Proteomic Alterations of HDL in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: Outstanding Research at the Symposium

At the 2019 MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium, three abstracts were recognized as outstanding abstracts from among all of our submissions. These research studies were the three highest scored out of the over 450 submissions to the Research Symposium by the Scientific Review committee and exemplifies the caliber of work presented by the MedStar-Georgetown research community.

“Proteomic Alterations of HDL in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes and their Associations with Glycemic Control: A Case-Control Study” presented a cross-sectional case-control study, comparing the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol proteomes of youth with type 1 diabetes and healthy controls. It sought to evaluate the influence of glycemic control on HDL protein composition.

Led by Jenny (Evgenia) Gourgari, MD, the research team included Junfeng Ma, PhD; Martin Playford, PhD; Nehal Mehta, MD; Radoslav Goldman, PhD; Alan Remaley, MD, PhD; and Scott Gordon. This research was presented in the basic/translational science category.

Patients with type 1 diabetes typically have normal or even elevated plasma HDL cholesterol concentrations. However, HDL protein composition can be altered without a change in cholesterol content. Alteration of the HDL proteome can result in dysfunctional HDL particles which reduced the ability of the body to protect against cardiovascular disease.

Blood samples were obtained from 26 patients with type 1 diabetes and 13 healthy controls. HDL was isolated from plasma by size-exclusion chromatography and further purified using a lipid binding resin. The HDL proteome was analyzed by mass spectrometry using label-free SWATH peptide quantification.

The samples were analyzed and 78 HDL-bound proteins were measured. The results showed that youth with type 1 diabetes had significantly increased amounts of complement factor H related protein compared to the healthy controls. When patients were analyzed based on glucose control, several trends emerged. Some proteins were altered in type 1 diabetes and not influenced by glycemic control, while others were partially or completely corrected with optimal glucose control. Some proteins including complement component C3  and albumin were significantly different only in type 1 diabetes patients with optimal glucose control, suggesting a possible effect of exogenous insulin.

The research concluded that youth with type 1 diabetes have proteomic alterations of their HDL compared to healthy controls, despite a similar concentration of HDL cholesterol. The influence of these compositional changes on HDL function are not yet known.

The authors suggested that future efforts should focus on investigating further the role of these HDL associated proteins in regards to HDL function and their role in cardiovascular disease risk in patients with type 1 diabetes. 

Congratulations to the research team for their outstanding research! You can read about the other winners here and here.






Multi-Modal Sepsis Performance Improvement Initiative: Outstanding Research at the Symposium

At the 2019 MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium, three abstracts were recognized as outstanding abstracts from among all of our submissions. These research studies were the three highest scored out of the over 450 submissions to the Research Symposium by the Scientific Review committee and exemplifies the caliber of work presented by the MedStar-Georgetown research community.

"Multi-Modal Sepsis Performance Improvement Initiative Improves Early and Appropriate Treatment, Reduces Sepsis-Related Readmissions, and Reduces Overall Mortality" analyzed patient outcomes before and after implementation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) SEP-1 Core Measure. The SEP-1 Core Measure mandates that hospitals implement quality improvement initiatives to improve sepsis outcomes. The team looked at data before and after the implementation of the multi-modal sepsis performance initiative launched in 2016 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC).

Led by Seife Yohannes, MD, the research team included Sean Huang, PhD, Andrea Ryan, and Muhtadi Alnababteh.

The multi-modal sepsis performance initiative at MWHC had multiple components as part of the process, including:

  • a hospital-wide educational campaign about sepsis
  • 24-7 electronic warning system (EWS) of patients at risk for sepsis
  • a rapid response nursing team that monitors the EWS and implements bundled treatments
  • 24-7 mid-level provider team that evaluates patients identified by the EWS
  • quality improvement initiatives in sepsis documentation and coding.

The study used coding data for over 4,00 patients with a diagnosis of sepsis as reported to CMS. The study compared patient outcomes six months before the launch of the initiative and 13 months after full implementation.

The study found that based on an average of 2000 sepsis cases at our hospital, this amounted to 90 lives saved per year. Post-intervention, hospital length of stay was reduced by 1.8 days and re-admission rate was reduced by 1.6%.

Regression analysis showed age, admission through the emergency department, and severity of illness as independent risk factors for increased mortality. Adjusted for these risk factors, the incidence of severe sepsis and septicemia was reduced by 5.3% and 6.9% in the post-intervention period, while the incidence of simple sepsis increased by 12%.

The study concluded that the “multi-modal sepsis performance improvement initiative improved quality of care and patient outcomes.”

Congratulations to the research team for their outstanding research! You can read about the other winners here and here.

Recognizing Outstanding Resident and Fellow Research at the 2019 Research Symposium

On Thursday, May 30, approximately 1000 investigators, educators, innovators, and associates came together at the MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium. This event also served as the system-wide Resident Research Day, bringing residents and fellows from all of MedStar Health’s graduate medical education training programs.

Of the over 200 resident and fellow abstract submissions, top honors were award to several in each PGY-level. Six of the top scoring residents and fellows presented their research in the White Flint Amphitheatre, with the presentations live-streamed to the main ballroom. Moderated by Carlo S. Tornatore, MD, 2019 Symposium Vice Chair, the selected residents presented their research to a packed room.

In the category of health services research, Chisom Ikeji (MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital) gave an oral presentation for the research submission “Patient and Prescriber Perspectives on Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use and Deprescribing in Older Adults”. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the inappropriate use of Proton Pump Inhibitors among older adults in a geriatric ambulatory care setting and to explore the attitudes, beliefs, and concerns of patients regarding PPI therapy. The research team was Chisom Ikeji, Nicole Brandt, Anne Williams, and George Hennawi.

In the category of medical education, Kelly Sutter (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital) was highlighted for the research submission “Fellows in the Operating Room: Understanding the Effect on Resident Operative Experience”. This study sought to better understand the impact of fellows on the operative experience of surgical residents and compare resident educational experience in the operating room based on fellow presence. The research team was Kelly Sutter, Jason Crossley, Eshetu Tefera, Dori Abel, and Shimae Fitzgibbons.

In the category of Basic Science, Robert Ball (Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory, MedStar Health Research Institute) gave an oral presentation for the research submission “Investigation of Metabolomic Alterations After Burn Injury in a Murine Model”. The purpose of this study was to examine the longitudinal effects of burn injury on the metabolome in a mouse model and identify potential targets for therapeutic intervention. The research team was Robert Ball, Abdulnaser Alkhalil, Gaurav Garg, Anna Day, Raina Kumar, Rasha Hammamieh, Lauren Moffatt and Jeffery Shupp.

Also, in the category of Basic Science, David Weiner (MedStar Union Memorial Hospital) presented “Gender Specific Biomechanical Evaluation of Forty-Four Human Cadaveric Lumbopelvic Spines - Emphasis on the Kinematic Differences in Sacroiliac Joint Range of Motion.” The objective of this study was to quantify and compare the multidirectional flexibility properties of the sacroiliac region based on gender specificity, with and without lumbosacral instrumentation. The research team was David Weiner, Daina Brooks, Jessica Hawken, P. Justin Tortolani and Bryan Cunningham.

In the category of Health Services Research, Michael Yang (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital) gave an oral presentation for the research submission “Continue to Monitor? Reducing Inappropriate Telemetry Use with Multidisciplinary Rounds.” The study aimed to characterize current telemetry practices and to reduce inappropriate telemetry use with a quality improvement intervention based in multidisciplinary rounds (MDR). The research team was Michael Yang, Patrick Miller, Travis Lane, Patrick Cheney, Ravi Masson, Bryan Stone and Alex Montero.

In the category of Combined Surgical Specialities, Michele Zerah (MedStar Washington Hospital Center) gave an oral presentation for the research submission “Intra-Operative Tissue Expansion (IOTE) using 16-Gauge Hollow Bore Needles and Towel Clamps in Mohs Surgery.” The study presented a technique to complement existing reconstructive methods and provide a surgical alternative to facilitate simple closure. The research team was Michele Magnino, Rachel Maiman and Eric Finzi.

 

Congratulations to the Following Residents and Fellows for Receiving the Highest Abstract Scores

PGY 1 to 3

  1. Kelly Sutter (MGUH/MWHC, General Surgery): Fellows in the Operating Room: Understanding the Effect on Resident Operative Experience
  2. Angela Hsu (MGUH, Internal Medicine): Triage Surveys are a Safe and Efficient Method to Streamline Utilization of Direct Access Endoscopy
  3. Michael Yang (MGUH, Internal Medicine): Continue to Monitor? Reducing Inappropriate Telemetry Use with Multidisciplinary Rounds
  4. Afroditi Boulougoura (MGUH, Internal Medicine): A phase 1, a Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial of CC-11050, a novel PDE4 inhibitor, in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1-Infected Adults with Suppressed Plasma Viremia on Antiretroviral Therapy
  5. Chisom Ikeji (MUMH, Internal Medicine): Patient and Prescriber Perspectives on Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Use and Deprescribing in Older Adults

PGY 4 and above

  1. Michele Zerah (MWHC, Med/Derm): Intra-Operative Tissue Expansion (IOTE) using 16-Gauge Hollow Bore Needles and Towel Clamps in Mohs Surgery
  2. David Weiner (MUMH, Orthopedics): Gender-Specific Biomechanical Evaluation of Forty-Four Human Cadaveric Lumbopelvic Spines - Emphasis on the Kinematic Differences in Sacroiliac Joint Range of Motion
  3. Arash Hassantoufighi (MWHC, Rheumatology): Efficacy and Safety of Anakinra in Congestive Heart Failure Patients, including LVAD, with Acute Gouty Arthritis: Retrospective Study of 36 Patients at an Academic Medical Center

Research Fellows

  1. Robert Ball (MWHC, Burn): Investigation of Metabolomic Alterations After Burn Injury in a Murine Model
  2. Alexandre Kajita (MWHC, Cardiology): Quantitative Flow Ratio (QFR)
    Inter- and Intra-Observer Reproducibility Assessed at Baseline and After 1 Week
  3. Yuichi Ozaki (MWHC, Cardiology): Comparison of Quantitative Flow Ratio Value of Left Anterior Descending and Circumflex Coronary Artery in Patients With Takotsubo Syndrome

Recognition of Top Case Reports

  • Acute Encephalopathy from Human Metapneumovirus Fatima Hafizi; Francois Gregoire (PGY1-3; MedStar Harbor Hospital)
  • Acute Hepatitis Associated with Garcinia Cambogia: An Herbal Weight Loss Supplement Muhammad Yousaf; Seyed Hodanazari; Charmian Sittambalam (PGY1-3; MedStar Health Internal Medicine)
  • Combined Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis and Left Sided Spontaneous Bacterial Empyema in Cirrhotic Patient Maria Rivera; Nooshin Mirkheshti; Nargiz Muganlinskaya (PGY1-3; MedStar Health)
  • Delayed Brain MRI Abnormalities in Fat Embolism Syndrome in Hemoglobin SC Disease Shahla Moghbel (PGY4 and above; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)
  • Green Coffee Extract: An Unusual Cause of Drug Induced Liver Injury Rajus Chopra; Avinash Sharma; Emil Oweis (PGY1-3; MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
  • Hematochezia? Consider Histoplasmosis Cory Higley; Nuval Cherian; Joshua Steinberg; Joseph Jennings; James Lewis (PGY1-3; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)
  • High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs) as a Unique Pattern of EEG in a Patient with Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Douglas Mayson; Carlo Tornatore; Gholam Motamedi (PGY1-3; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • A New Approach to Navicular-Medial Cuneiform Fusions in the Setting of Adult Acquired Flat foot: A New Role for Pre-shaped Allograft Bone Systems Nam Tran; Deepal Dalal; Andrew Falco; Kristy Golden (PGY1-3; MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
  • Nephrotic Syndrome in a Patient with Diabetes: Things Are Not Always as They Seem Harshal Shah; Ping Li (PGY4 and above; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)




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Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Outstanding Research at the Symposium

At the 2019 MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium, three abstracts were recognized as outstanding abstracts from among all of our submissions. These research studies were the three highest scored out of the over 450 submissions to the Research Symposium by the Scientific Review committee and exemplifies the caliber of work presented by the MedStar-Georgetown research community.

The purpose of “Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Process Mapping of Cardiac Risk Assessment and Discussion” is an effort to optimize current cardiac risk calculators that are being used to predict patient 10-year risk. The work sought to identify individuals at high risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who would benefit the most from cardiac risk management.

