Current Fellows

Third Year Research Fellows
Hadi Fattah
Hadi Fattah
​​Hometown: Isfahan, Iran
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: University of Maryland
Why Nephrology: With my engineering background, I love the analysis and problem solving aspect of nephrology.
Hobbies/Interests: I watch and play sports, specifically basketball and soccer.
Plans After Fellowship: I plan on pursuing an academic nephrology position.
Alison Potok
​​Alison Potok
Hometown: Paris, France
Medical School: Universite de Strasbourg
Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital
Why Nephrology: Because it 's awesome!!  Because it is super interesting and logical, and it combines chronic care (nephrologists are often their dialysis patients' PCP) as well as acute/ICU care.  It is very general and you get to see patients of all ages and backgrounds.
Hobbies/Interests: Play the piano, travel, listen to music, read.
Plans After Fellowship: TBD

​Second Year Fellows
Kioumars Bolourian
Kioumars Bolourian
​​Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
Medical School: Fasa University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Lincoln Medical Health Center, NY
Why Nephrology: The complexity of kidney anatomy, physiology and pathology is unique and makes the field of nephrology very appealing to me. From a clinical standpoint it has a well balanced diversity of practice between inpatient, outpatient, transplant and dialysis. Also with uprising number of diabetic patients in the world there will always be a need for nephrologists in the future.
Hobbies/Interests: Swimming, hiking, movies and music.
Plans After Fellowship: Due to visa commitments to work in underserved areas for 3 years, I will be joining a hospitalist practice in California and then will be back to the field of Nephrology practice.
Moussa Jabbour
​​Moussa Jabbour
Hometown: Latakia, Syria
Medical School: Tishreen University
Residency: NYU School of Medicine, Brooklyn Campus NY
Why Nephrology: Renal physiology is very interesting and thought provoking.
Hobbies/Interests:Soccer and hiking.
Plans After Fellowship: Transplant nephrology fellowship.
Annie Hong
Annie Hong​​
Hometown: La Puente, CA
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Residency: Cedars-Sinai
Why Nephrology: I enjoyed pathophysiology in med school and nephrology has no end in its application.
Hobbies/Interests: Watching sports, eating with friends, shopping.
Plans After Fellowship: Full time faculty position at Loma Linda VA.
Ujjuala Kumar
Ujjala Kumar​
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Dow Medical College
Residency: William Beaumont Hospital
Why Nephrology: I wanted to pursue my career in nephrology as I like how it is brainstorming and stimulating.  In nephrology we have a lot of objective findings to base our case on and that's what I love about it.  Taking care of dialysis patients is another exciting part of nephrology that I did not appreciate that much before starting my training but now I see how complicated it can be and at the same time it is satisfying seeing your patients having a reasonable quality of life on dialysis.
Hobbies/Interests: Love to spend time with my family, love to cook, and swim.  Watching comedy shows and listening to soothing music are part of my end of the day rituals.
Plans After Fellowship: I have a deep desire for academics, teaching, and research along with patient care and that's what I see myself doing after my fellowship training.

​First Year Fellows

Margaret Ivanov
Hometown: I was born in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, but grew up in Long Beach, CA.
Medical School: Temple University
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Why Nephrology: The kidneys are the most interesting and important organs!
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy reading medical narratives (Brain on Fire, How Doctors Think, and Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers are among my current favorites).  I am also learning caligraphy.
Plans After Fellowship: I am still undecided and exploring options.

Marwah Al-Khazaali
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Medical School: Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine
Residency: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Why Nephrology: Simply because I love the kidneys and I wanted to learn more about their complex pathophysiology.
Hobbies/Interests: Swimming, travelling, biking, cooking, spending time with family.
Plans After Fellowship: I would like to work in a mixed private/academic nephrology setting.

Viet Nguyen
Hometown: Northern Virginia (Vienna, Herndon)
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Scripps Mercy Hospital
Why Nephrology: Love the emphasis on physiology to correlate clinical scenarios, getting to know patients over a long period of time, and the varied levels of providing care available from ICU to clinic follow-up.
Hobbies/Interests: Food of any kind, video-games, and cinema (action or horror preferred!).
Plans After Fellowship: Clinical work vs Transplant Nephrology Fellowship?

Warda Zaman
Hometown: New York City
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology
Residency: Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital
Why Nephrology: I am drawn to logical reasoning rather than quick fixes.  The kidney is an impressive organ, and I have been amazed at how its intricate physiology controls the fluid, acid-base and electrolyte balance in the body.  Also, I like that we can offer different treament modalities to our patients when the organ is compromised.  I feel it is a lifelong learning to master the kidneys and nephrology was the only way to go!
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, cook, outdoor activities like hiking, and kayaking.
Plans After Fellowship: To be determined.