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Internal Medicine residents

Research is an integral part of this residency program.

Apart from research that is done by residents, which they present in local and national meetings, our major research activities include:

  1. Two or three modules of research under faculty mentors
  2. Research mandatory for graduation

  3. Yearly program-sponsored research symposium

  4. Mandatory oral presentations by PGY III
  5. Poster presentations (optional for PGY I-II)
  6. Performance Improvement Projects required in continuity clinic: These projects are based on established clinical guidelines. Residents complete one project per year. A quarterly progress report is completed by house staff and uploaded in the resident's electronic portfolio. Mentoring and critical appraisal is performed by Ambulatory Clinic Attending and Program Director.

In addition to a personal advisor, each resident is assigned a research advisor who has expertise in his or her area of interest.

Your advisor can help to identify and evaluate research opportunities at Catholic Health, the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Buffalo Veterans Medical Center. Your advisor will also review your progress and guide you as your research progresses.

Resident Publications

Malayala SV, Raza, A. Health Behavior and Perceptions among African American Women with Metabolic Syndrome. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. Buffalo New York. Co-Action Publishing. 6:30559. 2016

Samannodi, M, Vakkalanka S, Zhao A, et al. Neisseria Elongata Endocarditis of a Native Aortic Valve. BMJ Case Rep. Published Online. February 2016. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-213311

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Al Jebaje ZB, Zhao A, Samannodi M, Al-Sofiani M, Hocko M. Salmonella spondylitis in an immunocompetent non-sickle cell patient. Int J Case Rep Images 2017;8(3):187–190. Published: 01 March 2017

Mohammed Al-Sofiani, Abdul B Abu-Samra, and Shaker A Mousa. Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone, and Parathyroid Hormone-Related Peptide Interaction in Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Clinical Metabolism and Diabetes. 2012 October; 3(2):11-19. 

Al-Sofiani ME, Jammah A, Racz M, et al. Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Glucose Control and Inflammatory Response in Type II Diabetes: A Double Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2015;13(1):e22604. doi:10.5812/ijem.22604. 

Mohammed Al-Sofiani, Dhimitri Nikolla, Ramesh Metta. Hypothyroidism and Non-Cardiogenic Pulmonary Oedema: Are We Missing Something Here? Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports. 2015;2015:150014. 

Mohammed Al-Sofiani, Peterkin Lee Kwen. Isolated medial rectus nuclear palsy as a rare presentation of midbrain infarction. The American Journal of Case reports. Accepted.

Mohammed Samannodi, Andrew Zhao, Yaser Nemshah, and Kevin Shiley, “Plesiomonas shigelloides Septic Shock Leading to Death of Postsplenectomy Patient with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency and Hemochromatosis,” Case Reports in Infectious Diseases, vol. 2016, Article ID 1538501, 3 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/1538501

Sujit Vakkalanka, Andrew Zhao, Mohammed Samannodi. Primary Hyperaldosteronism: A Case of Unilateral Adrenal Hyperplasia with Contralateral Incidentaloma. BMJ Case Reports  2016;  doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-216209  

Yoo E, Sammanodi M, Zhao A, Hocko M. Mycobacterium kansasii liver abscess in a patient with HIV. Open J Clin Med Case Rep. 2017; 1231

Out-of-Area Research

If you were conducting a research project outside of Western New York, you may qualify to continue your research at that location. This opportunity is available to residents at all stages of residency.

Research Presentations

Residents are encouraged to publish their results and to present their findings at regional and national meetings including:

  • Austin Flint research Symposium
  • UB Scholarly Exchange Day
  • The New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) state meetings.
  • The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) annual academic meeting.
  • The American College of Physicians (ACP) National meeting and oral and poster session

Resident Awards

2014 - 2015

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Dr. Candace Marr
  • Residents Award of the Medical Society of Erie County, Dr. Raed Alnaji and Dr. Sara MacLeod
  • Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Gold Humanism Honor Society, Dr. Ammar Saati
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award University at Buffalo, Dr. Adam Riordan and Dr. Mohammed Al-Sofiani
  • New York American College of Physicians, Research section, First prize, Dr. Ahmad Farooq
  • Catholic Health LOVE Award, Dr. Jared Mahan

