Shannon Lyons, DO
Hometown: Rockford, Washington
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Residency: Parkview Health System
Research/Clinical Interests: I love teaching especially when it comes to electrolytes, acid/base, and renal physiology. I also have a special interest in ESRD and renal replacement therapies and how we can improve the quality of life of ESRD patients.
Hobbies:Reading, hanging out with my dog Honey, trying (and usually failing) to grow my little house plants, and exploring the many breweries that Colorado has to offer!
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? The quality of the teaching and wide variety of clinical experience was what initially attracted me but what really won me over was the people. The faculty is incredible and really loves to teach and I could sense how collegial the atmosphere was amongst the fellows.
Marissa Martin, MD
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: University of Colorado
Research/Clinical Interests: Use of Crit-Line/relative blood volume monitoring in hospitalized patients receiving dialysis, treatment of pregnant women with CKD (pre-pregnancy counseling in addition to management during pregnancy), and medical education.
Hobbies: Running, patio hopping, playing in the park with my puppy, spending as much time in the mountains as possible, hiking, camping, skiing, and paddle boarding with my fiancé.
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? After interacting with the nephrology department during my time in residency here, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. It is a fantastic group full of welcoming, driven, accomplished, brilliant people and I can't wait to learn from them for two more years. I'm excited for the diversity of patients and conditions between our three sites and the vast clinical, medical education, research, and mentorship opportunities available.
Abdul-Rehman Syed, DO
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Research/Clinical Interests: Peritoneal/home dialysis, Glomerulonephritis, AKI's, medical education
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, trying new cuisines, exploring museums, and binge-watching TV
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? I chose the University of Colorado because it is a top-ranked nephrology program where I knew I would get excellent training. The faculty I met during the interview were friendly and very passionate about medical education. I knew this program would help me carve out the kind of career I wanted. The program really emphasizes fellow wellness. And overall, Denver is just a great city to live in!
Manny Urra, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: Creighton University, Omaha NE
Residency: University of Colorado, Denver CO
Research/Clinical Interests: Medical Education, Critical Care Nephrology, Electrolyte Derangements
Hobbies:Weightlifting, cycling, and spending time exploring with my wife, Claire, and one year old baby, Esme
Why did you choose the University of Colorado?
I was very impressed with how happy and clinically excellent the first-year fellows were after rotating with them as a resident. The faculty is extremely approachable and motivated to help you succeed based on your career goals. The three-hospital system allows for exposure of diverse patient populations.
Chris Yang, MD
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: Indiana University
Home dialysis, healthcare disparities, hypertension, cardiorenal syndrome and diuretic resistance
Hobbies: Dining; (tiki) cocktails; computer, board, and card gaming; crossword puzzles; watching the NBA and MLB; reading science fiction; listening to bluegrass, (classic) country, hip hop, and EDM
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? My impression on the interview day was that this was the program that most genuinely cared about the education and wellness of its fellows. The world-renowned faculty, the beauty and excitement of Colorado and Denver, and the overall happiness of the fellows were all major draws as well.
Cameron Charlow, DO
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Research/Clinical Interests: Vascular Access, Renal Replacement Therapies, Diet Related Effects on CKD, CKD in African Americans
Hobbies:I am a huge Star Wars fan. I am also a big sports fan, watching and playing. Trying new foods, music, exploring new places and languages.
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? I chose the University of Colorado because they have a rich history of contribution to the world of nephrology with excellent training. They have the flexibility to guide training toward your interest. It's located in a great city that has a multitude of activities. The fellows were the happiest groups of fellows I interviewed with.
Amy Li, MD
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency: University of Colorado
Research/Clinical Interests: I love electrolytes (especially hyponatremia), acid/base, AKI, CKD, and dialysis so... All of it! I'm also particularly interested in basic science research.
Why did you choose the University of Colorado?
The faculty, no doubt! The faculty is full of supportive, kind-hearted people.
Nervik Roy, DO
Hometown: Born in Madison Heights, MI, but more recently Las Vegas, NV!
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Residency: Valley Hospital, Las Vegas
Research/Clinical Interests: GNs, AKI, Acid/Base disturbances, Renal Cancer, and Interventional Nephrology
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? Great program with phenomenal attendings and staff, and the fellows seem happy and want to be here!
Jack Rusing, MD
Hometown: Prescott, Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona School of Medicine
Residency: Creighton University School of Medicine (Phoenix) Program
Research/Clinical Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Artificial Kidney, Electrolyte Disturbances
Hobbies: Hiking, Running, Traveling, Mountain Biking, Skiing
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? I choose the University of Colorado because it is one of the top nephrology fellowships in the U.S. with its renowned faculty, diverse clinical practice settings, and beautiful location. During my interview, I sensed the comradery between the fellows and their satisfaction with their training.
Angela Dixon, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Research/Clinical Interests: Transitions of Care, Nephrology Medical Education, Quality of Life for ESRD Patients
Hobbies: Singing, writing/arranging music, working on my latest Pinterest fail, hiking, biking, skiing, and doing whatever it takes to tire out my Australian Shepherd, Oaklie
Why I chose Colorado: The program is very fellow-centric! I felt that I would get a great education and incredible mentorship and would be supported in my individual career goals, whatever those may be.
Shrey Purohit, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: Duke University
Research/Clinical Interests: Long term outcomes for CKD in younger populations, inherited kidney diseases, immunology
Hobbies: reading, cooking, building computers
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? The University of Colorado provided me with the opportunity to create my own clinical pathway and explore my research interests. The faculty is extremely collegial and strongly invested in their fellows. Denver is also a great city to explore and has something for everyone!
Katherine Rizzolo, MD
Hometown: Franklin, MA
Medical School: Tufts University - Boston, MA
Residency: Maine Medical Center - Portland, ME
Research/Clinical Interests: Immigrant health/access to dialysis for undocumented immigrants, healthcare disparities in nephrology, resident/trainee wellness
Hobbies: Long-distance running, skiing, knitting, international travel, yoga, craft beer, gummy bears
Why did you choose the University of Colorado? Fantastic research on and advocacy for, health inequalities and social justice. Promotion of fellow wellness within the program.