Safee Ahmed, MD
Safee Ahmed was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. He attended medical school at Isra University in Hyderabad, Pakistan. During medical school, he worked as a clinical research intern in various projects at the University of Pennsylvania, and later at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time in the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Pittsburgh, he became interested in the pathogenesis of trigeminal neuralgia secondary to vertebrobasilar ectasia and served as a co-author on paper later on published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Before embarking on his residency journey, he worked as a lead trial coordinator for many clinical trials at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, and later on at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is an AP/CP resident and is excited to pursue his interest in Hematopathology. In his free time, he enjoys grilling, camping and exploring new places with his lovely wife and two toddler boys.
Guilherme Gomide Almeida, MD
Guilherme was born and raised in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, where he earned his medical degree at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. During medical school, he worked as a histology tutor, which was the starting point of his journey towards pathology. After his second year in medical training, he was selected for a one-year scholarship program sponsored by the Brazilian federal government called Science Without Borders. During this period, he studied human physiology and did research in castrate-resistant prostate cancer at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. To expand his knowledge and gain experience in pathology, he also went to the University of Kansas for an elective and the University of Minnesota for an observership. Currently, he is an AP/CP resident interested in hematopathology and dermatopathology. Outside of work, he enjoys playing video games, singing, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends, family, his fiancée, and his poodle, Nick.
Vahid Azimi, MD (CP)
Vahid Azimi was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, followed by an MS in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona. Prior to completing his MD at Oregon Health and Science University, he developed digital image analysis software tools at Intel. Currently, Vahid is a first-year CP resident with an interest in informatics, population health, and clinical decision support. Outside of work, he enjoys running in Forest Park, learning how to play the guitar (poorly), and spending time with friends and family.
Nick Borcherding, MD, PhD (CP/PSTP)
Nick Borcherding was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. After his service, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, followed by a MS and MD/PhD from the University of Iowa. For his PhD research, Nick worked with Weizhou Zhang using computational approaches to examine the innate and adaptive immune components of the tumor microenvironment. Nick is a first-year Clinical Pathology resident with interests in machine learning and next-generation sequencing. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, reading (military history, science fiction, and social sciences), Olympic weightlifting, carrying sandbags through Forest Park, and writing software.
Pooja Khonde, MD
Pooja Khonde was born and raised in India. She attended medical school at Grant Medical College, Mumbai. She then chose to pursue a residency in pathology and earned an MD degree, graduating top of her class, from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai. Her dissertation was based on the study of megakaryocytes. She has been awarded as the diplomat of the National Board of India. An opportunity to learn from the best paved her way to Washington University, where she is now an AP/CP resident. Pooja loves singing, listening to music, and cooking for her friends and family.
Kasey Kreutz, MD
Kasey Kreutz was born in St. Louis, MO and raised near Dallas, TX. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington, she served as a linguist in the United States Navy. As a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she worked in an infectious disease laboratory and later conducted a longitudinal quality improvement project on microbiology specimens at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences. She is an AP resident interested in Forensic Pathology and Neuropathology. In her spare time, she can be found hiking and camping in Mark Twain National Forest.
Patrick Morse, MD
Patrick Morse was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised between Harrisonville, Missouri, and Starkville, Mississippi. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and his M.D. His first exposure to pathology was working as a lab technician at Boone Hospital, and his interest continued to develop during medical training by conducting research on infantile abusive head trauma through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Boone County. He would later receive the W.B. “Pete” Stewart Pathology Memorial Award. He is grateful to remain in Missouri and contribute to its health and patient care by pursuing a residency in AP/CP. When he is not exploring his diverse interests in pathology, he is making poor choices on TV shows and books, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and teaching his cat boundaries.
Kaleigh Roberts, MD, PhD
Kaleigh Roberts was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for high school and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for college where she majored in Bioengineering. Before medical school, she became interested in Alzheimer’s disease and spent a year doing research with Dr. Randy Bateman at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Northwestern University in Chicago as part of their MSTP. For her PhD research, she studied the inhibition of amyloid aggregation by Cobalt(III) Schiff base complexes with Dr. Thomas Meade. Currently, Kaleigh is a first-year resident in the combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology track and is part of the Physician Scientist Training Program. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, taking care of their numerous pets (dogs, cat, snakes, lizards), being outdoors (camping, swimming, canoeing, hiking), playing board games, and being a Harry Potter superfan.
