10th Annual Research Day 2012


10th Annual

Department of Medicine

Research Day






Oral Presentations

Wojciech Rudzinski MD PhD
“Usefulness of conventional risk factors for coronary artery disease in preoperative risk assessment before orthotopic liver transplantation”

George R. Nahas
“Post-transcriptional Regulation of Tac1 in Breast Cancer Cells”

Katherine Kim MD
“HCV kinetics at two weeks and four weeks of treatment with Telaprevir in combination with Peginterferon alfa-2A and Ribavirin in patients with hepatitis C genotype 1”

Cynthia Quainoo MD
“IL-28B rs12979860 Polymorphism Modulates Hepatic Fibrosis and its Progression to Cirrhosis in Chronic Hepatitis C”

Sunita Sood MD
“Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) Provides Safe & Effective Alternative To Liver Transplant In Acute Budd Chiari Syndrome”

Madiha Tufail MD
“A Phase I/II Study of Escalating Doses of Thalidomide in Conjunction with Bortezomib and High Dose Melphalan As a Conditioning Regimen for Autotransplant in Patients with Advanced Multiple Myeloma”





Poster Session

  • Familial Presentation of Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Aortic Insufficiency and Positive Myelin Protein Zero Antibody:
    Rabia Q. Chaudhry, MD; L. Nandni Moorthy, MD; Eugenio Capitle, MD
  • Immune Abnormalities in Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS) With Unknown Etiology
    R. Khianey, R. Shapiro, L. Gang, P. Kattouf, H. Jyonouchi
  • AA Amyloidosis in a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis: Renal Manifestations
    Akthar, Morium, MD, Yudd, Michael, MD
  • Survival outcome change for stage IIIB and IV Non Small Cell Lung Cancer patients in a Veterans population.
    V. Dave, B.Kasimis, V.Chang, M.Gonzalez, S.Srinivas, F.Zhong, B.Crump, L.Duque, E.Paz, M.McPherson, J.Einhorn
  • Agony in the Air: A Case of Altitude Induced Splenic Infarction in a 49 year-old man with Sickle Cell Trait
    Matthew J Michaels, DO, Edward Andraos, BA, David Bleich, MD
  • Invasive Sinonasal/Orbital Aspergillosis in a Renal Transplant Patient
    Dorothy Castro MD; Roger Keshav MD; Lisa Dever MD; Patricia Kloser MD
  • The Black Esophagus: A Rare and Mysterious Finding in Critically-Ill Patients
    Lisa N. Patel, MD, Slawomir Sender, MD, Neal Patel, MD, Fnu Samiullah, MD
  • Pulmonary Hypertension As A Function Of Diastolic Grade In Patients With Left Heart Failure Is A Predictor Of Right Heart Function And Can Be Used To Optimize Timing Of LVAD Therapy
    Daniel Zakhary MD, PhD, Eyad Alhaj MD, Robert Berkowitz, MD, PhD
  • Are We Performing Echocardiograms for Patients with Aortic Stenosis According to Guidelines?
    Birju Bhatt MD, Steven Keller PhD, Tariq Niazi MD, Ngozi Okeke MD, Miranda Tan DO, Daniel Zakhary MD, PhD
  • An Innovative QA/QI Initiative in the Internal Medicine Residency Program: Meeting the ACGME’s Requirement for Teaching Residents Quality Improvement
    Lisa N. Patel, MD, S. E. Keller, PhD, Michael Demyen, MD Neil Kothari, MD, Paula Bistak, PhD, and Ping-Hsin Chen, PhD
  • A case of presumed HSV encephalitis based solely on MRI findings
    Sean Sullivan DO, Andrea Isaacs MD
