Fellows Leadership Cohort

Application Process

The program is open to all fellows in the Department of Medicine. The application includes a statement of interest and a brief letter of support from the program director ensuring coverage of clinical duties during workshop times. Applications for the 2018-19 cohort are now closed. Interested fellows can contact co-directors, Lekshmi Santhosh or Lynn Flint, for further information.

17 DOM Fellows were selected as the inaugural cohort of an innovative new leadership program. The fellows, who hail from 11 different specialties and subspecialties, will undergo training designed to enhance their leadership skills.

Fellow Subspecialty Research Areas
James Anstey

James Anstey

     Hospital       Medicine James Anstey completed his residency at UCSF and is currently an Academic Hospital Medicine Fellow, which is a one-year fellowship focused on research and medical education. His research interests are in Data Science and using the Electronic Health Record to answer clinical questions and improve patient care. He also has an interest in Point of Care Ultrasound and how it may affect clinical outcomes in Hospital Medicine.

Bhaskar AroraBhaskar Arora

Echocardiology Bhaskar Arora is an advanced echocardiography fellow. His clinical training focuses on all aspects of echocardiography including 3D and strain imaging, as well as trans esophageal echo guidance for percutaneous valve replacements. His current research project involves non-invasive assessment of cardiac output and its relationship to hypertension. 

Patrick AvilaPatrick Avila

Gastroenterology Patrick Avila is a third-year gastroenterology fellow. He has a clinical interest in therapeutic endoscopy. He also has interests in colon cancer prevention, improving the quality and efficiency of endoscopic procedures and health care disparities research.

Joshua BiddleJoshua Biddle

   Palliative Care

Joshua Biddle is currently in the 1-year clinical fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is one of the inaugural fellows in the newly formed Global Palliative Education Collaborative (GPEC) between UCSF, Tulane, and Harvard and will be going to Uganda for a month in December 2018. He is interested in delivering high quality palliative care in the developing world. Domestically, he is interested in researching the use of psychedelic medicines, particularly psilocybin, to treat existential and psycho-spiritual distress in patients with life limiting illness.

Sarah Blissett
Sarah Blissett

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Sarah Blissett started the Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowship in July 2018. Concurrent with her Cardiology (Western University, Canada) and Integrated Cardiac Imaging (McGill University, Canada) fellowships, she completed a Masters of Health Professions Education from Maastricht University. She is interested in medical education research, particularly in optimizing instructional design and clinical decision-making. 
Muhammad Hammami
Muhammad Hammami 
      IBD – GI Muhammad Hammami  completed his residency, chief residency, and GI fellowship at Saint Louis University and am now an Inflammatory Bowel Disease fellow. Attending the inaugural DOM Fellows Leadership Cohort will help him assume the mindset of a leader, network with peers, and learn first-hand from experts.

Laura Huppert
Laura Huppert

Hematology/Oncology Laura Huppert is a current Internal Medicine Chief Resident. She attended Harvard Medical School, completed UCSF internal medicine residency in the molecular medicine track, and will be a UCSF Hematology/Oncology Fellow next year. She is interested in translational research in GI oncology as well as medical education. 

Bhavika KBhavika Kaul

     Pulmonary

Bhavika Kaul is currently a second-year pulmonary/critical care fellow. Her research interests include interstitial lung disease, implementation science, and health care delivery for complex advance lung diseases.

Brieze Keeley

Brieze Keeley

    Integrative  Medicine Brieze Keeley attended medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed her residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In July of 2018, she completed her fellowship training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at UCSF. She is now pursuing a clinical fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Osher Center. Brieze's academic interests include further developing an integrative approach to palliative care and hospital medicine, with a focus on caring for patients with advanced cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

Bridget KeenanBridget Keenan

      Hematology/Oncology Bridget Keenan is second-year Hematology/Oncology fellow. She also trained at UCSF for her internal medicine residency after graduating from Hopkins MD/PhD program with my PhD in Immunology. Her research interests include studying the mechanisms of response and resistance to immunotherapy in gastrointestinal malignancies. 

Elaine Khoong
Elaine Khoong

     ZSFG DGIM Elaine Khoong is a second-year primary care research fellow based at ZSFG. She has been at UCSF since 2014 when she started residency in the internal medicine primary care track at ZSFG. She is interested in evaluating and implementing technological solutions to reduce health disparities, particularly among patients with limited English proficiency and limited health literacy. 

Tiffany Kim
Tiffany Kim

Women's Health Tiffany Kim is currently a second-year Women's Health fellow at the VA.  She first came to UCSF for an endocrine fellowship, which she completed in 2017.  She worked on clinical research focused on understanding diabetic bone disease.

Ashwin KotwalAshwin Kotwal

      Geriatrics Ashwin Kotwal is completing his second year of an integrated Geriatrics and Palliative Care Fellowship. His current research interests focus on identifying social risk factors like loneliness and social isolation in the last years of life for older adults. He hopes to develop pragmatic clinical interventions to improve the social health of older adults in their last years and improve access to high quality end-of-life care. 

Jennifer Mulliken
Jennifer    Mulliken         

         ID  Jennifer Mulliken is a second-year Infectious Diseases fellow with a research focus on Antimicrobial Stewardship and whether knowledge of a patient’s microbiome and antimicrobial resistome can be used to improve the efficacy of empiric antibiotic therapy.

Julia Ramos
Julia Ramos

       Hematology/Oncology Julia Ramos is a third-year Hematology fellow with a focus on non-malignant hematology and a special clinical interest in iron disorders, both iron deficient and iron overload states. She has a research interest in iron deficiency as it affects mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. 

Jessica Rubin
Jessica Rubin

           GI Jessica Rubin is a second-year GI fellow. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF as well. She is currently in the T32 research track of her fellowship, and plans to complete an advanced fellowship in transplant hepatology. She is interested in health services research and gender disparities, and her current research focuses on improving health care delivery for patients with chronic liver disease.

Grant Smith
Grant Smith

  Palliative Care

Grant Smith first came to UCSF for residency in Internal Medicine through the UC Primary Care (UCPC) track. He stayed on at UCSF as a chief resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and he is now in the 1-year clinical fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During his time at UCSF, he developed research interests in the care of patients who are high utilizers as well as quality metrics for outpatient palliative care. His interest stems from the need for developing innovative ways to meet the needs of our most complex, symptomatic, and high cost patients, especially as the U.S. healthcare system continues to evolve into a value-based model of care.


Contact Us

Name/Title Email
Lehshmi SanthoshLekshmi Santhosh, MD
Co-Director, DOM Fellows Leadership Cohort
Assistant Professor,
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine & Hospital Medicine
[email protected]
Lynn FlintLynn Flint, MD
Co-Director, DOM Fellows Leadership Cohort
Associate Professor, Division of Geriatrics
[email protected]