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Welcome to our 2019 Nephrology Fellows!

Clinical Track:


Paris Barkan, MD

Paris Barkan received her BS in Neuroscience from Bucknell University and completed medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. She is currently a resident at Temple University where she works with Crystal Gadegbeku on examining the associations of blood pressure and racial residential segregation among C-PROBE participants. Paris has also been an active member of Temple’s LGBTQ Alliance and worked as a framer for AmeriCorps in New Orleans. She looks forward to sharing her love of everything Philly including the Sixers and Phillies. 


Roddy MacDonald, MD

Roddy MacDonald grew up in Vancouver BC and completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. After founding a junk collection company, he moved on to matriculate at University College Cork where he studied medicine while competing in the All-Ireland League (rugby). He is currently an Associate Chief Resident at the University of Massachusetts Baystate. Roddy’s other hobbies include soccer and cooking. 


Ryan Wong, MD

Ryan Wong hails from Arizona where he completed a major in Biology - Biomedical Sciences followed by medical school, residency, and Chief residency at the University of Arizona. Ryan has collected numerous teaching and humanism accolades during his medical training. He is also a classical pianist, an amateur bassoonist, and dabbles in the flute and piccolo.


Sandra Carias Zuniga, MD

Sandra Carias Zuniga grew up in Tegucigalpa and received her medical degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. Following graduation, she worked in primary care at La Habana Medical Center (rural medicine) before entering residency at the University of Massachusetts. At UMass, she worked with Manpreet Singh in examining the presence and timing of cardiac catheterization and kidney transplant outcomes. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys scuba and skydiving while listening to music (rock, jazz, blues). She also relishes time to cook and enjoy food with friends and family. 

Research Track:

Granda-MichaelMichael Granda, MD

Michael Granda (Basic Science) has lived all over the country, growing up in Arizona then moving to the east coast where he received a BS in Chemistry from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science from Tufts followed by medical school at Eastern Virginia.  He is a currently a resident at the University of Miami. He comes to us with a rich background in basic science research and has worked on rodent/primate brain PET imaging at MGH. His hobbies include cooking, yoga, playing the trumpet & piano.


Ben Lidgard, MD

Ben Lidgard (Clinical Research) is a local Eagle Scout who graduated high school from Bishop Blanchet in Seattle, WA. He subsequently completed his BS in biochemistry and MD at the University of Washington. He is now a resident at Harbor-UCLA where he works with Jenny Shen on examining the associations of adherence to thienopyridines and major cardiovascular events among patients with CVD and ESRD. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, singing, reading, and cooking.

Learn more about the Nephrology Fellowship Program here