Meet our future clinicians, educators and researchers.


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Lauren Brown , MD

Medical School: University of California, Davis
Residency: University of Washington
Biography: Dr. Lauren Brown grew up in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to the east coast to attend Dartmouth College, where she obtained a B.A. in English Literature and minor in Human Development and Education. She completed medical school at the University of California at Davis, and Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Washington. Prior to fellowship, she worked as a hospitalist at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Brown holds a special interest in medical education and hopes to develop curricula with a focus on development of clinical reasoning. In her time off, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and reading contemporary and postmodern fiction. 

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Brittany Frankel, MD

Medical School: University of Buffalo, NY
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of California San Diego, CA
Biography: Dr. Frankel grew up in rural eastern New York in a town called called Pine Plains with lots of cows and one traffic light. She attended medical school at the University at Buffalo and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of California San Diego. After residency she worked for a year as a primary care attending in San Diego before deciding to pursue a  Rheumatology fellowship. Dr. Frankel is interested in medical education, clinical trials, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. She is currently creating a curriculum to teach key concepts of clinical trials to rheumatology fellows. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing karate, reading fiction novels, and exploring Seattle's food scene

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Irvin Huang, DO

Medical School: AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine, AZ
Residency: University of Washington - Boise, ID
Biography: Dr. Huang grew up in Sacramento, California. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He attended medical school at AT Still University in Arizona, but completed his clinical clerkships in Portland, OR. He completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Washington - Boise Internal Medicine Residency in Idaho. He is excited to move to Seattle for his fellowship training in Rheumatology. He is interested in clinical rheumatology, quality improvement, and medical education. Dr. Huang's hobbies include spending time with family, trying new foods, traveling, and photography.

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Jean Liew, MD

Senior Fellow
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, TX
Residency: Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, OR
Pathway: Physician Scientist
Biography: Dr. Jean Liew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Biology and English and went on to earn her MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She then relocated to the Pacific Northwest to complete an Internal Medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR before coming to Seattle for fellowship. She is interested in clinical research in cardiovascular comorbidities in spondyloarthritis. 

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Joanna Marco, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University Medical School, OH
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH
Pathway: Clinician Educator
Biography: Dr. Marco grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She completed medical school at Ohio State University and Internal Medicine residency at University of Cincinnati. She is excited to move to Seattle to continue her training in Rheumatology. Her interests are in clinical rheumatology and medical education. 

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Despina Michailidou, MD, PhD

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

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Michael Richter , MD, MS

Medical School: Mount Sinai Medical School
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Biography: Dr. Michael Richter grew up in Seattle and graduated with a degree in physics and history from Macalester College. After completing a master's degree in bioengineering at UC San Diego he obtained his MD from Mount Sinai in New York City. As a resident at Mayo Clinic he published several clinical studies focusing on rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and the autoimmune complications of cancer immunotherapy. Outside of medicine, his hobbies include classical piano, yoga, and traveling. 

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Kennedy Ukadike, MD, MS

Senior Fellow
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Residency: Internal Medicine, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, NJ
Biography: Dr. Ukadike is originally from Nigeria but lived in Ventura County and Los Angeles California for most of his adult life. He earned an MS in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics at California State University Channel Islands and worked for over 5 years as a research associate in the biotechnology industry before going to medical school. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center. He plans to pursue the Physician-Scientist pathway in the UW Rheumatology Fellowship Program and wants to focus on translational research and personalized medicine in rheumatology.