Alumni Division Announcements Fellows

Congratulations to our class of 2021 graduating fellows!

We are so proud of this graduating class of fellows. Their achievements are many and mentioned below in a brief synopsis of each fellow.

Miguel Chavez, MD, MSc is the recipient of the 2021 SHEA Jonathan Freeman Scholarship Award, has published 2 peer reviewed articles, and presented 3 posters (healthcare epidemiology, microbiology, fungal infection and medical education). Dr. Chavez is a co-founder of the ID Fellows Network, a twitter based collaborative resource to promote ID clinical reasoning for infectious diseases fellows.  His mentors were David K. Warren, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and Kevin Hseuh, MD, assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Chavez will will work at Washington University as a Hospitalist in the Bone Marrow Transplant Service and continue his work with the Antimicrobial Stewardship program implementing the Antifungal Stewardship program.
Joseph N. Cherabie, MD, MSc has had three peer reviewed journal publications in th elast year and has contributed to two chapters on HIV and Sexually transmitted Infections to the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics. Dr. Cherabie’s community work involves serving within the leadership of OUTmed, heading the Research committee, as well as serving as an OUTmentor.  His mentors are Hilary Reno, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, Gerome Escota, MD, associate professor of medicine, Stephen Liang, MD, MPHS, associate professor of medicine, Caline Mattar, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, assistant professor of medicine and Julia Lopez, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Instructor in Medicine.  Dr. Cherabie will join the ID division as an Instructor in Medicine, Associate Medical Director of the St. Louis County Sexual Health Clinic, Associate Director of the St. Louis HIV/STI Prevention Training Center, and Line Director of the upcoming LGBTQIA+ Health Fellowship.
Nathan S.  Nolan, MD, MPH was selected by his peers as ID chief fellow, a new position created to  provide leadership among fellows. During his ID fellowship he has published six papers (on HIV, PWID, medical education) and was active in community, working with the unhoused and PWID. He actively teaches with UME/GME and community outreach.  His mentors are Gerome Escota, MD, Stephen Liang, MD, MPHS, Mike Durkin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and Laura Marks, MD, PhD, instructor in medicine and fourth year fellow. Nathan plans include finishing his Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) and beginning a Med Ed fellowship.
Patrick B. Mazi, MD, is involved in several clinical trials through the Infectious Disease Clinical Trials Unit (IDCRU). He had two ID Week 2020 abstracts/poster presentations, two book chapters (Blastomycosis and Infectious Complications of Ventricular Support Devices), and published several papers. His mentors are Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, associate professor of medicine, William G. Powderly, MD, J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine & Co-director, Infectious Diseases Division, Rachel Presti, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Jane O’Halloran, MD, PhD., assistant professor of medicine. Patrick will begin a 3rd year of ID fellowship to complete his Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI ). He will continue to work on-going projects involving Candida BSI mortality, post-traumatic invasive fungal infections, geographic distribution of endemic mycoses, HAP/VAP, COVID, and Histoplasmosis.
Sasinuch Rutjanawech, MD has focused on transplant ID and BMT. Her abstract on histoplasmosis was accepted at  ID Week 2020 and has a case report pending publication. She also worked on fungal and NTM research. Her mentors are Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI, Anupam Pande, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, Carlos Mejia, MD, instructor in medicine, and Gerome Escota, MD. Dr. Rujanawech will return to her home country, Thailand, to serve her community’s need of infectious disease specialty, particularly for transplant populations. She will continue both patient care service and educational activities in a tertiary care hospital – Thammasat University Hospital in Bangkok. She hopes to bring the experience gained at Washington University to improve patient care, develop more research opportunities, as well as promote academic integrity.