2013 - 2014

  • May 2013 - American Geriatrics Society, Dallas - 3rd place in research session, Dr. Varun Malayala
  • 2013 - University at Buffalo 16th Annual Scholarly Exchange Day, Dr. Shabnam Rehman
  • 2013 - Yale University Fibrosis Symposium, Dr. Ahmad Farooq
  • 2013 & 2014 - American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Annual Meeting, Dr. Ahmad Farooq
  • 2014 - University at Buffalo’s Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), Dr. Abdul J. Samdani
  • 2014 - University at Buffalo, Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards, Dr. Awais Zaka
  • 2014 - Residents Award of the Medical Society of Erie County, Dr. Erlin Marte and Dr. Matt Mavissakalian
  • 2014 - American Collage of Physicians National Abstract Competition, Oral Presentations, Dr. Ambreen Raza
  • 2014 - University at Buffalo 17th Annual Scholarly Exchange Day, Dr. Mohammad Zafar

Research Topics

2016 Research

1. Clinical and Audiometric Assessment of Hearing Function in Diabetic Patients

Dr. Mohammed Al‐Sofiani
Mentor: Dr. Howard Lippes

2. Are Sinus Node Dysfunction and Pacemaker Implantation More Common in Patients with Non-Ablated Atrial Fibrillation?

Dr. Muhammad Umer Butt
Mentors: Drs. Sameer Waheed, John J. Cai

3. Aspartate a New Treatment Modality in the Treatment of Acute Liver Failure and Acute Pancreatitis

Dr. Ahmad Farooq
Mentors: Drs. Wajahat Mehal and Henri Woodman

4. Liraglutide in Type-1 Diabetes Mellitus

Dr. Haitham Hassane
Mentor: Dr. Nitesh Kuhadiya

5. Prognostic Impact of Age at Diagnosis and Primary Gleason Grade on High Gleason Score Prostate Cancer Patients

Dr. Chandana Javvaji
Mentor: Dr. Saby George

6. Central Sleep Apnea yndrome in Patient with Mandibular Advancement Device for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Munir Ahmed Khan
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Mador

7. Liraglutide in Overweight and Obses Patients with Type-1 Diabetes

Dr. Neha Lalani
Mentors: Drs. Paresh Dandona and Nitesh Kuhadiya

8. Adjuvant Tigecycline for Severe Clostridium Difficile-Associated Diarrhea

Dr. Candace Marr
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Shiley

9. When to Call Palliative Care? An Analysis of Early and Late Consultations in Hospitalized Patients

Dr. Matthew Mavissakalian
Mentor: Dr. James Fitzpatrick

10. Temporal Trends and Clinical Outcomes of HIV-Associated Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphomas (DLBCL) During the Antiretroviral and Rituximab Era

Dr. Abdul Rafeh Naqash
Mentors: Drs. Francisco Hernandez, Jaspreet Dhillon, and Haider Khadim

11. Meta Analysis of Trials Comparing Standard Antiemetic Treatment (SAT) Versus Aprepitant-Containing Antiemetic Regimens (ACAR) for Prevention of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)

Dr. Fahad Zubair
Mentor: Dr. Neha Gupta

2015 Research

1. Aggressiveness of Diuresis in the First 24 Hours of Hospitalization and Length of Stay in Patients with Decompensated Congestive Heart Failure

Dr. Hany Abdel Messeh
Mentor: Dr. A. Herle

2. Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis and the Incidence of Hospital Acquired VTE

Dr. Olaide Akande
Mentor: Dr. John Hall

3. Effect of Intra-bursal Steroid Injection on Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

Dr. Shameem Beigh
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Grisanti

4. Effect of Timing of Dialysis on Septic Patients with ARF

Dr. Lin Ji
Mentors: Drs. Freundel and B. Ali

5. Glycemic Control in Noncritical Care Hospitalized Patients Within the Catholic Health System

Dr. Erlin Marte
Mentor: Dr. Howard Lippes

6. Analysis of Non-Hemorrhagic Reversible Vasoconstriction Syndrome

Dr. Owais Mufti
Mentors: Drs. Bijel Mehta and B. Ali

7. Recommendations on Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Men: A Population-Based Review

Dr. Ambreen Raza
Mentor: Dr. Varun Malayala

8. The Effect of Variable Time Interval Between Abiraterone and Subsequent Enzalutamide Therapy in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: A Retrospective Study

