Fellows

This page provides information on the fellows and their projects since the Penn DDCRF program began in 2002:

 

2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 |
2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004 | 2002-2003

2012-2013

Anandita Agarwala
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas
Mentors: Dr. Dan Rader, Medicine
Project: Characterization of an unusual phenotype: elevated HDL cholesterol and coronary heart disease

 

Catherine Auriemma
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Scott Halpern, Medicine
Project: Patient- and surrogate-centered outcomes for comparative effectiveness research

 

Rebecca Davis
Medical School: Penn
Mentors: Dr. Joseph Dalmau, Neurology and Dr. Scott Kasner, Neurology
Project: Immune-mediated Status Epilepticus in Paraneoplastic Disorders

 

Charlotte Lawson
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Karin Rhodes, Emergency Medicine
Project: Role of Percent Predicted Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in the Management of Asthma Patient in the Emergency Department

 

J. Thomas Paliga
Medical School: Duke
Mentor: Dr. Jesse Taylor, Surgery
Project: Incidence and Long-term Outcomes of Single Suture Craniosynostosis

 

Katherine Riva (International)
Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lowenthal, Pediatrics
Project: Factors Affecting Alcohol and Drug Use Among Secondary School Students in Botswana

 

Sunny Tang
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate
Mentor: Dr. Raquel Gur, Psychiatry
Project: Psychopathology in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

 

Martha Tesfalul (International)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Mentor: Dr. Carrie Kovarik, Dermatology
Project: Evaluation of Impact of Telemedicine on Medical Management and Outcomes of Patients in Botswana with Dermatologic and Oral Lesions

 

Mathew Thomas
Medical School: Duke
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Maidment, Radiology
Project: Comparison of Contrast-Enhanced Digital Breast Tomosynthesis with Contrast-Enhanced Breast MRI in the Characterization and Staging of Breast Cancer; Comparison of Contrast-Enhanced Digital Breast Tomosynthesis with Contrast-Enhanced Breast MRI in the Characterization and Staging of Breast Cancer in a Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Population

 

Kathryn Zagrabbe
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Kim, Psychiatry
Project: Fetal Adrenal Gland Volume in Pregnant Women With and Without Stress

2011-2012

Program Leaders and Fellows at Annual Meeting

Program Leaders, Dr. Angela DeMichele and Dr. Rachel Kelz; Program Administrator, Amy Nothelfer; and 2011-2012 Fellows

Katherine Dillon
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Clarisa Gracia, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project: Fertility in Female Cancer Survivors

 

Emily Greenberger (International)
Medical School: Dartmouth
Mentors: Dr. Michelle Haas, Medicine and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff, Pediatrics
Project: Validation of CRB-65 severity of index score in predicting mortality among patients with pneumonia Gaborone, Botswana

 

Ron Li
Medical School: Northwestern
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Kimmel, Medicine
Project: The Effects of Plasma Vitamin K on Warfarin Dosing

 

Claire Mulvey
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Muredach Reilly, Medicine
Project: Fenofibrate's effect on the physiological response to endotoxemia

 

Sarah Puryear (International)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Mentors: Dr. Andrew Steenhoff, Pediatrics and Dr. Greg Bisson, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Project: Assessment of the TB case detection rate using 3 different contact tracing approaches in Gaborone, Botswana; Effect of HIV infection on tuberculosis treatment outcomes in patients with CD4 >= 250

 

Kelly Quinley
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Courtney Schreiber, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project: Predictors of physical and psychological wellbeing in the immediate post-abortion period

 

Rachel (Schoenfeld) Yang
Medical School: Penn
Mentors: Dr. Rachel Kelz, Surgery and Dr. Brian Czerniecki, Surgery
Project: Assessing the phenotype of DCIS present in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers as a way to predict vaccines that can be developed to prevent disease recurrence or invasive breast cancer

 

Sarah Wallace
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Abella, Emergency Medicine
Project: Identification and analysis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Philadelphia using a geographic information system

2010-2011

2010-2011 DDCRF Fellows

2010-2011 Fellows

Aileen Chang
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Victoria Werth, Dermatology
Project: Treatment Outcomes in Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

 

Samira Farouk
Medical School: UMDNJ
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Rader, Medicine
Project: Cxcl12 Levels in Controls vs Acute Coronary Syndrome

 

