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Recent Housestaff Research

There are numerous opportunities for the house staff to become involved in research, using elective time for research projects. Our faculty is always willing to have house officers spend elective time becoming involved in various research projects. House officers will receive support to attend national meetings if their material is selected for presentation.  A summary of recent house staff projects is listed below.

Chandhok NS, Saif MW.Updates on the use of neoadjuvant therapy in borderline resectable pancreatic cancer.  JOP. 2014 Mar 10;15(2):91-4

Devito N, Mui K, Jassam Y, Taylor L, Pilichowska M, Cossor F. Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Presenting As a Paraneoplastic Syndrome With Acute Central Nervous System Demyelination. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2014 Feb 18.

DeVito N, Saif MW. Advances in Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer: 2013. J Pancreas 2013 July 10; 14(4):347-353

El-Jurdi N, Reljic T, Kumar A, et al. Efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy with donor lymphocyte infusion in relapsed lymphoid malignancies. Immunotherapy 2013; 5(5)

El-Jurdi N, Saif MW Should ageism be a stratification factor in patients with pancreatic cancer?. Journal of the Pancreas 2014; 15(2)

El-Jurdi N, Saif MW. Pancreatic cancer: new hopes for early detection and a future screening tool. Journal of the Pancreas 2014; accepted on Jun 26

N. El-Jurdi, MW Saif. Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer.  JOP, 2013 14(4), 363-366.

Esposito ML, Selker HP, Salem DN. Quantity over quality: how the rise in quality measures is not producing quality results. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug;30(8):1204-7.

 Kapur NK, Paruchuri V, Majithia A, Esposito M, Shih H, Weintraub A, Kiernan M, Pham DT, DeNofrio D, Kimmelstiel C. Hemodynamic effects of standard versus larger-capacity intraaortic balloon counterpulsation pumps. J Invasive Cardiol. 2015;27(4):182-188.

 Kapur NK, Esposito M. Hemodynamic support with percutaneous devices in patients with heart failure. Heart Failure Clin. 2015;11(2):215-230.

 Kapur NK, Paruchuri V, Pham DT, Reyelt L, Murphy B, Beale C, Bogins C, Wiener D, Nilson J, Esposito M, Perkins S, Perides G, Karas RH. Hemodynamic effects of left atrial or left ventricular cannulation for acute circulatory support in a bovine model of left heart injury. ASAIO J. 2014. Epub ahead of print.

Esposito M, Korabathina R, Pan C, Paruchuri V, Finley J, Shah A, Boyle A, Vaillant R, Kimmelstiel CD, Kapur NK. Quantitative assessment of myocardial blush using time-density curve analysis after elective percutaneous coronary intervention. J Invasive Cardiol. 2014;26(2):60-3

Bockstall K MD, Gannon MP MDWang W MD. Link MS MD. "Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Assessment.” Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.Srihari Naidu MD, ed. In Press

John P, Saif MW.  Radioembolization in the Treatment of Neuroendocrine tumors of the Pancreas. Journal of Pancreas.  2014 Jul 28;15(4):332-4.

John PK, Kougioumtzopoulou AS, Syrigos KN, Saif MW. Updates in management of ampullary carcinomas. JOP. 2014 Mar 10;15(2):140-3

John P, McConnell K, Saif MW. Chin tremors associated with paroxetine in a patient with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. JOP.  10;14(6):661-3.

Joza N, Saif MW. Biomarkers in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. JOP. 2014 Jul 28;15(4):308-9.

P. Manning (with K. Ismail) “Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Pulmonary Hypertension: Time for a New Look” Accepted to CHEST

Kaur G, Saif MW. Translational research in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. JOP. 2014 Mar 10;15(2):121-3.

Khouri J, Saif WM. Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms of the Pancreas (IPMNs): New Insights on Clinical Outcomes and Malignant Progression. Journal of the Pancreas. 2014, Jul; 15(4): 310-2.

Bhatia A, Mehta THManning P, and Kuvin JT. "Adults with Left-sided Pressure Loading Lesions" has been accepted for publication in Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. Volume 17, Issue 12.

Michael S. Kiernan, MD, MS, Amy L. French MD, David DeNofrio, MD, Yuvrajsinh J. Parmar, MD, Duc Thinh Pham, MD, Navin K. Kapur, MD, Natesa G. Pandian, MD, Ayan R. Patel, MD.  Preoperative Three Dimensional Echocardiography to Assess Risk of Right Ventricular Failure Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Surgery. Submitted

Puri A, Saif MW. Pharmacogenomics update in pancreatic cancer. JOP. 2014 Mar 10;15(2):114-7.

Caselli S, Serdoz A, Ramamurthi A, Pandian NG, De Paola D, Serdoz R. Doppler markers of elevated left atrial and ventricular filling pressure in a critically ill patient. Echocardiography. 2013 Aug;30(7)

Faletra FF, Ramamurthi A, Dequarti MC, Leo LA, Moccetti T, Pandian N. Artifacts in three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2014 May;27(5):453-62.

Pandian NG, Ramamurthi A, Applebaum S. Role of echocardiography in aortic stenosis.  Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2014 Jul-Aug;57(1):47-54.

Selan JC, Michaelson M, Fanburg B, Estes NA. Evaluation and Management of Heart Rhythm Disturbances due to Cardiac Sarcoidosis. Heart Lung and Circulation. July 2014.

Weinstock J, Selan J, Majithia A.  Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. Submitted to UpToDate. Oct 2014.

Selan J, Albano A, Hoffmeister J, Garlitski A. Transseptal Puncture: A Procedural Review.                                              Manuscript in preparation

Shah UA, Henderson M, Abourjailly P, Thaler D, Rencic J. A confusing interaction. Exercise in clinical reasoning. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015 June 30 (6) 860-863.

Shah U, Kritharis A, Evens AM. Paraneoplastic pyoderma gangrenosum with posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder. Annals of Hematology. 2015 May; 94(5):893-4.

Shah UA, Saif, MW. Tumor markers in pancreatic cancer. Journal of Pancreas. 2013 Jul; 14(4): 318-321.

Vyas O, Saif MW. Updates on pancreatic cancer - highlights from the "48th annual pancreas club meeting". JOP. 2014;15(3):225-7.

Vyas O, Leung K, Ledbetter L, Kaley K, Rodriguez T, Garcon MC, Saif MW.  Clinical outcomes in pancreatic adenocarcinoma associated with BRCA-2 mutation. Journal Anticancer Drugs. 2014 Oct 9.

Pittas AG, Westcott GP, Balk EM. Efficacy, safety, and patient acceptability of Technosphere inhaled insulin for people with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2015 Sep 1. pii: S2213-8587(15)00280-6.

Wexler, Ron and N.A. Mark Estes. “The Pre-participation Sports Evaluation Should Not Include an ECG.” Editorial accepted for publication in American Family Physician on May 27th, 2015.

Yu, EA, Snydman, LK, Rencic, J. Ramsay Hunt syndrome presenting with ataxia and syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone syndrome. Am J Med. August, 2014. 

Kapur N, Paruchuri V, Annamalai S, Buiten L, Konstam M, Karas R. Superior Vena Caval Occlusion: A Novel Approach to Improve Cardiac Function in Heart Failure.", to be presented at annual AHA meeting in Orlando, November, 2015

Batra, S and Patel,A.  “Echocardiographic work up of Stroke and TIA: Does it change clinical management?” Abstract presented as Poster at American Society of Echo conference 2015

A. Bhalla. M.Rao and E. Smith  ‘Comparison of Kidney Injury between Two Stage Revision Arthroplasty with Antibiotic Loaded Spacers and other Revision Orthopedic Procedures’   Presented as a poster in November, 2013 at ASN Kidney Week in Atlanta.

L. Buchanan and H. Kelpin: Goals of care discussions and subsequent healthcare utilization among adults hospitalized for advanced malignancy.  Presented at: Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium on 10/9/15 in Boston, MA

Escalona P, Chen Z, Kung J. "Thyroid abscess in an immunocompetent patient with multinodular goiter.” Poster session presented at: 15th Annual International Thyroid Congress of the American Thyroid Association; 2015 Oct 18-23; Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Dad T, John A, Tighiouart H, Carpenter M, Hunsiker L, Kusek J, Pferrer M, Levey A, Weiner. Aspirin Use and Cardiovascular Disease and Kidney Outcomes in Stable Kidney Transplant Recipients: the FAVORIT Trial. Abstract submitted for presentation at ASN Kidney Week 2014

N. DeVito “Little known lymphoma: small lymphocytic lymphoma presenting as a paraneoplastic syndrome with acute CNS demyelination” Presented at Regional Meeting of Society of General  Internal Medicine, March 2014.

M. Dhande"Still on the differential: a rare inflammatory disorder among adults."  Presented at the New England Regional Meeting of  SGIM.

Duarte-Garcia A, Rencic J, Dawiskiba M and Kalish R. Beyond the first impression: A case of relapsing polychondritis and myelodysplastic syndrome. Presented at the American College of Physicians Massachusetts meeting 2013

Romero-Diaz J, Duarte-Garcia A, Juarez-Arellano S, Cisero-Casarrubias A, Fragoso-Loyo H, Llorente L, Sanchez-Guerrero J.Cognitive dysfunction, a non-inflammatory neuropsychiatric syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus. Presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013

Fragoso-Loyo H, Duarte-Garcia A, Juarez-Arellano S, Cisero-Casarrubias A, Romero-Diaz J,  Llorente L, Sanchez-Guerrero J. Autoantibodies, cytokines and chemokines in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of SLE patients with cognitive dysfunction.  Presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013.

Lacevic J, Reljic T, El Jurdi N Conservative Management Vs. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation For       Polycythemia Vera: A Systematic Review and Decision-Analysis. et al. Blood November 15, 2013; 122(21). (ASH 2013)

El-Jurdi N  Typhlitis: an unrecognized and underdiagnosed emergency in an immunocompromized host.  Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Annual Meeting- Boston, MA. March 2014.

Chawla H MD, Gannon M MD, Fischman D MD, Ruggiero N MD, Walinsky P MD, Savage M MD. Importance of Adjunct Delivery Techniques to Optimize Deployment Success of Distal Protection Filters During Vein Graft Interventions. Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ Thirty-Sixth Annual Scientific Sessions. Orlando, FL; Volume 81:S1; May 2013

Guevarra, JG. Deadly Dysphagia in Dermatomyositis. Poster presented at New England  Region Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Meeting; March 2015, New York, NY

Hon , Stephanie M..  Change of Heart.  Poster presented at: Society of General Internal Medicine; 2015, Boston, MA.

Hon, Stephanie M; Roberts MD, Kari; Hill MD, Nicholas; Preston MD, Ioana.. (2010). Assessment of Acute pulmonary Vascular Reactivity in Portopulmonary Hypertension Poster presented at: International American Thoracic Society Conference; Denver, CO.

Hon, Stephanie M; Al-Naamani MD, Nadine; Tsacoyianis RN, Rosemary; Balbuena, Corey; Kher MD, Sucharita. (2015). Role of Spoken Language in Assessment of Inhaler Technique: Differences Among English and Non-English Speaking Patients. Oral Presentation to be presented at: CHEST Annual Meeting 2015; Montreal, QC. CAN.

Janes, W. Statin Prescribing Among U.S. Ambulatory Outpatient Visits for Patients with CKD"  To be presented at ASN meeting in November, 2015.

Jeyabalan, A., Garimella, P and Inker, L.    Chronic Kidney Disease Knowledge Among English and Non-English Speakers  . ASN Poster Presentation in San Diego, Nov 7 2015

N. Joza.  “22 year old man with acute lower extremity paralysis”. Presented at Society of General Internal Medicine, Toronto, April 2015

J. Khouri and L. Taylor.  Case study on Primary Leptomeningeal Gliomatosis that was accepted for poster presentation at the meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology in November.

