What's the Buzz? January 2021

What’s on my mind…is the power of endurance and the strength in unity.

Returning to school and to work after the winter break, and after celebrating the new year, usually generates a fresh and exciting new beginning. While I hope that everyone had a chance to recharge and refresh with rest and recreation, I know that 2021 feels like anything but fresh at the moment. We remain in a state of global pandemic and civic unrest, and we continue to tragically lose family and friends to COVID-19 every day. The stroke of midnight on January 1 found us in the middle of various battles, not the end. As exhausted as we may all feel by now, our best response to persistent challenges has always included endurance, and our best resource has always included each other.

By remaining focused on the task at hand and continuing our critical collaborations, we find the answers for which everyone is looking. As one of the nation’s leading institutions in the research and testing of the COVID-19 vaccines, the University of Maryland School of Medicine has a front-row view of the power of vaccinations now occurring all over the world. We should take great pride in the contributions we made to communities everywhere in 2020 through our diligent and grueling work. Those contributions will only increase exponentially in the months to come. The key to ending the pandemic will also unlock success in other regions. If we sustain our momentum into the new year, we will accomplish even more across all mission areas, including:

  • Continuing to realize various major scientific advances for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19;
  • Garnering additional academic success with our new Renaissance Curriculum;
  • Gaining even more funding in grant and contract awards in FY21; and
  • Bolstering our clinical enterprise amid the challenges presented by COVID-19.

One of my favorite African proverbs that has inspired me throughout this pandemic is: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This has proven true in every one of our endeavors. While our efforts in developing the COVID-19 vaccines have included speed, the priorities have been safety and effectiveness. Therefore, we have worked diligently together within the School of Medicine, within the state of Maryland, across the country, and with our international partners to help produce FDA-approved vaccines that citizens everywhere are now receiving. Similar to the collaborative spirit in the development of the vaccines, our unity in receiving the vaccinations will yield far greater benefits than if only a select percentage of us participated.

Our academic medical community has the advantage of immediate trust and confidence in the scientific research and interventions that are now being globally deployed. Thus, our responsibility is not yet fulfilled. We must now share our confidence with the extended members of our community. The example we set regarding our response to COVID-19, from wearing masks and social distancing to receiving vaccinations, serves as a precedent with the power to save lives and transform the state of events.

As the vaccine rollout continues and each group receives its turn for the opportunity to become vaccinated, I encourage you to serve as stewards of your knowledge regarding this preventive effort. Share your insight with family, friends, and members of our communities, so that together, we may end this pandemic. I hope that everyone has a safe, healthy, and productive start to the new year.

In the relentless pursuit of excellence, I am
Sincerely yours,

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E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine


New Faculty

Carmel Bogle, MD, FAAP, joined the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Cardiology as an Assistant Professor on August 17, 2020. Dr. Bogle obtained her Medical Degree from Medicine Howard University College of Medicine in 2013. She was a Resident in Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford/Stanford University from 2013 to 2016. She completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University from 2016 to 2019. She followed this with a Fellowship in Heart failure/transplant (PM: Blume) Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University from 2019 to 2020.

Nisha Divakaruni, MD, joined the Department of Pediatrics and the General Pediatrics Division as an Assistant Professor on July 6, 2020. Dr. Divakaruni obtained her Medical Degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2016. She was a Resident in Pediatrics at University of Maryland School of Medicine from 2016 to 2020.

Mary Claire Perry, CRNP, joined the Department of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Pulmonology/Allergy and Sleep Medicine on November 9, 2020. Perry obtained her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner’s License in 2020 after attending The Catholic University of America. She worked as a NICU Registered Nurse II at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2014 to 2020.

Vandana Racherla, MD, joined the Department of Pediatrics and the General Pediatrics Division as an Assistant Professor on July 6, 2020. Dr. Racherla obtained her Medical Degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA in 2016. She did an Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 2016 to 2020.

Recent Appointments

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, will be serving on the National Quality Forum Patient Safety Committee. His nomination, by the American Physical Therapy Association, was recently accepted and he will work with physicians and other policy makers to provide PT input on measures often adopted by Medicare and Medicaid at a national level.

Rishi Kundi, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma was appointed to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Society of Vascular Surgery.

