About

The Infectious Diseases Fellows Network (IDFN) is a group of fellows passionate about infectious disease education. Established in 2020, the network started as a Twitter account and expanded into case conferences, board style questions, and a curated evidence compendium. Though it continues to grow and evolve, the goal has been to create content for fellows and by fellows. The IDFN has fellow leads and contributors with faculty review and oversight.

Fellow Editors

Miguel A. Chavez

Miguel is originally from Peru and received his MD from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. He also obtained a Masters in Science (focused on Research and Epidemiology) from the same university. He completed Internal Medicine residency at University of Texas Medical Branch and is currently a second year ID fellow at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis. Interested in antimicrobial stewardship, hospital epidemiology, and medical education. Big fan of soccer and latin music.

Nathanial Nolan

Nathanial Nolan, MD/MPH is an infectious disease fellow at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis. His focus is on care for marginalized patients, including those with substance use related infections and the unhoused. He is also pursuing a fellowship in medical education. In his spare time he practices and coaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and anthropomorphizes his bearded dragon, Darwin

Hillary Hunsinger

Hillary Hunsinger, DO is the chief Infectious Diseases fellow at University of Arizona/Banner University Medical Center Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her DO at Kansas City University and completed Internal Medicine residency at McLaren Macomb in the Detroit area. She enjoys all areas of general ID but is especially fascinated with Staph aureus infections. She enjoys teaching residents and students but her main pursuit is in becoming a master clinician by mastering the infectious diseases literature. Her main role with the ID Fellows Network is in indexing the Library of infectious diseases literature to help all ID clinicians learn. When not reading Mandell and papers, she reads novels, cooks and plays with her darling three snakes.

Saman Nematollahi

Saman Nematollahi, MD is a third-year Infectious Diseases fellow at Johns Hopkins. He is obtaining a Masters of Education in the Health Professions through Johns Hopkins University School of Education. His interests include curriculum design, diagnostic reasoning, and fungal infections. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his partner and son playing Transformers.

Sara Winn Dong 

Sara Winn Dong, MD is a combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital.  After medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), she completed her Internal Medicine & Pediatrics residency at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH).  She served as a Med-Peds chief resident while in training, followed by an additional chief resident year for the Nationwide Children’s Pediatric residency program. Her clinical interests include immunocompromised host and transplant ID, digital medical education, and Med-Peds transitions of care. She is the creator, host, and producer of the ID podcast Febrile: A Cultured Podcast. She was also selected for a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School/BIDMC.  Outside of ID, Sara loves pandas, cooking, traveling, and catching up on pop culture.

Jonathan Ryder

Jonathan Ryder, MD is an infectious diseases fellow at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his internal medicine residency at Indiana University. His academic interests include medical education, clinical reasoning, and antimicrobial stewardship. He enjoys podcasts and #IDTwitter. His hobbies include running, reading history of science, and NFL football.

Mitch McClean

Mitch McClean, MD is the chief infectious diseases fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. After completing his IM residency training at Indiana University, he served as chief resident at Eskenazi Hospital prior to starting ID fellowship. He helps to maintain the website for the IDFN. His clinical interests include improving linkage to care and harm reduction strategies for people with substance use related infections and general ID. Most of his spare time is spent chasing around his 2 young kids and growing vegetables and oak trees.

Faculty Editors

Gerome Escota 

Gerome Escota, MD is the co-Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program and the Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He also serves as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Resources Workgroup of the Infectious Disease Society of America Medical Education Community of Practice (IDSA MedEdCOP). Dr. Escota specializes in clinical infectious disease, with a special focus on medical education, health disparities, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STI). He attends on the General Infectious Disease Consult Service and the Internal Medicine Firm Service teaching fellows, residents, and students. He sees people with HIV in his continuity clinic and also serves as a sexual health provider at the North Central Community Health Center, providing STI screening and treatment as well as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). He is currently mentoring fellows, residents, and students in medical education, LGBTQIA+, and health disparities research among vulnerable populations. He is the creator of @WuidQ, the most popular infectious disease teaching and learning resource on Twitter. Through this innovative platform, he has mentored learners on effective teaching using social media.

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Faculty Contributor

Saira Butt

Saira Butt, MD has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Indiana University School of Medicine since 2016 and has served as the Program Director of the Adult Infectious Diseases fellowship-training program since 2018. She trained in Infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical center. In addition to her efforts within the fellowship program, her education interests include curriculum development and the growth and development of learners as teachers. She maintains social media content for the fellowship @iuidfellowship. Her clinical interests are HIV, Hepatitis C, Non-tuberculosis mycobacteria and medical education.

Darcy Wooten

Darcy Wooten MD, MS is a 6th generation Californian and Associate Professor of Medicine in the division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  She did her undergraduate studies in Human Virology at Stanford University before completing medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at UCSF.  She also earned a Master of Science degree from UC Berkeley doing research on Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.  She completed her ID fellowship at Harbor UCLA before joining the faculty at UCSD in 2014.  Her clinical interests include HIV Medicine and General Infectious Diseases.  She serves as the ID Fellowship Program Director and as a course director for the Clinical Foundations course for first and second-year medical students.  She is a self-proclaimed Medical Educationist and Med Ed Enthusiast (!).