2018 Annual Research Day Awards
Friday, May 4, 2018


Media Release

May 4, 2018

Chattanooga, TN


2018 Annual Research Day Awards Announced


Dean R. Bruce Shack, MD, hosted the 2018 Annual Research Day Awards on Friday evening at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, May 4, 2018.  Twenty-two (22) presentations were given earlier in the day in Probasco Auditorium - Erlanger Medical Mall:  Nine research projects,  eight case reports, and five case series.


Judges for the event included:

  • Thomas Devlin, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
    University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • Shanti Mohling, MD, FACOG
    Associate Program Director, Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic
    Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • Giuseppe Pizzorno, PhD, PharmD
    Professor and Associate Dean of Research
    University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and
    Chief Research Officer, Erlanger Health System

In 1983, the University and Erlanger sponsored the first inter-departmental event to highlight research activities at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga called "Resident Research Day."  The Associate Dean for the Chattanooga Campus, Robert C. Coddington, MD, was integral in establishing an event to foster and encourage research in Chattanooga, and the award for the best research presentation was named in his honor.  The event has encouraged and fostered the expansion of overall research efforts at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.


Each year residents are asked to submit abstracts of interesting case reports, case series, or research projects with which they have been involved over the past year and for research occurring on the Chattanooga Campus.  This year all case reports, case series, and research projects were given as oral presentations in Probasco Auditorium.


Abstracts are reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee to determine which ones will be presented at our Research Day event. Several judges are also named each year by the Dean.  Judges determine the awards presented at the conclusion of the Annual Research Day activities. 


This year, at the conclusion of the awards dinner, the following awards were announced and presented by judge and Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Giuseppe Pizzorno, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Robert Fore:


Case Series
2nd Place:   Nathan Jung, MD, Urology Resident
                      "Minimally Invasive Inguinal Lymphadenectomy"


1st Place:   Jason Fogleman, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
                      "Radiographic Evaluation of Adult Acquired Flatfoot Correction Using
                       Spring Ligament Repair with Internal Brace Augmentation"


Case Reports
3rd Place:   Suril Patel, MD, Gastroenterology Fellow (with 2 Internal Medicine Residents)
                      "Management of refractory biliary leak using Spyglass Cholangioscopy for
                        better localization and grading of bile duct injury"

2nd PlaceRyan Dyess, MD, Pediatric Resident

                     "Novel Geno Mutation Causing Diabetes"

1st Place:   Chase Kluemper, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
                      "Inter-costal entrapment of clavicle fracture causing occlusion of subclavian
                        artery and complete brachial plexopathy -- a case report."


Research Projects
3rd Place:   Yoshi Katsuura, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
                      "Butterfly Vertebrae:  A Systemic Review of the Literature and Meta

2nd Place:   Duane Jurma, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident
                      "Does the Addition of M-Mode to B-Mode Ultrasound Imaging Increase the
                       Accuracy of the Bedside Diagnosis of Pneumothorax by Emergency
 `                     Physicia?"

1st Place -- Best Overall Research Presentation and winner of the Robert C. Coddington, MD, Award for Best Research

                      Mathew Epps, MD, MS, Plastic Surgery Resident
                      "Breast Pocket Irrigation during Reconstructive Surgery - current trends in
                        Practice and an In Vitro Analysis of the Relative Efficacies of Antibiotic
                        Solutions vs Antiseptics for Breast Pocket Irrigation during Cosmetic and
                        Reconstructive Surgery"


Updated 5/5/2018








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