Our Fellows


ID Fellows (from left to right): Jose, Luis, Zulmarie, Asma, Kyaw, Clay, Abhinandan

1st Year Fellows

Anand Raman Abhinandan

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.

E-mail: Abhinandan.AnandRaman@medicine.ufl.edu



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.

E-mail: Asma.Balobaid@medicine.ufl.edu



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.

E-mail: c.evans1@ufl.edu



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.

E-mail: joserodriguezcla@ufl.edu



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.

E-mail: Luis.Perez-Mena@medicine.ufl.edu



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.

Email: Zulmarie.RodriguezRijos@medicine.ufl.edu



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.

Email: kyaw.htun@ufl.edu