Record 163 Posters Presented at Celebration of Scholarship

Published September 20, 2021

story by bill bruton

Four medical residents, three medical students and one postdoctoral associate earned honors for outstanding poster presentations at the Office of Graduate Medical Education’s third annual Celebration of Scholarship.


There were 163 posters this year — a record number.

Recipients of Celebration of Scholarship Research Awards are as follows:

Lauren M. Harte
Medical education program
Basic science research award winner
“Clinical Implications of the Distinct Anatomy and Innervation of the Long Head Biceps Tendon”
Mentor: John M. Marzo, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics

Alexander Pomakov, MD
Internal medicine residency
Educational research award winner
“Experiential Interprofessional Simulation-Based Education Improves Knowledge, Perceived Proficiency and Value in Collaborative Critical Care”
Mentor: Archana Mishra, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Sung Jun Ma, MD
Radiation oncology residency, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Clinical research award winner
“Racial Differences and Trends in Pathologic Complete Response Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer”
Mentor: Anurag K. Singh, MD, professor of radiation oncology

Miles DiMillo
Medical education program
Clinical research award winner
“Comparing Patient Reported Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Bicompartmental, Unicompartmental and Total Knee Arthroplasty”
Mentor: Jeffrey M. Jancuska, MD

Michael P. Johnson, MD
Pediatrics residency
Quality improvement award winner
“Improving COVID-19 Mask Adherence Among Caregivers in a Pediatric Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Project”
Mentor: Jill C. Fennell, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics

Zubair Rahaman, MD
Internal medicine residency
Case study award winner
“A Case of Palliative and Hospice Care in the Context of Islam”
Mentor: Mehak Swami, DO, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Andrea Alfonsi
Medical education program
Other research award winner
“Psychological Torture Among Clients of the Human Rights Initiative”
Mentor: Kim Strong Griswold, MD, professor of family medicine and psychiatry

Carleara Weiss, PhD
Postdoctoral associate of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Incubation award winner
“Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) Supplementation to Enhance Sleep for Healthy Aging in Older Veterans”
Mentor: Kenneth L. Seldeen, PhD, research assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Research Covers Various Scientific Disciplines

Other presenters were:

Basic science research

  • Mausma I. Bawa, MD, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship
    “Effect of Carbon Dioxide Levels Post Extensive Neonatal Resuscitation on Cerebral and Myocardial Hemodynamics and Oxygenation”
  • Harneet Bedi, research assistant, UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center
    “Correlation Between Telomere Length and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Neuro-COVID”
  • Reem Berman, research technician in medicine
    “HIIT Increases Myonuclear Accretion and Progenitor Cell Proliferation in Aged Mice
  • Mahyar Khazaeli, MD, pathology residency
    “Impact of Increasing Endocannabinoid Mediator, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol, on Renal Histology and Hemodynamics, Oxidative Stress in CKD Rat Model of 5/6 Nephrectomy”
  • Merced M. Leiker, research technician in dermatology
    “Vitamin D Supplementation and HIIT Separately Increase Vitamin D Receptor Expression in the Muscles of Old Mice: A Role for Vitamin D in Muscle Satellite Cells?”
  • Jennifer Loo, medical education program
    “Hepatic Arterial Infusion of CBL0137 Controls Growth of Liver Metastases by Enhancement of the Immune Response”
  • Sibtain Mustafa, medical education program
    “Blocking Brain Tumor Necrosis Factor to Alleviate Persistent Inflammatory Pain”
  • Kazuki Okamura, Master of Arts program in biological sciences
    “A Link Between Complement Factor H, Macrophage and Kidney”
  • Robert C. Welliver, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics
    “Seeking Protein Targets of Kawasaki Disease (KD) Serum Antibodies: EDIL3 and Other Potential Antibody Targets”

Case study

  • Mina A. Abdelmalek, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Artery Aneurysm Presenting as Abdominal Pain”
  • Katie M. Alsheimer, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “Thyroid Storm Resulting From Jad Basedow Phenomenon”
  • Juan Carlos Arrieta, MD, cardiovascular disease fellowship
    “SCAD: Typical Presentation in an Atypical Patient’
  • Salman Bhat, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Necrotizing Pancreatitis Secondary to Dulaglutide Use”
  • Maxwell Costich, medical education program
    “Profound Proteinuria in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report”
  • Chloe El-Atoum, MD, psychiatry residency
    “The Imperative Need for Early Recognition and Treatment With Antidepressants in Post Stroke Depression: A Case Study and Literature Review”
  • Nicholas Andrew Gaddi, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “Spontaneous Tumor Lysis Syndrome from Metastatic Lung Cancer”
  • Karam T. Jabri, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “New-Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis Following COVID-19 Infection”
  • Ashok K. Manepalli, MD, pain management anesthesiology fellowship
    “Surgical Fire During Carotid Endarterectomy”
  • Yasmeen Mohammad, medical education program
    “Craniopharyngioma With Associated Visual Impairment: A Case Report”
  • Navpreet Rana, MD, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship
    “Clinical Manifestations and Management of Esophagitis Dissecans Superficials (EDS)”

Clinical research

  • Sarah Ackah, MD, internal medicine and pediatrics residency
    “Nutritional Intervention for Diabetes Mellitus”
  • Alexander Aguirre, medical education program
    “Neurosurgical Wrong Surgical Site Errors in Lower-Middle- or Low-Income Countries (LMICs): A Survey Study”
  • William B. Alexander, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Using the Tumor Microenvironment to Identify Predictors of Immune Toxicity to Checkpoint Inhibitors”
  • Sasha Amiri, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Gestational Age Alters Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome”
  • Benjamin Asa, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Vitamin D Deficiency Increases, While Supplementation Decreases, Risk of COVID-19 Linked Hospitalization, ICU Transfer and Mortality in a Veterans Health Administration Cohort”
  • Korinne A. Barnett, medical education program
    “COVID-19 Lockdown and its Impact on Managing Diabetes Mellitus in WNY: A Retrospective Analysis”
  • Manav Batra, MBBS, clinical assistant professor of medicine
    “Successful Replacement or Reduction of Prandial Insulin by GLP-1RA in C-Peptide Positive Patients With Type 1 Diabetes”
  • Lucas Ferreira Battel, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Arrhythmias Associated With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy: A Systematic Review of Reported Cases”
  • Andrew Beiter, medical education program
    “Low Dose Bevacizumab and Ranibizumab in the Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity”
  • Itai Bezherano, medical education program
    “The Utility and Use of Follow-Up Skeletal Surveys After Suspected Pediatric Non-Accidental Trauma: A Systematic Review”
  • Asher Blum, MD, pediatric emergency medicine fellowship
    “Will the Cuffed and Her Tracheal Tube Produce a Better End Tidal CO2 Capnography Monitoring Data Compared With Un-Cuffed Endotracheal Tube? A Retrospective Chart Review Study”
  • Ashlye Beth Borden, doctoral program in counseling psychology and school psychology program
    “Not All Symptom Change Is Created Equally: Sudden Gains and Critical Sessions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome”
  • Taylor Paige Bowen, undergraduate program in pharmacology and toxicology
    “The Association Between Objectively Measured Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Functional Outcomes in Older Adults”
  • Liana Bruggemann, doctoral program in biomedical informatics
    “Modulation of Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) integrity by Dolutegravir and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Interaction”
  • Maria E. Brzozowski, medical education program
    “Rate of Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section Among the Immigrant Population in Buffalo, NY Compared to the Native-Born Population”
  • David Joseph Byrwa, medical education program
    “Daily Airway Clearance in the School Environment: Retrospective Analysis of a Cohort of Pediatric Patients With Cystic Fibrosis”
  • Randy S. Cheung, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Performance of Lower GI Bleed Risk Stratification Tools in a Large Tertiary Care Hospital”
  • Jason C. DeGiovanni, MD, otolaryngology residency
    “Feeding Issues in Infants Referred for Frenotomy: A Retrospective Chart Review”
  • Clayton L. Del Prince, MD, orthopaedic residency
    “Collaborative Creation of Regional Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Orthopaedics: Description of a Process, its Effectiveness and its Impact on Provider Satisfaction”
  • Lei Deng, MD, hematology-oncology fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “Avoidance of Postoperative Chemotherapy in Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ) and Gastric Adenocarcinoma Patients Achieving Complete Pathological Response (pCR) to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: A Study of National Cancer Database”
  • Puneet Dhillon, MD, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship
    “Effect of Exercise on Vasoactive Factors — A Research Proposal”
  • Reshvinder S. Dhillon, MD, pediatric emergency medicine fellowship
    “Factors Predicting Admission in Pediatric and Young Adults With COVID-19”
  • Lauren DiNardo, medical education program
    “An Analysis of Postoperative Complications in Medialization Thyroplasty NSQIP Data”
  • Dali Edwards, DO, hematology/oncology fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “Frontline Bendamustine and Rituximab in Extranodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma: An International Analysis”
  • Mohammad El-Atoum, MD, infectious disease fellowship
    “Epidemiology of Actinomycosis in a Tertiary Care Cancer Center”
  • Emily Ellmann, medical education program
    “An Investigation of Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels Following Prostatic Urethral Lift”
  • Nicole Favre, medical education program
    “Systematic Review of COVID-19 Particle Spread and Potential Mitigatory Tools During Mastoidectomy Procedure”
  • Alexander Fritz, medical education program
    “Anatomic Variation of Cervical Spine Pedicles: The Use of Computerized Tomography Measurements in 91 Cases”
  • Husam A. Ghanim, PhD, research associate professor of medicine
    “An Investigation Into the Effects of Dapagliflozin on Ketogenesis In Type 1 Diabetes”
  • Helen Prathiba Gnanapragasam, MD, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship
    “Novel Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes With Semaglutide”
  • Gretell Gomez, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Optimal Arm-Bed Angle for Delivering Effective Chest Compressions in Neonates”
  • Paige Guy, medical education program
    “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Pregnant Women’s Mental Health”
  • Sidra Hassan, MD, infectious disease fellowship