Lindsay Griffin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Mentor: Dr. Mary Beth Leonard, Pediatrics
Project: Pediatric Nephrologists' Use of Vitamin D in Pediatric Renal Patients

 

Michael Kelly-Sell
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Alain Rook, Dermatology
Project: Systemic immune effects of Resiquimod (a toll-like receptor 7,8 agonist) in CTCL patients

 

Christopher Morse
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Kurt Barnhart, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project: Defining The Relationship Between Early beta-hCG Levels And Birth Outcomes

 

Adam Schwartz (International)
Medical School: Mount Sinai on NYU
Mentor: Dr. Greg Bisson, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Project: Risk factors for delayed initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) among HIV-infected adults with active tuberculosis (TB)

 

Paul Sonenthal (International)
Medical School: Duke University
Mentor: Dr. Robert Gross, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Project: Coping, Symptoms and Adherence in Patients Starting ART

 

Julie Yu
Medical School: UMDNJ
Mentor: Dr. Graham Quinn, Ophthalmology
Project: Quantitative Analysis of Retinal Vascular Changes in Retinopathy of Prematurity

 

YiDing Yu
Medical School: Duke University
Mentor: Dr. Nehal Mehta, Medicine and Dr. Sandy Schwartz, Medicine and Health Care Systems
Project: Evaluation of Immune Cellular Composition of Vascular and Skin Inflammation in Psoriasis Utilizing FDG PET/CT

 

2009-2010

2009-2010 Fellows and Prog Leader & Administrator at Annual Mtg

Program Leader Dr. Angela DeMichele and Administrator Amy Nothelfer & 2009-2010 Fellows

Katrina Abuabara
Medical School: Harvard University
Mentor: Dr. Joel Gelfand, Dermatology
Project: Clinical epidemiology in dermatology

 

Jessica Cataldi (International)
Medical School: Northwestern University
Mentor: Dr. Gregory Bisson, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Project: Alcohol use and early virologic and immunologic responses in adults with active TB and advanced HIV

 

Christopher Favilla
Medical School: University of Florida
Mentor: Dr. Scott Kasner, Neurology
Project: Optical measurement of cerebral hemodynamics during induced hypertension for acute stroke management

 

Claire Friedman
Medical School: New York University
Mentors: Dr. Jun James Mao, Family Medicine & Community Health and Dr. Angela DeMichele, Medicine
Project: Hypovitaminosis D and Aromatase Inhibitor-associated Arthralgia

 

Jonathan Ludmir (International)
Medical School: Penn
Mentors: Dr. Andrew Steenhoff, Pediatrics and Dr. Joshua Metlay, Medicine
Project: Vitamin D levels in Batswana HIV-Infected Children with and without Active TB: A Pilot Study

 

Kathleen McKeegan
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Richard Rutstein, Pediatrics
Project: Evaluation of the Clinical Effectiveness of a Pilot Modified-Directly Observed Therapy Program for Nonadherent, Perinatally Infected, HIV-1 positive Children and Adolescents

 

Jarrod Predina
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Joel Cooper, Surgery
Project: An ethical and methodologic evaluation of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial

 

Debra Yeboa
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Justin Bekelman, Radiation Oncology
Project: The adoption of active surveillance national guidelines and its relation to prostate cancer specific survival in older men with localized prostate cancer

 

2008-2009

2008-2009 Fellows at Annual Meeting

2008-2009 Fellows

Rachael Bonawitz (International)
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Gregory Bisson, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Projects: Immunology and Outcomes in Adults with HIV TB starting HAART

 

Laura DiNardo
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Drs. Stephan Grupp and Valerie Brown, Pediatrics
Projects: The PIM-1 Inhibitor SGI-1776 alone and in combination with the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin is efficacious in preclinical models of pre-B ALL

 

Annemarie Fernandes
Medical School: UMDNJ
Mentor: Dr. Ramesh Rengan, Radiation Oncology
Projects: Patterns of Failure and Toxicities in Patients with Locally Advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Elective Nodal Irradiation versus Involved Field Radiation Therapy

 

Devon Ghodasra
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Mentor: Dr. Graham Quinn, Ophthalmology
Projects: Digital Image Vessel Analysis in Retinopathy of Prematurity

 

Rebecca Hackell
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Ronald Litman, Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Projects: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Difficult Airway Registry

 

