Scholarly Activities

We are very proud of our residents’ many publications and presentations at regional and national meetings. Below is a list of their work from the 2016-2017 academic year.

Note: UPMC Mercy Internal Medicine resident authors are listed in bold.

Academic Year 2016 – 2017 Publications

Ciaran Cunningham, Abigail Cocco, Amaninder Toor, “Unusual Lower Extremity Edema” [abstract]. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017; 11 (suppl 1).

Ciaran Cunningham, Warren Lee, Jay Mathur, “A Cryptogenic Fever” [abstract]. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017; 11 (suppl 1).

Shawhin Karimi, Bharill P. “Autoimmune Pancreatitis: A Case of Atypical Radiographic Findings.” Case Reports in Gastroenterology. 2016;10(3):581-588. doi:10.1159/000448988.

Sanjay Patel (2017). "Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation." In Loukas M, Tubbs SR, Feldman J (Eds.), Netter's Introduction to Clinical Procedures (pp. 111-17). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. Chapters on Central Venous Catheterization, Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation, Paronychia Incision and Drainage, Thoracentesis, Fasciotomy.

Brandon Smith; Buchanan,Grant S.; and Shuler,Franklin D. (2016) "A comparison of imaging modalities for the diagnosis of osteomyelitis," Marshall Journal of Medicine: Vol. 2: Iss. 3, Article 10.

Academic Year 2016 – 2017 Presentations

Nicole Bane, Adnan Khalif, Prateeth Pati, Annie Shergill, Mohamed Yassin, Mehrshid Kiazand, “Improving the Rate of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination in a University-Based Teaching Clinic Using a Simple Reminding System.” Poster placed first at the Western Pennsylvania Regional ACP Poster Competition, November 2016, McKeesport, PA. Went on to be presented at the National ACP Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 2017. Also presented at University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine, Research Day, May 2017, and at UPMC Mercy Research Day May 2017.

Neena Chandrasekaran, “An Interesting Case of a Rare Tick Borne Illness: Anaplasmosis.” Poster received honorable mention at the Southern Hospital Medical Conference, October 2016, Atlanta, GA.

Neena Chandrasekaran, Catherine Quinn, Merhshid Kiazand, “Is pain really the fifth vital sign?” Storyboard accepted at the IHI 18th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community, April 2017.

Neena Chandrasekaran, Timothy Satty, Brandon Smith, MD; Anna Manukyan, Mohamed Yassin, Linas Mockus, “A Rare Case of Salmonella Fasciitis” Poster presented at Society of Hospital Medicine, regional Pittsburgh meeting. January 2017. Poster also presented at the national Society of Hospital Medicine Conference, March 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

Neena Chandrasekaran, “Fructosamine: an uncomoon answer to a common problem.” Poster presented at Society of Hospitalist Medicine Local Regional Pittsburgh Conference January 2017 Poster also presented at the national Society of Hospital Medicine Conference, March 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

David Chin, Warren Lee, “A Delicate Balance Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Resident Satisfaction Survey,” poster presented at the AAIM Skills Development Conference, October 2016, National Harbor, MD.

David Chin, Brad Butcher. “ARDS as a consequence of fat embolism syndrome from a tibial fracture” Poster presentation at the May 2017 Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Poster also presented at Society of Hospital Medicine, regional Pittsburgh meeting. January 2017.

Davin Chin, Anna Manukyan, Munira Abbasi, “SGLT2 Inhibitor-induced Euglycemic Diabetic Ketoacidosis in type 1 Diabetes.” Abstract presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting, Society of Hospital Medicine. January 2017.

Andrew Core, “Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis presenting as a Fever of Unknown Origin in an Elderly Patient.” Poster presented at the Southern Hospital Medical Conference, October 2016, Atlanta, GA.

Ciaran Cunningham, Warren Lee, Jay Mathur. “A Case of Severe Diabetic Cystopathy Causing Compression of the Inferior Vena Leading to DVT in a Young Woman.” Poster presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine Conference 2017, Las Vegas, NV

Shawhin Karimi; Yassin, Mohamed; “Achromobacter xylosoxidans infection presenting as native valve endocarditis: A case report and updated literature review” (2017). Poster presentation at the 2017 SGIM Annual Meeting

Apurva K. Pandey, Shawhin Karimi, Steven M. Keller, Brad W. Butcher (2016) “An innocuous appearing thumb lesion leading to high grade shock and multiorgan failure.” CHEST 2016 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Adnan Khalif, Debjit Saha, Bryan Robertson, Brad Butcher, “A Rare Case of Pericardial Tamponade as the Initial Presentation of Metastic Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.” Poster presented at the American College of Chest Physicians Annual Meeting, October 2016 Los Angeles, CA.

Adnan Khalif, Balaji Shanmugam, “Infective endocarditis of the aortic valve caused by Streptococcus mitis complicated by hemorrhagic pericardial effusion.” Poster presented at regional Society for Hospital Medicine in Pittsburgh, January 2017.

Adnan Khalif, Balaji Shanmugam, Mohamad Yassin, “Surgical outcomes in Infective Endocarditis; a single center retrospective review.” Poster presented ay University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine, Research Day, May 2017.

Adnan Khalif, Prateeth Pati, Kalpana Gopalswamy, “The forgotten ventricle: Right Ventricular (RV) failure after induction and intubation in a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension.” Poster presented at regional Society for Hospital Medicine in Pittsburgh, January 2017.

Warren Lee, Shawhin Karimi, Diana Pinkhasova, Marie Tuft, Sandra Sobel, “Lost Education? Reviewing patterns in diabetes education referral in outpatient primary care and endocrine clinics.” Poster placed second at the Western Pennsylvania Regional ACP Poster Competition, November 2016, McKeesport, PA. Poster also presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 26th Annual Meeting, Austin TX.

Warren Lee, Alexander Lloyd, Billy Guzman, Fnu Abhishek, Sandra Sobel, “A Sweet Outcome: Severe Hyperglycemia Mimicking Stroke with Resolution After Insulin Drip.” Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Regional ACP Poster Competition, November 2016, McKeesport, PA. Poster also presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 26th Annual Meeting, Austin TX.

Jay Mathur, “The Value of Personal Reminders.” Abstract accepted to AAIM Conference, March 2017, Baltimore, MD.

Shrina Parekh, Anu Saini, Prerna Sharma, “The diabetic eye: screening of diabetic retinopathy in a resident based clinic.” Poster presented at SGIM, April 2017 Washington, DC.

Prateeth Pati, Adnan Khalif, Balaji Shanmugam, “Geographic distribution and seasonal variation of acute ischemic stroke admissions in the United States.” Poster presented at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease Scientific Sessions Minneapolis, MN 2017.

Catherine Quinn, Brad Butcher, “A threatened limb as a consequence of a perineal phlegmon.” Poster presented at regional Society for Hospital Medicine in Pittsburgh, January 2017.

Balaji Shanmugam, Adnan Khalif, Brad Butcher, Mohamed Yassin, “A Rare Case of Candida Tropicalis Causing Native Aortic Valve Endocarditis in an Immunocompetent Host.” Poster placed 3rd at the regional Society for Hospital Medicine Meeting in Pittsburgh, January 2017; Also presented at the National Society for Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2017 Las Vegas, NV.

Balaji Shanmugam, John Kelly, Rahul Khanna, Brad Butcher, “Acute heart failure as an initial presentation of Graves’ disease with concomitant Autoimmune Hepatitis.” Poster presented at regional Society for Hospital Medicine in Pittsburgh, January 2017.

Academic Year 2016 – 2017 Accepted QI Projects

Hebist Berhane, “Evaluation of post bronchoscopic cultures (blood and BAL) at UPMC Mercy: retrospective descriptive review.” Approval date: 11/22/2016

Neena Chandrasekaran, “Is HbA1c a reliable marker for glycemic control in patients with CKD or Cirrhosis.” Approval Date: 10/19/2016

Neena Chandrasekaran, “Outcomes for sepsis and septic shock from 2015-2106 at UPMC Mercy.” Approval Date: 11/1/2016

Shrina Parekh, Anu Saini, Prerna Sharma, Noor Khan, “Retinopathy screening rates in diabetic patients at an Internal Medicine Residency based clinic.” Approval Date: 8/3/2016

Kiran Patel, “Improving Colon Cancer Screening Rates.” Approval Date: 11//12016

Anu Saini, "Managing hyperlipidemia in patients with Diabetes: A study of rate of adherence to ADA statin guidelines at Mercy Health Center." Approval Date: 3/17/2017

Prerna Sharma, “Appropriate Use of Diagnostic PFTs in Patients Clinically Diagnosed with COPD.” Approval Date 2/16/2017

Prerna Sharma, "Epidemiology of Mycobacterial Infections."  Approval Date: 06/15/2017

Stasa Tadic, AJ Pinevich, Donald Jansen, Diana Pinkhasova, Erin Flanagan, Debra Frank, Jusjit Lalli, Mashukur Khan, Richard Bugni, Brunella Camponez, Jennifer Malley, “Delirium Prevention of hospitalized elderly at UPMC Mercy.” Approval date: 12/9/2016​​​​​​

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