Overview

Overview

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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Urology

Urology

Past Residents

Name  Class Fellowship Current Position
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

Past Fellows

Name Class  Current Position
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

 

Nephrology

Nephrology

Past Fellows

Name Class Current Position
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 

Saurabh Dasgupta

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 
Asif Ansari 2014  Private Practice, Odessa, TX 
Rafael Garcia 2014  Private Practice, Westlake, OH
Where Are They Now

Where Are They Now

Former Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Residents reflect on the personal and career impact of their training.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.