Aaron Koenig
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Michael Thase, Psychiatry
Projects: Determinants of Long Term Recovery Following Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Recurrent Depression: Clinical and Genetic Factors

 

Jonas Nelson
Medical School: University of Maryland
Mentor: Drs. Seema Sonnad and Liza Wu, Surgery
Projects: Breast Reconstruction in Patients Who Elect Prophylactic Mastectomy

 

Timothy O'Meara
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Samir Shah, Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Projects: National Trends in Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Pneumonia-Associated Complications in Children, 1993-2006

 

Abiona Redwood (International)
Medical School: Duke University
Mentor: Dr. Robert Gross, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
Projects: Vitamin D levels in TB patients in Botswana: A pilot study

 

Hilary Smolen
Medical School: Drexel University
Mentor: Dr. Maureen Maguire, Ophthalmology
Projects: Development and progression of early geographic atrophy; Inflammatory cytokines in the tear film of Sjögrens Syndrome patients

 

2007-2008

2007-2008 Fellows and Program Leaders

Program Leaders Dr. Angela DeMichele and Dr. Josh Metlay & 2007-2008 Fellows

Naeema Ginwala
Medical School: PCOM
Mentor: Dr. Muredach Reilly, Medicine
Project: Candidate gene associations with CAD

 

Jillian Mongelluzzo
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Samir Shah, Pediatrics
Projects: 1) Steroids and meningitis; 2) Pseudomonas bloodstream infection

 

Shweta Motiwala
Medical School: NYU
Mentor: Dr. Keith Flaherty, Medicine
Project: Polymorphisms in angiogenesis-associated genes, toxicity, and response to sorafenib in renal cell carcinoma

 

Deepika Nemani
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Graham Quinn, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Dr. Laura Balcer, Neurology
Projects: 1) Quadrant specific differences RNFL thickness using OCT and GDx in MS patients; 2) Semi-automated digital imaging for eyes with ROP and without ROP

 

Jennifer Swails
Medical School: Cornell
Mentor: Dr. George Coukos, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project: Modeling and targeting ovarian cancer vasculature

 

2006-2007

Kevin Downes
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. David Rubin, Pediatrics
Projects: 1) The impact of kinship care on behavioral well-being among children in foster care; 2) The children's stability & well-being study (CSAW)

 

Sarah Dubner
Medical School: Penn
Mentors: Drs. Mary Beth Leonard and Jon Burnham, Pediatrics
Projects: 1) Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the functional muscle-bone unit: Effects of a chronic inflammatory disease on body composition, muscle mass, and muscle function in children; 2) Chronic Diseases of Childhood and the Functional Muscle-Bone Unit: Effects of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Other Chronic Illnesses on Muscle Mass and Function in Children; 3) Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Assessment of Bone Health: Impact of Imaging Techniques on Identification of Bone Mineral Density Deficits

 

Ana Flores
Medical School: Penn
Mentor: Dr. Evaline Alessandrini, Pediatrics
Projects: 1) The effect of continuity of care on receipt of health screening services; 2) Health related quality of life after an acute illness

 

Sean Heffron
Medical School: Duke
Mentor: Dr. Muredach Reilly, Medicine
Project: Inflammation-induced protein and lipid modifications – biomarkers of metabolic and atherosclerotic disease

 

Shanu Kohli
Medical School: Jefferson
Mentor: Dr. Joel Gelfand, Dermatology
Project: A phase II open label study of the safety and efficacy of curcuminoids C3 complex in patients with chronic psoriasis vulgaris

 

Sarah Wood
Medical School: Drexel
Mentor: Dr. Richard Rutstein, Pediatrics
Projects: 1) Change in incidence and risk factors for varicella and herpes zoster among HIV-infected children from 1989-2006; 2) Clinical and psychosocial outcomes of long-term survivors of perinatally-acquired HIV

 

Cooper Wriston
Medical School: Duke
Mentor: Dr. Michael Ming, Dermatology
Project: Elastosis is not associated with melanoma metastases

2005-2006

Penn DDCRF 2005-06 Fellows

Program Leader Dr. Josh Metlay & 2005-2006 Fellows

Nitya Abraham
Medical School: New York University
Mentor:  Dr. Katrina Armstrong, Medicine
Project:  Racial differences in the evaluation of prostate cancer


