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Fellow Testimonials

Year 2 Fellows

Sarah Sternlieb

Sarah Sternlieb

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Clinical and Research Interests: reproductive endocrinology, diabetes and thyroid disorders in pregnancy, and novel diabetes technology
Personal Interests: rescue dogs (especially seniors), playing the guitar, New Orleans festivals/Jazzfest, hanging out with friends, locally owned restaurants and breweries


I moved to New Orleans in 2012 for medical school and fell in love with the city in my first year. I moved away briefly to pursue another specialty, but ultimately came back for internal medicine residency at Ochsner and could not imagine leaving to do fellowship anywhere else. It is a great city for medical training, as we have some of the sickest patients anywhere in the country. The volume and complexity of patients at Ochsner is unmatched. In two years I know I will see enough to feel confident in independent practice. It is a great group of faculty that all love to teach, and each have their own niche within endocrine. It is a very supportive training environment. Also, New Orleans is a wonderful place to live. The culture and spirit of the city is evident everywhere you go!

Nicholas Manuel

Nicholas Manuel

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Florida Internal Medicine Residency – Pensacola, FL
Clinical and Research Interests: Metabolic syndrome, obesity, new and changing diabetes technology, thyroid and parathyroid dysfunction and diseases of bone and mineral metabolism.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, playing tennis, video games, movies, eating and traveling.


I chose Ochsner for the diverse patient population and broad range of pathology that we are exposed to. There are multiple sub-specialty clinics that we can rotate through including pituitary clinic, insulin pump clinic, PCOS clinic and thyroid ultrasound/FNA clinic. The attendings are extremely knowledgeable and love to teach and help us grow in all aspects of endocrinology. There is also a good work life balance here to have time for learning and patient care but also time to spend with family and explore the city and all it has to offer.

Year 1 Fellows

Mariana Camelo Pereira, MD

Mariana Camelo Pereira, MD

Medical School: Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) Faculdade de Medicina
Residency: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine Program (Internal Medicine - General)
Clinical and Research Interests: Thyroid disease
Personal Interests: Big enthusiast of literature and philosophy. Enjoy watercolor painting and traveling all around the world.


During my medical training, I got to experience a diversity of healthcare settings in different countries, finally deciding to pursue residency training in the US. Coming to New Orleans was really exciting to me, since I have great appreciation for the city's culture, history, music and food. Ochsner provides us with excellent clinical experience and a variety of interesting endocrine cases.

Pavel Itersky, MD

Pavel Itersky, MD

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Jefferson Health Northeast Program (Internal Medicine – General)
Clinical and Research Interests: Diabetes technology, medical management of obesity, Thyroid ultrasound and rare endocrine disorders (the zebras) of which there are many
Personal Interests: Spending time with my family. Traveling around the world. Going out to restaurants in New Orleans. What a great food scene. Walking around the French quarter and magazine street and finding new local gems.


My wife and I vacationed in New Orleans several times during training and fell in love with the architecture and the culture of the city. Ochsner has a lot to offer in terms of interesting cases, rare pathology and the fellowship program does a great job preparing you for practice with your own panel of patients, pump clinics, dedicated thyroid ultrasounds and endocrine subspecialty clinics as well. During the interviews I met the attendings and fellows and it felt like the perfect fit.

Alumni

Bryan Grissett, DO
2021 – 2023
Indiana University

Juan Sarmiento, MD
2021 – 2023
Florence Endocrine Clinic, Alabama

Qasim Zafar Iqbal, MD
2019 – 2021
Ochsner Health

Max Sosa Pagan, MD
2019 – 2021
Ochsner Health

Trung Tran, MD
2018 – 2020
Ochsner Health

Shruti Polu
2018 – 2020
Hackensack Univ. Medical Center, NJ

Daniel Englert
2017 – 2019
Ochsner Health

Brittani Breaux
2017 – 2019
Women’s Hospital Baton Rouge

Ryan Kunstadt
2016 – 2018
Fort Lauderdale Community Hosp.

Mariam Menhem
2016 – 2018
SLMA Houma, LA

Nidhi Saini
2015 – 2017
Beaumont Health Michigan

Abdul Khan
2015 – 2017
North Oaks Health System

Jared Dendy
2014 - 2016
Ochsner Health

Jessica Bhathal
2014 - 2016
Private Practice Mobile AL

Melina Aimee Roman Gerardino
2013 – 2015
Ochsner Baptist

Naga Nalini Tirumalasetty
2012 - 2014
Chandler, AZ

Daniel Alberto Cadena Castillo
2012 - 2014
Prescott, AZ

Vijayaratna Chockalingam
2011 - 2013
Peoria, AZ

Satish Pasala
2011 - 2013
Fort Worth, TX

Patchaya Boonchaya-anant
2010 – 2012
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

Wendell R Malalis
2010 – 2012
Northwestern Medicine IL

Bahaa Abu Bakr
2009 - 2011
Univ. of Kansas Health System

Zinnia Tan San Juan
2009 - 2011
Murray, UT

Raymond F Grenfell III
2008 – 2010
Jackson, MS

Ihosvani Miguel
2008 – 2010
Fort Lauderdale, FL