Incoming Fellows

We are excited to welcome our incoming fellows to the Division of Nephrology ~ Academic Year 2020-21


Rasha Alawieh

Rasha came to us from Columbus, Ohio where she completed her Nephrology Fellowship at The Ohio State University. Before fellowship, she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the world-renowned American University of Beirut, an ACGME-I accredited program. Rasha will be our 2020-21 Transplant Nephrology Fellow.

Jasleen Ghuman


Jasleen attended high school in Kent, WA. While working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she attended Highline Community College and then transferred to the University of Washington where she received her BS in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. She subsequently completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and is currently a resident at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Jasleen has trained under several physician-scientists, most recently with Dr. Rupal Mehta with whom she investigates the relations between FGF-23 and heart failure outcomes. Jasleen looks forward to returning to her favorite runs and hikes in the Pacific Northwest. She also relishes time to cook and enjoy food with friends and family.

Alex Hawkins


Alex originally hails from Dallas, Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the Texas A&M University and studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern where he came under the nephrology spell of Dr. Biff Palmer. Alex is currently a resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he completed an advanced teaching program designed for faculty (Enhancing Learning in Medicine). He will also complete a formal 3-year quality improvement curriculum based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement model. Alex’s hobbies include piano (classical), film, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and hiking.

Laura Mayeda


Laura grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington where she received her undergraduate, master of public health and medical degrees. Before returning to medical school, she worked in public health at several non-profit organizations in Seattle including PATH where she evaluated new technologies for MMR and polio vaccine campaigns in Brazil, South Africa and India. She is currently a resident a Virginia Mason Medical Center and has worked with Ian DeBoer on examining glucose time in range and peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetes and CKD. In her spare time, Laura enjoys singing and spending time with her family. 

Amol Patel


Amol is originally from Houston, Texas and completed his BS in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his medical degree from University of North Texas Health Science Center and is now Chief Resident at Houston Methodist Hospital. Amol is interested in medical education and received the Resident Teacher of the Year for the past two years. In his spare time, Amol enjoys playing guitar (electric and flamenco) and exercising. He looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest. 

Frances Tian


Frances grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at University of Utah. She subsequently received her medical degree from Ohio State University where she received the Bennett scholarship for medical student research. She is currently a resident at the University of Illinois Chicago where she works with Dr. Anna Porter in examining the associations of social support, hospitalizations, and progression of CKD among Hispanic Americans with chronic kidney disease (Hispanic CRIC). Her other interests include travel, photography, skiing, and playing with her mischievous puppy.