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Research

Research

First and second year nephrology fellows will be introduced to research design, statistics, interpretation of research studies, and critical review of the literature to acquire skills for lifelong learning.  They will also acquire the skills and knowledge to conduct ethical clinical research.  Fellows are expected to design, implement and complete their research project during the fellowship.  Furthermore, it is expected that each fellow will have an abstract of his/her work published and perhaps presented at one of the annual national nephrology meetings.

Our fellows present their scholarly research locally at institutional conferences such as the annual Graduate Medical Education Patient Safety and Performance Improvement Research Challenge and the Department of Medicine Research Day Poster Competition.  In addition, fellows routinely present their research each year at national meetings such as the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings and the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week.

Division of Nephrology Presentations/Abstracts/Posters

2018

“Does Induction Type Influence Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients at Different Phases of Hepatitis B Infection?”
Kalathil Sureshkumar MD, Bhavna Chopra MD
Published in Experimental and Clinical Transplantation; July 2018

“Kidney Transplantation in Older Recipients: Preemptive High KDPI Kidney vs Lower KDPI Kidney after Varying Dialysis Vintage”
Bhavna Chopra MD, Sabiha Hussain MD
Presented June 2018 at American Transplant Congress; Seattle, WA

“DONOR ETHNICITY AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANT OUTCOMES IN AFRICAN AMERICANS”
Kalathil Sureshkumar MD
Accepted May 2018 for presentation at  55th ERA-EDTA Congress; Copenhagen, Denmark

“OXALATE NEPHROPATHY: WHEN DIETARY HISTORY IS CRUCIAL TO THE DIAGNOSIS OF ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY”
Mohammad Wisam Baqdunes MD, Dipesh Maan MD, Syed Yasin MD, Khaled Nashar MD, Barbra Clark MD
Presented April 2018 at NKF Spring Clinical Meeting; Austin, TX

“RENAL ALLOGRAFT MALAKOPLAKIA: FAVORABLE OUTCOME WITH EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND PROLONGED ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY”
Syed Yasin MD, Mohammad Wisam Baqdunes MD, Kalathil Sureshkumar MD
Presented April 2018 at NKF Spring Clinical Meeting; Austin, TX

“Unmeasurable severe hypernatremia: A different way of using the calculated serum osmolality formula”
Aravindhan Arumugarajah DO, Christopher Webster DO, Luis Ortega MD
Published in Nefrología; April 2018

“Refining the Role of Simultaneous Liver Kidney Transplantation”
Kalathil Sureshkumar MD, Sabiha Hussain MD
Published in Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology; March 2018

2017

“Diagnosing a missed diagnosis”
Reilly J. B, Webster C
AHRQ WebM&M; April, 2017

“UNMEASURABLE SEVERE HYPERNATREMIA: A CASE REPORT”
Aravindhan Arumugarajah, DO; Luis Ortega
Presented April 2017 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting; Orlando, FL

“Is Idiopathic Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephris Truly idiopathic?”
Dipesh Maan MD, Jennifer Sheyman DO, Vinai Kumar Katragadda MD, Swati Arora MD. Presented April 2017 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting; Orlando, FL

“DELAYED RECURRENCE OF FIBRILLARY GLOMERULONEPRHITIS IN A RENAL ALLOGRAFT TRIGGERED BY MALIGNANCY”
Sreejith Velliyattikuzhi, Vinai Katragadda, Kalathil K Sureshkumar. Presented April 2017 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting; Orlando, FL

“A RARE CASE OF FIBRILLARY GLOMERULONEPHRITIS PRESENTING WITH HEMOPTYSIS”
Swathi Lavudi, MD, Christopher Webster, DO, Saleha Rizwan, MD, Alyson Malarkey, DO, James Reilly, MD, Tina Ko , DO. Presented April 2017 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting; Orlando, FL. 

“Role of Induction Therapy in Low Immune Risk Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Mate Kidney Analysis” Marcelo Sampaio, MD, Kalathil Sureshkumar, MD Presented In May 2017 at American Transplant Congress; Chicago, IL.

2016

“Positive Cross-Match is not a Barrier for Successful Combined Liver-Kidney Transplantation”
Vinai Katragadda, M.D., Kalathil K. Sureshkumar, M.D.
Presented April 2016 at  National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings; Boston, MA.

“Parathyroid Hormone Improvement after Implementation of Mineral Bone Disease Rounds in the Dialysis Unit: A Quality Improvement Initiative”
Jennifer Sheyman, D.O., Vinai Katragadda, M.D., Barbara A. Clark, M.D.
Presented in April 2016 at GME Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Resident Research Challenge and April 2016 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings; Boston, MA.

“Acute Kidney Injury in the Setting of Warfarin Toxicity”
Jennifer Sheyman, D.O., Amr Habbach, M.D., Sala Siddiqui, M.D., Kalathil Sureshkumar, M.D., Swati Arora, M.D.
Presented April 2016 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings; Boston, MA.

“Gordon's Syndrome of Pseudohypoaldosteronism Type II: A Case Report”
Christopher Webster, D.O., Sabiha Hussain, M.D.
Presented in April 2016 at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings; Boston, MA.

“Clinical Measures to Reduce Early Urinary Tract Infections Following Kidney Transplantation: A Single Center Experience”
Bhavna Chopra, M.D., Tina Y. Ko, D.O, Christopher Webster, D.O., Jennifer Sheyman, D.O., Aravindhan Arumugarajah, D.O., Vinai Katragadda, M.D., Richard J. Marcus, M.D., Kalathil K. Sureshkumar, M.D. Presented June 2016 at American Transplant Congress; Boston, MA.

