Current Fellows

First-Year Fellows

John Huizar, MD 

 

John Huizar, MD 

Hometown: Culver City, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: UCSF

More about John

Clinical Interests: SLE; autoinflammatory diseases
Research Interests: Innate immunity; Modulation of systemic autoimmunity by the gut microbiota
Why did you choose UCSF?: Deep expertise across a breadth of disease states; excellent fundamental immunology research program; all my colleagues and mentors are kind, generous with their time and excited to be at work each day!
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: My co-Fellows are kind, inspiring, fun to be around and whip-smart! The faculty also create a very positive learning climate.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Toddler wrangling; infrequently finding esoteric dried chiles for use in mole

 

Charlotte Hurabielle, MD, PhD

 

Charlotte Hurabielle, MD, PhD

Hometown: Paris, France
Undergraduate School: 
Medical School: Faculté de médecine Paris Descartes
Residency: UCSF

More about Charlotte

Clinical Interests: I am primarily interested in the overlap between rheum/derm diseases and I enjoy learning more every day on connective tissue diseases and vasculitis.
Research Interests: I am interested in the development of loss of tolerance and would like to understand better the molecular mechanisms underlying autoimmunity in primary autoimmune disorders in comparison with cancer-associated autoimmune disorders and immune-checkpoint inhibitors related autoimmunity.
Why did you choose UCSF?: I chose UCSF for many reasons: excellent clinical training with world-class clinical educators, diversity of patient populations through the 3 hospital systems, outstanding research with collaborative culture, and overall friendliness of the program leadership.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: I love outdoor, from walking around in the parks, biking, or hiking. I also enjoy trying different coffeeshops and eating the best croissant I have found in the US.

 

Nathan Karp, MD

 

Nathan Karp, MD

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: UCSF

More about Nathan

Clinical Interests: Systemic lupus erythematosus, patient-provider communication, and medical education
Research Interests: Health disparities in rheumatology
Why did you choose UCSF?: I chose UCSF because it offers outstanding clinical training across a diversity of clinical sites, and the opportunity to work with fantastic mentors who are dedicated to patient care, passionate about their research interests, and excited to help train future generations of rheumatologists!
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Pizza making and eating, acquiring new coffee-brewing devices, exploring public parks in and around the Bay Area, and scrapbooking

 

Jeremy Sullivan, MD

Jeremy Sullivan, MD

Hometown: Easley, South Carolina
Undergraduate School: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Residency: New York University (NYU)

More about Jeremy

Clinical Interests: Medical education and musculoskeletal ultrasound
Research Interests: Interested in researching African American health disparities, with a key interest in analyzing time to diagnosis as well as disease remission outcomes in inflammatory arthritis.
Why did you choose UCSF?: I chose UCSF for multiple reasons, however, the opportunity to have a vast extensive clinical learning experience was a top priority. I also chose UCSF because of the fantastic opportunity I would have to develop my skills as a future medical educator. Lastly, another key factor for me was based largely on the desire to be a part of a collegial program with a friendly environment where faculty were just as interested in my personal well-being and happiness as they were my career and research development in Rheumatology.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy watching professional basketball as well as participating in pickup basketball. I also enjoy hiking and as a new transplant to the west coast, I plan to start exploring all the wonderful west coast national parks soon.

 

Second-Year Fellows

Vivek Krishna Murthy, M.D., M.Sc.

Vivek Krishna Murthy, M.D., M.Sc.

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: UCSF

More about Vivek

Clinical Interests: General rheumatology, IgG4-RD, vasculitis, and general internal medicine.
Research Interests: Medical education, studying clinical expertise and master clinicians, and applying cognitive expertise research to medical training.
Why did you choose UCSF?: Camaraderie among the fellows, the diverse patient population at 3 hospital sites, excellent clinical volume spanning the breadth of rheumatology, plenty of clinical rode models, dedicated time for academic work, and a supportive and collegial learning environment, all while living in the beautiful city of San Francisco.
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: The emphasis on education, the wonderful clinical teachers here, the fascinating clinical cases, and the opportunity to provide care and service for vulnerable patients at San Francisco General Hospital.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: I love wilderness hiking trips to the mountains or the desert. Landscape and night sky photography is a relatively new hobby. I spend my free time exercising, reading fiction, and playing the guitar and saxophone.

