Get to know our current fellows and the fellowship leaders:

Second-year fellows (2020-2022)

Maryam Seelam, MBBS
Hometown: Punjab, Pakistan
Medical School: King Edward Medical University Pakistan
Residency: Yale University, Waterbury, CT
Twitter: @thehappykidneys

Favorite Pastimes in STL: Lone Elk Park, Creve Coeur Lake

Lone Elk Park (credit:

Creve Coeur Lake (credit:

Favorite STL Restaurants: Vine Café in the Grove

The Vine Mediterranean Cafe, Tower Grove South – a traditional Lebanese cafe.

Jason Cummings, MD
Hometown: Melbourne Beach Florida
Medical School: St George’s University, Grenada
Residency: Florida Atlantic University
Twitter: @jCummingsMD

Favorite Pastimes in STL: Working out and running around Forest Park

Jason Cummings shows how it’s done. This is his PR (personal record) 176 lb snatch!

Favorite STL Restaurants: Rush Bowls, Chao Bahn

Rush Bowls in Central West End (credit:
Chao Bahn – Family-style Thai Food at 4087 Chouteau Ave in The Grove (credit: Hillary Levin,

2020 Nephrology Fellow

Hassan Iftikhar, MBBS
Hometown: Faisalabad, Pakistan
Medical School: King Edward University
Residency: Seton Hall University, Trenton, New Jersey
Twitter: @hassaaniftikhar

Favorite Pastimes in STL: St Louis Zoo, St. Louis Car Museum

Favorite STL Restaurant: Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant

Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant brings Syrian dumplings, Turkish pizza and more to The Grove.

Bharat Neelam Raju, MD
Hometown: Mumbai
Medical School: People’s Friendship University of Russia, Faculty of Medicine, Russian Federation
Residency: Good Samaritan TriHealth Cincinnati, OH
Twitter: @bharatnrajuMD

Favorite Pastimes in STL: Exploring the local small towns and wineries. Favorite winery so far is Augusta Winery

Augusta Winery, located in the scenic town of Augusta, MO, on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley.

Favorite STL Restaurant: Addie’s Thai House in Chesterfield, MO.

Henry’s Tavern at Addie’s Thai House

Gaurav Rajashekar, MBBS
Hometown: Bangalore
Medical School: Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Texas Tech University Odessa, TX
Twitter: @Renoplant

Favorite Pastimes in STL: Exploring the restaurant and craft brewery scene

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has four local locations in the St. Louis area, including one in The Grove.

Favorite STL Restaurant: Enjoying a socially distant outdoor meal in one of the many rooftop restaurants downtown.

Three Sixty in downtown St. Louis s known for its sweeping views, eclectic bar and food menus. The 6,000 square-foot space offers a view into Busch Stadium. Visitors can enjoy the rooftop experience year-round with both indoor and outdoor seating.

First-year fellows (2021-2023)

Jonathan Kopacz Jakubowski, MD,
Medical School: Pomorski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Szczecinie, Poland
Residency: Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University in McHenry, IL

Jonathan is interested in an emerging discipline of nephrology – studying the effect of oncological medications on the kidneys. He is an avid skier (and ski instructor), has a keen interest in swimming and sailing, and is a scuba PADI Divemaster.  Jonathan also enjoys mountain biking, soccer, and landscape and underwater photography. 

Morgan Brooke Schoer, MD
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Morgan took an extra year between her third and fourth years of medical school to do full-time research. “My goal is to become an academic nephrologist and clinician-educator with a diverse scope of practice.” Off-time interests include trying new restaurants, cooking and baking. In fact, early in her medical education, Morgan was a member and coordinator of Culinary Medicine in St. Louis.

Nyein Chann Wai Lynn, MBBS
Medical School: University of Medicine 2, Myanmar
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Twitter: @NyeinLynn1

Nyein hopes to one day work as a transplant nephrologist, ideally taking the expertise and experience he gains from this fellowship back to his home country of Myanmar. He enjoys playing soccer, watching movies, and always looks forward to fine dining and sightseeing trips with family, friends and colleagues.

Zoey Levine, MD
Medical School: St. George University, Grenada
Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Zoey has been able to combine her love of traveling with community service. She volunteered in mobile clinics in small communities in Lima, Peru, to provide medical care and screening to those with limited medical access. “I enjoy immersing myself and learning about local cultures, meeting new people and trying authentic cuisines,” she says of her travels.

Scott Christopher Stockholm, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Residency: Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville, NC

Volunteering has been an important part of Scott’s education. During his medical studies, he volunteered for a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where he worked alongside doctors to help diagnose and treat approximately 100 patients a day. He is an avowed coffee lover, enjoys socializing, playing video games, home improvement, gardening and rescuing animals (including his 3-legged cat, Artemis).

Ojaswi Singh Tomar, MD
Medical School: Saint Petersburg State Pediatric-Medical University, Russia
Residency: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – St. Louis, MO
Twitter: @tomar_ojaswi

“I strongly believe that the things one feels passionate about are not random, they are our true calling.” Ojaswi enjoys aspects of both the inpatient and outpatient experience and would like to build a future practice with a good mixture of both. Off-time interests include aerobics, Zumba, socializing with friends and colleagues, cooking and reading spiritual books.

Transplant fellows (2021-2022)

Karen Marie G. Flores, MD
Medical School: University of the Philippines College of Medicine in Manila
Residency: Philippine General Hospital
Renal Fellowship: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus

“Witnessing an ESRD patient getting a kidney transplant and leaving the hospital with a new breath of life brought me joy,” she says. “Every time I see a transplanted patient doing well, I see hope for my patients back home.” When not working, Karen enjoys playing tennis and traveling.

Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, MD
Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt
Residency: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt
Renal Fellowship: University at Buffalo, SUNY

Mo is deeply interested in advancing medical technology and is passionate about improving the standard of care in transplant monitoring and survival. He and his colleagues introduced a novel technique for measuring tissue oxygen tension to monitor hypoxia and tissue viability, for which he was the lead inventor of two patents. “For me, transplant nephrology is the realization of a lifelong dream.”

Our Nephrology Fellowship leaders

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

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).
Head to Blueberry Hill for great food and live bands (credit: Blueberry Hill).

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

Tai Ke – St. Louis’ first 100% authentic Taiwanese restaruant (credit: STL Magazine).
Mandarin House is a a well-loved and respected Chinese restaurant that opened in St. Louis in 1979.

Dr. Seth Goldberg

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

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.