Update on kidney transplantation in human immunodeficiency virus infected recipients
Nashar K, Sureshkumar KK.
World J Nephrol. 2016 Jul 6;5(4):300-7.

“Rasburicase for Tumor Lysis Syndrome”
Vishwanathan S, Arumugarajah A, Ortega LM, Bousamra A
American Journal of Therapeutics; August, 2016

Common chronic conditions do not affect performance of cell cycle arrest biomarkers for risk stratification of acute kidney injury.
Heung M, Ortega LM, Chawla LS, Wunderink RG, Self WH, Koyner JL, Shi J, Kellum JA; Sapphire and Topaz Investigators.
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Oct;31(10):1633-40. Epub 2016 Jun 23.

“Loop Mediated Amplification Assay Versus Culture for Detection of Escherichia Coli in Urine: A Single Center Pilot Study”
Vinai Kumar Katragadda, M.D., Aravindhan Arumugarajah, D.O., Jennifer Sheyman, D.O., Christopher J. Webster, D.O., Kalathil K. Sureshkumar, M.D., Richard J. Marcus, M.D., Abhay N. Vats, M.D., Michelangelo Di Giuseppe, M.D., Swati Arora, M.D. Presented November 2016 at American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week; Chicago, IL.

2015

Changing organ allocation policy for kidney transplantation in the United States.'
Chopra B, Sureshkumar KK
World J Transplant. 2015 Jun24; 5(2):38-43

Crystal-induced acute kidney injury due to ciprofloxacin.
Ortega LM, Harmouch I, Nayer A
J Nephropathol. 2015 Jan; 4(1):29-31

Successful Treatment of Post-Transplant Collapsing Glomerulopathy with a Rituximab Regimen.
Davda G, Chopra B, Hussain SM, Nashar K, Ko TY, Jasnosz KM, Sureshkumar KK:
National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings(Mar 25-29) : Dallas, TX, 2015.

Successful Treatment of Atypical HUS in a Kidney Transplant Recipient with Eculizumab and Belatacept. Zhang J, Hussain SM, Chopra B, Ko TY, Kaplan R, Jasnosz KM, Sureshkumar KK: National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings(Mar 25-29) : Dallas, TX,  2015.

De Novo Proliferative Glomerulonephritis with Monoclonal IgG Deposits in a Kidney Allograft - a Case Report.
Sedki E, Hussain SM, Jasnosz KM, Sureshkumar KK: National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings(Mar 25-29) : Dallas, TX,  2015.

Does Induction Type Influence Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients at Different Phases of Hepatitis B Infection?
Sureshkumar KK, Marcus RJ, Chopra B:  American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting(Nov 3-8) : San Diego, CA, 2015.

Human Leukocyte Antigen Mismatch and Steroid Maintenance in Kidney Transplantation. 2015. Sureshkumar KK, Marcus RJ, Chopra B: 

Does Hepatitis B Virus Impact the Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients? Analysis by Phases of Infection.Chopra B, Arora S, Marcus RJ, Hussain SM, Nashar K, Ko TY, Sureshkumar KK: American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting(Nov 3-8) : San Diego, CA,  2015.

Heung M, Ortega LM, Chawla LS, Kellum JA:  Common Chronic Comorbid Conditions Do Not Affect Performance of Cell Cycle Arrest Biomarkers for Risk Stratification of Acute  Kidney Injury. The 20th International Conference on Advances in Critical Care Nephrology  AKI CRRT 2015(February 17-20) : San Diego, CA,  2015.

Arora S, Marcus RJ, Nashar K, Chopra B, Zhang J, Davda G, Sedki E, Reilly JB,Sureshkumar KK:  ABCD of CKD Management Among Internal Medicine Residents: Are Interactive Workshops and Web-based Tools Useful?. American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week(Nov 3-8) : San Diego, CA,  2015.

2014

Outcomes of paired-exchange live-donor kidney transplantation: a single-center experience.
Bhargava A, Arora S, Marcus RJ, Sureshkumar KK
Transplant Proc. 2014 Dec; 46(10):3420-2

Alemtuzumab induction and antibody-mediated rejection in kidney transplantation.
Noureldeen T, Albekioni Z, Machado L, Muddana N, Marcus RJ, Hussain SM, Sureshkumar KK
Transplant Proc. 2014 Dec; 46(10):3405-07

Contrast-induced nephropathy: pathogenesis and new therapeutic options for prevention.
Ortega LM, Harmouch I, Nayer A.
Am J Ther. 2014 Dec 2 [Epub ahead of print]

Necrotizing crescentic glomerulonephritis in a patient with positive serologies for lupus and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies.
Bhargava A, Ortega LM, Nayer A, Burguera V, Jasnosz K
Nefrologia. 2014 Sep 26; 34(5):678-81

Use of Extracorporeal Techniques in the Removal of Dabigatran.
Muddan N, Thuyanh C, Nayer A, Nashar K, Ortega LM
Am J Ther. 2014 Jul 1 [Epub ahead of print]

Effect of allopurinol on slowing allograft functional decline in kidney transplant recipients.
Osadchuk L, Bashir MH, Tangirala B, Marcus RJ, Nashar K, Hussain SM, Sureshkumar KK
Exp Clin Transplant. 2014 Jun; (1293):190-4.