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Graduates of the Clinical Scientist Training Program

2016 Graduates

Utsav Bansal

Program Mentor: Dr. Changfeng Tai, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Project Title: New strategies to treat overactive bladder

Christopher Becker

Program Mentor: James Ibinson, MD PhD: Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Michael Gold PhD: Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Project Title: Imaging pain phenotype and genotype with novel scanning techniques.

Mohini Dasari

Program Mentor: Juan Carlos Puyana, MD, FACS, FACCP, Professor of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Translational Science, Department of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine

Project Title: Conditions Influencing Electronic Trauma Registry Implementation in Low/Middle Income Countries

Zachary Dong

Program Mentors: Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS, Distinguished Professor & Chairman of Ophthalmology Eye & Ear Foundation Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, Director of UPMC Eye Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Gadi Wollstein, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Director, Ophthalmic Imaging Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Project Title: The Association between Genotype and Structural and Functional Ocular Measurements in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.

Mark Evans

Program Mentor: Sonya Borrero, M.D., M.S., Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI), Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh; Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Project Title: Men's Fertility Attitudes and Behaviors Study

Blake Friedman

Program Mentor: Louis D. Falo, Jr., MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Project Title: A Topical Chemo-Immunotherapy for Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Nicholas Hess

Program Mentors:Dr. Inderpal Sarkaria, MD, Dr. Arjun Pennathur, MD

Project Title: A Pilot Trial of Near Infrared Fluorescence Imaging with Indocyanine Green in the Detection and Diagnosis of Neoplastic Pulmonary Nodules Compared to Positron Emission Testing With Fluoro-Deoxy-Glucose-18

Steven Viet Pham

Program Mentors: Dr. David A. Brent, Dr. Nadine Melhem

Project Title: Caregiver adaptation as a mediator for offspring mental health outcomes in bereaved families

Caroline West

Program Mentors: Victor Morell, MD: Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-director of the Heart Center of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. Brian Feingold, MD: Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Timothy Maul, PhD: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Coordinator and Research Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Project Title: Long term survival after the Fontan Procedure: a retrospective analysis of factors that influence morbidity and mortality.

Hadas Zachor

Program Mentor: Elizabeth Miller, MD

Project Title: Tailored Computerized Interventions to Reduce Harm From Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion

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