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June 17, 2013

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Peter Walsh, MD, PhD (center), with Jerry Criner, MD, and A. Koneti Rao, MD.

Peter Walsh, MD, PhD (center), with Jerry Criner, MD, and A. Koneti Rao, MD.


On June 12, the Department of Medicine celebrated its Annual Fellows and Residents Research Forum.

More than 200 people attended the half-day event in the medical school, which featured 57 research presentations by fellows and residents, followed by the presentation of the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award to emeritus faculty member Peter N. Walsh, MD, PhD, and the awarding of the Sol Sherry awards for excellence in research to fellows and residents.

“The 2013 forum was our best ever,” said Koneti Rao, MD, Director of Benign Hematology and Co-Director of the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center, who has been organizing the annual showcase for more than 25 years. “To see research of this breadth and quality together in one place at one time, one cannot help but be impressed. Research continues to be strong in the Department of Medicine.”

Gerard Criner, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, agrees. “The research we do at Temple bodes well for the future of medicine,” he said. “Temple faculty, fellows and residents uphold a great legacy in clinical medicine and research. We’ve been advancing medicine for years.”

A highlight of the event was Dr. Walsh’s attempt to summarize his 40 years of research in a mere half hour. In addition to conducting groundbreaking work in hemostasis and thrombosis as a professor in four different departments, Dr. Walsh directed Temple’s MD-PhD program for 16 years. He had been recruited to Temple in 1972 by Sol Sherry, MD (1916-33), a late Temple Dean and Department of Medicine chair.

“Dr. Sherry was a giant in the arena of thrombolytic therapy,” said Dr. Rao, who holds the professorship named in Sherry’s honor. “It is a thrill and honor to preside over a forum that gets better with each passing year.”



Best Poster Presentations

Fellows: Nishant Goel, MD: Oxygen Use Does Not Increase the Rate of COPD Exacerbation

Residents: Shari Barnett, MD: Risk of Death by Co-Morbidity Prompting Re-Hospitalization Following COPD Hospitalization

Best Oral Presentations

Fellows: 1st Place - Namrata Singh, MD: Abnormal Neutrophils in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Fellows: 2nd Place - Subhasish Bose, MD: Circulating ADMA and the Renal Tissue Expression of Its Enzymatic Machinery

Residents: 1st Place - Chad Zack, MD: The Effect of Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement on In-Hospital Outcomes in Patients With Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis

Residents: 2nd Place - Paul Hermany, MD: Comparative Outcomes of Pericardiocentesis in the United States by Hospital Procedure Volumes

Judges & Chairs: Michael Bromberg, MD, PhD; Wissam Chatila, MD; David Ciccolella, MD; Philip Cohen, MD; Gil D’Alonzo, MD; Tayo Fasan, MD; Tom Fekete, MD; Susan G. Fisher, MS, PhD; Frank Friedenberg, MD; Crystal Gadegbeku, MD; Avrum Gillespie, MD; Larry Kaplan, MD; Steve Kelsen, MD; Victor Kim, MD; Nathanial Marchetti, MD (Chair); Matthew O’Brien, MD; Henry Parkman (Chair), MD; Anuradha Paranjape, MD; Koneti Rao (Chair), MD; Rafik Samuel, MD; Ellen Tedaldi, MD; Kevin Williams, MD; and Daohai Yu, MD.