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Scholarly Activity & Research

All residents are required to lead one form of required scholarly activity each year. In addition, residents are encouraged to participate in other scholarly output referenced below. 

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Landmark Paper – Each intern must prepare and present one Landmark Paper during Morning Report at some point during their first year.  They will give a short presentation on a study that answered a clinical question with enough clarity to be considered practice-changing.  Landmark papers are often cited by other papers and are one of the cornerstones of evidence-based medicine. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Journal Club – During their second year, all residents present a journal article for discussion in a small group. The goal is to critically evaluate research literature and consider its impact on clinical practice.  With the help of faculty mentors, residents go over general principles of study design and data collection as well as basic statistical analysis. They assess study strengths and weaknesses and discuss its clinical relevance. In the process, they practice presentation skills and facilitate discussion.
 
 
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The Clinical-Pathologic Conference or CPC is a case conference presented by our 3rd year residents. The CPC showcases diagnostic skills gained during residency. Residents compile all relevant details of the case including pathology and images; recruit faculty participants including subspecialists, radiologists and pathologists; and review the relevant literature pertaining to the case. Faculty mentors guide this process. On the day of presentation, residents are expected to run a differential to generate active discussion in the audience.
 
 
 
RESIDENT POSTERS AND RESEARCH
Below is a compilation of the published research & posters done by our residents.
 
 

Selected Resident Publications (2018-2019)

  • Al-azzawi Y, Al-abboodi Y, Fasullo M, Najuib T. The Morbidity and Mortality of Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Patients with Cirrhosis. Clin Med Insights Gastroenterol. 2018;11:1179552217746645.

    Buitrago DH, Gangadharan SP, Majid A, Kent MS, Alape D, Wilson JL, Parikh MS, Kim DH. Frailty Characteristics Predict Respiratory Failure in Patients Undergoing Tracheobronchoplasty. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018;106(3):836-841.

    Buitrago DH, Majid A, Alape DE, Wilson JL, Parikh M, Kent MS, Gangadharan SP. Single-Center Experience of Tracheobronchoplasty for Tracheobronchomalacia: Perioperative Outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018;106(3):909-915.

    Bezuidenhout AF, Boiselle PM, Heidinger BH, Alape D, Buitrago DH, Majid A, Gangadharan SP, Litmanovich DE. Longitudinal Follow-up of Patients With Tracheobronchomalacia After Undergoing Tracheobronchoplasty: Computed Tomography Findings and Clinical Correlation. J Thorac Imaging. June 2018

    Coukos J, Farraye FA. Update on Vaccinating the Patient With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol. 2018; Accepted October 2018.

    Fasullo M, Al-azzawi Y, Kheder J, Abergel J, Wassef W. Comparing efficacy of lumen-apposing stents to plastic stents in the endoscopic management of mature peripancreatic fluid collections: a single-center experience. Clin Exp Gastroenterol. 2018;11:249-254.

    Hakimian S, Popov Y, Rupawala AH, Salomon-escoto K, Hatch S, Pellish R. The conundrum of indeterminate QuantiFERON-TB Gold results before anti-tumor necrosis factor initiation. Biologics. 2018;12:61-67.

    Holzwanger EA, Mahmoud M, Wassef W. Advances in management of nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2018;34(6):436-443.

    Holzwanger EA, Alam Z, Hsu E, Hsu A, Mangano M, Kathman DL. A Case of Granulocytic Sarcoma or Extramedullary Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia of the Gallbladder. Am J Case Rep. 2018;19:1262-1266.

    Hsu E, Mendelson L, Hsu A. Primary Bone Lymphoma Presenting as Knee Pain. Case Reports in Hematology. Accepted Sept 2018.

    Li RA, Keung W, Cashman TJ, Backeris PC, Johnson BV, Bardot ES, Wong AOT, Chan PKW, Chan CWY, Costa KD. Bioengineering an electro-mechanically functional miniature ventricular heart chamber from human pluripotent stem cells. Biomaterials. 2018;163:116-127.

    Lui JK, Spaho L, Holzwanger E, Bui R, Daly JS, Bozorgzadeh A, Kopec SE. Intensive Care of Pulmonary Complications Following Liver Transplantation. J Intensive Care Med. 2018;33(11):595-608.

    Majid A, Palkar A, Kheir F, Alape D, Fernandez-Bussy S, Aronovitz J, Guerrero J, Gangadharan S, Kent M, Whyte R, Folch E. Convex Probe EBUS-guided Fiducial Placement for Malignant Central Lung Lesions. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2018;25(4):283-289.

    Mayourian J, Ceholski DK, Gonzalez DM, Cashman TJ, Sahoo S, Hajjar RJ, Costa KD. Physiologic, Pathologic, and Therapeutic Paracrine Modulation of Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling. Circ Res. 2018;122(1):167-183.

    Mayourian J, Cashman TJ, Ceholski DK, Johnson BV, Sachs D, Kaji DA, Sahoo S, Hare JM, Hajjar RJ, Sobie EA, Costa KD. Experimental and Computational Insight Into Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Paracrine Signaling and Heterocellular Coupling Effects on Cardiac Contractility and Arrhythmogenicity. Circ Res. 2017;121(4):411-423.

    Mendelson L, Hsu E, Chung H, Hsu A. Primary Cardiac Lymphoma: Importance of Tissue Diagnosis. Case Rep Hematol. 2018;2018:6192452.

