Resident Research

Chest Conference


National Presentations:

Chest Conference: October 2019- New Orleans, LA

Justin George MD, Belissa Ramos-Chaves MD, Kevin Dawkins DO, Niraj Patel MD, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD, Roberto Mercado MD; "Nocardia Empyema in an Immunocompromised Host"

Belissa M Ramos-Chaves,MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch,M.D.,FACP; Robert Smith, PhD; Joseph Seaman, M.D., MBA, FCCP "Direct versus Indirect Admission to Intensive Care from Emergency Care Center: A Quality Improvement Study of SepsisOutcomes in Older Adults"

American College of Gastroenterology: San Antonio, Tx October 2019

Talal Alkayali. MBBS, Ahmed I. Salem MD, Juan Ricardo MD, Bahaa Amer MD, Cynthia L. Harris MD, FASGE

"Not Your Usual Gastritis: A Case Report of Pembrolizumab-Induced Lymphocytic Gastritis"

Talal Alkayali MBBS, Ahmed I. Salem MD, Juan Ricardo MD, Bahaa Amer MD, Justin George MD, Kinan Rahal MD; "A Rare Tumor in the Common Bile Duct: A Case Report of Plexiform Neurofibroma in the Common Bile Duct"

ResearchRegional Presentations:

Florida American College of Cardiology Meeting- held August 16-18, 2019:

Christian Lorenzo MD; Qassem Abdelal MD; Richard Heibel MD; Mary E. Geary PhD, RN; Karen M. Hamad MD; and Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD, "Patient-Level Risk Stratification and Cluster Analysis to Characterize Heterogeneity in Readmission Patterns of Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction Heart Failure"

Qassem Abdelal MD; Christian Lorenzo MD; Jorge Conte MD; Richard Heibel MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD: "A method to personalize blood chemistry reference intervals: Getting to patient-centric laboratory medicine using electronic medical record data in chronic heart failure patients"

Florida Medical Association Meeting: August 2019

Talal Alkayali MD, Christopher Jenkins MD, Olesya Petrenko DO, Marilyn Mosquera MD, Dona Rose DO, Joel Baker DO; "An Infection That Can Give You a Tumor: A Case of Pott's Puffy Tumor"

Christopher Jenkins, Talal Alkayali, Saad Ibrahim; "Not Your Usual Case of Back Pain: Aortoiliac Occlusion Secondary to Primary Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

ASCO Direct Highlights Miami Meeting- July 2019:

Stephen Bell MD, Niraj Patel MD, Wilhelmine Wiese- Rometsch MD, Kathleen Kennedy MD; "More than Meets the Eye: A Case of Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma"

Justin George MD, Talal Alkayali MD, Belissa Ramos MD, Victoria Campdesuner MD, Wilhemine Wiese-Rometsch MD; "Not Only Bullets Kill in War: A Case Report of Klatskin Tumor in a Veteran"

Ijeoma Eccles-James, MD*; Belissa Ramos, MD*; Bahaa Amer, MD; Fadi Kayali, MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD; "A Case of Secondary Polycythemia Leading to Diagnosis of an Atrial Septal Defect in an Adult Patient"

Bahaa Amer MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD; Kevin Koehler MD; "Progression-Free Survival of Metastatic Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma: Pharmacogenetic Precision Medicine Realized"

Bahaa Amer MD; Belissa Ramos-Chavez MD, Ijeoma Eccles-James MD; "Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising from Chronic Hidradenitis Suppurativa"

Bahaa Amer MD; Victoria Campdesuner MD; Anjan Patel MD; "Positive Response and Increase in ADAMTS13 with Rituximab in a Patient with Relapsing Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura"

Talal Alkayali MBBS, Ahmed I. Salem MD, Juan Ricardo MD, Bahaa Amer MD, Justin George MD, Kinan Rahal MD; "A Rare Tumor in the Common Bile Duct: A Case Report of Plexiform Neurofibroma in the Common Bile Duct"


The following presentations were accepted at the following national meetings but not presented due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Digestive Disease Week 2020 Meeting:

Talal Alkayali "Lumen apposing metal stent for treating pancreatic fluid collections in patients at a community hospital: A quality improvement initiative to compare outcomes with meta-analysis benchmark"

Talal Alkayali, MD "Pancreatic cancer in Hispanic patients: A demographic analysis of the National Cancer Database".

