2021/2022 Fellows

FIRST YEAR FELLOWS

 

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Gwen Day, MD

Hometown
Laguna Niguel, California

Medical School
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Residency
University of California Los Angeles

Academic/Research Interest
Healthcare disparities/health inequity in pulm critical care disease. Obstructive lung disease

Why Colorado?
Ample opportunities, beautiful setting, and positive vibe.



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Peter Dunbar, MD

Hometown
Oxford, Mississippi

Medical School
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Boston Children's

Academic/Research Interest
Chronic critical illness, chronic respiratory illness

Why Colorado?
Amazing people, amazing science, amazing medicine, amazing outdoors.



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Danny Gergen, MD

Hometown
Austin, Texas

Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Residency
University of Colorado

Academic/Research Interest
Medical education and teaching in the ICU

Why Colorado?
I loved doing residency at Colorado and couldn’t think of a better place to continue training.



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Marika Orlov, MD, PhD

Hometown
Los Angeles/San Diego/Seattle

Medical School
University of California San Diego

Residency
University of Washington 

Academic/Research Interest
Innate and adaptive immune response in the lungs in the setting of infection

Why Colorado?
The wealth of immunity research at National Jewish



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Sarah Rhoads, MD

Hometown
Bethesda, Maryland

Medical School
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Residency
Brown University 

Academic/Research Interest
Adolescent chronic lung disease, post-ICU care, and end of life care 

Why Colorado?
Friendly people, great location, infinite opportunities



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Michael Root, MD, MBA

Hometown
St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School
New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Residency
University of California San Francisco

Academic/Research Interest
Quality improvement, patient safety, and medical education

Why Colorado?
Clinical training



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Lisa Ruvuna, MD

Hometown
San Antonio, Texas

Medical School
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Residency
University of New Mexico

Academic/Research Interest
COPD, social determinants of health

Why Colorado?
Even through virtual interviews, it really seemed the fellows were well-supported by faculty and happy. The city had anything I wanted to do in my free time.



SECOND YEAR FELLOWS

 

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Neha Agarwal, MD

Hometown
Upland, California

Medical School
University of California Los Angeles

Residency
University of California Los Angeles

Academic/Research Interest
Medical education in the ICU, care for the immunocompromised patients

Initial thoughts on fellowship?
Fellowship at the University of Colorado has been even better than I could have imagined! From the faculty members' genuine interest and investment in our careers to the breadth of research opportunities, this program has everything to train phenomenal fellows and humanistic physicians.



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Kara Calhoun, MD, MPH

Hometown
Tyler, Texas

Medical School
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Residency
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Why Colorado?
When looking for a PCCM program I knew I wanted to train at an institution that would make me a strong clinician and researcher. On my interview day it was obvious that Colorado would provide that and more in a beautiful city with great outdoor activities. I love that as fellows we have the opportunity to do procedures like intubations and chest tubes while also having protected research time with some of the world's leading experts in the field. As someone interested in rare lung infections I always dreamed of training at a place like National Jewish so the decision was easy!

 

 



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Daniel Colon Hidalgo, MD

Hometown
Santiago, Dominican Republic

Medical School
Northwestern University

Residency
Loyola University

Academic/Research Interest
Pulmonary Hypertension

Why Colorado?
Why not Colorado? Colorado has the perfect balance of a very robust clinical training and top-notch research exposure that I wanted. This is an amazing training institution in a beautiful city with really cool people!!



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Esther de Boer, MD, PhD

Hometown
Koudum, Friesland, Netherlands

Medical School
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Faculteit der Medische Wetenschappen Netherlands

Residency
University of Texas Southwestern

Academic/Research Interest
Undifferentiated

Initial thoughts on fellowship?
I'm loving fellowship so far! Let's rock!



Andi-Hudler

Andi Hudler, MD

Hometown
Burlington, Colorado

Medical School
University of Colorado

Residency
University of Colorado



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Allison Lange, MD

Hometown
Winchester, Massachusetts

Medical School
Duke University

Residency
University of Texas Southwestern

Academic/Research Interest
Undecided, but leaning toward palliative care and end stage lung disease

Why Colorado?
My husband and I were looking for a more outdoorsy place where we could partake in  our favorite hobbies of hiking and camping without a plane flight. Also I loved the feel of Colorado’s pulmonary division – approachable people doing amazing research and clinical work. Chest X-ray conference sealed the deal on interview day.



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Mimi Richert, MD

Medical School
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Residency
University of Maryland Medical Center

Academic/Research Interest
ARDS, acute lung injury

Why Colorado?
All the faculty are so nice and laid back. It seemed like a tremendous opportunity. 



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Ryan Sullivan, MBBS

Hometown
Raymond, New Hampshire

Medical School
University of Queensland School of Medicine

Residency
University of Pennsylvania



THIRD YEAR FELLOWS

 

Brian-Ahn

Brian Ahn, MD

Hometown
Los Angeles, California

Medical School
University of Pittsburgh

Residency
University of Pittsburgh

Academic/Research Interest
Lung Immunology

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
I chose to come to Colorado PCCM because of a combination of an excellent track record of supporting of aspiring physician/scientists, amazing clinical training, and overall friendly and collegial fellows and faculty.



