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Third Year Fellows

Elisa Ignatius, MD

Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School, Grad Year: Emory University School of Medicine, 2013
Residency, Grad Year: Emory University School of Medicine, 2016

Elisa grew up in Washington, DC and obtained her BA in History from Columbia University. She then worked for an NGO in Rwanda before starting medical school at Emory University. During medical school, she also earned a Masters of Science in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her thesis research focused on Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) TB in South Africa, where she worked with Dr. Keertan Dheda. She then returned to Atlanta to finish medical school and remained at Emory for her Internal Medicine residency. After residency, she worked as a co-investigator with Dr. Carlos del Rio on two HIV prevention clinical trials. Her research interests include the clinical pharmacology of TB diagnostics and therapeutics as well as care delivery systems.


William Werbel

Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School, Grad Year: University of Michigan School of Medicine, 2013
Residency, Grad Year: Northwestern University, 2016
Chief Resident: Northwestern, 2016-2017

Bill grew up in the New York suburbs, staying on the East Coast for college at Harvard, where he studied evolutionary biology and biomechanics. He then moved to the Midwest for medical school at the University of Michigan before beginning residency at Northwestern where he also served as chief medical resident. His academic interests include risk stratification and prevention of opportunistic infections in the immune compromised host, with a focus on transplant and oncology patients. He is pursuing a Master's degree in health sciences through the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation and will be engaged in research with Dr. Christine Durand and the Epidemiologic Research Group in Organ Transplantation starting summer 2018. Personal interests outside of medicine include distance running and music composition.


Andrew Karaba, MD, PhD

Undergraduate / Grad School: Northwestern University
Medical School, Grad Year: Northwestern University, 2015
Residency: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2017

Andrew grew up in Clarendon Hills, IL just outside of Chicago. He earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he was in the Integrated Science Program and studied biology and chemistry. After college, he continued his education at Northwestern in the Medical Scientist Training Program where he obtained an M.D. and Ph.D. His Ph.D. research was on Herpes simplex virus pathogenesis in the laboratory of Richard Longnecker, PhD. He then moved to Baltimore, MD where he completed internal medicine residency in the Osler Medical Training Program. Andrew is in the ABIM research pathway. His fellowship research is on viral encephalitis