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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 and Critical Care Medicine, have contributed to the writing of manuscripts and publications in peer reviewed journals and have participated in poster presentations at national conferences, including IDSA and ATS.

Fellows in our program can take full advantage of the following resources:

  • Elective Research Time - Fellows receive protected time away from rotations to complete key research-oriented tasks.
  • Travel Grants – Fellows receive funding to help relieve the cost of travel and conference expenses when presenting their work.
  • Academic Support - Fellows can count on support from dedicated faculty in the form of reviewing and critiquing their work, offering revisions and editorial assistance, and staging mock presentations of their work.
  • Research Conference – This monthly meeting provides a forum to discuss ongoing and upcoming research projects. This is also an opportunity to teach fellows how to formulate a research question and design and complete a project.
  • Research and Scholarship Day - Fellows have the opportunity to present their work at this internal poster competition. In addition to circulating their work and networking across the Medicine Institute at Allegheny Health Network, residents and fellows compete for prizes.
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Recently published articles

Published in 2020

Moffa MA, Bremmer DN, Carr D, Buchanan C, Shively NR, Elrufay R, Walsh TL. Impact of a Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay on the Clinical Management of Adults Undergoing a Lumbar Puncture for Suspected Community-Onset Central Nervous System Infections. Antibiotics (Basel). 2020 May 26;9(6):E282. doi: 10.3390/antibiotics9060282.

Virani A, Rabold E, Hanson T, Haag A, Elrufay R, Cheema T, Balaan M, Bhanot N. Guillain-Barré Syndrome Associated With SARS-CoV-2 Infection. IDCases. 2020 Apr 18;20:e00771.doi:10.1016/j.idcr.2020.e00771.

Haiduc M, Patel M, Walsh TL, Moffa MA, Bremmer DN. Impact of a Cefepime Shortage on Dosing Regimens and Outcomes in Hospitalized Adults With Febrile Neutropenia. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2020 Apr 21:1078155220918638. doi: 10.1177/1078155220918638.

Brunner R, Min Z, Bhanot N. Brain Lesion in a Patient With Influenza. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 2;70(2):331-333. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz314.

Walsh TL, Taffe K, Sacca N, Bremmer DN, Sealey ML, Cuevas E, Johnston A, Malarkey A, Behr R, Embrescia J, Sahota E, Loucks S, Gupta N, Shields KJ, Katz C, Kapetanos A. Risk Factors for Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Primary Care. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2020 Jan 13;4(1):31-39.

Spellberg B, Chambers HF, Musher DM, Walsh TL, Bayer AS. Evaluation of a Paradigm Shift From Intravenous Antibiotics to Oral Step-Down Therapy for the Treatment of Infective Endocarditis: A Narrative Review. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Mar 30. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0555

Published in 2019:

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. 2019;68(5):725-730.

Shah A, Goel K, Uchin J, Patibandla SK, Min Z, Bhanot N. Fever and rash in an adult: Varicella re-infection in conjunction with newly diagnosed chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Am J Med. 2019 Mar 5. pii: S0002-9343(19)30174-3.

Shively NR, Moffa MA, Paul KT, Wodusky EJ, Schipani BA, Cuccaro SL, Harmanos MS, Cratty MS, Chamovitz BN, Walsh TL. Impact of a Telehealth-based Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in a Community Hospital Health System. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Sep 5;ciz878. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz878

Como J, Moffa MA, Bhanot N, Min Z, Cole KS, Kuzyck J, Walsh TL. Potential False-Positive Urine Legionella Enzyme Immunoassay Test Results. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2019 Jul;38(7):1377-1382. doi: 10.1007/s10096-019-03575-2.

O'Donnell AJ, Walsh TL, Tang A, Weinberg L. The Impact of the Hospital Elder Life Program on the Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: An Unexpected Benefit. Geriatr Nurs. Sep-Oct 2019;40(5):473-477. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2019.03.011

Published in 2018:

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

Bremmer DN, Trienski TL, Walsh TL, Moffa MA. Role of Technology in Antimicrobial Stewardship.Med Clin North Am. 2018 Sep;102(5):955-963. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2018.05.007. Epub 2018 Jul 14. Review.

Bremmer DN, Shively NR, Walsh TL.Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Use.

N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 15;379(20):1972. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1811150.

Moffa MA, Walsh TL, Tang A, Bremmer DN. Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program on healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile rates at a community-based teaching hospital.J Infect Prev. 2018 Jul;19(4):191-194. doi: 10.1177/1757177418767760. Epub 2018 May 19.

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

Published in 2017:

Hampe HM, Graper L, Hayes-Leight K, Olszewski D, Moffa M, Bremmer DN. Accurate Identification of Infection Source in Burn Trauma Patients With Central Line Infection to Determine Appropriate Treatment Option As Well As Proper Public Reporting.Crit Care Nurs Q. 2017 Jan/Mar;40(1):16-23.

Min Z, Veer M, Rali P, Singh A, Bhanot N. Early-onset de novo invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in an orthotopic heart transplant recipient. Lung India. 2017 Jul-Aug;34(4):376-379. doi: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_454_16.

Min Z, Garcia RR, Murillo M, Uchin JM, Bhanot N. Vancomycin-associated Henoch-Schönlein purpura.J Infect Chemother. 2017 Mar;23(3):180-184. doi: 10.1016/j.jiac.2016.08.012. Epub 2016 Sep 25.

Sandhu R, Mareddy C, Itskowitz M, Mount CE, Bhanot N, Min Z. Mycoplasma-induced rash and mucositis in a young patient with red eyes, oral mucositis, and targetoid cutaneous vesicles. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 May;17(5):562. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30515-1.

Rapsinski GJ, Makadia J, Bhanot N, Min Z.
Pseudomonas mendocina native valve infective endocarditis: a case report.
J Med Case Rep. 2016 Oct 4;10(1):275.

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.

Walsh TL, Bremmer DN, Moffa MA, Chan-Tompkins NH, Murillo MA, Chan L, Burkitt MJ, Konopka CI, Watson C, Trienski TL.Effect of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Guidance on the Management of Uncomplicated Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Hospitalized Adults. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2017 Apr 28;1(1):91-99. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2017.04.002. eCollection 2017 Jul.

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.

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.

Published in 2016:

Abdulmassih R, Makadia J, Como J, Paulson M, Min Z, Bhanot N. Propionibacterium acnes: Time-to-Positivity in Standard Bacterial Culture From Different Anatomical Sites. J Clin Med Res. 2016 Dec;8(12):916-918. Epub 2016 Oct 26.

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-

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.

Published in 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.

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.

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.

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

Rimawi BH, Meserve J, Rimawi RH, Min Z, Gnann JW Jr.Disseminated Herpes Simplex Virus with Fulminant Hepatitis.Case Reports Hepatol. 2015;2015:463825. doi: 10.1155/2015/463825. Epub 2015 Jul 28.

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.

Published in 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.

Min Z, Zarrabi A, Woldesenbet A, Williams RB. Purple ear and retiform purura. Intern Emerg Med. 2014; 9(4): 475-477.

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

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

Min Z, Amlani M. Pulmonary Mycobacterium kansasii Infection Mimicking Malignancy on the (18)F-FDG PET Scan in a Patient Receiving Etanercept: A Case Report and Literature Review. Case Rep Pulmonol. 2014;2014:973573. doi: 10.1155/2014/973573. Epub 2014 Oct 20.

Min Z, Baddley JW. Mollaret's meningitis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Oct;14(10):1022. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(14)70874-6.

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.

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

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