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Current Fellows

​Second Year Fellows

Daniel Leininger
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Residency: Loma Linda University
Why Nephrology: It intimidated me in medical school so I chased after it. I love the intellectual stimulation of the pathophysiology, the longevity of care you experience with your patients and the high retention of general medical knowledge.
Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, hockey, traveling, sushi, drawing, taking the road less traveled. 
Plans After Fellowship: Transplant nephrology or working with the community.

​​Jonathan Cheng
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center
Why Nephrology: I chose to go into nephrology because I enjoy the challenge of mastering the breadth of knowledge about the kidneys while staying up to date with general internal medicine, the flexibility of treating patients in both acute and non-acute settings, and the endless research opportunities.
Hobbies/Interests: Working out, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, spending time with my wife, and training my dog.
Plans After Fellowship: To be determined.

Lauren Macaraeg
Hometown: La Habra
Medical School: Ross University
Residency: St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Why Nephrology: CKD and ESKD patients represent a vulnerable population that I feel called to serve.
Hobbies/Interests: Nature walks, sunsets, and good food.
Plans After Fellowship: General Nephrologist

Zaid Al-Dahhan
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: UNLV Internal Medicine
Why Nephrology: Because I love fluid mechanics, staring at numbers, and renal histopathology.
Hobbies/Interests: Longboarding, ultimate frisbee, and learning about ancient history.
Plans After Fellowship: To be a clinical nephrologist.

​First Year Fellows

Andrew Liu
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Residency: UC Irvine
Why Nephrology: It demands the mastery of physiology to tackle academically challenging and high acuity cases. At the same time, it offers rewarding holistic, long-term patient care.
Hobbies/Interests: Badminton, landscape and street photography, board games and video games.
Plans After Fellowship: General nephrology in the community

Clarkson Crane
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Residency: University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital
Why Nephrology: I enjoy the interesting physiology of the kidney and the mix of inpatient acuity while maintaining longitudinal continuity on the outpatient side.
Hobbies/Interests: Running, hiking, travel, cooking, and enjoying good music.
Plans After Fellowship: Bridging the transition from pediatric to adult care for general nephrology and transplant patients.

Jeffrey Chow
Hometown: San Marino, CA
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cape Fear Valley Health
Why Nephrology: In medical school, nephrology physiology felt complicated but it motivated me to spend extra time to understand it. I enjoy taking care of patients in the hospital, ICU and clinic, all in one day. Providing hemodialysis for ESRD patients so they can live longer and enjoy their precious time with family and friends.
Hobbies/Interests: basketball, tennis, eating at new restaurants
Plans After Fellowship: general nephrology

Jennifer Pham
Hometown: Walnut, CA
Medical School: The University of Queensland, Ochsner Clinical School
Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Why Nephrology: I've always been very math-y, I enjoy working with numbers (I took a calc course in college FOR FUN), so the methodical thinking and calculations pulled me towards nephrology. It also helps that my dad had an amazing nephrologist when I was still trying to make major career choices.
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking, Nintendo Switch, swimming, traveling, and eating very fancy food
Plans After Fellowship: General nephrology, hopefully academics!

Luke Webster
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Medical School: Creighton University, School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Why Nephrology: I was drawn to longitudinal patient care opportunities, the varied practice environment, and the diverse pathology that nephrology provides.
Hobbies/Interests: running, baking, hiking, traveling
Plans After Fellowship: Academic medicine with a focus on medical education