Residents who enter the professional world after successfully completing the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute's fellowship and residency program continue to receive alumni support and recognition.
Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association together with the Departments of Urology and Nephrology are pleased to sponsor alumni gatherings at the American Urological Association and the American Society of Nephrology annual conferences.
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|Anna Zampini||2019||Endourology Fellowship, Mt. Sinai, New York|
|Nitin Yerram||2019||Oncology Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland|
|Andrew Sun||2019||Andrology and Male Infertility Fellowship, UCLA - Los Angeles, California|
|Paurush Babbar||2019||Male Reconstruction Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio|
|Hans Arora||2019||Pediatric Urology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern University, IL|
|Nima Almassi||2018||Urologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York|
|Bradley Gill||2018||Faculty, Cleveland Clinic|
|Daniel Greene||2018||Private Practice, California|
|Bryan Hinck||2018||Faculty, University of Minnesota, Minnesota|
|Yaw Nyame||2018||Urologic Oncology, University of Washington, Washington|
|Sam Haywood||2017||Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York|
|Iryna Makovey Crescenze||2017||Female and Reconstructive Urology Fellowship, University of Michigan, Michigan|
|Chad Reichard||2017||Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson, Texas|
|Christine Tran||2017||Private Practice, Northern Virginia|
|Sarah Vij||2017||Male infertility and Andrology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio||Faculty, Cleveland Clinic|
|Benjamin Cohen||2016||Private Practice, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Juan Jimenez||2016||Private Practice, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Ganesh Kartha||2016||Private Practice, Louisville, Kentucky|
|Catherine Seager||2016||Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts|
|Raman Unnikrishnan||2016||Private Practice, Virginia Beach, VA
|Chris Brede||2015||Private Practice, Michigan|
|Kiranpreet Khurana||2015||Male Reconstructive and Andrology/Infertility, New York University, NY|
|Greg Lieser||2015||Private Practice, Texas|
|Ben Larson||2015||Private Practice, California|
|Karin Westesson||2015||Private Practice, Montana|
|Kevin Chandler||2014||Private Practice, New York|
|Brandon Isaryawongse||2014||Private Practice, California|
|Devon Snow||2014||Pediatric Urology, Chicago Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University, IL|
|Yuka Yamaguchi||2014||Male Reconstruction and Andrology/Infertility, New York University, NY|
|Ina Wu||2014||Faculty, University of Nebraska|
|Daniel Sagalovich, M.D.||2018||Faculty, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY|
|Jeremy Reese, M.D.||2017||Faculty, Foothills Urology Colorado, Golden, CO|
|Jessica Lloyd, M.D.||2018||Private Practice, Eugene, OR|
|Juan Guzman, M.D.||2018||Staff, Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|Julien Dagenais, M.D.||2018||Faculty, The Urology Center of Colorado, Denver, CO|
|Ryan Nelson, DO||2017||Faculty, Michigan Institute of Urology, Macomb, MI|
|Matthew Maurice, M.D.||2017||Faculty, Canton Urology, Canton, OH|
|Elodi Dielubanza, M.D.||2017||Faculty, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA|
|Henry Okafor, M.D.||2017||Faculty, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN|
|Daniel Ramierez, M.D.||2016||Staff, Urology Associates of Nashville, Nashville, TN|
|Peter Caputo, M.D.||2016||Faculty, Summit Urology Group, Salt Lake City, UT|
|Javier Pizarro Berdichevsky, M.D.||2016||Faculty, Hospital dr Soto del Rio, Santiago, Chile|
|Marisa Clifton, M.D.||2016||Faculty, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
|Bushra Syed||2019||Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, OH|
|Anum Malik||2019||Staff, Cleveland VA, Cleveland, OH|
|Rami Azem||2019||Private Practice, Cleveland, OH|
|Tarek Ashour||2019||Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Rebecca Blonsky||2018||Private Practice Marshfield Clinic - St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI|
|Samir Brahmbhatt||2018||Private Practice, Cincinnati, OH|
|Gayatr Nair||2018||Transplant Fellowship, NY|
|Adedeji (DJ) Sodeinde||2018||Private Practice, Cleveland, OH|
|Yvonne El Kassis||2017||Staff, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA|
|Arani Nanavati||2017||Private Practice, Des Moines, IA|
|Arjun Sekar||2017||Associates in Kidney Care, Cleveland, OH|
|Masaaki Yamada||2017||UC Health, Cincinnati, OH|
|Taran Kaur||2016||UC Health, Cincinnati, OH|
|Minesh Rajpal||2016||Private Practice, AZ|
|Reejis Stephen||2016||Private Practice, GA|
|2016||Internal Medicine, MD|
|Georges Nakhoul||2015||Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH|
|Silvi Shah||2015||UC Health, Cleveland, OH|
|Grace (Snyder-Garza) Mcnutt||2015||Private Practice, Laredo, TX|
|Ma Clarisse (Toledo) Santos||2015||Private Practice, Honolulu, HI|
Where Are They Now
Former Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Residents reflect on the personal and career impact of their training.
