Meet our future clinicians, educators and researchers.

 

Dr. Cindy Chiu

Cindy Chiu, DO

Fellow
Medical School: A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Residency: Virginia Mason Francisican Health, Seattle, WA
Biography:

Dr. Chiu grew up in Southern California and attended A.T. Still University for medical school which allowed her to move to Washington State for her clerkship rotations. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason in Seattle. During residency training, Dr. Chiu worked on several quality improvement projects including identifying bottlenecks in patient workup and delays in treatment for giant cell arteritis.  Her career interests include clinical medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Outside of medicine, she enjoys strength training, tennis, long distance running, and spending time with her spouse and family. 

Why UW?

"I had the opportunity to rotate with the division of rheumatology at UW as a visiting resident. The attendings and fellows were incredibly welcoming, and I was impressed by the quality of their education and unlimited opportunities. Being able to stay in the Seattle area is an added bonus!"

Why Rheumatology?

"I love the longitudinal care in rheumatology, while caring for a medically complex population especially during times of uncertainty. I find the field of rheumatology especially exciting with its changeable nature, evolving new treatments, and remarkable blend of internal medicine, immunology and musculoskeletal disease."


Dr. Trent Dondero

Trent Dondero, MD

Fellow
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, Davis
Biography:

Dr. Dondero grew up in Santa Rosa, California. He attended medical school at UCSF, and completed his residency and chief resident year at UC Davis. His career interests include medical education, clinical medicine, and clinical research. In his free time, he enjoys movies, running, music, and eating as many kinds of food as possible.

Why Rheumatology?

“I found rheumatology fascinating because it is a field with diseases that are often challenging to diagnose but come with recent therapeutic advances which have led to improved disease outcomes. I am drawn to the attention to detail required to diagnose and treat rheumatologic disease along with the long term patient-provider relationships that often develop.”

Why UW?

“I chose UW for the breadth of clinical exposure, diverse career opportunities, structured mentorship, and location in Seattle.”

 

Dr. Mary Ezeanuna

Mary Ezeanuna, DO

Fellow
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Skagit Regional Health, WA
Biography:

Dr. Ezeanuna was born in Macon GA but spent her childhood in Nigeria. She moved back to the United States as a teenager. After completing undergraduate studies at UCLA she had the opportunity to work as a research associate in bio-pharmaceutical companies in California and Ohio. She later attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at Skagit Regional Medical Center in Washington state. In her spare time, she loves to cook and experiment with recipes. When not cooking she likes to participate in indoor cycling and spend time with family. 

Why Rheumatology?

“I was always drawn to rheumatology because I liked the enigma and puzzle that is often associated with rheumatologic conditions.”

Why UW?

“I was very impressed with the quality of training offered in the program which I experienced during my rheumatology elective at UW as a visiting resident.”

 


Dr. Dominique Feterman Jimenez

Dominique Feterman Jimenez, MD

Fellow
Medical School: Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Residency: University of Connecticut
Biography:

Dr. Feterman was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she attended medical school. After graduating, she decided to stay as an assistant instructor for two years to explore her passion for teaching. She then completed her residency at the University of Connecticut, where she did a graduate course in medical education and expanded her interest in addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. Her major career interests include developing medical education initiatives, working with underserved populations, and doing clinical research. Outside of medicine, she enjoys cooking, pottery, and Peloton workouts.

Why Rheumatology?

“I’ve found rheumatology to be the perfect balance between diagnostic complexity and innovative therapies. Additionally, rheumatology allows you to establish long-term relationships with patients, which can help improve patients’ outcomes and quality of life, especially in underserved populations. Also, the rheumatology community is very supportive and I have found my participation in it to be very rewarding.”

Why UW?

“During interviews I was impressed with the organization and structure of the interview day and everyone’s interest in learning more about my own passions. I felt the support and training was unparalleled, with a special focus on the fellows to help them achieve their goals and pursue their interests. The clinical experience and research opportunities available are diverse and can be tailored to each fellow’s interests.”

 


Dr. Joshua Hendin

Joshua Hendin, MD, MS

Fellow
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Biography:

Dr. Hendin was born and raised in the St. Louis area. While living in Chicago he pursued basic science research then completed his medical training at Loyola University Chicago. He moved further north for residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. During residency he developed an interest in medical education and also completed research on industry involvement in rheumatology consensus-based recommendations.

Why Rheumatology?

"It was an easy choice. Rheumatology combines all the best parts of medicine: the most interesting diseases, an exciting and rapidly expanding armament of therapies, and the ability to give patients years or even decades of improved health and quality of life."

Why UW

"I was so impressed with the interview day. I felt like I connected with the faculty and fellows and really thought it would be the place to become the best rheumatologist I can. I had also never been to Seattle but was super excited to move to such an incredible city!"

 


Bryanna Mantilla

B. Mantilla, MD, PhD, MPH

Fellow
Medical School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Residency: George Washington University
Biography:

Dr. Mantilla grew up in Wheaton, Maryland. During their undergraduate studies at Goddard College they conducted illness narratives with farmworkers in North Carolina and Tennessee. They also studied traditional medicine and autonomous healthcare delivery in Chiapas, Mexico. Dr. Mantilla completed an MPH at Nova Southeastern University and went on to receive their MD and PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their dissertation research examined “undocumentedness” as a major social determinant of health.

