Our Fellows

FIRST YEAR FELLOWS

Bruce Aldred, MD

BRUCE ALDREDBruce grew up in southern Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He graduated from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and stayed on to complete the Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to his interest in clinical infectious diseases, Bruce has a zeal for teaching and medical education, specifically with a focus on combining video multimedia with medical education. In his free time, he enjoys a variety of activities including skateboarding, basketball, hiking, filmmaking, learning about industrial and railroad history, and gardening. 

Adelaida Matevosyan, MD, PhD

Adelaida Matevosyan, MD, PhDAdelaida received her medical degree in 2002, completed the Ob-Gyn residency and worked as an attending in Armenia. She earned her PhD in 2011 at Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and then moved to the U.S.

Adelaida completed the Internal Medicine Residency Program at MedStar Health (Harbor Hospital), in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to starting the residency program, she was a research fellow at Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, where she worked on the development of combinational cancer immunotherapies and investigation of the evaluation of tumor-mediated immune suppression. Once she completes the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, her focus will be on infectious diseases in transplant patients. Adelaida enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking and solving crossword puzzles.

Christine Thomas, DO

Christine ThomasChristine grew up in Northern Colorado and attended Colorado State University, where she received an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. Then she worked for a couple years on a variety of epidemiologic and clinical research projects in Denver, Colorado, before moving to Missouri to attend Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After medical school, she completed the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. Christine’s interests include epidemiology and global health. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, attempting to cook, and frequenting coffee shops.

SECOND YEAR FELLOWS

Abdulqadir Ahmad, DO, MPH

Abdulqadir AhmadAbdul grew up in Northern Virginia, MarylandD.C., (DMV). He attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Health. He went to medical school at The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University and then joined the Abbott Northwestern Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2013. After residency, he worked as a hospitalist for two years and then joined the University of Minnesota, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Serin Edwin Erayil, MBBS

Serin Edwin ErayilSerin grew up in India and went to medical school at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore. During her time in India, she was drawn to infectious diseases among vulnerable populations and developed an aptitude for research. Later, Serin had the opportunity to study public health in Sweden and discovered her passion for epidemiology, health policies and health behavioral change. She completed a Thesis in Public Health from Umea University, Sweden, on Coping Self-Efficacy in HIV patients. She did her residency in Internal Medicine from Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital in Chicago, where her love for infectious diseases and her zeal to take care of underserved populations were further reinforced. During her residency, she was engaged in various studies, including a project to improve the appropriateness of urinary catheter use among the resident community to mitigate Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections. Serin is excited to start her fellowship and is interested in epidemiological research, infection control and public health. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, hiking, ping-pong, music and dance, and is a certified WERQ Dance Fitness Instructor.

Teresa Fox, MD

Teresa FoxTeresa grew up in the Chicagoland area and completed her undergraduate studies in psychology and global health at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Teresa moved to Minnesota in 2014, for her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After completing residency, she enjoyed an additional year with the University Of Minnesota Internal Medicine program as a chief resident, primarily located at Regions Hospital. During residency, she began researching MRSA screening tests and their potential role in antimicrobial stewardship. Teresa enjoys clinical infectious diseases, and has a particular interest in caring for immunocompromised patients. Outside of medicine, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends as well as running, biking, cross-country skiing and getting outside as much as possible, summer and winter!

THIRD YEAR FELLOWS

Caleb Skipper, MD

Caleb SkipperCaleb grew up in a small town in rural North Dakota. He completed both his undergraduate and medical school at the University of North Dakota. He then went out west and finished his Internal Medicine Residency Program in Spokane, WA. Caleb first developed an interest in international work, after living in Ethiopia for one year where he helped develop a laboratory to diagnose malaria in the rural countryside. He has subsequently traveled back to Ethiopia several times for various short-term medical projects. His fellowship interests include global-public health, tropical medicine, and academics/teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and playing volleyball. 

FOURTH YEAR FELLOWS

Matthew Pullen, MD

Matthew PullenMatthew is originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, but spent most of the last 20 years near Nashville, Tennessee. His undergraduate degree in molecular biology was earned at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2009 and went on to complete the Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2016. During residency, he had the opportunity to work abroad in Maseno, Kenya, solidifying his interest in international medicine. He has worked in molecular genetics research at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, and Vanderbilt University, as well as working on the group A Streptococcus Vaccine project at the University of Tennessee, HSC. Matthew began fellowship at the University of Minnesota in July 2016, with plans to pursue international work and explore research interests in epidemiology and virology.

Beth Thielen, MD, PhD

Beth ThielenBeth, a native of Minnesota, completed her undergraduate studies in microbiology at the University of Minnesota before moving westward to join the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. Beth completed her dissertation studies with Dr. Jaisri Lingappa in the Department of Global Health, studying the function of APOBEC3 proteins in human cell types at risk for HIV infection. She returned to Minnesota to complete the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency program with a focus on global health, participating in clinical care and research in Uganda and Tanzania and caring for immigrant and refugee patients at the Center for International Health. She is pursuing a combined adult and pediatric infectious disease fellowship with ongoing research interests in viral pathogenesis and immunology. In her time outside the hospital, Beth enjoys traveling with her husband John, ballroom dancing, gardening and knitting.

 

FORMER FELLOWS 

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2019

    Shannon Andrews
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

    Jessica Boettcher
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN

    Ashley Husebye
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates
    St. Paul, MN

  • 2018

    Mahsa Abassi
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

    Rachel LaNasa
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

    Sarah Lofgren
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

    Ketzela Marsh
    Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Clinic and Surgery Center
    M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN 

    Muthu Narayan
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

    Arick Sabin
    Infectious Diseases Specialist and Clinical Microbiology Consultant
    Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI

    Nicholas Yared
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toledo
    University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH

  • 2017

    Muhanad Mohamed
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI

    Jon Alpern
    Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases
    HealthPartners Medicine, Regions Hospital
    St. Paul, MN

  • 2016

    Sara Lund (Nelson)
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    St. Luke's Hospital Infectious Diseases Associates
    Duluth, MN

  • 2015

    Josh Rhein
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Infectious Diseases Institute, Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • 2014

    Mankpondehou Etienne Djevi
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates, St. Paul, MN

    Caitlin Eccles-Radtke
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

    Sudershan Singh
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Woodland Memorial Hospital, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013

    Anne Parker-Frosch
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    Anne-Marie Leuck
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    Joyce Sanchez
    Staff Physician, Department of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

    Megan Shaughnessy
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota
    Staff Physician Infectious Diseases
    Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN

  • 2012

    Aylin Colpan
    Infectious Disease Specialist, UMPC Hamot, Erie, PA

    Robyn M. Kaiser
    HealthPartners Medical, Infectious Diseases
    Staff Physician, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

    Alexa Pragman
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

    Poorani Sekar
    Instructor in Medicine-Hospital Medicine, Northwestern
    University, Feinberg School of Medicine

    Rebecca J. Zadroga
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases, Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN

  • 2011

    Alison Bormann
    Clinical Physician, Infectious Diseases
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

    Edwin Pereira
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    Meghan Rothenberger
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

  • 2010

    Ogechika Alozie
    Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
    Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), El Paso, TX

    Shuli Bonham
    Medical Director, Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic
    Department of Public Health, City of Portland, Portland, ME

    Bettina Knoll
    Assistant Professor
    Warren Alpert Medical School
    of Brown University, RI

    Danny Muskardin

  • 2009

    Dimitri Drekonja
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
    Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

    Sudhir Kumar
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA