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The Fifth Annual Residents’ and Fellows’ Scholarship Day


June 21st, 2013


The MCH GME Residents and fellows' Scholarship Day is a yearly event that features the scholarly activities accomplished by MCH Pediatric and Dental residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows over the full academic year. Reseach projects (Original Research and Case Reports) and QI projects are submitted, rated and displayed as poster presentations. Winning abstracts are presented as podium presentation. Below are the submitted abstracts in 2013 which is a sample of the research endeavors MCH GME trainees are conducting:

Abstract #1:

OA Roberts*, M Green, E Pacheco, S Bhatia, J Ragheb. “Imaging characteristics in symptomatic and asymptomatic children with Chiari I malformation”


Abstract #2:

Enrique Oliver Aregullin, MD*. Darren P. Berman, MD. Danyal Khan, MD. David Nykanen, MD. Evan M. Zahn, MD. Cardiac Catheterization in Neonates: Large Single Center Experience”.


Abstract #3**:

Clarines Rosa, M.D.*, Barbara M. Pena, M.D., MPH, Juan M. Lozano, M.D.,MSc, Vincenzo Maniaci, M.D. “Cervical Spine Motion during Pediatric Airway Management using Two Manual In-Line Immobilization Techniques”.     


Abstract #4**:

Jun Sasaki*, Madhuradhar Chegondi, Jared Leichner, Yinchen Song, Wei-Chiang Lin, Balagangadhar Totapally. “Heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)”


Abstract #5:

Parthasarathi Chamiraju, M.D.*; Sanjiv Bhatia, M.D; David I. Sandberg, M.D; John Ragheb, M.D. “Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization in post hemorrhagic hydrocephalus of prematurity”


Abstract #6:

Barbara Pena, MD; Sara Bryant, MD*; Vincenzo Maniaci, MD; Juan Lozano, MD. “The Use of Bedside Sonographic Measurement of Abdominal Subcutaneous Fat in Children to Predict Appendix Visualization”


Abstract #7:

Thaddeus S. Boucree DDS, MD*; Carolina Victoria, MD; S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, FACS. “Reconstruction of the Upper Lip with the Abbé Flap-A 38-Year Retrospective Patient Analysis”.


Abstract #8:

Kamal Prasad Sharma, MD*., Balagangadhar R. Totapally, MD. Diagnosis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis with Ultrasound: a Case Report.”


Abstract #9:

Madhuradhar Chegondi, MD*, Jun Sasaki, MD, Syed Naqvi,MD, Jared Leichner, Yinchen Song, Wei-Chiang Lin, PhD and Balagangadhar Totapally, MD. “Heart rate variability in children with submersion injury: a case series”


Abstract #10**:

Madhuradhar Chegondi, MD*; Balagangadhar R. Totapally, MD. Epinephrine induced cardiomyopathy in a child with anaphylaxis”      


Abstract #11:

April Morrison, DO*, Branko Cuglievan Gulman, MD, Ziad Khatib, MD. “Calcifications in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients After Receiving Proton Beam Therapy”


Abstract #12**:

Daniel Canal-Tristancho, MD*; C. L. Cai, MD, J.V. Aranda, MD, PhD, G. B. Valencia, MD, & Kay D. Beharry. Dose Dependent Neuroprotective Effects of Caffeine on Apoptosis and Hypoxia Signaling Genes in Neonatal Rats Exposed to Intermittent Hypoxia During Hyperoxia”.


Abstract #13**:

Fiorela Hernandez, M.D.*, Guillermo De Angulo, M.D., Steven Vanni, D.O., D.C., Regina Graham, Ph.D. “Sirtuins as Therapeutic Targets for Neuroblastoma”.


Abstract #14:

Enrique Aregullin Eligio MD, Michael P Fundora MD*, Anthony Rossi MD. “Acute Modified Blalock-Taussig Shunt Occlusion in a Tertiary Care Center: The Miami Children's Hospital Experience”.


Abstract #15:

Sakil Kulkarni M.D.*, Timothy Yates M.D., Chantal Lucia-Casadonte M.D., Roberto Gomara M.D., Jesse Reeves - Garcia M.D, Ricardo Restrepo, M.D. “Role of MRI of the Pelvis for Initial Staging and Follow-up of Patients with Perianal Crohn’s Disease”.


Abstract #16:

Varun Aggarwal*, Danyal Khan. “Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus: Experience with Amplatzer Vascular Plug II”.


