Archived Newsletter:  January 2017

Feature Articles

Distinguished Service Professor

Robert Arnold, MD, was recently appointed Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Pittsburgh. This is in recognition of his distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its missions, as well as performance excellence and national stature in his field.

Dr. Arnold joined the Division of General Internal Medicine in 1988 and started the palliative care program in 1997. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication and Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, where he works to develop system-wide, integrative palliative services throughout the UPMC health system. Dr. Arnold holds the Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care which emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, particularly at the end of life.

Dr. Arnold has published hundreds of papers on ethical issues involving end-of-life care, doctor-patient communication and hospice and palliative care issues. His current research interests are focused on educational interventions to improve communication in life-limiting illnesses and better understanding how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice.

UPMC Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine

Bruce L. Rollman, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Science and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology, has been honored with the UPMC Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rollman joined the Division of General Internal Medicine in July 1995 following the completion of a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on developing novel interventions to treat depression and anxiety disorders in non-psychiatric settings, and he has been principal investigator on six NIH-funded R01 clinical trials including the Online Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders Trial, which evaluated the impact of incorporating a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy program and Internet support group into a collaborative care intervention, as well as the Hopeful Heart Trial, which is presently testing the effectiveness of a “blended” collaborative care model for treating heart failure and depression simultaneously.

Last year, with support from the Department of Medicine and UPMC, Dr. Rollman launched the cross-disciplinary Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology, the goals of which are to: (1) link faculty and staff across the Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC, Carnegie Mellon University, foundations, and the local entrepreneurial community to promote new collaborations; and (2) support the next generation of innovators who will create, test, and disseminate scalable solutions for some of the most common, challenging, and costly behavioral health problems at the intersection of clinical medicine, health services research, and computer science. On November 10 to 11, the Center hosted its 2nd Health Technology Conference in conjunction with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Awards for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES)

Congratulations to Jodie Bryk, MD, and Haylee Shacklock, MHA, who are recipients of the 2016 UPMC Awards for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES). They are two out of only 251 employees chosen system wide for this honor. A celebration was held for all ACES recipients on October 22, 2016.

Birmingham Free Clinic Receives Award from Allegheny County Medical Society

The Birmingham Free Clinic was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award from the Allegheny County Medical Society. The Birmingham Free Clinic, located on the South Side of Pittsburgh and operated by the DGIM-sponsored Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP), has been providing medical services to uninsured and medically indigent patients since 1994.

Originally opened in a small space provided by the Salvation Army, which has been a partner with the clinic since its establishment, the clinic was moved in December 2008 to a renovated larger building donated by the Salvation Army. The move to a new facility allowed for private interview rooms for intake purposes, new private exam rooms, and the expansion of the pharmacy. Over the years the Clinic has added specialty clinics such as Cardiology and Mental Health.

The Birmingham Free Clinic is supported by volunteers, the Division of General Internal Medicine, and donations, contributions, and fundraisers, many of which have been sponsored by Pitt Medical and undergraduate students. Just last year, the clinic saw more than 1,100 patients for nearly 2,500 visits, and facilitated nearly $400K worth of free prescriptions.

The clinic, along with all the other winners of awards from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation, will be recognized at a gala in March 2017 held at Heinz Field.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) Annual Teaching Awards

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) gave out their Annual Teaching Awards on November 29, 2016, with several physicians from the Division of General Internal Medicine being recognized:

Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS, received the Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring, which recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions to medical education through their service as mentors to medical students.

Robert C. Brook, MD, PhD, was honored with the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award, which recognizes faculty clinical preceptors who consistently provide outstanding clinical instruction in the clerkship setting.

Anna K. Donovan, MD, MS, was a recipient of the Clinical Educator of the Year Award, which honors faculty who consistently provide outstanding clinical education in a third or fourth year elective course setting.

Eva Reitschuler-Cross, MD, and Scott Herrle, MD, MS, both received the William I. Cohen Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills Instruction. This award recognizes faculty who consistently provide outstanding clinical skills instruction for first and second year medical students.

Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, was given an Award for Outstanding Mini-Elective, which recognizes faculty who volunteer their time and expertise to run a mini-elective for first and second year students. These electives provide students the opportunity to pursue areas of interest and personal growth in settings outside of the traditional core curriculum.


The following changes have occurred in the Division of General Internal Medicine: Joanne Riley, RN, MPM, who has been a steadfast force in the division for over 22 years, launching successful strategies that have led to significant growth and a national reputation across all three missions—clinical, teaching, and research—retired on October 31, 2016. Joanne led the development of the patient center medical home, the hospitalist program, expansion of research, the start-up and oversight of the ICRE, and almost every program we have started in the Division. Her energy and passion for delivery of high quality health care has allowed the Division to become a leader in delivery of primary care. Always at the epicenter of the Division, we express our sincere gratitude for the advancements she has made and wish her enjoyment and fulfillment in her retirement.

Lisa Book, RN, BSN, has been appointed as the Administrator of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Lisa joined us in February of 2016 and has been embracing all missions of our division. She returns to UPMC from her original roots as a staff nurse in Montefiore hospital. Since that time, Lisa has expanded her portfolio to include leadership roles around program development and marketing, medical sales and management, education and training, and clinical operations. She currently oversees our outpatient clinical activities in our division, including our primary care clinics in Oakland and Shadyside, our Enhanced Care Program (ECP), and the opening of our new primary care clinic in the South Hills. Lisa has also built a strong foundational understanding of our inpatient care delivery, as well as our research and teaching activities.

Wendy Romeo, MS, has been promoted to Administrator of Hospital Medicine and Palliative Care in the Division. Wendy has been with the Division of General Internal Medicine since 2008, when she supported Palliative Care and later was responsible for the administrative management of our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Over the past three years, Wendy has become entrenched in our Hospital Medicine program at UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore, as well as UPMC Shadyside. Recently, this scope has expanded to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Mercy. In addition, Wendy has assumed administrative oversight of the section of Palliative Care in the Division.

Marie Norman, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine, will serve as the Director of a new program, the Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab in the ICRE. The IDEA Lab will support ICRE faculty in the development of high-quality, innovative courses and training programs employing research-based learning principles, modern digital tools, and multimedia design. Dr. Norman is an on-line teaching expert and co-author of the book, How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Her team will include Natalie Vazquez, Instructional Multimedia Designer, and Amos Glen, Instructional Designer.

Patrick Reitz, MA, Administrative Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), will begin transitioning into a new role as Administrator for the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC), taking over for Lynn Rago, who left at the end of November. Patrick will be covering both roles for several months, splitting his time between Parkvale and McKee, while ICRE leadership looks for a new Administrative Director. Patrick has been with the ICRE for 9 years, during which he made major contributions to improving the overall operations of the Institute, and expertly navigated several distinct realms of responsibility, including grants submissions, budgeting, and program development. His nearly 20 years of experience as a senior administrator for large research programs will be extremely useful for the functioning of the CRHC.

Professional Recognition

Honors and Awards

Michael Fine, MD, MSc, was selected for the 2016 Distinguished Research Mentor Award from the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education.

Robert Arnold, MD, was selected as one of this year’s Pittsburgh Business Times’ Health Care Heroes award winners. The individuals and organizations selected for this honor include those who have made significant contributions to improving health care in our region.

Jill Allenbaugh, MD, Jennifer Corbelli, MD, MS, Laurie Rack, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Rachel Palkoska, BSN, RN, and Carla Spagnoletti MD, MS, recently won 1st place for the afternoon poster session at the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators First Annual Med Ed Day held on Sept 30, 2016 with a poster entitled “’What did they say?’ Teaching health literacy and communication skills to medical service nurses to improve the patient experience.”

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, received the University of Pittsburgh Allen Humphrey Excellence in Mentoring Award in October. This award is presented to a Dean’s Summer Research Program (DSRP) mentor who demonstrates exemplary care and commitment in all aspects of DSRP student mentoring.

Laura Tycon, CRNP, was selected as the recipient of a 2016 Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation’s Clinical Practice Forum Conference Scholarship award.

Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD, was selected as a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) fellow for Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED), a leadership training program offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), for mentors committed to mentoring those from diverse backgrounds.

Julie Childers, MD, has earned her designation as Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Paula Leslie, PhD, will be presented with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Louis M. DiCarlo Award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant clinical achievement within the last six years in audiology and/or speech-language pathology.

Lauren Petty, MEd, was awarded the Marlene Cooper Scholarship for professional development from the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Office. As part of the award, she will receive funding to attend the 2017 Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine (APDIM) Spring Conference.

Boards and Committee Service

Kaleab Abebe, PhD, has been appointed to the advisory panel on clinical trials for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The panel advises PCORI on issues pertaining to research design, implementation, and technical issues of clinical trials for patient-centered outcomes research. PCORI helps people make informed health care decisions and improves health care delivery and outcomes by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader health care community. Dr. Abebe has also been named Co-Chair of the scientific program committee for the 2017 Society for Clinical Trials Annual Conference in Liverpool, England.

Jane Schell, MD, is on the education committee for the National Kidney Foundation, and will participate in a one-day pre-course focusing on palliative care—the first of its kind—in spring 2017.

Drs. Robert Arnold, Yael Schenker, and Douglas White were appointed as members of the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Ethics and Policy.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, will serve on the VIReC Pharmacy Information Technical Advisory Group (RxTAG) that is updating the Pharmacy Data Research User Guide for the VA research community.

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, was elected as a member of the management board of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).

Invited Speaker and Guest Lecture

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was invited to present to the national VA Primary Care Field Advisory Committee regarding his editorial in the Journal of General Internal Medicine about the Veterans Choice Act. Research led by Dr. Gellad on the safety of opioid use among Veterans receiving care in multiple health systems was featured on the national VA HSR&D website in August 2016.

Dr. Gellad was also invited to a meeting with HHS Assistant Secretary Ellen Murray in August to discuss efforts ongoing at the University of Pittsburgh to address the opioid epidemic.

Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD, senior authored a recent paper that was briefed by HSR&D to VHA leadership and was featured on the VA ORD website [“Has the Department of Veterans Affairs Found a Way to Avoid Racial Disparities in the Evaluation Process for Kidney Transplantation?” Transplantation. August 1, 2016].


Jane Schell, MD, and the UPMC MusiCare program were highlighted on KDKA news on December 2, 2016.

Research published by Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, and CHERP colleagues, which documented higher rates of unsafe prescribing among Veterans with dementia who use both VA and Medicare health care systems, caught the attention of major national news outlets, including Reuters, Medscape, and Fox News, as well as VA leadership. An accompanying editorial noted that this work “could serve as the basis for an entire medical school course on health policy” and noted its “far reaching implications for health care system design, medication prescribing, and daily clinical practice.”

A paper recently published by Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, and CHERP colleagues in Substance Abuse, describing a safety risk for Veterans dually enrolled in VA and Medicare who are receiving prescriptions for buprenorphine and overlapping prescriptions for opioids and/or benzodiazepines, was briefed to national VA leadership.

Reed Van Deusen, MD, was interviewed by WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, about the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Standardized Patient Program.

Promotions and Tenure

Associate Professor

Leslie Hausmann, PhD, was promoted to Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Anwar Dudekula, MD, was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine.

Other Positions

Dana Fiumara has accepted the position as Administrative Assistant/Administrator I working in our Administrative office. Dana was formally the medical secretary for Firm 3 in the 9 South Clinic.

Faculty and Staff Changes

Welcome Aboard

Kristin H. Kropf, MS, began in the ICRE in August 2016 in the newly created position of Program Coordinator for the Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) program. Kristin will work closely with Dr. Landsittel to develop online PCOR courses and the fellowship opportunities offered to students and trainees from six collaborating minority serving institutions. Kristin earned a BA in Communications and a Master of Science in Leadership/Education from Robert Morris University. Her professional background includes work in account management, staffing and volunteer coordination, teaching and coaching.

Lindsay Surmacz, BA, joined the ICRE in August 2016 as the new Program Coordinator for two training programs, Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS), and Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED). Lindsay transferred from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she worked for two years as a project manager. Lindsay holds a BA in creative writing from Purdue University, and is currently enrolled in a certificate program in Digital Media at Pitt. She is also a graduate of Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program.

Joseph G. Sloan, MA, has recently joined the CRHC Data Center as a qualitative researcher for the Qual EASE team. Joseph has a background in research, teaching, and web development. He has a BA and MA in Anthropology from California State University Fullerton, and more recently, an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh with a certificate in Advanced East European Studies.

R. Amos Glenn, EdD, was hired in October 2016 as an Instructional Designer, joining the ICRE’s growing team devoted to developing innovative curricula with an emphasis on using online technology. He will work closely with Dr. Marie Norman and the ICRE’s teaching faculty and degree program leadership. Amos has over 15 years of experience in the field of education and online learning, and transferred to Pitt from Carnegie Mellon where he worked as a Learning Engineer with faculty in multiple departments. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Duquesne University, and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bryn Athyn College.

Ethan Lennox, MA, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as its new Medical Editor and Writer in November 2016. Ethan will assist in writing and editing reports, grant applications, web content, and other informational materials for the Division. He also will be available to edit research manuscripts in preparation for publication. Ethan transferred from the Department of Critical Care Medicine, where he was employed for two years as the department’s Communications Coordinator. He also has experience as a freelance writer. Ethan earned his Master of Arts in English from Duquesne University.

Nicole Pope, MPH, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, as the Study Coordinator for the CONNECT Study (Schenker, PI).

Caroline Sefcik joined the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, as a Research Assistant for the CONNECT Study (Schenker, PI).

Christine Chavlick is the new administrative assistant in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics.

Alicia Kollar, CRNP, and Shannon Joy, CRNP, joined the Supportive and Palliative Care services in October 2016.

Pam Abels is the new Administrative Assistant in the Palliative Care Education Program. She joined us in October 2016.

Aaron Teague joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as the new Music Therapist.

Dan Leger, RN, Associate Clinical Chaplain has joined us as the new Spiritual Coordinator

Annette Sampson is the Fellowship Coordinator for the Hospice and Palliative Care Program as well as for General Internal Medicine. Previously, Annette worked for 3 years as a Privileging Secretary for West Penn Allegheny Health System and 10 years as a Purchasing Coordinator at Magee Women’s Research Institute.

Jackie Holmes joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a medical secretary for Firm 3. Jackie worked at UPMC Hamot in Erie prior to joining us.

Carolina Acero joined the Internal Medicine team at our Shadyside location as the coordinator for the Medicine portion of the CAMPC Clerkship for Pitt medical students. She also supports the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Electives at SHY for medical students. Carolina has a background in teaching and program coordination.

Kristin Santoro is the new Academic Support Coordinator within the Residency Education Office. Kristin manages the MedHub evaluations and supports the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director for the Division of General Internal Medicine in Oakland. Kristin is from the Pittsburgh area and has a background in elementary education. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Pauline Zorosak has joined our education office as the new Coordinator for the UPMC Medical Education Transitional Year Residency Program, as well as the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Training Program. Previously, Pauline was employed at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC as a Medical Genetics Fellowship Coordinator.

Fond Farewell

Tia Gore, BS, resigned in September 2016 as the Division’s Medical Writer & Editor.

Grants and Funding


Subject: Primary palliative care for patients with advanced hematologic malignancies
Principal Investigator: Yael Schenker, MD, MAS
Sponsor: American Cancer Society
Purpose of Grant: To develop and pilot test a nurse-led primary palliative care intervention for patients with advanced blood cancers.

Subject: A cluster randomized trial of a primary palliative care intervention (CONNECT) for patients with advanced cancer
Principal Investigator: Yael Schenker, MD, MAS
Sponsor: NIH/NCI
Purpose of Grant: The objective of this proposal is to conduct a cluster randomized trial among 672 patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers receiving care at 16 community oncology clinics, assessing the impact of the CONNECT intervention on patient and caregiver 3-month outcomes and health care utilization.

Subject: Supplemental Analyses for Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Women Veterans (ECUUN) Study
Principal Investigator: Sonya Borrero, MD, MS
Sponsor: VA Women’s Health Services
Purpose of Grant: This project will support additional analyses of ECUUN data requested by VA Women’s Health Services to inform reproductive health care quality improvement in the VA Healthcare System.

Subject: Enhancing the Access and Quality of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for
Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Rural Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Primary Care
Principal Investigator: Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, and Adam Gordon, MD, MPH
Sponsor: AHRQ
Purpose of Grant: For the Commonwealth of PA to focus on implementation and evaluation of medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction (buprenorphine, naltrexone, naloxone) in rural primary care practices.

Recent Publications

  1. Aiken AR, Borrero S, Callegari LS, Dehlendorf C. Rethinking the pregnancy planning paradigm: unintended conceptions or unrepresentative concepts? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2016 Sep;48(3):147-51.
  2. Akers AY, Cohen ED, Marshal MP, Roebuck G, Yu L, Hipwell AE. Objective and Perceived Weight: Associations with Risky Adolescent Sexual Behavior. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Sep;48(3):129-37.
  3. Altawalbeh SM, Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Smith KJ. Cost-utility analysis of long-acting beta agonists versus leukotriene receptor antagonists in older adults with persistent asthma receiving concomitant inhaled corticosteroid therapy. Value in Health. 2016 Jul-Aug;19(5):537-43.
  4. Apostolova MH, Seaman CD, Comer DM, Yabes JG, Ragni MV. Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated With Hypertension in von Willebrand Disease. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2016 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Aspinall SL, Sales MM, Good CB, Calabrese V, Glassman PA, Burk M, Moore VR, Neuhauser MM, Golterman L, Ourth H, Valentino MA, Cunningham FE. Pharmacy benefits management in the Veterans Health Administration revisited: a decade of advancements, 2004-2014. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 2016 Sep 1;22(9):1058-63.
  6. Banerjee G, Edelman EJ, Barry DT, Becker WC, Cerdá M, Crystal S, Gaither JR, Gordon AJ, Gordon KS, Kerns RD, Martins SS, Fiellin DA, Marshall BD. Non-medical use of prescription opioids is associated with heroin initiation among US Veterans: a prospective cohort study. Addiction. 2016 Nov;111(11):2021-2031.
  7. Barbash IJ, Le TQ, Pike F, Barnato AE, Angus DC, Kahn JM. The Effect of Intensive Care Unit Admission Patterns on Mortality-based Critical Care Performance Measures. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Jun;13(6):877-86.
  8. Barbash IJ, Zhang H, Angus DC, Reis SE, Chang CH, Pike FR, Kahn JM. Differences in Hospital Risk-standardized Mortality Rates for Acute Myocardial Infarction When Assessed Using Transferred and Nontransferred Patients. Med Care. 2016 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Bornemann K, Croswell E, Abaye M, Bryce CL, Chang CH, Good DS, Freehling Heiles CA, Dew MA, Boulware LE, Tevar AD, Myaskovsky L. Protocol of the KTFT-TALK study to reduce racial disparities in kidney transplant evaluation and living donor kidney transplantation. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Dec 5;53:52-59.
  10. Brook JS, Zhang C, Rubenstone E, Primack BA, Brook DW. Comorbid trajectories of substance use as predictors of Antisocial Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Episode, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Addict Behav. 2016 Nov;62:114-21.
  11. Brown EA, Bekker HL, Davison SN, Koffman J, Schell JO. Supportive Care: Communication Strategies to Improve Cultural Competence in Shared Decision Making. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Aug 10.
  12. Callegari LS, Aiken AR, Dehlendorf C, Cason P, Borrero S. Addressing potential pitfalls of reproductive life planning with patient-centered counseling. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Oct 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Cherukuri A, Salama AD, Carter CR, Landsittel D, Arumugakani G, Clark B, Rothstein DM, Baker RJ. Reduced human transitional B cell T1/T2 ratio is associated with subsequent deterioration in renal allograft function. Kidney Int. 2016 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Chidi AP, Bryce CL, Donohue J, Fine MJ, Landsittel D, Myaskovsky L, Rogal S, Switzer G, Tsung A, Smith KJ. Economic and public health impacts of policies restricting access to hepatitis C treatment for Medicaid patients. Value Health. 2016 Jun;19(4):326-34.
  15. Chung T, Ye F, Hipwell AE, Stepp SD, Miller E, Borrero S, Hawk M. Alcohol and marijuana use in pathways of risk for sexually transmitted infection in white and black adolescent females. Substance Abuse. 2016 Nov 29.
  16. Cochran G, Gordon AJ, Lo-Ciganic WH, Gellad WF, Frazier W, Lobo C, Chang CH, Zheng P, Donohue JM. An examination of claims-based predictors of overdose from a large Medicaid program. Med Care. 2016 Dec 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  17. Cohen RA, Jackson VA, Norwich D, Schell JO, Schaefer K, Ship AN, Sullivan AM. A Nephrology Fellows’ Communication Skills Course: An Educational Quality Improvement Report. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Aug;68(2):203-11.
  18. Colicchia LC, Holland CL, Tarr JA, Rubio DM, Rothenberger SD, Chang JC. Patient-Health Care Provider Conversations About Prenatal Genetic Screening: Recommendation or Personal Choice. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun;127(6):1145-52.
  19. Cunningham FE, Hur K, Dong D, Miller DR, Zhang R, Wei X, McCarren M, Mosholder AD, Graham DJ, Aspinall SL, Good CB. A comparison of neuropsychiatric adverse events during early treatment with varenicline or a nicotine patch. Addiction. 2016 Jul;111(7):1283-92.
  20. Davison J, Schenker Y, Donovan H, Rosenzweig M. A work sampling assessment of the nursing delivery of palliative care in ambulatory cancer centers. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2016 Aug 1;20(4):421-6. PMID: 27441515.
  21. Deveney T, Belnap BH, Mazumdar S, Rollman BL. The Prognostic Impact and Optimal Timing of the Patient Health Questionnaire Depression Screen On 4-Year Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients with Systolic Heart Failure. Gen Hosp Psych. 2016 Sep-Oct;42:9-14.
  22. Donovan AK, Wood GJ, Rubio DM, Day HD, Spagnoletti CL. Faculty Communication Knowledge, Attitudes, and Skills Around Chronic Non-Malignant Pain Improve with Online Training. Pain Med. 2016 Nov;17(11):1985-1992.
  23. Driessen J, Bonhomme A, Chang W, Nace DA, Kavalieratos D, Perera S, Handler SM. Nursing Home Provider Perceptions of Telemedicine for Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Jun 1;17(6):519-24.
  24. Dunn MA, Josbeno DA, Schmotzer AR, Tevar AD, DiMartini AF, Landsittel DP, Delitto A. The gap between clinically assessed physical performance and objective physical activity in liver transplant candidates. Liver Transpl. 2016 Oct;22(10):1324-32.
  25. Dunn MA, Josbeno DA, Tevar AD, Rachakonda V, Ganesh SR, Schmotzer AR, Kallenborn EA, Behari J, Landsittel DP, DiMartini AF, Delitto A. Frailty as Tested by Gait Speed is an Independent Risk Factor for Cirrhosis Complications that Require Hospitalization. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 Dec;111(12):1768-1775.
