Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

Resident Scholarly Activities

2017 ACP Regional Meeting in Walnut Creek, CA.


National American College of Physicians (ACP) Poster Presentations Walnut Creek, 2017:

M. Auyoung, M. Trilesskaya, S. Barbant, and T. Frohlich. Intracardiac Recurrence of Breast Cancer.

Y. Bogler and N. Nelson. A Catastrophic Case of Klebsiella pneumoniae.

M. Chubbuck, D. Irwin, and H. Edelstein. Spotaneous Regression of Small Lyphocytic Lymphoma after Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in an HIV-positive patient.

D. Ginzberg and R. Wong. Gastrocolic Fistula: Years in the Making

P. Kumar and A. Sridhar. Dusky Digits in an Unexpected Demographic.

M. LeBrun and R. Wong. Reactivation of a Hidden Disease.

A. Lopez, D. Huynh, S. Parthasarathy, M. Rofael, R. Soi, and B. Gregory. Pilot Study of Active Precepting in an Adult Medicine Clinic.

H. Mohamed and M. Bhargava. Thinking Outside the Box: What is the Cause of this Cavitary Lesion?

S. Obeid, G. Castaneda, and A. Diaz. The Effects of Patient-Provider Language Concordance on Clinic No-Show Rates and Cycle Time.

A. Ohri, A. Robinson, and R. Wong. Baffled by NAFLD: An Unusual Case of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

R. Subramanian, G. Castaneda, C. Feeney, and I. Subramanian. Get the GIST: The Importance of Source Control in Septic Shock.

J. Randhawa and N. Nelson. The Great Imitator: Castleman’s Disease.

S. Parthasarathy and I. Subramanian. A Rare Pair: Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and Pulmonary Hypertension.

H. Tavakoli and I. Subramanian. Yet Another Complication from SLE, the Great Masquerader. 


2016 ACP Regional Meeting in San Jose, CA.


National American College of Physicians (ACP) Poster Presentations San Jose, 2016:

N. Akhlaq and H. Borneo. Breathtaking Discovery: Dyspnea and a Mass in a Young Female

M. Auyoung, M. Trilesskaya, T. Frohlich, C. Waterloo, D. Pastor, D. Huynh, and S. Barbant. Clinical Validation of ASE 2016 Guidelines for Evaluating Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction. 

I. Bauer and R. Baden. Cure or curse? Seizure After Albendazole Administration.

 V. Bleecher, M. Aguilar, G. Bartos, B. Gregory, R. Ismail, L. Lin, J. Parma, A. Takeda, and V. Tran. Breast Cancer Screening Rates in a County Hospital.

Y. Bogler and A. Sridhar. A Mean Case of Klebsiella pneumoniae.

D. Georgie and A. Sridhar. The Rub on Autoimmune Pericarditis.

J. Herrera and R. Baden. MRSA Polymyositis: The Elusive Muscle Pain.

D. Huyhn and S. Ferguson. Connective-Tissue Disease: A Tale of Overwhelming Overlap.

L. Littlefield and C. Feeney. Hepatitis E: More Common Than You Think.

R. Macias Gil and R. Baden. When the Hoof Beats are Not a Zebra: Brain Mass in an AIDS Patient.

B. Mcunu, M. Trilesskaya, and S. Barbant. Walk This Way: An Unusual Case of Total Aortic Occlusion.

M. Rofael and N. Nelson. Esprit de Spore: An Uncommon Cause of Respiratory Failure.

W. Sharma, C. Feeney, and D. Irwin. A Leukemic Inferno.

R. Soi, C. Stearns, and D. Irwin. Spheres and Stones.

S. Suess and B. Boesch. An Unlikely Diagnosis: Neurosyphilis Presenting As Delirium and Coagulopathy in a 67-Year-Old Grandmother.

T. Tantiyavarong, M. Bhargava, and C. Stearns. The Pneumonia That Wasn’t: A Case of Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia. 

2015 ACP Regional Meeting in Boston, MA.


National American College of Physicians (ACP) Poster Presentations Boston, 2015:

M. Ajuria, D. Irwin, C. Stearns.  The IRIS effect: A Blooming HIV-associated Lymphoma.

R. Ismail, M. Trilesskaya.  Shot to the Heart: Delayed Ventricular Tachycardia due to Remote Cardiac Injury.

K. Junus, M. Aguilar, P. Patel, D. Irwin, S. Yee, B. Liu, T. Bhuket, R. Wong.  Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Reactivation: Are Patients Appropriately Screened Prior to Rituximab Treatment?

