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Resident Research & Scholarly Activity

To ensure our residents’ development as Clinicians – Scientists, we both encourage and support their research interests. Communicating about available research projects is key. Our faculty are creating a database of projects in all Divisions which could benefit from resident participation. Projects involve collaboration with both faculty and fellows, highlighting the importance of our diverse and highly-regarded fellowship programs at UMass Chan Medical School. Subspecialty Divisions present ongoing and future research projects at Noon Conferences during which residents are invited/recruited to participate in those projects. Our new Faculty Research Coordinator will mentor residents wishing to get involved in scholarly activities, and provides education opportunities related to research, from study design to grant writing.  

Below is a compilation of the published research & posters done by our residents. 

Resident presenting research

Frank Morley

Selected Conference Presentations


Barker C, Gubala A, Hussein A, Newstein M. Case Report: Atypical transmission of Capnocytophaga canimorsus in a splenectomized adult resulting in DIC and multiorgan failure. American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2021.

Kaminsky L, Archambeau E, Vohara R, Aurigemma G, Parker M. Prominent A- wave Dip in the Spectral Doppler of Pulmonic Regurgitation Despite Pulmonary Hypertension: A sign of Right Ventricular Dysfunction. Abstract presented at Oct. 2022 ACC Scientific Sessions.

Presentation:  Cook, Philip M., Cohen, Aaron M., Harrington, Colleen M., “A Malignant Case of Syncope”. ACC.22. April 2022.

Nielsen EJ, Hasson RJ. Anorgasmia and other Neuropathic Symptoms Responsive to Delayed Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen. Presented at UHMS Annual Meeting. 09 Jun 2021.

Nielsen EJ, Ayers MA. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in the Treatment of Traumatic Pretibial Wounds. Presented at 2021 SGIM Annual Mtg. 20 Apr 2021.

Nielsen EJ, Harp K, Okrie A, Zitnik K, Walter R. A Rapid Antigen Testing Protocol for COVID-19 Outbreaks: A Retrospective review and analysis of data of a real outbreak on a ship with pre-symptomatic patients. SGIM New-England Mtn West Regional Meeting. Nov 2021


Anoruo, N. Effect of E-cigarette Use on Smoking Cessation in Low Motivation Smokers. American Thoracic Society, 2020, Philadelphia, PA.  

Aponte-Pieras, J. Probiotic use may increase the odds of hospital readmission for a chronic pancreatitis flare. PancreasFest, 2019, Pittsburg, PA. 

Aponte-Pieras, J. Well-differentiated Neuroendocrine Tumor Arising from the Gastric Cardia Presenting with Hematemesis. American College of Gastroenterology. October 2020, San Antonio, TX. 

Ayyaswami V, Prabhu AV, Gambert S. #Geriatrics: An Analysis of the Impact of the Geriatrics Twitter Network. In: The Gerontological Society of America’s 71st Annual Scientific Meeting. Austin, TX. Accepted for November 2019.

Barker C, Merriam P. Case Report: Radiation-Associated Angiosarcoma Development After Prior Breast Malignancy. Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Virtual Annual Meeting, Oct 2020.

Dutta, R. Between a Rock and Hard Place: Ticagrelor as a safe alternative to clopidogrel after drug-induced thrombocytopenia. American College of Cardiology, March 2020, Chicago, IL.  

Gianna L. Wilkie; Ekaterina Skaritanov; Micaela Tobin; Angela Essa; Anna Gubala; Laura Ferraro; Lara C. Kovell. Hypertension in Women: Impact of Contraception, Fertility, and Hormone Treatment. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. Print date TBD accepted August 12, 2022.  

Hashmi, I. Reviving the Rendezvous Technique: A Novel Approach in ERCP. PancreasFest, 2019, Pittsburg, PA.    

Kannappan, M. A large Mobile Friable Mitral Valve Mass, Multiple embolism strokes, and the eventual diagnosis we did not think of. American Society of Echocardiology, June 2019, Portland, OR.  

Khan, A. What's the confusion? It was about carbon monoxide poisoning. CHEST October 2019, New Orleans, LA. 

Moulton, K. A Rare Case of Gastric Outlet Obstruction: Bouveret Syndrome. Society for Hospital Medicine, April 2020, San Diego, CA.  

Patel, B. A Rare Diagnosis of Melanoma by Transbronchial Biopsy.  American Thoracic Society, 2020, Virtual. 

Nielsen EJ. "The Importance of Following Up: A 'Shocking' Case Presentation of Posterior Neck Pain". 2021 SGIM Mid-Atlantic Regional Mtg. 13 Nov 2020.

Rovinski, R. HIV as a red herring in sanguinous pleurale effusion due to thoracic endometriosis. CHEST, October 2019, New Orleans, LA. 

Ryan TJ, Heyman AS, Mulvey EN, McLaughlin A, Rizo IM, Assoumou SA. Factors associated with inpatient complications among patients with obesity and COVID‐19 at an urban safety‐net hospital: A retrospective cohort study.  Obesity Science and Practice, print date TBD, Accepted: May 17th, 2022

Sorour, N. Changes in Contractile Function Following TAVR Are Influenced By Gender and Baseline EF: Insights From Midwall Stress-Shortening Analysis”. American Society of Echocardiology, June 2019, Portland, OR.   

Taku, A. A Case of Recurrent Stress Cardiomyopathy Complicated by Apical Thrombus and Splenic Infarct. American Society of Echocardiology, June 2019, Portland, OR.  

Wong, C. The Effect of Prior Percutaneous Coronary Intervention on Pulmonary Artery Systolic Pressure. Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics.  September,2019, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Conference Presentations 2023-Present

Tran B, Cooper K, Chopra-Tandon N, Devine M, Trivedi M. The Difficult IV Access (DIVA) Project: Improving IV Access at Nighttime Rapid Responses. American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2023.

Sudireddy D, Ryan T, Teebagy P, Salomon-Esposito K, Kay J. Enhancing Cardiovascular Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2023.

Nabi M, Srichawla B, Smith C. Bilateral Posterior Cerebral Artery Strokes Post-Cardiac Catheterization Leading to Anton-Babinski Syndrome. American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2023.

Sadaniantz K, Doshi K, Arora T, Khanna S. Pembrolizumab use in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma: a “long-term” solution? American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2023.

Hamad H, Islam R, Levitz S, Adeel A. Disseminated Multi-drug-Resistant Lomentospora Prolificans Infection: Diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma. American College of Physicians Massachusetts Annual Chapter Meeting, October 2023.

Hamad H, Jones E. ADA-Negative Tuberculosis Pleural Effusion. CHEST Annual Meeting, October 2023.

Morley F, Cook P, McKenna A, Sood R. Giant Pulmonary Bullae After Severe COVID-19 Infection Improved with Pulmonary Rehabilitation. CHEST Annual Meeting, October 2023.

Colletta A, Cooper K, Osorio B, Devuni D. A novel use of shock index and pulse pressure change in Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography in acute alcohol associated hepatitis versus chronic liver disease. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Colletta A, Rupawala A. Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody class effect on Crohn’s disease: A case series. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Sullivan P, Cooper K, Rau P. When It’s Not Just an Abscess: Intra-abdominal Desmoid Tumor in a Male Patient w/ Crohn’s Disease and Liver Cirrhosis.

Cooper K, Sullivan P, Mehta S, Devuni D. Recurrent HCC masquerading as nodular GAVE in a patient with prior cryoablation. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Cooper K, Koen N, Jennings J, Nasser-Ghodsi N. Advances Mantle Cell Lymphoma on Screening Colonoscopy. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Cooper K, Gonzalez D, Hersovici D, Colletta A, Devuni D. Sex Differences in the Impact of Marijuana Use on Liver Transplant Access. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Cooper K, Winkie M, Rau P, Marya N, Feld L. Colonoscopy Differences Between Males and Females: Impact of Patient Sex and Endoscopist Gender on Polypectomy Duration. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, October 2023.

Selected Resident Publications 2021-2022

Selected Resident Publications 2021-2022

Hanscom M, Anders S, Hakimian S, Dudekala A, Rau P, Singh A, Zivny J, Churrango G, Bhattacharya K, Marshall C, Marya NB. Novel dilation technique and stent selection to reduce periprocedural adverse events in left hepaticogastrostomy. VideoGIE. 2021 Aug.

Barker, C. L., Sultan, D. A., Koh, W. Y., Hull, S. Z., & Cao, L. Effectiveness of a Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Program in A Local Pain Center. Journal of Pain and Relief.  2021 July.

Rebello, D., Schroy, P. C., Leszcynski, A., Colletta, A., Rebello, E., Mills, J., ... & Roy, H. . Prevalence of Metachronous Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia in Black and White Patients at a Safety Net Hospital. Gastro Hep Advances Published: October 18, 2021.

Colletta A, Darmoch F, Harrington C, et al. Penetrating Coronary Ulcer of The Left Main Coronary Artery Presenting with Recurrent Chest Pain. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 March.

Renella R, Gagne K, Beauchamp E, Fogel J, Perlov A, Sola M, Schlaeger T, Hofmann I, Shimamura A, Ebert BL, Schmitz-Abe K, Markianos K, Murphy K, Sun L, Rockowitz S, Sliz P, Campagna DR, Springer TA, Bahl C, Agarwal S, Fleming MD, Williams DA. Congenital X-linked neutropenia with myelodysplasia and somatic tetraploidy due to a germline mutation in SEPT6. Am J Hematol. 2022 Jan.

Feleke SM, Reichert EN, Mohammed H, Brhane BG, Mekete K, Mamo H, Petros B, Solomon H, Abate E, Hennelly C, Denton M, Keeler C, Hathaway NJ, Juliano JJ, Bailey JA, Rogier E, Cunningham J, Aydemir O, Parr JB. Plasmodium falciparum is evolving to escape malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Ethiopia. Nat Microbiol. 2021 Oct.

Cunningham CH, Hennelly CM, Lin JT, Ubalee R, Boyce RM, Mulogo EM, Hathaway N, Thwai KL, Phanzu F, Kalonji A, Mwandagalirwa K, Tshefu A, Juliano JJ, Parr JB. A novel CRISPR-based malaria diagnostic capable of Plasmodium detection, species differentiation, and drug-resistance genotyping. EBioMedicine. 2021 June.

Kaminsky L, Botros M, Cohen A, et al. A Common Arrhythmia with an Unlikely Etiology. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 May.

Hanscom M, Stead C, Feldman H, Marya NB, Cave D. Video Capsule Endoscopy and Device-Assisted Enteroscopy. Dig Dis Sci. 2022 May.

Stead C, Hakimian S, Luffman C, Elaba Z, Orlowski G, Marya N. Sweet Syndrome, Not so Sweet during an Ulcerative Colitis Flare Especially When You Cannot Eat. Case Rep Gastrointest Med. 2021 Sep

Talat A, Troy S, Rau P, Hanscom M, Singh A, Zivny J, Marshall C, Marya NB. Single-session EUS-guided gastroenterostomy and EUS-guided gallbladder drainage in a patient with concomitant gastric outlet obstruction and acalculous cholecystitis. VideoGIE. 2021 Dec 6.

Harrington CM, Sorour N, Troy S, Botros M, Ciuffo M, Sardella N, Wilkie G, Aurigemma GP, Kovell LC. Postpartum hypertension and the role of postpartum clinics and digital health. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2021 Sep.

Cook P, Cohen A, Harrington C, et al. A Malignant Case of Syncope. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 March.

Hoque S, Luther J, Mizrahi R, Gerald LB, Phipatanakul W, Lemon SC, Rosal MC, Byatt N, Pbert L, Trivedi M. School Nurse Perspectives on School-Supervised Asthma Therapy: A Qualitative Study. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2022 June.

Shillan HN, Luther JP, Ryan GW, Hoque S, Spano MA, Lessard DM, Gerald LB, Pbert L, Phipatanakul W, Goldberg RJ, Trivedi MK. School-supervised Asthma Therapy is Associated with Improved Long-Term Asthma Outcomes for Underrepresented Minority Children. J Sch Nurs. 2022 May.

Arenas J, Becker S, Seay H, Frisard C, Hoque S, Spano M, Lindenauer PK, Sadasivam RS, Pbert L, Trivedi M. A response to COVID-19 school closures: The feasibility of a school-linked text message intervention as an adaptation to school-supervised asthma therapy. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2022 May.

Hoque S, Goulding M, Hazeltine M, Ferrucci KA, Trivedi M, Liu SH. Caregiver-perceived neighborhood safety and pediatric asthma severity: 2017-2018 National Survey of Children's Health. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2022 Feb.

Trivedi M, Hoque S, Luther J, Spano M, Shillan H, Pearl H, Seay H, Phipatanakul W, Gerald LB, Pbert L. Incorporating systems-level stakeholder perspectives into the clinical trial design of school-supervised asthma therapy. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Sep.

