The NSMC Intern Class of 2017


Gates Colbert

Gates Colbert, MD is a Board Certified Nephrologist in Dallas, Texas.  He practices Clinical Nephrology with Kidney and Hypertension Associates of Dallas and has a faculty appointment with Texas A&M College of Medicine at Baylor Dallas.  Dr. Colbert is a Core Faculty for the Nephrology Fellowship and an attending for fellows, residents and medical students. His love for Nephrology is rooted in solving complex electrolyte disorders in the hospital.  In the outpatient setting, I really enjoy primary and secondary hypertension and peritoneal dialysis. His home in Texas provides ample opportunities to experience great running weather, delicious Tex-Mex, and college football matchups.

Bea Concepcion

Bea Concepcion is a transplant nephrologist at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.  She is passionate about kidneys, medical education, tennis and ethnic cuisines.  You can find her most often in the clinic seeing patients, and if not, hopping around the globe in search of an adventure.

Annabel Biruete

Annabel Biruete is a Mexican nutritionist pursuing a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois.  Her doctoral dissertation aims to examine the effects of a dietary fiber on mineral and bone metabolism and the gut microbiome in hemodialysis patients. Additionally, she is interested in the effects of “liberalizing” the traditionally restrictive renal diet on clinical outcomes and quality of life in end-stage kidney disease patients.

Nathaniel Reisinger

Nathaniel did med school at UT Southwestern and residency at Columbia. He is completing his nephrology fellowship at Penn and is going to stay on as faculty while completing a Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship. He is building a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for nephrology fellows at Penn with an emphasis on ultrasonographic assessment of volume. He also runs @Jeff_Berns_POTD,, and co-developed the PennKidney app.


Vanessa Grubbs

Dr. Vanessa Grubbs is an assistant professor of medicine and nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco and maintains a clinical practice and research program focused on renal palliative care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and teaches writing for patient advocacy to medical students and practicing physicians. She regularly posts on her blog, and her first book, HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match is set to be released June 2017 from Amistad, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Omar Taco

Omar Taco MD is a peruvian physician who completed his nephrology fellowship by crossing the sea to Barcelona. He was always interested in the field of kidney transplantation leading him to complete a Master in Clinical Investigation on Donation & Transplantation. His life has exposed him to many different institutions and opened his eyes to the diversity of the kidney field. He remains focused always on the patient. Right now he is looking forward to contributing to nephrology #FOAMed through his blog ( & twitter (@Errantnephron). His guiding motto is: evidence and common sense.

Pablo Garcia

I am from Guatemala and graduated form Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. I am currently a second year internal medicine resident in Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. I became passionate about nephrology while working in a project related to Mesoamerican Nephropathy back in Guatemala. I am interested in the management and prevention of end-stage renal disease in resource poor settings. I am also a volunteer physician at the Maya Health Alliance Wu Qu’ Kawoq a great health organization that focuses on native people in Guatemala ( In my spare time, I enjoy hiking (especially Volcanoes), cycling, running and drinking Guatemalan coffee.

Kathik Ramani

I'm an Interventional nephrologist that trained in LSU-Shreveport and until recently was an Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati where I was actively engaged in teaching students, residents and fellows in addition to collaborating with bio-medical engineering students in numerous innovative kidney disease projects. My interests are in dialysis access care, global health, innovative health care delivery systems and disruptive technologies. I am currently in the process of relocating to Sacramento,California as part of Capital Nephrology Medical Group wherein I hope I will have more time to indulge in my passions not to mention hiking, biking and playing tennis.


Fatima Ali

Fatima Ali is a second year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as the voice behind @shewantsthedo on twitter. After only a few weeks of lecture of kidney pathology she had a desire to learn more and perhaps pursue a career in nephrology.  In her time spent not studying for boards she enjoys hiking, long boarding, and cooking. 

Cathy Quinlan

Cathy Quinlan is a paediatric nephrologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital and a clinician researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include peritoneal dialysis, cystic fibrosis related kidney disease and inherited kidney disease. She is the Victorian state lead for the KidGen collaboration. She is passionate about improving options for children with kidney disease, making work feel like a playground and the perfect cup of coffee.

Amit Langote

I am a Nephrologist and Transplant Physician working in Mumbai, India 🇮🇳 I am fun loving, easy going, I love nature, and photography. I am a member of the ISN Social Media Task Force.

Xingxing S. Cheng

Xingxing hails from the temperate rainforests of Vancouver, Canada, lived in the Midwest and Northeastern United States before settling down in Northern California, completing her nephrology fellowship at Stanford University. Her primary research interest is concomitant liver and kidney disease. In addition to the beans, she also loves world literature, hiking, and social dancing.