Alexander Wein, MD, PhD
Alex was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta before spending two years at the NIH in a post-baccalaureate research fellowship. He returned to Emory to earn his MD and PhD, researching the immune response to respiratory viral infection. He plans to continue to study the immunology of the lung as an AP/PSTP resident at WashU and to specialize in cardiothoracic pathology. When not staring at slides, he enjoys cooking, hiking, brewing, and laying on the sofa with his two giant lap dogs (and his lovely wife, of course).
Amanda Wong, MD, PhD
Amanda Wong grew up in Minnesota in a suburb of the Twin Cities. She completed her undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After college, she worked at the National Institutes of Health in the lab of Dr. Paul Plotz studying the contribution of autophagy to the rare lysosomal storage disorder Pompe disease. She returned to the Midwest to pursue MD/PhD training at the University of Michigan. Her thesis work, completed under the mentorship of Drs. Joel Swanson and Michele Swanson, applied quantitative live-cell imaging approaches to investigate how activated macrophages respond to lysosome-damaging insults. Amanda is a first-year Anatomic Pathology resident and member of the Physician Scientist Training Program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, visiting the farmer’s market, and enjoying her finds of fresh produce in meals with friends and family, an activity she hopes can resume in post-pandemic life.
Eleanor Castro, MD (AP/CP)
Eleanor Castro was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She is an AP/CP resident and plans to pursue and fellowship in an AP sub-specialty following graduation. She is looking forward to further exploring opportunities in research and teaching during her training at Washington University. Currently, she is particularly interested in Liver-GI and pediatric pathology. Eleanor enjoys baking for friends and family, exploring St. Louis’ restaurants and breweries, knitting, and spending time outdoors.
Hassam Cheema, MBBS (AP/CP)
Hassam Cheema was born and raised in Pakistan. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. After medical school he worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Minnesota and the University of Miami, studying parthenogenesis of pancreatic injury and the effects of opioids use in recovery and regeneration in acute and chronic pancreatitis. He is an AP/CP resident with an interest in Liver/GI pathology. Outside of work Hassam enjoys reading, trying new cuisines, watching sports and spending time with his family.
Lisandro Fortuny was born and raised in Argentina. He earned his medical degree at Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina. He trained in Pediatrics and after that in Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapies at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. He worked for three years as an Associate Medical Director in Transfusion Medicine, with main focus on Apheresis in Pediatric population, working on patient care and technology innovation for LDL apheresis and Lymphocyte depletion for Haploidentical bone marrow transplant. He is now a Clinical Pathology resident physician. After completing his residency he would like to join the Transfusion Medicine program at Washington University to continue with his studies on the cellular therapies field.
Drew Hughes was born in Kansas City, Missouri, raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and attended high school in Fairfax, Virginia. He completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the College of William and Mary, followed by an MD/PhD at Washington University School of Medicine. For his PhD research, Drew worked in the lab of Joe Corbo to understand how cell-type-specific gene expression in the retina is encoded in regulatory DNA. Drew is now a first-year CP resident, and he plans to continue research during his training (his interests include molecular diagnostics, cancer genomics, and machine learning). Outside of work, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife (as well as their dog and their cat), cooking, finding great restaurants in St. Louis, and learning about (and mispronouncing the names of) red wines.
Shiva Jabbari, MD (AP/CP)
Shiva Jabbari was born and raised in Tabriz, Iran. She received her MD from Urmia University of Medical Sciences. After graduation, she worked as a general practitioner for two and a half years. In 2017 she moved to the United States and started working as a research fellow in a basic science lab in Indiana University. She is perusing AP/CP residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys her life in beautiful St. Louis and likes hanging out with friends and family, cooking, dancing and spending time with her fluffy loving dog Pedro.
Nicolas Kostelecky, MBBCh (AP/CP)
Nicolas Kostelecky was born in Vienna, Austria and spent his childhood and adolescence between Austria, Slovenia, and the USA. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Biology, focusing on Ecology and Physiology. Prior to attending medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he worked as an EMT-B in Boston, MA. At the Royal College of Surgeons, he was part of a leadership team that revitalized the college’s cycling club. He is an AP/CP resident with interests in global health. In his spare time, he can usually be found running in Forest Park.
Sina Rahimpour, MD (AP/CP)
Sina Rahimpour was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He earned his MD degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. During medical school and after graduation along with clinical practice, he was involved in a variety of research, mainly investigating novel pharmacologic interventions to increase survival of organs under ischemic conditions. His deep interests in regenerative medicine and stem-cell therapy research were the incentive for him to move to the United States. He conducted several research projects at the University of Miami, the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida with focus on introducing novel biotherapeutic products to treat vascular occlusive conditions such as atherosclerosis or post-angioplasty arterial restenosis. Today, Sina is a combined AP/CP resident at Washington University in St. Louis and plans to continue his research in cardiovascular regenerative medicine along with learning academic pathology practice. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, indoor soccer and beach volleyball.
Krithika Shenoy, MBBS (AP/CP)
Krithika Shenoy was born and raised in India and graduated top of her class with an MBBS degree from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore in 2017. During medical school, she worked on a research project that aimed to correlate various biochemical parameters with vestibulocochlear nerve dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus for which she received a student grant from the Indian council of medical research. After graduation, Krithika worked as a pathology teaching assistant at her alma mater before starting her AP/CP residency at Washington University. She looks forward to furthering her interests in teaching and research. Outside of work, she loves traveling, cooking, painting and spending time with friends and family.
G. Michael Upchurch, MD, PhD (AP/CP)
G. Michael Upchurch attended Tulane University where he earned a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology and an MS in Human Genetics. He completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he pursued a PhD in Cancer Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Rene Opavsky as part of the UNMC MD/PhD program. His work focused on epigenetic alterations in hematologic malignancies; specifically, how DNA hypomethylation contributes to the development and maintenance of hematologic neoplasms. This work demonstrated that DNMT3A is a haploinsufficient tumor suppressor in murine models of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. In his spare time, he likes to rock out to 80’s hair metal, sample craft beer, tell endless “Dad Jokes”, and bro-down to a football game.
Ariel Wu, MD (AP/CP)
Ariel Wu was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. She spent 7 years in Philadelphia completing an accelerated BS/MD program, earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Villanova University and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. Along the way, she participated in research projects at the University of Pennsylvania and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. A lifelong east-coaster, she is enjoying the change of pace in St. Louis and is excited to pursue her many interests in pathology during her AP/CP residency. Her greatest loves in life are food and family. She also enjoys a good book, live music, being outdoors, playing board games, and traveling as much as she can.
Ashna Aggarwal, MD (AP/CP)
Ashna Aggarwal was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She completed medical school and a pathology residency at Maulana Azad Medical College in India. Her dissertation was on p63 expression in fine-needle aspiration cytology of breast lesions. She worked for a year as a Senior Resident in the Cytology and Hematology divisions at the super-specialty GB Pant Institute of Medical Research and the Lady Hardinge Medical College before moving to the US. Ashna is currently pursuing AP/ CP training. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading books (esp. comics), painting and is currently preparing for motherhood.
Cedric Bailey, DO (AP/CP)
Cedric Bailey was born in Virginia but spent most of his life growing up in California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He worked as an anatomic pathology technician grossing specimens, assisting during frozen sections, and serving as a diener at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where he fell in love with the wonderful world of pathology. He went on to study medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, serving in a variety of student leadership positions focused on physician advocacy, medical education, and pathology. He is a combined AP/CP resident with a keen focus on mirroring the skills of famed Washington University pathologists and becoming an excellent physician. Outside of work, Cedric enjoys exploring St. Louis, commute cycling, finding new craft breweries, yoga, swimming, and planning his next surfing trip.
