Andrea G. Kattah, M.D.
What attracted you to nephrology?
I have always been interested in solving complex problems, and so I was naturally drawn to nephrology. While the field of nephrology deals largely with physiology and immunology, one also needs a strong background in internal medicine, and I like the opportunity to function as an internist, in addition to being a subspecialist.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
I had done most of my training in a big city and was looking forward to a change of pace. I wanted to be at an academic center that emphasizes education and clinical training, while also providing good exposure to research opportunities.
What makes Mayo Clinic subspecialty training in nephrology unique?
I think the physiology and pathology rotations are very unique. We have protected time to study these areas in detail, and this experience has been invaluable. It is also unique in that all fellows do one year of research. I enjoyed this year immensely and am looking to continue this research after my fellowship.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
Everyone is extremely approachable and friendly. Despite being busy, the faculty is committed to teaching at every opportunity.
What is living in Rochester, Minn., like for you?
I have enjoyed how simple life is here, especially with a growing family. Though the town is small and a little bit colder than I was used to, there is plenty to do to keep myself occupied.
I enjoy all of the outdoor activities I can do in the spring and summer, including hiking, biking and running.
What does your future look like right now?
I will be pursuing further training in women's health and am interested in the intersection of this field with nephrology. I will also be completing a master's degree in clinical and translational research at Mayo.