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Research

Research

Fellows are introduced within the curriculum to research design, statistics, and study interpretations, as well as critical review of literature to acquire skills that foster lifelong learning.

Physicians in training, with guidance from faculty members of the Division of Infectious Diseases, have contributed to the writing of manuscripts and publications in peer reviewed journals and have participated in poster presentations at national conferences.

Selected Published Articles

2018:
Bremmer DN, Moffa MA, Ma K, Bean HR, Snatchko J, Trienski TL, Watson C, Walsh TL. Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with a Low Procalcitonin: Impact of Antibiotic Therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Jul 2. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy552.

Bremmer DN, DiSilvio BE, Hammer C, Beg M, Vishwanathan S, Speredelozzi D, Moffa MA, Hu K, Abdulmassih R, Makadia JT, Sandhu R, Naddour M, Chan-Tompkins NH, Trienski TL, Watson C, Obringer TJ, Kuzyck J, Walsh TL. Impact of Procalcitonin Guidance on Management of Adults Hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 May;33(5):692-697. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4312-2

Walsh TL, DiSilvio BE, Hammer C, Beg M, Vishwanathan S, Speredelozzi D, Moffa MA, Hu K, Abdulmassih R, Makadia JT, Sandhu R, Naddour M, Chan-Tompkins NH, Trienski TL, Watson C, Obringer TJ, Kuzyck J, Bremmer DN. Impact of Procalcitonin Guidance with an Educational Program on Management of Adults Hospitalized with Pneumonia. Am J Med. 2018 Feb;131(2):201.e1-201.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.08.039.

Walsh TL, Bean HR, Kaplan RB. Neisseria cinerea bacteremia in a patient receiving eculizumab: a case report. Infection. 2018 Apr;46(2):271-274. doi: 10.1007/s15010-017-1090-4

2017:
Walsh TL, Chan L, Konopka CI, Burkitt MJ, Moffa MA, Bremmer DN, Murillo MA, Watson C, Chan-Tompkins NH. Appropriateness of antibiotic management of uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections in hospitalized adult patients. BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Nov 29;16(1):721. PMID: 27899072

Veer M, Abdulmassih R, Como J, Min Z, Bhanot N. Adenoviral nephritis in a renal transplant recipient: Case report and literature review. Transpl Infect Dis. 2017 May 3. doi: 10.1111/tid.12716. PMID: 27716406

Walsh TL, Bhanot N, Murillo MA, Uchin JM, Min Z. Creeping Skin Lesions: Primary Cutaneous Cryptococcosis. Am J Med. 2017 Jun; 130(6):666-668. PMID: 28223065

2016:
Rali P, Veer M, Gupta N, Singh AC, Bhanot N. Opportunistic Pulmonary Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts. Crit Care Nurs Q. 2016 Apr-Jun;39(2):161-75. PMID:26919677

Abdulmassih R, Min Z. An ominous radiographic feature: cortical ribbon sign. Intern Emerg Med. 2016 Mar;11(2):281-3. doi: 10.1007/s11739-015-1287-4.PMID: 26238299

2015:
Garcia RR, Bhanot N, Min Z. A mimic's imitator: a cavitary pneumonia in a myasthenic patient with history of tuberculosis. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Jul 6;2015. pii: bcr2015210264. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-210264.PMID: 26150643

Sharff K, Min Z, Bhanot N. A Challenging Case of Multifocal Mycobacterium marinum Osteoarticular Infection in a Patient with Anorexia Nervosa. Case Rep Orthop. 2015;2015:963138. doi: 10.1155/2015/963138. PMID: 26137337

Garcia RR, Min Z, Narasimhan S, Bhanot N. Fusarium brain abscess: case report and literature review. Mycoses. 2015 Jan;58(1):22-6. doi: 10.1111/myc.12271. Review. PMID: 25476184

Makadia J, Bhanot N, Mancini SA, Min Z. Clinical evolution, management, and resolution of type II necrotizing fasciitis. Intern Emerg Med. 2015 Apr;10(3):389-91. doi: 10.1007/s11739-014-1139-7. PMID: 25294738

