Past ISP Projects

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2021

Aaser Ali
ISP Chair: Gabriel (Gabe) Wardi, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP Title: Evaluating the test performance of procalcitonin in the setting of acute methamphetamine intoxication

Shawn Ali
ISP Chair: Catriona Jamieson, B.A.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: JC Virus Reactivation in Response to Ruxolitnib Therapy in Myelofibrosis Patients

Milan Amin
ISP Chair: Anthony Magit, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: A Survey of Adult Preferences Regarding Recruitment for Pediatric Research

Erica Anunwah
ISP Chair: James Murphy, M.D.
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
ISP Title: Increasing Familiarity and Reducing Anxiety with Outpatient Pediatric Visits via a Children’s Book

Alicia Asturias
ISP Chair: Mark Whitehead, Ph.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: UCSD Mural Project –Amplifying the Voices of the Silenced: An Exploration of the Emotional Impact of Faculty Portraiture on Medical Students

Allison Auchter
ISP Chair: Leonie Heyworth, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Turning to Music in a Time of Crisis – Patterns of Music Consumption Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nicole Basler
ISP Chair: Sara Browne, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Examining Factors Associated with Non-Adherence and Poor Retention in Care in Digital Health Feedback System (DHFS) Study Patients

Jimmy Bazzy
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Sonography in the Underserved: A Reflection on the Implementation Imaging Services at the UCSD SRFCP

Maedha Begur
ISP Chair: Jan Hughes-Austin, B.S., Ph.D., M.P.T.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Antibodies to Citrullinated Protein Antigens are Associated with Inflammatory Markers in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

Brendan Berenger
ISP Chair: Etienne Macedo, M.S., M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Factors Influencing Filter Performance During CRRT

Inna Blyakhman
ISP Chair: Carolyn Mulroney, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy: An Analysis of Institutional Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors

Natalie Bransky
ISP Chair: Alan Ali Moazzam, M.D
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Three Rare Concurrent Complications of Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism: Maxillary Brown Tumor, Uremic Leontiasis Ossea, and Hungry Bone Syndrome

Kilian Burke
ISP Chair: Michael Gardiner, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Reduced Dosing of Continuous Albuterol in Children and its effect on Nausea and Vomiting in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

Jason Caffrey
ISP Chair: Vidyadhar Upasani, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Comparison of 3 Pediatric Pelvic Osteotomies for Acetabular Dysplasia Using Patient-specific 3D-printed Models

Alicia Callejo-Black
ISP Chair: Christopher Cannavino, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: The Pediatrics 401 Student Handbook

Rahul Chaturvedi
ISP Chair: Krishnan V. Chakravarthy, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP Title: The Role of Novel Pain Therapies in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Literature Review and Future Directions

Jasmine Chau
ISP Chair: Christopher Coyne, M.D.
Department of Medical School / Emergency Medical Services
ISP Title: Emergency Department-Based Universal Human Immunodeficiency Virus Screening: Identifying methods to improve screening rates

Daniel Cherry
ISP Chair: Radhika Sundararajan, Ph.D.
Department of Medical School / Emergency Medical Services
ISP Title: Collecting samples and completing preliminary analysis to examine the association between the rs140068132 polymorphism, and other polymorphisms within the ESR1 region, with breast cancer tumor subtype.

Linda Chou
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Trauma screening for patients of immigrant background at the downtown site of theUCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project

Mallory Cless
ISP Chair: Carla Marienfeld, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
ISP Title: Understanding clinical correlates of reported craving among patients seeking treatment for substance use disorder

Meghan Connell
ISP Chair: Julia Cormano, M.D.
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP Title: HPV-Focused Comprehensive Reproductive Health Education for 5th Grade Students at Hawking STEAM Charter School

Asimina Courelli
ISP Chair: Gordon Ho, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Use of Functional Cardiac Computed Tomography to Determine Left Ventricular Function in Patients with Cardiomyopathy or Arrhythmias

Bryan Cozart
ISP Chair: Rodney Gabriel, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP Title: The Association of Primary Anesthesia Type with Postoperative Outcomes Following Neurointerventional Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis

Jonathan Cunha
ISP Chair: Bard Cosman, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A patient education handout for clinical use

Greta Davis
ISP Chair: Amanda Gosman, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Cost of Treating Craniosynostosis: A Retrospective Study Including Open, Endoscopic, and Distraction Osteogenesis Techniques