Dr. Shabnam Rehman
Mentor: Dr. Roberto Pili

9. Assessment of Peak and Plateau Pressures in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Catholic Health System of Buffalo

Dr. Adam Riordan
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Brewer

10. Lactic Acid Utilization Compliance and Outcomes in Sepsis

Dr. Ammar Saati
Mentors: Drs. B. Siddiqui and Nashat Rabadi

11. Therapeutic Hypothermia In Cardiac Arrest: Outcomes In Non-Ventricular Tachycardia / Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest And In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Dr. Saad Shariff
Mentor: Dr. Aravind Herle

12. Does Introducing a Sepsis Protocol Improve Outcome?

Dr. Tawfiq Zabaneh
Mentor: Dr. Nashat Rabadi

2014 Research

1. Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Dr. Ridhwan Baba
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Mador

2. The Effect of PPI on Vitamin D

Dr. Rani Hanna
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Grisanti

3. Sleep Disordered Breathing: Predictors Of Severe Sleep Apnea And Compliance With Therapy In A Veteran Population

Dr. Ramesh Metta
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Mador

4. E-LeAP Study:  Echocardiographic Left Atrial Pressure - A Comparative Review in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Sinus Rhythm

Dr. Moghniuddin Mohammed
Mentors: Drs. Harry McCrea and Yuji Saito

5. Syncope and Left VentricularDiastolic Dysfunction

Dr. Abdul Jawwad Samdani
Mentors: Drs. Yuji Saito and Mrinalini Meesala

6. Liraglutide As Additional Treatment In Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

Dr. Ahmed Shah
Mentors:  Drs. Paresh Dandona and Nitesh Kuhadiya

7. Second Primary Breast Cancers Following Hematologic Malignancies

Dr. Farah Tanveer
Mentor: Dr. Meir Wetzler

8. Effect Of FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-,Di-,Monosaccharides And Polyols) Restricted Diet On Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Dr. Sameer Waheed
Mentor: Dr. Henri Woodman
Co-Authors: Dr. Michael Moore; Dr. U. Butt and Dr. D. Gorovoy

9. Uric Acid as a Bio Marker of Preeclampsia, A Fresh Look...

Dr. Mohammad Zafar
Mentor: Dr. Rocco Venuto

10. Sleep Disordered Breathing: Predictors of Severe Sleep Apnea and Compliance with Therapy in Veteran Population

Dr. Awais Zaka
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Mador

2013 Research

1. Association Of Insulin Resistance And Testosterone Concentration In Young Pubertal And Post-pubertal Obese Males

Dr. Mursaleen Dar
Mentors: Drs. Paresh Dandona and Husam Ghanim

2. Evaluation Of Electrogenic Properties Of Myocardium In Patients With Diastolic Dysfunction, With Tp-E/Qt Ratio As Markers Of Ventricular Repolarization

Dr. Showkat Hamid
Mentor: Dr. Mrinalini Meesala

3. Short-term Patient-reported Quality of Life After Robot-assisted Radical Cystectomy Using the Convalescence and Recovery Evaluation

Dr. Abid Hussain
Mentor Name: Dr. Khurshid A. Guru

4. Granulomatous Mastitis: An Autoimmune Process Or Idiopathic? A Case Series

Dr. Amina Lodhi
Mentors: Drs. Michael and Joseph M. Grisanti

5. Gender Based Differences In Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture-A Retrospective Review

Dr. Varun Malayala
Mentors: Drs. Khalid J. Qazi and Paul Anain

6. 5-Year Mortality In Patients With Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction And Preserved Ejection Fraction (5-MID Study)

Dr. Salim Memon
Mentor: Dr. Yuji Saito

7. Blood Glucose Control in a Schizophrenic Population in an Outpatient Setting

Dr. Daniel Molloy
Mentor: Dr. James Stephen

8. Employing Lean Flow to Streamline the Admission Process, Improve Patient Satisfaction, Enhance Quality and Facilitate Cost Effective Care

Dr. Matthew Rusk
Mentor: Dr. Khalid J. Qazi

9. Assessment Of Defibrillation Threshold Upon Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implant In Relation To Patient's Prognosis