    “A Propensity Score-Matched Study Assessing the Association of Previously Prescribed Anticoagulation (PPA) on Mortality in a Large Cohort of Veterans With COVID-19”
  • Taylor Jacobs, medical education program
    “Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19”
  • Dhammi K. Jayathilaka, MD, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship
    “Control of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Elderly Patients”
  • Vinesh Jonnala, medical education program
    “Temporal Trends in Post-TAVR Pacemaker Rates Show a Decrease Which is Dependent on Valve Type and Deployment Technique”
  • Mohamad A. Kalot, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices Infections in Western New York”
  • Cathleen Kuo, medical education program
    “Preoperative Predictors of Extended Length of Stay Following Anterior Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion”
  • Byung S. Kwak, MD, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship
    “Pilot Study of Using the Affective Slider in Routine Care in Assessing Depression and Anxiety Levels in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Patients”
  • Ellen Lutnick, medical education program
    “Neuraxial vs. General Anesthesia: 30-Day Mortality Outcomes Following Transurethral Resection of Prostate”
  • Alison Ma, medical education program
    “Can We Predict Prolonged Length of Stay After Laryngeal Surgery for Benign Tumors in Children?”
  • Shayan Makvandi, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Follow-Up and Management of Serologically Active Clinically Quiescent Cases in Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”
  • Sarah Rose Mason, undergraduate program in psychology
    “Treatment Credibility and Expectancy for Improvement Influence GI Symptom Relief in IBS Patients Treated With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
  • Kelcy McIntyre, medical education program
    “Systematic Review of Sensorineural Hearing Loss Associated With COVID-19 Infection”
  • Abigail McLaughlin, medical education program
    “Gluten-Free Diet in Patients With Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)”
  • Abrianna Mihalkovic, master’s degree program in general psychology, Department of Psychology
    “Contribution of Genetic Risk Assessment to Bariatric Surgery Outcomes”
  • Jibran Mirza, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Increased Sensitivity of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance as Compared to Echocardiogram When Analyzing Myocardial Strain and Strain Rate in Cancer Patients Treated With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors”
  • Michael Murray, MD, medicine and pediatrics residency
    “Effect of Living Setting on Diabetes”
  • Samar Nasir, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Dietary Intervention With Low-Protein Meals in Cancer Patients Receiving Immunotherapies”
  • Lindsay Nitsche, medical education program
    “Minimally Invasive Approach for Anatomic Lung Resection”
  • Rohan R. Pandey, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Role of Cardiosphere-Derived Cell Extracellular Vesicles (CDC-EV) in Modulating CCR2 Mediated Pro-Inflammatory Signaling Following Cardiac Injury”
  • Yonas Zerayohannes Redae, senior research support specialist of medicine
    “High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Enhances Physical and Cognitive Performance and Overall Quality of Life in Older Veterans”
  • Alyssa Reese, medical education program
    “Laryngeal Surgery for Congenital Laryngomalacia: NSQIP-P Analysis of Complications”
  • Ashwini M. Ronghe, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Impact of Intrathecal Methotrexate as CNS Prophylaxis on the Incidence and Risk Factors for CNS Relapse in Patients With High Risk Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma”
  • Alyssa Taylor Ruminski, undergraduate program in psychology
    “Beyond Global GI Symptom Relief: The Short- and Long-Term Impact of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome on Stool Consistency and Frequency”
  • James J. Rutowski, medical education program
    “Deprescribing Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly Population — Reducing Proton Pump Inhibitor and Aspirin Use for Quality Improvement in Primary Care”
  • Sarah Sadek, MD, geriatrics fellowship
    “To Smear or Not to Smear: Is There a Difference in Endoscopic Findings for Patients Admitted With GI Bleeding Who Undergo Fecal Occult Blood Testing?”
  • Maithreyi Sarma, MD, hematology-oncology fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “Triple Negative Breast Cancer & Pathological Complete Response: Study of Racial Disparities”
  • JoAnna Shaw, medical education program
    “Outcomes of Laparoscopic Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement With Robotic Omentopexy”
  • Abhay Singh, MD, hematology-oncology fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “Mutant PPM1D and TP53 Populate the Hematopoietic Compartment After Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) Exposure Resulting in Prolonged Cytopenias: Early Detection Can Be the Key to Subsequent Myeloid Malignancy Risk Reduction”
  • Gina Sparacino, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Rapid Implementation of Telemedicine for HCV Management of PWID During COVID Pandemic”
  • Rutaba Tajammal, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Clonal Hematopoiesis in Patients With Neuroendocrine Tumors Receiving Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT)”
  • Janet Umenta, medical education program
    “Using Yoga to Rehabilitate Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors by Increasing Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Study”
  • Jeff Zhang, medical education program
    “Sympathetic Modulation Improves Inpatient and Long-Term Functional Outcomes in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”