Carina Dehner, MD, PhD (AP-PSTP)
Carina Dehner was raised in Nuremberg, Germany and earned her medical degree from the Technical University of Munich. She performed a 3-year research project studying signaling mechanisms of pemphigus vulgaris at the Ludwig Maximilian University. In 2014 she received an MD-Scientist Fellowship to pursue a 1-year research project at Yale University for which she joined the lab of Dr. Martin Kriegel to study the influence of commensal gut and skin bacteria in autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome). After graduating in July 2016 from medical school, she decided to stay in the US to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Kriegel’s lab studying the role of skin microbiota in the pathogenesis of cutaneous T cell lymphoma until starting residency in June 2018. Carina is an AP resident and enrolled in the Physician Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys running in Forest Park, exploring St. Louis’ craft brewery scene with friends and dancing.
Gary Grajales-Reyes, MD, PhD (CP-PSTP)
Gary Grajales-Reyes was raised in Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He then joined Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine to complete an MD/PhD. He completed his PhD in immunology and worked in the lab of Dr. Kenneth Murphy, where he investigated the transcriptional control of dendritic cell development. Gary is now a CP resident and is part of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the Washington University School of Medicine. After completing his residency training, he will join Dr. Marco Colonna’s laboratory, where he will research innate immunity and Alzheimer disease.
Jane Lee, MD (AP/CP)
Jane Lee was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Biology and Music. She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During medical school, she participated in research studying type 1 diabetes development in mice. Jane enjoys hiking, baking, and traveling. Jane is pursuing AP/CP training.
Liang Lu, MD, PhD (AP/CP)
Liang Lu was born and raised in Harbin, a city in northern Manchuria, China. He completed his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and subsequently pursued a PhD in regenerative medicine in Dresden, Germany. His thesis focused on the design, validation, and optimization of a bioreactor system to mimic the physical environment of the heart. His passion for cardiac tissue engineering continued with postdoctoral research at MIT, where he devised biodegradable, vascularized polymer scaffolds for engineered heart tissue. He then returned to Georgia and earned his MD from the Medical College of Georgia. Liang is currently a combined AP/CP resident with research interests in biomedical devices, cardiac electrophysiology, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. In his free time, he enjoys badminton, cooking, wood carving, Chinese calligraphy, playing instruments (accordion, piano, and ocarina) and making Federweisser (a tasty German beverage). On weekends, Liang usually goes cycling, hiking, and camping in the state parks near St. Louis.
Lily Mahapatra, MD, PhD (AP/CP)
Lily Mahapatra is a life-long East Coaster, and most recently hails from Port Tobacco, Maryland. She graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Sociology and Microbiology. After college, she studied immunoparasitology in the Laboratory of Parasitic Disease at the National Institutes of Health. She then joined the Medical Scholars Program (combined MD/PhD program) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied the oncofetal RNA binding protein, IMP-1 and earned a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Fellowship Award (NRSA F30). Currently, she is a combined AP/CP resident, with a goal of pursuing a career in academic pathology. In her free time, Lily loves spending time with her family, watercoloring, and crafting.
Ryan Sappenfield, MD (AP/CP)
Ryan Sappenfield was born and raised in Southaven, Mississippi. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi in Exercise Science/Kinesiology, where he was first introduced to the world of pathology in the form of a histology course taught by one of his mentors. He went on to study medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was elected junior AOA and served in a variety of student leadership positions. He is an AP/CP resident with an interest in Liver/GI and cytopathology. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys golf, traveling, fishing, and playing with his pup Arya.
Mei San Tang, MD (CP)
Mei San Tang was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. She attended medical school at the Malaysian campus of Monash University and graduated with first-class honor. She then joined the laboratory of Dr. P’ng Loke at the New York University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow, during which she did basic immunology research with a primary focus on macrophage activation. Mei San is a CP resident and also serves as CP Chief Resident 2020-2021. She is interested in the areas of transfusion medicine, histocompatibility testing and informatics, and will be pursuing a Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Stanford University after residency. Outside of work, she likes to read, travel and hike.
Daniel Webber, MD, PhD (CP)
Daniel Webber was raised in rural Oklahoma and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He worked as a clinical trials coordinator at Duke University for several years before returning to Arkansas to join the MD/PhD program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While there, he worked in the lab of Charlotte Hobbs studying genetic and environmental risk factors in congenital heart defects. Daniel joined our program as a CP-only resident in 2017 and served as clinical pathology chief resident last year. He is currently completing a molecular genetic pathology fellowship out of sequence. Next year he will be returning to residency training and will be working in the lab of Jeff Gordon. Daniel enjoys spending time with friends and family, and he recently finished building an awesome treehouse for his three kids.