Assoumou SA, Tyler J R, Annie S H, Elizabeth N M, Mphtm MA, Ivania M R. Factors Associated with Inpatient Complications Among Patients with Obesity and COVID-19 at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Obes Sci Pract. 2022 June.

Ryan TJ, Heyman AS, Mulvey EN, McLaughlin A, Rizo IM, Assoumou SA. Factors associated with inpatient complications among patients with obesity and COVID‐19 at an urban safety‐net hospital: A retrospective cohort study.  Obesity Science and Practice, print date TBD, Accepted: May 17th, 2022.

Ryan TJ, Farber A, Cheng TW, Raulli SJ, Sather K, Dicken QG, Levin SR, Zhang Y, Siracuse JJ. Factors associated with a tunneled dialysis catheter in place at initial arteriovenous access creation. J Vasc Surg. 2021 May. 

Sadaniantz K, Daly L, Qin JB, Tracy J. Prophylactic fasciotomy of the anterolateral thigh donor site in head and neck reconstruction. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Jan-Feb.

Sadaniantz, K. “Letters from Worcester to Armenia.”, Telegram & Gazette, 23 Apr. 2021.

Selected Resident Publications 2019-2020

Selected Resident Publications 2019-2020

Arnal-Estapé A, Cai WL, Albert AE, Zhao M, Stevens LE, López-Giráldez F, Patel KD, Tyagi S, Schmitt EM, Westbrook TF, Nguyen DX. Tumor progression and chromatin landscape of lung cancer are regulated by the lineage factor GATA6. Oncogene. Epub 2020 Mar 10.

Albert AE, Adua SJ, Cai WL, Arnal-Estapé A, Cline GW, Liu Z, Zhao M, Cao PD, Mariappan M, Nguyen DX. Adaptive Protein Translation by the Integrated Stress Response Maintains the Proliferative and Migratory Capacity of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells. Mol Cancer Res. Epub 2019 Sep 24.

Colletta C, Colletta A, Placentino G. Lifestyle and silymarin: a fight against liver damage in NAFLD associated - prediabetic disease. J Diabetes Metab Disord. 2020 Jun 30.

Rebello, D. U., Colletta, A., Mills, J., Lim, R., Heeren, T., Roy, H. K., & Schroy, P. C. The Prevalence of Metachronous Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia Among Whites and Blacks Undergoing Post-Polypectomy Surveillance Colonoscopy at a Safety Net Hospital. In Gastroenterology 2020, May.

Torrevillas BK, Garrison SM, McKeeken AJ, Patel D, Van Leuven JT, Dizon NI, Rivas KI, Hathaway NJ, Bailey JA, Waitumbi JN, Kifude CM, Oyieko J, Stewart VA, Luckhart S. Plasmodium falciparum DHFR and DHPS Mutations Are Associated With HIV-1 Co-Infection and a Novel DHPS Mutation I504T Is Identified in Western Kenya. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020 Nov 26.

Briggs J, Teyssier N, Nankabirwa JI, Rek J, Jagannathan P, Arinaitwe E, Bousema T, Drakeley C, Murray M, Crawford E, Hathaway N. Sex-based differences in clearance of chronic Plasmodium falciparum infection. Elife. 2020 Oct 27.

Piper AJ, Clark JL, Mercado-Matos J, Matthew-Onabanjo AN, Hsieh CC, Akalin A, Shaw LM. Insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) and IRS-2 expression levels are associated with prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PLoS One. 2019 Aug 8.

Bertisch SM, Li W, Buettner C, Mostofsky E, Rueschman M, Kaplan ER, Fung J, Huntington S, Murphy T, Stead C, Burstein R. Nightly sleep duration, fragmentation, and quality and daily risk of migraine. Neurology. 2020 Feb 4.

Hines RB, Jiban MJ, Specogna AV, Vishnubhotla P, Lee E, Troy SP, Zhang S. Surveillance colonoscopy in older stage I colon cancer patients and the association with colon cancer-specific mortality. Official journal of the American College of Gastroenterology ACG. 2020 Jun 1.

Nasir A, Patel N, Prabakaran S, Sagheer SH, Troy SP, Baldinger E, Frontera A. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome with Severe Neurologic Complications in an Adult. Federal Practitioner. 2019 Jun.