The research team was led by Ronald Romero Barrientos, with funding through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This research was presented in the health services research category at the MedStar-Georgetown Research Symposium.

The research team analyzed physician workflow to better understand the current state and needs of physicians when using cardiac risk calculators. The overall goal is to optimize an ASCVD risk tool that implements a comprehensive method of communicating cardiovascular risk that is fully integrated into clinician workflow.

The study included a total of 17 clinician interviews that were conducted among cardiologists (n=6), primary care physicians (n=7), and care navigators (n=4). Also, 30 hours of clinical observations were conducted. During data analysis, common trends across 34 visits were identified and developed a general process outline for the sequence of events during patient visits. Six out of the total 34 visits were process mapped to confirm this general trend and highlight individual differences. These process maps illustrated that ASCVD risk discussion manifested itself during these patient visits as either a physician-initiated probe into patient lifestyle, physician education of risk factor management, or physician and patient discussion revolving around medication management.

The research collaborators were Lucy Stein, Laura Schubel, Mark Townsend, Kevin Chaney, and Kristen Miller. These researchers from MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the MedStar Institute for Innovation found that the results of the research revealed implications for both technical design and optimization of the risk calculator. Application of this workflow analysis process will be used in future endeavours to optimize and integrate clinical decision support tools directly into clinician workflow.

Congratulations to the research team for their outstanding research! You can read about the other winners here and here.






May Peer-Reviewed Publications from MedStar Health

Congratulations to all MedStar researchers who had articles published in April 2018. The selected articles and link to PubMed provided below represent the body of work completed by MedStar Health investigators, physicians, and associates and published in peer-reviewed journals last month. The list is compiled from PubMed for any author using “MedStar” in the author affiliation. Congratulations to this month’s authors. We look forward to seeing your future research.

View the full list of publications on PubMed.gov here.

 Selected research:

  1. Safety of Thyroid Surgery in the Elderly: A Propensity Score Matched Cohort Study
    Journal of Surgical Research, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2019.04.012
    Papoian V, Marji FP, Rosen JE, Carroll NM, Felger EA.

  2. Cardiovascular Emergencies in Pregnancy
    Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, 2019. DOI: 1016/j.emc.2019.01.010
    Borhart J, Palmer J.

  3. Reproducibility of Semi-automated Three-dimensional Volumetric Analysis using Cardiac Computed Tomography in Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device
    Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.carrev.2019.01.024
    Gill GS, Weissman G, Meirovich YF, Medvedofsky D, Mohammed SF, Waksman R, Garcia-Garcia HM.

  4. Left Bundle Branch Block After TAVR: Bubble or Trouble?
    JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, 2019. DOI: 1016/j.jcin.2019.04.008
    Waksman R, Khan JM.

  5. Leveraging the electronic health record to eliminate hepatitis C: Screening in a large integrated healthcare system
    PLoS One, 2019. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216459
    Geboy AG, Nichols WL, Fernandez SJ, Desale S, Basch P, Fishbein DA.

Researchers Examine Cancer Outcomes Associated with Medicaid Expansion

Recently published collaborative research investigated patients’ primary care utilization and the association with early-stage cancer diagnosis and survival outcomes for Medicaid enrollees. “Association of Medicaid Enrollee Characteristics and Primary Care Utilization with Cancer Outcomes for the Period Spanning Medicaid Expansion in New Jersey” was published in the journal Cancer. The study sought to examine cancer outcomes that may be affected by primary care and other outpatient care utilization for Medicaid enrollees. 

The study utilized data from the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR) and the New Jersey Medicaid Management Information Systems to conduct a retrospective cohort study for 3,253 patients with incident breast (female only), colorectal, or invasive cervical cancer (aged 21 - 64) diagnosed between 2012 and 2014. The study team examined late-stage diagnoses, treatment delays, and 2-year survival rates.