Rhamin Ligon, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network on December 1, 2020. Dr. Ligon assumed her new position on January 3, 2021.

Mukta Srivastava, MD, FACC, was accepted into the Women as One CLIMB program, which is an online training course for women interventionalists that is proctored by leaders in the field. Goals are to provide specialized training in four specific areas or tracks and to advance careers through networking and opportunities to engage in collaborative projects. (Dr. Srivastava’s selected track is hemodynamic shock and support.)

Kathleen To, MD, FACS, FCCM, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma, and Chief for the Section of Surgical Critical Care at the Baltimore VAMC, is completing her three-year term as Chair of the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). She has recently received acceptance as a Fellow of the Academy of Critical Care Medicine. At the December 7, 2020 business meeting, it was announced that Dr. To will be moving up in leadership as the next Secretary-Treasurer for the Surgery Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Congratulations to the following who have received honors!

Samuel GalvagnoSam Galvagno, DO, PhD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Program in Trauma, was elected one of the first 10 inaugural fellows of the Aerospace Medicine Physician Association (AMPA). Fellowship is awarded based on extraordinary contributions to the association and the specialty of air and critical care transport medicine.

Erin HagerErin Hager, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, was awarded the “Distinguished Advocate for Healthful Living” from SHAPE Maryland on November 14, 2020. SHAPE Maryland helps health and physical education educators promote wellness in K-12 schools.

In the Media

Elizabeth Clayborne, MD, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was interviewed for “Coronavirus Pandemic: New York City Public Schools Set to Reopen for In-Person Learning” on CNN November 29, 2020.

David Marcozzi, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was interviewed, featured, or mentioned in:

  • “The Daily Dose: Maryland
    Confronts COVID-19” on WYPR 88.1 on November 4, 2020.
  • “Dr. Marcozzi on the Pandemic Taking a Personal Toll” on the Baltimore Sun website on November 5, 2020.
  • “Gov. Hogan Urges Marylanders to ‘Wear the Damn Mask’ as State’s Coronavirus Cases Spike” in the Washington Informer on November 5, 2020.
  • “Governor Wants More Enforcements of COVID, Warns against Travel, Parties” in the Star Democrat on November 5, 2020.
  • “Hogan Advisor: ‘Let’s Make Sure We Support Each Other’” on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 November 5, 2020.
  • “Hogan Urges Marylanders to Remain Vigilant as COVID Cases Rise” on MarylandReporter.com on November 5, 2020.
  • “Hogan: Maryland Enters Red Zone for Coronavirus Case Rates; Avoid Travel” on WBAL TV 11 on November 5, 2020.
  • “Impacts of the Pandemic Haven’t Just Affected Us Physically, They’ve Terrorized Our Mental Health” on WMAR ABC 2 Baltimore on November 5, 2020.
  • “ ‘Just Wear the Damn Masks’: Gov. Hogan Issues Warning as Coronavirus Cases on Upswing” on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 on November 5, 2020.
  • “Maryland Governor Warns of Major Surge in Coronavirus Cases” on the Associated Press Wire Service on November 5, 2020.
  • “MD Coronavirus ‘Warning Lights are Starting to Flash,’ Hogan Says” on Patch on November 5, 2020.
  • “Positivity Rates Climbs to 4.21%” on WBFF FOX 45 on November 5, 2020.
  • “ ‘Wear the Damn Masks,’ Hogan Beseeches Marylanders” on Maryland Matters on November 5, 2020.
  • “ ‘Wear the Damn Masks’: Maryland Gov. Hogan Sounds Alarm as COVID-19 Metrics Rise, Stops Short of New Restrictions” in the Baltimore Sun on November 5, 2020.
  • “Knowing the Virus’s Emotional Toll Firsthand, UMMS’ COVID-19 Incident Commander Urges Marylanders to Take Care of Themselves” in the Baltimore Sun on November 6, 2020.
  • “Coronavirus Pandemic” on WJZ 13 on November 6, 2020.
  • “Warning to Marylanders” on FOX 45 News on November 6, 2020.
  • “Hogan Warns: ‘Wear the Damn Masks’ ” on WYPR 88.1FM on November 6, 2020.
  • “Coronavirus Cases Soar across Region as Public Health Experts Warn against Pandemic Fatigue” on DCist on November 9, 2020.
  • “The Story Behind an Emotional Warning from One of Maryland’s Top Coronavirus Advisers” in the Baltimore Sun on November 9, 2020.
  • “State Roundup: Pols See Biden Presidency as Benefiting Maryland, While Some Wonder If He Can Unify Country” on MarylandReporter.com on November 10, 2020.
  • “ ‘The Trends Are Concerning’: Task Force Doctor Addresses Disturbing COVID Trends in MD” on WJLA ABC 7 on November 10, 2020.
  • “Coronavirus: The Path Forward” on WBFF Fox 45 News at 10 on November 10, 2020.
  • “Greater Baltimore Hospitals Ready for Another COVID Surge, Armed with Lessons from Spring” in the Baltimore Business Journal on November 10, 2020.
  • “COVID Fatigue and How to Fight It” on WBFF Fox 45 News on November 12, 2020.
    On morning broadcast of WBAL Newsradio on November 12, 2020.
  • “In His Own Words: Why a Maryland COVID Task Force Member Broke Down at a News Conference” on WJLA ABC 7 on November 13, 2020.
  • “Dr. David Marcozzi on Staying Safe around the Holidays” on the Press Pool with Julie Mason on November 18, 2020.
  • “CDC Warns of 2 Risks This Thanksgiving 2020” on WBAL TV NBC 11 on November 19, 2020.
  • “ ‘A Much More Cohesive Approach’: Maryland Hospitals Gearing Up for New Wave of COVID-19 Patients” on WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore on December 2, 2020.

Congratulations to our very productive faculty on their recent grants and contracts!

Niel Constantine, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Institute of Human Virology, has been awarded $319,933 for one year from Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Quality Assurance Program. This award supports the continuation of Dr. Constantine’s work to evaluate HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, and other rapid test kits sent from international locations and manufacturers to determine if their performance characteristics meet manufacturers’ claims. Technical Assistance activities are provided also.

Anthony HarrisAnthony Harris, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, received a four-year $1,193,601 Veterans Administration Merit award for his work entitled “Targeted Contact Precaution to Prevent MRSA Transmission.”

Surbhi LeekhaSurbhi Leekha, MBBS, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, received a one-year $3,253,155 Maryland Department of Health contract for her work entitled “Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Disease Cooperative (ELC) for Covid-Related Activities.” This is a flow through award to the Maryland Department of Health from the Center for Disease Control.

Jacek Mamczarz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, received a two-year $424,875 National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21 exploratory grant for his work entitled “Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Acetaminophen During Critical Period of Brain Growth Spurt on Exploratory and Cognitive Behavior: Guinea Pig Model.”

Dean Mann, MD, Professor, Department of Pathology, was awarded a five-year $8,061,386 contract from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH) for “Collection and Evaluation of Human Tissues and Cells from Donors with an Epidemiologic Profile.”

Lyndsay O’Hara, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, received a one-year $123,181 PDI Healthcare contract for her work entitled “Effectiveness of a Continuously Active Disinfection Wipe on Environmental Bioburden in the Intensive Care Unit: A Blinded, Randomized Controlled Study.”

Hem Shukla PhD, (PI), Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, received a one-year $140,204 grant from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation for “Targeted Hyperthermia Through Focused Ultrasound to Enhance Immunotherapy and Radiotherapy Effects in Treating Pancreatic Carcinoma.”

Peixin YangPeixin Yang, PhD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, was awarded a four-year, $2.41 million R01 grant entitled “Cellular Stress-Induced Gene Dysregulation in Heart Defects Formation of Diabetic Pregnancy.” Separately, Dr. Yang, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor; and Wei-Bin Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor; all from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, were awarded a five-year, $2,934,475 R01 grant entitled “Epitranscriptomic Alteration and Planar Cell Polarity Signaling in Diabetic Embroyopathy.”

Kudos to our colleagues who are experts in their fields and give their all to represent the School of Medicine!

James Borrelli, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, gave a talk at Westmont University on November 4, 2020. His talk was entitled “The Functional Roles of the Legs and Arms in Recovering Balance and Protecting the Body from Injury.”

Vasken DilsizanVasken Dilsizian, MD, Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, delivered an oral presentation at the 7th Annual Role of Cardiac Imaging in Female Patients Virtual Meeting entitled “Value of Cardiac PET in Infective Endocarditis,” held at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center & Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia on December 7, 2020.