  26. Edelman EJ, Gordon KS, Tate JP, Becker WC, Bryant K, Crothers K, Gaither JR, Gibert CL, Gordon AJ, Marshall B, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Samet JH, Skanderson M, Justice AC, Fiellin DA. The impact of prescribed opioids on CD4 cell count recovery among HIV-infected patients newly initiating antiretroviral therapy. HIV Med. 2016 Nov;17(10):728-739.
  27. Espey E, Teal S, Borrero S, Raine-Bennett T, Finer L. Featured research at the 2016 North American Forum on Family Planning. [Editorial]. Contraception. 2016 Oct;94(4):385-6.
  28. Farkas AH, Tilstra S, Borrero S, McNeil M. Establishing consensus on residency education in women’s health. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Oct 12.
  29. Farmer GW, Blosnich JR, Jabson JM, Matthews DD. Gay acres: sexual orientation differences in health indicators among rural and nonrural individuals. Journal of Rural Health. 2016 Jun 1; 32(3):321-31.
  30. Foy CG, Newman JC, Berlowitz DR, Russell LP, Kimmel PL, Wadley VG, Thomas HN, Lerner AJ, Riley WT; SPRINT Study Research Group. Blood Pressure, Sexual Activity, and Dysfunction in Women With Hypertension: Baseline Findings From the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). J Sex Med. 2016 Sep;13(9):1333-46.
  31. Freeman MA, Pleis JR, Bornemann K, Croswell E, Dew MA, Chang CH, Switzer GE, Langone A, Mittal-Henkle A, Saha S, Ramkumar M, Flohr JA, Thomas CP, Myaskovsky L. Has the Department of Veterans Affairs found a way to avoid racial disparities in the evaluation process for kidney transplantation? Transplantation. 2016 Aug 1.
  32. Gabler NB, Cooney E, Small DS, Troxel AB, Arnold RM, White DB, Angus DC, Loewenstein G, Volpp KG, Bryce CL, Halpern SD.Default options in advance directives: study protocol for a randomised clinical trial. BMJ Open. 2016 Jun 6;6(6):e010628.
  33. Gellad WF, Good CB. Prescription of brand-name medications when generic alternatives are available-patently unfair. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2016 Sep 1; 176(9):1323-1324.
  34. Gellad WF, Zhao X, Thorpe CT, Thorpe JM, Sileanu FE, Cashy JP, Mor M, Hale JA, Radomski T, Hausmann LR, Fine MJ, Good CB. Overlapping buprenorphine, opioid, and benzodiazepine prescriptions among Veterans dually enrolled in VA and Medicare Part D. Subst Abus. 2016 Dec 7.
  35. Gelman A, Rosenfeld EA, Nikolajski C, Freedman LR, Steinberg JR, Borrero S. Abortion stigma among low-income women obtaining abortions in Western Pennsylvania: a qualitative assessment. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Dec 16.
  36. Gemmell LA, Terhorst L, Jhamb M, Unruh M, Myaskovsky L, Kester L, Steel J. Gender and racial differences in stress, coping, and health-related quality of life in chronic kidney disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Dec;52(6):806-812.
  37. Gilbertson-White S, Sherwood P, Donovan H, King L. Use of Distress Screening To Identify Shorter Life Expectancy in Patients with Advanced Cancer Newly Referred to Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2016 Aug;19(8):800-1.
  38. Good MM, Riad FS, Good CB, Shalaby AA. Provider response to QTc prolongation on standard 12 lead EKG: do we notice or do we care? Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2016 Nov;39(11):1174-1180.
  39. Gordon A, Lo-Ciganic WH, Cochran G, Gellad WF, Cathers T, Donohue JM. Treatment quality for buprenorphine care: the pot at the end of the rainbow. Journal of Addictive Medicine. 2016 May-Jun;10(3):210-1.
  40. Gordon AJ, Saba SK. Confronting the opioid epidemic through publication, promotion, and dissemination of evidence-based addiction scholarship. Subst Abus. 2016 Jul-Sep;37(3):379-380.
  41. Gordon AJ. Integrating policy and research into addiction practice, AMERSA abstracts, and an appreciation to our reviewers. [Editorial]. Substance Abuse. 2016 Apr 1; 37(2):271-5.
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