Meghan-Althoff

Meghan Althoff, MD, PhD

Hometown
Palatine, Illinois

Medical School 
Tulane University

Residency
University of Colorado

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
The people and the opportunities. I was drawn to Colorado because of the immense resources given to fellows to start a research career in terms of mentorship, time, and support. I came to Colorado because of the collegiality and culture. Fellows are treated like colleagues by faculty and everyone is welcoming and approachable.



Shelley-Forbes

Shelley Forbes, MD

Hometown
Sheridan, Wyoming

Medical School
Washington University in St. Louis

Residency
Northwestern University

Academic/Research Interest
Altitude Medicine

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
I thought the quality of both research and clinical training, and within clinical training both pulmonary and critical care medicine, was unparalleled. When I was applying, I was not sure of exactly what my future career path would be, but I felt like across the board I would receive exceptional training and opportunities. I also loved the atmosphere -- the fellows and faculty are both inspiring and approachable. Finally, the location for me is a huge plus. At work, it's incredible to see referrals and transfers from all over the region (and country) in a variety of practice settings. Outside of work, the culture, weather and outdoor opportunities encourage true work-life balance in a way that is really unique.



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Natalie Held, MD

Hometown
Potomac, Maryland

Medical School
University of Maryland

Residency
University of Colorado

Academic/Research Interest
Medical Education, specifically curriculum development and using digital technology to create innovative learning tools for multiple levels of learners

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
I choose Colorado PCCM because it provides fantastic training both clinically and in academic medicine. For me, this meant formal training in medical education -- something that the department has been overwhelmingly supportive of helping me pursue. Also, having beautiful mountain views every day doesn't hurt :)



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Jeremy Hua, MD

Hometown
Seattle, Washington

Medical School
University of Colorado

Residency
University of Colorado

Academic/Research Interest
Occupational and environmental-related lung diseases with Dr. Cecile Rose at National Jewish Health, specifically, silicosis and rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis in coal miners and stone fabrication workers.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
I developed a tremendous amount of respect during residency for the Colorado PCCM attendings and fellows who exemplified the type of physician, communicator, and leader I hope to become one day. The clinical training at Colorado is wide-ranging and autonomous, you will have the opportunity to take on progressive responsibility early in training, receive exceptional hands-on procedural proficiency, and care for pulmonary patients at numerous top-notch institutions. The size and scope of support for fellows hoping to jumpstart an academic career is phenomenal, and the faculty and staff are incredibly approachable and generous with their time. Additionally, among my co-fellows I have found lifelong friends and colleagues. Three hundred days of outdoor sunshine to enjoy per year is also a bonus!



John-Odackal

John Odackal, MD

Hometown
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Medical School
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Residency
University of Virginia

Academic/Research Interest
Interstitial Lung Disease

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
I chose Colorado PCCM for my fellowship training because of the research opportunities, excellent clinical training, and sense of community. My research interest is in the basic mechanisms of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and how we can translate these mechanisms to clinical practice. Colorado is a major hub for ILD research and the Colorado ILD faculty have consistently impressed me with how approachable and excited they are to mentor incoming fellows. My clinical interests are in critical care and ILD. Colorado provides excellent training for fellows in both arenas with ample opportunities to learn procedures and to serve as the primary provider for patients with complex pulmonary diseases. Finally and perhaps most importantly, I chose Colorado because there is a strong sense of community across the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine. From day one of training, fellows are treated as junior colleagues and feel a strong sense of camaraderie in providing the best possible care for patients across Colorado and beyond.



Alicia-Rizzo

Alicia Rizzo, MD, PhD

Hometown
Elmhurst, Illinois

Medical School
University of Illinois

Residency
University of Colorado

Academic/Research Interest
Identification of ARDS endotypes and biomarkers to predict clinical outcomes and identify subgroups that may benefit from targeted therapeutics

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
Colorado has both rigorous clinical training and an extremely rich research environment across all areas of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.



FOURTH YEAR RESEARCH FELLOWS

 

Joe-Cooley

Joseph Cooley, DO

Hometown
Santa Barbara, California

Medical School
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency
University of Cincinnati

Academic/Research Interest
Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Fibroblast Biology, Apoptosis

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
It was clear on my interview day that the fellowship was a focal point of the PCCM department. It still feels like the whole department is invested in our development and success. I liked the well-thought out, deliberate plan that they had created to find mentors and optimize research time. And I felt like no matter what subspecialty of pulmonary I was interested in, there were experts in the field within the department. I thought Denver would be an awesome city to live in, and it has proven to be even better than I expected. There are endless restaurants, breweries, bars and weekend events to fill up my free time. The mountains are probably my favorite part- it is reasonable to get 20+ days of skiing or snowboarding in, even during our entirely clinical first year.



