Kudos November 1, 2018
The monthly editions of Kudos celebrate faculty, staff and student publications and
accolades at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Georgia Campus –
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) and PCOM South Georgia.
Zein Al-Atrache (DO/PhD '19) co-authored “Efficacy of Platelet Transfusion in the Management of Acute Subdural
Hematoma,” in the journal Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery.
Elizabeth Avakoff (DO ’21) co-authored “Rectus Sheath Hematoma Affecting the Right Upper Quadrant,” which published
in the Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Brian Balin, PhD, professor and chair, bio-medical sciences; Christine Hammond, MS, laboratory research coordinator; Christopher Scott Little, PhD, associate professor, microbiology and immunology; Susan Hingley, PhD, professor, microbiology and immunology; Zein Al-Atrache (DO/PhD '19); and Denah M. Appelt, PhD, professor, neuroscience co-authored “Chlamydia pneumoniae: An Etiologic Agent for
Late-Onset Dementia,” in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
Brandon Barndt (DO ’19), co-authored “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II Arising from a Gunshot Wound
(GSW) Associated with Infective Endocarditis and Aortic Valve Replacement,” published
in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
Caroline Champion, PharmD, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, recently completed the Board of Pharmacy
Specialties’ Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist program, which provides a
credential for pharmacists who have met certain eligibility criteria and provide integrated,
accessible healthcare services for ambulatory patients in a wide variety of settings.
Jason Cohn, DO, resident, otolaryngology, was first author on “Eagle Syndrome,” which published
in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Grayson Connors, DO, resident, orthopedic surgery, co-authored “Decline in Allogeneic Blood Transfusion
Usage in Total Hip Arthroplasty Patients: National Inpatient Sample 2009 to 2013”
in the journal HIP International.
Nicole Diienno (DO ’19), was first author on “Hypoglycemia in Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Rare Paraneoplastic
Syndrome,” which published in the journal Urology.
Matthew DiMeglio (DO/MBA '19) co-authored “Potential Pitfalls of the Humanized Mice in Modeling Sepsis,” which
published in the International Journal of Inflammation.
Kaela Frizzell, DO '14, resident, orthopedic surgery, co-authored “Conventional vs 3-Dimensional Printed
Cast Wear Comfort,” in the journal Hand.
Christopher (Shawn) Holaway, PharmD, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was selected as the GA-PCOM representative
to the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Kristen S. Jahn (DO ’20) co-authored “Validating Publicly Available Crosswalks for Translating ICD-9 to ICD-10
Diagnosis Codes for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research,” which published in the journal
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Stephen Klepner, DO, resident, general surgery, was first author on “Being Narrow-Minded is not Always
Bad: Focusing on Emergent Interventions in Undertriage Initiatives Improves Mortality
Prediction,” published in the journal American Surgeon.
Robert Kowtoniuk (DO ’19), was first author on “Blistering Distal Dactylitis,” in the journal JAMA Dermatology.
He also was first author on “DRESS Syndrome-Associated Acute Necrotizing Eosinophilic
Myocarditis with Giant Cells,” in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
Shirin Madzhidova, PharmD, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, presented “Complementary and Alternative
Medicine in Pediatric Patients,” at the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists’
Kumar Mukherjee, PhD, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, co-authored “Cost-Effectiveness and Budget
Impact of Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor in the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis,” which published
in the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy.
Jay Mehta (PharmD ’22) and Srujana Rayalam, PhD, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences; and Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, co-authored “Cytoprotective Effects
of Natural Compounds against Oxidative Stress,” which published in the journal Antioxidants.
Sara (Mandy) Wilson Reece, PharmD, vice-chair and associate professor, pharmacy practice, co-authored “Caring for Senior
Adults with Type 2 Diabetes,” in the journal Practical Diabetology.
Brooke Saffren (DO ’20) was first author on “Ocular Manifestations of Emanuel Syndrome,” which published
in the American Journal of Medical Genetics A.
David F. Simon, JD, chief legal affairs officer, was appointed chair of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership
Advisory Board, by Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. Mr. Simon
will hold his position for an initial term of three years.
Dianzheng Zhang, PhD, professor, biomedical sciences, co-authored “Germline SDHB and SDHD Mutations in
Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma Patients,” which published in the journal Endocrine Connections.
Some information on scholarly publications was provided by the PCOM Library.