Roy Film PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was the featured keynote speaker at a virtual conference held on December 1, 2020, by the University of Connecticut’s DPT program where he presented “Connecticut’s Opioid Crisis and How PT’s Can Make a Difference.” Dr. Film also recently participated in the Maintenance of Specialist Certification Virtual Item-Writing Workshop, as part of continued service to the ABPTS Specialty Academy of Content Experts. The topic was “Key Points for Developing High-Quality Multiple-Choice Questions” in support of writing exam items for specialist certification examinations.

Samuel GalvagnoSam Galvagno, DO, PhD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Program in Trauma, participated in an international COVID-19 webinar for the Society of Critical Care Medicine in September 2020. He spoke about prone positioning for COVID-19. Dr. Galvagno also was a speaker for the Endovascular Resuscitation and Trauma Management conferences on new developments in bleeding control, cardiac arrest, and shock. Dr. Galvagno’s talk was entitled “ECMO May Have a Role in Trauma.”

Michael GrassoMichael Grasso, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, chaired the monthly meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association’s Clinical Decision Support Working Group on the topic, “Enabling Digital Consultations with Recommender Algorithms” on December 8, 2020.

Isabel Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society, which was held virtually on October 21, 2020. Her talk was entitled “Animal Models in Radiation Research: Limitations and Pitfalls.”

Marcel Lanza, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, recently gave a talk at the Brazilian symposium, XV ENCIPEF/2020, entitled “Biomechanical, Muscle Physiology and Neuromuscular Factors Related to Falls in Older Adults.”

Chunyang Zhang, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Meizhen Huang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, both from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, co-presented at the joint European Stroke Organization–World Stroke Organization conference, which was held virtually, November 7–9, 2020. Their poster was entitled “Intensive Sensorimotor Rehabilitation of Acute Stroke Survivors with Severe Hemiplegia Using a Wearable Ankle Robot.”

Richard ZhaoRichard Zhao, PhD, Professor and Division Head of Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology, was invited to present a seminar at Virginia Commonwealth University on February 26, 2020. His presentation was entitled “From Fission Yeast to Mammalian Cells: An Integrated Approach to Study Human Viruses.”

Hats off to those who have been published!

Michael Abraham, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was guest co-editor of the February 2021 issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, which focused on Neurologic Emergencies, and he co-authored the preface “Neurologic Emergencies: 2020 Update,” which was published on November 4, 2020.

Sally Adebamowo, MBBS, MSc, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, co-authored “High Depth African Genomes Inform Human Migration and Health,” which was published in Nature on October 28, 2020.

Jennifer Albrecht, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, co-authored “Healthcare Utilization Following Traumatic Brain Injury in a Large National Sample,” which was published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation on November 13, 2020.

Omer Awan, MD, MPH, Associate Professor; Charles Resnik, MD, Professor; and Rydhwana Hossain, MD, Assistant Professor; all from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, were among the co-authors of “Potential Impact of a Pass or Fail United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1 Scoring System on Radiology Residency Applications,” which was published in Academic Radiology on November 5, 2020. Separately, Dr. Awan was first author of “Adopting the Mamba Mentality in Radiology,” also published in the November 2020 issue of Academic Radiology, and last author of “A Radiology Trainee’s Guide to Unique Opportunities Offered by the Radiological Society of North America,” which was published in the November-December 2020 issue of Radiographics. Dr. Awan was also last author of “To Engage or Not to Engage: A New Era for Medical Student Education in Radiology,” which was published in that same issue of Radiographics.

Maureen BlackMaureen Black, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, was a co-author of “Severe Housing Insecurity During Pregnancy: Association with Adverse Birth and Infant Outcomes,” which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on November 21, 2020.

Mark RogersJames Borrelli, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Vicki Gray, MPT, PhD, Assistant Professor; and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, Adjunct Professor; all from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, were co-authors of “Untangling Biomechanical Differences in Perturbation-Induced Stepping Strategies for Lateral Balance Stability in Older Individuals,” which was published in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Brandon Bruns, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma, and Brittany Aicher, MD, Fourth Year Resident, Department of Surgery, are among the authors of “Colorectal Resection in Emergency General Surgery: An EAST Multicenter Trial,” which was published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery.