Khushboo-Goel

Khushboo Goel, MD

Hometown
San Luis Obispo, California

Medical School
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Residency
University of Arizona

Academic/Research Interest
Most of my research prior to fellowship revolved around cigarette smoke-induced lung injury and COPD. My goal is to meld my prior COPD research experience with my clinical interest in pulmonary hypertension and better understand how pulmonary vascular remodeling develops in patients with COPD. I am currently working with Dr. Irina Petrache studying the role of chronic cigarette smoke exposure on the sphingosine-1 phosphate signaling pathway in human lung microvascular endothelial cells.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
This program provides the best combination of robust clinical training with unparalleled research opportunities and has a legacy of generating leaders in academic medicine. But it was my interview day which really sold me on this program. Everyone was (and truly is) extremely collegial and supportive. Despite being such a large division spanning the University, National Jewish, Denver Health, and the VA, there is a strong sense of unity and community amongst the faculty and fellows. I love our many fellowship traditions, such as the rising 2nd year fellows taking the incoming 1st year fellows out to celebrate (always accompanied by cardboard Marvin), the annual division hike, switch dinners, and skip day.



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Sue Gu, MD

Hometown
Hudson, Ohio

Medical School
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency
University of Colorado

Academic/Research Interest
My goal is to improve the treatment and care of pulmonary hypertension patients through basic and translational research.  I am currently researching the role of right ventricular macrophages in right ventricular adaptation to pulmonary hypertension.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
Ever since my fourth year of medical school, I have known I wanted to go into pulmonary and critical care, and Colorado has been my dream fellowship program. During my intern year in the CU Internal Medicine Program, I did 4 ICU rotations which allowed me to work with many of the fellows and faculty of that time who I felt were the smartest, most competent clinicians and teachers in the hospital, and I aspired to be one of them. As I developed my research interests and career throughout residency and started interviewing around the country, I came to the conclusion that Colorado not only has some of the best clinical training in the country but it is also one of the best and most supportive research environments for fellows. Many years later, having gone through the training and working with my amazing co-fellows and the best faculty in the country, I would still come to the same conclusion and make the same choice again!



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Kelsey Hills-Dunlap, MD

Hometown
Boulder, Colorado

Medical School
Stanford University School of Medicine

Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital

Academic/Research Interest
I am interested in the intersection of substance use disorders and critical care, particularly alcohol use disorders, withdrawal syndromes, and toxidromes. I am currently investigating intervention optimization after critical illness. 

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
Colorado gives me access to world-class researchers and clinicians and unparalleled mentorship and support. The breadth of patients at multiple institutions across the city also provides a wide array of pathology to learn from. I knew I would get exceptional clinical training and phenomenal and focused research instruction. Perhaps most importantly, the people at Colorado are fantastic humans. Plus, Colorado is the best state- I’ve been trying to come back ever since I left my hometown, and I’m so happy to be back! It doesn’t get any better than sunshine, mountains and great community.



Peter-Moore

Peter Moore, MD

Hometown
Denver, Colorado

Medical School
University of Colorado

Residency
University of California San Francisco

Academic/Research Interest
Macrophages’ roles in acute lung inflammation and resolution of inflammation. Heterogeneity in acute lung inflammation. Immunothrombosis and coagulopathy.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
Reputation for superb clinical training and unparalleled mechanistic research opportunities in a beautiful city with amazing access to the outdoors!



Bryan-Park

Bryan Park, MD

Hometown
Laguna Hills, California

Medical School
George Washington University School of Medicine

Residency
University of Texas Southwestern

Academic/Research Interest
Critical Care, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Organ cross-talk during critical illness.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
My initial inspiration came from my experience with the exceptional pulmonary/critical care attendings at UTSW. They had all trained at the University of Colorado/National Jewish, and it was clear that their clinical acumen and expertise really set root while they were in Denver. I soon discovered that not only is the clinical training excellent, but the University of Colorado/National Jewish also holds the distinction of being one of the premier (if not THE premier) pulmonary research programs in the nation and world. Ultimately, my wonderful interactions with the faculty and fellows during my interview day completely sold me on the program very early in the interview season. Second to that, the cultural and physical landscape of Colorado beckoned me to its mountain ranges.



INTERVENTIONAL PULMONOLOGY

 

Annie-Reihman

Annie Reihman, MD

Hometown
Richmond, Indiana

Medical School
Northwestern University

Residency
Duke University

Academic/Research Interest
Asthma, Interventional pulmonary, and Clinician Educator track.

Why did you choose Colorado PCCM?
The University of Colorado offered an ideal mix of rigorous clinical training and abundant opportunities to pursue my academic interests. I also appreciated the variety of clinical training opportunities, including working within an academic health system, rotating through multiple community hospitals, and gaining significant exposure to outpatient pulmonary medicine through rotating at National Jewish. And perhaps most importantly, who wouldn't want to live near the mountains?