Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 15th Annual Clinical Research Day

Leonard Morneau, MDLeonard Morneau, MD, Radiology resident, presenting his abstract titled “Does Student Debt Affect Residency Choice?’’

Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCEFrancis L. Weng, MD, MSCE, Program Director of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, facilitating discussion of Clinical Research Day abstracts.

Research is part of the broader spectrum of academic activity that is conducted at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) by physicians, nurses, students and other health care workers. It is part of the great tradition of medicine that those who practice medicine take time to share their knowledge and experience with others. They thereby hope to improve care of patients by exploring and explaining unanswered questions in human biology.

On June 11, 2018, The Department of Medical Education and Clinical Research of CBMC sponsored the 15th Annual Clinical Research Day. On display in the Islami Auditorium were over 80 abstracts (listed below) detailing a sample of the clinical and laboratory research activities taking place at the Medical Center. The research was conducted by CBMC physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, students and other clinical staff. Brief oral presentations accompanied the posters and those attending had an opportunity to discuss the research findings with the authors.

“They reflect case reports, industry sponsored trials, cooperative group studies, and collections of results and experience gained over months and years, as well as work done in the laboratory, explains Henry Rosenberg, MD, Director of Medical Education and Clinical Research. Some represent research in medical education, others in how best to deliver medical care at the bedside, while others seek to explain unusual reactions or responses to medications and to a disease process. They are all valuable to the human endeavor to improve quality of life and to transmit that knowledge to future generations.”

Although CBMC is widely known for the excellent clinical care patients receive, Research Day demonstrates the active commitment to creation of new knowledge and the spirit of inquiry that exists among the Medical Center’s trainees and clinicians. Representative publications by members of the staff may be found in our Medical Library. For copies of abstracts that interest you, please place a request with either Debbie Likon ( ) or Tricia Reusing (


Ashraf H, and Hawthorne K, A Case of Cardiac Amyloidosis Secondary to Longstanding SLE

Aziz A, Thampi R and Casagrande L, Acute Renal Failure From Hypercalcemia as a Presenting Feature of Sarcoidosis

Aziz A and Smith S, Emergence of Enterococcus With Increased Minimum Inhibitory Concentration to Daptomycin During Treatment in a Patient With Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Successful Clearance With Linezolid

Aziz A, Kokkola-Korpela M, Hart Z and Youssef-Bessler M, A Rare Case of Primary Cutaneous Foot Actinomycosis: Diagnosis and Treatment

Bhurwal A, Haq M M, Sapru S, et al, Isolated Pancreatic Tuberculosis Masquerading as Pancreatic Cancer

Brogden R, Holler D, Barberio N, et al, Integration of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Screening in the Emergency Department With Linkage to Care

Chang A, Cooke B and Lee P, Dapsone Induced Methemoglobinemia and Hemolytic Anemia Post Renal Transplant: A Case Report

Chawla A, Mottaghi J, Boradia C and Sapru S, Cellulitis and Hyperthyroidism: The Perfect Storm

Chawla A, Raslan A and Sapru S, A Case of TINU Syndrome With Concomitant Synovitis

Cooke B and Carlino A, Variant (Prinzmetal) Angina as a Function of Myocardial Bridging: A Case Report

Gizaw Z and Hart D, Eosinophilia and Fever of Unknown Origin Associated With Toxocarisasis

Imam A and Smith S, Klebsiella Pneumoniae Cervical Osteomyelitis – Secondary to Urinary Tract Infection

Ivanovic S, Ramcharitar R, Resnick J and Rogal G, Amiodarone Prophlaxis as Prevention of Post Cardiac Surgery Atrial Fibrillation

Ivanovic S, Shiels L, Zywot A, et al, Risk Factors Associated With Unplanned Extubations: Five-Year Experience of a Tertiary Care Center

Kapoor R and Kodali P, IgA Myeloma with Increased Anion Gap; Pseudohyperphosphatemia and Pseudohyponatremia

Li Y, Smith S and Ramcharitar R, Varicella-Zoster Virus Encephalitis With Focal Deficits but No Rash in an Immunocompetent Adult

Liaqat A and Sapru S, An Atypical Presentation of a Common Skin Rash

Liaqat A, Ramcharitar R K and Venkatraman G, Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis in a Patient with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Mazoor S and Smith S, A Case of Powassan Virus Encephalitis in Northern New Jersey

