Recently Graduated Fellows
Ghulam Karim Khan (2021)
Karim Khan was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and lived in Michigan and New Jersey, before his family settled in Florida. He pursued a dual degree of Political Science and Microbiology at the University of Florida. While in medical school at the University of South Florida, Karim helped found a street medicine program. He brought a passion for homeless healthcare with him to his internal medicine residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped found a new non-profit, Chicago Street Medicine. He completed the combined Infectious Diseases/Addiction Medicine fellow at BMC.
Karim is now a clinical research fellow in Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine. He grew up in Florida and completed training in Chicago, where he helped build street medicine outreach programs and developed an interest in community organizing. He is currently working on projects investigating the implementation of harm reduction services in the hospital setting as well as HIV care for unstably housed folks. In his free time, he enjoys reading, biking, and listening to music.
Leah Harvey (2021)
Leah Harvey received her undergraduate degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to medical school, she worked in clinical research, focusing on the transmission, prevention, and screening for HIV and sexually transmitted infections in marginalized communities and resource-limited settings. She went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on infectious disease epidemiology with an additional certificate in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. She completed medical school at Michigan State University and residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, where she was a member of the HIV pathway. She will be a combined Infectious Disease and Addiction Medicine Fellow at BMC. She is interested in addressing the infectious sequelae associated with injection drug use, particularly HIV and viral infections, and in optimizing treatment strategies and care delivery models to address health disparities and reach vulnerable patients. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking.
Angela McLaughlin (2021)
Angela is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and journeyed to New England for the first time for undergrad at Smith College. She then went to med school at Tulane University, where she obtained both an MD and MPH in tropical medicine. During residency at Brown University Internal Medicine, she researched barriers to HIV care in people who inject drugs in western Ukraine.
Her research evaluates the effect of alcohol on HIV outcomes in a cohort of people living with HIV (PLWH) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is working with mentors Drs. Kaku So-Armah and Nina Lin and the URBAN ARCH group. She’ll continue this project for the next two years with BU CHART T32 funding, with plans to apply for a K Award after. Angela is also working with the BMC ID clinic to set up a transitional care medicine clinic for PLWH admitted to the hospital.
Raagini Jawa (2020) – Post Doctoral Fellow, Boston Medical Center
Raagini Jawa received her undergraduate and medical school degree from Boston University as part of the combined BA-MD Seven year accelerated medical program. She completed her Master’s in Public health with an international health concentration at Boston University School of Public Heath, where her thesis work was on HIV prevention strategies for MSM and transgender patients in India. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine as part of the HIV pathway as well as her Chief residency at Boston Medical Center. At Boston Medical Center, she will be a combined Infectious Disease and Addiction Medicine Fellow. She is very interested in developing programs that bring harm reduction strategies to the bedside and is looking forward to learn how to provide multidisciplinary medical care for patients with substance use disorders and learn to provide optimal care for the infectious complication of addiction. Her non-medical interests include directing her Indian fusion band Leher, performing as a solo ukulele artist, and being an avid amateur photographer.
Alison Nelson (2020) – Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Boston Medical Center
Alison studied chemistry at Grinnell College and then went to A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She completed internal medicine residency at Einstein Medical Center in Phildelphia, PA. Her areas of interest include medical education, antibiotic stewardship, and global health. Some of her hobbies are travel, cycling, watching and playing sports like rugby and basketball, and keeping up her Spanish language skills.
Pranay Sinha (2020) – Post Doctoral Fellow, Boston Medical Center
Pranay was born in India to two military doctors and attended eight schools in different Indian cities before coming to the USA for college. After graduating from Adelphi University in NY and spending a year participating in tumor-microenvironment research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Pranay found himself at the UVa School of Medicine where he became interested in global health. He finished residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he received a distinction in Global Health and Equity. Before starting fellowship, Pranay spent a year as a Step-Down Unit and Hematology/Oncology hospitalist at Yale. He is interested in studying the tuberculosis epidemic in India with a view to improving policy implementation and formulation. Pranay is an amateur writer and his essays have been published in newspapers such as the New York Times and blogs such as the Huffington Post. In their spare time, he and his wife love to travel. They also own a Shih-Tzu named Shih-Tzu-Samiasis.
Muhammad Dhanani (2019) Assistant Professor, Northwestern Medical Center, Infectious Diseases
Having grown up a few miles outside Boston, Muhammad attended University of Michigan for medical school prior to returning home to complete internal medicine residency at BMC. He then worked as a hospitalist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for two years, during which he also completed a fellowship in medical education. His interests include antibiotic stewardship and medical education. His other interests include eating, Michigan football and binge-watching TV.
Archana Asundi (2018)Boston University/ Boston Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases
Archana obtained her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She then completed her internal medicine residency training at the Jewish General Hospital, as part of the McGill University Internal Medicine training program. Her areas of interest include tropical medicine and immigrant and refugee health.
Simeon Kimmel: (2018) Boston University/ Boston Medical Center – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine
Simeon Kimmel received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in anthropology before attending Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after completing a thesis on race, drugs and health care in the context of mass incarceration. At Boston Medical Center, he will be a combined Infectious Disease and Addiction Medicine Fellow. Broadly, he is interested in improving care for patients with and at risk for infectious complications of addiction including HIV, hepatitis C, and bacterial infections secondary to intravenous drug use. He is interested in how social inequality and marginalization mediate individual risk and hopes to use his clinical skills, novel program design and evaluation, and system-based advocacy to make a difference in the overlapping epidemics of addiction and addiction-associated infections. Recent publication: Receipt of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder after Injection Drug Associated Endocarditis, College on Problem of Drug Dependency, June 2018 at College on the Problem of Drug Dependency.
Rachel Epstein: (2017) Boston University/ Boston Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases and Section of Pediatric Infectious
Rachel completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biology and bioinformatics at Wesleyan University and obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Brown University and is board certified in both fields. She was the first fellow to train in combined adult and pediatric infectious diseases at BMC, and she has stayed on to pursue additional research through BU-CHART as a post-doctoral research fellow while also attending in pediatric infectious diseases. She is also completing a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology through BU-CHART and CREST. Her research interests focus on the intersections among the opioid epidemic, HIV, and HCV, with particular focus on screening and linkage to care for adolescents and young adults as well as pregnant women and infants. In her free time she enjoys running, biking, tennis, squash, traveling and sharing her baking endeavors.
Das, Urmimala (2019) Rust Presbyterian Medical Center, NM – Hospitalist
Khan, Taimur Haq (2019) Fenway Health/The Fenway Institute – PCP, ID Specialist, Clinical Research and Clinical Trials Investigator
Eddy, Jared (2018) National Jewish Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Mycobacterial & Respiratory Infections
Luo, Ruihong (2017) University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine – Assistant Clinical Professor
Memon, Babar (2017) Beth Israel Lahey Health-Milton – Infectious Disease Consultant
Gallegos Salazar, Jaime (2017) East Boston Neighborhood health Center
Barbosa, Felipe (2016) Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases, Metro West Medical Center – Framingham & Natick, MA
Obiokoye, Kenechukwu (2016) Department of Medicine, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
Acuna-Villaorduna, Carlos (2015) Boston University/ Boston Medical Center – Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases
Freiman, J. Morgan (2015) Lahey Hospital and Medical Center – Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship, Assistant Professor of Medicine -Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts , Staff Physician in Clinical Infectious Diseases
Thornton, Amanda (2015) Kaiser Napa Solano in Northern California – Infectious Disease Physician