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Meet Our Trainees

Raju Mehta, M.B.B.S.

Raju Mehta, M.B.B.S.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

I chose Mayo Clinic for fellowship because I wanted an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field. Every day I encounter consultants who are at the forefront of improving the practice of critical care medicine. It became evident on my interview day that the consultants here were invested in the education and success of their fellows. This has proven true day in and day out here. There is also a very collegial feel where fellows are considered peers amongst the consultants. Here at Mayo Clinic, we are exposed to a large variety of pathology that isn't matched anywhere in the world, which only furthers the educational opportunities in the fellowship program.

Melissa Myers, M.D.

Melissa Myers, M.D.

What is it like living in Rochester, Minnesota?

I’ve lived here for four years now. Training in a smaller city like Rochester is a huge time saver — my commute is only 5-10 minutes — and is affordable as well, with many options for home rental and ownership within a trainee budget. My husband and I bought and renovated our first house in 2017, which would not have been possible for us in more expensive regions. I’m a little bit of a foodie, and there are a lot of good dining options in the area. Some people who come here are worried about the winter, but Minnesota winters are actually really sunny. Both summer and winter offer great outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping, and boating, so there are plenty of ways to rejuvenate and enjoy southern Minnesota outside of work.

Shaun Noronha, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Shaun Noronha, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

What makes this fellowship special?

As trainees at the Mayo Clinic, you expect the best from your medical faculty, and that is indeed what you find: world-class, talismanic leaders in the field. However, the reason our faculty can provide such an excellent training environment for us is because every piece of the training is carefully thought out and delivered. The expertise of the full staff, including the respiratory therapists, the nurses, the social services, physical and occupational therapy, and other adjunct services, also breeds a culture of excellence among themselves, thus creating an exceptional patient care environment. At Mayo Clinic, fellows are called to a higher standard and are given the tools to beat that standard. Of all my training experiences, this has been unique.

Amos Lal, M.B.B.S.

Amos Lal, M.B.B.S.

How is Mayo helping you reach your career goals?

I am interested in providing excellent care for my patients and developing skills for high quality clinical research. In addition, I have great interest in reaching out to under-served communities at domestic and international platform. Mayo Clinic helps to provide opportunities with all the above and uniquely personalized to each trainee. The Mayo International Health Program is distinctive in providing the prospect to gain experience internationally in the developing world to expand the horizons of understanding in terms of clinical medicine in resource limited settings.

Current fellows

NameResidency
Barry Burnstein, M.D. McGill University
Juan Pablo Domecq Garces, M.D. Henry Ford Hospital
Kavitha Gopalratnam, M.B.B.S. Yale New Haven Health-Bridgeport Hospital
Amos Lal, M.B.B.S. Saint Vincent's Hospital
Guatam (Raju) Mehta, M.B.B.S. UIC/Advocate Christ
Melissa Myers, M.D. Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Shaun Nornha, M.B.B.S., M.P.H. St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center
Yewande Odeyemi, M.B.B.S. Howard University Hospital
Priya Patel, M.B.B.S. Stony Brook University Hospital
Hamza Rayes, M.B.B.Ch. Creighton University
Swathi Sangli, M.B.B.S.  Mount Sinai-St. Luke's West Hospital

Alumni

Past Critical Care Internal Medicine fellows include:

NameProgram yearsDestination

Ghassan Bandak

2016-2018

Marshall Internal Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia

Crystal Breighner

2016-2018

Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii

Sangita Goel

2016-2018 

New York University Medical Center, New York

Arnaldo Lopez

2016-2018 

Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida

Aarti Narayan

2016-2018 

Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Faria Nasim

2016-2018 

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Govind Pandompatam

2016-2018 

St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois

Joseph Poterucha

2016-2018 

Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Mahrukh Rizvi

2016-2018 

On leave

Ankit Sakhuja

2016-2018  West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Courtney Bennett

2015-2017

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Lisa Daniels

2015-2017

Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia

Namita Jayaprakash

2015-2017

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Kenneth Sakata

2015-2017

Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona

Sandhya Samavedam

2015-2017

Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Vrinda Trivedi

2015-2017

Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula

2015-2017

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Alexander Vengerovsky

2015-2017

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington