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Internal Medicine Research

A number of our housestaff, across all PGY years, have taken an active role in research. Below are just some examples of recent publications and projects that have been presented at Regional, National and International Conferences. As well, our housestaff participate in Quality Improvement projects in both inpatient and outpatient populations.

Infectious Disease

  • Hauser N, Tanner E, Keuroghlian M, Koduri L. Case report: A rare occurrence of Klebsiella oxytoca endocarditis. IDCases. (In press).
  • Hauser N, Sahai T, Richards R, Roberts T. High on cannabis and calcineurin inhibitors: a word of warning in an era of legalized marijuana. Case Rep Transplant. 2016;2016:4028492.
  • Hauser N, Arzomand Z, Fournier J, Breen C, Jamali L, Cossman J, Tandon R. A case of African tick-bite fever in a returning traveler. IDCases. 2016 Jul 25;5:78-9. doi: 10.1016/j.idcr.2016.07.004. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27516971; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4978202.
  • Hauser N, Bhagat V, Nsereko P, Cao Y, Baldwin K, Skowron G. A case of dengue fever presenting with acute acalculous cholecystitis. Poster session presented at: American College of Physicians Rhode Island Chapter, Annual Scientific Meeting; 2016 Mar 30; Providence, RI.
  • Cervera-Hernandez ME, Pohl D. Splenic abscess caused by Streptococcus anginosus following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a case report of a rare complication of bariatric surgery. J Surg Case Rep. 2017 Apr 20;2017(4):rjx072. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjx072. eCollection 2017 Apr. PMID: 28458877
  • Cervera-Hernandez ME. A case of ceftriaxone-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis. ACP Rhode Island Chapter 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2017 May.

Rheumatology

  • Shah I, Arzomand Z, Mbuyi N, Dalal D. “Internal Medicine Gout Management QI Project.” Original Research at Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI. Pending Lifespan QI Grant. May 2017-Present
  • Thottam G, Arzomand Z, Clement J, Gilek-Seibert K. “Hydroxychloroquine: Friend or Foe?” Poster presented at: American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI, May 2017.
  • Arzomand Z, Morais S, Gilek-Seibert K. “The Challenges of Gout Management in an era of Bariatric Surgery.” Poster presented at: American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI, March 2016.
  • Morais S, Arzomand Z, Zimmerman B. “The Paradox of TNF-alpha Inhibitors: Treatment and Induction of Psoriasis.” Poster presented at: American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI, March 2016.

Gastroenterology

  • Copelin E, Cholankeril R, Cholankeril G, Somasundar P. Porto-mesenteric Venous Thrombosis Complicated by Hemorrhagic Shock: A Rare Complication of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports May 2017.
  • Gadiparthi C, Copelin E, Cholankeril G, Siddique O, Joseph-Talreja M, Khan MA, Nair  SP, Hu M, Cholankeril G, Ahmed, A. Impact of Share 35 on waitlist outcomes in candidates MELD > 40. Poster of Distinction at 2017 Digestive Disease Week in Chicago, IL. May 2017.
  • Copelin,E; Gitlemaker, D; Epstein,A Severe Acute Hepatitis C in a 54-year- old Female with prior clean bill of health after an accidental needle stick. Poster Presentation at 2016 American College of Physicians in Providence, RI May 2017.
  • Cholankeril G, Hu M, Tanner E, Cholankeril R, Reha J, Somasundar P. Skilled nursing facility placement in elderly hospitalized colon cancer patients. European Journal of Surgical Oncology. Accepted June 2016.
  • Copelin E, Ramaswamy N, Morias S, Christenson J. Severe Pancolitis with Toxic Megacolon in a 24-year- old Female with Aspergers Syndrome. Poster Presentation at 2016 American College of Physicians in Providence, RI May 2016
  • Cholankeril G, Perumpail RB, Hu M, Skowron G, Younoussi Z, Ahmed A. Chronic Hepatitis B is Associated with Higher Inpatient Resource Utilization versus Chronic Hepatitis C. Digestive Disease Sciences. Published April 15 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10620-016-4160-z. PMID: 27084385
  • Cholankeril G, Sahai T, Somasundar P. Temporal Trends in Post-operative Survival in Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. Oral Presentation at 2016 International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association in Sao Paolo, Brazil, April 22, 2016.
  • Cholankeril G, Lessne A, Kalia H. Herpes Simplex Hepatitis: Early Empiric Treatment and Diagnosis. Presented as a Poster Presentation at the 2015 American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, Honolulu, HI, October 16-21, 2015.
  • Cholankeril G, Toubia N. Treating Clostridium difficile Infection in a Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Presented as a Poster Presentation at the Rhode Island Chapter, American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warwick, RI, April 1, 2015.

