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General Nephrology Fellows


Second Year Fellows


  • Daniel Leininger

    Daniel Leininger

    Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
    Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
    Residency: Loma Linda University
    Why Nephrology: It intimidated me in medical school so I chased after it. I love the intellectual stimulation of the pathophysiology, the longevity of care you experience with your patients and the high retention of general medical knowledge.
    Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, hockey, traveling, sushi, drawing, taking the road less traveled.
    Plans After Fellowship: Transplant nephrology or working with the community.

  • Jonathan Cheng

    Jonathan Cheng

    Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
    Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
    Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center
    Why Nephrology: I chose to go into nephrology because I enjoy the challenge of mastering the breadth of knowledge about the kidneys while staying up to date with general internal medicine, the flexibility of treating patients in both acute and non-acute settings, and the endless research opportunities.
    Hobbies/Interests: Working out, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, spending time with my wife, and training my dog.
    Plans After Fellowship: To be determined.

  • Lauren Macaraeg

    Lauren Macaraeg

    Hometown: La Habra
    Medical School: Ross University
    Residency: St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
    Why Nephrology: CKD and ESKD patients represent a vulnerable population that I feel called to serve.
    Hobbies/Interests: Nature walks, sunsets, and good food.
    Plans After Fellowship: General Nephrologist

  • Zaid Al-Dahhan

    Zaid Al-Dahhan

    Hometown: Lancaster, CA
    Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
    Residency: UNLV Internal Medicine
    Why Nephrology: Because I love fluid mechanics, staring at numbers, and renal histopathology.
    Hobbies/Interests: Longboarding, ultimate frisbee, and learning about ancient history.
    Plans After Fellowship: To be a clinical nephrologist.

First Year Fellows


  • Andrew Liu

    Andrew Liu

    Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
    Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    Residency: UC Irvine
    Why Nephrology: It demands the mastery of physiology to tackle academically challenging and high acuity cases. At the same time, it offers rewarding holistic, long-term patient care.
    Hobbies/Interests: Badminton, landscape and street photography, board games and video games.
    Plans After Fellowship: General nephrology in the community
  • Clarkson Crane

    Clarkson Crane

    Hometown: Lancaster, CA
    Medical School: Loma Linda University
    Residency: University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital
    Why Nephrology: I enjoy the interesting physiology of the kidney and the mix of inpatient acuity while maintaining longitudinal continuity on the outpatient side.
    Hobbies/Interests: Running, hiking, travel, cooking, and enjoying good music.
    Plans After Fellowship: Bridging the transition from pediatric to adult care for general nephrology and transplant patients.

  • Jeffrey Chow

    Jeffrey Chow

    Hometown: San Marino, CA
    Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency: Cape Fear Valley Health
    Why Nephrology: In medical school, nephrology physiology felt complicated but it motivated me to spend extra time to understand it. I enjoy taking care of patients in the hospital, ICU and clinic, all in one day. Providing hemodialysis for ESRD patients so they can live longer and enjoy their precious time with family and friends.
    Hobbies/Interests: basketball, tennis, eating at new restaurants
    Plans After Fellowship: general nephrology
  • Jennifer Pham

    Jennifer Pham

    Hometown: Walnut, CA
    Medical School: The University of Queensland, Ochsner Clinical School
    Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
    Why Nephrology: I've always been very math-y, I enjoy working with numbers (I took a calc course in college FOR FUN), so the methodical thinking and calculations pulled me towards nephrology. It also helps that my dad had an amazing nephrologist when I was still trying to make major career choices.
    Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking, Nintendo Switch, swimming, traveling, and eating very fancy food
    Plans After Fellowship: General nephrology, hopefully academics!

  • Luke Webster

    Luke Webster

    Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
    Medical School: Creighton University, School of Medicine
    Residency: University of California, San Diego
    Why Nephrology: I was drawn to longitudinal patient care opportunities, the varied practice environment, and the diverse pathology that nephrology provides.
    Hobbies/Interests: running, baking, hiking, traveling
    Plans After Fellowship: Academic medicine with a focus on medical education