2020 Gastroenterology & Hepatology Incoming Fellows Highlights

Neeral Shah, MD

Neeral Shah, MD

By: Neeral Shah, MD

Kelly Diaz – Kelly is originally from Richmond, VA. She completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, medical school at Columbia, and residency at Mt. Sinai in NY. Recently, the residents at Mt. Sinai were exceptionally busy with the hard-hit COVID pandemic in their hospital, and Kelly was involved heavily in the care of these patients on the medicine service. She has done a lot of work at Mt. Sinai in the quality improvement realm working on a lower GI bleed pathway and has done retrospective work on the use of FFP in coagulopathic cirrhosis patients. She is an avid soccer player and was previously on the Olympic Development team for soccer!

Zach Dickson – Zach is originally from Knoxville, TN. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee, a graduate degree in medical sciences at the University of South Florida, medical school at the University of Tennessee, and a residency at UVA. He has worked with Dr Ann Hays on C. diff research and has been the residents’ quality improvement leader on looking at inpatient preps. He is well known to many of the faculty in our division and in our Department for his exceptional work and reputation!

Rob Schenck – Rob is originally from Northern Virginia. He completed his undergraduate work and medical schooling at UVA (Double Wahoo!). He completed his residency at Northwestern in Chicago. During medical school, he worked with Dr Andy Wang on a project looking at our experience with endoscopic mucosal resection for polyps and has continued working on projects involving Barrett’s esophagus and pancreatic cysts surveillance patterns at Northwestern. Rob and his wife have a new baby and we are excited to bring him back home to Virginia and make him a Triple Hoo!

Chris Young – Chris is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate work at Davidson College, then completed medical school and residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently one of the chief residents at VCU and has worked hard with their program to ensure trainees and patients were taken care of during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has done research on post-liver transplant diarrheal illness and the use of macrolides for gastric emptying in acute GI bleeds. Chris loves distance running and has done ten half marathons and three full marathons, he is also an avid golfer. We are excited to draw him down Route 64 to Charlottesville from the Richmond area!

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