  • A Non-Surgical Approach to the Treatment of Metastatic Follicular Thyroid Cancer (FTC) in a Medically High-Risk Patient
    Jennifer Zaitz DO, Norman Ertel MD, Maya Raghuwanshi MD, John Shin MD
  • Are We Following Guidelines For Colorectal Cancer Screening In Resident Clinics At East Orange Veterans Administration?
    Chine Abanonu MD, Roger Keshav MD, Birju Bhatt MD, Jasneet Gandehok MD, Lisa Patel MD, Bernardo Stein MD, Galen Stanislaus MD, Steven Keller PhD.
  • Cardiac Arrest Due to Diffuse Coronary Vasospasm: A case report and literature review
    Adam Raskin MD, Priya Umapathi MD, Elizabeth Vassallo-Deluca MD, Vasilios Lambrinos MD
  • Are we following the current guidelines for Anti-coagulation in DVT prophylaxis?
    Adam Raskin MD, Hayder Hashim MD, Morium Akthar MD, Lucy Cheng MD, Steven Keller PhD, Neil Kothari MD FACP
  • One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: A Rare Adverse Reaction to the Influenza Vaccine
    Sejal Gandhi, MD, Kristin Wong, MD, Deonnae Lopez, Neil Kothari, MD
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening and UMDNJ Outpatient Compliance
    Grace Grabowy, DO, Elizabeth Vassallo-DeLuca, MD, Trent Wang, DO, Nastasia James, BA, Lisa Patel, MD, Steven E. Keller, PhD
  • A Case of Radiation Induced Sarcoma
    Trent Wang DO, Michael Cho MD, Lillian Pliner MD
  • A Case of Angioimmunoblastic T Cell Lymphoma with Warm and Cold Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
    Leroy C. Floyd III MD, Trent Wang DO, Megan Keane-Tarchichi MD, Ranie Koshy MD, Nogba Pawoo DO, Michael Demyen MD, Raj Kapila MD
  • Are We Following the AHA Guidelines for the Initial Management of Unstable Angina in Adults?
    Kunal D. Patel, MD; Priya Umapathi, MD; Ziyaad Al-Khateeb, MD; Christine Orlowicz, MD; Leandro Lencina, MD; Frederique H.T. Evans, MBSc; Mentors: Michael Demyen, MD; Steven Keller, PhD; and Lisa N. Patel, MD
  • Tears of Joy or Tears of Anguish?: A Case of Mistaken Identity
    Kunal D. Patel, MD, Rajendra Kapila, MD
  • Comparative Effectivness of PCI Versus CABG for Unprotected Left Main Stenosis: META Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
    Fatima Samad, Abdul Hakeem, James Kim, Sabha Bhatti, Abdul Waheed Mohammed, Imran Arif, Massoud Leesar, Tarek Helmy
  • Relationship between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and functional Dyspepsia Post Helicobacterpylori Eradication Treatment
    Samiullah; Samad, Fatima; Szember, Marcin; Kaswala, Dharmesh; Demyen, Michael; Wang, Weizheng; Ahlawat, Sushil; Brelvi, Zamir
  • Demographic analysis of functional Dyspepsia in Patients Post Helicobacter Pylorieradication Therapy
    Szember, Marcin; Samiullah; Samad, Fatima; Kaswala, Dharmesh; Lencina, Leandro; Demyen, Michael; Wang, Weizheng W.; Ahlawat, Sushil; Brelvi, Zamir S.
  • A Case of Multiple Giant Pseudocysts
    Samiullah, Fatima Samad, Sahil Patel, Chuanxing Qu, Saritha Kartan, Zamir Brelvi, George Nikias
  • Fatty Liver: Blood Test or Liver Bippsy?
    Samiullah; Kaswala, Dharmesh; Szember, Marcin; Samad,Fatima; Moroianu, Serban A.; Ramos, Felix; Wang, Weizheng; Ahlawat, Sushil; Demyen, Michael; Brelvi, Zamir