Dr. Keiko Saito
Mentor: Dr. Yuji Saito

10. Is Diabetes Mellitus A Risk Factor For Right Ventricular Dysfunction and Increased Mortality Rate?

Dr. Zubair Shah
Mentor: Dr. Yuji Saito

11. Risk Stratification And Incidence Of Acute Complications In Upper Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis Patients

Dr. Santosh Yatam Ganesh
Mentors: Drs. Khalid J. Qazi and Paul Anain

2012 Research

1. Assessment of Outcomes in Septic Shock and Severe Sepsis Patients With Early Critical Care Intervention

Matthew Missert, DO
Gopichand Pendurti, MBBS
Thomas Brewer, DO

2. Comparative Effect of Various HDAC-Inhibitors In-Vitro on T-Cell Lymphoma Cell Lines Alone and in Combination with Conventional Anti-Cancer Drugs

Arshad H. Banday
Mentor: Francisco Hernandez-Illizaliturri, MD 

3. Presence of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy is associated with Higher Tei Index and Left Atrial Pressure in Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction

Sharma Kattel, MBBS
Mentor: Yuji Saito, MD

4. A Randomized Open Label Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Different Dosage Forms of Vitamin D in Patients with Vitamin D Deficiency, and the Effect of Food on Vitamin D Absorption

Zeenat Ali
Joseph Grisanti, MD 

5. Assessment of Bone Health in patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Aamir Hussain, MD
Maya D. Srivastava, MD
Michael Moore, MD 

6. The Effect of Exenatide Therapy on Inflammation, Insulin Requirement and Weight in Obese Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients on Insulin

Shahid Mukhtar Banday, MBBS
Mentor: Paresh Dandona, MBBS
Mentor: Ajay Choudhary, MBBS 

7. Activity of Rituximab and Ofatumumab Against Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) In-Vitro in MCL Cell Lines by Complement Dependent Cytotoxicity (CDC) and Antibody-Dependent Cell Mediated Cytotoxixity Assays (ADCC)

Gopichand Pendurti, MBBS
Mentor: Francisco Hernandez-Illizaliturri, MD  

8. The Suppresion of Toll Like Receptors (TLR) by Insulin

Huma Younus
Faisal R. Khan
Mentor: Paresh Dandona, MBBS

2011 Research

1. Efficacy of Pretreatment with Rhythm Control Drugs to Improve the Acute Success Rate of Electrical Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

Muhammad S. Ajmal, MBBS
Mentor: Aravind Herle, MD

2. Clostridium Difficile: A Medical Dilemma

Kostas Botsoglou, MD
Mentor: Michael Hocko, MD

3. The Use of Vancomycin as a First Line Treatment of C-Diff

Medhat Barsoom, MBBS
Mentor: Michael Hocko, MD

4. Effect of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors (HDACI) On Complement Mediated Cytotoxicity (CMC) of RITUXIMAB and Other Anti-CD20 Antibodies in Various Lymphoma Cell Lines

Sameer Ahmad Batoo, MBBS
Mentor: Francisco Hernandez- Illizaliturri, MD

5. Is Inadequate Follow-Up Responsible for Early Hospital Readmission in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure?

Mudasir Chisti, MBBS
Mentor: Aravind Herle, MD

6. Study of the Incidence Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia Before and After Introduction of Glycemic Control Protocol at Catholic Health System Hospitals

Marat Gitman, DO
Mentor: Howard Lippes, MD

7. Effect of Early Revascularization versus Delayed Revascularization versus Medical Therapy on Inpatient Mortality in Patients with Non ST Elevation MI in a Community Hospital Setting: A Retrospective Analysis

Owais Jeelani, MBBS
Mentor: Aravind Herle, MD

8. Current and Evolving Therapy of Crohn’s Disease

Orooj Khan, MBBS
Mentor: Maya D. Srivastava, MD

9. Top Down Versus Step Up Therapy in Pediatric Patients with Crohn’s Disease

Ali A. Minhas, MBBS
Mentor: Maya D. Srivastava, MD

10. Co-Existence and Severity of Acid and Alkaline Reflux in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Asif R. Shah, MBBS
Mentor: Maya D. Srivastava, MD

