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Name: Rabheh Abdul Aziz MD, MS

Research Focus: The role of MRI in the flare up and remission of Dermatomyositis.

Research Mentor: Chack Yu PhD

Department: Rheumatology


Name: Daniel Ahn MD, MS

Research Focus: GI oncology, with a focus on investigating novel therapeutics and outcomes in patients with hepatobiliary malignancies. Main focus on inhibiting major signaling pathways as a potential therapeutic target in biliary cancers.

Research Mentor: Tanios Bekaii-Saab MD

Department: Internal Medicine


Name: Salem Almaani, MD, MBBS, MS

Research Focus: Glomerulonephritis/Vasculitis

Research Mentor: Lee Hebert MD

Department: Nephrology

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Name: Eliza Beal MD, MS

Medical School: The Ohio State University

Research Focus: Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Research Mentor: Sylvester Black MD

Department: Surgery

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Name: Jennifer Benjamin MD, MRCPCH, MS

Medical School: Christian Medical College

Research Focus: Improving physical exam skills of residents with the use of online teaching modules

Research Mentor: John Mahan MD

Department: Academic Pediatrics Nationwide Children's



Name: Shaylyn Bennett MD, MS

Research Focus: Myocardial oxygen consumption in an ovine left ventricular assist device model

Research Mentor: Patrick I. McConnell, MD

Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Kristen Benninger.jpgName: Kristen Benninger MD, MS

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Research Focus: The Spectrum of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes after Intracranial Deep Vein Thrombosis in Neonates

Research Mentor: Nathalie Maitre MD, PhD

Department: Neonatology


Name: Shayna Brathwaite MD, MS

Research Focus: Targeting glucose transporters to prevent colon carcinogenesis.

Research Mentor: Ching Shih Chen, PhD and Christina Wu, MD

Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery

Telerik.Web.UI.WebResource.jpgName: Joseph Drews MD, MS

Medical School: University of Michigan

Research Focus: Mechanisms of Neotissue Formation in Tissue Engineered Heart Valves

Research Mentor: Christopher Breuer MD

Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery




Name: Kerry Gannon-Loew MD, MS

Medical School:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 

Research Focus: Evaluation of partner therapy methods, in particular, expedited partner therapy, in the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents  

Research Mentor: Nathalie Maitre MD, PhD

Department: Neonatology​


Name: Kristina Harrell MD, PhD 

Medical School:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 

Research Focus: Evaluation of partner therapy methods, in particular, expedited partner therapy, in the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents 

Research Mentor: Sarah O'Brien MD

Department: Pediatrics


Name: Amanda Jacobson MD, MS

edical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Research Focus:
Thrombopoietin receptor agonists (TPO-RAs) for treatment-related thrombocytopenia in pediatric malignancies; Hematologic manifestations of copper deficiency in pediatric

Research Mentor:
Sarah O'Brien MD

Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology


Name: Amy Joehlin-Price MD, MS

Medical School:

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Research Mentor:
Adrien Suarez MD



Name: Nakesha King MD, MS

Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Focus:  Novel technology of tissue engineering to cardiovascular structures to generate tissue engineered vascular grafts and cardiac tissue. The structures would be most useful in the pediatric setting.

Research Mentor: Christopher Breuer MD

Department: General Surgery


Name: Mio Kitano MD, PhD

General Topic of Research Project: The role of pancreatic cancer-associated stellate cells in pancreatic cancer

Research Mentor: Carl Schmidt MD

Department: Surgery


Koller.jpgName: David Koller MD, MS

Medical School: University of Texas-Houston

Research Focus: PDX model for Dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLPS)

Research Mentor: Raphael Pollock MD PhD

Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Name: Kirsten Kusumi MD, MS

Research Focus: Extrarenal manifestations of kidney stone disease

Research Mentor: Andrew Schwaderer MD

Department: Pediatric Nephrology


Name: Brian LaMoreaux MD, MS

Research Focus: Multiple; cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis, multiple lupus projects, scleroderma.

Research Mentor: Wael Jarjour MD

Department: Internal Medicine


Name: Daniel Lodwick, MD, MS

Research Focus: Radiation-Induced Malignancy Risk from Computed Tomography in Children

Research Mentor: Katherine Deans MD

Department: Surgery


Name: Lonika Majithia MD

Research Focus: A feasibility study of organ-sparingmarrow-targeted irradiation (osmi) to condition patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Research Mentor: Meng Welliver MD

Department: Radiation Oncology



Name: Silpa Nekkanti MD, MS

Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Medical University

Research Focus: Pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence

Research Mentor: Courtney Lynch PhD

Department: OB/GYN                              


Name: Ekene Onwuka, MD, MS

Research Focus: Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

Research Mentor: Christopher Breuer MD

Department: General Surgery



Name: Lopa Pandya MD

Medical School: University of Chicago

Research Focus: Population studies and quality of life studies in Urogynecology

Research Mentor: Courtney Lynch, PhD


Name: Kevin Stiver MD, PhD, MS

Research Focus:  Outcomes research, in particular patient experience/satisfaction

Research Mentor: Ernest Mazzaferri MD

Department: Interventional Cardiology


Name: David Strosberg MD, MS

Research Focus: Preventing Anastomotic Complications Following Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

Research Mentor: Jeffrey W. Hazey, MD; Kyle A. Perry, MD; & Bradley J. Needleman, MD

Department: General and Gastrointestinal Surgery


Name: Steve Walston MD, MS

Research Focus: Micro RNA expression and prediction of pathologic complete response in GI cancers

Research Mentor: Terence Williams MD PhD

Department: Radiation Oncology

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Name: Peter Lu MD, MS

Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine
Research Focus:  Evaluation of the use of therapeutic electrical stimulation in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in children.

Research Mentor: Miguel Saps MD

Department: Pediatrics

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Name: Joseph Maly MD, MS

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

Research Focus: Phase II clinical trial investigating novel combined targeted therapy approach in relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's lymphoma

Research Mentor: Christopher Breuer MD

Department: Hematology/Oncology

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Name: Christopher McQuinn MD, MS

Medical School: Upstate Medical University

Research Focus:  Combined JAK-STAT inhibition and anti-PD-1 Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Research Mentor: Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD

Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Name: Alexa Meara MD, MS

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Research Focus: Understanding Comprehension in Lupus and to improve patient-physician communication.

Research Mentor: Wael Jarjour MD

Department: Rheumatology

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Name: Dwight Owen MD, MB BCH BAO, MS

Medical School: University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science

Research Focus:  Early phase clinical trials utilizing immunotherapy alone or in combination with immune-modulation, specifically for lung cancer.

Research Mentor: Gregory Otterson MD

Department: Hematology/Oncology

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Name: Carolyn Wilhelm MD, MS

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Research Focus:  Exercise Restrictions and Left Ventricular Function in Long-Term Survivors of Pediatric Cancer.

Research Mentor: Kan Hor MD

Department: Pediatric Cardiology

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Name: Taehwan Yoo MD, MS

Medical School: University of Michigan

Research Focus: Vascular Inflammation

Research Mentor: Cameron Rink PhD and Mounir Haurani MD

Department: General Surgery