Current ID Fellows

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

First-year fellows

Ruth Adekunle, MD

Ruth Adekunle, MD

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Residency: University of Maryland


I grew up in Long Branch, NJ and obtained my medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. I 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 and transplant infectious disease. I am thrilled to be moving to 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

Jessica Howard-Anderson, MD

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Residency: University of California, Los Angeles

I spent most of my childhood growing up 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. Escaping the cold, I returned to California to complete my medical school, residency and chief residency at UCLA. At UCLA I developed an interest in infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship and am excited to continue this work at Emory. My husband (who is also starting toxicology fellowship at Emory), puppy and I are thrilled about moving to Atlanta and exploring a new city. Outside of the hospital I love to swim, hike with my dog, travel and try new restaurants with friends.

Lauren Collins, MD

Lauren Collins, MD

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Residency: Duke University Medical Center

I’m originally from the greater Atlanta area and went to college at the University of Georgia. During medical school at Boston University, I worked with ‘Project Trust’ to offer free HIV testing and counseling on the wards of Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety net hospital. I then had the opportunity to spend a research year studying latent tuberculosis diagnostics and TB transmission dynamics as part of a household contacts study in Brazil. During residency at Duke, my interest in HIV care and epidemiology flourished, and I worked on projects examining the healthcare utilization of patients with HIV/AIDS and disseminated MAC and evaluated how direct-acting antiviral therapy for HCV has changed the landscape of caring for patients co-infected with HIV/HCV. I’m thrilled to be moving home to Georgia and to have the privilege of training in Infectious Diseases at Emory. I look forward to developing projects focusing on access to and engagement in care for patients with HIV/AIDS and co-infections. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy jogging/biking/hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Amy Sherman, MD

Amy Sherman, MD

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

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, with continued interest in the interplay between culture and health. I then moved to DC to attend medical school at GWU and had the opportunity to work at NIH/NIAID. I researched immunoregulatory mechanisms of HIV and hepatitis co-infection. I was also able to merge my global health interests with my research, and have participated in both medical school and residency global health tracks which allowed me to spend time in New Delhi, Tokyo, and Addis Ababa. I remain interested in immunology and the immunocompromised host and plan to further pursue this path during my fellowship training. I have really loved living in Atlanta for the past three years. I am excited to continue my current hobbies of running on the Beltline, exploring the outdoors and new hiking trails, traveling and taking advantage of the Atlanta airport (and frequent flyer miles!), and adding to my growing collection of giant stuffed microbes.

Samuel Stampfer, MD, PhD

Samuel Stampfer, MD, PhD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

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 herpes virus entry into cells. I am part of the ABIM research pathway here at Emory and plan to do mostly research long-term. During fellowship, I hope to work on antiviral vaccine development, ideally by using my structural biology knowledge to rationally design vaccine antigens. In my free time I enjoy ultimate frisbee, board games, beer tasting, and hiking expeditions.

Andrew Webster, MD

Andrew Webster, MD

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

A proud Texan, 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. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to complete my ID fellowship training at Emory where I can continue to explore my career interests of medical education and general ID. Outside of the hospital I am an obsessed baseball fan, but I also enjoy traveling, sampling local restaurants, reading, and playing trivia and board games.

Second-year fellows

Alex W. Dretler, MD

Alex W. Dretler, MD

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

I was born and raised in Atlanta just down the street from Emory in the Druid Hills neighborhood. After venturing to the northeast to get my bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University in Boston, I returned to Atlanta for medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. I completed my residency training and chief residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. While there my research focused on the burden and management of STIs, particularly gonorrhea and chlamydia, in the emergency department. Outside of work I enjoy walking and biking, especially on the Beltline, skiing, reading, and of course spending time with my friends and family.

David P. Serota, MD

David P. Serota, MD

Medical School: University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Residency: Oregon Health and Science University

I grew up in Miami and returned there for medical school. I moved to Portland, OR for residency where I better learned to appreciate sunlight and gained an appreciation for artisanal coffee and mountains. In residency I became interested in medication-assisted therapy for substance use disorders and its intersection with HIV infection. I did research on the epidemiology and immune mediators of non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections in Oregon. I will be working on a study of PrEP use among young black MSM in Atlanta and how substance use and mental health affects uptake and adherence. I am also interested in the treatment of endocarditis in the setting of IV drug use.