Khouri J, Taylor L. Gliomatosis Meningi and Gliomatosis Cerebri: Kissing Cousins? Case Report and Review of the Literature. Neuro-Oncology. 2014, Nov; 16(5): v148. (Presented at Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting)

Krishnarao, A and Viveiros, K.  "A Retrospective Analysis of Risk Factors for Candida Esophagitis among Immunocompromised and Immunocompetent Patients" Presented at: American College of Gastroenterology, October 2015, Honolulu, HI.

Lee, K., Kalokhe, A., Livingston, S. Acute Thoracic Cord Compression due to HIV-associated Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Oral Presentation at SGIM 37th Annual Meeting, April, 2014

Graves, S., David, C., Viegas, S., Augusto, O., Hassane, A., Lederer, P., Lee, K., Amade, S., Peleve, S., Nunes, E., Torriani, F. Tuberculosis and HIV infection in health workers in the Maputo Central Hospital, the national reference hospital of Mozambique.  Presented at 2014 ID Week.

Johnson, K., Gjini, P., Bollinger, S., Magro, F., Husain, S., Doron, S., Snydman, D., Golan, Y. Alternative Causes of Diarrhea and Clinical Manifestations of Clostridium Difficile Infection Among Patients With A Positive PCR and a Negative Toxin-Detecting Assay. Abstract poster presentation. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 11 May 2014.

Navin K Kapur, MD, Vikram Paruchuri, Arjun Majithia, MD, Michelle Esposito, Anand Jagannathan, Michael Schecht, Andrew Weintraub, MD, Carrie Kimmelstiel, MD, Duc T Phamm MD, Michael Kiernan, MD, David DeNofrio, MD. Clinical Utility of Percutaneous Mechanical Support Devices in the ‘Bridge to Decision’ Heart Failure Population.  Results presented at the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2012 meeting.

Mehta TH, Vindenes T, Beaulac K, Roberts R. Pharmacokinetics of doxycycline in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Abstract was accepted for a poster that will be presented at Infectious Disease Society of America in San Diego in October 2015

Kuttab JS, Parmar YJ, Rowin E, Sanghai S, Maron M, Kimmelstiel CD. A guideline based approach to invasive septal reduction therapy in obstructive  hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Outcomes after Alcohol Septal Ablation and Surgical Myectomy. Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics. San Francisco, CA 2015.Rrapo E. and Snydman L.K.. Fatal fungus finds sweet seduction Poster presented at: Society of General Internal Medicine New England Regional Meeting; Boston, MA, 2015.

Puri A, Stevenson RL, Khouri J, Comenzo RL, Kao GSH, Klein AK, Miller KB, Rosenberg A, Smith H, Sprague KA, Relias V, Evens AM. Hepatitis B (HBV) Screening in Patients Receiving Rituximab: A Comprehensive Analysis Including Comparison of Adherence by Oncologists and Non-Oncologists. Blood. 2014, Dec; 124(21): 2595 - 2595. (Presented at American Society of Hematology).

Sanghai, S and Link, M.- Incidence and Predictors of Complete Heart Block after Septal Reduction Procedures for Drug Resistant Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.   Abstract accepted for TCT conference in San Francisco

Akriti Saxena, John B. Wong. Comparative Effectiveness of Telaprevir versus Boceprevir for Genotype 1 Chronic Hepatitis C: An Indirect Pairwise Meta-Analysis. Gastroenterology 1 May 2013 (volume 144 issue 5 Pages S-959-S-960). Presented at Digestive Disease Week, Orlando, FL in May 2013.

Akriti P. Saxena. An In Vitro Study of Clot Trapping Efficiency of Retrievable IVC filters. J Vasc Interv Radiol Supplement. Presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Tampa, FL in March 2010.

Akriti P. Saxena, Bonnie A. Ewald, Francis S. Lam, John B. Wong. Comparative Effectiveness of Sofosbuvir versus Daclatasvir for Genotype 1, 2 and 3 Hepatitis C Infection: Direct and Indirect Meta-Analysis. Treating and Defeating Hepatitis C, Providence, RI in May 2014. 

