Meet our Fellows

Class of 2022

 

Michael A Grant, MD
Michael A Grant, MD
There are many reasons why I chose Rush for my Rheumatology training. First and foremost, the collegiate and supportive culture at Rush is second to none. Attendings and ancillary staff are open and approachable giving the department as a whole, a family-like feel. Learning is the priority. Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital are amazing hospitals that provide a diversity of pathology, hence there is exposure to every rheumatological disease during training. Our staff also put together a course of introductory lectures for the new fellows to build a strong knowledge of Rheumatology immediately from the onset of training. The research opportunities are limitless and every attending is more than willing to assist you. All these aspects will aid in producing a well-rounded future physician and ultimately prepare fellows to follow their dreams - whether it be a career in academic, private-practice or research. I’m grateful for my opportunity to do fellowship here and I honestly cannot say enough about the program.​”
 
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Soumyasri Kambhatla, MD
Soumyasri Kambhatla, MD
“Choosing Rush as my training centre for Rheumatology has been one of my best career choices so far. Rush has proven itself to be a pioneer for research in various fields of Rheumatology. Each faculty member has a fresh and different perspective to the field. Their unique training methods show you various kinds of teaching, all with the same goal- delivering excellent patient care. All the attendings in the department are very much involved in the training and they are extremely friendly, warm and welcoming. Their respective experiences in research and patient care prove to be invaluable. Although rheumatological diagnoses can be confusing, they offer a step-wise and organized approach to diagnose and treat the diseases. There is an organized lecture and conference schedule that will orient the new fellows to various topics in Rheumatology which are very helpful. In addition to the above points, the department also has a wonderful ancillary staff that makes sure your journey here is as comfortable as possible. Any issues that you face are addressed and resolved almost immediately. The County rotations are extremely helpful as we get to see an entirely different set of population, some of them with very distinctive and advanced disease presentations. Overall, I chose Rush because of the excellent training, research opportunities and for the positive and cheerful atmosphere maintained by everyone in the team.”
 
Medical School: Maharajah’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Vizianagaram, India
Residency: J. H. Stoger Hospitals of Cook County, Chicago, IL

Class of 2023

Andrew R Benck, MD
Andrew R Benck, MD
“I chose Rush for my Rheumatology training for many reasons. The open-door policy and family feel of the program is something that is very important at Rush and has fostered a supportive and safe environment for fellow learning and training. The friendly atmosphere of the program keeps me excited to go to work and allows me to do my best learning and work. The diversity of patients and pathology at Rush and Cook County Hospital allow fellows to become comfortable recognizing and treating both bread and butter Rheumatology cases as well as the more rare and difficult cases. I think that this is invaluable for preparing to practice confidently as an independent Rheumatologist after fellowship. There is no shortage of faculty to mentor the fellows on research projects. There are multiple conferences for the first month of fellowship for the first-year fellows to help create a solid knowledge base at the beginning of the year and then weekly conferences and didactics to further bolster our learning throughout the year. The faculty here at Rush are totally invested in the fellows and are committed to making you a great Rheumatologist in whatever avenue of practice you are interested in, whether that be academics, private practice, research or industry. The program is everything I hoped it would be and more and I consider myself very lucky to have been chosen to join this Rheumatology family. ”
 
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Chicago, IL
Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Dijo E Joseph, MD
Dijo E Joseph, MD
“Choosing Rush for my Rheumatology fellowship training has been a great decision for forwarding my medical education. The close-knit faculty and staff, the variety of patients between Rush University Medical Hospital and Stroger Cook County Hospital, and the all around support fellows have to pursue their interests make this the ideal choice for fellowship training. In terms of attendings there is a wide variety of experience and interest, which provides us with opportunities to learn from a diverse group. I am confident that my training here will prepare me for any environment of practice.”
 
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency, Miami, FL
Mark L Riley, DO
Mark L Riley, DO
“My desire to pursue rheumatology began in my last year of medical school. I was drawn by the complexities of the systemic illnesses frequently encountered in the field. In residency that interest only grew. When it came time for me to apply for fellowship, I knew I wanted to be at a program with many faculty members who have expertise and interest in different areas within the field. I also wanted to train at a large referral center, getting exposure to a broad range of pathology. These aspects drew me to Rush. At my interview, which was virtual, I was struck by the friendliness of the faculty and tight-knit environment of the department. Since starting here, I have felt their patience and their willingness to teach. Between the experiences at Rush and Cook County Hospital, this program allows you to see a vast array of patients with an equally vast array of pathology. I have learned a tremendous amount in my first six months of fellowship and am excited to see what the next 18 months will offer. I am sincerely grateful to have matched here at Rush.”
 
Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

Incoming Class of 2024

Matas Orentas, MD
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Michael Manansala, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL