We are excited to welcome our incoming fellows to the Division of Nephrology ~ Academic Year 2021-22

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Karen de Wolski

Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Karen attended Claremont McKenna College where she majored in biology. Following her undergraduate years, Karen moved to Seattle and worked for several years in the Zimring lab (Bloodworks) where she used murine models to study the genetics and mechanisms of blood storage and natural senescence. Karen graduated from the School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University during which time she rotated on the UWMC nephrology service. This experience proved transformative for her early career, and I distinctly remember her recounting this early nephrology exposure at her interview for medicine residency. Karen is an avid cyclist and runner, and is a diehard supporter of New England sports teams.



Neha Deval

Neha grew up in Hyderabad, India and attended Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Secunderabad. After several clerkships in the US, she migrated to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona where under the mentorship of Dr. Janis Blair she examined the incidence of, and screening utility for, Coccidioidomycosis in individuals with compromised immune systems. She is currently a medicine resident at Westchester Medical Center in New York, a regional level 1 trauma and transplant center. During her down time, she enjoys playing chess, running, hiking, and cooking.




Eric Luitweiler

Eric is originally from Audubon, Pennsylvania and completed his BS in molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University. It was at JHU where Eric was first introduced to kidney diseases, where he worked as an RA on CKD educational materials. Leveraging his undergraduate training, Eric subsequently examined interactions of the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus nuclear egress complex on cellular membranes under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Doms at the University of Pennsylvania. He later received his medical degree from Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine and will complete his residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Eric enjoys running and creative writing, and is spending his COVID “down time” learning elementary Mandarin. 




Karan Panchal

In addition to the US, Karan has lived in Germany, Italy, and the Caribbean. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Loyola University and received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. He is currently a resident at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Mercy where he has focused on QI projects to reduce the rate of readmission among patients with underlying lung disease. Outside of medicine, Karan enjoys travel, guitar, and playing basketball, baseball, and tennis.




Michelle Pengsheng 

Michelle grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Portland where she received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Before attending the University of Iowa College of Medicine, she worked as a medical scribe for two years at Northwest Acute Care Specialists in her native Portland. She is currently a resident the University of Colorado where under the guidance of Anna Jovanovich she is examining the relations of arterial stiffness and acute kidney injury using data from the SPRINT trial. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys cooking, travel, true crime and board games. 




Lauren Ring

Lauren is originally from Spokane and returned last year to the Pacific Northwest after 15 years “abroad”. She received her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Vanderbilt University. She subsequently studied medicine and completed her residency at Duke University where she was a Clinical and Translational Science Scholar. Following residency, Lauren has been working as an academic hospitalist, first at Cedars-Sinai and more recently at UWMC. Lauren is interested in medical education and currently leads the UW MS1 small group sessions for the Circulatory Systems Block. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, skiing, good literature, vegetarian cuisine and spending time with her family.