Frawley, Mindell/Brody, Calkins Awardees Honored

Published June 18, 2018

Residents in surgery and internal medicine and a faculty member in emergency medicine have captured a trio of prestigious school awards.

Resident Receives Frawley Award

Michael E. Cain, MD John Reinier F. Narvaez, MD Roseanne C. Berger, MD

Resident John Reinier F. Narvaez, MD, center, was honored for his research at the annual Spring Clinical Day and Scholarly Research Day. With Narvaez are Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education.

The trainee receiving support from the Thomas F. Frawley, MD, Residency Research Fellowship Fund is:

John Reinier F. Narvaez, MD
General surgery resident
Project Title: “A Study of a Novel Organ Acceptance Rate Metric to Incentivize Organ Utilization”

Honorable mentions went to:

Sunyoung Lee, MD, PhD
Hematology/oncology fellow
Project title: “Survival Analysis of Patients With Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma Through Deep Learning-Assisted Automated Mapping of Stroma in the Tumor Microenvironment”

Ahmad Hanif, MD
Hematology/oncology fellow
Project title: “Targeting Survivin in Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)

The award supports medical or surgical residents, fellows and new graduates for whom research represents a primary interest and passion.

Frawley, a 1944 graduate of the medical school, was a nationally recognized endocrinology researcher, president of the American College of Physicians and chair of medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Resident Captures Mindell/Brody Award

Michael E. Cain, MD Everett J. Sinibaldi, MD Roseanne C. Berger, MD

Everett J. Sinibaldi, MD, center, with Michael E. Cain, MD, and Roseanne C. Berger, MD, was honored for his work in clinical translational research.

The 2018 recipient of the Eugene R. Mindell, MD, and Harold Brody, MD ’61, PhD, Clinical Translational Research Award is:

Everett J. Sinibaldi, MD 
Internal medicine resident
Project title: “Exploring the Cardioprotective Modulatory Effects of CDC-Derived Exosomes on Cardiac Fibroblasts Post Myocardial Infarction”

The award recognizes junior research scientists for the best basic science research that seeks to solve a clinical problem.

Mindell chaired UB’s Department of Orthopaedics from 1964 to 1988. A past president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is credited with initiating the board’s certifying process for orthopaedic surgeons.

Brody was the chair of anatomy and cell biology from 1971 to 1992. He founded UB’s Brain Museum, a world-class collection of brain specimens and slides.

Faculty Member Receives Calkins Award

Michael E. Cain, MD Joshua J. Lynch, DO Roseanne C. Berger, MD

Joshua J. Lynch, DO, center, poses with Michael E. Cain, MD, and Roseanne C. Berger, MD, after accepting the Calkins award.

The 2018 honoree for the Evan Calkins, MD, Fellowship for Community-Based Research is:

Joshua J. Lynch, DO
Clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine
Project Title: “Emergency Department Initiation of Buprenorphine and Rapid Referral to Treatment”

Honorable mention went to:

Naren S. Nallapeta, MBBS
Internal medicine resident
Project Title: “Improving PPI Prescribing Practices in an Academic Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic: Quality Improvement Project”

The award supports residents, fellows and junior faculty who conduct community-based research or quality improvement projects.

Calkins was chair of the UB Department of Internal Medicine, division chief of geriatrics and founder of the geriatrics fellowship. He served as director of medicine at Meyer Memorial Hospital (now Erie County Medical Center) for 12 years.

The award is a product of his conviction that medical institutions have an obligation to improve the quality of — and access to — health care throughout the community.

Awards Presented at Scholarly Exchange Day

The Office of Graduate Medical Education announced the award winners at this year’s Spring Clinical Day and Scholarly Exchange Day, which took place May 5 at the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo.