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Meet the Fellows

Current Fellows

Jeanne Frisby-Zedan, MD

Jeanne Frisby-Zedan, MD (2020-2023)

  • Program: Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
  • Residency: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago/McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
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What drew you to this field?

 I was drawn to nephrology because it is a field where you see patients on every end of the acuity spectrum. I enjoy that you have the ability to follow patients on a long-term basis and form relationships with families, but also enjoy being involved in the care of acutely ill patients in every area of the hospital, including patients on the floor and in the ICUs. In addition, with my background in chemistry, it is a field that attracted me from a pathophysiology perspective.

What are your clinical interests? 

How did you become interested in this area?  So far, I am most interested in critical care nephrology and transplant nephrology, but I continue to learn new things within the different areas of the field every day.

What are your research interests?

My previous nephrology research has involved evaluating long term outcomes of patients with severe AKI requiring CRRT but I’m looking forward to exploring all of the areas of research Lurie has to offer.

Why did you choose Lurie?

Lurie has a very diverse patient population and sees a large depth and breadth of renal pathology on a daily basis. They are also a high volume center which attracted me because I knew that I would be able to learn best from seeing the many different disease processes in person! In addition, it has close ties with the adult nephrology program at Northwestern which allows for even more learning and research opportunities.

What do you do for fun or to relax?

I enjoy traveling, cooking, discovering new restaurants, painting, swimming, kayaking, and spending time with my husband, dog, family, and friends.

What do you love most about Chicago?

I love that you get all of the perks of living in a big city, but each neighborhood has somewhat of a small town feel. By exploring the city you are able to enjoy the many different foods and cultures that make our city so great. Chicago also has so much to offer if you enjoy being outdoors, including the numerous neighborhood parks, gardens, beaches, and running/biking trails.

What advice would you give a resident thinking of entering the field of pediatric nephrology?

For anyone considering the field of pediatric nephrology, I would encourage them to try an elective rotation so that they can see what we do in the inpatient, consult, outpatient, and research settings. Our jobs are so diverse on a day to day basis and it is so exciting to explore the career possibilities available within the field!

Deirdre Bartlett, MD

Deirdre Bartlett, MD (2021-2024)

  • Program: Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Auburn Hills, MI
  • Residency: Spectrum Health/Michigan State University/Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
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What drew you to this field

Pediatric Nephrology affords variety in diagnoses and the ability to be outpatient and inpatient at all levels of acuity. You are able to foster close, long-term patient and family relationships, which is incredibly rewarding. Additionally, nephrologists are impressive educators and advocates, eager to mentor future nephrologists!


What are your clinical interests? How did you become interested in this area?

I am especially interested in transplant, critical care nephrology, and fetal medicine. Additionally, I am passionate about medical education and utilizing simulation and technology as a means for teaching. 

Why did you choose Lurie?  

The people! I was impressed by the current fellows and faculty on my interview day.  Lurie has complex pathology, a diverse patient population, and a robust transplant experience.  Not only is the Nephrology department renowned, but we are fortunate to work in an entire hospital committed to education and providing cutting-edge care.

What do you do for fun or to relax? 

 I love traveling, music (I play the violin), being on the lake, and trying new foods!

What do you love most about Chicago?

I am new to Chicago, but love the many neighborhoods there are to explore. Each has its own personality. Chicago has fantastic arts/music festivals, is definitely a foodie city, and has countless parks to explore.

 
What advice would you give a resident thinking of entering the field of nephrology?  

I highly recommend doing an elective rotation to see the day-to-day of the field! Ask about their daily workflow as many nephrologists do a mix of inpatient (ICU and regular inpatient) and outpatient. It's always exciting!  Nephrology is a field filled with passionate educators and mentors, who are fortunate to be involved in care across all specialties of the hospital. 

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Carlos Cesar Becerril Romero, MD

Carlos Cesar Becerril Romero, MD (2021-2024)

  • Program: Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL
  • Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
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What are your clinical interests? How did you become interested in this area?

  • Because Transplant transforms lives. 

 Why did you choose Lurie?

  • During my interview day, Lurie felt like home. I felt the faculty genuinely cared about me as a person and as a future colleague. I chose Lurie to surround myself with people willing to challenge me to be the best person and pediatric nephrologist I can be. The volume and diversity of patients and the wide range of renal pathology treated at Lurie are unmatched. And finally, I know first-hand the compassionate and dedicated care provided to all patients that come to Lurie. Blessed I can pay it forward!

 What do you do for fun or to relax?

  • I enjoy eating at new restaurants and trying new foods. Chicago has about 58 Bib Gourmands and 24 Michelin-rated restaurants. I plan to explore them all by the end of the fellowship. I enjoy swimming, perhaps one of the best forms of exercise. I love spending time underwater and hearing water splashing. But my favorite thing to do is traveling and exploring new cultures with my family.  

 What advice would you give residents thinking of entering the field of Nephology ?

  • Renal physiology is intimidating, but only if you let it be. Instead, focus on learning all the ways you can exploit it to take care of your patients. Also, watching a child receive a kidney transplant and leave the hospital with a new chance at life is an incredible experience. Don't miss out on witnessing the miracle of organ donation. Come join us!
Andrew Vissing, MD

Andrew Vissing, MD (2021-2025)

  • Program: Med Peds - Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
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What drew you to this field?

  • I like the diversity of clinical practice within nephrology. You can have continuity with patients in clinic and create longterm connections, and then later that day see extremely sick patients in the ICU. I also like renal pathophysiology and the objective/numbers aspect of the field.

 Why did you choose Lurie?

  • I wanted to be at a large pediatric hospital where I would have a high volume of patients and see a wide variety of kidney disease. I am doing a combined adult and pediatric nephrology fellowship and am happy to be at a program that was excited to help me combine two fellowships.

 What do you love most about Chicago?

  • Chicago is the best city in the world! It has everything you could want in a big city but also has a variety of neighborhoods that have different things to offer. There is always something to do in Chicago whether it is going to a sporting event, trying a new restaurant, going to a concert/show or spending time outside at the parks and beaches.
Samantha Schwartz, MD

Samantha Schwartz, MD (2022-2025)

  • Program: Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Residency: Spectrum Health/Michigan State University/Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Program, Grand Rapids, MI
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What drew you to this field?

As a pediatric resident, I had just completed a busy week on the pediatric nephrology service where we had patients requiring manual peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and continuous renal replacement therapy. The patients’ needs spanned from the outpatient pediatric dialysis unit to the nephrology floor, neonatal intensive care unit, and pediatric intensive care unit. I had begun experiencing the complexities of the field and felt drawn towards developing a greater understanding of the patient population. I enjoyed the combination of critical thinking and the importance of relationships with patients and their families.

 What are your clinical interests? How did you become interested in this area?

Acute care nephrology and renal replacement therapy are where my current interests lie. I thoroughly enjoy seeing patients in both the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit. I look forward to first meeting a patient and being with at his/her side while traversing the path from diagnosis to dialysis and eventually transplantation.

What are your research interests?

I am inspired by my patients and hope to participate in a translational research project during fellowship.

Why did you choose Lurie?

The people! Although the interview and onboarding process has been virtual this year, I already feel welcomed as an integral member of the team. Lurie Children’s Hospital has a large, diverse patient population with a breadth of diagnoses and in turn patient care needs. I look forward to learning from my patients as we navigate the different steps of their diagnoses together.

What do you do for fun or to relax?

I am a big book lover and always have my kindle on me. I am also looking forward to traveling again, especially to Ann Arbor for University of Michigan football games!

What do you love most about Chicago?

I grew up in the suburbs just outside Chicago and loved driving into the city for Cubs games, to visit the Shedd Aquarium, and see musicals on Broadway in Chicago. I am now so excited to officially be a resident of the city and explore the lakefront, farmers markets, and sample all the neighborhood restaurants!

Ana Solis-Zavala, MD

Ana Solis-Zavala, MD (2022-2025)

  • Program: Nephrology Fellowship
  • Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Medical School: McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • Residency: Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
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What drew you to this field:
I first became interested in nephrology after participating in Kidney Kamp during one of my fourth-year medical school rotations. Throughout my residency I continued to enjoy learning about renal physiology. I realized nephrology had the perfect combination of continuity of care, long-term relationships with patients and their families, diversity in pathology, and acuity for me.

What are your clinical interests? How did you become interested in this area?
My interests in nephrology are still relatively broad. During residency I enjoyed rotating through our inpatient dialysis unit, as well as working with the transplant team. Overall, I have always been interested in patient advocacy and working to decrease barriers for patients and their families. I hope to do more work in this area with our patient population throughout fellowship.

Why did you choose Lurie?
During my interview I was impressed by the collegiality and collaboration I observed between the faculty and fellows during a didactic session. It was a very welcoming and positive learning environment and I felt it would be one I would succeed in. We also get referrals for complex patients, and have a high volume of patients, including transplants! This all makes for a great environment to learn in during fellowship. I felt truly welcomed by the faculty and fellows during my interview. Lastly, I knew I wanted to work with a diverse patient population and knew I would be able to do so in a city as diverse as Chicago!

What do you do for fun or to relax?
I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants and love to do so with friends and family! I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places with family, as well as photography, and baking.

What do you love most about Chicago?
I am new to Chicago but so far have really enjoyed exploring the Lakefront Trail by running and biking, as well as finding new favorite restaurants!

Past Fellows

First Position After Graduation

Anoosh Moin, MD (2019-2022): Attending physician, Oklahoma Children's Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

Vidhi Dalal, MD (2018-2021): Junior Attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Nicole Christin, MD (2012-2015): Attending Physician, Nicklaus Children's Health System, Miami, FL

Scott McEwen, MD (2012-2015): Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Shihtien Wang, MD (2011-2014)

Randa Razzouk, MD (2010-2013): Attending Physician, Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Wayne, TX

Christian Hanna, MD (2010-2013): Senior Associate Consultant and Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Kavita Hodgkins, MD (2009-2012): Attending Physician, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Division of Nephrology; Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Debora Matossian, MD (2009-2012): Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Division of Nephrology; Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

 

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