They found that Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with cancer just before and in the initial year of Medicaid expansion are significantly more likely to have late-stage disease and lower 2-year survival in comparison with corresponding non-Medicaid cases. Within the Medicaid cohort, primary care utilization prior to a cancer diagnosis is associated with earlier stage detection and less delay in treatment. Newly enrolled Medicaid patients had higher odds of late-stage disease and treatment delays and lower survival than longer-term enrollees in Medicaid managed care plans. The results show that late-stage diagnoses of breast cancer and colorectal cancer were more frequent among newly enrolled Medicaid cases than non-Medicaid cases. 2-year survival rates were low among newly enrolled Medicaid cases in comparison with established Medicaid cases and non-Medicaid cases. 

The findings emphasize the importance of outpatient utilization and improved access to primary care providers among Medicaid patients. In conclusion, “Targeted strategies to enhance care continuity, including access to PC providers before the diagnosis and a better understanding of pathways to cancer care upon Medicaid enrollment, are needed to improve outcomes in this population.”

This research was funded by a Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Cancer Prevention and Control Pilot Award (P30CA072720) from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The research team included Derek DeLia, PhD, from MedStar Health Research Institute in collaboration with researchers from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, School of Public Health, Center for State Health Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, all part of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Additional collaborators were from the New Jersey State Cancer Registry.

Cancer, 2019. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31824






MedStar Investigators Reports Adverse Events for Cardiovascular Assist Device

Investigators from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health have recently published a study on commonly reported modes of failure and device-related adverse events related to Impella RP. “Adverse Events and Modes of Failure Related to Impella RP: Insights from the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) Database” was published in Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine.

Impella RP is a percutaneous right ventricular assist device (RVAD), approved for providing temporary right ventricular (RV) support for patients with acute right heart failure, or decompensation, following left ventricular assist device implantation, myocardial infarction, heart transplant, or open-heart surgery. Research has shown that patients with right ventricular failure (RVF) have a higher risk of mortality and morbidity, with growing associated health-care costs.

The research team analyzed various event types such as injury, malfunction, death and other modes of failure from the Food and Drug Administration MAUDE database to report on these endpoints. The MAUDE database is updated monthly and is limited to adverse events reported within the last 10 years.

The study looked at data from 2009 through 2018, with 35 reports being included for the final analysis. Out of those 35 reports, 20 were categorized as injury, 10 as malfunction, and 5 as death. The results showed that the Impella RP was placed most commonly for RVP developing in postcardiotomy patients (20%). Of the 35 Impella RP devices, the most commonly reported complication was bleeding (42.9%) with 80% of these patients requiring a blood transfusion. 8 patients reported significant vascular complications, with 5 patients requiring surgical repairs. 16 of the 35 devices were returned to the manufacturer for further analysis. There were several modes of failure identified and structural damage of the different components (34.2%) was the most commonly reported.

“The primary endpoint of survival to 30 days was achieved in 73.3% of the patients”, the study stated. The study concludes that “the MAUDE dataset serves as an important platform for both manufacturers and physicians to optimize device performance and clinical outcomes.”

This research publication was led by Ron Waksman, MD. The research team included Nauman Khalid MD; Hasan Javed MD; Toby Rogers MD, PhD; Hayder Hashim, MD; Evan Shlofmitz DO; Yuefeng Chen MD, PhD; Jaffar M. Khan BM, BCh; Anees Musallam MD; Rebecca Torguson MPH; Nelson L. Bernardo, MD.

Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, 2019. DOI:  10.1016/j.carrev.2019.03.010






Registration Now Open for the 2019 MedStar Health Research Symposium

Registration is open for the seventh annual MedStar Health Research Symposium on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. 

Hosted by the MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health Academic Affairs, the MedStar Health Research Symposium is open to all members of the research community interested in learning more about research at MedStar. The Symposium offers the opportunity to connect with researchers, residents, executive leaders, and collaborative partners from across the region and our system to build meaningful relationships to further advance the health of our community.

The Research Symposium features scientific poster presentations from investigators across the system and the spectrum of care, information on research support services offered by MedStar Health Research Institute and the opportunity to connect with residents and researchers dedicated to advancing health. 

Learn more and register at MedStarHealth.org/Symposium

Agenda

8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions

Hosted by GUMC’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), the Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions Colloquium is an opportunity for those across the system focused on education to gather, share ideas, and learn together.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Plenary Speaker and Lunch

Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Pre-Symposium Professional Development and Advancement Sessions 

These 60-minute optional workshops are offered before the Symposium and are intended to provide small group educational sessions hosted by experts from the MedStar Health & Georgetown University communities. Each session focuses on a specific academic topic and is open to all Symposium attendees. Seats will be reserved for those who pre-register for the event. Attendees who do not pre-register for a session or who register on-site may attend these sessions on a first-come, first-seated basis.