ResearchRegional Presentations:

Florida American College of Cardiology Meeting: August 16-18, 2019

Christian Lorenzo MD; Qassem Abdelal MD; Richard Heibel MD; Mary E. Geary PhD, RN; Karen M. Hamad MD; and Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD, "Patient-Level Risk Stratification and Cluster Analysis to Characterize Heterogeneity in Readmission Patterns of Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction Heart Failure"

Qassem Abdelal MD; Christian Lorenzo MD; Jorge Conte MD; Richard Heibel MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD: "A method to personalize blood chemistry reference intervals: Getting to patient-centric laboratory medicine using electronic medical record data in chronic heart failure patients"

Florida Medical Association Meeting: August 2019

Talal Alkayali MD, Christopher Jenkins MD, Olesya Petrenko DO, Marilyn Mosquera MD, Dona Rose DO, Joel Baker DO; "An Infection That Can Give You a Tumor: A Case of Pott's Puffy Tumor"

Christopher Jenkins, Talal Alkayali, Saad Ibrahim; "Not Your Usual Case of Back Pain: Aortoiliac Occlusion Secondary to Primary Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

ASCO Direct Highlights Miami Meeting: July 2019

Stephen Bell MD, Niraj Patel MD, Wilhelmine Wiese- Rometsch MD, Kathleen Kennedy MD; "More than Meets the Eye: A Case of Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma"

Justin George MD, Talal Alkayali MD, Belissa Ramos MD, Victoria Campdesuner MD, Wilhemine Wiese-Rometsch MD; "Not Only Bullets Kill in War: A Case Report of Klatskin Tumor in a Veteran"

Ijeoma Eccles-James, MD*; Belissa Ramos, MD*; Bahaa Amer, MD; Fadi Kayali, MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD; "A Case of Secondary Polycythemia Leading to Diagnosis of an Atrial Septal Defect in an Adult Patient"

Bahaa Amer MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD; Kevin Koehler MD; "Progression-Free Survival of Metastatic Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma: Pharmacogenetic Precision Medicine Realized"

Bahaa Amer MD; Belissa Ramos-Chavez MD, Ijeoma Eccles-James MD; "Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising from Chronic Hidradenitis Suppurativa"

Bahaa Amer MD; Victoria Campdesuner MD; Anjan Patel MD; "Positive Response and Increase in ADAMTS13 with Rituximab in a Patient with Relapsing Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura"

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Amer B, Patel A. Positive Response and Increase in ADAMTS13 with Scheduled Rituximab in a Patient with Relapsing Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Cureus. 2019;11(7):e5054. Published 2019 Jul 1. doi:10.7759/cureus.5054

Nativi-Nicolau J, Stehlik J, Al-Dulaimi R, Conte J, et al. Chronotropic incompetence and autonomic dysfunction as mechanisms of dyspnoea in patients with late stage cardiac amyloidosis. Amyloid. 2019;26(sup1):134-135. doi:10.1080/13506129.2019.1582024

Wohlfahrt P, Zickmund SL, Slager S, Conte J, et al. Provider Perspectives on the Feasibility and Utility of Routine Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Heart Failure: A Qualitative Analysis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020;9(2):e013047. doi:10.1161/JAHA.119.013047

Alkayali T, Ricardo J, Busari K, Saad I. Sitagliptin-induced Pancreatitis: Chronic Use Would Not Spare You the Complication. Cureus. 2020;12(3):e7389. Published 2020 Mar 24. doi:10.7759/cureus.7389

Arrieta J, Galwankar S, Lattanzio N, Ray D, Agrawal A.  Common clinical characteristics and complications determining the outcome in a COVID-positive predominantly geriatric population.  J Emerg Trauma Shock. Accepted 2020 May 24

Ricardo J, Alkayali T, Wojkowski A, Busari, K, Okanobo H, Kucera S. EUS-guided Drainage of Intramural Duodenal Abscess Caused by Foreign Body Ingestion. ACG Case Reports Journal. Accepted for publication.