Moganti A, Ramcharitar R and Conde M, Rare Case of Lung Cancer Metastasizing to Soft Tissue

Moganti A and Ramsey A, An Unusual Case of Plasmacytoma With Multifocal Disease

Menezes R and Mistry N, Severe Sepsis in a Renal Transplant Patient

Safarova M, Sabnani I, Marx T and Sapru S, Concomitant Ischemic Stroke and Pulmonary Embolism: An Unusual Presentation of Anti-Phospholipid Antibody Syndrome

Tailor N, Khot A and Haskins D, An Often Missed Presentation of Stroke

Thampi R, Liaqat A and Sapru S, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction: A Possible Initial Manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Thampi R, Aziz A, Liaqat A and Askin M, Myfortic-Induced Colitis Mimicking Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Thiyagalingam S, Menezes R and Redling T, A Classic Presentation of an Uncommon Disease: Binswanger Disease

Thiyagalingam S, Kapoor R, Diamond G and Sapru S, A Case of Severe HSV Gingivostomatitis in a Previously Immunocompetent Septic Shock Elderly Patient

Thiyagalingam S, Menezes R, Shah N and Redling T, An Interesting Case of an Elderly Patient With Epigastric Pain and an Ultrasound Demonstrating Splenic Cyst

Wang S H, Gallipani A, Adamson R T, et al, Evaluation of Patient Care Interventions by an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in Two Physician Office Practices Within an Accountable Care Organization


Hubschmann O R and Arzumanov G, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy: Guidelines and Prevention of Iatrogenic Prion Transmission

Koziol J M, Hubschmann O R, Murthy S G, and Darwal M A, Spinal Cord Retraction Away From Anterior Osteophytes Following Decompressive Laminectomies

Koziol J M, Murthy S G, Rotoli G, et al, Minimally Invasive Lateral Facetectomy and TLIF Using Bilateral Muscle Spitting Technique

Koziol J M, Murthy S G, Darwal M A, et al, Laminar Arch Reconstruction as an Adjunct to Lateral Mass Screws

Murthy S G and Lipson A C, Thoracic Intramedullary Sarcoidosis Masquerading as Thoracic Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature


Carrotto K, Evaluation of One Year Retention of Newly Licensed Millennial Nurses

Guevarra J and Kane R, Perceptions of Advance Practice Nurses by Registered Nurses in an Acute Care Hospital Setting

Trinidad A, Gurkas C, Esteves V and Taylor M, Examining Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Among Nurses in the Adult Critical Care Setting


Baker K and Warren W, Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants

Eddinger R and Kasdaglis T, Is it Worth the Wait? Retrospective Comparison of Delivery Outcomes for Full Term and Late Term Elective Induction of Labor

Ernst Y, Golnabi A and Miller R, Three Dimensional Ultrasound Evaluation of Placental Volume Using a Novel Method

Miller R, Dimoff M, DiSabatino D and Falcone B, Evaluation of Racial Differences in the Quantity of Diasialyllacto-N –Tetraose (DSLNT) in Human Breast Milk

Paniccia S and Miller R, Azithromycin for Pre-Operative Antibiotic Prophylaxis at Time of Cesarean Section in Patients With Rupture of Membranes and/or Active Labor

Tam T, Impact of Obesity on Cesarean Section Rate and Comparison of Success of Induction of Nuliparous Obese Patients Versus Normal Weight


Goldenberg A, Nageshwar M, Tanz A and Baptist S, The Impact of Checklists on the Utilization of RBC Units

Jha R, Perepelitsa Y, Pulinthanathu R and Kintiroglou M, Autoimmune Phenomena in a Patient With Chronic Myelomonocystic Leukemia: Case Discussion and Review of Literature

Kuwadekar A, Caroway C, Modi L, et al, FFP and FP24 Usage and Cost Comparison in Five Medical Centers

Kuwadekar A, Allard J, Smith F and Dardik M, Melanoma With Rhabdomyosarcomatous Differentiation

Modi L, Kuwadekar A, Pei Z, et al, Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) in Various Thyroid Tumors and its Potential Role in the Management of Thyroid Tumors

Modi L, Kuwadekar A, Caroway C and Zhong H, Co-Occurrence of TP53 and CDKN2A Genomic Alterations is Less Common in HPV-Associated or Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Nageshwar M, Rashidbaigi A, Goldenberg A and Pei Z, Vulvar Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma in an Adolescent: A Rare Case