2010 Research

1. Higher Testosterone Concentrations in Type 2 Diabetic Men Treated With Metformin

Ajaz Banka, MBBS
Mentor: Sandeep Dhindsa, MD

2. LBH589: Highly Effective in Rituximab-Resistant Lymphomas and Enhancement of Anti-Tumor Activity of Bortezomib, Other Chemotherapy Agents, and Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibodies

Mohammad Muhsin Chisti
Mentor: Francisco Hernandez- Illizaliturri

3. Assessing Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: How Are We Performing? A Case-Comparison Study to Evaluate the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock in Critical Care Patients at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY

Erik Diringer, DO
Mentor: Thomas Brewer, DO

4. A Retrospective Study of Bariatric Surgery Patients with Sub-optimal Weight Loss

Shah Faisal, MBBS
Mentor: Joseph A. Caruana, MD

5. Does Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk of Cardio-respiratory Complications During Endoscopy Procedures?

Shais S. Jallu
Mentor: M.J. Mador, MD

6. New Strain Acquisition of Klebsiella spp, Enterobacter spp, and Escherichia coli in COPD Is Not Associated with Exacerbations

Jiyeon Jung, MD 
Mentor: Sanjay Sethi, MD

7. Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) with Non-Germinal center B-cell Phenotype is Associated with a Higher Response to Lenalidomide (L) Monotherapy or in Combination with Rituximab (R)

Farhana Malik, MBBS
Mentor: Francisco Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, MD

8. Myeloid Blastic Transformation of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms – A Review of 112 Cases

Syed Jawad Noor
Mentor: Meir Wetzler, MD

9. Awareness and Compliance with Guidelines for the Management of Stable COPD in Current Outpatient Practices and Patients’ Knowledge of COPD

Mateen Rahman
Mentor: Nashat Rabadi, MD

10. Outcome of Stroke and Healthcare Resource Utilization

Sandhya Samavedam
Mentor: Bruce Naughton, MD

11. AICD Usage for Primary Prevention at Mercy Hospital: Successes, Challenges and Next Steps

Mohammad Tahir
Mentor: Aravind Herle, MD

2009 Research

1. "Effect of Glucagon-Like Peptide-I (GLP-I) Analogue in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease With Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction ≤ 40 %"

Wamiq Y. Banday. M.B.B.S
Howard Lippes, MD.
Benjamin G. Rueda, MD.
Aravind Herle, MD.

2. "A Randomized, Cross-over Study to Evaluate the Effect of Proton Pump Inhibitors on the Absorption of Two Different Calcium Formulations in Post Menopausal Women"

Linda M. Burns, DO
Joseph M. Grisanti, MD

3. "Effect of Helicobacter Pylori Infection on Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (including Acetylsalicylic Acid) Induced Gastric Damage: A Protector or Disaster?"

JayaKrishna Chintanaboina, MBBS
Stanley J. Pietrak ,MD

4. "Post CABG Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter; Identification of the High Risk Patients and the Effectiveness of Prophylactic Beta Blocker Therapy in a Community Hospital Setting"

Muhammad Fahad Khan, MBBS
Muhammad Ali Khan, MBBS
Aravind Herle, MD
Khalid J. Qazi, MD

5. "Appropriate Antibiotics Use in CAP and HCAP at Sisters Hospital in 2008"

Syed Faraz Masood, MBBS
Nashat H. Rabadi, MD, FCCP

6. "A Multivariate Analysis of Risk Factors Leading to Acute Kidney Injury After Gastric Bypass Surgery"

Munis A. Mattu, MBBS
Khalid J. Qazi, MD, MACP
Joseph Caruana, MD

7. "Clinical Correlation of Vitamin D Deficiency and Stroke Subtypes: According to TOAST Criteria"

Varuna Nargunan
Peterkin Lee-Kwen, MD
Michael Merrill, MD

8. "Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis and Management in the Medical Patient at Sisters of Charity Hospital"

Jeffrey Parker, DO
Dr. Nashat Rabadi, MD, FCCP

9. "HRP-12: A Novel HSP; Its Distribution and Function"

Syed Muzamil H. Zaidi
S. Jayanth Samuel M.D., Ph.D