Alkayali T, Salem A, Ricardo J, Busari K, Harris C. Lumen Apposing Metal Stent for Treating Pancreatic Fluid Collections in Patients at Community Hospital: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Compare Outcomes with Meta-Analysis Benchmarks. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE). June 2020; 91(6), AB335-AB336

Alkayali T, Ricardo J, Salem A, Huston J, Shridhar R, Meredith K. Pancreatic Cancer in Hispanic Patients: A Demographic Analysis of the National Cancer Database. Gastroenterology. May 2020; 158(6): S-759–S-760. Pub Status: Published.

Alkayali T, Salem A, Ricardo J, Amer B, George J, Rahal, K. A Rare Tumor in the Common Bile Duct: A Case Report of Plexiform Neurofibroma in the Common Bile Duct. American College of Gastroenterology. October 2019; Pub Status: Accepted.

Alkayali T, Salem A, Ricardo J, Amer B, Harris C. Not Your Usual Gastritis: A Case Report of Pembrolizumab-Induced Lymphocytic Gastritis. American College of Gastroenterology. October 2019; Pub Status: Accepted.

FL ACP


National Presentations: 
Mallory Kimsey, Caitlin Bass, Derek Calkins, Karen Hamad, Faisal Keen, Jacquelyn Zaleski, Mary E. Geary, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch; "Translating Graduate Medical Education (GME) to a Community Hospital: High- Value Care Sustained with Inaugural PGY-1 Resident-Physician Training"; 1st Place Award for Improving Healthcare Outcomes; 2018 AMA Annual Research Symposium; Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2018

Ijeoma Eccles-James, Belissa Ramos, Pedro Veloz-Peralta; "Cerebral Venous Thrombosis in an Acute Crohn's Disease Flare-Up" 2018 AMA Annual Research Symposium; Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2018

Belissa M Ramos-Chaves, Ijeoma Eccles-James, Juan Ricardo, Olesya Petrenko, Roberto Mercado "Cryptococcus Meningoencephalitis in a Newly Diagnosed Elderly HIV Patient"; 2018 AMA Annual Research Symposium; Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2018

Juan Ricardo, Ahmed Salem, Talal Alkayali, Wilhemine Wiese-Rometsch, Stephen Kucera . Diffuse Caroli's Disease: A Rare Form of Intrahepatic Bile Duct Dilation Presenting with Acute Cholangitis; 2018 American College of Gastroenterology Meeting; Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2018

Juan Ricardo, Raynieri Fernandez, Fernando Contreras, Carlos Esteva, Santiago Collado, Magnolia Fernandez; Recurrence of Primary Epididymal Leiomyosarcoma to Colon and Stomach; 2018 American College of Gastroenterology Meeting; Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2018

Juan Ricardo, Ahmed I. Salem, Talal Alkayali, Kenneth Meredith: Esophageal Cancer in Hispanic Patients: A Demographic Analysis of National Cancer Database, Poster Presentation American Society of Clinical Oncology, May 2019 Chicago,IL.

Ahmed I. Salem, Talal Alkayali, Juan Ricardo, Ravi Shridhar, Jamie Huston, Kenneth L. Meredith: Has Accuracy of Clinical Staging of T1N0M0 Esophageal Cancer Improved Over Time? A Hospital Based Analysis From The National Cancer Database (NCDB); Digestive Disease Week, May 2019 San Diego, CA. Poster presentation.

Juan Ricardo, Talal Alkayali, Ahmed I. Salem, Belissa Ramos Chaves, Jorge Conte: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Digestive Disease Week, May 2019 San Diego, CA, Case Report Presentation

Juan Ricardo, Jorge Conte, Talal Alkayali, Ahmed I. Salem: Kratom Induced Cholestatic Hepatitis, Digestive Disease Week, May 2019 San Diego, CA, Case Report Presentation.

Olesya Petrenko, Talal Alkayali, Belissa Ramos, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch: Invasive Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis Leading to Gradenigo's Syndrome in Type I Diabetic, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Annual Meeting, April 2019 Los Angeles, CA, Case Report Presentation

Olesya Petrenko, Kevin Dawkins, Yorlenis Rodriguez, Joel Baker, Wende Kozlow, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch; Panhypopituitarism Secondary to Pituitary Macroadenoma with Optic Chiasm Compression and Apoplexy, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Annual Meeting, April 2019 Los Angeles, CA, Case Report Presentation