  • Giving Feedback in Clinical Learning Environments
    Robin Gross, MD, FCCP; Rahul Bhat, MD; Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD; Sarah Thornton, MD
  • GUMC Academic Appointments & Promotions Updates
    Elliott Crooke, PhD; Rebecca Evangelista, MD
  • Harnessing the Power of Medical Informatics to Enhance Scholarship
    Nawar Shara, PhD
  • How to Teach and Assess Medical Professionalism
    Ming-Jung Ho, MD, DPhil; Sean Whelton, MD;
    Megha Fitzpatrick, MD
  • Navigating the New Joint IRB
    Kate Cohen, JD; Kristen Katopol, MS, CIM
  • Opportunities to Cultivate Expertise in Educational Scholarship
    Priscilla Furth, PhD; Tamika Auguste, MD; Amy Burke, MD
  • Stats Fundamentals
    Stephen Fernandez, MS
  • Tips and Tricks for Funding Success
    Raj Ratwani, PhD; Angela Thomas, DrPh; Federico Asch, MD

In addition, at this time is also the GME Town Hall. Residents, fellows, and faculty members from clinical sites throughout the MedStar Health GME consortium are invited to join for an interactive system-wide town hall session.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Resident & Fellow Oral Presentations

As part of the MedStar Health system-wide resident research day, residents and fellows with the top scoring abstracts are invited to give a short oral presentation on their research to attendees. These presentations allow residents and fellows to gain the experience of presenting their research and allow them to share their work with the larger MedStar Health & Georgetown University communities.

4:00 pm

Abstract Presentations & Moderated Poster Sessions

The main feature of the Research Symposium, the Grand Ballroom opens to showcase the peer-reviewed abstract presentations from across MedStar Health & Georgetown University. Ranging from health services research to critical care to orthopedics, all departments and entities are represented by established investigators, residents, and fellows. Also featured during this time is a moderated poster session for resident and fellow submissions.

5:15 pm

Main Stage Presentations & Keynote Address

Join leadership from MedStar Health and Georgetown University in the main ballroom to recognize the importance of research and collaboration in our community and present awards to investigators with top scoring poster submissions. The keynote speaker for this year is Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

6:30 pm

Post-Symposium Gratitude Reception 

Hosted by MedStar Philanthropy, all are invited to attend an on-site reception directly following the Moderated Poster Presentations & Awards in the main ballroom. This will provide further networking with MedStar leaders, researchers, associates, grateful patients and donors to research.

 

Congratulations to the 2019 Summer Research Scholars at MedStar Health

Every year, MedStar Health awards scholarships to approximately 30 first-year Georgetown University medical students in order to pursue research during the summer. For seven weeks, each summer scholar works under the direction of a MedStar Health physician-investigator to conduct research in a specific area, with the opportunity to have some clinical exposure during their summer between their first and second years of medical school. These scholars are housed at various locations throughout the MedStar system and their experience culminates with a capstone presentation in the fall.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Scholarship Recipients. Best of luck with your research!