Min Z. Parenchymal neurocysticercosis. Intern Emerg Med. 2015 Feb;10(1):105-7. doi: 10.1007/s11739-014-1089-0. PMID: 24889913

2014:
McEllistrem MC, McGraw M, Sahud AG, Chan-Tompkins NH, Goswami R, Bhanot N. High frequency of nonadherence to Clostridium difficile treatment guidelines. South Med J. 2014 Sep;107(9):597-9. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000167.PMID: 25188627

Sawyer JR, Ma Q, Hsiao CB. Single-tablet, once-daily treatment regimens for HIV.Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Apr;14(4):265-7.

Min Z, Zarrabi A, Woldesenbet A, Williams RB. Purple ear and retiform purura. Intern Emerg Med. 2014; 9(4): 475-477. PMID 24287572
Sandhu R, Min Z, Bhanot N. A gigantic anogenital lesion: buschke-lowenstein tumor. Case Rep Dermatol Med. 2014;2014:650714. doi: 10.1155/2014/650714..PMID: 25431694

Min Z, Gnann JW Jr. Mosquito bites and eastern equine encephalitis. QJM 2014;107(5):397-398. PMID 23970186

Min Z, Gnann JW Jr. Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Intern Emerg Med. 2014; 9(3): 341-342. PMID 24132656
2013

Naik C, Kulkarni H, Darabi A, Bhanot N. Ochrobactrum anthropi: a rare cause of pneumonia. J Infect Chemother. 2013 Feb;19(1):162-5. doi: 10.1007/s10156-012-0436-1. Epub 2012 Jun 7.PMID: 22669505

Min Z, Pappas PG. Target lesions in a neutropenic patient. Intern Emerg Med. 2013 Nov. 
PMID 24293213

Julian KG, Shattahi E, Burg JE, Boehmer JP. Low-dose valganciclovir for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in heart transplant recipients. Transplant Proc. 2013 Nov;45(9):3414-3417. PMID 24182826

Sharff KA, Richards EP, Townes JM. Clinical management of septic arthritis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2013 Jun;15(6):332. PMID 23591823

Min Z, Curtis JR, Baddley JW. Epidemiologic research of invasive fungal infections using large healthcare databases. Current Fungal Infect Rep. 2013;7(4):320-325.

Min Z, Krishnasami Z, Cook WJ, Rodriguez JM. Dual causes of multiple myeloma. International Journal of Case Reports and Images. 2013;4(9):489-493.

Mikula JM, Hsiao CB, Sawyer JR, Ma Q, Morse GD. Comparative Effectiveness of Darunavir 1,200 mg Daily and Approved Dosing Strategies for Protease Inhibitor-Experienced Patients. AIDS Res Treat. 2013;2013:687176. PMID:23956848

Pittsburgh: Culture and Social Life

City of Pittsburgh – Founded in 1758 at the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers (and at the headwaters of the Ohio River), Pittsburgh has been a landmark location even before the foundation of the United States of America. The city’s strategic importance as the original ‘Gateway to the West,’ subsequently gave rise to the steel manufactering center of the country in later centuries.  Today, Pittsburgh remains a vibrant and diverse city, focusing heavily in Education, Medicine, and the Arts.  Twenty-nine colleges and universities call Pittsburgh their home, including The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University.

A burgeoning restaurant scene, presence of professional football, baseball, and hockey teams, as well as live orchestra, theater, and dance performances, provide countless opportunities for after-work outings and other social events.  The ‘Three Rivers’ of Pittsburgh border extensive jogging and bicycle trails, not to mention opportunies for watersport within the city limits (kayaking, canoeing, and boating).

Fellowship ‘Wellness’ – The connection with our trainees extends well beyond the hospital and work setting.  We plan frequent outings with our fellows to promote trainee ‘wellness’ and foster comradery among the members of our division.  This healthy work-life balance makes for a complete and rewarding fellowship experience for our trainees.

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