WashU Nephrology is pleased to welcome our 2022 renal transplant fellows. The comprehensive, one-year Transplant Nephrology Program allows trainees to be part of one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant centers in the United States.
Sri Mahathi Kalipatnapu, MBBS, MD, comes to us from the nephrology fellowship program at the University of Chicago. She earned her medical degree from the Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, India, and completed her residency at Internal Medicine Residency, Loyola-MacNeal hospital, Berwyn, IL.
During her residency, Mahathi was involved in several research projects. She worked with Dr.Stuart Sprague on the project “Hypocalcemia in advanced CKD with Denosumab.” She was part of a QI project on “Improving Hyponatremia management in an Urban Community Hospital” that was presented at the High Value Practice Academic Alliance (HVPAA) conference. In addition, two other studies, “Heart failure risk with intensive systolic blood pressure lowering does not differ by albuminuria status in diabetes” and “The Cryo Menace – An unusual case of MPGN,” were presented at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in 2019.
Mahathi is a talented musician and writer. During her down time, she enjoys playing South Indian Carnatic music on the violin; she has given several performances in India, participated in the Chicago Tyagaraja Aradhana music festival, and performed at the Lemont Hindu Temple. As a writer of poetry and fiction, she has a collection of about 50 poems and has attended poetry workshops by Poetry Foundation, Chicago.
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Gaurav Rajashekar, MD, is joining the Nephrology Transplant Team having just completed a fellowship here at WashU Nephrology. He earned his medical degree from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore, India, and completed his residency at Texas Tech University of Health Sciences at Permian Basin, Odessa, TX.
Continuing his long-held interest in research, during his fellowship Gaurav became first author on two posters presented (virtually) at ASN Kidney Week 2021: Vancomycin-Induced Thrombotic Microangiopathy: A Rare Association and Genetic Testing in Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS): Tale of Three Stories.
He completed the Washington University Teaching Physicians Pathway (WUTPP), a certificate program dedicated to fellows and residents of WashU to develop their skills as clinic educators and researchers in medical education.
Gaurav was selected and completed an additional virtual glomerular disease fellowship called GLOMCON during his second year. This fellowship focuses on glomerular diseases helped him get one step closer to the post-transplant glomerulonephritis clinic he wishes to establish.
Gaurav also took part in the 2021 Nephrology Business Leadership University (NBLU) program. The week-long interactive event schools participants on the economics and business of nephrology to help senior fellows prepare for the next stage of their career.
During his second year of nephrology fellowship here at Wash U, Gaurav and colleague Dr. Maryam Saleem were invited to be the program’s inaugural chief fellows.
In his off-time, Gaurav enjoys spending time with his two best friends (and colleagues) Drs. Zoey Levine and Jonathan Jakubowski eating ice cream at Ted Drewes. He likes to try various cocktails, and his favorite restaurant in St. Louis is Basso’s.
According to Gaurav, his biggest achievement during his fellowship was getting married to his medical school sweetheart in India!
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