Pulmonology & Critical Care

  • J. MacLeod, G. Bajwa, R. El-Bizri. An Uncommon Cause of Massive Hemoptysis. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, Washington, DC, 2017.
  • J. MacLeod, A. Goizueta, M. Stanchina, R. El-Bizri. Ambiguity of the Interplay between Carcinoid and Sarcoidosis. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, Washington, DC, 2017.
  • A. Goizueta, E. Cobina, R. Cholankeril, L. Gonzalez, R. El-Bizri. National Rates of 30-day Hospital Readmissions for Adults with Asthma Exacerbation, ACP Rhode Island Chapter Meeting 2017.
  • A. Goizueta, A. Moulton, H. Fernando, R. El-Bizri; Incidental Discovery of a Large Complicated Arteriovenous Hemangioma. Chest. 2016;150(4S):551A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.639
  • A. Goizueta, E. Copelin. J. Meharg. A Case of Hepatic Hydrothorax with a Persistent Lymphocytic Exudative Effusion the Developed after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Liver Biopsy, ATS International Conference 2017, Washington, DC
  • A. Goizueta, R. Almadi, J. Meharg; Benign Mature Cystic Teratoma Presenting as an Intrapleural Mass. ATS International Conference 2016, San Francisco, CA.
  • T. Sahai, A. Goizueta, N. Hauser, M. Stanchina; A Case of Idiopathic Bilateral Diaphragmatic Paralysis Presenting in a Young Man with Orthopnea and Sleep Disruption. ATS International Conference 2016, San Francisco, CA.
  • J. MacLeod, A. Caraganis, F. Monteiro, S. Martin, L. Larson, R. El-Bizri, G. Bourjeily. Sleep Characteristics, Insulin Resistance and Cortisol Levels in Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Original Research, Poster Discussion Session, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • A. Caraganis, J. MacLeod, M. Kao, F. Monteiro, S. Martin, L. Larson, R. El-Bizri, G. Bourjeily. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Insulin Resistance and Cortisol Levels in Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Original Research, Poster Discussion Session, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • J. MacLeod, R. Almadi, G. Bourjeily, R. El-Bizri. An Unusual Cause of Lung Mass and Airways Discoloration. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • J. MacLeod, A. Caraganis, S. Katz, G. Bourjeily, R. El-Bizri. The Utility of Endobronchial Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Recurrent Pleuropulmonary Synovial Sarcoma. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • J. MacLeod, E. Chen, G. Bourjeily, R. El-Bizri. Paclitaxel Induced Pneumonitis as an Uncommon Cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • E. Jabbour, S. Morais, J. MacLeod, A.  Goizueta, J. Meharg. Anomalous Brachiocephalic Artery as a Cause of Stridor in an Adult During an Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.

ACP

  • M. Gergi, A. Goizueta, W. Levin. A Case of Recurring Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection Initially Misdiagnosed as Takotsubo’s Cardiomyopathy, ACP Rhode Island Chapter Meeting 2017.
  • D. Von Herzen, J. MacLeod, B. Zimmerman. Atypical Scleroderma Presenting with Scleroderma Renal Crisis. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ACP Regional Meeting 2016.
  • A. Goizueta, A. Epstein, D. Gitelmaker; Not just another Crohn’s flare: A case of P. shigelloides ileocolitis. ACP Rhode Island Chapter Meeting 2016.
  • Cholankeril G, Arzomand Z, Keuroghlian M, Thottam G, Sapers B. “Improving Proton Pump Inhibitor Stewardship in theHospital and Community Setting” Original Research presented at: American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI, March 2016.
  • Carvajal A, Arzomand Z, MacLeod J, Christensen J, Rebovich G. “Vomiting and Acute Vision Loss: A Case of Vertebral Artery Dissection in a Healthy Young Adult.” Poster presented at: American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Warren Alpert Medical School / Brown University in RI, March 2016.
  • J. MacLeod, T. Abdo, K. Bartolomei. If you overuse it, you lose it: Exercise Induced Rhabdomyolysis in a Bodybuilder. Case Report, Poster Presentation, ACP Regional Meeting 2015.

Hematology Oncology

  • Massage therapy for the treatment of cancer-related distress: a single-center prospective study and comparison of single and multiple sessions. - M. Gergi, A. Menendez
  • Effectiveness of a 45-minute standardized hands and feet massage therapy protocol framework for the treatment of oncology patients’ distress and cancer treatment-related side effects. - M. Gergi, A. Menendez
  • Utility of CAR-T cells in the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme - M. Gergi
  • Identifying barriers to compliance with oral chemotherapeutic agents in the RWMC Cancer Center population -  G. Haidemenos
  • Molecular Mechanisms of C6-Ceramide, C6-Ceramide to Induce Sensitivity of Cetuximab in KRAS Mutant Colorectal Cancer - A. Menendez, G. Haidemenos
  • C6-Ceramide's effect on KRAS-defined colorectal cancer cells treated with Oxaliplatin, 5-Fluoruracil with and without Cetuximab – A. Menendez