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Resident Mentorship and Scholarly Activities

Our program is “just the right size” for broad academic exposure but close interaction with faculty. We recognize that both research and mentorship are vital in the development of the next generation of physicians. Therefore, we provide the opportunity for residents to select their own mentors (often more than one!) based on each resident’s preference for career counseling, personal guidance, research collaboration, etc. The program is also pleased to connect residents with researchers who are based entirely at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

We’re very proud of our residents’ many publications and presentations at regional and national meetings. Below is a list of their work from the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

Academic Year 2021 – 2022 Publications

Abdulwahid T, Selk, K. Multinodular goiter with subclinical hyperthyroidism: an uncommon presentation of. American thyroid association 90th annual conference 2021; September 30 - October 3; Virtual Conference. 2021.

Abdulwahid T, Selk K. A Rare Hideaway. Clinical Thyroidology. June, 2022; 34 (6) : 263-267.

Abo-Zed A, Pandya N, Couture J, Koirala B, Yadlapalli N, Patel H, Chughtai L, Pezzone M, Yassin M, Awais O. Comparing Common Anti-Reflux Surgeries to Their Outcomes and Complications. Published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology October, 2021.

Abo-Zed, Abdel, Abdelrhman M. MD1; Pandya, Nirzari MD1; Couture, Jerome MD1; Koirala, Bibhu MD1; Yadlapalli, Nithya MD2; Patel, Hiran MD1; Chughtai, Leenah MD1; Pezzone, Michael MD1; Yassin, Mohamed MD1; Awais, Omar MD1. Comparing Common Anti-Reflux Surgeries to Their Outcomes and Complications. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 10/01/2021; 116 (pS1390) : 0-0.

Al-Yousif N, Komanduri S, Qurashi H, Korzhuk A, Lawal HO, Abourizk N, Mitchell KJ, Dietz CM, Hughes EK, Brandt CS, Fitzgerald GM, Joyce R, Chaudhry AS, Bain W, Shah FA, Schaefer C, Bittner M, Lu M, Methé B, Lee J, Morris A, McVerry BJ, Kitsios GD. Radiographic Lung Edema in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 is Associated with Disease Severity and Clinical Outcomes. ATS conference 2022; 13-18 May; San Francisco, CA. 2022.

Al-Yousif N, Nouraie SM, Broerman MJ, Zhang Y, Suber T, Evankovich J, Schaefer C, Drohan C, Bain W, Kitsios G, McVerry B, Shah FA. Analysis of the Effects of Glucocorticoid Use on the Systemic Host Immune Response in Acute Respiratory Failure. ATS conference 2022; 13-18 May; San Francisco, CA. 2022.

Nguyen VD, Al-Yousif N, Yang H, Schaefer C, Shah F, Bain W, Fitch A, Li K, Wang X, Qin S, Gentry H, Methé B, McVerry BJ, Morris A, Kitsios G. Culture-independent study of respiratory microbial communities in aspiration pneumonia. ATS conference 2022; 13-18 May; San Francisco, CA. 2022.

Lisius G, Duttagupta R, Ahmed AA, Hensley M, Al-Yousif N, Lu M, Bain W, Shah F, Schaefer C, Qin S, Wang X, Gentry H, Zhang Y, Methe B, McVerry BJ, Morris A, Kitsios GD. Plasma microbial cell-free DNA is associated with respiratory tract microbial burden, systemic host responses and survival in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia at risk for secondary infections. ATS conference 2022.; 13-18 May; San Francisco, CA. 2022.

Al-Yousif, N., & Bhatti, W., & Abo-Zed, A., AMANZAI, A., & Khan, & N., Kalaria, N., & Macaluso, A., & Arbulu R. .CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE SEPTIC SHOCK WITH A NEGATIVE STOOL TOXIN AND NO SYMPTOMS OF COLITIS: A CASE REPORT. Presented at Society of Hospital Medicine/Pittsburgh, PA, USA.; Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 05/04/2020.

Amanzai A, Masood J, Abozed A, Brar A, Pandya N, Walker A, Abdulmajeed F. A Retrospective Study on the Incidence of VTE in Patients with COVID-19 at a Large Tertiary Care Hospital. A Retrospective Study on the Incidence of VTE in Patients with COVID-19 at a Large Tertiary Care Hospital. N/A; N/A; N/A. CHEST Journal;

Amanzai A, Masood J, Pandya N, Sejpal M, Chughtai, L, Brar A, Walker A, Zaidi A. Atrial Fibrillation and Covid-19 a Deadly Combination: A Retrospective Cohort Study in a Large Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital. N/A; N/A; N/A. CHEST Journal; 2021.

Amanzai, A., Masood, J., Abo-Zed, A., Brar, A., Pandya, N., Walker, A., Abdulmajeed, F.,. Has COVID-19 lost steam: A retrospective study on the incidence of venous thromboembolism in COVID-19 patients at a large tertiary care hospital. American College of Chest Physicians- CHEST 2021; October 17-20; Virtual.

Amanzai, A., Masood, J., Couture, J., Pandya, N., Stalder, M., Brar, A., Oguntuwase, E., Berletic, J., Abhishek, F. Comparing bedside medication delivery, home telemedicine monitoring, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in preventing readmissions" A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study. American College of Chest Physicians- CHEST 2021; October 17-20, 2021; Online.

Amanzai, A., Abo-Zed, A., Traficante, R., Stalder, M., Pandya, N., Arbulu, R., & Yassin, M. Did we need those antibiotics? Outcomes of patients with COVID19 treated for bacterial superinfection of the lung. American College of Chest Physicians; October 17-20, 2021; ONline.

Wang, F., Avasarala, A., Pandya, N., et al. Impact of Respiratory Therapists-Driven Protocol on Unplanned Adult Neurovascular ICU Readmissions. Impact of Respiratory Therapists-Driven Protocol on Unplanned Adult Neurovascular ICU Readmissions. 51st Critical Care Congress, Society of Critical Care Medicine; April 18th – 21st; Virtual.

Wang F, Avasarala A, Pandya N, et al. Impact of respiratory therapists-driven assess-and-treat protocol on unplanned adult neurovascular ICU readmissions: a quality improvement initiative. BMJ Open Quality 2022. 04/26/2022; bmjoq-2022-001816 : 11:e001816.

Abdelrhman A. Avasarala, A, M. Singh,. A Rare Vascular Cause of Obstructive Jaundice. In: The American Journal of Gastroenterology: October 2021, editors. ACG Annual Meeting 2021; October 2021; Las Vegas, NV. 2021.

Bukhari, M.M., Boyd-Shiwarsk, C.R., Abramovitz, B.W. Pseudohypobicarbonatemia In a Patient with Amyloidosis – A Case Report. Clinical Kidney Journal. Published April, 2022.

Uddin A, Phan T, Yassin M. Septic Polyarthritis Caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis. Emerging infectious diseases. 12/01/2021; 27 (12) : 3198-3199.

Walker A, Brar A, Bashline M, Lacomis J M, Saurabh S. An Unusual Case of a Right Sinus of Valsalva Thrombus. American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session & Expo 2022; April 2, 2022- April 4, 2022; Washington DC. Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC): Complex Clinical Cases: 2022.

Aaron J. Walker, Amerpreet K., Brar, Michael J. Bashline, Joan M. Lacomis, and Saurabh Sanon. AN UNUSUAL CASE OF A RIGHT SINUS OF VALSALVA THROMBUS PRESENTING AS AN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION. ACC 22; April 1-4, 2022; Washington D.C. Journal of the American College of Cardiology; 2022. p.2795.

Academic Year 2021-2022 Presentations

Abdulwahid, T, Selk, K. Multinodular goiter with subclinical hyperthyroidism: an uncommon presentation of. American thyroid association 90th annual conference 2021; September 30 - October 3; Virtual Conference. 2021.

Abdulwahid T, Selk. The Third Twin: A Rare Presentation of Adrenocortical Carcinoma. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Conference; Atlanta, GA. June, 2022.

Abdulwahid T, Lloyd J, Selk K. SGLT2-Inhibitor Prescription Rates in Individuals with Diabetic Nephropathy at a Teaching Outpatient Clinic Carcinoma. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Conference; Atlanta, GA. June, 2022.

Abdulwahid T, Lloyd J, Selk K. Glucagon Prescription Rates in Insulin-Treated Patients with Diabetes at a Teaching Outpatient Clinic. Presented at 2022 American Diabetic Association; New Orleans, LA. June, 2022.

Abo-Zed A., Uddin A., Arbulu R. CRUSHING THE UNCRUSHABLE: A RESISTANT HELICOBACTER PYLORI. Presented at PA-ACP; Virtual. 10/23/2021.

Al-Yousif N, Komanduri S, Qurashi H, Korzhuk A, Lawal HO, Abourizk N, Mitchell KJ, Dietz CM, Hughes EK, Brandt CS, Fitzgerald GM, Joyce R, Chaudhry AS, Bain W, Shah FA, Schaefer C, Bittner M, Lu M, Methé B, Lee J, Morris A, McVerry BJ, Kitsios GD. Radiographic Lung Edema in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 is Associated with Disease Severity and Clinical Outcomes. Presented at: DOM Research Day 2022. 04/26/2022.

Amanzai, A., Abo-Zed, A., Traficante, R., Stalder, M., Pandya, N., Arbulu, R., & Yassin, M. Did we need those antibiotics? Outcomes of patients with COVID19 treated for bacterial superinfection of the lung. American College of Chest Physicians; October 17-20, 2021; ONline.