“After completing a 2 year fellowship at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, I'm currently back where I grew up as one of two pediatric urologists at Swedish Hospital in Seattle Washington,” says Devon. “Our family continues to thrive with my two daughters (Neela - 6, Talia - 4) growing so quickly and my husband Rob loving life in the Pacific Northwest and treading a thin line between extroverted and impolite.”
“As a pediatric urologist now in practice for almost 3 years, I often look back fondly on the outstanding training, staff, and relationships I built while at Glickman. My fellowship staff and current partner have commented frequently about how well trained I have been. I can't thank the staff and senior residents at the clinic enough! The breadth of cases and patients, amazing support staff, and world class colleagues have proven invaluable as I've ventured out building my own practice. The Cleveland Clinic name undoubtedly opened doors for me during my fellowship search and gave me access to resources few other places have. The only complaint I could think of is how spoiled we were with the efficiency and effectiveness of the support staff, lab, radiology, and our colleagues. I feel so lucky to have mentors I keep in touch with to this day!”
Christina B. Ching
Christina B. Ching is a pediatric urologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After undergraduate studies at Yale University and medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Christina completed her residency in Urology at Cleveland Clinic. She underwent fellowship training in Pediatric Urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before staring as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2014. Her clinical interests include children with congenital anomalies of their urinary tract such as anorectal malformations and cloacas, along with congenital urinary tract obstruction and hypospadias. She also runs a basic science laboratory focused on understanding urothelial biology, specifically its impact on human susceptibility to urinary tract infections.
“When I think back about my residency training in Urology at the Cleveland Clinic, I feel an extreme sense of pride to have spent such a formative time at such a great institution. Becoming a resident in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute (GUKI) is like joining a family. Not only do you obtain world-class training in surgical and medical care, you establish relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the Urology and Nephrology fields. There were multiple highlights for me:
- Surgical Exposure: From the standpoint of surgical training, GUKI is unlike any other. The surgical volume, complexity of cases, and diversity of pathology is beyond compare. Due to this fact, the Clinic has access to the most cutting edge technologies and is a playground of innovation. When I was a resident, we were constantly trialing new surgical instruments and diagnostic tools. Being a part of the evolution of urologic care is incredibly unique as a resident.
- Research and Fostering of Inquiry: Arguably one of the most important experiences of my residency was the designated research year during the fourth year of my residency. This helped shape my interest in pursuing basic science in my career after residency and fellowship. While successful completion of a project is ideal, just as much emphasis is placed on simply understanding the scientific method and the meaning of hypothesis driven research.
- Compassionate Care: One of the finer balances that the Clinic maintains is training competent clinicians who also see the practice of medicine as an art form. It teaches by example as the Clinic treats its own residents and staff with respect and compassion in order to foster the same compassionate care of its patients.
- Lifelong Mentorship and Friendship: Feeling the bond of family as a resident in the GUKI residency was both figurative and literal for me as one of the staff members allowed me to move in with her family when I sold my house early in residency and needed a place to live for a few months.These types of bonds are not easily forgotten. As such, I continue to communicate regularly with staff members and co-residents from my days at the Clinic.They are always available for questions on medical care or surgical technique or career advice, but more importantly to support me on a personal level. They continue to mentor and support me – and I hope to some degree the feeling is mutual.
So again, I think about GUKI and feel nothing but pride: pride at being part of this great family as a prior resident; pride at being part of the number one urology program in the country; pride at being acknowledged by some of the most respected Urologists in the world as a former trainee of theirs; pride at having a lasting bond with some of my favorite people in medicine.
As such, I am proud to be an alumna of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic was instrumental in shaping the direction of my career and forming the lifelong relationships I will cherish on a professional and personal level.”