Frank S. Pellegrini, M.D. Scholars
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Brett Habermehl Patient Safety MI2/MWHC Seth Krevat, MD/Angela Thomas, DrPH, MPH, MBA
Thomas Pacheco Quality Improvement MI2/MWHC/MGUH Raj Ratwani, PhD
Pines-Kleinman Mental & Behavioral Health Scholar
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Tyler McGehee Psychiatry MGUH Matthew Biel, MD
MedStar Health Primary Care Scholarships at MedStar Franklin Square (MFSMC)
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Harry Tsou Family Medicine MFSMC Nancy Barr, MD
Alex Zhao Family Medicine MFSMC Nancy Barr, MD
MedStar Health Scholarships in Baltimore, MD
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Anthony Jourdan Asthma & Allergy MUMH Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD
Julia Hernandez Internal Medicine MGSH David Weisman, MD/Rosemarie Maraj, MD
Arvin Daneshmand Internal Medicine MUMH Ruchi Prasad, MD/Alex Yazaji, MD/Stephanie Detterline, MD
Joseph Bano Sports Medicine MUMH Andy Lincoln, ScD
William Rate Orthopaedic Surgery MUMH Jacob Wisbeck MD
Kunal Kirloskar Endocrinology MUMH Pamela Schroeder, MD
Christian Delgado Curtis Hand Center MUMH Avi Giladi, MD
Jai Won Jung Radiology MUMH Quang Nguyen, MD
MedStar Health Scholarships in Washington, DC
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Erik DiGiacomo Pulmonary/Critical Care MGUH Daniel Jamieson, MD/Rajiv Sonti, MD
Robert Cragon Vascular Surgery MWHC Steven Abramowitz, MD
Nicholas Bader Surgical Oncology MGUH Waddah Al-Refaie, MD
Matthew Sweeney Surgical Oncology MGUH Waddah Al-Refaie, MD
Ben Hack ID, Hepatitis & HIV MWHC Dawn Fishbein, MD
Krissy Kent OB/Gyn, HIV & Pregnancy MWHC Rachel Scott, MD
Ciara Sanchez OB/Gyn, HIV & Pregnancy MWHC Rachel Scott, MD
Joseph Nealon General Surgery/Surgical Education MGUH Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD
Sarah Schumacher General Surgery/Surgical Education MGUH Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD
Annemarie Newark Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care MWHC Erin Hall, MD, MPH
Brandon Stryder Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care MWHC Erin Hall, MD, MPH
Taymour Hashemzadeh Emergency Medicine/Ethics MGUH/MWHC Norine McGrath, MD
Maria Cacciapuoti Emergency Medicine MWHC Maryann Amirshahi, MD
Emilie Melvin Human Factors Engineering MI2 Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS
Vikram Siberry Human Factors Engineering MI2/MHRI Deliya Wesley, PhD, MPH
Ehab Bahrun Burn Surgery MWHC Laura Johnson, MD
Lily Joseph Palliative Care MWHC Michael Pottash, MD
Kevin McGowan Surgical Critical Care MWHC Seife Yohannes, MD
MedStar Health Scholarships in Population Health
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Brynley Dean Community Pediatrics MGUH Janine Rethy, MD
Adaah Sayyed Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis Center GUMC Carlo Tornatore, MD
Sara Torres Psychiatry MGUH Matthew Biel, MD
Heng Nhuong Emergency Medicine MWHC Munish Goyal, MD
MedStar Health Orthopedic Institute Scholarships
Recipient Research Area Location Mentor(s)
Kevin Berardino Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Institute Evan Argintar, MD
Nikita Deshpande Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Institute Evan Argintar, MD





April Peer-Reviewed Publications from MedStar Health

Congratulations to all MedStar researchers who had articles published in April 2019. The selected articles and link to PubMed provided below represent the body of work completed by MedStar Health investigators, physicians, and associates and published in peer-reviewed journals last month. The list is compiled from PubMed for any author using “MedStar” in the author affiliation. Congratulations to this month’s authors. We look forward to seeing your future research.

View the full list of publications on PubMed.gov here.

Selected research:

  1. Assessing the Impact of Serious Illness on Patient Intimacy and Sexuality in Palliative Care
    Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2019. DOI: 1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.04.015
    Kelemen A, Cagle J, Chung J, Groninger H.
  2. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System in Extremely Obese Women after Cesarean Delivery Compared with Standard Dressing
    The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 2019. DOI: 1080/14767058.2019.1611774
    Kawakita T, Iqbal SN, Overcash RT.
  3. Unusual Effects of Common Antibiotics
    Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 2019. DOI: 10.3949/ccjm.86a.17050
    Ruiz ME, Wortmann GW.
  4. Third Trimester Ultrasound for Fetal Macrosomia: Optimal Timing and Institutional Specific Accuracy
    The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 2019. DOI: 1080/14767058.2017.1405385
    Parikh LI, Iqbal SN, Jelin AC, Overcash RT, Tefera E, Fries MH.
  5. Revascularization and Replantation in the Hand: Ectopic Banking and Replantation
    Hand Clinics, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.hcl.2019.01.002
    Cho BH, Higgins JP.