Linda Chang, MD, MS, Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was last author of “Unraveling NeuroHIV in the Presence of Substance Use Disorders,” which was published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

Rong Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was among the co-authors of “Xiaoai Jiedu Recipe Suppresses Hepatocellular Carcinogenesis Through the miR-200b-3p/Notch1 Axis,” which was published in the November 2020 issue of Cancer Management and Research.

Wengen ChenWengen Chen, MD, PhD, Professor, and Vasken Dilsizian, MD, Professor, both from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, were authors of “Diagnosis and Image-Guided Therapy of Cardiac Left Ventricular Assist Device Infections,” which was published in the December 2020 issue of Seminars of Nuclear Medicine.

Derik DavisDerik Davis, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was among the co-authors of “Physical Performance Measures in Older Women with Urinary Incontinence: Pelvic Floor Disorder or Geriatric Syndrome?,” which was published in International Urogynecology Journal on November 17, 2020.

Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, Professor, Department of Medicine, and Rama Vunnam, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, were co-authors of “Chronic Ablation Lesions on CMR: Is Black a Red Herring?,” which was published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging on November 25, 2020.

Roy Film, PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was the sole author on the Viewpoint published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy entitled: “Chasing the Dragon: Driving the Paradigm Shift to Move Beyond Opioids.” Under the mentorship of Jennifer Albrecht, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Film also authored “Chasing the Dragon: Driving the Paradigm Shift to Move Beyond Opioids,” which was published in the December 2020 issue of Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Jeffrey Galvin, MD, Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was among the co-authors of “Complex Obstructive Lung Disease—A Diagnostic and Management Conundrum,” which was published in the November 2020 issue of Respiratory Medicine Case Reports

Stephen Gottlieb, MD, authored “Ahmed T. Perfection is the Enemy of Good: Consider Everything When Prescribing Sacubitril/Valsartan,” which was published in JACC on September 1, 2020.

Vicki Gray, MPT, PhD, Assistant Professor; James Borrelli, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, Adjunct Professor; all from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, are co-authors of “Biomechanical Control of Paretic Lower Limb During Imposed Weight Transfer in Individuals Post-Stroke,” which was published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

Rydhwana Hossain, MD, Assistant Professor; Rong Chen, PhD, Associate Professor; Jean Jeudy, MD, Professor; and Charles White, MD, Professor; all from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, were among the co-authors of “Preprocedure CT Findings of Right Heart Failure as a Predictor of Mortality After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement,” which was published in the November 2020 issue of AJR American Journal of Roentgenology. Separately, Dr. White was last author of “High Prevalence of a Linear Valve-like Structure on CT at the Pulmonary Artery Terminus of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Adult Patients, Mimicking Endarteritis,” which was published in Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy on November 21, 2020.

Danya Khoujah, MBBS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Megan Cobb, MD, DPT, Adjunct Instructor, both from the Department of Emergency Medicine, were sole authors of “Neurologic Emergencies at the Extremes of Age,” which was published in Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America on November 17, 2020.

Dongwon Kim, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was a co-author of “Robust Control of a System with a Pneumatic Spring,” which was published in the Journal of Franklin Institute.

Brent King, MD, MMM, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was among the authors of “Is E-Learning Education Effective in Increasing the Ability of Non-Physician Medical Flight Crew Members to Accurately Interpret Point-of-Care Lung and Cardiac Ultrasound Exams?,” which was accepted for publication in Air Medical Journal in November 2020.

Marcel Lanza, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Vicki Gray, MPT, PhD, Assistant Professor; and Odessa Addison, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor; all from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, were co-authors of “Intramuscular Fat Influences Neuromuscular Activation of the Gluteus Medius in Older Adults,” which was published in Frontiers in Physiology.

Amal Mattu, MD, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, in his role as consulting editor of the journal, was sole author of the foreword to the February 2021 issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, which focused on Neurologic Emergencies.

Robert Miller, MD, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, was a co-author of “The Year 2020 in Review at ASTRO’s Advances,” which was e-published in Advances in Radiation Oncology on December 3, 2020.