Abstract #17:

Varun Aggarwal*, Danyal Khan. “Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Survey (PPAHS): Beliefs and Practice Among Physicians On the Use of Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor (Sildenafil)”.


Abstract #18:

Christopher Bob, DMD*; Enrique Acosta DDS, MBA; Yvette Garcia BSN, RN. “Evaluation of the Efficacy and Safety of Hydroxyzine in 3.7mg/kg Dosage for the Pediatric Dental Patient”.


Abstract #19:

Bethany Gratson DMD*; Michele Saverin DMD; Mark Webman DDS. “Evaluation of Acceptance of Oraverse® in a Pediatric Dental population”


Abstract #20:

Rebecca Sanders Ward, DMD* and Oscar Arevalo, DDS. “Satisfaction and Relocation Desire among Pediatric Dentists in Puerto Rico”.


Abstract # 21:

Angela Shaw*, Guillermo DeAngulo. “Use of Pamidronate for the Treatment of Steroid Induced Avascular Necrosis in Pediatric Leukemia Patients”.


Abstract #22**:

Branko Cuglievan Gulman M.D*, Jorge Galvez Silva M.D, Guillermo De Angulo M.D. “Epstein Barr Infection Obscuring Pediatric Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia Associated T(1,5) With Excellent Response to Targeted Therapy”.


Abstract #23:

Gauri Sunkersett, DO*, Ziad Khatib, MD. Favorable Responses with Biweekly Bevacizumab and Irinotecan in Children with Recurrent High and Low-Grade Gliomas”.


Abstract #24:

Ziad Khatib M.D. Priscila Badia M.D.*. “Dramatic Responses to Brentuximab Vedotin in the Treatment of Recurrent Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Better than Chemotherapy?”.



Abstract #25:

Rossana Sanchez*, Zineb Ammous, Parul Jayakar. Novel mutation in the ADAMTSL4 gene in a child with bilateral ectopia lentis and aortic root dilatation: expanding the phenotype?”.


Abstract #26:

Varun Aggarwal*, Danyal Khan, Darren Berman. Occlusion of Pulmonary Arterio-Venous Malformations (PAVM) in Infancy and Childhood, Using Amplatzer Vascular Plug II (AVP II) & Coils”.


Abstract #27:

Varun Aggarwal*, Nancy Dobrolet, Parul Jayakar, Jenny Zablah, Zineb Ammous, Steven Fishberger. HCM and WPW Syndrome With Life Threatening Arrhythmia in An Adolescent Female: PRKAG2 Mutation”.


Abstract #28:

Alrazzak, Muaz; Zablah, Jenny*; De Angulo, Guillermo. Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma and Adenocortical Tumor simultaneously in a 21 month old child in the context of Li Fraumeni Syndrome”.    


Abstract #29: § (QI Project)

Gauri Sunkersett*, Jenny Zablah , Manuel Rodriguez*, Andrew Huang. “Updating knowledge and management of status epilepticus”


Abstract #30: § (QI Project)

Bayes L*, BenBouzid L*, Bernetti K*, Weyers L*. “The use of Facebook to increase knowledge and improve American Board of Pediatrics General Examination Certification Outcome”.   


Abstract #31: §

Antonio Vazquez-Diaz MD*, Michael Duchowny, MD. “Challenges in Differentiating Focal Cortical Dysplasia and Slow Growing Tumors in Children with refractory epilepsy”.


Abstract #32: § (QI Project)

Chantal Lucia*, Paul Khalil*, Joseph Casadonte*, Venessa Pinto*. Quality Improvement Project: Families perception and education level of fever”.


Abstract #33: §

Michael Fundora MD, Chad Rudnick MD*, Carlos Barbur BS. “Spontaneous Upper Extremity Venous Thrombosis In A Collegiate Soccer Player: A Case Report”.



Abstract #34:

Ezat Mulki, DMD*; Mark Webman, DDS. “Retrospective study on the success rate of class II Vitremer restorations in primary molars”.


Abstract #35: § (QI Project)

Arroyo D*, Hernandez F*, Ontaneda A*, Storms A*. “Clinical Practice Guidelines Knowledge for Asthma Care in the Emergency Department”


Abstract #36: § (QI Project)

Garcia R*, Chowdhury P*, Patni N*, Ebrahim M*. “Pilot Study for Calling Subspecialty Consults”.   



Underlined Author: Denotes a “Trainee”

** - Denotes a Winning Peer-Reviewed Abstract

* - Denotes a Presenting Author

§ - Denotes Late Breaking / Non-Rated Abstract