Recent faculty additions, August-September 2018

The Department of Internal Medicine would like to introduce our newest members who joined in the months of August and September (start dates in parentheses). We are pleased to welcome them to the department.

Ait-Aissa~KarimaKarima Ait Aissa, PhD – Associate (9-17-18)

Dr. Karima Ait Aissa joins the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine having just completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She received her PhD in Vascular Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Her research interest focuses on studying the mitochondrial interactions and function in the vascular endothelium during cardiovascular diseases. When not in the lab, Dr. Ait-Aissa also enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

ChoJosalynJosalyn Cho, MD – Assistant Professor (8-31-18)

Dr. Josalyn Cho joins the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Occupational Medicine as an Assistant Professor, having served as a Visiting Professor here since May. Dr. Cho earned her MD from the Carver College of Medicine before completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Pulmonary Fellowship in the combined Harvard training program in Boston. Dr. Cho was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for the past eight years, where she served as the Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and the Vice Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical interests include critical care, asthma and COPD, and her research aims to understand immunological mechanisms of lung disease. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Christodoulidis~GeorgiousGeorgios Christodoulidis, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor (8-20-18)

Dr. Georgios Christodoulidis has joined the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Christodoulidis graduated from the University of Patra’s School of medicine, Greece (MD). He completed residency in Internal Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital, a research fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his cardiovascular fellowship at Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital. He just completed an advanced cardiac imaging fellowship at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s in New York. Dr. Christodoulidis will have clinics at UIHC main campus and an outreach clinic in Fairfield and will round in the inpatient teaching service and cardiology consult service. He will also read echocardiograms, perform stress tests and transesophageal echocardiograms, and read nuclear and cardiac CT studies. Dr. Christodoulidis’ clinical research interests focus on the use of multimodality imaging in valvular heart disease. In his free time, he enjoys hiking.

Issuree~PriyaPriya Issuree, PhD – Associate (8-1-18)

Dr. Priya Issuree joins the Division of Infectious Diseases from her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at New York University. She received her PhD from Weill Cornell Graduate School in New York. Dr. Issuree’s research interests is centered on epigenetic programming processes during T cell development. She loves the company of books and animals, in no particular order.

KlappaAnthonyAnthony Klappa, MD – Associate (8-1-18)

Dr. Anthony Klappa joins the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine from his Cardiovascular Disease fellowship here at UIHC. Dr. Klappa received his MD from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, and completed a medicine residency at the Carver College of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident. His clinical and research interests focus on valve hemodynamics and structural heart disease. His hobbies include drawing and photography.

Kuo~ElizabethElizabeth Kuo, MD – Clinical Associate Professor (8-31-18)

Dr. Elizabeth Kuo (aka Y-Chen Huang) joins the Division of Nephrology from her position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Kuo received her MD from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, followed by medicine residencies at Cathay General Hospital in Taipei and St. Luke Hospital-Washington University in St. Louis. She also completed a Renal Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Renal Transplant Fellowship here at Iowa. Her clinical and research interests include CKD, dialysis, infection control in dialysis, and glomerulonephritis. When she isn’t working, Dr. Kuo enjoys cooking and playing with her pet dog.

Lee~Ye-JinYe-Jin Lee, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor (9-27-18)

Dr. Ye-Jin Lee comes to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology from her position as a Gastroenterologist at Prevea Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She received her MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, followed by a medicine residency and a GI Fellowship here at UIHC. She also served as Chief Fellow in 2015-16. Dr. Lee’s clinical interests focus on general gastroenterology. In her spare time, she likes to travel.

SaveDhavalDhaval Save, MBBS – Associate (9-1-18)

Dr. Dhaval Save joins the Division of General Internal Medicine after completing his Internal Medicine residency in 2016 at the John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He is also board certified in ABIM as of 2016. He received his MD from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. Dr. Save’s clinical interests involve General Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. Future career goal involves getting into academic internal medicine faculty and resident and medical student teaching. His hobbies include playing tennis, traveling, and trekking. Dr. Save’s wife is a fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology specializing in regional anesthesia and acute pain. They also have a five-month-old baby girl, Aria.

Suksaranjit~PrompornPromporn Suksaranjit, MD, MS – Clinical Assistant Professor (9-24-18)

Dr. Suksaranjit has joined the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Suksaranjit graduated from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. From there he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Columbia University / Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York.  Dr. Suksaranjit completed his cardiovascular fellowship, advanced imaging fellowship, and received his Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation from the University of Utah. Dr. Suksaranjit will have inpatient service and clinics at the VA. He will also round in the inpatient teaching service and consult service at the University. He will be involved in the imaging section, including reading echocardiograms and advanced cardiac imaging studies. His clinical research interests include cardiac MRI in arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. In his free time, Dr. Suksaranjit enjoys reading, jogging, and photography.

ZawMyoMyo Zaw, MBBS – Associate (8-27-18)

Dr. Myo Zaw joins the Division of General Internal Medicine as an Associate from his Internal Medicine residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. He received his MBBS from the Institute of Medicine 1 in Yangon Myanmar. Dr. Zaw’s clinical and research interests focus on non-malignant hematology, especially coagulation abnormalities. His hobbies include hiking, biking, and traveling.

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