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MedStar Health Research Institute Awarded Research Grants From the Charles and Mary Latham Fund

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Hyattsville, MD (January 31, 2019) — Three research projects at MedStar Health Research Institute were awarded grant funding through the Charles and Mary Latham Fund. The Fund was established by Ella O. Latham, to support medical research in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Three MedStar Health physician-investigators were awarded funding for their research projects:

  • Jessica Galarraga, MD, MPH: An Evaluation of Hospital Readmissions in the District of Columbia
  • Suhasini Kaushal, MD: Identifying Early Neuroimaging Biomarkers using Diffusivity Measures and Functional Connectivity to Predict Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Neonates with Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury
  • Angela D. Thomas, DrPH, MPH, MBA: Measuring, Assessing, and Understanding Race Differences in Adverse Patient Safety Events in an Urban, Teaching Hospital in Washington, D.C., using the IHI Global Trigger Tool

“These research projects exemplify MedStar’s commitment to advancing health through research throughout the Washington, D.C., metro community,” said Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and chief scientific officer for MedStar Health. “As an academic health system, we are extremely appreciative for the support we have received from the Charles and Mary Latham Fund to improve health outcomes for everyone in our community.”

The Charles and Mary Latham Fund was established by Ella O. Latham in memory of her parents. Founded in 1972, the Fund has supported a myriad of worthwhile projects relating to medical research for the cure of diseases in the human body with a preference for clinical applications and medical, nursing, and hospital care for persons suffering from such diseases who are financially unable to provide their own care. SunTrust Bank is the Fund’s trustee. The relationship is managed by the SunTrust Foundations and Endowments Specialty Practice.


About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation, and research. MedStar’s 31,000 associates, 6,500 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care, and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit


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