Introducing the 2020-21 AJKD Editorial Interns

The AJKD editors are excited to continue the Editorial Internship Program for a third year, and thank all the fellows who responded to the recent call for applications. Please join us in welcoming the AJKD Editorial Internship Class of 2021: Krishna AgarwalDebbie ChenRacquel Holmes, and Arun Rajasekaran.


Krishna Agarwal

Dr. Agarwal is a nephrology fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is originally from Delhi, India, where he completed medical school at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College. He moved to Boston in 2014 to pursue a Research Fellowship in Prof. Terry Strom’s Immunology lab at Harvard and then internal medicine residency at Baystate Medical Center in Western Massachusetts. His ultimate clinical interest lies in Transplant Nephrology with a research focus in long term allograft survival and transplant tolerance. Cultivating his interest in medical literature, he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for various journals and intends to develop his editorial skills through the AJKD Editorial Internship program. When not working, Dr. Agarwal enjoys spending time with his wife and one-year-old daughter. Follow him @krishnaadit.


Debbie Chen

Dr. Chen is a nephrology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. After graduating from medical school at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is interested in kidney and cardiovascular outcomes research with an emphasis on understanding methods to individualize patient care and identifying health disparities in the CKD population. She is pursuing a Master’s in the UCSF Training in Clinical Research program during her research fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, surfing, and trying new restaurants. Follow her @dc_chen.


Racquel Holmes

Dr. Holmes is currently a nephrology fellow at Duke University Medical Center. Her interest in medicine began in Boston while working in basic science and clinical research labs and advocating for primary care initiatives of refugee populations. It is here that she received her Master’s degree from Boston University and worked in clinical management at Genzyme before matriculating at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Here, her desire to promote medical education and physician advocacy on public health legislation matters was fostered. She completed her internal medicine residency training at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University. Her clinical interests include kidney disease in peri-obstetric patients and medical education for students and trainees. She enjoys spending time with her husband and running after her toddler son. Follow her @RacquelbelleMD.


Arun Rajasekaran

Dr. Rajasekaran completed medical school at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, followed by internal medicine residency training at the University of Central Florida at Orlando. He is currently a third year nephrology fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is passionate about academic nephrology. His clinical and research interests lie in glomerular diseases, particularly IgA Nephropathy. Dr. Rajasekaran is part of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) and involved in collaborative and online medical education. Follow him @Nephronpower.




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