Akriti P. Saxena, John B. Wong. Comparative Effectiveness of the ABT-450 Based Regimen versus Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir with and without Ribavirin for Untreated Genotype 1 Chronic Hepatitis C Infection: An Indirect Pairwise Meta-analysis. Submitted to The Liver Meeting AASLD in November 2014.

Akriti P. Saxena, John B. Wong. Optimal Imaging for the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis in Adults, Children, and Pregnant Women: A Decision Analysis. Digestive Disease Week, Washington, DC, May 2015.

Selan J. Hyperthyroidism and the Heart: a Potentially Grave Condition. Society of General Internal Medicine - New England Regional Meeting. March 7, 2014. Boston, MA.

Shah, G., Rosenberg, A., Kaul, E., Stevenson, R., Chin, J., Shah, U., Dinitz, A., Cossor, F., Smith, H., Klein, A., Comenzo, R., Miller, K., Van Etten, R., Seigel, R., Sprague, K. (2014). Improvement of Blood Glucose Control on the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit:  A Retrospective Review of Our Quality Improvement Pilot Program . Poster presented at: BMT Tandem Meetings; Grapevine (Dallas), TX.

Shah, U., Alzaman, N., Lechan, R. (2013). An unusual cause of adrenal insufficiency associated with valproic acid administration. Poster presented at: The Endocrine Society conference; San Francisco, CA.

Drew DA, Tighiouart H, Scott T, Shah UA, Kantor A, Weiner DE, Sarnak MJ. Cognitive Decline in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (Kidney Week). 2014 Jun; Presented as poster.

Shah, U. Overwhelming Post Splenectomy Infections. Oral Presentation presented at: Society of General Internal Medicine New England Regional Meeting; Boston, MA., 2014

Vyas OH, Kaul E, Rosenberg A, Shah G, Shah U, Comenzo RL, Kao G, Evens AM, Smith H, Klein A, Miller KB, Sprague KA (2014). Splenic Irradiation and a Reduced-intensity Conditioning Regimen Prior to Allogeneic Stem-Cell Transplantation for Myelofibrosis. Poster presented at American Society of Hematology; 2014, San Francisco, CA.

 Shah UA, Kantor A, Tighiouart H, Weiner DE, Scott T, Drew DA, Sarnak MJ (2014). Serum Sodium, Cognition and Mortality in Hemodialysis (HD) Patients. Poster presented at American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, 2014, Philadelphia PA.

Goyal, N., Sistla, P., Bhalla, A., McCallum, W., Rohrer, R., and Perrone, RD. Allograft outcome after desensitization with IVIg: A single center experience.  Abstract submitted to American Society of Nephrology.

Vyas O, Leung K, Saif MW. Clinical Outcomes in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Associated with BRCA2 Mutation. (Poster Presentation) 48th Annual Meeting of the Pancreas Club; May 2014;

Vyas O, Taylor LP. Primary Spinal Cord Melanoma (PSCM): A Case Report and Literature Review. (Poster Presentation) 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology; November 2014; Miami, Florida.

Wang,W., Lian, Z., Rowin, E. , Maron, M. and Link, M.  "Longer and Faster Non-sustained Ventricular Tachycardia in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients Predicts for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Shocks and Sudden Cardiac Death"  AHA scientific session Abstract Oral Presentation. November 2015.

Wang, W, Hon, S., and Snydman, L. " Atypical Femur Fracture from Bisphosphonates"  Case Abstract. SGIM/2015 New England Regional Meeting.

Ali, S., Kovalenko, K, Wang, W and Snydman, L. " The Wily Wolf". Case Oral Presentation. SGIM.2014 New England Regional Meeting

Westcott GP, Balk EM, Pittas AG. Efficacy and safety of Technosphere inhaled insulin: systematic review and meta-analysis. American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. 2015

Yu, EA, Vindenes, T, Vullaganti, M, Tabba, M. Acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis: a rare complication of influenza H3N2. CHEST Annual Meeting. 2015.

