Meet our future clinicians, educators and researchers.

 

Dr. Sogol Amjadi

Sogol Amjadi, DO

Fellow
Medical School: Touro University, NV
Residency: Bingham Memorial Hospital, ID
Biography:

Dr. Amjadi received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Southern California. Before joining the UW, she practiced as a hospitalist. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, visiting national parks, hiking, learning about different cultures, as well as spending time with family, friends and her dog Micro.

Why Rheumatology?

Prior to joining the UW Dr. Amjadi spent over 10 years in clinical research focusing on rheumatoid arthritis. She has published multiple peer-reviewed publications and authored textbook chapters on geriatric rheumatology. She is excited to continue her career in rheumatology!

Why UW?

“I chose UW because of the commitment to research and providing quality health care with a focus on promoting health equity.”


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.”

 


Bryanna Mantilla

Bryanna 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 her undergraduate studies at Goddard College she conducted illness narratives with farmworkers in North Carolina and Tennessee. She also studied traditional medicine and autonomous healthcare delivery in Chiapas, Mexico. She completed an MPH at Nova Southeastern University and went on to receive her MD and PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation research examined “undocumentedness” as a major social determinant of health. She completed residency at George Washington University in Washington DC. Her major research interests center around health equity, immigrant health and disparities in rheumatologic conditions. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her 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.”

 


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Despoina Michailidou, MD, PhD

Fellow
Medical School: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Residency: Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital, CT
Pathway: Physician Scientist
Biography:

Dr. Michailidou earned her MD from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt in Germany. During her doctoral thesis, she focused upon research on interaction between Rac1 GTPase molecules and VEGFR-2 expression in human endothelial cells. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Heaven Health in CT. Consequently, she conducted clinical research at the NIAMS/NIH under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Grayson studying whether specific vascular symptoms are associated with certain angiographic abnormalities in large vessel vasculitis. She now pursues a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Washington and is interested in translational research and clinical application in vasculitis


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 epidemiological clinical research including pharmacoepidemiology. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, star gazing 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." 


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Charles Oshinsky, MD

Fellow
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago, IL
Biography:

Dr. Charlie Oshinsky grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied health and society at the University of Pennsylvania, attended medical school at NYU School of Medicine, and completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He is interested in clinical medicine and clinical research, and has researched aspects of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Outside of medicine, He likes to spend time outside, hiking and skiing.

Why UW?

"The University of Washington is a fantastic place to learn and practice rhumatology. Three diverse clinical sites provide a broad educational experience. The department is very collegial, with attendings representing a diverse range of clinical and research interests. Career and scholarly mentorship is thoughtfully organized, individualized, and fellow-oriented. There are many opportunities to tailor your fellow experience based on interest, through subspecialty clinics, ultrasound, clinical or bench research. Plus, we get to live in Seattle, a beautiful city surrounded by water and mountains!"

Why Rheumatology?

"I enjoy working with chronic conditions that often require lifelong management but have become increasingly treatable due to huge advances in the field, which improve morbidity and mortality. Rheumatology is not algorithmic or cookie-cutter. Instead, being a rheumatologist requires joint decision making between the provider, other subspecialists, and the patient."

 

 


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."