Educational research

  • Jennifer S. Abeles, DO, clinical assistant professor of medicine
    “Not Every Request for Opioids is ‘Drug Seeking’: Using Simulation to Raise Awareness of the Need for Palliation in Sickle Cell Disease”
  • William Blymire Jr., MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine
    “Teaching Residents Communication Skills Using Immersive Simulation Scenarios”
  • Judine C. Davis, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology
    “A Pilot Study Utilizing Case-Based Discussion for Training OB/GYN Residents for Oral Boards and Assessment of Their Applied Knowledge”
  • Alexandra M. Doane, DO, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine
    “Improving Quality and Quantity of Direct Observation Feedback Given to Emergency Medicine Residents”
  • Susan Graham, MD, professor of medicine
    “Reflections After Daily Teaching Rounds Inform the Attending of Instructional Mismatch”
  • Suzanne C. Griffith, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology
    “Implementation of an Intraoperative Assessment Tool for Cesarean Section in Resident Surgical Training”
  • Mahmoud I. Ismail, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine
    “Designing Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Tool Kit for Geriatrics Fellows and Residents”
  • Hassan H. Khan, MD, cardiovascular disease fellowship
    “Effect of Near-Peer Virtual ECG Didactics on Internal Medicine Resident Comfort-Level in Interpreting ECGs”
  • Aakanksha Khanna, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Escape MD: Medicine Edition: Using Escape Room as a Gamified Educational and Skill Building Tool for Internal Medicine Residents and Medical Students”
  • Alana Koehler, MD, pediatric emergency medicine fellowship
    “Longitudinal Child Health Advocacy Curriculum Associated With Increased Confidence in Advocacy Skills Among Pediatric Residents”
  • Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO, assistant professor of medicine
    “Putting the Grand Back in Grand Rounds: An Evaluation of Interactive Models in Increasing Learner Satisfaction in Traditional and Virtual Settings”
  • Mark R. Lawler, medical education program
    “The Impact of a Longitudinal Educational Curriculum on Primary Care Providers’ Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Substance Use Disorder”
  • Tonya Lemonious, MD, pediatric residency
    “Bringing Race to the Forefront — Introducing Anti-Racism Education Into a Pediatric Residency Program”
  • Robert W. Macek, MD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine
    “Evaluating and Improving University at Buffalo Family Medicine Resident Feedback”
  • Brittany C. Montross, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery
    “Pre and Post Testing for Vascular Surgery Lectures for Students in SUR-700”
  • Ana Paula Pinto Copetti, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Code ESCape (Educational and Skills Curriculum): Using Gamification and Simulation to Teach and Test Medical Emergency Concepts to Internal Medicine Residents”
  • Mia Pivirotto, DO, pediatrics residency
    “Creating a Longitudinal Advocacy Curriculum for a Pediatrics Residency Program”
  • Kevin Pranikoff, MD, associate professor of urology
    “Introduction to Basic Urodynamics”
  • Susana Ruano, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Evaluation of the Implementation of a Clinically Based Procedures Module for Pediatric Residents in Training”
  • Daniel W. Sheehan, MD, PhD, clinical professor of pediatrics
    “‘They Said What?’ Using Challenging Communication Simulations to Develop Effective and Empathetic Telemedicine Skills in Third-Year Medical Students”
  • Raj Thapar, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “Bridging the Interprofessional Gap (BIG)”
  • Sanjeevani K. Tomar, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Improving GI Education Among Internal Medicine Residents”