    Min M, Patel B, Han S,  Bocelli L, Kheder J, Vaze A, Wassef W. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Malnutrition in Chronic Pancreatitis: Identification, Treatment, and Consequences. Pancreas. 2018;47(8):1015-1018.

    Popov Y, Salomon-escoto K. Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Disease in Sjogren Syndrome. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2018;44(1):143-151.

    Ridha A, Al-abboodi Y, Fasullo M. The Outcome of Thoracentesis versus Chest Tube Placement for Hepatic Hydrothorax in Patients with Cirrhosis: A Nationwide Analysis of the National Inpatient Sample. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2017;2017:5872068.

    Touray S, Sood RN, Lindstrom D, et al. Risk Stratification in Patients with Complicated Parapneumonic Effusions and Empyema Using the RAPID Score. Lung. 2018;196(5):623-629.

Selected Resident Conference Presentations (2018-2019)

  • Al Zoubi M, Alsayid M, Howard-Wilson S, Hatch S. Infected Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Salmonella Dublin. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    AL-Azzawi Y, Coukos J, Martin A, Albo B, Howard-Wilson S, Alsayid M, Kroll-Desrosiers A, Devuni D, Barton B, Szabo G. Obesity and It’s Correlation with Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    AL-Azzawi Y, Coukos J, Martin A, Albo B, Howard-Wilson S, Kroll-Desrosiers A, Radcliffe D, Tai R, Watts G, Szabo G. Sarcopenia is Increased in Females and Associated with Severity of Alcoholic Hepatitis and Increased Hospital Stay. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Alsabbagh Alchizari K.  Hyaluronan 35 Protects Against Alcohol-Induced Tissue Injury and Dysregulated Skeletal Muscle Proteostasis. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018, San Francisco, CA.

    Alsabbagh Alchizari K. Ethanol Aggravates Ammonia Induced Molecular Perturbations during Sarcopenia in Cirrhosis. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018, San Francisco, CA.

    Alsabbagh Alchizari K. Hyperammonemia Induced Skeletal Muscles Mitochondrial Dysfunction Are Reversed By Ammonia Withdrawal. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018, San Francisco, CA.

    Alsabbagh Alchizari K. Hyperammonemia Induced Redox Changes in Skeletal Muscle Perturbs Glucose-Pyruvate Metabolism and Tissue Bioenergetics. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018, San Francisco, CA.

    Alsabbagh Alchizari K. Hyperammonemia Induced Upregulation of Ammonia Transporter Rhbg Recruits MyD88 Mediated Signaling Events. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018, San Francisco, CA.

    Barout A, Bonikowske A, Barillas-Lara M, Fortin-Gamero S, Allison T. Impact of High Peak Systolic Blood Pressure Response During Exercise in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease.  American Heart Association 2018, Chicago, IL.

    Barout A, Bonikowske A, Barillas-Lara M, Fortin-Gamero S, Allison T. Does High vs. Low Systolic Blood Pressure Response During Graded Exercise Testing Predict All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality? American Heart Association 2018, Chicago, IL.

    Carias Zuniga S. A case of small lymphocytic lymphoma with thyroid involvement. New England-AACE Annual Meeting 2018, Newton, MA.

    Coukos J, Kheder J, Vaezi A, and Zinvy J. Coughing up a Polyp: A Rare Cause of Dysphagia. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Hashmi I, John, N, Devuni, D. Never Fear, TAVR is Here: Patient with Decompensated Cirrhosis and Severe Aortic Stenosis. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Hashmi I. Particularly Peculiar: Pulmonary Necrobiotic Nodules in the Crohn’s Patient.American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Holzwanger E, Hashmi I, Jubbal S. Fusobacterium necrophorum: An extremely rare cause of hepatic abscess. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Hsu AJ, Wang L, Cave,D.  Measuring Small Bowel Transit Time in Obesity by Video Capsule Endoscopy. American College of Gastroenterology 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

    Kannappan M. TAVR CT study. Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meeting 2018.

    Matta S, Hashmi I, Trivedi M. The Lumpy Bumpy Neck: A Case of Incidental Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Thyroglossal Duct CystMA ChapterAmerican College of Physicians 2018, Waltham, MA.

    Min M, Patel B, Han S, Kheder J, Bocelli L, Wassef W. Chronic Pancreatitis Quality Indicators: Improving Quality of Care in Chronic Pancreatitis Patients. Digestive Disease Week 2018, Washington, DC.

    Min M, Hyatt B, Marya N, Cave DR. Treatment of Chronic Stenosing Enteritis: A Condition Similar to Prostaglandin-Associated Enteropathy. United European Gastroenterology Week 2018, Vienna, Austria.

    Raja S, Carias Zuniga S. An Unusual Presentation of Agranulocytosis from Methimazole Use. New England-AACE Annual Meeting 2018, Newton, MA.

    Sanghai SR, Hsu E, Chung H, Floyd KC, Aurigemma GP, Gentile BA. Transesophageal Doppler Echocardiography Does Not Accurately Predict Mean Left Atrial Pressure: A Validation Study with Simultaneous Invasive and Noninvasive Measurement. American Society of Echocardiography Scientific Sessions 2018, Nashville, TN.

    Toomey S. Liebman H, Dikengil F, Hashmi I, Kaditz E. Streamlining The Identification of High Risk Patients in Need of Goals of Care Discussions - A Pilot study. MA Chapter American College of Physicians 2018, Waltham, MA.