2012 Clinical Research Scholars

M. Shaalan Beg, M.D.

M. Shaalan Beg, M.D.

Dr. Beg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. He received his medical degree from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He then received his Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Beg’s research focus is experimental therapeutics as well as to understand how best to use currently available drugs to treat cancer.

Enas Kandil, M.D.

Enas Kandil, M.D.

Dr. Kandil is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management. She earned her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt, and completed her Anesthesiology residency at Case Western Reserve University followed by Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her research interests include opioid dependence and hyperalgesia as well as pain associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Una Makris, M.D.

Una Makris, M.D.

Dr. Makris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic Diseases. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California San Diego, medical degree from the George Washington University Medical Center, and Internal Medicine training at the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed a Rheumatology fellowship at Yale University where she also started her clinical research training, focusing specifically on aging research. Her research interests include back pain in older adults: describing its epidemiology, understanding its impact in the context of multi-morbidity, and identifying appropriate outcomes.

Alecia Nero, M.D.

Alecia Nero, M.D.

Dr. Nero holds dual faculty appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology as an Assistant Professor. She was a UTSW medical student who then went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, for her residency and fellowship. She completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC)/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She then went on to complete hematology fellowship at UHCMC before joining UTSW faculty in April 2011. Dr. Nero has clinical research interest in sickle cell disease in children and adults.

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., M.P.H.

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Nijhawan is originally from the Netherlands, although she has spent most of her life in the United States. She completed medical school and her internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed an infectious diseases fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital combined training program, and a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Nijhawan focuses her clinical work and research on HIV care, in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as at the Dallas county jail.

Peter Van Buren, M.D.

Peter Van Buren, M.D.

Dr. Van Buren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. He completed Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship training at UT Southwestern. His research interest is in mechanisms and treatment of hypertension in end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease patients.

Adam Yopp, M.D.

Adam Yopp, M.D.

Dr. Yopp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and his medical degree from St. George’s University. His general surgery residency was at Maimonides Medical Center, and his surgical oncology fellowship was at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research interests include the development of prognostic and predictive biomarkers and novel treatment regimens in hepatocellular carcinoma.