Current ID Fellows

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

First-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 hope to combine my clinical and research interests into clinical research on infections due to multi-drug resistant organisms. When not in the hospital I enjoy chasing squirrels with my dog Annie (a Miniature Schnauzer), biking with my wife, and eating barbeque.

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 be staying 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 was born in Cameroon and grew up in its capital city Yaoundé where I completed my undergraduate and medical training. After graduating from medical school, I moved to London to pursue post-graduate training in Tropical Medicine and International Health through a M.Sc. and a DTM&H at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I then completed a PhD at University College London, with my research focusing on cell-to-cell spread of HIV-1 across a virological synapse and how antiretroviral agents can be used to target this unique mode of spread. At Emory I am on the ABIM research pathway and I plan to continue research on HIV pathogenesis and how to more effectively target the virus within the host, with the aim of eliminating the viral reservoir. I am very 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 and a scientist, I hope to combine translational research with clinical practice to influence health policy from a global health perspective, especially in the field of infectious diseases. In my free time I enjoy traveling, going to live jazz music concerts, 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 global 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 disease. 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.

Second-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 and transplant infectious disease and treatment of hepatitis C in renal transplant patients. 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
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 (who is an Emory toxicology fellow) and I moved to Atlanta for fellowship and are both really enjoying living in Decatur. I’m interested in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology and will be 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 the sociodemographics and clinical outcomes of PLWH and associated co-infections (namely mycobacterial disease and chronic 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 the impact of HIV serostatus, age and sex on the aging HIV-infected population 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. I researched immunoregulatory mechanisms of HIV and hepatitis co-infection. I also 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/transplant population.  For the next two years, I will focus my efforts on the development of a universal influenza vaccine under the T32 vaccinology program with the Hope Clinic.  I am excited to continue my current hobbies of 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. 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
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Webster

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.

Third-year fellows

Alex W. Dretler, MD
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Dretler

From Atlanta originally, I ventured to the northeast to get my bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University in Boston, but 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.  My research interests have evolved and currently my research is focused on the threat of antimicrobial resistance and novel approaches to tackle this growing problem.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my puppy, Jack, and my husband, especially outdoors and around the beltline.

David P. Serota, MD
Medical School: University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Residency: Oregon Health and Science University

Serota

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. I’m currently getting a masters in clinical research with a thesis project studying how substance use impacts uptake and adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Outside of HIV prevention, I have a research interest in the infectious complications of intravenous drug use as well as implementation of medications for addiction treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

Jen O. Spicer, MD, MPH
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Spicer

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. I'm currently working with Lauri Hicks at the CDC performing a qualitative analysis of patient and physician perceptions of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use. I also have a strong medical education interest with multiple ongoing projects. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.

Nate A. Summers, MD
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Summers

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 am finishing the MSCR program.  My clinical focuses are HIV and transplant populations, while my research focuses on HIV/AIDS clinical outcomes and progression along the HIV care continuum.  Outside of the hospital I enjoy college sports, playing ultimate frisbee, board games, and spending time with friends and family.

Fourth-year fellows

Michael H. Woodworth, MD            
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Residency: Duke University School of Medicine

Woodworth

I am originally from Atlanta and attended Emory for my undergraduate degree. I went to Dartmouth for medical school, where I worked with GHESKIO in Port Au Prince, Haiti to describe features of the cholera epidemic there. I completed my internal medicine residency at Duke, where I worked with my mentor on a large retrospective review of Nocardia infections over an 18-year period. After a first year of ID fellowship at UCSF, I transferred to Emory join my wife in Atlanta, who works at the CDC.  After transferring, I was awarded an Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) fellowship to support two additional years of research.  My current focus is leveraging discoveries from the human gut microbiome to develop microbial therapies for multi-drug resistant organism colonization, and to utilize epidemiologic data sets to prioritize risk groups for these therapies. I enjoy travel, wood fire baking, and working in our garden in Grant Park.

Vanessa Raabe, MD MSc
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency: University of California, San Diego

Raabe

I grew up and did medical training in Minnesota, where I did research on hepatitis A infections in international adoptees during medical school. I completed an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, during which my research focused on ways to make infection control more culturally acceptable during Ebola outbreaks. I finished my combined med/peds residency at UCSD and am excited to be pursing both adult and pediatric infectious diseases as a fellow at Emory. I am currently a research fellow in the T32 vaccinology training program working with Dr. Mark Mulligan at the Emory Hope Clinic on an Ebola pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccine trial for people at occupational risk of Ebola exposure as well as several projects examining the immune responses to neuroinvasive arbovirus infections such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis viruses. I am interested in vaccinology, translational immunology for emerging viral diseases, and travel/tropical medicine. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, and exploring restaurants around Atlanta.