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Meet Our Fellows

A pediatric cardiology fellow discusses imaging results with a faculty member

Learn more about our current trainees and hear what they have to say about the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Brittany Graham, M.D.

Brittany Graham, M.D.

Class of 2022

Medical school: University of Texas, Galveston, TX

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?

I enjoy working with both pediatric patients and their families. Pediatric cardiology gives you the unique opportunity of caring for ill patients while also watching them grow and develop. I hope to pursue global work in my career endeavors and this training provides me with a unique skillset that will give me the opportunity to serve more people.

Yalile Perez, M.D., M.S.

Yalile Perez, M.D., M.S.

Class of 2022

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE

Residency: Pediatrics, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA

What is one thing you like most about this fellowship?

How close everyone in the department is. We are one big family. The faculty is extremely accessible, and we receive one-on-one teaching almost every day.

What is living in Rochester, MN, like for you?

Rochester is a very safe, family-friendly city, which is perfect for my needs. There are plenty of outdoors activities and many miles of paved biking trails which go all around the city. The quality and cost of living are great.

Carolina Larmeu, M.D.

Carolina Larmeu, M.D.

Class of 2023

Medical school: Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA

Residency: Pediatrics, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA

What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?

Although the city is small, there is a large population of culturally diverse young professionals, and it has been easy for me to make friends. I have really enjoyed the summer weather here and have taken advantage of the abundance of beautify scenery and outdoor adventures.

How is your fellowship going?

Because of the steep learning curve, the beginning of fellowship can sometimes make you feel like an intern all over again, which can be really frustrating. However, I am grateful for my faculty and upper levels who all have been patient and encouraging in addition to being amazing teachers!

Nibras El Sherif, M.B.B.S.

Nibras El Sherif, M.B.B.S.

Class of 2023

Medical school: University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine, Khartoum, Sudan

Residency: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?

I fell in love with studying the heart in medical school; the pathophysiology is very interesting and very versatile. I also like to treat really sick children and help them get better, which is what I found in cardiology.

How is your fellowship at Mayo Clinic going?

Fellowship has been wonderful so far, I have great support from my faculty and co-fellows, and since I did residency here as well, it’s very nice to run into my old colleagues and faculty members and be able to catch up with them.

 

Joseph Chan, M.D.

Joseph Chan, M.D.

Class of 2024

Medical school: Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Residency: Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center Program, New York, NY

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

I chose Mayo for the great faculty members who are excellent mentors and eager teachers. There are ample research opportunities and it is a very supportive learning environment. Everyone is very supportive, there is great collegiality within the program, and faculty members are extremely accessible. My co-fellows have been a great pillar of support to me since the start of my fellowship. 

What is living in Rochester like for you?

Living in Rochester reminds me of my hometown back in Malaysia. There is an abundance of beautiful sceneries and outdoor activities that I can participate in.

Derek Opp, D.O.

Derek Opp, D.O.

Class of 2024

Medical school: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO

Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

It has been a goal of mine to train at Mayo Clinic for a long time. One chief reason is the way Mayo truly puts the patient first in practice, not just as a mission statement. 

What are your favorite things to do in Rochester?

My favorite things to do in Rochester include biking the Douglas Trail, cross country skiing at Quarry Hill, and eating/sampling beers at Forager Brewery. Rochester is a great city for families. My wife, two kids, and two dogs have found many things to do in Rochester and we have met some fantastic other young families.