Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
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July 2019
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Welcome New 2019-20 Scholars & Fellows!
National Clinician Scholars

Katherine Chen, MDDr. Katherine Chen was a UCLA Primary Care Chief Resident.  She obtained her medical degree at UCLA where she completed residency training in internal medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Chen plans to study structural inequality in cities by examining how urban planning can advance health equity and promote individual and community well-being. She plans to combine her research career with clinical work as an academic primary care physician.

Nichole Goodsmith, MDDr. Nichole Goodsmith was Chief Resident of Community and Global Psychiatry in the adult psychiatry residency at the UCLA Semel Institute after completing joint MD-PhD degrees at Cornell University. Dr. Goodsmith plans for a career that will combine mental health services development, research, and policy impacting under-resourced populations in the United States and globally. She is interested in evaluating interventions to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals with serious mental illness. 

Kimon Ioannides, MDDr. Kimon L.H. Ioannides was an Emergency Medicine resident at Temple University Hospital.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a minor in Economics at Stanford. He completed the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Bryn Mawr College, and attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ioannides is interested in improving the quality of clinical emergency care for underserved populations. Dr. Ioannides will examine the impact on healthcare of machine learning algorithms on AI to narrow disparities.

Adrienne Martinez, MDDr. Adrienne Martinez earned her PhD from the UCLA School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies from UCLA. She also has an MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Adrienne's goal is to become a professor engaged in policy-relevant, patient-centered research promoting equity and mitigating existing physical and mental health disparities in the US. As an extension of her dissertation work, she will continue her exploration of chronic illness care in Latino and African American older adults with physical and mental illness.

Elizabeth MooreDr. Elizabeth Moore was a Resident in Psychiatry at UCLA. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Moore plans for a career that combines policy analysis, health services research, health system innovation, and clinical care. Dr. Moore is interested in studying the impact of primary care interventions and informatics tools on access to mental health care. She is also interested in investigating health care delivery for the homeless with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Carlos OronceDr. Carlos Irwin Oronce was an internal medicine resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He received his MD and MPH at Tulane University.  Dr. Oronce is interested in understanding the effects of health care reform and payment policy on marginalized communities and safety net health systems. Dr. Oronce plans to pursue a career at the intersection of academic medicine, health services research, and health policy. His long-term goal is to partner with communities in the design and implementation of health care interventions, payment policy, and quality measurement programs designed to mitigate health disparities.

Jacob QuintonDr. Jacob Quinton was an internal medicine resident in the Yale Primary Care Program.  His undergraduate degree was from Gonzaga University, where he majored in Chemistry. He attended Louisiana State University for medical school, and Tulane Uinversity for a Masters in Public Health.  He plans a career as a primary care internist, policy-maker, and health care administrator who will focuse on improving equity, efficiency, and value in health care systems. Dr. Quinton's research interests revolve around exploring the evolving field of improving high-need high-cost care and the evaluation of Medicaid demonstration projects.

Alisha RanadiveDr. Alisha Ranadive was chief pediatric resident at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. She completed a BS in Biology at Brown University and an MD at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Ranadive is interested in academic medicine and community pediatrics, with a focus on underserved populations. She hopes to work on projects that can inform policy and legislation to improve pediatric care. Dr. Ranadive is interested in investigating disparities in the management of developmental delays and the impact on school readiness.

Shabaik HafifaDr. Hafifa Shabaik is a nurse with a background in community health. She received her undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from California State University, Long Beach and her the Masters in Nursing from Charles R. Drew University. Dr. Shabaik obtained her doctorate degree from the UCLA School of Nursing. She goal is to become a professor who conducts research designed to address health disparities of minority populations.  Specifically, Dr. Shabaik is interested in examining the role of social determinants of female migrants on women's health outcomes.

Shenoy RivfkaDr. Rivfka Shenoy was a general surgery resident at UCLA. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Washington University and medical degree from New York University. Dr. Shenoy hopes to establish a career as an academic surgeon with focus on health-outcomes research. Clinically, she plans to pursue an expertise in pediatric surgery. Her research interests include examining the use of narcotics used in the perioperative settings. Her goals are to understand how to decrease excess prescriptions through standardization and patient and physician education. 

