1st Year Fellows
Abhinandan Anand Raman, MD
Medical School: Mamata Medical College, Khammam, Telangana, India
Residency: One Brooklyn Health – Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, US
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Academic/Clinical Interest: Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship
General Interests: Astronomy, yoga, cooking, and reading
Why UF? Being a major academic and referral center in the southeastern US, the spectrum of diseases that can be seen here is very broad. The atmosphere among faculty, fellows and members of other departments is collegial and promotes a great learning and collaborative environment.
Asma Balobaid, MD
Medical School: King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Residency: West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Hometown: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Academic/Clinical Interest: Infection control, tropical medicine, epidemiology
General Interests: Dancing and cooking
Why UF? The large patient population with complex cases, as well as the great exposure to tropical and travel medicine and outbreaks.
Clay Evans, MD
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, US
Residency: University of South Carolina – Greenville/Prisma Health, Greenville, South Carolina, US
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Academic/Clinical Interest: Hospital infectious disease, antibiotic stewardship, and hospital epidemiology
General Interests: Sports (playing soccer, tennis and golf; watching all sports), spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading
Why UF? Talking to faculty and fellows during my interview day, I found that everyone was so welcoming and excited to be here. Faculty have a genuine interest in teaching and they make sure the medical education of each fellow is specifically designed to prepare them for their career goals. UFHealth has a huge patient population with great exposure to both common and rare pathology allowing for a very well-rounded educational experience. Also, coming back to Florida allowed me to be closer to family which is a very nice perk to being here at UF.
2nd Year Fellows
Jose Alfonso Rodriguez Claramunt
Medical School: Universidad Dr Jose Matias Delgado
Residency: Memorial Healthcare System
Hometown: El Salvador
Academic/Clinical Interest: Clinical aspects of Medicine/Infectious Diseases/, Clinical Research, Tropical diseases, and Transplant Medicine
General Interests: Sports, Movies, TV Shows, and Reading
Why UF? During my virtual interview I got the sense that UF will be a great place to train in Infectious Diseases, all the information portrayed seems exactly what I am looking in a fellowship.
Luis Perez-Mena, MD
Medical School: USF Morsani College of Medicine
Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Academic/Clinical Interest: HIV medicine, General ID, Academic Medicine
General Interests: Cooking, running and video games
Why UF? The warm and welcoming attitude of everyone really stood out to me. I got more of a sense of “family” and “comradery”, rather than mere “work colleagues”. I am confident that the incredible mentors at UF will help nurture my interests and future career in academic medicine. Being able to achieve all of this while remaining close to my family and enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine was my ideal scenario.
Zulmarie Rodriguez Rijos, MD
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts (UMHS)
Residency: University of Puerto Rico Internal Medicine Program
Hometown: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Academic/Clinical Interests: Transplant
General Interests: Swimming, pets (playing/going for walks, pet park), all things music
Why UF? The UF system is very complete with vast exposure to all subspecialties that encompasses multiple complications and infections in the hospital and out patient settings. This will be key in the foundation of my education that will be the backbone of my career ad and ID Specialist.
Kyaw Htun, MD
Medical School: University of Medicine 1, Yangon
Residency: Brookdale University Hospital/Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Academic/Clinical Interest: Transplant ID, Immunocompromised host, Medical Microbiology, HIV, Hepatitis, NTM, OPAT, ASP
General Interests: Traveling to places where I can enjoy scenery, serenity and historical values with my family and friends
Why UF? As it is a tertiary hospital, case mix index is very high. The breadth of clinical exposure here is phenomenal. The faculty and attendings are very supportive, approachable and friendly.