Incubation research

  • Shahla Ahmad, MD, geriatrics fellowship
    “Investigating the Relationship Between Frailty and Delerium in Geriatric Patients Within a Safety Net Hospital: A Retrospective Cohort Study”
  • Sarah E. Andres, DO, obstetrics and gynecology residency
    “The Effect of Proctored and Timed Surgery on Global Evaluative Assessment of Robotic Skills (GEARS) Score Amongst Residents in Gynecologic Oncology Cases”
  • Huma Baqir, MBBS, psychiatry residency
    “Improving the Outpatient Screening of Metabolic Syndrome by Increasing Blood Pressure Monitoring — A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Marissa Boniszewski, MD, internal medicine residency
    “A Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Unnecessary Use of Supplemental Oxygen in Hospitalized Patients Without Hypoxemia at a Single Academic Center”
  • John B. Boutros, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Machine Learning: A Model to Predict Poor Outcomes in TAVR Patients”
  • Robert J. Duve, medical education program
    “Identification of Primary Biliary Cholangitis Patients to Assess Disease Progression”
  • Brandon Ewing, medical education program
    “Utility of Muscle Ultrasound at Flares and Remission of Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myositis”
  • Zackary Falls, PhD, research assistant professor of biomedical informatics
    “Investigating the Capacity of EGFR Inhibitors for Treatment of Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer With PTEN Loss”
  • Waseem Farooq, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Direct Acting Oral Anticoagulants vs. Warfarin for the Management of Left Ventricular Thrombus”
  • Hafsa Gurdogan, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Residents as Educators in Rheumatology: Near-Peer Teaching as a Means to Enhance History and Examination Skills in a Cohort of Third- and Fourth-Year Medical Students”
  • Mazen N. Jizzini, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Improving Colorectal Screening by Colonoscopies in a Primary Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Shanta Karki, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in medicine
    “Development of In Vitro Granuloma Model to Determine Penetration Level of Nanoparticles and Intracellular Drug Concentration”
  • Anthony R. Khoury, DO, internal medicine residency
    “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening by Improving Physicians Workflow”
  • Aysha Malik, MD, internal medicine and pediatrics residency
    “Associations of Atrial Fibrillation Symptom Experience With Anxiety, Intolerance for Uncertainty, Health Care Use and Quality of Life”
  • Kishore Kumar Mani, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Prone Ventilation in COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome With Septic Shock”
  • Puja Mehta, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Unconjugated P-Cresol Role in Hepatotoxicity and Hepatic Fatty Necrosis”
  • Sri Harika Meka, MBBS, internal medicine residency
    “Exploring the Clinical Impact of Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Inhibitors in Patients With COVID-19”
  • Daniel T. Nassar, DO, obstetrics and gynecology residency
    “Perioperative Outcomes Amongst Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies: A Pilot Study Comparing Vaginal, Laparoscopic and Robotic Approaches”
  • Michael Nathaniel Phelps, undergraduate program in biological sciences
    “Melatonin, Lupus and an Unknown Connection”
  • Patryk M. Piekos, MD, obstetrics and gynecology residency
    “Pelvic and Paraaortic Lymphadenectomy for Endometrial Cancer at the Time of Frozen Section Analysis: A Validation Trial for Oncologic Management by Fellowship-Trained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeons”
  • Anna Pinelo Coll Cardenas, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Communicational Enhancement of Health Providers With Non-English Speaking Patients in a Primary Care Setting”
  • Ashley Sarquiz, medical education program
    “FOBT Testing in Hospitalized Patients”
  • Amandeep S. Sawana, MD, internal medicine residency
    “The Role of Increased Cardiac Wall Stress After Sudden Cardiac Arrest and its Relationship to Major Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes After 1 Year”
  • Mark H. Shehata, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Implementing I-PASS (Quality Improvement Project)”
  • Andrew Smith, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Impact of Environmental Tobacco Smoke on Respiratory Health and Mortality in Adults”
  • Anne Stoklosa, medical education program
    “Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Safe Pediatric Ground Ambulance Transport”
  • Jennifer Tarakmi, MD, internal medicine and pediatrics residency
    “Assessing Medical Student Comfort Level Asking Code Status”
  • Ramkumar Thiyagarajan, PhD, research scientist in medicine
    “Does Tristetraprolin, an Anti-Inflammatory mRNA Binding Protein, Promote Healthy Aging?”
  • Grishma R. Trivedi, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Identifying Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake: Assessing Patients’ Successful COVID-19 Vaccination as Predicted by Prior Influenza Vaccine Uptake, General Attitude Toward Vaccines, Socioeconomic Status, as Well as Racial and Ethnic Demographics in an Urban HIV Clinic”
  • Vincent Thomas Vertalino, DO, internal medicine residency
    “Health Care Disparity and Telehealth, Improving Show Rates for Telehealth Visits”
  • Luona Yang, master’s program in pharmacology and toxicology
    “Pharmacodynamics of Novel Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Tuberculosis”