Yu, EA, Kher, SR. Negative pressure pulmonary hemorrhage in the setting of heroin overdose. American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting. 2015.

S. Batra                 (with M. Estes) Collaborative review article looking at various cardiac pathology (my                                        focus including HCM) and the impact of compiled registry data

                                (with M. Kiernan and M. Jumean)  Retrospective chart review examining the                                                   improvement or worsening of pulmonary hypertension following LVAD implantation

A. Bhalla              (with W. Saif) PARP-Inhibitors in BRCA-Associated Pancreatic Cancer.

(with W. Saif) SCC in patients with GIST treated with imatinib.

N. Chandhok      (with W. Sai)  Article on 5FU cardiotoxicity

A. Duarte             (with J. Wong)  Scientific Evidence Underlying the ACR/EULAR Clinical Practice Guidelines.

(with T.McAlindon)  Medial meniscus pathology is associated with periarticular bone measures: Data from the osteoarthritis initiative.

N. DeVito -  Working on a review of stage 1 nonseminomatous germ cell tumor and the use of retroperitoneal lymph node dissection vs surveillance in reducing burden of treatment.

M. Dhande  (with R. Blanton) QI project looking at the benefit of scheduling outpatient echoes as opposed to increasing hospital stay for patients who do not need an emergent echo)

                    (with D. Chandler, D. Harris and L. Snydman)  Sub I and intern teaching of how to hold code status discussions based on real time role play and simulation of how to conduct a DNR/DNI discussions.

                   (with M. Kiernan)  VAD exchange project about outcomes following VAD exchange

N. El Jurdi   (with H. Smith) Single center, prospective observational study of the coagulation parameters in patients with ventricular assist devices (VAD).

(with K. Miller and A. Rosenberg) Retrospective study of alternate Dose Decitabine in    MDS and Elderly AML Patients.

M. Esposito (with N. Kapur)  Ongoing project that examines the hemodynamic effects of a novel software algorithm that augments ("pulses") the speed of a next generation cf-LVAD

                     (with N. Kapur)  A comprehensive review of the percutaneous interventions performed in durable VAD patients. Retrospective study on hemolysis parameters in patients implanted with the percutaneous Impella device.

TJ Faugno  (with K. Roberts) Soluble Endoglin and its role as a serum biomarker of Group 1 Pulmonary hypertension” Manuscript in preparation.

M. Gannon  Writing a review paper on the use of animal models to study the various mutations accounting for the phenotypic variations of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy as well as therapeutic insights gained from such models

(with M. Link) Use of a swine model experimentation, testing the efficacy of several chest  protectors in reducing the incidence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and commotio cordis

W. Gionfriddo  (With A. Hamadeh and Dr. Vest) Retrospective chart review comparing the impact of                                    nutritional risk markers on clinical outcomes in heart failure with preserved and                                                                reduced ejection fraction.

D. Goldenberg  (with K. Roberts) Quality Improvement projects to incoprorate cost figures into Soarian   

( with J. Weinstock )  Examining the prevalence of allopecia totalis in IBD and assess for any etiological effects.

                      (with W. Saif)  Case report on a patient with atrophic gastritis s/p roux en y bipass                                        who never got screened and died of gastric NE tumor.


E. Griffith      (with N. Hill) Project looking at DNI patients and symptom control with different types                                  of non-invasive oxygen delivery.

J. Gueverra  (with K. Huber and J. Erban ) HIV and Lung Cancer project

H. Hachem  (with W. Saif) Case report about two cases of squamous cell carcinoma in 2 patients with GIST treated with Gleevec.

                     (with P. Mathew)  Project about screening for prostate cancer and looking at how the different new screening guidelines have influenced the practice of PCPs and family physicians across the USA.

A. Hamadeh ( with Dr. Navin Kapur)  Two different types of IMPELLA, I will start doing a case report about one of the IMPELLA patients soon.