Mark MishraMark Mishra, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, was among the authors of “Treatment Interruptions Affect Biochemical Failure Rates in Prostate Cancer Patients Treated with Proton Beam Therapy: Report from the Multi-Institutional Proton Collaborative Group Registry,” which was published in Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology on October 22, 2020.

Robert MoralesRobert Morales, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was among the co-authors of “Improving Radiology Trainees’ Perception Using Where’s Waldo?,” which was e-published in Academic Radiology on November 7, 2020.

Sina Mossahebi, PhD, Assistant Professor; Paul Maggi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; and Jerimy Polf, PhD, Associate Professor; all from the Department of Radiation Oncology, were among the authors of “Initial Validation of Proton Dose Calculations on SPR Images from DECT in Treatment Planning System,” which was published in the International Journal of Particle Therapy on November 23, 2020. Separately, Dr. Mossahebi, Amit Sawant, PhD, Associate Professor; Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Associate Professor; and Giovanni Lasio, PhD, Associate Professor; all from the Department of Radiation Oncology, were among the authors of “Validation of a CT-Based Motion Model with In-Situ Fluoroscopy for Lung Surface Deformation Estimation,” which was e-published in Physics in Medicine and Biology on November 18, 2020.

Michael Mulligan, MD, Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was the last author of “Incidental Long Bone Cartilage Lesions: Is Any Further Imaging Workup Needed?,” which was e-published in the November 2020 issue of Skeletal Radiology.

Jordan Parker, MD, Resident; Sharleen Yuan, MD, PhD, MA, Resident; Megan Donohue, MD, Resident; Robert Brown, MD, Resident; Mark Sutherland, MD, Assistant Professor; Hannah Goldberg, MD, Resident; and Aki Honasoge, MD, Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, were authors of “Do Adjunctive Therapies beyond Infection Control and Appropriate Fluid Resuscitation Change Outcomes in Sepsis and Septic Shock?,” which was published in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s Common Sense.

Doug SavinDoug Pizac, Senior Research Analyst; Douglas Savin, PT, MPT, PhD, Assistant Professor; Vincent Conroy, PT, DScPT, Assistant Professor; and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, Adjunct Professor; all from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, were co-authors of “Neurocognitive Measures Predict Voluntary Stepping Performance in Older Adults Post-Hip Fracture,” which was published in Clinical Biomechanics.

Zaker Rana, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, was among the authors of “Biochemical Control and Toxicity Outcomes of SBRT vs LDR Brachytherapy in the Treatment of Low and Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer,” which was e-published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics on November 7, 2020. Dr. Rana was also among the authors of “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy as Primary Treatment for Elderly and Medically Inoperable Patients with Head and Neck Cancer,” which was published in the October 2020 issue of Head & Neck.

Rebecca Rubenstein, MD, Resident; Leen Alblaihed, MBBS, MHA, Adjunct Instructor; Zachary Dezman, MD, MS, MS, Assistant Professor; and Laura Bontempo, MD, MEd, Associate Professor; all from the Department of Emergency Medicine, were authors of “40-Year-Old Male with a Headache and Altered Mental Status,” which was published in Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine on October 20, 2020.

Amit Sawant, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, was among the authors of “AAPM Task Group 264: The Safe Clinical Implementation of MLC Tracking in Radiotherapy,” which was e-published in Medical Physics on December 1, 2020.

Tom ScaleaThomas Scalea, MD, the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery; William Teeter, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Samuel Galvagno, MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology; Sarah Murthi, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery; Daniel Haase, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Program in Trauma; and Fu (Peter) Hu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, were co-authors on the following publications:
• Spiegel R, Teeter W, Sullivan S, Tupchong K, Mohammaed N, Sutherland M, Leibner E, Rola P, Galvagno S, Murthi S co-published “The Use of Venous Doppler to Predict Adverse Kidney Events in a General ICU Cohort.” Crit Care. 2020 Oct 19;24(1):615.
Teeter W, Haase D. “Updates in Traumatic Cardiac Arrest.” Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2020 Nov;38(4):891-901.
• Aligholizadeh, E, Teeter W, Patel R, Hu P, Fatima S, Yang S, Ramani G, Safadi S, Olivieri P, Scalea T, Murthi S. Cardiovasc Ultrasound. 2020 Aug 20;18(1):37.