    Samiullah MD, Aesha Jobanputra MD, Stephanie Kim MD, Hadi Bhurgri MD, Fatima Samad MD, Irene Hao MD, Samir Abdelhadi DO
  • Are We Appropriately Screening Patients with Cirrhosis for Esophageal Varices?
    Natalie Furka DO, Samiullah MD, Marijesmar Gonzalez MD, Mandeep Samra MD, Carolina Calero,Peter Nakagami, Steven Keller PhD, Michael Demyen MD
  • Are We Following the NJ guidelines for Advance Directives in the Internal Medicine Outpatient Office?
    Dr. Moharita A, Dr. Gupta K, Dr. Sullivan S, Dr. Dave V, Dr. Bolarinwa O, Evans FH, Mentors: Dr. Keller S and Dr. Patel L
  • Complex Management of DDAVP Resistant Diabetes Insipidus After Removal of a Third Ventricular Tumor: Importance of Correcting Anterior Hypopituitarism
    Uzma Shafqat, MD, Maya Raghuwanshi, MD, David Bleich, MD, Norman Ertel, MD, James K Liu, MD
  • Hyponatremia Associated with Levetiracetam Use in an End-Stage Renal Disease Patient
    Roger Keshav MD; Salvatore Chillemi MD; Parin Makadia MD; Alluru Reddi MD
  • Tolerogenic effect of mesenchymal stem cells in allergic asthma: Potential off-the-shelf stem cell therapy
    Saritha Kartan MD, Simi Kapoor MD, Shyam A. Patel MD, Eugenio Capitle MD, Pranela Rameshwar PhD
  • Large B-cell Renal Lymphoma with secondary CNS involvement and Latent Tuberculosis
    Scott Dinneen, DO, Matthew J Michaels, DO, Suman Reddy, MD, Shail Maingi, MD
  • Impending Paradoxical Embolism
    Eyad Alhaj MD, O. Tariq Niazi DO, Oussama Lawand MD, Constantinos Lovoulos MD,
    Massoma Alam MS3, Marc Klapholz MD
  • The Bizarre Tumor: Primary Duodenal Adenocarcinoma
    O. Tariq Niazi DO, Sejal Gandhi MD, Lisa Patel MD, Kavita Gupta MD, Fengming Zhong MD
  • Detection of Cardiac Metastasis by F-18 Fluuoro-Deoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography
    Eyad Alhaj MD, O. Tariq Niazi DO, Morium Akhtar MD, Nasrin Ghesani MD, Marc Klapholz MD
  • Atypical Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy: A Case Series
    Eyad Alhaj MD, O. Tariq Niazi DO, Umair Ahmad MD, Morium Akhtar MD, Andrew Zabolotsky MD, Edo Kaluski MD, Marc Klapholz MD
  • Giant Prolactinoma
    Shira Saul MD, Jennifer Zaitz MD, David Bleich MD
  • Meeting ADA guidelines for the outpatient management of Type 2 Diabetes in a resident clinic
    Ned Okarter MD, Shira Saul MD, Shashi Kapadia MD, ZhiJi Gao MD, Timothy Kowal MD; Mentors: S. Keller, PhD, Lisa Patel, MD
  • Peri-operative Management of Pheochromocytoma
    Ned Okarter, MD, Jennifer Zaitz, MD, David Bleich, MD, Sunil Patel, MD
  • Are we following American Thoracic Society guidelines for the administration of home oxygen therapy for patients w/COPD at the EOVA?
    Bimal Patel MD, Leroy Cordero Floyd III MD; Mentor Steven Keller, PhD
  • Comparison of efficacy and safety profiles of intracoronary sodium nitroprusside and intravenous adenosine for fractional flow reserve study
    Wojciech Rudzinski, MD, PhD, Alfonso H. Waller, MD, Arthur Rusovici, MD, Marc Klapholz, MD, Edo Kaluski, MD
  • Female gender is a risk factor for developing pulmonary hypertension in patients with liver cirrhosis