Olesya Petrenko, Talal Alkayali, Belissa Ramos, Joel Baker, Kevin Johnson, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch: Graves' Disease Leading to Thyrotoxic Heart Disease, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting, April 2019 Los Angeles, CA. Endocrinology Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans 2019. Case Report Presentation

Marilyn Mosquera, Talal Alkayali, Christopher Jenkins, Belissa Ramos, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch : Disseminated Cryptococcus Infection in a Patient With Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis: Diagnosis and Management, Fifth

Annual Mayo Clinic Rheumatology Review for Primary Care 2019, May 2019 Amelia Island, FL, Case Report Presentation

Christopher Jenkins; F. Yturralde, MD; Single Ceneter Experience with Transradial Access (TRA) for Diagnostic Coronary Angiography and Intervention with Resultant Fluoroscopy Times and Contrast Volumes; Society of Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions, May 2019, Las Vegas, NV

ResearchRegional Presentations:

Talal Alkayali, Caitlin Bass, Christopher Jenkins, Olesya Petrenko, Kathleen Kennedy: Big, Bothersome and Benign: A Case of Spindle Cell Lipomas, American College of Physician, Florida Chapter Meeting, Sept. 2018, Tampa, FL, Poster Presentation

Derek Calkins, Christopher Jenkins, Michael Mollod: Foxglove: The Root of Digoxin Toxicity (Award Winner), American College of Physician, FL Chapter Mtg., Sept. 2018, Tampa, Poster Presentation

Olesya Petrenko, Talal Alkayali, Belissa Ramos, Joel Baker, Kevin Johnson: Graves' Disease Leading to Thyrotoxic Heart Disease: A Case Report, FL Chapter Mtg., Sept. 2018, Tampa, Poster Presentation

Juan Ricardo, Ahmed I. Salem, Talal Alkayali, Kenneth Meredity: Esophageal Cancer in Hispanic Patients: A Demographic Analysis of National Cancer Database, American College of Physician, Fl Chapter, March 2019, Orlando, FL, Poster Presentation

Christopher Jenkins, Rejo Cherian, Mallory Kimsey, Talal Alkayali, Marilyn Mosquera, Christian Lorenzo, Karan Hamad, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch: Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Presenting in a Patient with New Onset Bulbar Myasthenia Gravis, American College of Physician FL Chapter, March 2019, Orlando, FL, Case Rpt. Presentation

Qassem Abdelal MD; Christian Lorenzo MD; Richard Heibel MD; Mary Geary PhD, RN; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD: A method to personalize blood chemistry reference intervals (RI): Getting to patient-centric laboratory medicine using electronic medical record (EMR) data in chronic heart failure (HF) patients

Jorge Conte MD, Belissa Ramos MD, Christian Lorenzo MD, Juan Ricardo MD, Alena Gerasimova MD, Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD, Chippy Nalluri MD; Undiagnosed Sequalae of Kawasaki Disease in a Patient with Recurring Chest Pain; American College of Physician, Fl Chapter March 2019, Orlando, Poster Presentation

ResearchLocal Presentations:

Qassem Abdelal MD; Christian Lorenzo MD; A Patient Centric Approach to Decrease the 'Failure' of Congestive Heart Failure; 2019 SMH Cardiac Summit, Sarasota, FL

Qassem Abdelal MD; Christian Lorenzo MD; Richard Heibel MD; Mary Geary PhD, RN; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD: A method to personalize blood chemistry reference intervals (RI): Getting to patient-centric laboratory medicine using electronic medical record (EMR) data in chronic heart failure (HF) patients; 2019 SMH New Knowledge and Innovation Conference, Sarasota, FL

Christian Lorenzo, MD; Qassem Abdelal MD; Richard Heibel MD; Mary Geary PhD, RN; Karen Hamad MD, and Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD; Patient-Level Risk Stratification and Cluster Analysis to Characterize Heterogeneity in Readmission Patterns of Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction Heart Failure; 2019 SMH New Knowledge and Innovation Conference, Sarasota FL

Christopher Jenkins; F Yturralde, MD; Single Center Experience with Transradial Access (TRA) for Diagnostic Coronary Angiography and Intervention with Resultant Fluoroscopy Times and Contrast Volumes; 2019 SMH New Knowledge and Innovation Conference, Sarasota, FL

