The Henry Gelband Pediatric Research Symposium Honors Work by Residents and Fellows

The inaugural Dr. Henry Gelband Pediatric Research Symposium, sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital/Jackson Health System, highlighted original research and scholarly work by UM/Jackson pediatric residents and clinical and postdoctoral fellows.

The program’s namesake, Henry Gelband, M.D., professor emeritus of pediatric cardiology and honorary chair of the symposium, moderated the platform session in a packed auditorium at the Mailman Center for Child Development on March 17. The following oral presentations and their first authors were acknowledged:

First place: “Improving Quality and Timeliness of Discharge Summaries by Implementing a Comprehensive Discharge Bundle,” Laura Chamorro, M.D., PGY-3, General Pediatrics.

Second place: “Mesenchymal Stem Cells Improve Neonatal Hyperoxia Induced Right Ventricular Dysfunction,” Ibrahim Sammour, M.D., PGY-6, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine.

Third place: “Riociguat Prevents and Treats Hyperoxia Induced Lung Injury and Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonatal Rats,” Keyur Donda, M.D., PGY-4, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine.

Fourth place: “Transition to High Flow Nasal Cannula and Oxygen Requirement in Extreme Premature Infants,” Lashawndra Walker, M.D., PGY-2, General Pediatrics.

Fifth place: “Successful Treatment with Plaque Brachytherapy in a Recurrent Relapsed Retinoblastoma,” Warren Alperstein, M.D., PGY-4, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

The oral presenters were selected from a large group of entrants. Most will also be presenting their work this month in Baltimore at the Pediatric Academic Societies national meetings. Chamorro’s research was a collaborative effort involving a large team of residents. Her faculty mentor was Liz Bayes-Santos, M.D. Chamorro will be a Chief Resident in the upcoming academic year.

A poster session followed on the first and second floors of the Mailman Center, where many of the 125-plus attendees mingled with the investigators among more than 50 posters. Three posters, represented by their first authors, were judged as outstanding:

“Effective Use of Sirolimus to treat Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome,” Liz Febo-Rodriguez, M.D., PGY-2, General Pediatrics.

“Preeclampsia is a Risk Factor for the Development of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Extreme Premature Infants,” Thea Tagliaferro, M.D., an M.P.H. candidate.

“Proteinuria as a Marker of Severe Unilateral Ureteral Obstruction in Children,” Mariselis Rosa-Sanchez, M.D., PGY-6, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow.

Before the poster session, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, announced that the annual program would now be named for Gelband, in recognition of his dedication to research and decades of service to the Department of Pediatrics. This came as a surprise to the recently retired physician. In his closing comments, Gelband lauded the superior quality of the Department’s research, and noted the essential link between promoting an environment of inquiry for young investigators and advancing child health. He exhorted the audience to “Keep asking questions. Keep doing great work.”

The group also gave a resounding round of applause to the Research Day Committee organizer, critical care physician Asumthia “Simi” Jayapalan, M.D.

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