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Leila Hojat, MD
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My name is Leila, I'm a first year fellow, and I recently left behind my home among the rolling hills and great lakes of Ohio to seek out the talk peaks and sunshine in Colorado. I went to school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed my med-peds residency at Case Western Reserve/MetroHealth in Cleveland. I plan to pursue a career in academics but first have to figure out how to funnel my interests in population health, informatics, HIV, adolescent health, and stewardship into one practical, research-driven niche. Meanwhile, you will find me in one of my favorite cafes (Denver Bicycle, Fluid, Steep) or wandering around my hoppin neighborhood downtown. My hobbies are sewing, knitting, music, and exercising, but my favorite activity is spending time with my friends (and my cat, of course!). Bottom line: I love ID, and I'm super happy I matched here!

Shelley Kon, MD
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Shelley Kon is from Denver where she grew up skiing and hiking in the Colorado mountains.   She received her Bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She conducted clinical research in Infectious Diseases for two years prior to medical school at Denver Health Medical Center.  She earned her M.D. from the University of Colorado where she had an emphasis in Global Health and participated in international research in Guatemala.   After medical school, she and her husband David moved to the DC area where she completed residency and was chief resident at Georgetown University.  She moved back home to Colorado to pursue a fellowship in infectious diseases.  She loves to spend her free time with her one-year-old son and enjoying the outdoors. 

Paul Siebert, MD


Paul is a 31 yo M w/ no significant PMH who presents to University of Colorado for Infectious Disease Fellowship. He is a Colorado native returning home after a long odyssey learning about chemistry and medicine. Past educational history includes undergraduate at Haverford College in PA, medical school at University of Pittsburgh, and Internal Medicine residency at Emory University in GA.
Fellow reports that Colorado is home, and there are too many things attracting him back to name off. He enjoys skiing, karate, and spending time with his son (pictured), cats, and wife (not pictured). Family history includes strong tendency to congenital Broncos fandom. If you have extra time in Colorado, he highly recommends visiting Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Tattered Cover Bookstore.
He is a poor historian with regard to future plans; his research interests are diverse, and include antimicrobial resistance and vaccine development.

Farrell Tobolowsky, DO
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I grew up in Dallas and went to the University of Southern California for both my undergraduate (Health and Humanity/Business) and graduate (Global Medicine) degree. After grad school, I headed back home to Texas and went to medical school at the University of North Texas in Fort Worth. Then, I moved to Houston (despite the city rivalry) and went to residency at the University of Texas. I came to the University of Colorado because of the ability to rotate at many different hospitals with distinct populations, which will give me the opportunity to see a wide variety of infectious clinical conditions. I haven't been in Colorado that long, but my favorite thing so far is the amazing hiking (we didn't have mountains in Texas) and outdoor activities! In my free time, I love to travel, try new restaurants, go to concerts (especially at Red Rocks!), explore cool neighborhoods on my new bike, and do yoga. I don't have a favorite local hot spot yet because I don't like to go to the same place twice! After fellowship, I plan to apply to the EIS program at the CDC and then eventually return to academic medicine and be involved in clinical medicine, hospital epidemiology, and infection control. 




Teresa Cushman, MD

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I'm from Texas and graduated from UTMB in Galveston. I moved to San Diego for my residency in Internal Medicine and now I'm a second year Infectious Diseases fellow here at the University of Colorado. My area of research interest is infection control, with an emphasis on C. difficle. I'm also participating in the department of medicine Clinician Educator Fellowship this year and will eventually pursue a career in medical education. I chose the UC because of the opportunity for diverse clinical and research training. I also came because Colorado is awesome! There are unlimited outdoor activities for all skill levels, including hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and so much more. Denver has a lot of city parks so you don't have to go to the mountains to get outdoors. Denver has a ton of cool restaurants, more breweries than you can count, and fun shops in each of the neighborhoods to explore. As a former professional musician, I also love the music scene here too.

Yumi Lee, MD

I’m Yumi and I’m currently a second year ID fellow. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada and I’ve been wandering the western hemisphere since I left home 10 years ago. My studies and travels have taken me to Scotland, France and England where I completed my medical school training. I did my Internal Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth in Cleveland, OH. I’m currently doing research in the TB clinic at Denver Health and am interested in public health. Since moving to Denver, I’ve been cultivating my Colorado lifestyle and bought a bike on Craigslist. I’ve been biking the mean streets of Denver and its bike trails for a couple of months and have already fallen twice. Some might call me an “urban biker”. Thanks for having me, America! 

Jessica Lum, MD


I’m a second year fellow from Hawaii, and I’ve been moving across the mainland since college. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, and I went to Georgetown University Medical School in DC and completed my internal medicine residency at Loyola University in Chicago.  I’m interested in transplant infectious diseases and BMT, and my research is focused on CNS infections in immunocompromised patients. 
When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and exploring Colorado’s extensive beer scene and have been to over 50 local craft breweries.  Recently, some of the other fellows and I brewed our own IPA.  There’s no ocean nearby, but I love going kayaking and paddleboarding at many of the lakes near Denver.

Eias Murad, MD


Lakshmi Chauhan, MD




Jay Liu, MD