D.Harris    Updating the heparin protocol to have proper goal ranges for VAD patients
 Creating an electrolyte replacement protocol in Sorian for Pratt 8

A. Hausvater (with S. Weingart) project looking at readmissions.

                     (with E. Rowin)  Study of pregnancy in HCM patients

S. Hon        (with K. Roberts, I Preston, N Hill) Portopulmonary Hypertension: Survival and Prognostic Factors

(with K. Roberts, N. Hill) QI-based project looking at Non Invasive Ventilation at TMC: clinical practice and medical knowledge

(with K. Roberts, et al) - Designing and incorporating a standard process for providing all adult inpatients with COPD a working knowledge of disease management using teach back methodology and a visual tool that can be shared with their next care provider.

A. Hu           (with S. Weingart)  QI project in oncology readmissions

A. Jeyabalan (With D. Weiner) Dialyzer reuse and association with mortality.

P. John        (with J. Erban) Project looking at disparities in Dx to Tx time in the Asian population.

(with L. Pai) Review article called Mind body therapy in Breast cancer a systematic review.

G. Kaur       (With A. Klein) Case report on  High Dose Alkylator therapy in tumors harboring BRCA-mutations.

(with A. Evens, A. Klein and U. Shah) Atypical CLL features

Case reports for SGIM - Hyperviscosity Syndrome Cll- Ibrutinib and Idelalisib:

(with A. Evens)  Retrospective chart review of patients with chronic lymphoid leukemia                who were treated with ibrutinib or idelalisib in an effort to understand clinical outcomes    and medication toxicity profile. . 

(with W. Saif ) Case series titled “Imatinib induced hyperbilirubinemia in a patient with UGT1A1 polymorphism..

J. Khouri    (with J. Erban)  QI project  on discrepancy in time to treatment for breast cancer between Asians and non Asians.

R. Koshy    (with B. Dawson-Hughes)   Vitamin D and its role in muscle performance

A. Krishnaro (with K. Vivieros)  Retrospecitve study specific risk factors for candida esophagitis among immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients at Tufts.

S. Kuchbholta (with R. Kopelman)  QI project looking at care of “rule out” MIs in the ED.

V. Kumar      (with S. Jeyapalan)  Role of tumor depth in efficacy of Novovcure in Glioblastoma                                           Multiforme

                     (with J. Rencic)  Practical (OSCE) assessment of clinical skills of junior doctors

T. Mehta      (with A. Patel)  Research project looking at left atrial function, BNP, Tn-I in patients with cardiac amyloid.

W. McCallum    (with N. Goyal and R. Perrone)  Rates of BK viremia and pre-transplant desensitization in kidney transplants.

                      (with L .Inker and D. Chandler)   Comparison of care of CKD patients that are followed just by their PCP vs also followed by a nephrologist.

C. Millhouse (with D. Goldenberg and K. Roberts)  QI project to include the prices of major medications and diagnostic tests into Soarian, so we think twice about whether a test is really necessary.  

K. Murphy  (with M. Kiernan )  Looking on hemodynamic predictors of heart failure disease progression in patients that are awaiting transplants.

G. Ngo           (with J. Kuttab and E. Rowin) outcomes of surgical myectomy vs. alcohol septal ablation for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

E. Rrapo      (with Dr. Ayan Patel)   Echo parameters in patients with Afib and cardiac amyloidosis (with Dr. Pandian) Incidence of HTN in patients with confirmed tamponade; and 2. Epidemiological study on Indian population

K. Paruchuri       Project regarding physiologic hypertrophy and its protective effects against pathologic hypertrophy.

(with  S. Weingart)  Telemetry QI project

                     1. Poster Presentation @ SGIM ("Hypercalcemia and severe weight loss: A Grave condition."  With Laura Snydman)

                    (with J. Kuvin and W. Weingart)   Incorporation of Tablets in Residency

                    (with A. Rosenzweig and V. Bezzerides - "CITED4 as a novel modulator of physiologic hypertrophy"

                      (with D. Salem, R. Karas, N. Pradhan, C. Hirst) Cardiac Auscultation Recording Digitally Study

                                (with L. Yu) - Updated IPASS System for ICU Handoffs

R. Parmar  (with C. Kimmelstiel and M.Maron)  To examine the clinical outcomes and profile of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients undergoing invasive septal reduction therapy at Tufts Medical Center,

