May 2021 – Alpana Garg

For Alpana Garg, MD, clinical assistant professor in General Internal Medicine, it all began with a medical school graduation announcement. As a high school student living in Chandigarh, India, Garg saw the photo of the Government Medical College’s graduating class in the newspaper every year. As she began to consider her own career options, she […]

February 2021 – Justin Smock

After four years of undergraduate study at Northwestern University, Justin Smock, MD, was all packed and ready to head north. He had plans to attend medical school in Wisconsin, but a day before he was supposed to drive to Milwaukee and eight days before the program was supposed to start, he got the call. He […]

August 2020 – Eri Shinozaki

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Eri Shinozaki, MD, clinical assistant professor in General Internal Medicine and hospitalist, had never associated fear with her workplace, but returning to work summoned a new level of anxiety. Additionally, Shinozaki, who already juggled duties as a physician, mother, and wife, had to add homeschool teacher to these daily tasks. Now, […]

April 2020 – Prerna Kumar

Until our social-distancing era began, after a long day of being in the clinic or on rounds, transplant nephrology fellow Prerna Kumar, MBBS, always attended a 5:30 kickboxing class, whether she was feeling drained or motivated. Even if she worked late, she hustled to make the 6:30 class instead. Though Kumar only began kickboxing this past […]

March 2020 – Amy Gingerich

Fellowship coordinators are critical not just to our clinical care mission, but also our education mission. Amy Gingerich is the administrative services coordinator for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. When Gingerich started in the role eight years ago she was “the heart and soul” of the program, Division Director Joseph Zabner, MD, PhD, said. […]

February 2020 – Jorge Salinas

Before moving to Iowa, Jorge L. Salinas, MD, worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traveling the world in their Epidemic Intelligence Service. As an officer in the CDC, Salinas combatted outbreaks of tuberculosis, Zika virus, and yellow fever in the United States, Brazil, Columbia, Angola, Kenya, and more. However, in 2018, […]

January 2020 – Yazan Hasan

Yazan Hasan, MBBS, has worn a lot of hats in his nearly ten years at the University of Iowa. A resident, a Chief Resident, a hospitalist, and now Hasan is in his second year as a fellow in the Gastroenterology Fellowship. Each role has helped him develop his skills as an internist, his ultimate goal. […]

November 2019 – Rajeshwari Nair

Rajeshwari Nair, MBBS, PhD, understands that the bigger picture is made up of many details and that effective solutions require a grasp of both the bird’s-eye-view as well as the one through a microscope. As an Associate in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Nair works closely with a number of other investigators blending those […]

October 2019 – Ilonka Molano

Ilonka Molano, MD, learned firsthand the difficulties that can result from poor palliative care when her grandfather was diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer and was receiving treatment in the Dominican Republic. “Medicine (there) is very paternalistic. The doctor decides what you’re going to do and you’re not allowed to question that. Very different from the […]

September 2019 – Dylan Mittauer

Dylan Mittauer had mentally prepared himself for a rough first day on the job in the lab of Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD. With only the knowledge he gained from his freshman Foundations of Biology course and no previous lab experience, Mittauer felt underprepared for what awaited him in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. But with […]