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Fellowship ProgramInfectious Disease

Fellowship Training Overview

An exceptional clinical experience

Fellows see inpatient consults at two tertiary care teaching hospitals (Jennie Sealy Hospital and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital on the main UTMB campus in Galveston. Our patient population is highly diverse. A dedicated transplant service offers a focused opportunity in solid organ transplant ID. Fellows also see general ID consults in a community suburban setting at the UTMB-MD Anderson League City campus. A world-renowned burn wound care center and a clinical Bio-containment Unit for care of patients infected with high-containment and highly lethal pathogens is located on the Galveston campus. Most clinical consult rotations occur during the first year of training.

General ID, HIV and travel clinics offer a well-rounded outpatient experience. Fellows are also active in hepatitis C management. Each fellow is paired with a faculty preceptor for their continuity clinic, which is held a half-day each week throughout training. 

Elective rotations in pediatric ID (UTMB), bone marrow transplantation (MD Anderson Cancer Center/Houston, and mycobacterial infections (National Jewish Center/Denver) are available. Rotations at international sites are also offered (Kenya and Peru).

A strong didactic program: Faculty excel in teaching and mentoring

Faculty are frequently recognized by prestigious awards such as Best Doctors in America, Texas Super Doctors, Osler Society Teaching Award, and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Clinical case conferences, journal club, research in progress, core lecture series and tropical medicine course in interactive formats with superb faculty involvement. 

Our faculty are highly productive and lead the department in grant support and publications. They are authors of chapters in major textbooks including Mandell IDs, Harrison’s IM, Nelson’s Pediatrics, and Guerrant’s Tropical IDs.

Numerous research opportunities

UTMB has more than 150 faculty investigators doing research related to infectious diseases. UTMB is a leader in NIH support for ID research. The Microbiology & Immunology Department ranks among the top few in the country in infectious diseases-related NIH funding. UTMB is the only University in the world with a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory on campus.

Most research training occurs during the second year. Fellows may elect to work in basic, translational, or clinical projects and with mentors inside or outside the division.

Third-year fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship or Global Infectious Diseases

We offer the opportunity for an additional 3rd year of fellowship training in either Antimicrobial Stewardship or Global ID research. These programs provide intensive research training and mentorship. The training includes completion of a M.Sc. in clinical science. Coursework for the M.Sc. is completed during the second year and the mentored research project and thesis is completed in the third year.

Excellent benefits


Clinical Case Conference (weekly)
It is run primarily by the fellows. A case of unknown diagnosis or challenging management is presented for engaged discussions.

Morbidity and Mortality (monthly)
Clinical and pathologic aspects of infectious diseases are correlated with participation of pathology faculty and residents.

Journal Club (monthly)
An in-depth review of current articles published in high impact journals. Faculty and fellows present. A critical analysis of the literature is emphasized.

Research-in-Progress (weekly)
Faculty, fellows and graduate students present their unpublished research projects for constructive criticism.

Infectious Diseases Core Lecture Series (Weekly)
A core didactic consideration of the field is provided through lectures on specific microorganisms or infectious diseases.  Key IDSA guidelines are also presented.

Global Grand Rounds (monthly)
A unique videoconference where cases are presented from various international sites linked to UTMB via telemedicine for shared clinical discussions.

Infectious Diseases and Immunity Colloquium
Renowned scientists from the U.S. and around the world present their research related to infectious diseases and immunity.

Intensive Course in Tropical Medicine
A 6-week interactive course that qualifies participants for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travel Health.

Other Conferences
  • Microbiology plate rounds
  • Infectious Diseases Pharmacology lectures
  • UTMB-AETC (AIDS Education & Training Center) webinars and special events
Current Fellows

Class of 2023
Bilek, Jill
Humphrey, Kyle
Klair, Fasiha

Class of 2022
Hornak, Joseph
Kaura, Abhimanyu
Pineda, Roberto

Fellow Graduates

Fellow GraduatesID Board Certified Academic Position Private Practice State/Country
Caravedo, Maria
  X Texas
Tomczak, Ewa
   X Texas
Schilling, Matthew
Yes  XTexas
Tanabe, Melinda
 Yes X 
Wang, Beilin
Wankewicz, Alyssa
Yes  XPennsylvania
Anjum, Seher
Yes  X Maryland
Bibinagar, Deepthi
 Yes X
 Webb, Camille
Reynoso, David YesX  Texas
Vohra, Rahat Yes  XTexas
Albuerne, Marisol Yes  XFlorida 
Bagla, Prabhava Yes  XFlorida 
Suazo, Lia Exam not taken  X Texas
Nair, GayatriYesX Texas
Nyalakonda, Harita Yes XTexas
Ansari, SofiaYes XTexas
Rebolledo, MauricioYes XNew Mexico
Samuel, GeorgeYesX Texas
Benwill, Jeana YesX Texas
Chung, Won Yes XIndiana
Sommers, Kimberly Yes  X California
Tahir, Faiza Yes  X Texas
Ashfaq, Ahmad Yes  X Arizona
Thet, Zeyar Yes X  New York
Blanton, Lucas Yes X  Texas
Cabada, Miguel Yes X  Peru
Tichindelean, Carmen Yes  X Michigan
Hewlett, Angela Yes X  Nebraska
Kahlon, Summerpal Yes  X Florida

Our program participates in the NRMP and all applications are submitted through ERAS. We will be reviewing applications for fellows starting July 1, 2022 between July and September 2021. Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted between September and early November 2021.

The program accepts U.S. citizens, permanent residents and J1 visa holders (H1B visa holders are considered on a case by case basis). Previous training in an accredited Internal Medicine residency program is required. There are no preset requirements for USMLE/COMLEX scores or research experience but the fellowship is quite competitive. Letters of recommendation should be included. We appoint 3 fellows per year for a 2 to 3 year training period. UTMB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information:
Juan C. Sarria M.D., Program Director
Vicki Hudson, Fellowship Coordinator
Infectious Disease Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0567
Phone: 409.772.1756
Fax: 409.772.3394

Welcome to Galveston

Galveston is a small historic island that exhibits all the appeal of a small town but is just a 50 minute drive away from the fourth largest city in the U.S. As a popular tourist town, there is always something to do including walking along the relaxing beaches, taking the family to Moody Gardens or enjoying an evening of food and entertainment at the Pleasure Pier. You'll also find plenty of night life including events at the beautiful Galveston Opera House, or live performances nightly at the Strand. Annual festivals include Dickens on the Strand and the Lone Star Biker Rally.

From restful beaches to delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants to famous Victorian architecture, the island is surrounded with great beauty and amazing history. You won't want to miss the tranquility of a Galveston sunset. We welcome you to visit this exciting and wonderful town.

Please follow these links for additional information:
» Galveston Island, Texas Tourism and Marketing
» Galveston Chamber of Commerce

Sunset at Galveston

Moody Gardens Aquarium

Pleasure Pier at Night, Galveston

Moody Gardens' Pyramids

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