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Meet Our Fellows

2021 Fall Happy Hour

Year 1

  • Salman Bhat

    Hometown: Srinagar, Kashmir
    Medical School: Government Medical College Srinagar, Kashmir
    Residency: University at Buffalo/ Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    Clinical Interests: Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, General Endocrinology
    Research Interests: Regulation of appetite and satiation/satiety by the neuro-gastro-endocrine axis.
    Salman grew up in Srinagar, Kashmir and Riyadh, KSA. After completing high school in New Delhi, he transitioned to medical school in Srinagar. Fascinated by hormone physiology and by Lehninger’s Biochemistry, he decided to further his medicine career in the US and trained at University at Buffalo. During his residency, he was involved in a QI study on diabetes self-management and worked with Dr. Paresh Dandona on a pilot project evaluating eicosapentanoic acid and inflammatory responses. After completing his chief residency at UB, Salman chose to further his pursuits in clinical endocrinology and obesity research at Hopkins. He and his wife currently reside in North Baltimore. He is a dedicated soccer and tennis fan, rooting for Real Madrid and Federer. He consumes news voraciously and has watched both the Office and Seinfeld a number of times. Loves to read the Economist. Favorite restaurant in Baltimore is Villagio Café.
    Salman Bhat
  • Sooyoung Lim

    Hometown: New York, New York
    Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
    Residency: Duke University Hospitals
    Soo was born in NYC but grew up in various parts of South Korea. She came back to the U.S. for college. In between college and medical school, she served in Americorp in McAllen, Texas, where she worked at a public charter school with a focus on juvenile obesity programs. She attended medical school at University of Chicago and completed internal medicine residency at Duke University, North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and painting.
    Sooyoung Lim
  • Reza Pishdad

    Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
    Medical School: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
    Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey
    Clinical Interests: General endocrinology, thyroid disorders, and metabolic disorders
    Research Interests: Endocrine malignancies and endocrine causes of hypertension
    Reza was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran where he attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and completed his internal medicine residency at the same institution. He has been involved in endocrinology research since his early years of medical school through the Endocrine and Metabolism Research center at Shiraz University. He subsequently immigrated to the United States and spent six months of clinical rotations at the Division of Endocrinology at Georgetown University Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Verbalis. After repeating his internal medicine residency at Rutgers University in New Jersey, he started an endocrinology fellowship on clinical track at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is planning to pursue research on endocrinopathies associated with cancer immunotherapy in patients treated with Immune-Checkpoint Inhibitors. Reza desires to subspecialize in endocrinology oncology at an advanced fellowship program.
    Reza Pishdad

Year 2

  • Sarah Kanbour

    Hometown: Iraq, but has lived in Yemen, France and Qatar
    Medical School: Weill Cornell-Qatar 
    Residency: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center NY
    Research Interests: Infertility from hormonal imbalance
    Sarah was born in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. She was lucky to flee the political instability and live in culturally diverse cities including Sana'a in Yemen, Annecy, a town in southeastern France known for its beautiful lake, where her French grandparents live and Qatar. In Qatar, she completed her French high school education and graduated from Weill Cornell. After graduation, she moved to the New York City to begin her training at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell. There, she enjoyed working with her endocrinologist mentors at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hospital of Special Surgery on immune check point inhibitors, Cushing from prostate cancer and the effect of epidural steroid injection on the skeletal system. She desires to subspecialize in infertility related to hormonal imbalance. Of particular interest is expanding the fertility treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome. Outside work, she enjoys painting and physical activities that include swimming, kayaking and playing tennis. Her future dream hobbies are to learn the violin and dance the ballet.
    Sarah Kanbour
  • Sara Khan

    Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
    Medical School: King Edward Medical University  
    Residency: Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA
    Clinical Interests: Diabetes Mellitus type 1 and type 2, autoimmune thyroid diseases, thyroid malignancy, general endocrinology
    Research Interests: Use of technology such as continuous glucose monitoring in care of patients with diabetes mellitus
    Sara was born in Ohio and spent her early childhood in the US before moving to Pakistan where her family is originally from. She attended King Edward Medical University where she became particularly interested in overcoming behavioral and educational barriers in management of diabetes in the community. Following graduation, she came back to the US for her Internal Medicine Residency training at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. As part of her training, she participated in the Resident Diabetes Clinic that aimed to take a multidisciplinary approach to care for patients with uncontrolled diabetes. She continued on in Internal Medicine as a teaching Hospitalist at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York for two years before starting her Endocrinology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She plans to pursue a career as a Clinician Educator following graduation from fellowship. She currently resides in the Baltimore suburbs with her husband and son.
    Sara Khan
  • Noemi Malandrino

    Hometown: Caltagirone, Italy
    Medical School: Catholic University of Rome, Italy
    Residency: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
    Clinical Interests: Diabetes, obesity, thyroid disorders, general endocrinology
    Research Interests: Diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, body composition, aging, cognitive dysfunction, clinical epidemiology
    Noemi was born and raised in Caltagirone, a town approximately 60 miles south the volcano Etna in Sicily, Italy. She then moved to Rome, where she obtained her M.D., Ph.D. and board in internal medicine – all from the Catholic University School of Medicine. She also worked as a Visiting Research Associate with Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Wen-Chih (Hank) Wu, at the Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and at the VA Medical Center, Brown University, Providence, RI. In the more recent years, Noemi has lived in the Baltimore - Washington DC area. First, she was post-doctoral fellow in the NIDDK intramural research program working with Dr. Rebecca Brown and Dr. Phillip Gorden at the NIH campus in Bethesda. More recently, before joining the Johns Hopkins University Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, she was clinical resident in internal medicine in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, where she was presented with the 2019-2020 Excellence in Ambulatory Medicine Award. Noemi is a member of the Endocrine Society; she was presented with the Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award during the Endo Meeting in Chicago in 2018. Noemi plans to continue her career as a clinical practitioner in the field of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and as a physician-scientist with a research focus on diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance and endocrine- and metabolic-related aspects of aging, cognitive dysfunction and other medical sequelae.
    Noemi Malandrino

 Year 3

Jordan Perlman

Hometown: Washington, DC
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency University of Washington Seattle, WA
Clinical Interests: Pituitary disorders, type 1 diabetes mellitus, ICI-induced immune-related (endocrine) adverse events
Research Interests Mechanisms underlying development of ICI-induced autoimmune diabetes and other endocrinopathies
Jordan was born and raised in Washington, D.C and attended medical school at the University of Vermont in Burlington. She has been involved in Endocrinology research since before medical school through the National Institutes of Health IRTA program. She studied hemoglobin A1C discordance during residency and presented her work at several national meetings. Jordan is completing the Clinical and Basic Science Research Track and hopes to remain in academics as a clinician-scientist. Her research mentor is Dr. Jennifer Mammen and together they are trying to elucidate the mechanisms underlying ICI-induced autoimmune diabetes so that better screening protocols and potential therapies might be developed.
Jordan Perlman
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