Ammad, N., Bukhari, M. M., Abramovitz, B.W. Page Kidney and Uncontrolled Hypertension: Rare Complication Post Kidney Biopsy. Presented at American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week; Virtual. November, 2021.

Avasarala AM, Khan N., Al-Yousif N, Traficante RI, Koirala B. Comparing the Diagnostic Workup and Management of COPD Patients Based on Gender. Presented at: University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine Annual Research Day. 04/26/2022.

Abdulmajeed F, Bishop J, Avasarala AM, Wang F, Panchal K, Pandya N, Scarantine D, Zych S. Impact of Respiratory Therapist-Driven Protocol on Unplanned Adult Neurovascular ICU Readmissions. Presented at SCCM Annual Meeting 2022; Virtual. 02/08/2022.

Abdelrhman A, Avasarala AM, Stalder M, Hussain SI, Awais O, Dunlap DG. Coughing up a lung. Presented at CHEST Annual Meeting 2021; Virtual. 10/13/2021.

Bollam R. COVID-19 and Its Association with the Development of Pulmonary Hypertension: The Potential Role for Pulmonary Vasodilators. Presented at ATS 2022; San Fransisco, CA. 05/18/2022.

Bollam R. Theophylline and Its Association with COPD Exacerbations: A Systematic Review and Meta- Analysis. Presented at ATS 2022; San Fransisco, CA. 05/15/2022.

Bukhari, M.M., Koirala, B., Afzal, R.M., Zaidi, (Poster presentation, SHM 2020. S.Z. Purrrr>>A Rare Case of Bartonella Henselae associated Mediastinal Lymphadenitis. Presented at Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine, annual poster competition; Pittsburgh, PA. January, 2022.

Marvi Bukhari MD, Blaise Abramovitz DO. Page Kidney and Uncontrolled Hypertension: Rare Complication Post Kidney Biopsy. Presented at ASN 2021; San Diego. 11/04/2021.

Chowdhury W, Chughtai L, Pezzone D, Abramovitz B. A Case of Worsening Adult-Onset Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Nephritis Despite Corticosteroid Treatment. Presented at National Kidney Foundation SCM22 Annual Conference; Boston, MA. April, 2022.

Chughtai L, Pezzone D, Abo-Zed A, Abramovitz B. A Rare Case of Hypokalemic Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Kidney Injury. Presented at National Kidney Foundation SCM22 Annual Conference; Boston, MA. April, 2022.

Tanisha Kaur. The role of perioperative antibiotics to prevent surgical site infections. Presented at SGIM Annual Meeting October 28, 2021.

Tanisha Kaur. Bilateral Facial Paralysis associated with Ebstein-Barr Viral Infection. Presentation at ACP Western PA annual meeting October 23, 2021.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid J, Levin J, Pinkhasova D. Multi-center application of EFR (Endocrine Final Recommendation) Note embedded in EMR improves the accuracy of diabetes discharge regimen in hospitalized patients with diabetes - Clinic. Presented at 2022 American Diabetic Association Conference; New Orleans, LA. June, 2022.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid T, Harvey P, Willard L. Metoclopramide Induced Pheochromocytoma Multisystem Crisis: An unusual initial presentation of pheochromocytoma. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Conference; Atlanta, GA. June, 2022.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid T, Selk K. Graves' thyrotoxicosis resistant to medical therapy found to have isolated thyroid sarcoidosis without systemic involvement. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Presentation; Atlanta, GA. June, 2022.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid T, Levin J, Pinkhasova D. Multi-center application of EFR (Endocrine Final Recommendation) Note embedded in EMR improves the accuracy of diabetes discharge regimen in hospitalized patients with diabetes - Clinic. Presented at 2022 American Diabetic Association Conference; New Orleans, LA. 06/05/2022.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid T, Harvey P, Willard L. Metoclopramide Induced Pheochromocytoma Multisystem Crisis: An unusual initial presentation of pheochromocytoma. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Conference; Atlanta, GA. 06/13/2022.

Lloyd J, Abdulwahid T, Selk K. Graves' thyrotoxicosis resistant to medical therapy found to have isolated thyroid sarcoidosis without systemic involvement. Presented at ENDO 2022 Annual Presentation; Atlanta, GA. 06/11/2022.

Sudeep Rajpoot, Bibhu Koirala, Muaz Aijazi. Pancreaticoportal Vein Fistula: A Very Rare Complication of Pancreatitis. Presented at American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV. 10/26/2021.

Sudeep Rajpoot, Muaz Aijazi, Harkirat Singh, Deepak Rajpoot. Pancreatoblastoma: A rare cause of acute abdominal pain in a pediatric patient. Presented at American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV. 10/24/2021.