Rashidbaigi A, Goldenberg A, Caroway C and Loo A, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Mimicking an Abscess: Potential Pitfalls

Rashidbaigi A, Wilhelm A B, Caroway C and Baptist S, Efficacy of Stopping the 100-Gram Oral Glucose Tolerance Test When Criteria is Established Before Three Hours

Yasmeen S and Pulinthanathu R, Anastomosing Hemangioma of Kidney: A Report of a Rare Variant of Hemangioma and Review of Literature


Hasan U, Mahon A, Cohen k and Yaney E, Implementation of an External Ventricular Drain Insertion and Maintenance Protocol Checklist to reduce Infections in the Pediatric Population

Meledathu S, Mehta C, Llanos R and Hasan U, Not Always What it Seems

Meledathu S, Morneau L, Lin G, et al, Sinusitis, Not Always a Benign Diagnosis: Case Series and Review of Literature

Raghava P S, Hasan U and Das S, An Infant Death From Coronavirus, Masquerading Bacterial Sepsis

Schmutzler T, Bowling M and Glick S, Mycoplasma Pneumoniae-Induced Mucositis Without Rash in an 11-Year-Old Boy

Ticar J L, Meledathu S and Hasan U, Ocular Manifestations of Lyme Disease: A Rare Finding in a 7 Year Old

Vyas S, Tuveson K and Roberti I, Ambulatory BP Monitoring: A Single Center Experience


Botros B, Opsha Y and Kane R, Retrospective Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of Sacubitril/Valsartan and its Impact on Heart Failure Readmission Rates

Botros B, Sacha L, Aitchison S and Eisenhart A, Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Use Pre-Kidney Transplant and Risk of Perioperative Complications

McDonald D, Kimler K, Robinson C, et al, Medication Administration to Children: The Caregiver Perspective

Opsha Y, Costello J, Desai D and Palatine J, Evaluation of an Interactive Heart Failure Certificate Program – Pharmskills® at a Community Teaching Hospital

Patel J, Bente J DeStefano D and Howard D, Creation of a Medication Review Service for Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

Tagle J R, Sobolewski K, Meyers R and Bielory L, Impact of Penicillin Skin Testing (PST) on Antibiotic Selection in Patients With a Documented B-Lactam Allergy

Tomaselli C, Meyers R, Castello F, et al, Fentanyl Patches for Weaning in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Tomaselli C, and Reveron S, Implementation of a Naloxone Provider Education Program in a Primary Care Setting


Blegen-DiPietro Z, McCarthy N and Kaplan M, Percutaneous Cholecystostomy: Transhepatic Vs Transperitoneal

Choe D, Atluri M, Goodman K, Fertakos R, Comparison of Small Bowel Transit Time of Water Soluble Vs. Barium Oral Contrast in Emergency Department

Dholakia N, Choe D, Gesner L and Pawar R, A Rare Case of Nonfatal Powassan Encephalitis in Northern New Jersey

Morneau L and Julius B, Does Student Debt Affect Residency Choice?


Aly S and Seaman E, Improvement in Sperm Capacitation Demonstrated After Varicocele Repair

Choi J, Sawh D, Byun S, Charcot Neuro-Osteoarthropathy Vs. osteomyelitis in Diabetic Patients

Conlon K, Burgos R, Marano M,et al, A Community Outreach Effort: Making a Big Difference With Small Burn Injuries

Conlon K M, Kukis K, Cunius L et al, Integrating Child Life Services into the Burn Team; How Their Presence Makes a Difference

DiTrolio J V, LaSalle M D and Krin S, A Rapid Urine Screening Test to Identify Bacteriuria and Evaluate the Shelf Life of Media Ampules

DiTrolio J V, LaSalle M D and Lawson C, A Twenty Year Review of Interstitial Cystitis (IC), Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis, Bladder Pain Syndrome, and Overactive Bladder With Evaluation of Management Successes 1998-2018

DiTrolio J V, LaSalle M D and Bhalla R, Comparison of Flexible Disposable Ureteroscopes, Boston Scientific (BSC) Litho-Vue™, Versus Prosurg® Neoflex Ureteroscope

Goodman K, Opsha Y, Thomas A B, et al, Impact of a Structured Introduction to Research Methodology and Evidence-Based Medicine on Resident Understanding of the Fundamentals

Patel P, Bonaventura K and Aitchison S, Kidney Transplantation in a Patient With Congenital Hypoplasia of the Left External Iliac Artery: A Case Report