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Resident Mentor(s) Title
Masih Barat Lori Daniels, MD Prognostic Value of Biomarkers in Heart Failure and Non-Heart Failure Patients
Mitch Biermann Tannishtha Reya, PhD Combinatorial Control of Pancreatic Cancer
Francesca Cazzulino Isac Thomas, MD Assessing the Interaction of Psychiatric Disorders with Methamphetamine-Associated Heart Failure on ED Visits and HF Readmissions and Mortality
Sharon Choi Erin Reid, MD Survival Differences Between Patients with HIV Lymphoma Treated Inside and Outside Clinical Trials
Alex Cours Deborah Kado, MD Hyperkyphosis and Mortality Risk in Older Men
Elizabeth Epstein Michael Wilkinson, MD Genetic Testing for Lipoprotein(a) – Experience from a Single Lipid Clinic
Erica Feldman Praveen Akuthota, MD Characterizing Health Disparities in Adult Asthma Exacerbations
Ana Lucia Fuentes Laura Crotty Alexander, MD E-Cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Over Time
Nicky Herrick Laith Alshawabkeh, MD Priorities and Understanding of Pregnancy Among Women with Congenital Heart Disease
Neena Iyer David Kunkel, MD Characteristics of Patients with Esophageal Inlet Patch and Pulmonary Conditions
Sonya John Eric Adler, MD Machine Learning for Prognostication in Advanced Heart Failure
Mark Kowalczyk Gobind Anand, MD Risk Factors for the Development of Pancreatic Cancer among Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis
Aaron Lee Jane Burns, MD Cardiovascular Outcomes in Young Adults with a History of Kawasaki Disease
Jerry Lipinski Mitul Patel, MD ShockOmics: Evaluation of Metabolomic Profiles in Acute Cardiogenic Shock
Denise Mai Samir Gupta, MD Identifying Presentation Characteristics of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer and Delays in Diagnosis
Armando Martinez Jorge Silva, MD Impact of Left Atrial Remodeling in Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Ambika Munaganuru Rohit Loomba, MD Meta-Analysis: Determining the Association Between MRI-PDFF and Histologic Response in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
Praneet Mylavarapu Mitul Patel, MD Safety and Efficacy of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Morbidly Obese Population
Janna Raphelson Atul Malhotra, MD The Impact of Obesity Hypoventilation on Bariatric Surgery Patients
Diane Rodden Samir Gupta, MD H. pylori Eradication Quality Initiative
Revathy Sampath-Kumar Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD Utility of Inferior Vena Cava Diameter Measurement in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Priya Sharma Rena Yadlapati, MD Esophageal Motility in Asymptomatic Obese Patients
Christine Sonners Maile Karris, MD Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Aging People Living with HIV in Chronic Pain
Alex Sykes Mark Hepokoski, MD Mechanical Ventilation and Ventilator-Induced Kidney Injury
Anna Ter-Zakarian Annette Von Drygalski, MD Blood Pressure in Hemophilia and Its Relation to Inhibitory Antibodies to Coagulation Factors
Alex Tong Fotis Asimakopoulos, MD Immune Profiling in Versican Proteolysis-Segregated Cohorts of Multiple Myeloma Patients
Lester Tsai David Kunkel, MD Utility of the Functional Lumen Imaging Probe in Patients with Esophageal Symptoms
Katarina Vasiljevic Sandip Patel, MD Characterizing Myositis in Patients Receiving Immune-Checkpoint Inhibitors While on Statin Therapy


Resident Mentor(s) Title
Farid Abushamat Yoko Kono, MD Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Liver Nodules in Fontan-Associated Liver Disease
Anna Astachanka Kim Kerr, MD Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma – Tertiary Referral Center Case Series
Mia Awan Greg Seymann, MD Improving Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis Prophylaxis Rates for Low-Protein Ascites with the Use of the Electronic Medical Record
Hemali Batra-Sharma Rebecca Shatsky, MD Circulating Tumor Cells to Evaluate for Relapse and Response to Therapy in Solid Tumors
Sheila Bhavasar Rohit Loomba, MD Role of 2D-MRE in Diagnosis of Fibrosis Associated with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mary Brooks Eric Adler, MD LAMP-2 Gene Mutations and Associated Cardiac Outcomes in Danon Disease
Sophie Cannon Jill Blumenthal, MD Physician Education and Comfort Prescribing Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy to HIV-Infected Transgender Patients
Jon Chung Gordon Ho, MD Assessing Atrial Function in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Pre- and Post-Ablation Using Functional CT
Dan Corbally Howie Tran, MD Integration of CT Imaging and Invasive Hemodynamic Pressure Measurements to Assess RV Contractility as a Predictor for RV Failure in Patients Undergoing Left Ventricular Assistive Device Implantation
Brad Fairfield Bernd Schnabl, MD Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiome May Be Associated with Increased Morbidity and Mortality in Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease
Lauren Haggerty Dena Rifkin, MD Nephrologists’ Estimations of ESRD and Timely Fistula Formation
Lizzy Hastie Josh Rubin, MD Prevalence and Outcomes of Fecal Immunochemistry Testing Performed Prior to Next Recommended Screening Colonoscopy
Mitra Jamshidian Charles Ginsberg, MD The Effects of Phosphate on Blood Pressure in COMBINE
Mark Jiang Erin Reid, MD Impact of Insurance Coverage on Outcomes in Patients with AIDS-Defining Cancers
Neal Jones Siddharth Singh, MD Developing a Prediction Model for Endoscopic Recurrence of Crohn’s Disease after Surgically Induced Remission – Post-Hoc Analysis of PREVENT Trial
Alisha Kabadi Kim Kerr, MD Preoperative Hemoptysis and Likelihood of Recurrence in Patients Undergoing PTE Surgery
Kim Kreitinger Atul Malhotra, MD Evaluating Models for Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Bariatric Surgery Patients
Jordan Martinez Robert El-Kareh, MD Door-to-Inhaler Time: Evaluation of ED Waiting Times and COPD Exacerbations
Dominic Picetti Parambir Dulai, MBBS Willingness of Patient to Choose Dual Biologic Therapy Versus Biologic and Immunomodulation for Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Mark Rolfsen Mark Hepokoski, MD Prognostic Value of Neuron Specific Enolase in Sepsis
Joe Ryan Adam Burgoyne, MD Development of a Cancer Registry of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients with Demographic and Clinical Data Matched to Multi-omic Profiling
Tatiana Saul Isac Thomas, MD Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Methamphetamine-Associated Cardiomyopathy
Susan Seav Ian Jenkins, MD Inpatient Oxygen Safety
Nandi Shah Rob El-Kareh, MD Quality Improvement for Medication Reconciliations Through Process Mapping
Anna Silverman Parambir Dulai, MBBS Risk for Enteric Infections in Patients Treated with Tofacitinib
Dipesh Solanky Sanjay Mehta, MD Influence of Olive Oil Consumption on Human Gut Microbiota and Markers of Cardiovascular Risk
Averie Tigges Daniel Blanchard, MD Right Atrial Function Index in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Before and After Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
Sai Vanam Eric Adler, MD The Natural History of Danon Disease
Kevin Wang Ian Jenkins, MD Identifying Causes of Sepsis Readmissions
Jenny Zhou Sandip Patel, MD Adrenal Insufficiency Associated with Anti-Programmed Death-1 Immunotherapy
Hairan Zhu Rob El-Kareh, MD A Markov Model for Cascading Cost Analysis of Medical Testing


Resident Mentor(s) Title
Omar Aldaas Jonathan Hsu, MD Outcomes of Catheter Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation Patient With and Without Heart Failure
Ali Asghar Praveen Akuthota, MD Assessing Trends in Mortality from Eosinophilic Diseases in the European Union: An Observational Study of the WHO Mortality Database from 2001-2013
Maria Barsky Parambir Dulai, MD Risk for Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients Treated with Biologic Agents
Justin Chen Sandip Patel, MD Characterizing the Prevalence, Severity, and Clinical Manifestations of Acute Kidney Injury in Cancer Patients Treated with Immune Checkpoint Blockade
Alex Cypro Philippe Montgrain, MD Cachexia and Systemic Inflammatory Response in Patients with Kung Cancer
DJ Gaines Rob El-Kareh, MD Evaluation of Follow-Up of Send-Out Tests Pending at Discharge
Sean Giancaterino Jonathan Hsu, MD Clinical Predictors of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients Undergoing Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Implantation at an Academic Medical Center and Comparison of Subsequent Differential Long-Term Outcomes
Solomon Greenberg Bob Geng, MD Functional Immune Dysregulation in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Nick Hogan Sam Tsimikas, MD Characterizing the Effect of Lp(a) Levels on Circulating Monocyte Function in Coronary Artery Disease Patients Presenting for Coronary Angiography
Allen Jiang Daniel Sweeney, MD Predictors of Mortality in Admitted Patients with Acute Hepatitis A: A Case Series from the Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak in San Diego
Jeremy Kong Dan Blanchard, MD Evaluating the Utility of Atrial Strain Measurements in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Patients Before and After Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
Nick Leverone Praveen Akuthota, MD Prevalence of Eosinophilic Lung Diseases in Patients with Hypereosinophilia
Andrew Lin David Krummen, MD Stellate Ganglia Ablation of Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias
Eric Low Samir Gupta, MD Risk Factors for Developing Colorectal Cancer in Individuals Under 50 Years of Age
Reema Patel Deborah Kado, MD Trabecular Bone Score and Its Association with Cobb Angle of Kyphosis in Older Men
Kusuma Pokala Gobind Anand, MD Development of Pancreatic Cancer Among Patients with Chronic Pancreatitis