Olesya Petrenko DO; Vida Farhangi MD; Karen Hamad MD; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD; Maximizing Clinical Learning Environments (CLE) to Target Health (HD) and Health Care (HCD) Disparities in Graduate Medical Education (GME): A Newtown Clinic Practice Quality Improvement Initiative 2019 SMH New Knowledge and Innovation Conference, Sarasota, FL

Mallory Kimsey DO; Caitlin Bass MD; Derek Calkins DO; Karen Hamad MD; Faisal Keen MD; Jacquelyn Zaleski MPP, MHI, RN; Mary Geary PhD, RN; Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch MD; Translating Graduate Medical Education (GME) to a Community Hospital: High-Value Care Sustained with Inaugural PGY-1 Resident-Physician Training

Mallory Kimsey DO; Kevin Scorgie, PharmD; Cameron Watt, RN; Doris Cahueque, MS, RN, CNL; Innovative Strategies to Engage Patients and Families: Bringing It Back to the Bedside: SIBR; Panel Presentation

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Lopez-Aguiar AG, Ethun CG, Pawlik TM, Tran T, Poultsides GA, Isom CA, Idrees K, Krasnick BA, Fields RC, Salem A, Weber SM, Martin RCG, Scoggins CR, Shen P, Mogal HD, Beal EW, Schmidt C, Shenoy R, Hatzaras I, Maithel SK. Association of Perioperative Transfusion with Recurrence and Survival After Resection of Distal Cholangiocarcinoma: A 10-Institution Study from the US Extrahepatic Biliary Malignancy Consortium. Ann Surg. Oncol. 2019 Jun; 26(6); 184-1823. doi:10.1245/s10434-019-07306-x. Epub 2010 Mar 15. PMID: 30877497

Urban G, Tripathi P, Alkayali T, Mittal M, Jalali F, Karnes W, Baldi P. Deep Learning Localizes and Identifies Polyps in Real Time with 96% Accuracy in Screening Colonoscopy. Gastroenterology. 2018 Oct.;155(4):1069-1078.e8. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2018.06.037. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

ResearchPublications - Journals:
Thumallapally N, Meshref A, Mousa M, Salem A, et al. Survival benefit of neoadjuvant versus adjuvant radiotherapy in lymph node positive esophageal cancer: a population based analysis. J Gastrointest Oncol; 2017; 8:(5)825-832

Publications - Abstract:
Urban G, Tripathi P, Alkayali T, Mittal M, et al. Deep Learning Localizes and Identifies Polyps in Real Time with 96% Accuracy in Screening Colonoscopy. Gastroenterology; 2018; S0016-5085(18)346590-6

National / International Publications:
Alkayali T, Yu A, Samaransena JF, Lee G, et al. First side-by-side comparison of AmplifEYE, endocuff vision and conventional colonoscopy for PDF, ADR, and SDR; 2017 Mational Meeting American College of Gastroenterology

Ricardo J, Salem A, Alkayali T, Meredith K, Adjuvant Chemotherapy After Neoaduvant Chemoradiation in Esophageal Cancer: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis; 2017 Second International Conference on Digestive Diseases; Madrid Spain

Salem A, Ricardo J, Alkayali T, Meredith K: Size of Pancreatic Cancer Predicts Need for Neoadjuvant Therapy; 2017 Second International Conference on Digestive Diseases; Madrid, Spain

Regional Presentations: (Residents & Faculty)
Gerasimova A, Jenkins C, Wiese-Rometsch W: Optimizing Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in an Underserved Population: 2018 SMH Cardiac Summit, Sarasota, FL

Eccles-James I, Farhangi V, Rodriguez G, Wiese-Rometsch W: Sarcoidosis with rapidly Progressive Granulomatous Intersiitial Nephritis; 2018 FL ACP Resident & Student Mtg., Mar. 2018, Orlando, FL

Mallory K, Baker J, Sheridan D, Wiese-Rometsch W: The Greak Mimicker Strikes Again: Neurosyphilis Presenting as Visual Loss; 2018 FL ACP Resident & Student Mtg., Mar. 2018, Orlando, FL

Ricardo J, Salem A, Alkayali T, Kucera S, Wiese-Rometsch W: Caroli's Disease: Not Your Common Acute Cholangitis; 2018 FL ACP Resident & Student Mtg., Mar. 2018, Orlando, FL