David Bajor
Medical School: Case Western Reserve
Mentor:  Dr. Robert Vonderheide, Medicine
Project:  1) Molecular and genetic determinants of breast cancer outcome; 2) Molecular and genetic determinants of bone loss in breast cancer survivors receiving adjuvant chemotherapy

 

Whitney Bowe
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. David Margolis, Dermatology
Project:  Upper respiratory tract infection in household contacts of acne patients on antibiotics

 

Jeremy Brauer
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Ming, Dermatology
Project:  Development of prognostic model for recurrent melanoma

 

Aaron Brown
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Judd Hollander, Emergency Medicine
Project:  Acute myocardial ischemia risk assessment using B-type natriuretic peptide

 

Jessica Kagen
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Samir Shah, Pediatrics
Project:  Epidemiology and risk factors for surgical site infections in children following median sternotomy

 

2004-2005

Jennifer Fisher
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Maureen Maguire, Ophthalmology
Project:  1) Relation of visual function to retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in multiple sclerosis; 2) Development and validation of an eye surgical skills assessment test for ophthalmology residents; 3) Prevalence of glaucoma in African-American patients with sleep apnea syndrome

 

Jesse Goldstein
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Flora Winston, Pediatrics
Project:  Cost-effectiveness of a Medicaid-based child safety seat disbursement and education program

 

Ryan Murray
Medical School: University of Iowa
Mentor:  Dr. Murray Grossman, Neurology
Project:  Lexical acquisition in progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia

 

Tonya Walker
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Mentor:  Dr. Katrina Armstrong, Pediatrics
Project:  Reproductive health distrust and health literacy—Are they related?

 

Lorri Wilson
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Graham Quinn, Ophthalmology
Project:  The relation of axial length and intraocular pressure fluctuations in human eyes

 

2003-2004

DDCR Fellows 2003-2004

2003-2004 Fellows

Jamie Alton
Medical School: Temple
Mentor:  Dr. Angela DeMichele, Medicine and Epidemiology
Project:  1) Molecular and Genetic Determinants of Ovarian Dysfunction and Bone Loss in Breast Cancer Survivors; 2) Living Well After Cancer Program, Prospective Outcomes in Survivors of Solid Tumors (POST) - Breast Protocol

 

Elizabeth McCann Rickerson
Medical School: Columbia
Mentor:  Dr. David Casarett, Geriatrics
Project:  The role of hospice in long-term care

 

Alison Niebanck
Medical School: Duke
Mentor:  Dr. Leslie Raffini, Pediatrics
Project:  1) Incidence of Neutropenia following IVIG therapy in Pediatric Patients with Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP); 2) Evaluation of Abnormal Coagulation Studies in Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease, Prevalance and Causes of Headaches in Children with Sickle Cell Disease

 

Jim Ulager
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Pediatrics
Project:  Factors that Affect Homeless Youths' Trust in Helping Professionals

 

Brian Wills
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. John Dormans, Orthopaedic Surgery
Project:  Outcomes following occipitocervical arthrodesis in the pediatric population

 

2002-2003

David Chao
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Richard Rutstein, Pediatrics
Project:  1) Incidence and implications of psychiatric symptomatology amongst urban children perinatally infected with HIV; 2) Epidemiology of GB virus coinfection and correlation with disease markers in an urban perinatally-infected pediatric HIV+ population

 

Sumeet Garg
Medical School: Harvard
Mentor:  Dr. John Dormans, Orthopaedic Surgery (CHOP)
Project:  Outcomes following modern management of spine and spinal cord tumors in children

 

Kitty O’Hare
Medical School: Penn
Mentor:  Dr. Martin Keane, Medicine
Project:  Endothelial and diastolic function in normotensive offspring of African-American essential hypertensive patients.

 

Manisha Shanbhag
Medical School: Duke
Mentor:  Dr. Richard Rutstein, Pediatrics
Projects:  1) The impact of HAART on neurocognitive outcomes in perinatally HIV infected children; 2) Baseline resistance-associated mutations in perinatally HIV-infected children

 

Mercedes Torres
Medical School: Penn
Mentors:  Drs. Kathleen Brady, Medicine and Sandy Schwartz, Medicine and Health Care Systems
Project:  Relationship between use of complementary/alternative medicine and adherence to conventional medicine among HIV/AIDS patients

 

Updated January 31, 2013