Marc Simard, MD, PhD, the Dr. Bizhan Aarabi Professor in Neurotrauma, Department of Neurosurgery, authored “Low-Dose Intravenous Heparin Infusion after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is Associated with Decreased Risk of Delayed Neurological Deficit and Cerebral Infarction,” which was published in Neurosurgery on December 2, 2020. Subsequently, R. Loch Macdonald, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Francisco-Fresno, followed up the study with positive reviews and authored “Commentary: Low-Dose Intravenous Heparin Infusion after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is Associated with Decreased Risk of Delayed Neurological Deficit and Cerebral Infarction,” which was published in Neurosurgery on December 8, 2020.

Lucas Sjeklocha, MD, Assistant Instructor, and David Gatz, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, were the authors of “Traumatic Injuries to the Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nervous System,” which was published in Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America on November 17, 2020.

Anthony Slaton, BS, Medical Student; Alysse Kowalski, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Amy Zemanick, BA, Graduate Student, Ann Pulling Kuhn, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Erin Hager, PhD, Associate Professor; and Maureen Black, PhD, Professor; all from the Department of Pediatrics, were co-authors of “Motor Competence and Attainment of Global Physical Activity Guidelines Among a Statewide Sample of Preschoolers,” which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on November 18, 2020.

Shiyu Tang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Li Jiang, PhD, Research Associate; and Su Xu, PhD, Professor; all from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, were among the co-authors of “Choline Plus Working Memory Training Improves Prenatal Alcohol-Induced Deficits in Cognitive Flexibility and Functional Connectivity in Adulthood in Rats,” which was published in Nutrients on November 14, 2020.

Quincy Tran, MD, Assistant Professor (first author), and Diane Kuhn, MD, PhD, Assistant Instructor, both from the Department of Emergency Medicine, were among the authors of “Emergency Blood Pressure Variability and Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage Patients’ Outcomes,” which was accepted for publication in Western Journal of Emergency Medicine in July 2020.

Maureen BlackAngela Trude, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Maureen Black, PhD, Professor, both from the Department of Pediatrics, were co-authors of “Bedtime Consistency and Weight Gain among Toddlers in Low-Income Families,” which was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine on November 16, 2020.

Vassiliy Tsytsarev, PhD, General Associate, and Reha Erzurumlu, PhD, Professor, both from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, were among the co-authors of “In Vivo Voltage-Sensitive Dye Imaging of Mouse Cortical Activity with Mesoscopic Optical Tomography,” which was e-published in Neurophotonics on December 2, 2020. Dr. Tsytsarev was co-lead author and Dr. Erzurumlu was the second to last author.

Sastry Vedam, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, was among the authors of “Automatic Contouring System for Cervical Cancer Using Convolutional Neural Networks,” which was published in the November 2020 issue of Medical Physics.

Ze Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was last author of “Accelerating GluCEST Imaging Using Deep Learning for B0 correction,” which was published in the October 2020 issue of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. In addition, Dr. Wang, along with Lei Zhang, PhD, Research Associate, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, were among the co-authors of “Denoising Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion MRI with Deep Machine Learning,” which was published in the May 2020 issue of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Michael Winters, MD, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, was among the discussants in the twice-monthly podcast, Critical Care Perspectives in Emergency Medicine, episode “2020 AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,” published November 23, 2020.

Jade Wong-You-CheongJade Wong-You-Cheong, MD, Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, was among the co-authors of “ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Indeterminate Renal Mass,” which was published in the November 2020 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology

Richard ZhaoRichard Zhao, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology, authored “HIV-1 Vpr-induced Proinflammatory Response and Apoptosis are Mediated Through the Sur1-Trpm4 Channel in Astrocytes” which was published in mBio on December 8, 2020. Ge Li, a former Research Specialist and Jiantao Zhang, PhD, Research Associate from the Zhao Lab were co-authors. This research was in collaboration with Volodymyr Gerzanich, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, and Marc Simard, MD, PhD, the Dr. Bizhan Aarabi Professor in Neurotrauma, (co-corresponding author), both from the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Zhao also authored “A Novel Class of Plant and Animal Viral Proteins That Disrupt Mitosis by Directly Interrupting the Mitotic Entry Switch Wee1-Cdc25-Cdk1,” which was published in Science Advances on May 13, 2020. This research was in collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Daowen Wang, PhD (co-corresponding author), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.