 

Rachael Stovall, MD

 

Rachael Stovall, MD

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Undergraduate School: University of Washington
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency: Boston University Medical Center

More about Rachael

Clinical Interests: Spondyloarthritis
Research Interests: Spondyloarthritis and bone health
Why did you choose UCSF?: I chose UCSF because of the outstanding clinical and research training. I felt confident coming here that I would have excellent mentors who would support me and help me set up my career for success.
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: As a first year fellow, it was having three continuity clinics where I had the opportunity to care for three very different patient populations. As a second year, I am enjoying taking courses in epidemiology and biostatistics towards a Masters of Advanced Sciences degree.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Foreign language enthusiast

 

Michael Thomashow, MD

 

Michael Thomashow, MD

Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, NY
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: UCSF

More about Michael

Clinical Interests: SLE, scleroderma, myositis, CTD associated ILD.
Research Interests: Medical Education
Why did you choose UCSF?: Incredible clinical variety across three medical centers coupled with an amazing group of faculty educators.
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: 
- Terrific complex patient case discussions during the monthly clinic-pathology conference and during our pre-clinic conferences
- Close faculty mentorship with many attendings who are experts in their field.
- Balance of inpatient consults with continuity clinics to have a well-rounded understanding both acute and chronic patient presentations.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Hobbies: cycling, hiking/camping, tennis, cooking, drawing/painting
Fun Fact: I'm a big Seinfeld fan. For my 14th birthday I spent the day on Kramer's Reality Tour riding around New York City visiting many of the sites featured on the show. It was memorable.

 

Monica Yang, MD

 

Monica Yang, MD

Hometown: Foster City, CA
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: Northwestern University

More about Monica

Clinical Interests: Scleroderma, Interstitial Lung Disease
Research Interests: Utilizing transcriptomic approaches to better define disease heterogeneity and phenotypic diversity in autoimmune disease.
Why did you choose UCSF?: The breadth of clinical experience including working at three different hospitals, each with distinct patient populations, and the diverse number research opportunities that lets you pursue whatever you’re interested in. Also location can’t be beat!
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: The amazing support from faculty and peers, both from a clinical standpoint and with career planning.
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Love exploring new trails and new restaurants.

 

Non-ACGME Fellows

Alfredo Aguirre, MD

 

Alfredo Aguirre, MD

Hometown: Wheeling, WV
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: Emory University
Residency: UCSF

More about Alfredo

Clinical Interests: Systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatic disease in pregnancy
Research Interests: Epidemiology of SLE, pharmacology in rheumatology
Why did you choose UCSF?: I chose UCSF because of the breadth of patient experience with 3 continuity clinics in very different settings, strong focus on fellow/resident teaching, and amazing availability of research mentors.
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: Hands down my favorite part of the program is the faculty--they are all such dedicated teachers and mentors!
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: I like swimming, trying new restaurants in the Bay, film photography.

 

Maxime Kinet, MD PhD

 

Maxime Kinet, MD PhD

Hometown: Several
Undergraduate School: Columbia University
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine
Residency: UCSF

More about Maxime

Clinical Interests: Scleroderma, myositis
Research Interests: Treg biology, immune-stromal interactions
Why did you choose UCSF?: Reputation for collegiality and commitment to supporting early career physicians and scientists.
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: The people!
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: Cycling, rock-climbing, backpacking, raising my baby.

 

Julie Fiore, MD, PhD

 

Julie Fiore, MD, PhD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh; Graduate School: University of Colorado Boulder
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

More about Julie

Clinical Interests: Sarcoidosis, granulomatous diseases
Research Interests: Sarcoidosis pathogenesis, monocyte diversity, granulomatous inflammation
Why did you choose UCSF?: Comprehensive clinical rheumatology training and abundant research opportunities
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: Caring for a diverse patient population, learning from truly outstanding Rheumatology faculty, and aligning my clinical and research interests
Hobbies and/or Fun Fact: I love hiking with my family in this amazing state. We were able to take our daughter on her first trip to the top of Yosemite Falls when she was just 8 months old.

 

Hailyn Nielsen, MD, PhD

 

Hailyn Nielsen, MD, PhD

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Undergraduate School: The University of Iowa
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Residency: UCSF

More about Hailyn

Clinical Interests: general rheumatology
Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of immune tolerance
Why did you choose UCSF?: Opportunity for immunology training during post-doctoral research
What have been your favorite aspects (or experiences) of the program?: spinning, sci-fi, travel