Resident Research

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)

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

Author Contributions: Mohammed Samannodi – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published. Int J Case Rep Images 2017;8(3):187–190. www.ijcasereportsandimages.com

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

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. www.ijcasereportsandimages.com 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

Research Topics

2020 Research

2020 Research Presentations

Effect of using Direct Oral Anticoagulant on hospital length of stay versus Warfarin for patient with PE and VTE
Dr. Ali Al-Ameri
Mentor: Dr. Nashat Rabadi

Early v Late Dialysis improves Mortality in Patients with Sepsis and Septic Shock
Dr. Muhammad Bilal
Mentors: Dr. Anthony Freundel and Dr. Ali Basharat

All-cause mortality outcomes of usage of Cardiac Contractility modulation in patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy ineligible for Cardiac Resynchronization therapy: An updated meta-analysis of Randomized controlled trials.
Dr. Mawra Masud

Safety of DOACs compared to Warfarin in patients with AFIB and underlying cancer
Dr. Kashif Samad

BRAF/MEK Pathway Activities and Breast Cancer Prognosis
Dr. Kehua (Joe) Zhou
Mentor: Dr. Dingxie Liu, PhD

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Hafiz Zubair
Mentor: Dr. Jeffery Mador

Effect of Community Based Educational Program in a Very-low Income Population on Blood Pressure
Dr. Talal Alkhawlani
Mentor: Dr. David Capaccio

Effect of BMI on Disease Activity and C - reactive protein Levels in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Shumaila Iqbal
Mentors: Dr. Linda Burns and Dr. Joseph Grisanti

Effect of Community-Based Education and Intervention on Clinical and Behavioral Health Metrics on a Very Low Income Population
Dr. Ammad Naeem

The Effects of Pegloticase on Mean Arterial Blood Pressure: An Age Modulated Relationship
Dr. Saadia Waheed
Mentor: Dr. Linda Burns

2020 Poster Presentations

Large Retroperitoneal Hematoma Caused by Intercostal Artery Rupture as a Complication of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Case Report
Dr. Iqra Qamar
Co-Authors: Drs. Seier, Islam, Nicolosi, Iqbal and Parashar
Mentor: Dr. Akash Parashar

Diagnostic Impact and Prognostic Value of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Patients with Ventricular Arrhythmias
Dr. Iqra Qamar
Co-Authors: Drs. Ge, Antiochos, Seno, Blankstein, Steigner, Aghayev, Jerosch-Herold, Tendrow, Stevenson, Kwong
Mentor: Dr. Raymond Y. Kwong

Pulmonary Embolism In Acquired Hemophilia A: A Rare Complication with Factor Eight Inhibitor Bypassing Activity Therapy
Dr. Shumaila Iqbal

Outcomes and characteristics of wound healing in an outpatient physical therapy clinic
Dr. Kehua (Joe) Zhou
Co-Authors: Drs. Frankish, Ross

Guideline-based Chinese herbal medicine treatment plus standard care for severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a pilot randomized controlled trial
Dr. Kehua (Joe) Zhou
Co-Authors: G-CHAMPS Collaborative Group

Acute Symptomatic Hyponatremia (SIADH) in a patient Secondary to Azithromycin
Dr. Narjes Alamri
Co-Authors: Drs. Bilal and Parashar

Hemosuccus Pancreaticus: A Case of Rare but Life Threatening Upper GI Bleed
Dr. Katie Alsheimer
Co-Author and
Mentor: Dr. Bala Thatigotla

Post Carotid endarterectomy carotid hematoma presenting as sick sinus syndrome/Tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome.
Dr. Muhammad Bilal
Co-Author: Dr. Zareen Razaq
Mentors: Drs. James Fallavoiltta and John Blair

Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Cancer Survivors with Prior Chest Radiation Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Dr. Meer Rabeel Zafar
Co-Authors: Drs.Mustafa,Miller, Alkhawlani, Nawfal-Alkhafaji
Mentor: Dr. Umesh Sharma

In-hospital Outcomes of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Chronic Total Occlusion: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Dr. Meer Rabeel Zafar
Co-Authors: Drs. Alkhawlani, Zubair
Mentor: Dr. Nawfal-Alkhafaji

2019 Research

2019 Research Presentations

Retrospective Study on Tapering off From Long Term Methadone Use in Outpatient Pain Management
Dr. Shaden AlFallay
Mentor: Dr. Gary Wang

Galectin-3 as a Risk Predictor of Mortality in the Resuscitated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Dr. Zaid Al-Jebaje
Mentor: Dr. Umesh Sharma

Dialysis Access
Dr. Alonso Diaz

Effectiveness of Repeat PET-CT Scan in Identifying Interval Metastases for Patients with Esophageal Cancer
Dr. William Du

Determinants of myocyte injury in a swine model of chronic coronary artery disease
Dr. Ibrahim El-Masri

Determinants of myocyte injury in a swine model of chronic coronary artery disease
Dr. Sahoor Khan
Mentor: s: Dr. Vijay Iyer and Dr. Hiroko Beck

Blinded review of archival radical prostatectomy specimens’ supports that contemporary Gleason score 6 prostate cancer lacks metastatic potential
Dr. Diana Mehedint
Mentor: Christine Murekeiysoni, MPH

Decrease Improper Utilization of Telemetry on Medical Floors: A Quality Improvement Project at VA Hospital
Dr. Muhammad Qamar
Mentor: Dr. Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk

Impact of NAFLD on post-operative outcomes after non-hepatic gastrointestinal and thoracic surgery
Dr. Muhammad Tahir
Mentor: Dr. Reddy Srinevas

Risk Score Predictive Value in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation on Chronic Hemodialysis
Dr. Christopher Wilcox
Mentors: Dr. Panesar and Dr. Curtis

2019 Poster Presentations

Canagliflozin Induced DKA in Type 2 Diabetic
Dr. Shaden AlFallay
Co-Author: Dr. Narjes Alamri

Subcapsular Hematoma: A Rare Adverse Side Effect of ERCP
Dr. Shaden AlFallay

Cutaneous Polyarteritis Nodosa: A Rare Variant of a Destructive Vasculitis
Dr. Aniqa Faraz
Co-Author: Dr. Saadia Waheed
Mentor: Dr. Linda Burns

A Rare Case of Pseudo-papillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas
Dr. Aniqa Faraz
Co-Authors are: Dr. Muhammad Tahir; Dr. Aalia Khan, and Dr. Joe Kehua Zhou

Gender Specific Effect of Body Mass Index in Disease Activity of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Community Based Research
Dr. Shumaila Iqbal

Acute Hepatitis B Virus Infection, Autoimmune Disease and Type II Mixed Cryoglobulinemia: A Rare Combination
Dr. Shumaila Iqbal

Tension Pneumocephalus:A Rare Complication of Transsphenoidal Resection of Pituitary Macroadenoma
Dr. Aalia Khan
Co-Authors: Dr. Shumaila Iqbal, Cassandra Zhi and Dr. Aniqa Faraz

Sexual Dysfunctionality and its Determinants in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Aalia Khan
Co-Author: Dr. Shumaila Iqbal
Mentors: Dr. Linda Burns and Dr. Joseph Grisanti

Superior Survival with Direct Oral Anticoagulants Compared to Warfarin in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Underlying Cancer: Veterans Affairs Database Study. American Heart Association
Dr. Sahoor Khan

Does TAVR lead to Neurocognitive Decline? – A Pilot Study on Prospective Data. American Heart Association
Dr. Sahoor Khan

Flecainide Toxicity Window in an 86 year-old patient with a Pacemaker
Dr. Meer Zafar

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Dr. Hafiz Zubair
Co-Author: Dr. Saadia Waheed
Mentors: Dr. Amir Shahbaz and Dr. Jeffrey Mador

West Nile Virus (WNV) Disease Causing Diaphragmatic Paralysis and Persistent Ventilator Dependent Respiratory Failure Neuroinvasive
Dr. Hafiz Zubair
Co-Author: Dr. Saadia Waheed
Mentors: Dr. Amir Shahbaz and Dr. Samad Rasul

2018 Research

2018 Research Presentations

1. “Universal Staphylococcus aureus decolonization protocol for the prevention of surgical site infections in patients undergoing infra-renal vascular bypass surgery”

Dr. Ahmed Alsolami
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Shiley

2. "Analysis of outcomes in end-stage renal disease patients with atrial fibrillation on chronic hemodialysis"

Dr. Vitaly Buza
Mentors: Dr. Anne B. Curtis and Dr. Mandip Panesar

3. "The Cauti Problem: A look into the Stewardship of Culturing”

Dr. Adam Ferin
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Shiley

4. “FibroScan versus FibroSure in the assessment of Hepatic Fibrosis/ Cirrhosis”

Dr. Jospeh Huntz
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Talal

5. “Evaluation of Risk Stratification for Pacemaker implantation after TAVR”

Dr. Mohammed Khan
Mentor: Dr. Vijay Iyer

6. “Endoscopic balloon dilation of duodenal stricture for ERCP”

Dr. Sana Khan
Mentor: Dr. Amanpal Singh

7. “TBD”

Dr. Anand Mamdani
Mentor: TBD

8. “Association between patient acuity scores (The Rothman Index) and rapid responses at Catholic Health”

Dr. Abbas Peera
Mentor: Dr. Akash Parashar

9. “TBD”

Dr. Osman Saleem
Mentor: TBD

10. “High Risk Carotid Plaques Identified by CTA can Predict Acute M.I.”

Dr. Jiang Yio
Mentor: Dr. Gary Wang

2018 Poster List

1. A case of rare recurrent ulcerated Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Dr. Sana Khan
Mentor: TBD

2. Rarest case of Vagococcus Endocarditis

Dr. Sana Khan
Mentor: TBD

3. Hiding in the Bone: A case of Miliary Tuberculosis with bone marrow involvement

Dr. Muhammad Qamar
Mentor: TBD

4. An unexpected case of Squamous Cell Cancer in the Rectum

Dr. Muhammad Qamar
Mentor: TBD

5. A 25 Year Old Male with Burning Sensation in Eyes

Dr. Muhammad Qamar
Mentor: TBD

6. Spinal Gout presenting in a Young Adult without pain

Dr. Zaid Al-Jebaje
Co-Authors: Ali Alamari, John Elibol, Jonathan Peters
Mentor: TBD

7. Long Duration of Chest Pain Before Hospital Arrival in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients is Associated with Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes

Dr. Zaid Al-Jebaje
Mentor: TBD

8. Serum Galectin – 3 Strongly Predicts the Risk of Early Mortality After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dr. Zaid Al-Jebaje
Mentor: TBD

9. Paralyzed Vocal Cord Associated with Lithium Toxicity, Diabetes Insipidus, and Thyroid Storm

Dr. Christopher Wilcox
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Chrzanowski

10. Methylnaltrexone for Neostigmine – Resistant Ogilvie Syndrome

Dr. Muhammad Tahir
Mentor: TBD

11. Septal Ventricular Tachycardia

Dr. Mohammed Khan
Mentor: TBD

2017 Research

2017 Research Presentations

1. “Pathologic Complete Response Is an Independent Predictor of Improved Survival Following Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma”

Dr. Raed Alnaji
Mentor: Dr. Moshim Kukar

2. “Evaluation Of Hemoptysis And Role Of Bronchoscopy”

Dr. Ayesha Awais
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Freundel

3. “Opioid tapering in patients with prescription opioid use disorder: A retrospective study”

Dr. Swati Bhargava
Mentor: Dr. Gary Wang

4. “Inhibition of Polyomavirus Replication through DNA Damage-Induced inactivation of the Viral Helicase”

Dr. Adam Kawinski
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Melendy

5. “Association between Sarcomatoid Renal Cell Carcinoma Inferior Vena Caval Thrombosis And Hypercalcemia : One Center's Experience”

Dr. Usman Khan
Mentor: Dr. Saby George 

6. “The Inflammatory and Atherogenic Effects of Heavy Cream Compared to Olive Oil in Normal Subjects”

Dr. Sara Rose MacLeod
Mentors: Dr. Paresh Dandona and Dr. Husam Ghanim

7. “Role of Catheter Directed Therapy in Submassive Pulmonary Embolism”

Dr. Anaum Maqsood
Mentor: Dr. Erik Diringer

8. “The Comparative Utility of Pre-discharge ECHO and Ventriculogram as Predictive tools for Development of Sustained Ischemic Cardiomyopathy in Patients with STEMI.”

Dr. Yaser Nemshah
Mentor: Dr. Umesh Sharma 

9. “Zinc Inhibits Hyper-mutation by Blocking SOS Response in Escherichia Coli”

Dr. Mohammed Samannodi
Mentor: Dr. John K. Crane

10. “Impulsivity in Adverse Health Behaviors Among Populations at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes”

Dr. Michael Shehata
Mentor: Dr. Leonard Epstein

11. “High Risk Carotid Plaques Identified by CTA can Predict Acute M.I.”

Dr. Sujit Vakkalanka
Mentor: Dr. Umesh Sharma

2017 Poster List

1. Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy

Dr. Zaid Al-Jabaje
Mentor: Dr. Robbie Wall

2. Levamisole Adulterated Cocaine: A Case Of Lower Extremity Vasculitis 

Dr. Ahmed Alsolami
Mentor: Dr. Nathalie Bousader-Armstrong

3. Successful Medical Management of a Rare Case of Scimitar Syndrome

Dr. Ahmed Alsolami
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Chrzanowski

4. Chlorzoxazone-Induced Hepatotoxicity

Dr. Ahmed Alsolami
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Chrzanowski

5. Zinc Inhibits Antibodies Resistance by Blocking the SOS Response and SOS Induced Hyper-mutation in E.cloacae

Dr. Muhammad Cheema
Mentor: Dr. John Crane

6. Sex Life Bland? Maybe it's Your Adrenal Gland

Dr. Sahoor Khan
Mentors: Dr. Katherine Frachetti
John Elibol, Research Assistant

7. Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Breast With Endo-bronchial Metastases and Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion.

Dr. Anaum Maqsood
Mentor: Dr. Amy Early

8. Complicated case of central Pontine Myelinosis

Dr. Anaum Maqsood
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Chrzanowski

9. A Rare Case of Asymptomatic Hepatic Portal Venous Gas Caused by Severe Viral Gastroenteritis

Dr. Muhammad Tahir
Mentor: Dr. Henri Woodman

10. Esophageal Intramural Pseudo-Diverticulosis ; A Rare Cause of Hematemesis

Dr. Muhammad Tahir
Mentor: Dr. Usman Khan

11. From Multiple Myeloma to Rapidly progressive Plasma Cell leukemia

Dr. Christopher Wilcox
Mentor: Dr. Adam Kotowskim

12. Mahaim Fiber vs. Dual Pathway in WPW Syndrome

Dr. Christopher Wilcox
Mentor: Dr. Robbie Wall

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