Past ISP Projects

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020

SHUBHAM AGRAWAL
ISP Chair: Rodney Gabriel, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP TITLE: The Association of Preoperative Smoking with Postoperative Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthoplasty

LAUREN ALDERETTE
ISP Chair: Bard Cosman, MD, MPH
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Follicular occlusion syndrome conditions and fissure-fistulas: a study associating the two among veterans

ALPHA ANDERS
ISP Chair: Alan Shahtaji, DO
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: An Investigation into Concussion Education, Prevention, and Protocols in Tijuana High Schools.

ERIC ARNOLD
ISP Chair: Jennifer Wagman, MD, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: HIV Counselors’ perspectives on integrating an Alcohol and IPV screening and brief intervention  into standard post test counseling  in Ugandan fising villages

NADER BADRI
ISP Chair: Cheryl Rock, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Insulin Resistance Improves More in Women than In Men in Association with a Weight Loss Intervention

ARJUN BANERJEE
ISP Chair: Sheila Gahagan, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Social determinants of cardiovascular health, neurocognitive function, and education outcomes in Chilean adolescents

ALEXANDER BELETSKY
ISP Chair: Nikhil Verma, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
ISP TITLE: When Do Patients Perceive Clinical Benefits After Knee and Shoulder Sports Surgery?

JEFFREY BERNSTEIN
ISP Chair: Rick Adam Friedman, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Epidemiological Survey of Vestibular Schwannoma in the United States

SUDARSHAN BHAT
ISP Chair: Sunny Smith, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Student Hotspotting: An Interdisciplinary Effort in Engaging Super-utilizers of Emergency Medical Services

KRISHNA BOMMAKANTI
ISP Chair: Richard Garfein, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Prevalence and Correlates of Smartphone Ownership among Tuberculosis Patients in Three Major U.S. cities: Potential Barriers to mHealth 

AARON BRADSHAW
ISP Chair: Roger Sur, MD
Department of Urology
ISP TITLE: Robotic Partial Nephrectomy versus Minimally Invasive Radical Nephrectomy for Clinical T2a Renal Mass: A Propensity Score Matched Comparison from the ROSULA (Robotic Surgery for Large Renal Mass) Collaborative Group

CAITLIN BREEN
ISP Chair: Jose Suarez, MD
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP TITLE: Effects of Pesticide Exposure on the Development of Male and Female Children and Adolescents in Pedro Moncayo County, Pichincha, Ecuador

TAYLOR BUCKSTAFF
ISP Chair: Richard Garfein, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Design and implementation of health educational materials in a low health literacy community

ANNA BUEHLER
ISP Chair: Cheryl Rock, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Changes in disinhibition, restraint and hunger and associated characteristics during a weightloss intervention

COURTNEY CHEN
ISP Chair: Jeanne Lee, MD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: How Does Timing of Goals of Care Conversation and Palliative Care Consultation Impact Organ Donation Patterns?

SCARLETT CHEN
ISP Chair: Lina Lander, ScD
Department of School of Medicine 
ISP TITLE: Integrating the EHR into the Preclinical PBL Curriculum

ERIKA CHERK
ISP Chair: Cathleen Collins, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Awareness of Mislabeled Penicillin Allergies Among General Pediatricians

COREY CHEUNG
ISP Chair: Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Development of anti-KIT mAbs and immunotoxins as therapeutics and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) conditioning agents for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

PETER CLEMENTS
ISP Chair: Michelle Johnson, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Engaging the UCSD Free-clinic Patient Population in Exercise Education, Motivational Interviewing, and Follow-up

LEA COHEN
ISP Chair: Amy Bryl, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Reducing non-emergent orthopedic consults in the pediatric emergency department

MARY CREEDON
ISP Chair: Sunny Smith, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Increasing Resident Involvement in Medical Student Education and Mentorship at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project

BRENDAN CRONIN
ISP Chair: Todd Costantini, MD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Enoxaparin Dosing for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Burn Patients

TORREY CZECH
ISP Chair: Dorothy (Dody) Sears, PhD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Blockade of glucocorticoid signaling alters the metabolic consequences of calorie restriction

DONALD DAWKINS
ISP Chair: Alexander Norbash, PhD
Department of Radiology
ISP TITLE: Analyzing the Intersection of Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Undergraduate Medical Education

RIMA DESHPANDE
ISP Chair: Barry Greenberg, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: A survey-based analysis of low prescription rates of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)

TAYLOR DOCTER
ISP Chair: Vaishal Tolia, MD, MP, FACEP
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Comparison of Length of Stay for Patients with High Sensitivity Troponin Versus Standard Troponin

SARAH DUNSEATH
ISP Chair: Michelle Leff, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Medical student breastfeeding education: Development of an interactive, web-based tutorial

SARAH DURNEY
ISP Chair: Elizabeth Ingulli, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Measuring emotional wellbeing in pediatric ESRD: Exploring screening options

SAMUEL EARLY
ISP Chair: Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology
ISP TITLE: Methods for Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

LISA EICHBERGER
ISP Chair: Leah Kern, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Universal Cholesterol Screening in 9-11 Year Olds: Cholesterol Panel Results and Physician Management Behaviors

JESSICA ERLICH
ISP Chair: Leah Lamale-Smith, MD
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP TITLE: Can the uterocervical angle predict spontaneous preterm birth in pregnant patients with a history of cervical conization?

NATALIE FETTINGER
ISP Chair: Leah Kern, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Implementation of an Electronic Medical Record and Inventory Tracking System at a Small, Resource-Poor Health Clinic in Rural Haiti

TIMOTHY FIRMAN
ISP Chair: Vaishal Tolia, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: ECG Learning and Practice Platform

MEGAN FISCHER-COLBRIE
ISP Chair: Matthew Allison, MD, MPH
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Outcomes of DCIS Patients Under Active Surveillance

ALLAIN FRANCISCO
ISP Chair: Alana Iglewicz, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: You're Safe Here: A Theatrical Exploration of Mental Illness

MICAH FRY
ISP Chair: Sidney Zisook, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Psilocybin Therapy for Anxiety and Depression: A Literature Review

HELENA GALI
ISP Chair: Natalie Afshari, MD
Department of Ophthalmology
ISP TITLE: The Use of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography to Evaluate Inflammation of the Anterior Segment; Electronic Health Record Impact on Ophthalmology Clinics

ETHAN GERDTS
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Responding to a Hepatitis A Outbreak: Assessment of Hepatitis A Vaccine Administration in a Vulnerable Population at a Student Run Free-Clinic

CHRISTOPHER GONZALEZ-ERIVES
ISP Chair: Samuel Eisenstein, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Enhanced Clinical Pathway for New Ostomates

AMY GUZDAR
ISP Chair: Caitlin Costello, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: A pilot study on the feasibility of ex vivo high-throughput drug sensitivity testing in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma

ERIC HA
ISP Chair: Christopher Coyne, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: A Retrospective Cohort Study on Risks and Outcomes of Active Cancer Patients presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Venous Thromboembolism

JONATHAN HAN
ISP Chair: Daniel Chao, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology
ISP TITLE: Genetics of Diabetic Retinopathy

KYRA HANSSON
ISP Chair: Alana Iglewicz, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Medical student wellness toolkit: 2 modules on test taking anxiety and the vasovagal response 

STEPHEN HARTMAN
ISP Chair: David Lazar, MD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Ovarian Volume Ratio Is a Reliable Predictor of Ovarian Torsion in Girls without an Adnexal Mass

DAVID HIBBERT
ISP Chair: Vineet Gupta, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Mucor: Taking the "fun" out of fungus

EDWARD HODGKIN
ISP Chair: Alan Shahtaji, DO
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Depression Screening during Evaluation of Patients with Concussion

ADAM HRYNIEWICKI
ISP Chair: Christopher Coyne, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Management of CAR T-Cell Treatment-Associated Toxicity in the Emergency Department

REBECCA HU
ISP Chair: Nigel Calcutt, PhD
Department of Pathology
ISP TITLE: Role of Insulin Signaling in the Development of Insulin Neuritis

YUKI IIZUKA
ISP Chair: Omar Mesarwi, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: A Case of Daytime Sleepiness After Motor Vehicle Collision

THEJAS KAMATH
ISP Chair: Pranav Garimella, MBBS, MPH, FASN
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Association of Ankle-Brachial and Toe-Brachial Indices With Mortality in Patients With CKD

KAREN KENISTON
ISP Chair: Michelle Johnson, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Sustainable Integration and Evaluation of an After Visit Summary for Primary Care Patients of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project

SANGWOO KIM
ISP Chair:  Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences 
ISP TITLE: Effect of Checkpoint Blockade Immunotherapy and Radiation Therapy on B cells

YEJI KIM
ISP Chair: Daniel Chao, MD
Department of Ophthalmology
ISP TITLE: Comparison of smartphone ophthalmoscopy vs conventional direct ophthalmoscopy as a teaching tool for medical students: the COSMOS study

KRISTIN KLEPPER
ISP Chair: Christopher Cannavino, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: How UCSD Medical Students Choose Their Specialty: A Guidebook

JESSICA KRIKSCIUN
ISP Chair: Doris A. Trauner, MD
Department of Neuroscience 
ISP TITLE: Longitudinal Analysis of Spatial Inattention in Children with Perinatal Stroke

SOLOMIYA KRYSHTAFOVYCH
ISP Chair: Gary Vilke, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Trends in opioid-related emergency department visits in California

NIKHIL KUMAR
ISP Chair: Eric Edmonds, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
ISP TITLE: Allograft versus autograft utilization in adolescent medial patellofemoral ligament reconstructions

SOUMYA KURNOOL
ISP Chair: William Sandborn, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: High Body Mass Index is Associated with Increased Risk of Treatment Failure and Surgery in Biologic-treated Patients with Ulcerative Colitis

MICHAEL KUTZSCHER
ISP Chair: Mark Greenberg, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP TITLE: Behind the Curtain: a medical student's introductory guide to anesthesia

JACQUELINE LEE
ISP Chair: Maria Araneta, PhD, MPH
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Effect of Limited-English proficiency on the association between self-rated health and type 2 diabetes and hypertension among Filipino American women 

ALEX LI
ISP Chair: Mark Sawyer, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: The Relationship between Kindergarten Vaccination, Personal Belief Exemptions, and Adult Influenza Vaccination: A Geographic Analysis in San Diego County from 2013 to 2018

CHRISTOPHER LONG
ISP Chair: Robert Sah, MD
Department of Bioengineering
ISP TITLE: Chondrogenesis of rhFGF-2 expanded human mesenchymal stem cells in alginate beads

ARISSA MA
ISP Chair: Maria Aristizabal, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Health Literacy and Parental Voluntariness in Pediatric Leukemia Clinical Trials Informed Consent

MAX MACMILLAN
ISP Chair: Kenneth Vitale, PhD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
ISP TITLE: Sports Medicine Patient Education Publications

CHAITANYA MALLADI
ISP Chair: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MS
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Associations between Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy and Recurrent Atrial Arrhythmias after Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

PAVAN MANN
ISP Chair: Parambir Dulai, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Effectiveness and Safety of Tofacitinib for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Making of A Database

EMILY MANNIX
ISP Chair: Charles Goldberg, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Navigating Ethical and Professional Dilemmas in the Clerkship Years

JACQUELINE MEASER
ISP Chair: Cheryl Rock, PhD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Vegan diets and reduction in chronic disease risk: A narrative review

ISHAN MEHTA
ISP Chair: Williams Ettouati, PharmD
Department of Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
ISP TITLE: PillBox Rx Business Prospectus

CLAIRE MERIWETHER
ISP Chair: Katherine Richman, MD
Department of Radiology
ISP TITLE: Designing Appropriateness Criteria Guidelines for Image Ordering in the Free Clinic

SHIRIN MOFTAKHAR
ISP Chair: Kama Guluma, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Improving Resources Available for 3rd Year Medical Students Choosing a Specialty

BANNET MUHOOZI
ISP Chair: Milla Kviatkovsky, DO
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Mixed methods quality assurance of point-of-care ultrasound training in rural Uganda

SHILPA NATARAJ
ISP Chair: Maria Aristizabal, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Contextual and Sociodemographic Factors Contributing to Psychosocial Distress in Caregivers of Children with Newly Diagnosed Cancer

NICOLA NATSIS
ISP Chair: Miriam Scadeng, MD
Department of Radiology
ISP TITLE: 3D Modeling of Breast Tissue Subtypes Using MRI Data of Cadaveric Breast Tissue Undergoing Intraductal Contrast Injections

VI NGUYEN
ISP Chair: Jason Sicklick, MD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Academic Surgical Oncologists’ Productivity Correlateswith Gender, Grant Funding, and Institutional NCIComprehensive Cancer Center Affiliation

CONNOR O'HARE
ISP Chair: James Murphy, MD
Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Science
ISP TITLE: Impact of HIV Status on Treatment Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer

ASHLEY OTT
ISP Chair: Linda Hill, MD, MPH
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Developing and Implementing a Pre-Clinical Elective in Migrant and Border Medicine

ANDREW PARK
ISP Chair: Kathryn Winters, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Narrative Medicine Under the Microscope: 55-Word Stories as an educational tool for undergraduate medical training

BHAVIK PATEL
ISP Chair: Brian Forsythe, MD
Department of Orthopedic Surgery 
ISP TITLE: Efficacy of surgery in the management of adhesive capsulitis: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials 

NIHAR PATEL
ISP Chair: Gregory Seymann, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Pulmonary Embolism Admission Practices and Trends at UCSD

SAATCHI PATELL
ISP Chair: Jill Buckley, MD
Department of Urology
ISP TITLE: Incidence of and Factors Affecting Postoperative Infection in Urethroplasty: A Multi-Center Study

JASON PEDOWITZ
ISP Chair: Andrew Pennock, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
ISP TITLE: Redislocation rate in children undergoing surgery for patella instability with osteochondral defects: Should a concomitant ligament reconstruction be performed?

KELSEY PERRY
ISP Chair: Neil Farber, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Creation of Physician/Trainee Communication Guidelines and Corresponding Patient Education Handout to Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in URIs

SARAH PFEIL
ISP Chair: Radhika Sundararajan, MD, PhD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: HIV-related knowledge and Practices among Higher Education Students in Maputo, Mozambique

KATE POOL
ISP Chair: Rodney Gabriel, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP TITLE: Regional Anesthesia versus General Anesthesia as the Primary Anesthetic for Ankle Amputations

JESSICA POURIAN
ISP Chair: Maya Kumar, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Considerations for Capacity in  the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

RITIKA PRASAD
ISP Chair: Dena Rifkin, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: The association of the ankle-brachial index, the toe-brachial index, and their difference, with mortality and limb outcomes in dialysis patients

CHRISTINE PROCHNOW
ISP Chair: Gary Vilke, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Characteristics of 72-hour Emergency Department return visits in the UCSD Health System.

ZOE RENNER
ISP Chair: Alana Iglewicz, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: A Lens Into Medical Student Wellness at UCSD School of Medicine Through the Eyes of Students Underrepresented in Medicine (URM): Video Testimonials and Educational Work-shop

PAUL RIVIERE
ISP Chair: James Murphy, MD
Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Science
ISP TITLE: Design and Validation of an Opioid Risk Stratification Tool for Cancer Survivors

LAURA ROBERTSON
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, MD
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP TITLE: Increasing Spanish Language Proficiency Among Future Healthcare Providers

AARON ROSENBAUM
ISP Chair: Cynthia Kuelbs, MD
Department of Pediatrics
ISP TITLE: Head First into the Health System: Improving the Clinical Transition
JACOB ROZICH
ISP Chair: Robert Sah, MD
Department of Bioengineering 
ISP TITLE: Mechanics and MechanoBiology of Impact Insertion of Native Osteochondral Grafts: Protection of Chondrocytes

PAIGE RUIZ
ISP Chair: Gary Vilke, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP TITLE: Quantitative Analysis of Medications Prescribed/Administered with Potential of Adverse Drug-Drug Interaction to Anticoagulated Patients in Emergency Department

SAMANTHA RUSSO
ISP Chair: Steven Huege, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Development and Implementation of a Standardized Patient Curricula to Train Medical Students on Obtaining a Patient Trauma History

KORINA SANDOVAL
ISP Chair: Brett Cronin, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP TITLE: Perioperative Interrogation of Biotronik Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices: A Guide for Anesthesiologists

CHENXI SONG
ISP Chair: Mark Whitehead, PhD
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: The Unfolded Protein Response and Achromatopsia

EMELIA STUART
ISP Chair: Bard Cosman, MD, MPH
Department of Surgery
ISP TITLE: Surgery Handbook for Third Year Medical Students

GEORGE VILLATORO
ISP Chair: Jeffrey Lee, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology
ISP TITLE: Concordance of Non-Mydriatic Retinal Photography and Dilated Fundus Examination For Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in a Free Clinic Setting

DANIEL WANG
ISP Chair: Atul Malhotra, MD
Department of Medicine
ISP TITLE: Investigation of pulmonary gas exchange in normal subjects breathing a hypoxic mixture

KENDALL WONG
ISP Chair: Sanjai Rao, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Solutions Manual to the NBME Psychiatry Self-Assessment Examinations

SHI XIE
ISP Chair: Gregory Light, PhD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Effects Of Anticholinergic Medication Burden On Cognition And Functioning In Schizophrenia: Findings From The Consortium On The Genetics Of Schizophrenia (COGS-2)

KENDRICK YIM
ISP Chair: Ithaar Derweesh, MD
Department of Urology
ISP TITLE: Outcomes of Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy for Clinical T3a Renal Masses: Analysis of the Robotic SUrgery for Large renal mass (ROSULA) Group

KATIE YOUNG
ISP Chair: Hui-Chun (Irene) Su, MD
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP TITLE: Fertility Counseling Before Cancer Treatment and Subsequent Reproductive Concerns Among Female Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

ELIZABETH ZOBELL
ISP Chair: Benjamin Kemink Maxwell, MD
Department of Psychiatry
ISP TITLE: Adolescent Depression Screening at Rady Children’s Hospital: Implications for Opportunities in Integrated Care