[Read full bios here]
NRSA Primary Care Research Fellows

Daisuke FurukawaDr. Daisuke Furukawa is an infectious disease physician. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in physiological sciences and continued his education at UCLA where he obtained his medical degree and completed his internal medicine training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Furukawa is interested in a career in antimicrobial stewardship and infection control in an academic setting. He plans to contribute to hospital antimicrobial stewardship programs while also conducting relevant research pertaining to stewardship interventions. 

Teresa LiuDr. Teresa Liu is a recent graduate of the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency program.  She completed her MPH from Johns Hopkins.  Prior to completing her M.D. at the University of Illinois, at Chicago, she worked in translational and basic sciences research at the NIH, and was fellow with the CDC country office in Nigeria. Dr. Liu aspires towards a career that combines health policy and systems delivery as a means of improving healthcare access to underserved populations. Dr. Liu is interested in improving heath care delivery by evaluating and streamlining the transitions between inpatient and outpatient care for the underserved, high risk, high utilization populations.  
Inaugural LGBTQ Healthcare Clinical Fellow

Chase Cates, MDDr. Chase Cates completed an internal medicine residency at Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas. He received his BS in Biology at Angelo State University followed by an MPH from Texas A&M. He completed his DO degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA. He will serve as a clinician, researcher and clinical instructor working patients at UCLA and non-UCLA sites.  He plans to design a community outreach project tailored to improve the health in the LGBTQ population.  He aims to eventually bring his new knowledge back to the Southern region where he hopes to improve health disparities in LGBTQ communities.
Inaugural SPIRIT K12 Scholars

Ale CasillasKristen  ChoiIppy KalofonosSae Takada

The inaugural cohort for the SPIRIT K12 program in Learning Health Systems has been appointed. K12 Scholars have a 2 year appointment with one of four learning health systems in Southern California: Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC), Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LACDHS), UCLA Health, and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS). The K12 program's is co-directed by Michael Ong in GIMHSR and Michael Gould at KPSC. The fellows are Dr. Alejandra Casillas, Assistant Professor in Residence of Medicine (LACDHS); Dr. Kristen Choi, Assistant Professor of Nursing (KPSC); Dr. Ippolytos Kalofonos, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (VAGLAHS); and Dr. Sae Takada, Assistant Professor in Residence of Medicine (UCLA). All four coincidentally were Clinical Scholars at UCLA, and two are GIMHSR faculty. Click here for more information about the Scholars and the K12 Program.
2018-19 DSGOM Teaching Awards

Rachel Brook, Kat ChenBriana Cowan
Esteban HernandezMina Ma, Joshua Khalili

Fellow Teaching Award: Hilary Shapiro (Cardiology)
Outpatient Teaching Awards: Dr. Rachel Brook, Dr. Neil Parker, Dr. Briana Cowan, Dr. Donald Chang (Cardiology)

Inpatient Teaching Awards: Dr. Daniel Kahn & Dr. Estebes Hernandez
Faculty Mentorship Award: Dr. Mina Ma

Celebrating Fellows' Work

Eric FeinNRSA Fellow Dr. Eric Fein was featured as a guest on a recent Good News Radio Magazine episode on the topic of stigma and mental illness, along with LA Biomed/Charles R. Drew community faculty Pluscedia Williams and Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy junior Andrea Hernandez-Ramirez.

Eric worked with partners at UCLA, the Bright Star Schools, and LA Biomed CERP to engage students, staff, researchers, and community partners in reducing the stigma of mental illness in LA public high schools. The NRSA Primary Care fellowship and the LA Biomed CTSI supported this project.

Pictured: Pluscedia Williams, Eric Fein, Andrea Hernandez-Ramirez 

New Funding Awards in GIM

PI - Dr. Lauren Wisk 
UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
"Disparities in Reproductive Health Services for Young Women with Diabetes Mellitus"

PI – Dr. Joann Elmore
"Applying AI to Assess Histologic Features to Improve Melanoma Diagnosis"
Agency – Melanoma Research Alliance 
06/01/19 - 05/31/22

Upcoming GIM Events & Seminars
GIM Staff Ground Rounds 

GIM Grand RoundsThis Wed, July 3, 1:30 pm: Team DOMStat - DOMStat Services for Staff

For staff by staff. Meet and greet, hear about projects and other staff-relevant topics. All are welcome!

