Current ID Fellows

Learn more about the current Emory University School of Medicine Infectious Diseases (ID) fellows.

First-year fellows

Divya Bhamidipati, MD
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Bhamidipati

I grew up bouncing around the globe, moving from Saudi Arabia to India to Ireland to the US all before the age of 11. I then settled down in Dallas, TX and became a lifelong Cowboys fan. I left Texas for undergrad at USC but came back to TX again for medical school at Baylor. I was then lucky enough to go to UPMC for residency where as part of the global health track I was able to spend two months each year in Malawi working in a tertiary care hospital. As part of my time abroad, I helped develop educational curriculum and work on a Point of Care ultrasound project. The experience solidified my love for global health and sparked my passion in health policy in relation to global health and HIV/TB co-infection. I’m so excited to be able to come to Emory for ID fellowship, where I hope to focus more on global health policy and health disparities. In my free time, I love going to museums, going to dance classes, pretending I’m the next MasterChef, and planning my next trip!

Nithin Gopalsamy, MD
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Gopalsamy

I was born in southern India and raised in Mumbai for 9 years before moving to the US. I spent time in Mississippi and Alabama before moving to the Northeast, where I completed my undergraduate and medical education. I was happy to move back to the South for residency at Emory and to be staying for fellowship. My interests in ID remain fairly broad, including HIV care and transplant ID. Outside of work, I am a passionate sports fan, particularly basketball and futbol, and enjoy spending my time exploring the food scene on Buford Highway and traveling with my wife.

Aaron Kofman, MD
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: University of California, San Diego

Kofman

I grew up in Massachusetts and left for college at Stanford University, where I studied International Relations with a focus on global health and development. I returned back to the East Coast to attend medical school at Brown University where I spent four amazing years in The Miriam Hospital HIV clinic helping to care for patients with HIV and HIV/Hepatitis C coinfection. My wife and I couples-matched to University of California San Diego where I completed Internal Medicine residency with a focus on longitudinal primary care for HIV patients at the Owen Clinic. I subsequently joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the CDC, where I had the best two years of my life working on outbreak response and research focused on viral hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Fever and hantavirus. I am thrilled to be moving across Clifton Road to Emory for Infectious Diseases fellowship and looking forward to integrating public health into my career in clinical infectious diseases. 

Jesse O’Shea MD, MSc  
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine - Sarasota
Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital

Jesse

I grew up in Florida, where I stayed for undergraduate and medical school. Trading in sunny beaches for London fog, I completed graduate degrees in health policy, economics, and global health as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My residency training at Yale enabled me to work in Rwanda, delivering care and medical education as a Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholar. I’ve spent the last decade deepening my understanding of global health policy and infectious disease through experiences/projects such as helping the State of Florida understand the potential financial and social impacts of dengue fever, researching infectious disease digital surveillance systems, developing novel screening methods for hepatitis C, and establishing a developmental clearinghouse in Haiti. I look forward to returning to the South, where I plan to research communicable disease control and possibly pursue a career at the CDC. Outside of the hospital, I am a cinema fanatic and enjoy writing and the arts.

Aditi Ramakrishnan, MD
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: University of Michigan

Ramakrishnan

I grew up on Long Island and completed my undergraduate degree at Yale College. I subsequently worked in the public health sector in Chennai, India through the William J. Clinton Fellowship and completed a Masters in Anthropology at Columbia University. I spent the next seven years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I completed medical school and residency at the University of Michigan and met my Midwestern husband. During this time, I worked on several qualitative projects investigating various aspects of health disparities. I also have a passion for gender equity and founded “Equal Medicine,” a career development program for women in the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of Michigan. Following residency, I worked as a hospitalist at The Ohio State University. I am planning to develop a career in Infectious Diseases focused on health equity and antimicrobial stewardship. Outside the hospital, I enjoy playing music, writing, traveling, and exploring new restaurants with friends and family.

Second-year fellows

Max Adelman, MD
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Adelman

For the past 10 years I have bounced between the northeast and Atlanta: after growing up outside Boston and attending college in upstate New York, I came to Emory for medical school. I loved my time at Emory and was incredibly grateful to be able to work and train at Grady. During medical school, I pursued a Master’s degree in clinical research while researching tuberculosis case finding at an HIV clinic in Ethiopia. I returned to Boston for residency, where I found that I enjoy taking care of critically ill patients, especially those with severe infections. My wife and I are thrilled to be back in Atlanta for Infectious Diseases fellowship at Emory, where I am combining my clinical and research interests into clinical research on infections due to multi-drug resistant organisms. When not in the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, eating barbeque, and exercising outside.

