Category Archives: What our residents are up to

UTSW Residents Take Over DDW

Washington DC this past weekend was filled with residents from UTSW presenting their excellent work.

Current second-year residents Kristina Tzartzeva and Joseph Obi presented their research “Surveillance Imaging and Alpha Fetoprotein for Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients with Cirrhosis”. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, Drs Tzartzeva and Obi demonstrate the addition of AFP to ultrasound significantly increases the sensitivity for early HCC detection in patients with cirrhosis. This research was completed with Dr. Rich, a current GI fellow at UTSW, and the principal investigator Dr. Singal. Drs Parikh, Marrero, Yopp, and Waljee were also contributing authors on the study.

Second-year resident Ahana Sen presented her research “A Systematic Review of Failures Across the Colorectal Cancer Screening Process” in which she observes multiple causes for underuse and overuse and deviations from established guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. She postulates it would be possible to improve the effectiveness of CRC screening if these steps could be targeted. Dr Murphy was the principal investigator of this study, with significant contributions from Dr. Singal and Dr. Sigel.


Second-year resident Taylor Derousseau presented “Delayed Gastric Emptying in Pre-Lung Transplant Testing is Associated with Post-Transplant Acute Cellular Rejection Independent of Reflux”. In this study, Dr Derousseau retrospectively reviewed a database of prospectively collected data of patients undergoing lung transplant evaluation at UTSW. He finds an association with patients who had delayed gastric emptying also developing acute cellular rejection after lung transplant. Importantly, many of these patients with delayed gastric emptying were asymptomatic. Dr. Gavini was the principal investigator on this study, with contributions from Dr. Chan, Dr. Lo, and Dr. Kaza.


Komal DDW

Intern Komal Patel presented her work “Use of Fresh Frozen Plasma to Correct Coagulopathy in Patients with Variceal Bleeding” with Dr. Agrawal and Dr. Sarode. She retrospectively reviewed cases of patients who presented with  variceal hemorrhage to determine the effect of FFP on INR and outcomes, concluding this practice results in variable decreases in the INR and may be associated with rebleeding.


Lastly, third-year resident and rising Chief Resident Saroja Bangaru presented “Increased Use of Liver Transplantation as Therapeutic Option for Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis”. In this study, Dr. Bangaru surveyed transplant hepatologists about their practices and opinions with regards to liver transplantation in alcoholic hepatitis. Over half of respondents reported transplanting patients for severe AH, with excellent 1-year survival reported. Dr. Mufti was the principal investigator, with Dr. Pederson and Dr. Singal contributing to the work.


Help us congratulate our outstanding residents on their important work!


Cheers to a Great Year!

To the Housestaff, Faculty, Fellows, and Students,
As our year with you ends, we want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you for your dedication, your professionalism, your curiosity, and your commitment to the best quality patient care. Thank you for being expert clinicians, accomplished researchers, and outspoken advocates for your patients. Thank you for helping open a brand new hospital, for being the best recruiters in the world, and for rising to the challenge of potpourri. Thank you for supporting us, for standing by our side, for voting on the case challenges, and for reading this blog! In short, thank you, for an amazing year – we know that next year will be even better!
– Your 2014-2015 Chief Residents (Punag, John, and Kate)

UTSW Resident Research Featured in News!

Recently, Daniel Sullivan (PGY-01) presented research from medical school (University of Alabama) on e-cigarettes. Sullivan presented the findings at ATS this year in Denver as the findings showed higher the power of the e-cigarettes was associated with  higher concentrations of harmful subtances incluidng acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. The findings sparked a lot of media coverage as the use of e-cigarettes has exploded in the last few years. Check out the interview with Daniel Sullivan about this exciting research and click on the link to read the abstract from ATS Conference. Very proud of our residents!

Mechanical and Chemical Components of Electronic Cigarettes Affect Combustion Production Formation and Biological Pathways of Inflammation

UTSW Resident Publishes in JAMA Internal Medicine!

One of our residents, Udayan Shah (PGY-01), published an article online in JAMA Internal Medicine this week, “When Documentation Supersedes Patient Communication – An Example From An Endoscopy Unit” along with Dr. Deepak Agrawal from the division of Digestive and Liver Disease at UT Southwestern. The article focuses on question surveys that providers ask to patients including physicians and nurses. The authors discuss the utility of these surveys to patient care and why these surveys have become common in health care settings. Are these surveys mandated by an authorizing body like CMS or the Joint Commission? Do these surveys lead to better patient care and outcomes? Check out the article below to read more about this!

udayan shah

UTSW Residents Present at American College of Cardiology Conference!

This past week, two of our UT Southwestern Internal Medicine residents presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in San Diego, CA. Purav Mody (PGY-03) presented “High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Efflux Capacity as a Novel Risk Marker for Incident Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Independent of Family History or Prevalent Coronary Calcium in a Multi-Ethnic Population-Based Study”. Ahmad Jabbar (PGY-03) presented “Impact of Coronary Revascularization Strategy on Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Chronic Total Occlusions.” Great job by our residents!


Friday, December 19th

Housestaff vs Faculty

Starting at noon in D 1.520

The faculty took the win last year in a close battle,
but the housestaff are ready to take back the crown!

(hint: read the blog)

Holiday Bowl and Xmas Sweater