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DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWSLETTER


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July 2010

SPOTLIGHT ON St. Louis Magazine Chooses 139 SLUCare Physicians as "Best Doctors" Spanning more than three dozen specialties, 139 doctors from SLUCare have been selected for St. Louis Magazine's 2010 "Best Doctors" list. The list is based on the annual "Best Doctors in America" database, which considers more than one million peer evaluations to create a directory of approximately 30,000 doctors. The Department of Internal Medicine SLUCare physicians are: Cardiology: Bernard R. Chaitman, MD, Paul J. Hauptman, MD, Michael J. Lim, MD, Alan R. Maniet, DO, Megumi Taniuchi, MD Endocrinology: George T. Griffing, MD, Alan B. Silverberg, MD. Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Banke Agarwal, MD, Bruce R. Bacon, MD, Alex S. Befeler, MD, Frank R. Burton, MD, Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, MD, M. Louay Omran, MD, Charlene Prather, MD, Brent A. Tetri, MD. General Internal Medicine: Erin L. Bakanas, MD, Bishnu Devkota, MD, James R. Drake, MD, Robert M. Heaney, MD, Govind K. Nagaldinne, MD, Thomas J. Olsen, MD, H. Douglas Walden, MD. General Internal Medicine/Pediatrics: Marilyn Maxwell, M.D., Nora L. Porter, M.D., Timothy Rice, MD.

Geriatric Medicine: Joseph H. Flaherty, M.D., Julie K. Gammack, M.D., John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., Miguel A. Paniagua, M.D., David R. Thomas, MD Hematology and Oncology: Paul J. Petruska, Steven M. Pincus, MD. Infectious Diseases: Sharon E. Frey, MD, Marcia L. Sokol-Anderson, MD. Nephrology: Bahar Bastani, MD, Kevin J. Martin, MB,BCh, Paul G. Schmitz, MD. Pulmonary, Critical Care and Medicine: George M. Matuschak, MD. Sleep

Rheumatology: Terry L. Moore, MD, Peri Hickman Pepmueller, MD. New Faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine - July 2010 Fred R. Buckhold, III, MD, joined General Internal Medicine July 1, 2010 after finishing his residency training at SLU. He was the recipient of the Kinsella Award, given to the best graduating resident, in 2010. He was also given the Excellence in Teaching award by the Medical School Class of 2009 during his residency. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Buckhold was also named Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, with a focus on ambulatory education. He and his wife, Gretchen, have two daughters and are expecting twins later this year.

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Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver, MD, finished a 2 year fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at SLU this year and joined the faculty on July 1, 2010. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She is originally from Puerto Rico where she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical School in San Juan and completed her residency at the University District Hospital in San Juan. She is interested in palliative and hospital care as well as end-oflife care of nursing home residents. Lenise A. Cummings Vaughn, MD, finished a 2 year fellowship in geriatric medicine at SLU this year and joined the faculty on July 1, 2010. She will be joining our St. Louis VA faculty in the near future. She received her BA in Biology at Williams College in Williamstown, MA followed by a Genetic Engineering Graduate Certificate from the San Franciso State University. She graduated with her medical degree from Saint Louis University and completed her internship year at SLU. Her internal medicine residency was completed at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Her interests lie in epidemiology, AfricanAmerican health studies and evidence-based geriatrics.

Mark Fesler, MD, joined Hematology and Oncology, as an Assistant Professor in July 2010. He earned his MD, Summa Cum Laude at SLU completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and completed a subspecialty residency in hematology and oncology at SLU in 2010. Milta O. Little, DO, just finished her geriatric subspecialty residency at SLU this year and joined the faculty on July 1, 2010. She is board certified in internal medicine and now eligible to take the Geriatric boards. She graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis. She is interested in long term care research and would like to become a certified medical director and improve transitions between hospital care and nursing home care. Shirin Mazumder, MD, joined the Division of Infectious Diseases on July 1, 2010 after finishing her infectious diseases subspecialty residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

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Robert Neumayr, MD, received his MD from the University of South Dakota. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Rochester Mayo Clinic and his cardiology and interventional cardiology subspecialty residencies at SLU. Dr. Neumayr is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Joshua Stolker, MD, received his MD from Duke University SOM and completed his internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of PA. He completed his cardiology subspecialty residency at Washington University/Barnes Hospital and his interventional cardiology subspecialty residency at St. Lukes Mid America Heart Institute, University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Stolker is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY NEWS New Cardiology Subspecialty Residents Pradeep Chandra, DO, received his DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. Dr. Chandra completed his internal medicine residency at SLU and was a chief resident during 2009-2010.

Patrick McCann, MD, received his MD from Southern Illinois University. Dr. McCann completed his internal medicine residency at SLU and was a chief resident during 20092010. Nicholas Olson, MD, received his MD from Wayne State University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California San Diego. Aaron Tang, MD, received his MD from SLUSOM and completed his internal medicine residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. New Interventional Cardiology Subspecialty Resident Mohammad Marashdeh, MD, received his MD from Jordan University of Science & Technology. He completed his internal medicine residency at Indiana University and his cardiology subspecialty residency at the University of Arkansas. DIVISION OF ENDOCRINOLOGY NEWS New Endocrinology Subspecialty Residents Vijay Eranki, MD, received his MD degree from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India. He completed his internal medicine residency and was chief resident at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago (affiliated with University of Illinois at Chicago). Umadevi Muthyala, MD, received her MD degree from Bangalore Medical College in 2000. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Francis Hospital/University of

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Illinois Chicago in 2006. She was a hospitalist/clinical instructor at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University from 20062010 before joining the endocrinology subspecialty residency program. DIVISION OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY NEWS After 20 years of leading the division, Bruce R. Bacon, MD, has chosen to step down as Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, effective May 31, 2010, after serving in this role since 1990. Dr. Bacon will remain an active member of the Division, maintaining his dominant presence in the community as an expert in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C and other diseases of the liver. He will also continue his role as the codirector of the Abdominal Transplant Program. Brent A. Neuschwander-Tetri, MD, has agreed to serve as Interim Division Director. Dr. Bacon has overseen the creation of a nationally and internationally recognized division during his tenure as division director, building it from only two full time clinical faculty members to 21 faculty members and overseeing the training of 79 clinical and research fellows. He was a member of the research team that discovered the gene that is abnormal in patients who have hereditary hemochromatosis and was honored for this research with the 1989 Marcell Simon Award for best research in hemochromatosis by a younger investigator. Because of his continuing work in liver research, Dr. Bacon was elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 1993. He has served on numerous editorial boards, has served on the Board of Directors of the American Liver Foundation as Vice Chair

for Medical Affairs, and in 2004 was elected President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He has written more than 295 original articles, reviews, and book chapters, and is the co-editor of two books in hepatology. As a testament to his contributions, he will receive the AASLD Distinguished Service Award at the AASLD national meeting in October. School Tools for Nurses Bruce R. Bacon, MD, and Brent A. Neuschwander-Tetri, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology will be participating speakers at the upcoming School Tools for Nurses event on August 6, 2010. The program is presented by SSM Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center and will be held at SSM St. Clare Medical Center with a target audience of school nurses from the bistate area. Dr. Bacon and Dr. Tetri will present a program titled The ABCs of Liver Disease. New Gastroenterology Subspecialty Residents and Hepatology

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcomes new GI subspecialty residents who began their training July 1, 2010: Yazan Abdalla, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Jordan; Roshani Desai, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-KC; Khalil Farah, MD, received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut; Ali Pakravan, MD, received his medical degree from Shahid Behesthi University. All four received their internal medicine residency training here at Saint Louis University.

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Pitch for Liver Research Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, MD, Chair of Internal Medicine and Chief of Hepatology, throws out a first pitch on the Tuesday, June 15th, Cardinals' game. The Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center sold more than 500 tickets to the game, raising more than $7,000 for liver research. DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS In June 2010 Timothy D. Rice, MD, took his fifth yearly trip to Kinshasa Congo. His church has been partnering with several churches in Congo to address the health needs of the poor in their community. More then just seeing patients, they continue to explore ways to set up sustainable actives that will improve health over the long term. This year a team of 18 individuals made the trip. Dr Felix Mensah a 4th year Med/Peds resident at SLU traveled with the team. His experience and knowledge including his training in Ghana were a valuable asset to the team and the patients. Dr Barb Whitman from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital was also part of the team. Her developmental expertise was a great encouragement to many of the kids of parents we worked with on this trip.

DIVISION OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE NEWS In April, Saint Louis University's Division of Geriatric Medicine ranked number 13 on U.S. News & World Report's list of 2011 Best Graduate Schools, and recognized as one of the nation's top graduate programs. Under the editorship of John E. Morley, MB,BCh, the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) with an impact factor of 3.709 has moved up from #10 out of 36 geriatric and gerontology journals to #7 out of 40 according to the newly released 2009 JCR Science Edition. This places JAMDA ahead of JAGS and Journals of Gerontology for the first time. JAMDA's website is www.jamda.com. New Subspecialty Residents in Geriatric Medicine Robert B. Rilpuou, MD, joined the division after completing his internal medicine residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, New York. He is joined by his wife, daughter and another child due in September. Zohayr M. Al Shaial, MD, joined the division after working as a hospitalist at the St. Louis VA Hospital and decided to specialize in geriatric medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration/Drexel University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is joined by his wife and three children.

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DIVISION OF HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY NEWS New Hem/Onc Subspecialty Residents

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Sheetal Arun Majethia , MD, received her MD degree from Windsor University School of Medicine, Basseterre, Saint Kitts ,West Indies and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, Virginia. Jeffrey Matthew Geitz, MD, received his MD degree and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, Kansas. DIVISION OF IMMUNOBIOLOGY New Subspecialty Residents, Section of Clinical Allergy and Immunology Julie Hong, MD, received her MD degree from the Medical School at the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed an internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. Jacquelyn Sturm, MD, received her MD degree from the Medical School at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her internal medicine residency at Saint Louis University. DIVISION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES NEWS After a long and successful tenure, Robert B. Belshe, MD, stepped down as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the end of the 2009 2010

academic year. He has served in this capacity since coming to Saint Louis University in 1989. He will continue as an active member in the division and as the Adorjan Endowed Professor of Medicine, focusing on directing the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) and his other funded research activities. Sharon E. Frey, MD, is serving as Interim Division Director. Dr. Belshe led several large pivotal efficacy trials of influenza vaccines for the NIH and industry and has participated actively in the product development plans for the evaluation of numerous vaccines in people of all ages. More than 20,000 volunteers have participated in the Vaccine Center studies under Dr. Belshes direction. During his career at Saint Louis University Dr. Belshe developed a candidate vaccine for parainfluenza type 3 (CP45) and has served on FDA and CDC advisory committees providing guidance on vaccine regulatory matters and developing vaccine usage guidelines and recommendations. Currently, Dr. Belshe is the chair of the NIAID phase 3 multicenter study evaluating the efficacy of live attenuated influenza vaccine in children and the Herpevac Trial For Women. In 2006, Scientific American Magazine named Dr. Belshe one of the top 50 scientific innovators in medicine for his work on new influenza vaccine technologies. Dr. Belshes publications include 211 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, and 11 book chapters. New ID Subspecialty Residents Getahun Abate, MD, PhD, comes to Saint Louis University from his internal medicine residency program at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis.

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Shahab Qureshi, MD, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Peoria in 2008 and then worked as a hospitalist locum in the Seattle area until joining the SLU ID training program. DIVISION OF PULMONARY, CRITICAL CARE AND SLEEP MEDICINE NEWS David Stoeckel, MD, assistant professor, was recently elected to serve on the Faculty Senate of Saint Louis University. The term of office is 3 years. New Pulmonary/Critical Care Subspecialty Residents Mayro Juarez, MD, received his MD degree from Universidad Fransicso Morroquin in Guatamala. He completed his internal medicine residency at Drexel College of Medicine/Saint Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Soophia Naydenov, MD, received her MD degree from Rawalpindi Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She completed her internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. DIVISION OF RHEUMATOLOGY New Rheumatology Subspecialty Residents Esperanza (Hope) Cleland, MD, received her MD degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of South Dakota. Chad Ronholm, MD, received his MD degree from the Medical School at Saba UniversityNetherland Antilles. He completed his internal medicine residency at SLU.

INTERNAL MEDICINE PROGRAM NEWS

RESIDENCY

New Chief Residents for 2010-2011 Alina Allen, MD, Srisha Vaddi-Brosch, MD, Mark Walshauser, MD, and Andrew Zimolzak, MD. Research Poster Winners Dr. Robert Heaney recently announced the winners of the 4th Annual Resident Research Poster Competition sponsored by the GME Office of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The internal medicine residents are Cindy X Cai, MD, for First Place Insulin is a Novel Stimulator of the Initial Activation of Hepatic Stellate Cells; Seyed Ali Gaskari, MD, for Second Place Improvement of Hemodynamic Response to Hemorrhage in Cirrhotic Rats by Blocking Cannabinoid Receptor-1: Roleof Recruited Monocytes in the Heart; and Yazan Abdalla, MD, for Third Place Risk Factors for Recurrent Clostridum difficule- associated diarrhea: A Retrospective Case-Control Study. NEW RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED Anupma Dixit, PhD, Immunobiology, $326,246 from US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fungicidal Activities of Green Products for Mold Remediation. Daniel F. Hoft, MD, PhD, Immunobiology, $45,319 from Washington University / NIAID for MRCE Project: Protection against bacterial infection using innate T cells. Jianguo Liu, MD, PhD, Immunobiology, $73,325 from HIN for PARP-1 in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-associated IL-10 Promoter Polymorphisms.

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Terry L. Moore, MD, Rheumatology, $40,0000 from the Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter, for Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award - Cyclin E2 in Synovial Fluid in Juvenile Arthritis. Terry L. Moore, MD, Rheumatology, $25,000 from the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation, for ACR REF / Amgen / Wyeth Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award. John E. Morley, MBBCh, Geriatric Medicine, $415,683 from HRSA for Gateway Geriatric Education Center. Ranjit Ray, PhD, Infectious Diseases, $350,460 from NIH for Mechanisms of Liver Disease Progression by Hepatitis C. Gul Shah, PhD, $25,000 from the Department of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine Seed Grant. Brent A. Neuschwander-Tetri, MD, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, $511,172 from NIDDK for RFA-DK-08-505 Limited Competition: Continuation of the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN) (U01). DATES OF NOTE October 21-23, 2010 The Division of Geriatric Medicine will host the School of Medicine Alumni Reunion Weekend CME Program on October 22, 2010 including Internal Medicine Grand Rounds which will be held at noon instead of 7:30 am.

CONGRATULATIONS Julie K. Gammack, MD, and Dale Lewis were married in a private ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on June 12, 2010. CLINICAL TICKER
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Editor Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, MD, FACP Professor of Internal Medicine