Dr. Mantilla completed residency at George Washington University in Washington DC. Their major research interests center around health equity, immigrant health and disparities in rheumatologic conditions. Outside of medicine, they enjoy spending time with their dog, playing board or video games, kayaking and gardening.

Why Rheumatology?

“Rheumatology involves critical thinking, interrogating the medical literature, highly variable clinical presentations, and detailed patient histories. The chronic nature of rheumatology conditions often means that we can make significant differences in our patients' quality of life. Finally, several rheumatologic conditions affect people of color, often young women, disproportionately. This can result in a double burden for these patients, both by the existence of a chronic, disabling disease and systemic inequalities. I am interested in bringing a sociological and structural critical lens to the practice of rheumatology.”

Why UW?

“I was fortunate to be able to participate in the UW Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) as a fourth year medical student. I was impressed by the collegiate atmosphere, the quality of the clinical education, and the excellent humanistic patient centered care.”

 


Rayan Najjar, MD, MS

Rayan Najjar, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H.

Fellow
Medical School: University of Baghdad, Iraq
Residency: Capital Health, NJ
Biography:

Dr. Najjar grew up in Baghdad, Iraq and studied medicine at the University of Baghdad. He moved to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship to complete a master degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology at the University of Kentucky. Before residency, he worked in clinical research at Washington University in St Louis. His research focuses on using bioinformatics tools such as RNA-seq to study autoimmune disease. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and long-exposure photography.

Why UW?

"The interview was thoughtfully planned so I had the opportunity to discuss my research interests with faculty working in similar fields. I was also impressed by the scope of research infrastructure both inside and outside the rheumatology division. Additionally, I sensed that the culture was welcoming and encouraging."

Why Rheumatology?

"I am extremely happy with my choice to become a rheumatologist. For me, an enjoyable part of practicing medicine is making diagnoses and because we deal with rare diseases, it is even more important to thoughtfully consider different possibilities and assign appropriate probabilities to how likely a certain disease is, sometimes in the midst of uncertainty. In addition, the field of rheumatology has promising research opportunities as new technologies in biology lead to a better understanding of autoimmunity." 


Juliana Sabo

Juliana Sabo, MD

Fellow
Medical School: Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Residency: Mount Sinai St. Luke's-West, NY
Biography:

Dr. Sabo grew up in Los Angeles, CA and is excited to return to her home coast to join the University of Washington as a Rheumatology fellow. Her career interests include medical education, musculoskeletal ultrasound and clinical research. During her free time, she enjoys cooking/baking, staying active with yoga and hiking and traveling the world.

Why UW?

"When I had the opportnuity to interview at the UW, I felt very connected and my decision to join as a trainee was clear. I am glad to be part of such a diverse network, getting to take care of patients from Washington and its 4 surrounding states."

Why Rheumatology?

"Rheumatology is a unique specialty because it is an ever changing field which incorporates autoimmunity yet remains systemic oriented. I found my calling within rheumatology and continue to find alike thinkers surrounding me in my field."


Dr. Ryan Stultz

Ryan Stultz, MD, PhD

Fellow
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Biography:

Dr. Stultz grew up in Iowa and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for medical school. While there he completed a PhD in Molecular Virology as part of the MD/PhD program where he studied mechanisms of HIV nuclear entry and integration. He then continued to the University of Washington for residency where he worked in the Rheumatology department researching markers and drivers of inflammation in scleroderma patients. He is interested in a physician-scientist career studying drivers and markers of inflammation in systemic autoimmune disease. Outside of medicine he enjoys hanging out with family and spending as much time in or around the water as possible.

Why UW?

"After being at UW for residency and seeing the amazing teachers and clinicians, it was an easy choice to stay for fellowship. The breadth of pathology and patient backgrounds makes for a great clinical training environment and the size of UW gives plenty of interesting research opportunities and opportunities for collaboration."

Why Rheumatology?

"Rheumatology is a field ripe for research and innovation as there is so much still unknown in the field. I am also drawn to the longitudinal nature of patient care as well as the constant shared decision making with patients given many things are not well-defined in the field currently."

 

 


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Maya Swaminathan, MD

Fellow
Medical School: University of Southampton, UK
Residency: Spokane Teaching Health Center, WA
Biography:

Dr. Swaminathan grew up in Singapore and attended medical school in the UK. She completed her internal medicine residency in Spokane and worked as a hospitalist for a few years before starting fellowship. Her career interests include medical education and clinical research. Prior to fellowship she worked on two projects at UW, looking at the effects of bariatric surgery and ethnicity on adverse pregnancy outcomes among women with rheumatic diseases. Outside of medicine, she enjoys music and traveling with her family.

Why Rheumatology?

"Our patients are complex and I enjoy the diagnostic challenges they can present. Rheumatologic conditions are chronic and frequently debilitating. I find it rewarding when our interventions make dramatic improvements to a patient's quality of life." 

Why UW?

"I did an away rotation here as a resident and loved it. The faculty and fellows were very friendly and are truly invested in education. There are an incredible number of opportunities for research and mentorship to match your career interests. We get to see a wide range of pathology across all the hospitals and clinics we rotate at. Seattle has been my home for a number of years, and I am excited to stay – this city has so much to offer!"