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Graduates of the Clinical Scientist Training Program

2014 Graduates

Jayshiv Badlani

Program Mentors: James Irrgang, PhD, PT, Director of Clinical Research in Orthopaedic Surgery; and Christopher Harner, MD, Medical Director of UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

Project Title: Effects of Meniscus Injury on the Development and Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Cynthia Grady

Program Mentor: Sonya Borrero, MD MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science Center for Research on Health Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Project Title: Identifying and Defining the Typologies of Pregnancy Intention Among Low-Income African American and White Women in Pittsburgh

Kyle Jackson

Program Mentors: Robert Kormos, MD, Professor of Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Artificial Heart Program, Co-Director of Heart Transplantation at UPMC, and Medical Director of Vital Engineering; Mary Amanda Dew, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science

Project Title: Right Ventricular Dysfunction Following Ventricular Assist Device Implantation.

Ian Joel

Program Mentor: Charles F. Reynolds, MD, UPMC Endowed Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry and Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Science.



Simiao Li

Program Mentors: Judy C. Chang, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Gynecologic Specialties; and Rachel P. Berger, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Child Protection Team, Child Advocacy Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Associate Director in Child Abuse, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research.

Project Titles:

  • Women Arrested for Intimate Partner Violence
  • Retinal Hemorrhages in Low-Risk Children Evaluated for Child Physical Abuse.

Constantino Michaelidis

Program Mentor: Kenneth Smith, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine.





Jacqueline Moreau

Program Mentors: Laura K. Ferris, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; R. Scott Watson, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine



Eduardo Nuñez

Program Mentors: Amber Barnato MD MPH MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science; and Charles Reynolds III MD UPMC Endowed Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Science

Project Title: Recently bereaved surrogates stories about their participation in decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment for a loved one in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Sebastian Shterental

Program Mentor: Marc A. Simon, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Section, UPMC McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Project Title: Area Index: A Novel Approach to Pulmonary Hypertension.



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