Our Fellows

First Year Fellows

Akshar Chauhan, MD
Akshar Chauhan, MD

Residency: Tulane University

About me
I chose Rush because of its reputation for excellent clinical training and high quality care. My clinical interests include critical care medicine and pulmonary hypertension. My research interests include quality improvement and improving long term outcomes from ICU stays. When I’m not at work you will find me experimenting in the kitchen with my wife or exploring the trails with our dog.
Micha Levine, MD
Micah Levine, MD

Residency: Georgetown University

About me
I am excited to be an active and contributing member to the Rush community. My interests include clinical operations, quality improvement and patient safety. Outside of work you will find me exploring Chicago, exercising and reading.
Arya Nikamal, DO
Arya Nikamal, DO

Residency: Advocate Christ Medical Center

About me

Rush attracted me because on my interview day, I could tell there is a team oriented approach towards clinical medicine while maintaining a strong research foundation. Growing up in Chicago, the Rush name always was held in the highest regard.

 

My clinical interests include critical care and airway management. My research interests include Quality Improvement within the ICU and Simulation Training. I think simulation is a great way to practice handling some of the more complicated scenarios in Critical Care.

 

Outside of the hospital you can find me in the gym, at my friend’s house, or exploring one of the many restaurants of Chicago with my wife. I’m a huge Chicago sports fan so holding out hope that Chicago restaurants and sports will be back in no time!

Jay Patel, MD
Jay Patel, MD

Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago

About me

I am a small-town boy with big-city dreams and a broad background that includes poverty-stricken streets of India, to rural farm communities in Missouri and most recently a dense cultural fabric that is the city of Chicago. I chose RUSH as my top choice for the fellowship because I wanted a strong clinical program with many research opportunities combined with a close-knit family of fellows and faculty which together makes up for an excellent training environment.

 

My clinical interests include Critical Care Medicine and ARDS and my research interests include developing innovative strategies to improve the effectiveness of graduate medical education; and utilizing Artificial Intelligence to improve patient outcomes in the ICU.

 

When I am not working, I balance my life by reading up on the latest tech news, watching documentaries or one of my favorite James Bond films, competitive video gaming or trying out unique places to dine around the city.

 

Second Year Fellows

Foster Adams, DO
Foster Adams, DO

Residency: Georgetown University

About me

I picked Rush because on the day I came to interview, I met a group of people that I was excited to work with. It was clear on that day, and it has been since, that the PCCM Department at Rush is a place where people truly come first and whatever challenges that arise are met from the perspective of a community rather than that of an individual. This has been especially evident with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and I couldn’t think of a greater group of people, and a greater system, I’d like to work with.

 

My clinical and research interests are focused largely in the field of critical care, though I am exploring other topics in pulmonary medicine as I gain more experience in that field. I am particularly interested in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and am involved in several projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Outside of medicine I am an avid volleyball player, an amateur car mechanic, and a student of the art of cocktail making. Though I like to fill my free time as much as possible, I must say that one of these hobbies seems to have contributed much more significantly to my popularity in the PCCM department than others.

Sam Goodman, MD
Sam Goodman, MD

Residency: Rush University Medical Center

About me

I did my residency training and a chief year here at Rush. I decided to stay because I knew this program had everything I could want in a fellowship in a city I already knew and loved. The people are great, the city is amazing, and you leave here well-trained as a physician in pulmonary and critical care.

 

I am most interested in the care of our patients in the intensive care unit surrounding the diagnosis and management of sepsis (characteristics common in the early diagnosis, biomarkers, fluid management).

 

I try to keep active outside of work. I exercise most days, and spend the remainder of my free time with my dog and my girlfriend.

Megan Konopka, MD
Megan Konopka, MD

Residency: Rush University Medical Center

About me

I chose Rush because of the people. This is a place where I’ve talked with attendings weeks after caring for a patient with questions and they would still walk me through their thought process for that patient. I did my residency at Rush so I knew I would get great training but also get to work with people, who at the end of a long shift, I would still want to spend time with outside of work.

 

My clinical interest is end of life care in the intensive care unit.

 

Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors - paddle boarding, kayaking, running, biking, ice skating, hiking and camping.

Arpana Paruchuri, MD
Arpana Paruchuri, MD

Residency: Thomas Jefferson

About me

I chose Rush because I loved the clinical focus of this program and really clicked with everyone I met on my interview day. The dynamics and relationships I have developed in this department have made fellowship such a fun experience.

 

My research interests focus around pulmonary embolisms and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Vashi and Dr. Kahn have been great at guiding me through this process.

 

My interests outside of work include sports (go Eagles!), enjoying the Chicago restaurant scene and traveling as much as possible!

 

Third Year Fellows

Stephani Cull, MD
Stephanie Cull, MD

Residency: St. Louis University

About me

I chose Rush because I was looking for a medium-sized program that was clinically oriented. On my interview day I was drawn to the camaraderie amongst the fellows and attendings which makes for a great work environment.

 

I have an interest in lung cancer, pulmonary nodules and interventional pulmonology. My research focuses on patterns in lung cancer screening.

 

Outside of work I play beach volleyball in the summers and like to snowboard in the winters. In general, I love to be active and outdoors.

Jessica Kuppy, MD
Jessica Kuppy, MD

Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago

About me

I was initially drawn to Rush by its strong clinical and research opportunities and great location. However, after my interview day, the biggest draw quickly became the chemistry between the fellows and the attendings. Right off the bat, the people in the program felt like a family.

 

My research interests are mainly quality improvement initiatives, including development of an interdisciplinary mock code program for the general medical floors and a formal ultrasound curriculum for medicine residents.

 

Outside of work, my favorite thing to do is to take “geriwalks” which are especially leisurely walks different restaurants and watch bad TV and movies.

Tom Quinn, MD
Thomas Quinn, MD

Residency: Rush University Medical Center

About me

Rush attracted me because it is a clinically oriented program with many research opportunities. The teamwork between fellows and support from our attendings is outstanding and provides an excellent training environment for fellows.

 

My clinical interests include critical care medicine and ARDS. My research interests include improvement in ICU communication between patients, family members, and physicians; and hypothermia protocols following cardiac arrest.

 

Outside of work you will find me on a golf course, near a beach, or skiing on a mountain. I also enjoy reality TV shows.

Nischal Raya, MD
Nischal Raya, MD

Residency: Rush University Medical Center

About me

I chose Rush because it has an amazing clinical experience with diverse pulmonary and critical care pathology. Additionally, fellows have training in airway management which is unique to Chicago programs. The pulmonary/critical care rotations are some of the most highly rated rotations by residents and it is because these attendings are down-to-earth and very personable while being excellent teachers at both the resident and fellow level.

 

I am interested in Pulmonary Hypertension. As far as research, I have been working on a large-scale project tracking COVID positive patients in the RUSH system.

 

My interests outside of work include anything technology or computer related (I have been nominated as the IT support for the program), photography, and traveling the world with my beautiful wife.