Charleston Area Medical Center’s and the West Virginia University Health Sciences Charleston Campus hosted the CAMC/WVU Young Researchers Forum on July 18 at the Charleston campus auditorium with students and residents presenting the results of their Summer projects.  The aim of the forum is to inspire and bring together young researchers in the field of medicine and to provide a vibrant place for discussing potential and ongoing research. The forum strives to provide a friendly environment to allow young researchers to get feedback on their work, exchange experience, ask questions, explore pathways open to them. In addition, the forum stimulates interaction between young researchers, experienced researchers and the clinical environment.

Many members of the WVU faculty, CAMC medical staff and CAMC Institute Research staff served as mentors of the students throughout their research projects. Students featured were current medical students in WV medical school programs or undergraduate students pursuing medical school pathways. Projects presented shared research outcomes related to patients/care provided on the CAMC/WVU Charleston campus.

Summer Research Extern Preceptors for 2018

James Campbell, MD, Vascular Center of Excellence, Vascular Surgery

Project Title:  Evaluation of Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

Student:  Caleb Glover - WVSOM (2)- undergraduate Colorado State University – Maj – Biochemistry/Min Molecular Biology.  Class rank of number 2 at the conclusion of first year at WVSOM


Gwendoline Fonebi, MD, CAMC Cancer Center, Internal Medicine

Project Title:  Incidence and Epidemiology of Biliary Cancers in the Charleston Service Area

Student:  Tyler Glover - WVSOM (4)- undergraduate Colorado State University – Maj – Biochemistry/Min Molecular Biology   Class rank of number 4 at the conclusion of first year at WVSOM


Konark Malhotra, MD, CAMC Neurology, Project Title:   Acute Presentation of Cervical Internal Carotid Occlusion: Predictors, Imaging Parameters and Clinical Outcomes

Student:  Daniel Myers - WVSOM  Michigan State Univ graduate – BS in Human Biology;


Steven J. Jubelirer, MD, CAMC Cancer Center, Internal Medicine

Project Title:  Appropriateness of Thrombophilia Testing at a Tertiary Care Institution

Student:  Stacy Lane - WVSOM ; BS in Natural Sciences with Pre-Medicine emphasis from Pensacola Christian College, in Pensacola, FL.  


Audis Bethea, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

Project Title:  Weight-Adjusted Enoxaparin Dosing Regimen for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Trauma Patients

Student: Holly Chiles – WVSOM – West Liberty University – Biology with a minor in Psychology


William Carter, MD, WVU Internal Medicine, Cardiology

Project Title:  Prognostic Indicators for Acute Kidney Injury in Patients with out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest

Student:  Richard Evans - WVSOM - Concord College with major in Biology


Aravinda Nanjundappa, MD, CAMC Cardiology

Project Title:  Pre-hydration for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patients

Student:  Lydia Tambasis - WVSOM – Wheeling Jesuit University – BS Biology, Chemistry minor


Mark Gustafson, DO, Emergency Medicine

Project Title:  Intermediate Risk Pulmonary Embolism Morbidity and Mortality Benefit from ICU Admission

Student:   Raymond Lam – WVSOM; Bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego – Major Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Masters of Biomedical Science, Rutgers University


Mark Gustafson, DO, Emergency Medicine

Project Title:  The effect of high Lactic Acid level in the Emergency Room as a predictor of Seizure

Student:  Omid Adabi - WVSOM – St. Francis College/Brooklyn, NY, Biology major


Ryan Ihle, MD, Internal Medicine

Project Title:  The Impact of Height Estimation on Tidal Volume Prescriptions for Mechanically Ventilated Patients in a Community Teaching Hospital

Student:  Yashan Thakkar – University of MI graduate – BS in Computer Science