Zeller P, Kambali S. Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure Following E-Cigarette/Vaping-Associated Lung Injury. Chest. 2020 Oct 1.

Hamad H, Sahu KK, Dunn S, Milla L, Caffery A, Islam N. Rifampin Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Indian J Hematol Blood Transfus. 2020 Jul.

Hebert C, Emmerick IM, Voland R, Varlotto JM, Maddox D, DeCamp M, Flickinger JC, Maxfield M, Lou F, Rassaei N, Zander D. The variance of lymphatic vascular invasion (LVI) diagnosis and its impact on overall survival (OS) independent of node stage in patients undergoing surgical resection on NSCLC. 2020, May.

Ryan, T.  Dr. Martha George Ripley: A Life on the Frontier of Medicine and Social Justice. ACESO 2019.

Ayyaswami V, Prabhu A, Gambert S. # Geriatrics: An Analysis of the Impact of The Geriatrics Twitter Network. Innovation in Aging. 2019 Nov.

Banzett RB, Sheridan AR, Baker KM, Lansing RW, Stevens JP. ‘Scared to death dyspnoea from the hospitalized patient’s perspective. BMJ Open Respiratory Research. 2020 Mar 1.

Stevens, J.P., Sheridan, A.R., Bernstein, H.B., Baker, K., Lansing, R.W., Schwartzstein, R.M. and Banzett, R.B., 2019. A multidimensional profile of dyspnea in hospitalized patients. Chest. 2019 Sep 1.

Duarte, D., Bauer, C.C.C., Pinto, C.B., Velez, F.S., Estudillo-Guerra, M.A., Pacheco-Barrios, K., Gunduz, M.E., Crandell, D., Merabet, L. and Fregni, F. Cortical plasticity in phantom limb pain: A fMRI study on the neural correlates of behavioral clinical manifestations. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.  2020 Oct 30.

Gunduz ME, Pinto CB, Saleh Velez FG, Duarte D, Pacheco-Barrios K, Lopes F, Fregni F. Motor cortex reorganization in limb amputation: a systematic review of TMS motor mapping studies. Frontiers in neuroscience. 2020 Apr 21.

Münger M, Pinto CB, Pacheco‐Barrios K, Duarte D, Enes Gunduz M, Simis M, Battistella LR, Fregni F. Protective and risk factors for phantom limb pain and residual limb pain severity. Pain Practice. 2020 Jul.

Pacheco-Barrios K, Pinto CB, Velez FS, Duarte D, Gunduz ME, Simis M, Gianlorenco AL, Barouh JL, Crandell D, Guidetti M, Battistella L. Structural and functional motor cortex asymmetry in unilateral lower limb amputation with phantom limb pain. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2020 Oct 1.

Rojas-Rodriuez R, Lujan-Hernandez J, Min SY, DeSouza T, Teebagy P, Desai A, Tessier H, Slamin R, Siegel-Reamer L, Berg C, Baez A. Generation of functional human adipose tissue in mice from primed progenitor cells. Tissue Engineering Part A. 2019 Jun 1.

Resident Scholarly Activity 

Each year all our residents are required to lead a scholarly presentation, which ensures they acquire and demonstrate essential skills in both research and presenting.  The Landmark Papers (PGY1), Journal Clubs (PGY2) and Clinical-Pathologic Conference(PGY3) are described below. 

Landmark Paper – Each intern must prepare and present one Landmark Paper during Morning Report at some point during their first year.  They will give a short presentation on a study that answered a clinical question with enough clarity to be considered practice-changing.  Landmark papers are often cited by other papers and are one of the cornerstones of evidence-based medicine.  

Journal Club – During their second year, all residents prepare and present a journal article for discussion in a small group. The goal is to critically evaluate the quality of new information presented in research literature and consider its impact on clinical practice.  With the help of faculty mentors, residents go over general principles of study design and data collection as well as basic statistical analysis. They assess the strengths and weaknesses of the study and discuss its clinical relevance. In the process, they strengthen their presentation skills and their ability to facilitate discussion.  

The Clinical-Pathologic Conference or CPC is a case conference presented by our 3rd-year residents. It is considered a chance to showcase the diagnostic skills they have gained during their residency training.  Residents compile all relevant details of the case including pathology and images; recruit faculty participants including subspecialists, radiologists and pathologists; and review the relevant literature pertaining to the case. On the day of presentations they also run a differential to generate active discussion in the audience.