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Meet Our Fellows

Our fellows and faculty foster a collegial environment and education-focused culture that provides an inclusive learning experience. Each fellow brings a dedication to providing stellar patient care as well as a collaborative learning experience.

Class of 2023

Mohanad Elfishawi, M.B., B.Ch., M.S.

Mohanad Elfishawi, M.B., B.Ch., M.S.

Medical school: Kasr Al Ainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai-Queens Hospital

Clinical interests: Vasculitis, crystalline arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound

Research interests: Vasculitis and crystalline arthritis; current Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium — Vasculitis Foundation Fellow

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Fun facts: I'm originally from Egypt and I'm a soccer and handball fan.

Vanessa Kronzer, M.D.

Vanessa Kronzer, M.D.

Undergraduate: St. Olaf College

Medical school: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Residency: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Clinical interests: Inflammatory arthritis, shared decision-making

Research interests: Epidemiology and genetics of rheumatoid arthritis, planning to submit K Award

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Fun facts: I bike to work every day (yes, even in the winter) and love playing golf.

Matthew Samec, M.D.

Matthew Samec, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Northern Iowa

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine

Residency: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Clinical interests: Inflammatory arthritis, autoinflammatory disease, vasculitis

Research interests: Vasculitis and autoinflammatory disease (Yao Syndrome and VEXAS)

Hometown: New Hampton, Iowa

Fun facts: I spend time outdoors in Rochester biking, going to parks, and attending baseball games with my wife and two young children.

Class of 2024

Alex Kimbrough, M.D.

Alex Kimbrough, M.D.

Undergraduate: Baylor University 

Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Clinical interests: Inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis

Research interests: Extraarticular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis, serious infections in rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis

Hometown: Belton, Texas

Fun facts: I'm married with one kid and another on the way! Love being outdoors — running, hiking, kayaking. 

Katrina Williamson, M.D.

Katrina Williamson, M.D.

Undergraduate: Harvard University

Medical school: University of Michigan

Residency: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Clinical interests: Inflammatory myositis, inflammatory arthritis, autoinflammatory disease

Research interests: Application of artificial intelligence to research practices, practice improvement, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sarcoidosis

Hometown: Keller, Texas

Fun facts: I couples-matched with my husband to Mayo Clinic for medicine residency and for our respective fellowships (rheumatology-hematology/oncology). We got married during fellowship and own a very loved, mischievous corgi, named Loki. 

Class of 2025

Sonya Joshi, D.O.

Sonya Joshi, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Medical school: University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Clinical interests: Inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, sarcoidosis

Research interests: Psoriatic arthritis, interstitial lung disease, quality improvement in disease activity and monitoring, healthcare disparities

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Fun facts: I was the reigning school spelling bee champion from fourth to sixth grade. I enjoy hiking, cooking, and trying new foods. 

Maryam Own, M.D.

Maryam Own, M.D.

Undergraduate: Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar Integrated Medical Program

Medical school: Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Residency: Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian

Clinical interests: Connective tissue disease, specifically scleroderma and myositis

Research interests: Scleroderma and Health care disparities

Hometown: Doha, Qatar

Fun facts: I love reading, travel, and visiting art museums. More recently, exploring the outdoors of Minnesota.