    Wojciech Rudzinski MD PhD, Alfonso Waller MD, Jison Hong, MD, Adam Raskin MD, Christine Gerula MD, Arun Samanta MD, Baburao Koneru MD, Marc Klapholz MD
  • Usefulness of conventional risk factors for coronary artery disease in preoperative risk assessment before orthotopic liver transplantation
    Wojciech Rudzinski, MD, PhD, Alfonso H. Waller, MD, Richard Schmidt, MS, Umair Ahmad, MD, Christine Gerula, MD, Arun Samanta MD, Baburao Koneru MD, Marc Klapholz, MD
  • Candida glabrata Descending Mediastinitis of Odontogenic Origin in an Immunocompetent Patient
    Jay Capunitan, MD, Lisa Dever, MD, Rajendra Kapila, MD
  • Pulmonary Mucormycosis in a Diabetic Patient Successfully Treated with Combination of Anti-fungal Therapy and Surgical Resection
    Jay Capunitan, MD, Lisa Dever, MD, Samit Desai, MD
  • Prevalence of Plasma Cell Dyscrasias in an Urban Population of HIV-1 infected Persons
    Jay Capunitan MD, Jaspreet Banga, Shobha Swaminathan MD, Sally Hodder MD
  • Case of a Rare Giant Abdominal Tumor
    Manan Pandya DO, Wakim Wakim MD
  • CNS Actinomycosis and Mastoid Osteomyelitis
    Ahmar Jafary, DO, Kazim Mirza, Nogba Pawoo, MD, Linas Riauba, MD
  • Are Clinicians Following the ACG and ACR guidelines when suspecting Acute Pancreatitis?
    Rajarshi Parai MD, Manan Pandya DO, Ying Tang MD, Carolina Calero BS; Mentors: Lisa Patel MD, Steven Keller PhD
  • Ventricular Septal Rupture after Acute Myocardial Infarction
    Rajarshi Parai MD, Christine Orlowicz MD, Rajiv Patel DO, Edo Kaluski MD, Marc Klapholz MD
  • Evaluation of Physician Compliance with Guidelines for Management of Diabetes Mellitus
    S. Harary MD, T. Barnes DO, A. Padkowsky MD, R. Kumari MD, S. Keller PhD, M. Demyen MD
  • Are we following CDC guidelines for Pneumovax administration in diabetic patients?
    Ikenna Onyenemezu MD, Sreelatha Naik MD, Syed Safdar MD, Saritha Kartan MD, Steven Keller MD
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) patients at a VA medical center: comorbidity and survival
    L Isenalumhe, M Tufail, S Srinivas, VT Chang, K Kim, R Paulin, ML Gonzalez, B Kasimis
  • Exosome Mediated Transport of microRNA from Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Breast Cancer Cells
    Leidy L. Isenalumhe, Sarah A. Bliss, Pranela Rameshwar PhD
  • A Rare Cause of Pulmonary Hypertension: Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
    Christopher Di Giorgio MD, Umair Ahmad MD, Christine Gerula MD, Marc Klapholz MD
  • Folly of the ‘Health Conscious’ Patient
    Sreelatha Naik MD, Srilakshmi H. Ponukumati MBBS, Ana Natale-Pereira MD MPH
  • A 31-year-old woman with Cardiac Lymphoma
    Michael Cho MD, Trent Wang DO, Megan Keane-Tarchichi MD, Patricia Kloser MD, James Maher MD
  • I’veFallen and Can’t Get Up: An Interesting Presentation on Rigidity
    Mandeep Samra, MD, Kavita Gupta, MD, Suhel Ahmed, MD
  • Yeast in the blood is not always a Candida infection
    Birju Bhatt MD, Nitin Patel MD, Maliha Ahmad MD, Rajendra Kapila, MD
  • “Are We Referring Patients With Stage IV Chronic Kidney Disease?”
    Scott Dinneen DO, Rishi Mehta MD, Fatima Samad MD, Inderpreet K Singh DO

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