Important Notice!

Due to the current public health emergency, we are suspending receipt of proposals for the Thomas F. Frawley, MD Research Fellowship Award at this time.

Revised date to be decided.

Thomas F. Frawley, MD Research Fellowship Award

Tom Frawley, MD ’44

Thomas F. Frawle.

As a young resident, Thomas Frawley, MD ’44, sought and received funding from UB to enable him to support his family while pursuing his postgraduate training. He went on to a successful career as a nationally recognized researcher in diabetes and metabolism, serving as President of the American College of Physicians and Chair of Medicine at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. In gratitude, he established this award to aid new physician-researchers in similar circumstances.

The Thomas F. Frawley, MD, Residency Research Fellowship Fund supports medical or surgical residents and new graduates for whom research represents a primary personal interest and passion.

The award is intended to offset research costs or personal expenses to help a resident pursue research on completion of his or her residency.  

Award Amount

Up to $6,000 for distribution among 1 or more recipients.


Submit all materials by Wednesday, April 15, 2020, including letters from your research mentor and department chair or program director.


Notification to winners by Friday, May 8, 2020.

The award will be presented at the "Celebration of Scholarship" on Friday, June 5, 2020.


Residents and fellows with a minimum of two years of postgraduate training (PGY 3-7), and who have a close working relationship with a mentor, are eligible to apply. Priority is given to those who will complete their research in Buffalo.

Application Process

Evaluation Criteria

A committee of senior UB research faculty reviews applications, evaluating them in three areas:

  • candidate’s potential to develop into a clinical researcher as evidenced by letters of support and/or prior experience
  • quality of the research environment available to support the candidate
  • strength of the research proposal and personal statement

Required Materials

Use the online form to submit nominations. You will need to provide these materials:

  • a CV
  • a personal statement describing your research interests, long-term career goals and plans for the coming academic year. Include what role you will play in the conduct of the proposed research project.
  • a research proposal for original research or participation in ongoing research with a mentor:
    • introduction, including relevant background and significance of research hypotheses
    • research design (original research or participation in ongoing research with mentor)
    • methodology
    • timeline
    • status of IRB approval
  • an NIH-style biosketch for your research mentor along with a description of their role in guiding the design of the project
  • a letter from the candidate’s research mentor should describe their relationship with the candidate and role in candidate’s career development, their role in the proposed research design and execution, and an assessment of the candidate’s current stage of career development
  • letter of support from the candidate’s residency or fellowship program director, if not the mentor

Past Recipients


Yara Abdou, MBBS Hematology/Oncology Racial Differences in Expression of Cytotoxic T-Cells and Immunosuppressive Macrophages in Breast Tumors of African American and European American Women
Honorable Mention
Taha Bat, MD
Hematology/Oncology Feasibility of Using Immature Platelet Fraction (IPF) as a Predictive Tool for Platelet Transfusion Response
Honorable Mention
Maya Khalil, MD
Hematology/Oncology Phase Ib Trial of Microbiome Modification in Patients With Metastatic NSCLC With Recent Antibiotic Exposure Prior to Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy
Honorable Mention
Michael K. Shu, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology Robotic Sacrocolpoperineopexy Compared to Robotic Sacralcolpopexy with Vaginal Prolapse Repair


John Narvaez Surgery A Study of a Novel Organ Acceptance Rate Metric to Incentivize Organ Utilization
Honorable Mention
Ahmad Hanif
Hematology/Oncology Targeting Survivin in Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)
Honorable Mention
Sunyoung Lee
Hematology/Oncology Survival analysis of patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma through deep learning-assisted automated mapping of stroma in the tumor microenvironment


Amro Elshoury Hematology/Oncology The effect of extra-physiologic oxygen shock/stress (EPHOSS) on human bone marrow stem cell viability and multi-potency
Asma Mursleen Internal Medicine Defining the Role of CDC-derived Exosomes on Macrophage Polorization and Modulation of Cardioprotection following Myocardial Infarction
Amanda Przespolewski Hematology/Oncology Dual Enhancement of Immune Responses and Inhibition of Marrow Vasculature in Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Abishek Sawant Internal Medicine/Cardiology Outcomes in Nonagenarian's Presenting with Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Western New York Veterans Administration Database Study
Honorable Mention
Mahmoud Abdel Razek
Neurology Effect of Supine Position on outcome IN acute strokE "SUPINE"
Honorable Mention
Ajay Pratap Singh
Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatrics Effects of implementing a regional analgesia program in an observational cohort of neonates undergoing thoracoabdominal surgeries
Honorable Mention
George Ventro
Pediatric Surgery The Impact of Omega 3 Fatty Acids on Hepatic Proinflammatory Cytokine Signaling


Priyank Patel Hematology/Oncology Diabetes Drugs Metformin and Phenformin Enhance the Activity of Monoclonal Antibodies against CD20 in B-Cell Lymphoma Pre-Clinical Models
Honorable Mention
Arpita Desai
Internal Medicine Increasing Accrual Rates in Phase II/III Lung Cancer Clinical Trials at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Honorable Mention
Pallawi Torka
Hematology/Oncology Harnessing the activation of Cullin-dependent E3 Ligases in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Assessing the ex vivo activity of MLN4924, a novel NEDD-8 Activating Enzyne (NAE) inhibitor


Neha Gupta Hospice and Palliative Care Implementation of a palliative care screening tool in a genitourinary oncology clinic and assessment of its impact on volume of palliative care referrals, inprovement in pathehts' system of burden and satisfaction: A quality improvement project
Deepka Narasimha Internal Medicine Validation of an iPhone-based event recorder for Arrhythmia Detection


