Internal Medicine Residents Continue Research

(Batesville, Ark.)— White River Health System Internal Medicine residents, Bryan Huang, MD Anthony Kunnumpurath, MD; Neal Mehta, MD; Ron Varghese, MD; presented research findings at prestigious national conferences in Chicago, National Harbor, New Orleans and Philadelphia. 

Dr. Bryan Huang presented a poster, Supplemental Oxygen Usage in an Acute Hospice Care Setting: Blessing or Burden?, during the 2018 American Medical Association (AMA) research symposium in National Harbor, Maryland.  Dr. Huang was the only researcher from Arkansas at the symposium.

Drs. Kunnumpurath and Varghese initially presented research at the 2017 scientific meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians, winning first and third place respectively.  Dr. Kunnumpurath’s poster, Chronic Melomonocytic Leukemia (CCML) Presenting as Polyserositis and Seropositivity for Rheumatoid factor was selected to represent Arkansas at the National ACP meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Dr. Kunnumpurath is an active member of the ACP Arkansas Chapter as the Resident Chair.  He attended the ACP leadership summit in Washington DC as an Arkansas delegate.  Delegates met with Senators and Congressional leaders to discuss national healthcare policy and its effect on healthcare at the local level.

Dr. Neal Mehta presented a poster, Esophageal Necrosis in an Uncontrolled Diabetic Requiring Serial Dilations, during the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Varghese presented Vitamin A and Hydrochlorothiazide causing severe hypercalcemia in a patient with primary hyperparathyroidism during ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, in Chicago, Illinois.  He was also selected to serve on the ENDO conference member steering committee.

Dr. Varghese was selected for the Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) program class of 2018 by the Endocrine Society.  The FLARE program is   for minority researchers who demonstrate achievement in Endocrinology research, and is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). 

“We are very proud of Drs. Huang, Kunnumpurath, Mehta, and Varghese work.  It is a huge achievement for their presentation to be selected from many applications across the state and country,” said Smotherman.  “The opportunity to present research findings at a national conference is a learning opportunity and speaks to the quality of research conducted by WRHS residents.  I appreciate their efforts to distinguish themselves as clinical leaders.” 

In addition to national meetings, WRHS Internal Medicine Residents have been active in presenting research in the state.  Sai Prasad Desikan, MD; Lissette Jimenez, MD; and Doreen Kamoga, MD presented research at the 2018 scientific meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians in Little Rock.  Drs. Jimenez and Kamoga presented in the poster competition and Dr. Desikan presented in the Oral Clinical Vignette; all three receiving Certificates of Merit for their presentations.  

WRHS was recently granted advancement in accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  This places the organization on a ten-year review cycle of accreditation as an institution that provides residency training. Interviews are underway for the third class of residents who will begin training July 2019.