DOM Annual Research Day 2019

A Successful DOM Research Day 2019: There Were Many Doctors in the House

The Department of Medicine’s Research Day 2019 showcased a record 309 scientific posters—including 60 from our residents—and brought crowds that filled a University Club ballroom and the BST South foyer. The annual event highlights the breadth and depth of research conducted by our junior colleagues, and abstract submissions have risen 45% over the past five years.

Research Day “is a really special day-and-a-half that speaks to our core values,” DOM Chair Mark Gladwin, MD, said in his opening remarks for the conference. “This institution is living and breathing in an incredible environment at the intersection of science and medicine.”

The event was co-chaired by General Internal Medicine’s Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Health Policy and Management, and Director, Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing.

Clinical resident research was showcased on April 29 at the University Club, while junior faculty, fellows, post-docs, and graduate and medical student research was highlighted on April 30 in the Biomedical Science Tower.

Over 75 faculty members judged abstracts and poster sessions, selecting eight oral presenters and a total of 20 poster award honors spanning the bench or basic science, clinical, health services, medical education, quality improvement, and translational research categories.

Terence S. Dermody, MD, presented two talks, one to residents on April 29, where he detailed his career path; and the keynote lecture, “A Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease,” on April 30, which detailed his research on how viral infections may spur autoimmune responses to newly introduced food antigens. Dr. Dermody is the Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he leads a team of over 300 faculty members. He also is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Research Day 2019 Guest Speaker

Terence S. Dermody, MD

Dr. Terence S. Dermody is the Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he leads a team of over 300 faculty members. He also is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Dermody received his B.S. degree from Cornell University and his M.D. degree from Columbia University. He completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York and fellowships in infectious diseases and molecular virology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2016, Dr. Dermody was Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


With over 32 years of experience in basic virology and viral pathogenesis research, at his core, Dr. Dermody is a virologist. Most of his research has focused on reovirus, an important experimental model for studies of viral encephalitis in the young, and chikungunya virus, an emerging mosquito-borne virus that causes epidemics of fever and arthritis. His research contributions have enhanced an understanding of how these viruses enter into host cells and cause organ-specific disease. He has published more than 240 articles, reviews, chapters, and editorials and has been recognized for his research accomplishments by the Vanderbilt Ernest W. Goodpasture Faculty Research Award, an NIH MERIT Award, and the American Society for Microbiology D. C. White Research and Mentoring Award

Dr. Dermody is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, American Pediatrics Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and Society for Pediatric Research and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past president of the American Society for Virology, past chair of the AAMC GREAT Group M.D.-Ph.D. Section Steering Committee, and past chair of the Virology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies. Dr. Dermody is an editor for the Journal of Virology and mBio and an associate editor for the Annual Review of Virology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Research Day 2019 Awards and Oral Presentations

Research Day 2019 - AWARDS

  April 29, 2019 Awardees PDF  April 30, 2019 Awardees PDF

Bench / Translational Research AwardRyan Belecanech, MDChemical Inhibition of the E3 Ligase CHIP as a Strategy to Stabilize CFTR MutantsMentor: Nathaniel Weathington, MD, PhD
Clinical Research AwardTerence McLaughlin, MDCardiac Resynchronization Therapy Using Pacemakers Versus Defibrillators in Patients with Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: The United States Experience from 2007 to 2014Mentor: Samir Saba, MD
Clinical Research AwardHongyang Pi, MDManagement of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in a Designated Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) is Associated with Better Outcomes Compared to Non-CCC HospitalsMentor: Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Health Services/Epidemiology Research AwardManiraj Neupane, MDReference Lung Values for Nepalese Population Residing at Wide Range AltitudesMentor: Annalisa Cogo, MD
Medical Education/Quality Improvement Research AwardDivya Bhamidipati, MDHOPE for PACT: A Pilot Study of Organ Donor Registration Among Persons Living with HIVMentor: Ghady Haidar, MD
Bench / Basic Science Research AwardShoumei Bai, PhDCD105 is a Mediator of Hematogenous Ovarian Cancer MetastasisMentor: Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PHD
Bench / Basic Science Research AwardAneta Kowalski, MDCREBRF Regulates Cardiomyocyte Bioenergetics and SurvivalMentor: Erin Kershaw, MD
Bench / Basic Science Research AwardChetan Jawale, MVSc, PhDMetabolic Reprograming of Neutrophils Protects Against Bloodstream Fungal Infection in Kidney DysfunctionMentor: Partha Biswas, BVSc, MVSc, PhD
Clinical Research AwardLara Groetzinger, PharmDUsing a Protocol to Reduce Sedation is Associated with Decreased Length of Stay, Delirium, and Duration of Mechanical Ventilation in the Medical Intensive Care UnitMentor: Michael Donahoe, MD
Clinical Research AwardKimberley DeMerle, MDSepsis Phenotyping Using Clinical and Biomarker Data in the ProCESS Randomized TrialMentor: Christopher Seymour, MD
Health Services / Epidemiology Research AwardJonathan Arnold, MD, MSEAssociation of State Laws Mandating Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use by Prescribers on Discontinuation of Chronic Opioid Therapy in VeteransMentor: Walid Gellad, MD, MPH
Health Services / Epidemiology Research AwardLeslie Scheunemann, MD, MPHPatients’ Priorities for Post-ICU CareMentor: Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L
Medical Education Research AwardEmmanuelle Yecies, MDFrom the #MeToo Frontlines: Incoming Interns Report a Breadth of Experiences Related to Sexual Harassment in Medical SchoolMentor: Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH
Quality Improvement Research AwardNupur Gupta, DOIncreasing Care Engagement Amongst People Living with HIV Through a Text Messing InterventionMentor: Sarah McBeth, MD, MPH
Translational Research AwardWei Sun, MD, PhDSCUBE1: A Novel Pathogenic Effector in Pulmonary Endothelium and Potential Clinical Marker in Pulmonary Arterial HypertensionMentor: Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Research Day 2019 - ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Michael Bashline, MDThe Effects of Inhaled Sodium Nitrite on Pulmonary Vascular Impedance in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with HFpEFMentor: Marc Simon, MD
Natalie Klar, MDFeatures Associated with Long-Term Survival in Metastatic Breast CancerMentor: Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD
Saloni Kapoor, MBBSSurgical Risk Stratified Outcomes in Coronary Bypass Versus Percutaneous Revascularization in Multivessel Coronary Artery DiseaseMentor: Suresh Mulukutla, MD
Daniel Kotok, MDPlasma ß-d-glucan levels are associated with host inflammation and injury and clinical outcomes in mechanically-ventilated adult patientsMentors: Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD & Bryan McVerry, M
Marta Bueno, PhDCyb5R3 in alveolar epithelial cells confers protection against the development of lung fibrosis through suppression of TGF-beta signalingMentor: Ana Mora, MD
Thomas Radomski, MD, MSLow-Value Prostate Cancer Screening within the Veterans Health AdministrationMentor: Walid Gellad, MD, MPH & Michael Fine, MD, MS
Elise Martin, MD, MSNo Increase in MRSA or VRE Healthcare-Associated Infections After Discontinuing Routine Contact Precautions in a Large Health SystemMentor: Graham Snyder, MD, MS
Aravind Cherukuri, MD, PhDProspective multicenter validation of human transitional b cell cytokines as a predictive biomarker in renal transplantationMentors: David Rothstein, MD & Sundaram Hariharan, MD