Current Residents in Research

Research Residents 2022-2023

Nicole Cimbak, MD, R2

Clinical Year: PGY-3

Site: Boston Children’s Hospital

Research Mentor: Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD

Dr. Nicole Cimbak is currently enrolled in a three year-long fellowship program based at Boston Children’s Hospital. She will spend the first year as a Surgical Critical Care Fellow where she will complete ICU clinical training in both pediatrics and adults. During the latter two years of the fellowship program, she will participate in a variety of clinical outcomes research projects centered around pediatric anorectal anomalies and nutrition in critically ill children.

Funding: Departmentally Funded

 

Brendin Beaulieu-Jones, MD, MBA, R2

Clinical Year: PGY-2

Site: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

Research Mentors: Gabriel Brat, MD

Dr. Brendin Beaulieu-Jones is utilizing large-scale database and machine learning models to inform clinical decision-making and surgical planning in order to improve surgical outcomes and to optimize patient care. During his academic development time, he is also pursuing a Master in Science in Biomedical Information at Harvard Medical School.

Funding: T15 Institutional Grant for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

 

Gordana Rasic

Gordana Rasic, MD, MS R2

Clinical Year: PGY-2

Site: Boston University School of Medicine

Research Mentors: Tony E. Godfrey, PhD, and Teviah Sachs, MD, MPH

Dr. Gordana Rasic is evaluating the utility of circulating tumor DNA in peri-operative surveillance for persistent and/or recurrent oncologic disease, specifically in head and neck cancer. During her academic development time, she will also be working with the Surgical Outcomes Analysis Research (SOAR) Initiative to utilize national health databases to investigate factors contributing to healthcare disparities in hepatopancreatobiliary cancers. She currently serves as Senior Resident Research Director of the SOAR Initiative.

Funding: Departmentally Funded at Boston Medical Center

 

Priyanka Chugh, MD R1

Clinical Year: PGY-3

Site: Boston Children’s Hospital

Research Mentor: Tom Jaksic, MD, PhD and Biren Modi, MD, MPH

Dr. Priyanka Chugh evaluates outcomes for children with short bowel syndrome at Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation. She currently serves as Junior Resident Research Director of the SOAR Initiative.

Funding: Departmentally Funded at Boston Children’s Hospital

 

Brenda Lin, MD R1

Clinical Year: PGY-3

Site: VA Boston Healthcare System

Research Mentors: James McPhee, MD

Dr. Brenda Lin serves as VA Chief Resident in the Quality and Patient Safety Program. She currently focuses on learning and teaching quality improvement and patient safety principles through identifying adverse events and other issues. She will also be performing root cause analyses and healthcare failure mode effect analyses to develop system-based solutions.

Funding: Departmentally Funded at VA West Roxbury

 

Maia Nofal, MD, MPH R1

Clinical Year: PGY-2

Site: Global Engagement at Stanford University

Research Mentor: Thomas Weiser, MD

Dr. Maia Nofal serves as a researcher in the NIH Fogarty-funded Global Health Equity Scholars program and will be on quality improvement initiatives to reduce surgical site infections in Ethiopia. In addition, she will be partnering with a charitable organization, Lifebox, that focuses on safe surgical and anesthesia care worldwide.

Funding: NIH-Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship

 

Anna Kobzeva-Herzog, MD R1

Clinical Year: PGY-2

Site: Boston University School of Medicine

Research Mentors: Joshua D. Davies, MD, Sabrina E. Sanchez, MD, MPH, Alik  Farber, MD, Jeffrey J. Siracuse, MD and Pamela Rosenkranz, RN, BSN, MEd

Dr. Anna Kobzeva-Herzog serves as a Quality Improvement Research Fellow of the BUSM Department of Surgery. In this role, she aims to lead a multidisciplinary project to reduce the rate of breakthrough VTE despite proper chemoprophylaxis in the general surgery and trauma patient population.

Funding: NIH T32 grant and department funding

 

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