yu, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • Associate
  • MD - Wake Forest University
  • PhD - Wake Forest University
  • Subspecialty - Hematology - Oncology
  • Research Interests - Virus and Cancer Cell Biology
  • Research Mentor - George Weiner, MD

Arya Zandvakili, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD-PhD - University of Cincinnati COM, MSTP Program
  • Subspecialty - Infectious Diseases