Residency Research

Resident Research Day

The Ninth Annual
Department of Internal Medicine
May 1, 2015

Cash Prizes Awarded to Winners in Each Category

Research Day 2015-a

Resident Basic Research:
1st Place:  Kryt Chattrabhuti – Deceased Donor multidrug resistance protein 1 and CAV1 gene variants may influence allograft survival in kidney transplantation
2nd Place:  Kris Hansen –  Molecular Subtyping in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, A Minimally Invasive Strategy with Fine Needle Aspirates

Fellow Basic Research:
1st Place:  Sara Pasha – Rare SERPINA1 Variants are Associated with Lung Function and Health Care Utilization in a Multi-Ethnic Population from the Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP)
2nd Place:  Sara Pasha – Rare SERPINA1 Variants are Associated with Lung Function and Emphysema in Non-Hispanic Whites from SPIROMICS

Resident Clinical/QI Research:
1st Place:  Megan Rau – Barriers to Holding End of Life Discussions Among Internal Medicine Residents
2nd Place:  Wes Willeford – Anal Dysplasia Screening and Treatment in a Southern HIV Clinic: A Descriptive Analysis
Honorable Mention:  Lauren Barnes – Common reasons why acne patients call the office

Megan Rau at Research Day 2015
Internal Medicine Resident, Megan Rau, MD, with her 1st place poster

Fellow Clinical/QI Research:
1st Place: Hardik Mehta – Burden of Systolic and Diastolic Left Ventricular Dysfunction among Hispanics in the United States - Insights from the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (ECHO-SOL)
2nd Place: Rahul Sharma – Ascending Aortic Index and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
Honorable Mention: Brett Smith – Metformin: potential analgesic?

Mehta at Research Day 2015
Cardiology Fellow, Hardik (Rishi) Mehta, MD, discusses his 1st place poster

Resident Clinical Vignette:
1st Place: Nihar Mathur – Wait, So It’s Not Cancer?
2nd Place: Wes Willeford – Spots to Seizures

Wes Williford at Research Day 2015
Internal Medicine Resident, Wes Willeford, MD, describes his winning poster

Fellow Clinical Vignette:
1st Place: Leslie Cristiano – Suspected methylprednisolone succinate anaphylaxis, confirmed with skin testing
2nd Place: Leslie Cristiano – Anaphylactic reactions to murine bites: A case report and review of the literature for management guidelines

For questions, contact Heather Crocker, Research Day Coordinator at or 336-716-9106

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