Fellowship Graduation

Farewell and Best of Luck to Our 2022 Graduating Renal and Transplant Fellows

Congratulations to our graduating renal and transplant fellows of 2022.  Please know how much you will be missed.  We wish you all the best in your future careers!

Renal Fellows (2020-2022)

Dr. Maryam Saleem will be joining a private practice in Kentucky.

My journey at WashU Nephrology has been a total joy.  For me, finding a family-oriented program was a top priority and I am glad I made the right choice.  If you are looking for work-life balance, immense support, great working/leaning environment, patient diversity, opportunities for research, WashU is the place for you.  The training at WashU makes you a feel confident and ready to step into your career, whether it’s academic nephrologist or a private practice nephrologist.  Coming from Northeast, I found St. Louis to be a hidden gem.  Such a budget-friendly, beautiful city with so much to do, especially if you have kids.” 

Maryam Saleem

Dr. Gaurav Rajashekar will be entering the Transplantation Nephrology Fellowship here at Washington University.

“The WashU Nephrology Fellowship Program provides a well-rounded training experience.  From managing critical cases in the ICU, various glomerular diseases, extensive ESRD training, complicated electrolyte cases to well-structured continuity clinics, it prepares you to be a prolific nephrologist.  The faculty are fantastic and have an open-door policy.  There is a wide variety of mentorship, and the leadership are approachable.  I owe the program for motivating me to pursue transplant nephrology.  St. Louis is my home now, a wonderful Midwestern culture!  Forest Park is a gateway into another world.  St Louis has a small town feel for a big city.  I wish I could go back in time and redo my fellowship again just to enjoy the experiences all over again.” 

Gaurav Rajashekar

2020 Nephrology Fellow
Dr. Hassaan Iftikhar will join a private practice in Owensboro, KY.

Saint Louis is one gem of a city – very underrated.  We had a great time here. WashU Nephrology is awesome and the core fellowship faculty advocates greatly for the fellows.  If I had to do Nephrology fellowship over again, I would choose this place.” 

Hassaan Iftikhar

Dr. Bharat Neelam Raju is entering a Critical Care Fellowship in New York.

I came here as rotating resident in my 2nd year of residency, and my experience here in the Department of Nephrology was so amazing that I instantly fell in love with WashU and St. Louis.  I feel that my time here has given me an excellent fund of knowledge and experience and I feel confident going out in the community and delivering what is arguably the best possible care I could have ever wanted.  The faculty here have been amazing and very knowledgeable and gave us an all-round experience throughout our time here.  They are so nice that we often hung out with them outside our work watching soccer or hitting balls at Topgolf.  Finally, St. Louis is a good city.  It has an urban feel and has great suburban areas for all types of people and cultures.  I am really thankful to be part of this amazing University and Division, and I will definitely miss the moments that mattered the most.

Bharat Neelam Raju

2020 Fellow Jason Cummings
Dr. Jason Cummings is entering a Critical Care Fellowship here at Washington University.

Transplant Fellows (2021-2022)

Dr. Karen Flores will join WashU faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Transplant Nephrology.  

During my transplant nephrology fellowship, I was able to work with brilliant and supportive faculty, and I was also fortunate to have encountered many interesting cases in transplant nephrology

Karen Flores

Dr. Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim will be joining the University of Maryland as a clinical transplant attending.  He will have his own research laboratory, the “Ibrahim Lab,” where he will continue research in transplant, xenotransplantations and biosensing.

When I first came to the program, I used to like transplant.  Now I love it.  My program director, Dr. Rowena Delos Santos, did not spare any effort (along with the other attendings) to make sure the fellows got the best education possible. She always watched our back and was there for me whenever needed.”

Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim

A celebration bidding farewell to the graduates was held at the St. Louis Science Center, June 10, 2022. See slide show below. (Thanks to Dr. Charbel Khoury and other attendees of the ceremony for the pictures.)