R. Malireddy.  Rash with a Hint of Twisted Gut: An Unusual Presentation of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura.

S. Nar, N. Nelson.  The “Drunken” Man.

L. Littlefield, S. Patadia, C. Feeney, S. Alibeigi.  An Unusual Cause and Course of Hypercalcemia.

M. Pandurangi.  The Rash that Revealed.

J. Parma.  Herpes Simplex Type-1: More Than Just a Cold Sore.

M. Paulino.  IgG4-related Lung Disease: A Tuberculosis Mimicker.

A. Raif Jawid, I. Subramanian, R. Wong.  A Rare Case of Emphysematous Gastritis in an Immune-competent Patient.

C. Rhoades, D. Irwin, A. Diaz, B. Gregory.  A Case of Rapidly Growing Clavicular Masses.

J. Rodriguez.  Pulmonary Renal Syndrome: A Severe Presentation of Microscopic Polyangiitis.

T. Siacha.  Occam or Hickam: A Case of Pseudotumor Cerebri in a Patient with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis.

A. Takeda, A. Pardini, A. Sridhar, E. Morrissey.  Thinking Twice About Anticoagulation - A Case of Prolonged Hypoaldosteronism Secondary to Prophylactic Enoxaparin.

S. Thamaresseril, R. Wong, C. Chan, B. Liu, T. Bhuket.  Disparities in Access to Colonoscopy After Positive Fecal Immunochemical Testing in a Large Urban Safety-Net Hospital Setting.

V. Tran.  Putting the Pee in Pregnancy: A Case of Gestational Diabetes Insipidus You Don’t Want to Miss.

M. Wang.  Highland Health Advocates: The Impact of Volunteer Service Addressing Social Needs on Hospital Admissions.


2014 ACP Regional Meeting in San Francisco, CA. We had 18 posters entered in the competition. One of our residents made it to the finals: Gabriella Bartos (PGY3)! Congratulations to all.


National American College of Physicians (ACP) Poster Presentations San Francisco, 2014:

M. Aguilar, B. Liu, T. Bhuket, R. Wong.  Significant Race/Ethnicity-Specific Disparities in Hepatitis C Virus Treatment A Safety-Net Hospital Experience.

F. Ahmad, A. Sridhar, P. Unemori, A. Szmit.  More than Plain Old Pustular Psoriasis!

M. Ajuria, J. Sladek, T. Rose.  A Graves Cause of Paralysis.

S. Alibeigi, S. Mistry, A. Sridhar, J. Patel.  Kaizen Group.  Improving Transitions of care Through Geographic Admitting and Multidisciplinary Rounding.

M. Babey, C. Fong, Y. Wang, C. Tahminic, D. Bikle, B. Kennedy, M. O’Leary, E. Acedemia, A. Pardini.  IGF-1 Signaling in Bone Regulates Metabolism.

G. Bartos, D. Irwin.  An Odd Couple: Uterine Cancer and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.  (Finalist)

J. Carter, M. Trilesskaya, J. Patel.  An Unexpected Myx-Up: Atrial Myxoma Presenting as a Myocardial Infarction.

N. Castro-Capera, H. Schub, J. Willkom, J. Sladek.  The Great Mimicker: A Case of Breast TB.

M. Govorkova, N. Zohuri, T. Levy, S. Grewal.  The Mystery of Neurosarcoidosis: Not a Reflexive Diagnosis.

M. Gutierrez, S. Meyer, E. Stewart.  A New Residency Curriculum to Teach High-Value Care.

S. Hansra, T. Levy.  Tip of the Iceberg: Skin Nodules as the First Sign of Lung Cancer.

K. Hayfron, J. Patel, S. Mistry.  Fusobacterium: An Atypical Case and Rare Cause of Pyogenic Liver Abscess.

K. Morris, A. Sombredero, H. Edelstein, C. Stearns.  Inked and Hoodwinked: A Rare Case of Disseminated Cutaneous Non-Tuberculuos Mycobacteria in an HIV Positive Patient with Tattoos.