Other research

  • Justin Blaty, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Understanding E-Cigarette Use/Vaping Prevalence and Educational Program Variation in a Cross Section of Buffalo, New York Area Schools and the Perception Among Pediatricians, Substance Abuse Clinics and Psychiatrist Offices”
  • Victoria E. Hamilton, MD, pediatrics residency
    “Hepatitis C Screening in Newborns With Perinatal Hepatitis C Exposure Discharged From the Regional Perinatal Center of Western New York NICU: A Retrospective Review of the Past Decade”
  • Matthew Harris, medical education program
    “Rural Versus Urban Residence and Incident Cognitive Impairment in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study (REGARDS)”
  • Nida Khawaja, MD, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship
    “Soda and Milk Consumption and Depression in Adolescents”
  • Yu-Che Lee, MD, internal medicine residency, Catholic Health System
    “Racial Disparity in Sleep Apnea-Related Mortality in the United States”
  • Andrew Patentreger, graduate student, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    “Capturing Genomic Regions of High-Density Skin Clonal Mutations in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma”
  • Arabi Rasendrakumar, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Rheumatology Employment Opportunities in 2020: Analysis of the American College of Rheumatology Career Connection Occupational Portal”
  • Emma Steinmetz, medical education program
    “Differences in Health Outcomes for Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence”
  • Jill N. Tirabassi, MD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine
    “Health and Fitness Outcomes of a Pilot Multi-Intervention Randomized Study in Obese and Sedentary Women”

Quality Improvement

  • Yousef Fazel, MD, internal medicine residency
    “Improving Early Paracentesis Rates on Hospital Admission”
  • Erin G. Gould, medical education program
    “Chronic Pain Management Redesign in a Primary Care Clinic”
  • Ali M. Jamil, MD, geriatrics fellowship
    “Quality Improvement: Exploring Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics for the Management of In-Hospital Delirium in Elderly Patients”
  • Robin Jindal, MD, geriatrics fellowship
    “Advanced Care Planning Compliance Rates in Relation to the Introduction of Geriatric 4M’s”
  • Arshad Khan, MD, geriatrics fellowship
    “Improving Early Recognition and Management of Hospital Delirium: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Andreina Mari Torrealba, MD, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship
    “Decreasing Formula Use for Initial Enteral Feeds in Very Low Birth Weight Babies at a Tertiary Care Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Quality Improvement Project”
  • Kenny J. Oh, MD, vascular surgery integrated residency
    “Improving Access to Health Care-Related Legal Services: A Method to Address the Social Determinants of Health for Vascular Surgery Patients”
  • Joshua Owczarczak, medical education program
    “Improving Emergency Information Form Usage in People With Disabilities: A QI Project”
  • Yadunath Pokharel, MBBS, internal medicine-preventive medicine residency
    “Quality Improvement Project Improves High-Risk Medication Safety in a Community Based Primary Care Clinic That Underwent a Recent Restructuring During the Pandemic”

Event Held Online Due to COVID-19

Celebration of Scholarship is an annual research poster session for medical students, residents, fellows and faculty educational researchers. 

Due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, this year’s event took place online June 4. 

Chukwumere E. Nwogu, MD, professor of surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and professor of oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, gave the keynote address on “Forging an Academic Career — Mentorship, Collaboration and Creativity.”

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