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Meet Our Current Trainees

 

Yahya Almodallal

Yahya Almodallal, MBBS - Department of Pediatrics

  • R2
  • MBBS - Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • Subspecialty - Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology

Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F1
  • 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

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Karen Cyndari

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

  • Associate
  • 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

  • R3
  • 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

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

Aysegul Gezer, DO, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R2
  • DO - Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PhD - Michigan State University 

Gregory Kirkpatrick

Gregory Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F1
  • MD - University of Colorado, SOM
  • PhD - University of Colorado
  • Subspecialty - Hematology - Oncology

Max Liu

Max Liu, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R3
  • 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

Nancy Mikati, MD

Nancy Mikati, MD - Department of Emergency Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - American University of Beirut

Brandon Neisewander, MD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R2
  • MD - University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
  • Research Interests:  Interventional Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor: Nicholas T. Trapp, MD

Brandan Penaluna, MD, MBA - Department of Psychiatry

  • R4
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • MBA - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests: Interventional Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor: Nicholas T. Trapp, MD

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F4
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology/Electro Physiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease

Jackson Richards, MD, PhD

Jackson Richards, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R1
  • MD - University of Utah
  • PhD - University of Utah
  • Research Interests - Interventional Psychiatry, Neurostimulation, Research, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction Medicine

Kai Rogers, MD, PhD - Department of Pathology

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • PhD - University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Subspecialty - Hematology - Oncology

Joe Salomone, MD, PhD

Joe Salomone, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - University of Cincinnati
  • PhD - University of Cincinnati

Jeremy Sandgren, MD, PhD

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

  • F1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Neonatology

Kamel Shibbani

Kamel Shibbani, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • F3
  • 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

  • R2 
  • 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

  • R4 - 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

  • R2
  • 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

  • F3
  • 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

  • F3
  • 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

  • R2
  • MD - McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • PhD - University of Texas MD Anderson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Subspecialty - Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

Arya Zandvakili, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R3
  • MD-PhD - University of Cincinnati COM, MSTP Program
  • Subspecialty - Infectious Diseases