Get to know our current fellows and the fellowship leaders:

Second-year fellows (2019-2021)

Gonzalo Matzumura, MD
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Facultad de Medicina Alberto Hurtado, Lima, Peru
Residency: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Twitter @GMatzumura

Favorite Pastime in STL: Going to a Cardinals baseball game

Favorite STL Restaurants: Cocina Latina, Sugarfire Smoke House

Cocina Latina – authentic Peruvian cuisine
Sugarfire Smoke House

Maggie Meier, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica
Residency: St. Luke’s Hospital, Saint Louis, MO

Favorite Pastimes in STL: Cheering on the Cardinals and Blues at the games
and hiking in Queeny Park or Castlewood

STL Blues Hockey Team- 2019 Stanley Cup Winners
Meramac River Valley (credit: Charbel Khoury, MD)

Favorite STL Restaurants: Small Batch Restaurant and Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. for coffee

Small Batch
Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co.

Dr. Reena Gurung

Reena Gurung, MD
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School: School of Medical Sciences at Kathmandu University, Nepal
Residency: St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO

Favorite Pastimes in STL: The parks in West County, Creve Coeur Park, Queeny Park

Creve Coeur Park - Dripping Falls
Creve Coeur Park – Dripping Falls

Favorite STL RestaurantAny Italian restaurant on The Hill

Urzi’s Italian Market on The Hill.  Some of the finest Italian restaurants in the country as well as many shopping and entertainment venues are found on The Hill. (credit: Charbel Khoury, MD)

Blessing Osondu, MD
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Medical School: Lugansk State Medical University, Ukraine
Residency: Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Favorite Pastime in STL: Bike riding in Forest Park

Scenic Forest Park

Favorite STL Restaurant: Sasha’s on Shaw Wine Bar

Sasha’s on Shaw (credit: Charbel Khoury, MD)

Sana Javeed Shaikh, MD
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Medical School: B.J. Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Saint Louis, MO
Twitter @always_oncall

Favorite Pastime in STL: Forest Park, especially the Muny for their free outdoor plays

The Muny outdoor theater in Forest Park (credit:

Favorite STL Restaurant: Taste

Taste on Laclede Ave

First-year fellows (2020-2022)

Maryam Seelam, MBBS
Residency: Yale University, Waterbury, CT

Jason Cummings, MD
Residency: Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL

Hassan Iftikhar, MBBS
Residency: Seton Hall University Trenton, NJ

Bharat Neelam Raju, MD
Residency: Good Samaritan TriHealth Cincinnati, OH

Gaurav Rajashekar, MBBS
Residency: Texas Tech University Odessa, TX

Meet our Nephrology Fellowship Leadership Team

Training Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Steven Cheng, MD
Phone: 314-362-7211
Twitter:  @RenalRhapsody

Favorite Pastime in STL:  The rich musical scene in Saint Louis: the outstanding St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and several other great local musical institutions ranging from classical music (Saint Louis Philharmonic), to musicals (The Muny, The Fabulous Fox Theater), to blues/jazz (Blueberry Hill, Jazz at the Bistro).” 

Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Cheng is a talented violinist who serves as co-concertmaster for the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra (credit: STL Philharmonic Orchestra).
Blueberry Hill is the place to go for great food and live bands (credit: Blueberry Hill).

Favorite STL RestaurantsTai Ke and Dim Sum at the Mandarin House.

Tai Ke, Taiwanese cuisine in St Louis (credit: STL Magazine).
Mandarin House (credit:Riverfront Times).
Mandarin House (credit:Riverfront Times).

Dr. Seth Goldberg

Associate Program Director for Service and Assessment
Seth Goldberg, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Phone: 314-362-7211
Twitter:  @sgoldber99

Favorite Pastimes in STL:  Sports scene, site of the 1904 Olympics, St Louis Cardinals, St Louis Blues, bar trivia, classic car shows.

Classic cars at the Annual Car Show (credit:

Favorite STL Restaurant: Blackthorn Pub and Pizza

BlackThorn Pub and Pizza, an old-school South-side watering hole that also happens to serve some of the city’s best pizza.

Associate Program Director for Clinical Research & Career Development and Wellness
Tingting Li, MD, MSCI
Associate Professor of Medicine
Phone: 314-362-7211
Twitter: @Ting2li

Favorite Pastime in STL:  Sledding down Art Hill in Forest Park in the winter, The Fox Theatre.

Art Hill in Forest Park is perfect for sledding on a winter day (credit: bombpopsaregood-flicker)

Favorite STL Restaurant: Mai Lee

Mai Lee Restaurant in Brentwood, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.

Dr. Frank O'Brien

Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development
Frank O’Brien, MBBCh, MRCPI
Phone: 314-362-7211
Twitter: @frankjobrien84

Favorite Pastimes in STL:  The unique individual neighborhoods of the city, The Missouri Botanical Garden.

Missouri Botanical Gardens at sunset (credit:Tripadvisor)

Favorite STL Restaurants: Sidney Street Café, Yellowbelly

Yellowbelly Restaurant, island and ocean inspired Seas and Spirits.