Bharath Rajagopalan Internal Medicine Intravenous Magnesium Infusion in Patients Undergoing Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation (MICA) Trial
Honorable Mention
Praveen Kumar Chandrasekharan
Neonatology Optimal Inotropic Agent for Management of Hypotension in Preterm Lambs
Honorable Mention
Nisarg Desai
Hematology/Oncology Evaluation of the anti-tumor effects of liposomal curumin and sorafenib combination on hepatocellular carcinoma
Honorable Mention
Guy Weiss
Internal Medicine Psychosocial Factors Associated with Compliance to Gluten-Free Diet in Celiac


Basic Science Winner
Jennifer Lang
Internal Medicine Defining novel pathways regulating nascent human endothelium
Clinical Winner
Ravi Chhatrala
Internal Medicine Evaluation of cotinine levels in prospectively banked specimens of pancreatic cancer patients receiving erltonib
Basic Science Honorable Mention
Emily Battaglia
Internal Medicine Myocardial Regeneration
Clinical Honorable Mention
Rabi Yacoub
Internal Medicine Metformin Use in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Retrospective Analysis of Lactic acidosis Prevalence and Survival


Jarod Masci Psychiatry Epidemiological and Outcome data pertaining to diagnosable psychiatric illness within a population of opiate dependent individuals seeking treatment with Suboxone


Honorable Mention
Indrajit Majumdar
Pediatric Endocrinology Serum sphingolipids and serum inflammatory mediators in adolescents at risk for the metabolic syndrome
Honorable Mention
Taimur Sher
Hematology/Oncology A Phase ii Study of response adaptive TDVD (Thalidomide, Dexamethasone, Velcade, and Doxil ®) as Frontline Therapy for Patients with Previously Untreated Multiple Myeloma (MM)


Himanshu Desai Pulmonary Critical Care Mechanisms of decline in serum bacterial activity for Nontypeable Haemophilus  Influenzae (NTHI)  in COPD patients chronically colonized with NTHI
Shaon Sengupta Pediatrics The Incidence of Morbidity among Term Neonates Admitted to the NICU in Erie County: A Comparison between Early Term (37-38 weeks) and Late Term (39-41 weeks) Neonates


Heather Lehman, MD, FAAAAI Allergy/Pediatrics Reactivating Hyporesponsive T Cells in the Chronic Inflammatorry Microenvironment of Nasal Polyposis
Honorable Mention
Manpreet Chadha
Medical Oncology Cholecalciferol Replacement in Patients on Expectant Management for Localized Prostate Cancer


Lokesh Gugliani Pediatrics Natriuretic peptide levels in newborns greater than 34 weeks gestation born by elective cesarean section vs. vaginal delivery and its correlation with the development of transient tachypnea of newborn
Liana Lugo Recart Surgery Fibrin Delivery of Keratinocytes Along with Keratinocyte Growth Factor onto Modified Human Dermis
Honorable Mention
Krishdeep Chadha
Gastroenterology Analysis of genetic variations of PTPRJ gene in patients with colorectal adenomas
Honorable Mention
Andrew Fabiano
Neurosurgery Topographical analysis of the third ventricular floor and local vascular anatomy as an adjunctive tool for endoscopic third ventriculostomy


Stanley Taune Lau Pediatric Surgery Intraoperative Biliary Surgical Navigation Using Infrared Technology
Nalini Packianathan Social & Preventive Medicine Anaphylaxis in the Pediatric Population
Michael Rauh Orthopaedic Surgery A Comparison of Arthroscopic versus Open Registration of the Stryker Navigation System: Progress Toward Routine Use in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Osteotomy Surgeries


Thomas Cumbo Infectious Diseases Bacterial Infection in Biomass-Induced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Developing Nations
Honorable Mention
Stanley  Lau
Pediatric Surgery Development of a Preliminary Model of Solid Organ Surgical Navigation Using Augumented Reality
Honorable Mention
Michael Rauh
Orthopaedic Surgery Computer Assisted Anatomical Analysis of the Knee: An Attempt to Avoid Graft Tunnel Mismatch
Honorable Mention
Stacey Watt
Anesthesiology A Comparison of Three Techniques to Insert Nasotracheal Tubes in Children Undergoing Dental Surgery


Elie Akl Social & Preventive Medicine Development of an "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Curriculum" to Improve Medical Decision-Making in US Residency Programs
Thomas Cumbo Infectious Diseases Bacterial Infection in Adults in Nepal with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Honorable Mention
Michael Rauh
Orthopaedic Surgery The Effect of Various Patellar Preparations on the Ultimate Shear Strength of a Prosthetic Patellar Button


Renuka V. Iyer Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology The Role of Calcium in the Antiproliferative Effect of a 1 a, 25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3


Mohamed F. Mitwally Obstetrics & Gynecology Reproductive and Endocrine Consequences of Single Dose Administration of an Aromatase Inhibitor in Ovulatory Women
Honorable Mention
Andrew J. Luisi Jr.
Internal Medicine/Nuclear Medicine Imagining the sympathetic innervation of myocardium through tissue scintillation analysis and PET


Uchechukwu O.I. Ezeh Obstetrics & Gynecology Differential Gene Expression Profiling in Tissues of Women with Pelvic Endometriosis using Complementary DNA (cDNA) Microarry


V. Uma Valeti Internal Medicine/Cardiology Relationship between Hibernating Myocardium and Left Ventricular Dysfunction


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