First Wednesdays of the month at 1:30 pm
Suite 710, Conference room 725

Center for Maximizing Outcomes and Research on Effectiveness (C-MORE) Seminar Series

José G. Merino-Juarez, M.D., M.Phil.José G. Merino-Juarez, M.D., M.Phil.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
US Research Editor, The BMJ

“Demystifying Medical Journals and the Editorial Process”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12-1 pm
1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 710

Live streaming webinar and conference line:
(646) 558-8656, Meeting ID: 709 356 800
New GIM-HSR Publications

Mental Illness Among Youth With Chronic Physical Conditions. Adams JS, Chien AT, Wisk LE. Pediatrics. 2019 Jun 14. pii: e20181819. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1819. PMID: 31201229.  (Related NEJM Journal Watch feature for subscribers)

Assessment of Strategies for Managing Expansion of Diagnosis Coding Using Risk-Adjustment Methods for Medicare Data. Tsugawa Y, Figueroa JF, Papanicolas I, Orav EJ, Jha AK. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jun 26. PMID: 31242282

The social network context of HIV stigma: Population-based, sociocentric network study in rural Uganda  Takada S, Nyakato V, Nishi A, O'Malley AJ, Kakuhikire B, Perkins JM, Bangsberg DR, Christakis NA, Tsai AC. Soc Sci Med. 2019 May 20;233:229-236. PMID: 31229909

Social norms, misperceptions, and mosquito net use: a population-based, cross-sectional study in rural Uganda. Perkins JM, Krezanoski P, Takada S, Kakuhikire B, Batwala V, Tsai AC, Christakis NA, Bangsberg DR. Malar J. 2019 Jun 3;18(1):189. PMID: 31159821

Regression to the Mean in the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Joshi S, Nuckols T, Escarce J, Huckfeldt P, Popescu I, Sood N. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jun 26 PMID: 31242277

Surgeon Awareness of the Relative Costs of Common Surgical Instruments. Zhao B, Childers CP, Hays RD, Ettner SL, Alban RF, Maggard-Gibbons M, Clary BM. JAMA Surg. 2019 Jun 26. PMID: 31241725

Opportunities to encourage mail order pharmacy delivery service use for diabetes prescriptions: a qualitative study. Schmittdiel JA, Marshall CJ, Wiley D, Chau CV, Trinacty CM, Wharam JF, Duru OK, Karter AJ, Brown SD. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jun 25;19(1):422. PMID: 31238950

Gene Expression Alterations in the Bronchial Epithelium of Electronic Cigarette Users. Corbett SE, Nitzberg M, Moses E, Kleerup E, Wang T, Perdomo C, Perdomo C, Liu G, Zhang S, Liu H, Elashoff DA, Brooks DR, O'Connor GT, Dubinett SM, Spira A, Lenburg ME. Chest. 2019 Jun 21. pii: S0012-3692(19)31199-7. PMID: 31233743

Resource utilisation and description of patients perceived as receiving inappropriate critical care. Neville TH, Yamamoto MC, Wiley JF, Wenger NS. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2019 Jun 13. pii: S0964-3397(19)30116-8. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2019.06.003. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31204107

Mental Illness Among Youth With Chronic Physical Conditions. Adams JS, Chien AT, Wisk LE. Pediatrics. 2019 Jun 14. pii: e20181819. PMID: 31201229.

The Association of Altitude and the Prevalence of Anemia Among People With CKD. Ng YH, Myers O, Shore X, Pankratz VS, Norris KC, Vassalotti JA, Argyropoulos C. Am J Kidney Dis. 2019 Jun 11. pii: S0272-6386(19)30730-9. PMID: 31200976

Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Barry MJ, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Curry SJ, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. JAMA. 2019 Jun 11;321(22):2203-2213. PMID: 31184747

Screening for HIV Infection: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Barry MJ, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Curry SJ, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. JAMA. 2019 Jun 11. PMID: 31184701 

Significance of Coronary Artery Calcium Found on Non-Electrocardiogram-Gated Computed Tomography During Preoperative Evaluation for Liver Transplant. West BH, Low CG, Bista BB, Yang EH, Vorobiof G, Busuttil RW, Budoff MJ, Elashoff D, Tobis JM, Honda HM. Am J Cardiol. 2019 Jul 15;124(2):278-284. PMID: 31122618

Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use in Adolescents With Chronic Medical Conditions in the Ambulatory Setting. Lunstead J, Weitzman ER, Harstad E, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Fishman LN, Wisk LE, Levy S. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jun;64(6):804-806. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.02.011. PMID: 31122509

Effects of Intensive Primary Care on High-Need Patient Experiences: Survey Findings from a Veterans Affairs Randomized Quality Improvement Trial.  Zulman DM, Chang ET, Wong A, Yoon J, Stockdale SE, Ong MK, Rubenstein LV, Asch SM. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 May;34(Suppl 1):75-81. PMID: 31098977


Variations in VA and Medicare Use Among Veterans With Diabetes: Impacts on Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Hospitalizations for 2008, 2009, and 2010. Rose DE, Rowneki M, Sambamoorthi U, Fried D, Dwibedi N, Tseng CL, Jani N, Yano EM, Helmer DA. Med Care. 2019 Jun;57(6):425-436. PMID: 31045693

Healthy diets and sustainable food systems. McCarthy WJ, Li Z. Lancet. 2019 Jun 21. pii: S0140-6736(19)31109-2. PMID: 31235282

Modified Very Low Calorie Diet for Weight Loss to Improve Lung Transplantation Candidacy in a Medical Intensive Care Unit: A Case Report (P12-048-19). Garcia M, Li Z, Surampudi V. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun 13;3(Suppl 1). pii: nzz035.P12-048-19. PMID: 31225137

Weight Loss and Transient LDL Increase (P12-057-19). Surampudi V, Biggs K, Li Z. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun 13;3(Suppl 1). pii: nzz035.P12-057-19. PMID: 31224880

Effects of Cinnamon Spice on Postprandial Plasma Levels of Glucose and Insulin in Healthy Participant with Normal Weight (FS15-04-19). Ezzat-Zadeh Z, Henning S, Woo SL, Yang J, Zhang L, Huang J, Lee R, Thames G, Heber D, Li Z. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun 13;3(Suppl 1). pii: nzz031.FS15-04-19. PMID: 31224253

High-Need Patients' Goals and Goal Progress in a Veterans Affairs Intensive Outpatient Care Program. Hsu KY, Slightam C, Shaw JG, Tierney A, Hummel DL, Goldstein MK, Chang ET, Boothroyd D, Zulman DM.  J Gen Intern Med. 2019 May 28. PMID: 31140094E

A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Effect of Hospitalist-Directed Transfers on Patient Flow. Chen Y, Saini I, Patel SK, Wilhalme H, Miller WD, Quinn R. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jun 3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05072-w.  PMID: 31161569

Coordinating Care for Reproductive Health Malignancies in the Veterans' Health Administration: Promising Practices, Ongoing Challenges, and Future Research. Cordasco KM, Moreau JL, Chawla N. Semin Reprod Med. 2019 Jun 11.  PMID:31185512

Elevated Procalcitonin in Acute Pseudogout Flare: A Case Report. Vasishta S, Patel S (June 06, 2019)  Cureus 11(6): e4853. doi:10.7759/cureus.4853

Incorporating Theory into Practice: Reconceptualizing Exemplary Care Coordination Initiatives from the US Veterans Health Delivery System. McDonald KM, Singer SJ, Gorin SS, Haggstrom DA, Hynes DM, Charns MP, Yano EM, Lucatorto MA, Zulman DM, Ong MK, Axon RN, Vogel D, Upton M. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 May;34(Suppl 1):24-29. PubMed PMID: 31098965; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6542860.
HThiamine and Heart Failure: Challenging Cases of Modern-Day Cardiac Beriberi. elali J, Park S, Ziaeian B, Han JK, Lankarani-Fard A. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2019 May 27;3(2):221-225; PubMed PMID: 31193878; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6543258.
Pharmacologic Management of Malignant Bowel Obstruction: When Surgery Is Not an Option. Hsu K, Prommer E, Murphy MC, Lankarani-Fard A. J Hosp Med. 2019 Jun 1;14(6):367-373. PubMed PMID: 30986183.

Photos: GIM at 2019 SGIM Annual Meeting
Arash NafisiResidents dinner
Carol Mangione & Tom MattimoreSusan Stockdale
Sae TakadaResidents SGIM 2019
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