Our Fellows & Activies

First-year fellows

Satoshi Kamidani, MD
Medical School: University of Toyama School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado

I grew up in Japan and became a pediatrician there. During my time in Japan, I encountered numerous vaccine preventable diseases including Hib meningitis, which made me re-realize the importance of immunizations. Subsequently, I moved to Denver, Colorado with my family where I completed pediatric residency and wonderful researchers and pediatricians there fostered my interest in immunizations, especially vaccines safety and hesitancy. Currently, I am pursuing pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Emory where there are lots of amazing opportunities for fellows. I hope to conduct vaccines safety study through collaboration with the CDC. Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my son and daughter in the parks of Atlanta. My family and I are excited to explore the culture and diversity in this city.

Grimsley Ackerley
Mehgan F. Teherani, MD
Medical School: Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, Phoenix, AZ
I originally grew up in Texas and have always loved children. Once I started medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center, I knew I wanted to become a Pediatrician. After receiving my Master’s in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California and learning about all the interesting infections in the developing world, I became fascinated by all the opportunities a specialty in Infectious Disease provides. This was only solidified while working in the Pediatric HIV clinic during residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where I discovered my affinity for treating infections in immunocompromised patients and building lasting relationships with families. After spending a year as an Oncology hospitalist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX, I have now started fellowship at Emory. In conjunction with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, I hope to focus my research in treatment and prevention of infectious diseases that affect the immunocompromised host. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and miniature aussiedoodle, yoga, traveling, and hiking! I am looking forward to this next phase of my career and enjoying the Southeast!

Second-year fellows

Julia Haston, MD
Medical School: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

I knew I wanted to become a pediatrician from a very young age, but it wasn't until my Pediatric residency that I realized my interest in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. I grew up in a small town in east Tennessee, attended Clemson University for college, and returned to Tennessee for medical school where I was first exposed to the world of infectious diseases. Throughout medical school, residency, and my Chief residency, I developed a strong interest in tropical infections and parasitology, global health, and public health. Although I'm just starting to search for my niche within the field, I know that Emory has extensive opportunities to help me become an excellent clinician, find an area of research that is globally relevant, and further my education in public health and epidemiology. I'm so excited to be at Emory for this next step in training! I come to Atlanta with my husband, young daughter, and dog, and we are looking forward to exploring all that the Atlanta area has to offer!

Grimsley Ackerley

Cassie Grimsley-Ackerley, MD
Medical School:  Medical College of Georgia
Residency:  Medicine & Peediatrics, University of Cincinnati Children's Hospital

I grew up in Columbus, Georgia and stayed close to home for both college and medical school. Subsequently, I ventured out and completed my Med-Peds residency training in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout my time in college and medical school, I was awarded the opportunity to travel to resource-limited areas within southern India, Swaziland and Ecuador. Interacting with individuals suffering from poor sanitation and treatable diseases fostered my interest in Infectious Disease and Public Health. I am currently one of the combined adult and pediatric ID fellows. I have strong interests in HIV, immunology and vaccinology. Outside of work, I enjoy planting in the garden, wine-tastings, sewing, reading historical fiction, and eating out with friends.

Third-year fellows


Deborah Bloch, MD
Graduate School: Laney Graduate School, Emory University
Medical School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Medical School for International Health, Israel

I am originally from the Philadelphia area but am thrilled to be at Emory and to explore Atlanta and the surrounding areas. My fellowship research focuses on how maternal schistosomiasis affects transplacental transfer of antibodies and baby's response to BCG, and I have been so fortunate to receive amazing mentorship within our division and from members of the wider Emory University community and the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. My study has offered many opportunities for grantsmanship and international collaborations in both Ethiopia and the Netherlands. It also doubles as my thesis for my TL1 funded Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MScr) at the Laney Graduate School at Emory. During my final year, I am also partaking in the Global Health Residency Scholars Program. Other highlights of my time at Emory include working at the Ponce HIV clinic, the Dekalb County Board of Health Refugee Clinic, the Emory Travel Clinic and writing MMWR in Reviews for the American Academy of Pediatrics News. I have been incredibly grateful for the clinical and research training I have received at Emory and would be more than happy to speak to anyone interested in coming to our program.

Capitol Hill Advocacy

Second Year Fellows Cassie Grimsley-Ackerley and Julia Haston advocating for Clinical and Research Translational research funding on Capitol Hill


First Year Fellows Satoshi Kamidani and Mehgan Teherani

Dr. Su Jin Joo IDWEEK 2017

Dr. Su Jin Joo, 3rd Year fellow, recipient of PIDS Poster in the Park recognition at IDWEEK 2017.

Deb & Vanessa as infections

Drs. Vanessa Raabe (c/o 2019) and Deb Bloch (c/o 2019) dressed up as ¿House Staph¿ and Neisseria, Halloween 2016.

group night out 2016

Fellows enjoying a group night out, 2016.

Amelia & Awards

Dr. Amelia Thompson (c/o 2017) won awards in the Emory Pediatric Fellowship Research comeptition as well as the Teaching Competition, 2016.

Berkowitz dinner 2017

Dr. Berkowitz and his wife host a lovely dinner for the fellows, 2016.


Drs. Amelia Thompson (c/o 2017) and Jenn Collins (c/o 2017) as Gram-positive cocci, Halloween 2014

The on-call team knows how to celebrate the holidays in style, 2014.

Dr. Julia Rosebush (c/o 2014), presenting her research ¿Preclinical atherosclerosis in eastern Africa: Results from a pediatric Ethiopian cohort.¿ at CROI (Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections) 2014 in Boston, MA.

Drs. Amelia Thompson (left, c/o 2017) and Jumi Yi (right, c/o 2014) in Ethiopia with Emory¿s Global Health Scholars Program.

ID Week Beach
ID Week 2012, San Diego.  From L to R: Drs. Ankita Desai (c/o 2013), Christina Rostad (c/o 2016), Jumi Yi (c/o 2014), and Julia Rosebush (c/o 2014).

Dr. Harry Keiserling¿s retirement party 2013- We miss you!  From L to R: Drs. Jumi Yi, Julia Rosebush, Harry Keiserling, Christina Rostad, and Lakshmi Sukumaran.

Hard at work

Hard at work!  Pediatric ID attending, Dr. Anita McElroy (c/o 2013) with Dr. David Akerele (c/o 2016).

We are proud of our fellowship graduates, who have obtained positions in academics, in the private sector, and in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  As a group, their work encompasses the growing diversity of our field and includes clinical care, medical education, antimicrobial stewardship, and research ranging from epidemiology and global health to clinical trials and basic science.  Below is a list of our most recent fellowship graduates.

Amelia Thompson, MD
Assistant Professor
Duke University

Jennifer Collins, MD
EIS Officer
Centers for Disease Control

David Akerele, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Department of Pediatrics
Children¿s Hospital of Illinois

Christina Rostad, MD
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine

Lakshmi Sukumaran, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Julia C. Rosebush, DO
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Infectious Diseases
The University of Chicago

Jumi Yi, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine

Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory School of Medicine

Ankita Desai, MD
Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Rainbow Babies and Children¿s Hospital

Anita K. McElroy, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine

Francisca Abanyie, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist

Craig Shapiro, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine

Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, MD, MSc.
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine