An amazing group of fellows!

Meet our future clinician educators and research investigators



Paris Barkan, MD

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Yoga, documentaries, hiking, Philly sports
Why UW?:

UW stood out to me for it's unique curriculum, which allows fellows to customize their education with many subspecialty clinics and unique tracks. In addition, I also sensed the emphasis on work life balance allowing for a less stressful transition to fellowship. 


Sandra Carias Zuniga, MD

Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
Residency: University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
Hobbies: Travel, scuba diving, music, cooking
Why UW?:

It was the perfect match for me. UW nephrology not only has great leaders and mentors, but provides you with customized training and education to help toward your career goals. What stood out for me was the people. Its nice to work with welcoming, nurturing, accessible and fun people while also learning from very skilled clinicians and scientist nephrologists. Living in a vibrant city like Seattle just makes it even better.

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Indhira De la cruz Alcantara, MD

Hometown: Santo Domingo, DOM
Medical School: Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Hobbies: Soccer, movies, personal fitness, cycling


Roderick MacDonald, MD

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Medical School: University College Cork, Ireland
Residency: Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Hobbies: Traveling, sports & being active outdoors; rugby, soccer, paddleboard & hiking
Why UW?:
My expectations for UW were very high and this program impressed! The renowned faculty and facilities provide a superb environment for learning; the progressive program ensures fellows are treated well.  Living in the Pacific Northwest is just a bonus!


Nhi Tan, MD

Hometown: Kent, WA
Medical School: Stony Brook Univ School of Medicine, NY
Residency: Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading


Ryan Wong, MD

Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
Medical School: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Hobbies: Playing piano, exploring music, enjoying the outdoors, trying new food
Why UW?:

UW Nephrology appreciates the history of nephrology and invests in its future. The faculty are excited to educate fellows and to help fellows achieve their individual goals. We are provided the time to experience the program’s endless learning opportunities and resources while living in an amazing city! 


Kate Butler

Kate Butler, MD

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Medical School: Washington University, St. Louis MO
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle WA
Hobbies: Powder skiing, coffee house sitting, travel planning
Why UW?:

I first came to UW for internal medicine residency and quickly felt at home in Seattle amongst the flavorful people who ended up in this city for love of mountains, coffee, rain, etc. I was thrilled to stay on for a research fellowship after developing strong academic and personal bonds with the nephrology faculty.


Michael Granda, MD

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Univ of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hosp, Miami, FL
Hobbies: Cooking, kayaking


Simon Hsu, MD, MS

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine, Univ at Buffalo, NY
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Hobbies: Film-making, hiking, cooking, board games
Why UW?:

Without question, the people. Not only are the faculty and fellows incredibly skilled clinicians, they are also generous, accessible, cultured, and importantly, fun. UW easily fulfills the other requisite attributes of a stellar nephrology training program: program leadership who listens; multiple training sites with diverse patient populations to match; an abundance of research opportunities with a T32 training grant for fellows interested in research. Cap that off with Seattle's food culture, summer festivals, blue waters and lush greenery. It's undeniable.


Ben Lidgard, MD

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Medical School: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Residency: Harbor - UCLA, Torrance, CA
Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, camping, reading, board games with family and friends
Why UW?:

The combination of world-class faculty, excellent research opportunities, and great location were huge factors in choosing UW. What really sold me was how personable everyone was, and how invested the faculty are in fellow education.


Christine Limonte, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Hobbies: Film, music, board games, running
Why UW?:

I chose UW because I knew it would provide me with excellent clinical training by allowing me to engage with a diverse patient population across a range of hospital sites. Additionally, I knew UW would help me develop a successful career as a physician-scientist through strong mentorship and involvement in research opportunities as part of the Kidney Research Institute. 

Ke Wang, MD

Ke Wang, MD

Hometown: Kent, WA
Medical School: New York University, NYC
Residency: Boston University, Boston MA
Hobbies: Exploring Seattle, running, hiking
Why UW?:

Exceptional research opportunities, supportive faculty, and diverse clinical experiences.