(with A. Patel and N. Kapur)  To evaluate ventricular-arterial coupling in patients with non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

N. Pradhan (with N.Pandian) Article  on tricuspid endocarditis involving prosthetic valves.

(with A. Patel) Project  on MR recurrence in patients with LV

                                (with N. Pandian) case report on tricuspid valve endocarditis

                                (with A. Patel)  Echo Predictors of persistent MR after VAD placement

A. Puri        (with A. Evens).  Retrospective chart review of Rates of Hepatitis B screening in patients receiving Rituximab therapy.

(with P. Mathew) Effects of a multidisciplinary tumor board on rates of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in muscle invasive bladder cancer, experience at Tufts Medical Center.

 (with P. Mathew)  The future of multidisciplinary tumor boards-Is it in peril?

A.Ramamurthi  (with N. Pandian)  1) Study on low flow, low gradient aortic stenosis and 2) Study on concomitant mitral valve disease in patients with degenerative calcific aortic stenosis.

E. Rrapo     (with N. Pandian) Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Systemic Hypertension in                                              Patients with Pericardial Tamponade - A retrospective chart study

                  (with N. Pandian and D. Stone). Mycobacterium avium complex presenting with                                             pericarditis and tamponade in an immunocompetent host.

S. Sanghai  (with W. Wang and Z. Chen and D Blazey-Martin)  Quality Improvement initiative to                                     increase appropriate use of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in                                   diabetic patients aged 40-75 years old based on 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines by 10% in the                               resident panel population

R. Schmidt          (with J. Upshaw, R. Butler, M. Konstam)  A Multicenter Randomized Controlled                                            Evaluation of Heart Failure Disease Management Using Advanced Telecommunications                                 Within a Diverse Provider Network: The Specialized Primary and Networked Care in                                       HF(SPAN-CHF) III Trial. 

A. Saxena   (with S. Paul,  K.,  J.Wong). Hepatitis B Virus Screening Prior to Chemotherapy for Solid and Hematologic Malignancies: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis.

(With J. Wong)  Decision analysis on the optimal imaging modality for diagnosing appendicitis.

S. Schwartz  (with K. Freund )  Project looking at reducing readmissions.

J. Selan      (with M. Estes) Working on a multicenter national cardiac sarcoidosis registry

(with A. Albano, J. Hoffmeister and A. Garlitski)   Transeptal Puncture: a Procedural Review.

U. Shah        (with A. Evens)Retrospective study looking at patients with CLL with atypical characteristics on IHC, flow cytometry or FISH and comparing them to patients with typical CLL..

(With A. Evens)  Case report on post transplant lymphoproliferative Disorder and associated pyoderma gangrenosum

R. Schmidt   (with M. Maron) Diagnosis of HCM and Fabry's.

P. Vempati  (with A. Vest)  Testing a new non-invasive O2 sensor in HF patients.

O. Vyas      (with E. Kaul and A Klein) A Unique Reduced-intensity Conditioning Regimen prior to Allogenic Stem-Cell Transplantation for Myelofibrosis. (In Preparation)

W. Wang    (with M. Maron)  NSVT in HCM population and apical HCM with aneurysm.

                   (with M. Maron)  Long term follow up of apical HCM

G. Westcott (with A. Pittas)  Systematic meta-analysis for the new form of inhaled insulin (Afrezza)

E. Yu             (with I. Preston)   Mineralocorticoid receptor and macrophage involvement in rodent models of pulmonary arterial hypertension

                     (with K. Roberts, A. Vest, K. Paruchuri, W. Gionfriddo, M. Dhande, N. Pradhan, D. Harris)  code simulation training for internal medicine house staff and nursing

Z. Yue         (with D. Goldenberg and several other co-interns)   QI project about incorporating cost into Soarian.

R. Zamore   (with K. Paruchuri, S. Weingart) QI project  trying to improve the appropriate usage of telemetry in the hospital.

                                (with D. Salem) Paper about readmissions.