Kyle Deacon
ISP Chair: Stephanie Cherqui, Ph.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Patient and Family Education of Friedreich’s Ataxia and its Treatment

Yalda Dehghan
ISP Chair: Yuko Kono, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: The impact of the multidisciplinary liver cancer clinic on HCC patient care at UC San Diego Health

Rebecca Dehnel
ISP Chair: Wael Al-Delaimy, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Resiliency in mental health among refugees in Jordan

Jacquelyn Devries
ISP Chair: Morgan Renee Bliss, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Does adenotonsillectomy improve obstructive sleep apnea in children with cerebral palsy?

Shruti Dubey
ISP Chair: Christopher Cannavino, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Pediatric Rheumatology Physical Exam Module

Nassim Durali
ISP Chair: Weena Joshi, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Improving Pre-Clinical Pediatrics Education through PBL: Building a Foundation

Neela Easwar
ISP Chair: Amir Zarrinpar, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Exploring the Clinical Relevance of GWAS-Identified Metabolic Syndrome Genes and Their Association with Ethnicity

Yokabed Ermias
ISP Chair: Sarah Averbach, M.D.
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP Title: Child Health And Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)

Ghassan Farah
ISP Chair: Martin Pham, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Resident Training in Spine Surgery:  A Comprehensive Review of Simulation-Based Models

Sutton Fox
ISP Chair: Lori Krummen (Daniels), M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: High-sensitivity Cardiac Troponin is Associated with Acute Kidney Injury in Emergency Department Patients

Alexandra Frankel
ISP Chair: Doris A. Trauner, M.D.
Department of Neurosciences
ISP Title: Memory Deficits in Adults with Cystinosis

Mary Gamboa
ISP Chair: Regina Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Human Trafficking Education for Healthcare Workers

Neda Ghassemi
ISP Chair: Dolores Pretorius, M.D.
Department of Radiology
ISP Title: Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum in Fetuses: Frontal Horns and Cavum Septi Pellucidi Are Clues to Earlier Diagnosis

Philip Gil
ISP Chair: Maya Kumar, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Training Medical Students about Media Literacy and Negative Health Effects of Media Usage in Adolescent Patients

Harpreet Gill
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Standardizing manager transitions and training at UCSD’s student run free clinics

Matthew Gong
ISP Chair: Samuel Ward, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: In vivo measurement of static and dynamic stability of the elbow: A preclinical study directed at reducing elbow injuries in throwing athletes

Justin Griffiths
ISP Chair: Sara Browne, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Hospitalization Rates and Reasons at UCSD Stratified by Viral Load Among Persons Living with HIV Infection 2017-19

William Harkin
ISP Chair: Eric Edmonds, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Patient Education on Peri-Operative Expectations For Common Pediatric Orthopedic Procedures

Kari Hird
ISP Chair: Grace Lin, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
ISP Title: In a center with high volume endoscopic ultrasonography-guided fine needle aspirations, is rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) still needed: is ROSE still beautiful?

Benjamin Hopkins
ISP Chair: Daniel Simpson, M.D.
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
ISP Title: Rates of migraine assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in patients receiving occipital nerve blocks in an academic pain clinic

Athena Hsu
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Facilitating Medical Procedures in the UCSD SRFCP Women’s Clinic

Ellen Kettler
ISP Chair: Christopher Coyne, M.D.
Department of Medical School / Emergency Medical Services
ISP Title: Improving Cancer Pain Management in the ED: An EMR-Based Solution

Lucas Keyt
ISP Chair: Tricia Santos Cavaiola, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Preventative Medicine in Fiji: Type II Diabetes and Virtual Education during COVID-19.

Joseph Kim
ISP Chair: Rodney Gabriel, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP Title: The Association of Primary Anesthesia Type with Postoperative Outcomes in Anemic Patients Undergoing Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty

Mi Kim
ISP Chair: Raeanne Moore, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
ISP Title: A longitudinal study on the neuropsychiatric predictors of amnestic mild cognitive impairment among older adults living with HIV

Bradley King
ISP Chair: Jula Veerapong, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: The Use of Predictive Modeling for Prolonged Hospital Length of Stay in Patients Undergoing Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Saniya Kishnani
ISP Chair: Weena Joshi, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Advocacy and Implementation of Health Equity Curriculum in Medical Education: From Student Initiatives to Institutional Support

Daniella Klebaner
ISP Chair: Brent Rose, M.D.
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
ISP Title: Association of Health-Care System with Prostate Cancer-Specific Mortality in African American and Non-Hispanic White Men

Michael Krak
ISP Chair: Gabriel (Gabe) Wardi, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Emergency Medicine
ISP Title: PEEP delivery in the emergency department: a descriptive analysis

Nikhil Kumar
ISP Chair: Eric Edmonds, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Allograft versus autograft utilization in adolescent medial patellofemoral ligament reconstructions

Kevin Kurator
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Expansion and Evaluation of UCSD Medical Spanish Elective Curriculum

Lian Lancaster
ISP Chair: Annette Von Drygalski, M.D., Pharm.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Maternal Death and Post-Partum Hemorrhaging in Sub-Saharan Africa

Megan Lau
ISP Chair: Krishelle Leo Marc-aurele, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics 
ISP Title: Retrospective Review of Home-Based Pediatric Palliative Care

Jason Lee
ISP Chair: Rick Adam Friedman, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Determining Pre-Operative Predictors of Quality of Life After Acoustic Neuroma Resection

Stacy Ma
ISP Chair: Michelle Johnson, M.A., M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Improving contraception education in an underserved population at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic

Bridget MacDonald
ISP Chair: Doris A. Trauner, M.D.
Department of Neurosciences
ISP Title: Predicting Perinatal Stroke Outcomes with Neonatal EEG Activity

Kathleen Maguire
ISP Chair: Alana Iglewicz, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
ISP Title: Reflections on the Healer's Art

Oliver Marigold
ISP Chair: Gary Vilke, M.D.
Department of Medical School / Emergency Medical Services
ISP Title: Study on the Potential for Asphyxiation with an Alternative Spit Sock

Ryan McKee
ISP Chair: Brian Hinds, M.D.
Department of Dermatology
ISP Title: Morphologic Forms and Classification of Dermal Mitotic Figure Density in Primary Cutaneous Melanoma: A Retrospective Study

Margaret Meagher
ISP Chair: Ithaar Derweesh, M.D.
Department of Urology
ISP Title: Core Topics in Urology Educational Modules

Marita Meyer
ISP Chair: Alana Iglewicz, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
ISP Title: Preserving Empathy In The Third-Year of Medical School

Andrea Miller
ISP Chair: Kenneth Vitale, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Plant-Based Diets and Atherosclerosis Reversal: A Comprehensive Literature Review

Neeharika Namineni
ISP Chair: Dena Rifkin, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Marathon runners' knowledge and strategies for hydration

Michael Navarro
ISP Chair: Martin Marsala, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP Title: The qualitative and quantitative histopathological analysis of the neuroprotective effects from Spinal Adeno-associated virus (AAV9)–mediated delivery of shRNA-SOD1 in adult ALS G37R mice

Bao Nguyen
ISP Chair: James Murphy, M.D.
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
ISP Title: Identifying Barriers to Telemedicine Use Among Vulnerable Cancer Patients

Elli Novatcheva
ISP Chair: Aaron Goodman, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: FLT3 Inhibitors For the Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Natalie Oberhauser-Lim
ISP Chair: James Murphy, M.D.
Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
ISP Title: UC San Diego School of Medicine 3rd Year Survival Guide

Payton Ottum
ISP Chair: Alice Sutton, B.A., M.D.
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP Title: UC San Diego Obstetric Providers and Trainees are Enthusiastic about Group Prenatal Care

Ryan Ouillette
ISP Chair: Andrew Pennock, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Outcomes of revision ACL surgery in adolescents: Factors contributing to graft failure

Parisa Oviedo
ISP Chair: Daniela Carvalho, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: An Assessment of the Safety & Efficacy of PACU Extubation of Pediatric General Surgery Patients

Mili Parikh
ISP Chair: Soo Park, M.D.
Department of Medicine 
ISP Title: Factors associated with hospitalization of patients receiving curative chemoradiation (CCR) for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck

Gregory Petersen
ISP Chair: Sue Hopkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Withdrawal of controller medication in longstanding moderate-persistent asthmatics increases oxygen responsiveness of pulmonary perfusion

Simone Phillips
ISP Chair: Jose Suarez, Ph.D., M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Acetylcholinesterase activity and thyroid hormone levels in Ecuadorian adolescents living in agricultural settings where organophosphate pesticides are used

Christopher Rice
ISP Chair: Reema Sanghvi, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
ISP Title: Turning back the clock: the effect of the COVID-19 response in Sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income countries

Benjamin Rosellini
ISP Chair: Adriana Tremoulet, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Natural Language Processing to Identify Clinical Signs of Kawasaki Disease in Emergency Department Patients

Eric Schmitt
ISP Chair: Leonie Heyworth, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Telehealth Emergency Management Algorithm

Christine Shen
ISP Chair: Jeffrey Lee, B.A., M.D.
Department of Ophthalmology
ISP Title: Elevated intraocular pressure in burn patients undergoing fluid resuscitation: an opportunity to avoid orbital compartment syndrome

Victoria Speck
ISP Chair: Rebecca Sell, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Patient and Provider Factors Influence Duration of Resuscitation Attempts

Graham Spurzem
ISP Chair: Robert Sah, M.D.
Department of Bioengineering
ISP Title: Effect of proteoglycan extracts on compressed collagen gels for use in cartilage tissue engineering

Catherine Su
ISP Chair: Dennis Kuo, M.S., M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Boolean analysis of GWAS data regarding fertility measures in adult survivors of childhood cancer

Shi Tang
ISP Chair: Elaine Tanaka, M.D.
Department of Surgery
ISP Title: Breast Cancer Awareness Survey

Garrett Timmons
ISP Chair: Jennifer Graves, M.D.
Department of Neuroscience
ISP Title: Neurologic Manifestations of COVID-19

Gabriel Ting
ISP Chair: Bahar Shahidi, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
ISP Title: Differences in Muscle Quality Between Individuals with Acute and Chronic Spine Pathology

Erick Torres
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: 3rd Year Medical Spanish Selective and Expanding Medical Student Opportunities for Assessing Spanish Proficiency

Peter Tran
ISP Chair: Michael Hahn, M.D.
Department of Radiology
ISP Title: Evaluation of Whole Body Restriction Spectrum Imaging-MRI Versus PET/CT for Detection of Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Kyle Udd-Garnica
ISP Chair: Christopher Cannavino, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Pediatric Cardiology: Physical Exam Best Practices and Auscultation Practices

Karlen Ulubabyan
ISP Chair: Anna Narezkina, M.D.
Department of Medicine 
ISP Title: Quality Improvement in Cardio-Oncology: Optimization of Surveillance for Anthracycline-induced Cardiotoxicity among UCSD Patients

Ruth Wang
ISP Chair: Natalie Rodriguez, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Optimizing preclinical medical Spanish curricula for virtual administration during the pandemic era

Jessica Wen
ISP Chair: Alexander Norbash, Ph.D.
Department of Radiology
ISP Title: Soft robotic steerable micro-catheter for endovascular treatment of cerebral disorders

Jazmin White
ISP Chair: Chad Osborne, M.D.
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
ISP Title: Modifiable factors associated with higher graduating medical student empathy: implications for medical school curriculum

Casey Wilkerson
ISP Chair: Gina Frugoni, M.D.
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP Title: Puberty and Reproductive Health Education for 5th Grade Students at Hawking Charter School

Taylor Wrinkle pope
ISP Chair: Christopher Cannavino, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Expansion of the Third Year NICU Curriculum

Jessica Xiao
ISP Chair: Bernice Ruo, M.D.
Department of Medicine
ISP Title: Improving medical student learning in the primary care setting: Developing a Primary Care Clerkship Student Handbook Guide

Jennie Xu
ISP Chair: Gary Vilke, M.D.
Department of Medical School / Emergency Medical Services
ISP Title: Emerging Energy Drink Consumption Trends and Adverse Effects Among Emergency Department Patients

Manisha Yedla
ISP Chair: Dennis Kuo, M.S., M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
ISP Title: Analysis of Cancer predisposition surveys in Survivors of Pediatric Cancer using MIPOGG Algorithms 

Brenda Young
ISP Chair: Julia Cormano, M.D.
Department of Reproductive Medicine
ISP Title: The role of gynecological teaching associates in teaching the pelvic exam to third year students in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at UCSD