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First Year Fellows

Jose Antonio Almario, M.D.

Jose Antonio Almario

Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park
Hometown: Clarksville, MD

Why Johns Hopkins: I wanted to learn from the best and serve the community that gave so much to my family.
Hobbies: Distance and trail running (NCR trail, Patapsco state park), golfing, cycling. Basically anything outdoors with my wife and two dogs!
Interest in GI: Pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, gut microbiome, medical education

Danse Bi, M.D.

Danse Bi, MD

Residency: Mayo Clinic
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Kansas
Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Why Johns Hopkins: I like the diverse population and disease processes that fellows get to be exposed to. There is strong clinical training in inpatient and outpatient GI. The program offers diverse and unique research opportunities. The faulty and fellows are all very friendly and down to earth.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, hiking, trying new food, traveling, art
Interest in GI: Motility, General GI, Advanced endoscopy

Kristi Briggs, M.D., Ph.D.

Kristi Briggs, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: University of Maryland
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Why Johns Hopkins: I really valued the training environment at Hopkins as a resident, and therefore, wanted to continue at Hopkins for fellowship due to its commitment to teaching and research.
Hobbies: I live in the suburbs with my husband. We enjoy trying the many breweries around us, and I also enjoy watching Marvel movies, baking, Orange Theory fitness classes, and spending time with our little doggy.
Interest in GI: Immune therapy in GI malignancies, especially in patients with hereditary GI cancers.

David A. Muñiz Pedrogo, M.D., M.S.

David A. Muñiz Pedrogo, M.D., M.S.

Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Hometown: Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Hopkins because of its longstanding history as one of the top academic medical institutions in the country. I was fortunate to learn from outstanding faculty within a culture that fosters learning, comradery, clinical rigor, and scientific thinking during my residency here. Johns Hopkins also offered the unique experience of working in a dedicated impatient gastroenterology and transplant hepatology service, in addition to learning from outstanding clinicians and researchers in the field.
Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading about history, and travelling.
Things I like to do in Baltimore: During my free time, I enjoy running along the waterfront and Patterson Park. I also like going out for dinner and drinks with friends in the Fells Point, Canton, Harbor East, and Hampden neighborhoods.
Interests in GI: Translational research focusing on the role of gut microbiota in the pathophysiology and clinical outcomes of inflammatory bowel disease.

Steven N. Steinway, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven N. Steinway, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
Hometown: Florham Park, NJ

Why Johns Hopkins: The excellent research and clinical environments, the innovative and collaborative atmosphere, and the culturally diverse community, which make this a uniquely enriching environment for physician scientists.
Hobbies: Avid tennis player and golfer, love spending time on the Baltimore waterfront, and being a dog dad to my new puppy Penny.
Interests in GI: Gut microbiome, drug & device development, therapeutic interventions, systems biology/data driven science to individualize patient treatment.


Second Year Fellows

Chris Fan, M.D.

Chris Fan, M.D.

Residency: Johns Hopkins – Osler Medical Service
Medical School: Duke University
Undergrad: Rice University, Bioengineering
Hometown: Houston, TX

Why Johns Hopkins: We have the depth and breadth of clinical GI training and direct access to world experts in many different fields of research.
Hobbies: I enjoy going outdoors and hiking on the trails in Baltimore County. We have easy access to the Chesapeake Bay, beaches on the eastern shore and Annapolis which is fun for day trips.
Interests in GI: I'm on the Basic Science track and am interested in acute pancreatitis and checkpoint colitis.

Zach Foda, M.D., Ph.D.

Zach Foda, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Osler Medicine Residency
Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Undergrad: Dartmouth College
Hometown: Stony Brook, New York

Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for my residency for their great learning environment. I enjoyed my time so much while here I decided to stay for fellowship. Hopkins is a very unique place with access to all of the resources of academic medicine while being in the middle of an underserved area. The environment is very relaxed and all faculty here are very responsive to trainees.
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter on our small farm northeast of the city. Baltimore is a fantastic city with wonderful restaurants. My favorite places in town include the waterfront and Camden Yards.
Interests in GI: Clinically, IBD interests me especially of the UC PSC overlap. My research interests include early diagnostics for precancerous lesions in the GI tract.

Sun Jung Oh, M.D.

Sun Jung Oh, M.D.

Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Why Johns Hopkins: There’s an expert for almost every organ and organ-specific diseases here, creating the opportunity for exposure and training in a wide breadth and depth of diseases. Also during fellowship, you can experience treating diseases ranging from bread and butter/common GI to very rare cases, which makes for really strong clinical training.
Hobbies: Going to Patterson Park, running along the water, fitness classes, exploring restaurants and bars for good happy hours, taking day trips to DC.
Interests in GI: Gut microbiome, motility, health services research, medical education.

Brian Ting, M.D.

Brian Ting, M.D.

Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: National Taiwan University
Undergrad: National Taiwan University
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Why Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins has been my home for three years on the Osler Medical Service before gastroenterology fellowship and this hospital has captivated me with its dedication to patient care, spirit of innovation, and wealth of resourcefulness of the faculty at large. The gastroenterology and hepatology training program has come from the same tradition and I am glad to be part of this program both for my peers and as I walk on the shoulder of giants.
Hobbies: The waterfront of Baltimore is a sight that I have never gotten tired of. It is an amazing place to exercise, hang out with friends and colleagues, and read. There are numerous bodies of water around that are available for boating, fishing, and simply walking on the trails. On the more metropolitan side aside from the inner harbor, DC offers a great scene for city living and is a great day trip as well.
Interests in GI: Hepatology


Third Year Fellows

Shaz Iqbal, M.D.

Shaz Iqbal, M.D.

Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Undergrad: George Washington University
Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Why Johns Hopkins: I knew two former fellows who spoke highly of the culture among fellows here making for a fun and engaging learning environment. They were not wrong! That along with the knowledge that I would get diverse training from multiple experts in their respective areas of focus clinched it for me.
Hobbies: Board games! And in Baltimore I like to go the Charm City Trivia Nights with friends.
Interests in GI: General GI. I like it all!

Ahyoung Kim, M.D., M.S.

Ahyoung Kim, M.D., M.S.

Residency: Cleveland Clinic
Medical School: Columbia University
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Why Johns Hopkins: Strong transplant hepatology program with great faculty! Absolutely awesome and supportive co-fellows. Dr. G/Linda are simply the best!!
Hobbies: I honestly spend most of my free time down in Arlington, VA because my fiancee lives there, but when we are in town, we love to go hiking or walk along the beautiful Inner Harbor.
Interests in GI: Transplant hepatology/hepatology!

Sara Levy, M.D.

Sara Levy, M.D.

Residency: Emory
Medical School: Emory
Undergrad: Georgia Tech
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Hopkins to be able to work with leaders in the field across all GI subspecialties.
Hobbies: Baltimore Farmers' Market in the summer, afternoons at Fort McHenry, walks around the harbor.
Interests in GI: General GI and motility

Daniel Perl, M.D.

Daniel Perl, M.D.

Residency: University of Michigan
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Undergrad: Harvard
Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Why Johns Hopkins: The Hopkins GI faculty have a broad range of interests covering each sub-speciality within GI, allowing for great clinical and research exposure.
Hobbies: I enjoy playing sports in Patterson park, walking around the inner harbor, and going for hikes.
Interests in GI: I am interested in general GI, with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease.

Malorie Simons, M.D.

Malorie Simons, M.D.

Residency: Brown University
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Undergrad: Siena College
Hometown: Long Island, New York

Why Johns Hopkins: Cutting edge research and innovative procedures.
Hobbies: Hiking (lots of opportunities with incredible history-- family is part of Hike it Baby Baltimore Chapter), sports with my co fellows (Dan Perl is teaching me to play soccer), social media and medical education, walks along the waterfront (Fells point, Canton and the Harbor).
Interests in GI: Advanced endoscopy, GI oncology and minimally invasive techniques, medical education.


Fourth Year Fellow

Alexandra Strauss, M.D., M.I.E., Ph.D. Candidate

Alexandra Strauss, M.D., M.I.E., Ph.D. Candidate

Residency: University of South Florida
Medical School: University of South Florida
Undergrad: Emory University
Hometown: Medford, NJ

Why Johns Hopkins: Fantastic research opportunities!
Hobbies: Bouldering, spending time by/on the water, exploring with my pup.
Interests in GI: Transplant hepatology


Advanced GI Fellow

Ken Hui, M.D., Ph.D.

Ken Hui, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: Yale
Undergrad: Yale
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why Johns Hopkins: There is so much flexibility built into the fellowship structure, and so many different areas of expertise within the GI faculty, that it’s really fantastic for choosing your own adventure.
Hobbies: Cooking, playing music, having fellowship-wide backyard cookouts.
Interests in GI: Basic/translation research in neurogastroenterology, gut-brain axis, motility.


IBD Fellow

Mohamed Saleh Mohamed Ahmed Ismail

Mohamed Saleh Mohamed Ahmed Ismail

Residency: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Medical School: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Why Johns Hopkins: Hopkins is an institution with outstanding reputation in research and patient service with high professional standards. I believe what makes Hopkins special is that it changes medicine by cutting edge research and innovations. The ability to work with leaders in the field on a daily basis is amazing. Everyone has open door policy and they are ready to help.
Hobbies: I like to walk along the Anchorage marina. I like the colorful landscapes and the wide range of outdoor activities. The people are kind and friendly.
Interests in GI: Gastroenterology specialty is very diverse that involves multiple organs, you have the opportunity to sub-specialize in liver diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, advanced endoscopic and bariatric procedures, motility, and pancreatic diseases. Also, GI gives you the opportunity to perform endoscopic procedures to support your diagnosis.


Liver Transplant Fellows

Ahyoung Kim, M.D., M.S.

Ahyoung Kim, M.D., M.S.

Residency: Cleveland Clinic
Medical School: Columbia University
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Why Johns Hopkins: Strong transplant hepatology program with great faculty! Absolutely awesome and supportive co-fellows. Dr. G/Linda are simply the best!!
Hobbies: I honestly spend most of my free time down in Arlington, VA because my fiancee lives there, but when we are in town, we love to go hiking or walk along the beautiful Inner Harbor.
Interests in GI: Transplant hepatology/hepatology!

Abdul Oseini

Abdul Oseini

Residency: Michigan State University/McLaren
Medical School: Istanbul University
Undergrad: Istanbul University
Hometown: Ghana

Why Johns Hopkins: Great institution for Transplant Hepatology.
Hobbies: Visit places, go fishing, enjoy my time and education while here.
Interests in GI: Post-transplant NASH, HCC


Motilty Fellow

Katherine Kendrick, M.D.

Katherine Kendrick, M.D.

Residency: Mercer University/Medical Center of Central Georgia
Medical School: St. George's University
Undergrad: Berry College
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Why Johns Hopkins: For the ability to train with experts in the field of Motility and Neurogastroenterology.
Hobbies: Running by the water or at Patterson Park with my dog.
Interests in GI: The microbiome, endoscopic therapies for obesity, eosinophilic esophagitis, motility disorders.


Sibley Memorial Hospital Fellow

Fazel Dinary


Therapeutic Fellows

Shruti Mony

Shruti Mony

Venkata Akshintala

Sarah AlGhamdi

Manol Jovani

Geri Keane

Linda Zhang