Stephen Schale Barry Greenberg, MD Analysis of Heart Failure Readmissions and the Impact of Observing on Oral Diuretics
Ibrahim Selevany Paul Kim, MD Does Microvascular Disease Predict Allograft Dysfunction in the Absence of Epicardial Coronary Disease
Justin Sharim Kurt Hoffmayer, MD Evaluation of Invasive Interventions for Patients with Neoplastic Pericardial Effusion
Samantha Spilman David Kunkel, MD Assessment of Biofeedback Therapy as an Effective Intervention for Dyssynergic Defecation
Hannah Wangberg Bob Geng, MD Dose-Dependent Association Between Long-Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use and the Risk of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
Luke Webster Joachim Ix, MD Efficacy of Urine Anion Gap as a Surrogate of Urine Ammonium Concentration
William Winter Roopali Gupta, MD Improving the Quality of Geriatric Education Among Undergraduate Medical Students
Christina Wu Greg Seymann, MD Optimizing Use of Procalcitonin Testing
Karen Yun Sandip Patel, MD Incidence and Kinetics of DKA in Patients on Cancer Immunotherapy


Resident Mentor(s) Title
Waseem Ahmad Siddharth Singh, MD Comparative Outcomes of Patients with IBD with Diarrhea Evaluated Using Nucleic Acid Amplification test ("GI Pathogen Panel") or Conventional Stool Cultures and Clostridium difficile Polymerase Chain Reaction
Laura Barnes Jeremy Beitler, MD End-Tidal CO2 (ETCO2) During In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest as a Predictor of Return of Spontaneous Circulation
Prerana Bhatia David Krummen, MD Localizing Atrial Fibrillation Sources Using Computational Modeling
Quan Bui Lori Daniels, MD The Association of Breast Arterial Calcification on Digital Mammography and Coronary Artery Calcium on Non-Contrast Coronary CT Scans
Kimberly Chau Leonie Heyworth, MD Advance Care Planning Amongst the Homeless: Perceptions of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
Victor Chun Laura Crotty Alexander, MD Electronic Cigarette Use and Effect on Pulmonary Function and Inflammation
Sean DeWolf Dianne McKay, MD A Model of Ischemia-reperfusion in Primary Renal Tubular Epithelial Cells: Exploring the Role of NOD2, TLR2, and NLRP3
Jessica Galant-Swafford Alexander Kim, MD The Prevalence of C. difficile, VRE, and MRSA Infections Among Patients with a Reported Penicillin Allergy in the UCSD Health System and Its Implications for Overall Health Outcomes and Cost: A Retrospective Case-Control Study
Holly Greenwald David Kunkel, MD Assessment of Biofeedback Therapy as an Effective Intervention for Fecal Incontinence
Jean Guan Roopali Gupta, MD Development of Geriatrics Elective for the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program
Eric Jones Marc Riedl, MD Descriptive Analysis of Asthma Patients Requiring Biologic Therapies
Stephanie Koh Daniel Blanchard, MD Echocardiography Analysis of Right Atrial Longitudinal Strain in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
Carlos Lago-Hernandez Eduardo Grunvald, MD Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form and Barriers to Its Usage in the Outpatient Setting
Minh-Da Le Rohit Loomba, MD Association Between Baseline Liver Fat Content and the Histologic Evolution of Fatty Liver Disease and Fibrosis
Gary Ma Sotirios Tsimikas, MD Lipoprotein(a) Biomarker Based Calcified Aortic Valve Disease Risk Assessment in TAVR Patients
Janet Ma Alan Maisel, MD Characterizing Methamphetamine-Associated Heart Failure at the VA
Robert Marlin Ankita Kadakia, MD Physicians' Attitudes Toward LGBT Individuals – PATHH-III Survey
Amie Nguyen Marc Riedl, MD Prevalence and Characterization of Prodromal Symptoms in Histamine-mediated vs. Bradykinin-mediated Angioedema
Amit Pandey Lori Daniels, MD Troponin vs. CK-MB: Real-World Use of Cardiac Biomarkers
Alex Pearce Jeremy Beitler, MD Rapid Response Teams and Delayed ICU Upgrade
Franz Schweis David Krummen, MD Predicting Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Grant Senyei Tim Fernandes, MD Predicting Clinical Outcomes in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
Anand Srikrishnan Philippe Montgrain, MD Evaluation of the Safety of SBRT for the Treatment of Early-stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Toxicities Experienced in a Panel of Veterans
William Stendardi Eric Adler, MD 19F-MRI Using FETRIS Nanoemulsions Detects Rejection and ECM Modulation in Cardiac Allografts
Robert Thomas Deborah Kado, MD
Sanjay Mehta, MD
The Association Between Stool Microbiome and Vitamin D Levels in the Elderly
David Xu Kathryn Gold, MD Off-Label Use of Immunotherapy in Tumors of Non-Squamous Cell Carcinoma Head and Neck Cancer
Brittany Yee Tissa Hata, MD Effectiveness and Tolerability of Current Treatments for Lichen Planopilaris: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Fady Youssef Gobind Anand, MD
Samir Gupta, MD
Case-Control Study of Pancreatic Cancer Development and Risk Factors from Large National Cohort of 8,740 Patients with Pancreatic Cysts