Meet Our Fellows

Current Fellows

Congratulating our graduating Fellows!

Graduation 2020

Graduation 2020

Name Background

Marvi Bikak, MD

Hometown: Quetta, Pakistan
Medical School: The Aga Khan University
Residency/Fellowship: Internal Medicine/ Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Favorite Thing To Do In Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, Shakespeare Theater, Brooklyn Boulders

Imran Shaikh, MD

Hometown: Barrington, IL
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Residency/Fellowship: Internal Medicine. St. Louis University Hospital
Favorite Thing To Do In Chicago: Blackhawks’ games, Run and Eat!

Veronica Esmero, DO

Hometown: South San Francisco, CA
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Rush University/John H Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. IM/Primary Care
Fellowship: Rush University - Pulmonary/Critical Care
Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Eat and try out new restaurants

Incoming Fellows

Name Background

Sarah Sarfraz

Sara Sarfraz, MD

Hometown: Naperville
Medical School: Aga Khan University Hospital
Residency/Chief Residency: ACMC/UIC (Advocate Christ Medical Center/University of Illinois at Chicago)  Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care - Rush University Medical Center
Favorite thing to do in Chicago: The outdoor summer festivals are my favorite thing in Chicago! 

Upneet Chawla

Upneet Chawla, MD

Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

Medical School: St. Geroge’s University

Residency: Mercy St. Vincent medical Center

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Exploring rooftops and Soul Cycling

Arya Nikamal

Arya Nikamal, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Medical School: Midwestern University in Arizona

Residency: Advocate Christ Medical Center Internal Medicine

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Go to a Cubs game or go on a pizza eating tour of all my favorite spots

 

Past Fellows: Where are they now?
  • Imran Shaikh, MD (2020): Private. Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine; Rush Oak Park Hospital.
  • Marvi Bikak, MD (2020): Private. Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Palos Hospital.
  • Lindsay McCullough, MD (2019): Academic. Assistant Professor - Primary Care and Sleep Medicine; Rush University Medical Center
  • Tara Thomas, MD (2019): Academic. Assistant Professor - Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Aaron Kirkpatrick, MD (2018): Academic. Assistant Professor - Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Rush University Medical Center
  • Jaime Torres, MD (2018): Academic. Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine; Cook County Hospital
  • Georges Asaf, MD (2017): Private. Geriatrics/Sleep Medicine; Lebanon
  • Ali Salem, MD (2017): Private. Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine; LA/California
  • Alejandra C. Lastra, MD (2016): Academic. Assistant Professor Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Rush University Medical Center.
  • Elie Zouein (2016): Academic. Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship; Rush University Medical Center
Fellows’ Scholarly Activities

Imran Shaikh. Session Proposal for SLEEP 2020. COVID-19 Associated Sleep Changes in Disorders of Sleep Apnea and Insomnia Influenced by Shelter in Place Orders in the State of Illinois​

Imran Shaikh, Inna Husain, Marvi Bikak, Erika Kahan, Lindsay McCullough, Phillip LoSavio, James J. Herdegen, Alejandra C. Lastra. ”Use of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Questionnaires in the Sleep Clinic”. 

Marvi Bikak, Imran Shaikh, Henry B. Arantes, Zakal Shah, Erika Kahan, Andrew M. Klein, Sara Mirza, Lindsay Mccullough, Aaron R. Kirkpatrick, James H. Herdegen, Alejandra C. Lastra. ”Feasibility of Inpatient Sleep Screening in Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Patients with Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure”. 

Aaron R. Kirkpatrick, Tara Thomas, Lindsay McCullough, Kelly G. Baron, James J. Herdegen and Alejandra C. Lastra. “Inpatient vs. Outpatient Portable Monitor Use for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening”. Accepted for Poster presentation, SLEEP 2019.

Lindsay M. McCullough, Zin Mar Htun, James J. Herdegen, Alejandra C. Lastra. “Novel Treatments Should Be Considered to Treat Residual Sleepiness and Cataplexy in Patients with Narcolepsy”. Accepted for Poster presentation, SLEEP 2019.

Tara Thomas, Elie Zouein, Alejandra C. Lastra. “To split or not to split: Impact of different hypopnea definition use during polysomnography”. Accepted for Poster presentation, SLEEP 2019.

Z. Htun, E. Zouein, A. Lastra. “Effect of Obesity in Baseline Characteristics and Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in COPD-OSA Overlap Patients”. Accepted for Poster presentation American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019.

AC Lastra, A; Baron, Kelly; B Arantes, H; J Herdegen, J. “Increasing Patient Access: In-Laboratory Portable Monitoring Program Feasibility, Diagnostic and Treatment Outcomes”. SLEEP 2018. Sleep. 41. A397-A397. 10.1093/sleep/zsy061.1068.

E Zouein, AC Lastra. “When Everything Else Fails: Volume Assured Pressure Support in a Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Apnea and Morbid Obesity”. Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research 40 (suppl_1), A452-A453

Assaf G, Herdegen JJ. Night Eating Syndrome: An Undiagnosed Contributor To Obesity In Narcolepsy Type I. SLEEP 2017 Apr 1 (Vol. 40, pp. A458-A458). journals dept, 2001 evans rd, cary, NC 27513 USA: oxford univ press inc.

Lastra AC, Pu C, Zouein E, Herdegen JJ. “Efficacy of Inpatient Diagnosis of Sleep Disordered Breathing and Barriers to Follow-up”. Accepted for Poster Presentation SLEEP 2016, Denver, Colorado. SLEEP, Volume 39, Abstract Supplement, 2016. A385.

Lastra AC, Zouein E, Pu C, Herdegen JJ. “Inpatient Type III Monitoring: Feasability, Diagnostic and Treatment Outcomes”. Accepted for Oral Presentation SLEEP 2016, Denver, Colorado. SLEEP, Volume 39, Abstract Supplement, 2016. A123.

Young Investigators Research Forum Scholarship Recipients

The AASM Foundation awards a scholarship to attend the Young Investigators Research Forum yearly in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a unique sleep research educational event supporting the development of clinical and translational sleep research careers of selected trainees and provides them with an opportunity to interact with senior sleep investigators, peers and National Institutes of Health program officers.

- Alejandra C. Lastra, MD- 2017

- Marvi Bikak, MD- 2020