D. Nagrampa, D. Irwin, B. Boesch, J. Patel.  The Problem is More than Skin Deep.

M. Qazi, H. Edelstein.  Posaconazole: The Salvage Antifungal?

J. Scott, J. Patel, C. Feeney.  Up in Smoke: The Toxic Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

M. Siew-Rose, V. Manjunath.  More Than Meets the Eye.

S. Soo, A. Acharya.  Management of Recurrent Limbic Encephalitis of Unclear Etiology.


Internal Medicine Residency Scholarly Activity 2008-2011

Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital


Manuscripts, book chapters, case reports and articles in peer-reviewed journals/books:

C. Feeney, C. Ani, N. Sharma, T. Frohlich. Morphine Induced Cardiogenic Shock. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy Vol. 45 June 2011.

C. Feeney, J. Vu, C. Ani. Acute Agitated Delirious State Associated With Taser Exposure. Journal of the National Medical Association Vol. 102 NO 12, December 2010.

T. Bodenheimer, S. Abramowitz. Helping Patients Help Themselves: How to Implement Self-Management Support.California Healthcare Foundation December 2010.

S. Abramowitz, D. Flattery, K. Franses, L. Berry. Linking a Motivational interviewing Curriculum to the Chronic Care Model. J gen Intern Med 2010. 25(suppl 4):620-6

M. Redwood, R. McCabe. Four cases of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Pericarditis. Infectious disease in Clinical Practice vol.18, Number 4, July 2010.

E. A. Chuck, B.W. Frazee, L. Lambert, R. McCabe. The benefit of empiric treatment for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. The journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 38, pp567-571, 2010

U.Schreiner, A. Haefner. Effective teaching modifies medical student attitudes towards pain symptoms. Submitted for publication European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery Jan. 2011.

T. Bhuket. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Patient Reported Outcomes. In Progress.

T. Bhuket. Single blind, multi-center, randomized controlled trial of standard bowel preparation vs split-dose bowel preparation for hospitalized patients. In Progress


Clinical vignettes and research abstract/poster presentations and oral presentations:

Northern California Region American College of Physicians (ACP) San Jose 2011 (submitted):

J. Brah, A. Haefner, S. Sackrin. Arterial Air Embolism Due to Giant Lung Bulla- A Rare Complication of Flying

N. Alexander, T. Rose. A neck lump caused by a rare but very serious condition-a case report of parathyroid carcinoma.

M. Hasan, O. Fried, T. Rose, I. Subramanian. All That Wheezes Isn’t Asthma: Pulmonary Manifestations of Relapsing Polychondritis

J. Shi, T. Rose. Tetanus; mostly forgotten but not yet gone.

L. Indulkar, C. Feeney. Trichomania.

H. Dehghan, C. Feeney. Stop the PRES.

A. Sombredero, H. Edelstein. Parasitosis unexpectedly causing lymphoma-like symptoms in a patient with AIDS.

H. Jafari, M. Rewal, T. Rose. Resistant Hypertension? Think again!

S. Mosadeghi, A. Haefner, S.M. Steegers. Hepatocellular Carcinoma Presenting as Multiple Lytic Bone Lesions.

J. E. Cipa-Tatum, T. Bhuket, J.N. Shaw, A. Haefner,  I. Subramanian. Pancreatic Tuberculosis: A Pain in the Mass.

C. Arora, D. Irwin. A puzzling case of adult onset cyclic neutropenia.

R. Kaur, H. Dehghan, I. Subramanian. “Dyspnea in ROW”.

I. Schafhalter-Zoppoth, S.M. Steegers, I. Subramanian. Telemetry Guidelines Streamline Use in a County Hospital. A Quality Improvement Project.

D. Le, H. Chow, S. Baqai, T. Rose. An unforeseen case of gastrointestinal bleed.


National American College of Physicians (ACP) San Diego 2011:

B. Boesch, S. Lahsaeizadeh, T. Rose. Diagnostic Delay in Takayasu Arteritis. (Poster finalist)


National American College of Physicians (ACP) Toronto 2010:

N. White, O. Ajirotutu, N.V. Cristale, T. Dam, A. Vo, S. Abramowitz. Using Pre-medical Student Volunteers as Health Coaches in Primary Care. (Poster finalist)

A.C. Alfiler, A. Kaldas, S. Steegers, A. Mallick. When anticoagulation becomes fatal. (Poster finalist)

H. Chow, C. Feeney. Aminocaproic Acid Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. (Poster finalist)

A. Kaldas, A.C. Alfiler, P. Nargund, M. Karlinski. A Unique Case of Congo-red Negative Glomerulonephritis. (Poster finalist)

E. Penumaka, G. Woo, I. Subramanian. “Old” is still in. (Poster finalist)