Recent faculty additions, January-March 2017

You may have seen some fresh faces around the department over the last few months. We are pleased to welcome these new faculty, who joined the department from January-March 2017.

ChandrasekharanChandrikhaChandrikha Chandrasekharan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

Dr. Chandrasekharan joins the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation as a Clinical Assistant Professor, having completed a one-year fellowship in Advanced Oncology in Gastrointestinal Malignancies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She also completed a medical oncology fellowship at the Feist Weiller Cancer Center at LSU, Shreveport and Palliative Care fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She received her MBBS from Government Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai, India, followed by a medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. Dr. Chandrasekharan’s clinical interests focus on management of patients with neuroendocrine tumors and integration of Palliative care and Oncology.


Ashwath~MahiMahi Ashwath, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Ashwath joins the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor, having previously worked at Metrohealth/Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Permanente Medical Group and HealthSpan Physicians in Cleveland. She received her medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mercer University School of Medicine before holding a Cardiology Fellowship at MetroHealth/ Case Western Reserve University and Advanced imaging fellowship in Cardiac MRI at Duke University. Her expertise in addition to general cardiology includes cardiac imaging – cardiac MRI, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Heart Failure and Transplant. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and is actively involved with the Society of Cardiac MRI. Dr. Ashwath’s current clinical and research interests include nonischemic cardiomyopathy, sarcoidosis, new and faster imaging sequences and outcomes based on MRI and echo data. Her interests outside of the clinic include traveling, painting and spending time with her friends and family.


AttanasioMassimoMassimo Attanasio, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology

Associate Professor Massimo Attanasio comes to the Division of Nephrology from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW). He received his MD (summa cum laude) from the II School of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Naples, Italy. He did a Pediatric Residency followed by postgraduate training in neonatology at the University of Parma, after which he continued postgraduate training in pediatric nephrology at the University of Padova, as well as completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Attanasio’s laboratory combines human and mouse genetics to identify causes and mechanisms of kidney diseases, especially cystic kidney disease, progressive fibrosis and thrombotic microangiopathy. In his spare time, he enjoys Playing tennis, guitar and reading.


Vikram~AjitAjit Vikram, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Vikram joins the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as an Assistant Professor. He has been with the University of Iowa since 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate, working in Dr. Kaiko Irani’s laboratory. Before coming to Iowa, Dr. Vikram was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh, and he earned his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at NIPER in Mohali, India. Dr. Vikram’s work is focused on understanding miRNA-microbiota interactions in metabolic disorders. In his free time, Dr. Vikram likes to go out for photography, play chess with his son, and watch documentaries.


Sekar~Poorani

Poorani Sekar, MD
Cliical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Sekar has joined the Division of Infectious Diseases as a Clinical Assistant Professor, following positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago and Dubuque Internal Medicine, IA. Dr. Sekar received her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, followed by a medicine residency and Infectious diseases fellowship  at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her clinical and research interests include bone and joint ID, Staphylococcal bacteremia management and outcomes, virology (HIV, Hepatitis C) and finding uses for telemedicine in ID . Dr. Sekar also enjoys traveling, trying out various cuisines, photography, crocheting amateurishly, and watching the Marvel superhero movies.


JethavaYogeshYogesh Jethava, MBBS
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

Dr. Jethava joins the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation as a Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director for BMT/Myeloma and is coming from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also served as Director of Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Services, as well as Chair of the Disease Oriented Committee for Leukemia/Lymphoma at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Dr. Jethava received his MBBS from BJ Medical School and Sassoon Hospital in Pune, India. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency (and MD) at Mumbai University before moving on to specialization in clinical hematology at Kings College Hospital, London University, London, UK. He is currently working on three different research projects with the National Cancer Institute relating to therapies for multiple myeloma.


SilberRobertRobert Silber, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Silber comes to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as a Clinical Associate Professor, after a long career as a staff physician at Gastroenterologist PC in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Silber received his MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, followed by an Internal Medicine residency and GI Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Silber’s clinical focus is on teaching GI Fellows  with an emphasis on “the art of medicine, thinking outside the box,” and the uniqueness of each patient who comes to us seeking a diagnosis, treatment plan, and compassion. His interests outside of the clinic include spending time with his 5 grandchildren, building bridges among people of different faiths, and cheering on the Hawkeye football and basketball teams.

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