Fellow Spotlight: Mandar Aras, MD
Dr. Mandar Aras (pronounced MAN-darr ARR-az) was born in Mumbai, India, then moved with his family to Reading, PA when he was a year old. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and economics, a PhD in neurobiology and his medical degree. His dissertation investigated how zinc signaling may help protect neurons from stroke-related damage. Dr. Aras completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
He was always interested in cardiovascular function and pathophysiology, and especially enjoyed caring for heart failure patients during residency. Dr. Aras came to UCSF for his fellowship because of its unusually strong combination of both clinical training and basic research opportunities. So far, he appreciates the "great mentorship" he has received in his Cardiac Care Unit rotation, and gaining a new skill set from working with the cardiac catherization lab team at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Aras hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist focused on heart failure. "Throughout my career, I have opted for multidisciplinary fields," he said. "With heart failure and transplant cardiology, you develop long-standing relationships with patients, and get to integrate all the subspecialties within cardiology to help patients." He is also interested in pursuing translational lab research related to heart failure.
In August, Dr. Aras married Dr. Mallika Dhawan, a first-year hematology/oncology fellow at UCSF. He enjoys biking and racquetball, and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.