Daniel Graciaa, MD, MPH
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Graciaa

I grew up in Atlanta and left for college at the University of Notre Dame before returning for medical school at Emory, where I also completed an MPH in epidemiology. I remained at Emory for residency, where participation in the Global Health Distinction Program and excellent mentorship in the ID division allowed me to develop my interest in tuberculosis and to travel to the country of Georgia, where we completed a survey of physicians in the national TB program. My family and I are thrilled to have stayed at Emory and in Atlanta for fellowship. Outside of work, I am usually watching soccer, whether on TV, at my daughter’s games or at Atlanta United matches.

Alfonso C Hernández-Romieu, MD MPH
Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Hernández

I grew up in Cuernavaca and studied medicine at Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Mexico in Mexico City. After graduating, I spent a year working with marginalized indigenous communities in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico where I developed an interest in population health, particularly in the intersection of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic disease and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV. I pursued an MPH at Emory University with a focus in Global Health and Epidemiology doing research in racial disparities in HIV-infection among MSM and prevalence of cardiovascular/metabolic diseases among HIV-infected individuals in the U.S. Prior to starting residency I had the opportunity to spend two months in Guinea working on Ebola control with CDC. I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University and am extremely excited to continue my training among such a distinguished group of ID physician-scientists. I plan to continue doing research in global HIV, tuberculosis, and cardiovascular/metabolic disease and possibly pursue a career at CDC. Beyond my academic interests my hobbies include rock-climbing, hiking, playing with my dog Penelope, and going to live music shows.

Boghuma Titanji, MD, PhD
Medical School: Université de Yaoundé I Faculté de Medicine et des Sciences Biomédicales, Cameroon
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Titanji

I grew up in Cameroon where I did my medical training. After graduating from medical school, I worked in general practice for two years then moved to England for further post graduate training. I obtained an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, then a PhD in Infectious Diseases from UCL. My PhD research focused on the mechanisms of HIV drug resistance and the impact of antiretroviral drugs on cell-to-cell spread of HIV-1.  I completed Internal Medicine residency training here at Emory before transitioning into the ID fellowship program. During fellowship, I plan to continue translational research in the field of HIV, primarily focusing on how the virus drives inflammation within the host. I am passionate about how clinical research can be translated into policies that impact the lives of vulnerable patient populations. As I continue to mature as a clinician-scientist, I hope to combine translational research with clinical practice to influence health policy from a global health perspective. In my free time I enjoy blogging about global health issues, traveling, indoor cycling and cooking for friends and family.

Jane Yoon, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: Temple University

Yoon

I'm a Georgian through and through! Born and raised in Augusta, GA, I made my great escape to Atlanta for undergrad at Georgia Tech, then found myself back in Augusta for medical school at the Medical College of GA. Looking for a more substantial change in geography, I moved to Philadelphia for residency training followed by a chief resident year at Temple University. My decision to pursue a career in ID came later in residency after gaining interest in urban health and the complex dynamics of infectious disease in underserved, vulnerable populations. I also participated in a study that investigated the nuanced clinical factors surrounding diagnosis and treatment of UTIs at Temple Hospital, looking into methods of improving the diagnostic process and antimicrobial stewardship. I am thankful and ecstatic to be returning to the great city of Atlanta to train at Emory and continue exploring the fascinating world of infectious diseases. In my free time, I enjoy anything that involves quality time with friends and family -- I love sampling new restaurants, playing board games, going on weekend hikes, making music with friends, and planning my next trip.

Third-year fellows

Ruth Adekunle, MD
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Residency: University of Maryland

Adekunle

Although born in Nigeria, I mostly grew up in Long Branch, NJ. I obtained my medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed residency at University of Maryland, where I also served as a Chief Resident. During residency, my research focus was in cardiovascular effects of HIV, transplant infectious disease and treatment of hepatitis C in renal transplant patients. I am thrilled to be in Atlanta and plan to continue my research interests of HIV and transplant infectious disease. Outside of the hospital, you can find me spending time with family and friends, enjoying a great play, watching a dance performance, or going to a concert.

