Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter

  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    September 2018
  • Submission deadline:
    September 7th, 2018
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Professional Recognition

Awards and Professional Recognition

Tanya Nikiforova, MD, was the 1st place winner in the Department of Medicine Fellowship Teaching Competition. She is also this year’s recipient of the Frank J. Kroboth Medical Education Award for the most outstanding plenary presentation at the UPMC Annual GME Leadership Conference.

Amar Bansal, MD, won the “Clinical Junior Faculty Research Award” at the DOM Research Day for his abstract titled “Decisional satisfaction and perceptions of inpatient dialysis initiation."

Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA, was named the recipient of the 2018 AMERSA New Investigator/Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize and encourage new investigators and educators in the field of substance use. 

Jennifer Corbelli, MD, and Kristian Feterik, MD, were recently announced as 2018-2019 Lead Scholars. The ACLGIM LEAD program is designed for junior to mid-career faculty who wish to further develop their leadership skills.

Kristen Livesey, MD, was recently announced as a 2018-2019 Teach Scholar. The TEACH Certificate program was developed by SGIM's Education Committee to address the needs of junior clinician educators. Participants earn a master teacher certificate.

Amy Farkas, MD, MS (3rd-year ACES Fellow) and Eliana Bonifacino, MD (2nd-year ACES Fellow) were selected as finalists for the Lipkin award at SGIM 2018 for their abstract, "Mentoring Women in Academic Medicine: A Systematic Review."

Amol Koldekhar (MS4) was awarded the Clinical Medical Student Research Award at the Department of Medicine's Annual Research Day for his poster presentation entitled "Associations of grip strength with mood symptoms and health-related quality of life among patients with systolic heart failure."; Dr. Bruce Rollman was his project mentor, and DGIM member Dr. Kaleab Abebe, along with Amy Anderson and Bea Herbeck Belnap, were his co-authors.

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Professional Boards, Committees and Organizations

Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, was appointed as the Co-Director of Palliative Care Initiatives for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In this role, he will coordinate activities related to research, quality improvement, and dissemination regarding palliative care, including the development of clinical guidelines for palliative care in CF. 

Bruce Rollman, MD, MPH, was elected president of the American Psychosomatic Society (APS). Formed in 1942, its mission is to advance and integrate the scientific study of biological, psychological, behavioral and social factors in health and disease. Learn more about APS here and look this summer for the call for abstract submissions to their Annual Meeting, which will be held March 6-9, 2019, in Vancouver, BC.

Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS, has been selected to the editorial board of Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). The term of service for the JGIM Editorial Board is three years and began in April 2018.

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, was invited to serve on the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which was signed into law in May 2018 by Governor Wolf. The committee will be made up of 15 members and headed by Dr. Rachel Levine, the PA Secretary of Health. 

John Blosnich, PhD, MPH, was invited to join the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans as an affiliated researcher for a 3-year renewable term.

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Presentations and Posters

The VA National Leadership Council was recently briefed on the following publication from
DGIM investigators and colleagues in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP):

Radomski T, Bixler F, Zickmund S, Roman KL, Thorpe CT, Hale JA, Sileanu F, Hausmann LRM, Thorpe JM, Suda KJ, Stroupe KT, Gordon AJ, Good CB, Fine MJ, Gellad WF. "Physicians' perspectives regarding prescription drug monitoring program use within the Department of Veterans Affairs: a multi-state qualitative study." J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]

The following poster was presented at The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, held in Boston, MA, from March 4th through the 7th:

"T Cell Subsets Associated with Incident Diabetes Risk in HIV+ and HIV-Veterans," by Wyatt J. McDonnell, Kathleen McGinnis, Kaku So-Armah, Melissa Wellons, Glory Koerbel, Jeffrey Blume, Margaret F. Doyle, Nels C Olson, Russell, Tracy, Amy C. Justice, Simon Mallal, Mathew Freiberg, John R. Koethe.

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Work by Ann Marie Rosland, MD, MS, focusing on peer specialists was featured in the inaugural edition of the national QUERI Veterans’ Perspectives electronic newsletter.

Dr. Rosland also had work featured in Reuters: Friends and family may help counter diabetes stress. The original research was published in Diabetes Care in June 2018 ("Diabetes distress and glycemic control: the buffering effect of autonomy support from important family members and friends").

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was featured in a national VA Office of Research and Development “Chat with our Experts” focused on risks faced by Veterans who use VA and Medicare Part D to fill opioid prescriptions. Dr. Gellad was also recently interviewed for a WPXI feature on the topic of doctors getting payments from drug and medical device companies.

Various research by DGIM investigators (Borrero, Fine, Hausmann, Rodriguez, and Switzer) was featured in the VA’s Health Services Research and Development recent publication, Spotlight on Health Equity and Disparities Research.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, and C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, were co-authors on the recently selected VA HSR&D Best Research Paper of the Year for 2017 [Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Gellad WF, Good CB, Hanlon JT, Mor MK, Pleis JR, Schleiden LJ, Van Houtven CH. Dual health care system use and high-risk prescribing in patients with dementia: a national cohort study. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Feb 7;166(3):157-163].

A paper co-authored in 2015 by DGIM investigators Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, and Michael Fine, MD, MSc, informed the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for Older Adults published by the American Diabetes Association in 2018 [Thorpe CT, Gellad WF, Good CB, Zhang S, Zhao X, Mor M, Fine MJ. Tight glycemic control and use of hypoglycemic medications in older veterans with type 2 diabetes and comorbid dementia. Diabetes Care. 2015 Apr;38(4):588-95].

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