Jen O. Spicer, MD, MPH

Jen O. Spicer, MD, MPH

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

I grew up in Georgia where I completed my bachelor's degree in microbiology at the University of Georgia. While in medical school at Emory, I also obtained an MPH in epidemiology. During that time, I traveled to Bolivia with the CDC to study risk factors for Chagas disease. My master's thesis focused on socioeconomic and racial disparities in invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae among children. I stayed at Emory for my residency where my research focused on medical education and Grady's HIV FOCUS screening program, and then completed a chief resident year at Grady. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.

Nate A. Summers, MD

Nate A. Summers, MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Although I am originally from Rochester, NY, I moved to Tennessee before starting 8th grade and stayed in the state for undergrad and medical school before going up to Cleveland, OH, for residency. At Case Western, I participated in research looking at Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections among veterans with spinal cord injuries. I am excited to continue my training at Emory where I hope to pursue research focusing on urban HIV/AIDS outcomes and barriers to retention in care. Outside of the hospital I enjoy college sports, playing ultimate frisbee, board games, and spending time with friends and family.

Third-year fellows

Anar Patel, MD

Anar Patel, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

I'm originally from Cincinnati, OH and lived there until completing residency at the University of Pittsburgh. During medical school at the University of Cincinnati, I worked at a clinic in Mwanza, Tanzania and did a research project on point-of-care microbiological testing. I was a Global Health resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and spent time in Lilongwe, Malawi and Beira, Mozambique practicing inpatient medicine and engaging in medical student teaching. During residency, I did research on the prevalence of HIV resistance in Pittsburgh. I currently work with Drs. Igho Ofotokun and Anandi Sheth on the interaction between female genital tract microbiome and antiretroviral drug levels as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in women. Outside of work, you will find me running on the Beltline and exploring new restaurants (especially Mexican food).

Vanessa Raabe, MD, MSc

Vanessa Raabe, MD MSc

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency: University of California, San Diego

I grew up in Minnesota where I did research during my medical training on hepatitis A infections in international adoptees. While completing a MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases in London, my thesis focused on ways to make infection control more culturally acceptable during Ebola outbreaks. As a combined med/peds resident at UCSD, I researched pediatric TB osteoarticular infections and am excited to be pursing both adult and pediatric infectious diseases as a fellow at Emory. I am interested in travel and tropical medicine, emerging infections particularly filoviral infections, and outbreak management. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, outdoor activities, and exploring restaurants around Atlanta.

Michael H. Woodworth, MD

Michael H. Woodworth, MD

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Residency: Duke University School of Medicine

I grew up in Atlanta, went to Emory for undergrad, and am eager to return to Emory to finish Infectious Diseases Fellowship. In medical school, I worked with GHESKIO in Port Au Prince, Haiti to describe features of the Cholera epidemic there. In residency, I worked with my mentor on a large retrospective review of Nocardia at Duke. I am really excited about human microbiota therapies for a range of indications, including modifying risk for gut colonization with drug resistant organisms. I did my first year of ID fellowship at UCSF but am relocating to be with my fiancée, Kate, who is working as an EIS officer at the CDC. I enjoy travel, cycling, wood fire baking and searching for people to teach me to be less bad at the fiddle.

Fourth-year fellows

Jeff Collins, MD, MPH

Jeff Collins, MD, MPH

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Colorado

I grew up in Michigan and completed my medical and public health degrees at Case Western Reserve University. My research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis and the development of new diagnostic methods. I completed the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program and I am currently a research fellow in the T32 vaccinology program. My current research includes several projects examining the use of plasma metabolomics to identify novel biomarkers of active tuberculosis disease, infection with drug resistant organisms and tuberculosis immunity. I am also interested in the epidemiology of latent tuberculosis infection in foreign-born persons living in the U.S. and improving the cascade of care to increase treatment completion. My mentors from the division of infectious diseases include Henry Blumberg, Russell Kempker and Mark Mulligan. Outside of the hospital I enjoy reading, running, and spending time with my family.