Jessica Howard-Anderson, MD
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles

Howard

I spent most of my childhood in Mountain View, California. I moved down south to Santa Barbara, CA when I was in high school and still enjoy going back to visit my parents there on vacation. I left California to go to Brown University where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in human biology and competed on the swim team. I returned to California to complete my medical school, residency and chief residency at UCLA. My husband (Emory toxicology/ER physician) and I moved to Atlanta for fellowship and are both really enjoying living in Decatur. I’m interested in infection prevention, hospital epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship. I’m currently enrolled in the MSCR program am doing research in CRE epidemiology. Outside of the hospital I love to swim, hike with my dog, travel and try new restaurants with friends.

Lauren Collins, MD
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center

Collins

I’m originally from the greater Atlanta area and went to college at the University of Georgia. I then traveled north for medical school at Boston University and worked my way back down south in residency at Duke University and ultimately back home in Atlanta for fellowship at Emory. I have long been interested in caring for people living with HIV (PLWH) and specifically studying epidemiology and clinical outcomes of PLWH and associated co-infections (e.g. HCV infection) and co-morbidities. It is a privilege to doctor and it is the clinical narrative that drives my research interests with the ultimate goal of achieving health equity for all persons. I’m thrilled to be at Emory and working with Dr. Ofotokun on evaluating sex differences in the burden of non-AIDS co-morbidities in PLWH in the United States. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy jogging/biking/hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

Amy Sherman, MD
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Sherman

Although I was born in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, I spent most of my formative years in Cincinnati, OH. I studied medical anthropology during my undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania. I then attended medical school at GWU and had the opportunity to work at NIH/NIAID, studying immunoregulatory mechanisms of HIV and hepatitis co-infection. I remain interested in immunology and the immunocompromised host/transplant population. I am focusing my efforts on the development of a universal influenza vaccine under the T32 vaccinology program with the Hope Clinic. My ultimate goal is to combine my interests in vaccinology and immunology, and study the immunologic responses of vaccines in the transplant population. My current hobbies include running on the Beltline, exploring the outdoors and hiking trails with my black lab Leo, traveling and taking advantage of the ATL airport (and Delta sky miles!), and adding to my growing collection of giant stuffed microbes.

Samuel Stampfer, MD, PhD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

stampfer

I grew up in Boston and completed my MD/PhD at Tufts. My doctoral research was in a structural virology lab where I studied the mechanism of herpesvirus entry into cells. I am part of the ABIM research pathway here at Emory and plan to do mostly research long-term. I am currently doing basic science research in Dr. Dick Compans and Dr. Chinglai Yang's lab. I am using structural biology techniques to rationally design a heat-stable, highly-immunogenic Ebola glycoprotein antigen to create an Ebola vaccine that- unlike current ones in use- will not require refrigeration and will be very cheap to produce. I am also working on combination vaccines that would immunize for both Ebola and flu or Ebola and HIV simultaneously. In my free time I enjoy ultimate frisbee, board games, beer tasting, and hiking expeditions.

Andrew Webster, MD
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Webster

I grew up in Corpus Christi, TX before completing my bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University. I completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and then finally left Texas for residency at Emory. During residency, I earned the HIV primary care distinction while working with Atlanta's HIV population at IDP clinic. After residency, I remained at Emory for a chief year at Grady. My career interests include medical education, microbiology, and hospital epidemiology and stewardship. I am currently involved in research regarding S. aureus epidemiology. Outside of the hospital I am an obsessed baseball fan, and I also enjoy traveling, reading, trivia and board games. 

Fourth-year fellows

Cassie M. Grimsley Ackerley, MD          
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center & Children’s Hospital

Woodworth

I grew up in Columbus, Georgia and completed my medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. During my residency, I had the opportunity to work in Swaziland at a clinic specialized in caring for adult and pediatric patients infected with HIV. There my research aimed to improve resource allocation by identifying patient groups at higher risk for virological failure in order to perform targeted viral load monitoring. I was excited to move back to Georgia for combined adult and pediatric infectious disease fellowship training at Emory. I currently work in the Kelley lab studying immune factors that influence rectal mucosal HIV transmission. Outside of the hospital, you can find me planting in the garden, sipping at a wine tasting, creating in the kitchen, sewing my next wardrobe piece, dancing to some tunes, or eating dinner out with friends.