Heba Abdelal was born and raised in the historical city of Cairo, Egypt. She grew up playing basketball, reading novels and coloring. She attended Ain shams university school of medicine in Cairo where she obtained her MD and Masters’ degree in anatomic pathology. She worked for the Egyptian forensic medicine authority as an anatomic pathology registrar before she moved to St. Louis city to start her combined AP/CP residency at the Washington University School of Medicine. Heba’s areas of interest include pediatric, gynecologic and breast pathology. She is deeply involved in charity and community development activities. She is a co-founder of the medical students in action group in her medical school, she is a past president of Rotaract club of Horus Heliopolis, a facilitator in supporting child rights through education, art, and media (SCREAM) project by the international labor organization. Heba represented Egypt in two youth leadership awards (RYLA) in Lebanon and Washington DC, she also served as clinical skills mentor at the Egyptian Association for American Medical Training. Heba enjoys jogging, yoga, kayaking and reading novels.
Brooj Abro, MD (AP/CP)
Brooj Abro grew up in Karachi, Pakistan where she lived until she started her residency training at the Washington University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at The Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan) where she obtained her MD degree. To broaden and diversify her cultural and professional experience, Brooj decided to visit the United States for her final year medical school electives. She spent 3 months as a visiting medical student at the Pathology Department of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and subsequently decided to pursue post-graduate training in the US. She is currently an AP/CP resident and plans to join the Hematopathology Fellowship Program at Washington University. Brooj enjoys swimming, hiking, sightseeing, and traveling.
Zahra Alipour, MD (AP/CP)
Zahra Alipour was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, and earned her MD degree from Azad University, Tehran Medical School. She practiced as a clinician for 4 years after graduation, while collaborating in several research studies, mostly focused on infectious diseases and public health in Iran. Before starting her residency in the US, Zahra lived in Toronto (Canada) for a few years, where she took part as a research assistant in a set of clinical trials on HCV and diabetes educator. Zahra will complete her AP/CP training in 2021 and will be pursuing a GI/Hepatic fellowship at University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys running, music, Persian calligraphy and traveling.
Rehan Rais, MD (AP/CP)
Rehan Rais was born and grew up in his hometown of Karachi, Pakistan where he completed his early education and medical training at Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College. After graduation, Rehan moved to the US where he started a combined AP/CP residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Last year he successfully completed his Liver and Gastrointestinal pathology fellowship and this academic year he is one of our co-chief residents. Rehan is interested in pursuing a future career in academia. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and playing cricket.
Neda Rezaee, MD (AP/CP)
Neda Rezaee was born in Esfahan, Iran and grew up in a small town outside Esfahan. She received her MD from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. After graduation, she moved to the United States and completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins. While at Johns Hopkins, she conducted multiple clinical and translational research projects on pancreatic cancer and its precursor lesions. She is pursuing AP/CP training here at Washington University in St. Louis with a special interest in cancer research and digital imaging. Neda enjoys swimming, playing piano, dining, and hiking, and loves traveling with family and friends.
Behzad Salari, MD (AP/CP)
Behzad Salari was born and raised in Tabriz, Iran and received his MD from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. After graduation, he worked in the National Forensic Medicine Organization mainly as a medical examiner and co-authored a book in forensic medicine. His interest in clinical research started early in medical school and after moving to the United States, he did two research fellowships at Harvard University. He conducted multiple research projects on thyroid and gastrointestinal cancers during these fellowships. He is now a combined AP/CP resident at Washington University in St. Louis. Behzad loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, programming, and, watching TV series.
Lily Zhang, MD (AP/CP)
Lily Zhang was born in Chongqing, China and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She then went on to earn her MD from Washington University in St. Louis. Lily is an AP/CP resident and plans to complete a Hematopathology fellowship here at WashU. She enjoys cooking, photography, and spoiling her two cats.