Division of Hospital Medicine


The research conducted at the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University is diverse. The diversity of research interests of our hospitalists is reflected in research studies that are currently underway within the Division of Hospital Medicine.

Research Studies

  1. Pharmacogenomics of Antiplatelet Response (PARes Study) [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA] https://www.ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02234427; NCT01815008; NCT01894555.
  2. Prediction of GVHD in Bone Marrow Transplant Patients using Exome Sequencing [PI: Amir Toor, MD]
  1. Effect of Physician Burnout on Patient-Centered Outcomes [PI: Georgia McIntosh, MD]
  2. Health Care Quality in the STEEP Framework [PI: Alan Dow, MD, MSHA]
  3. Patient problems Identified after discharge during Post-Discharge Phone Calls [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA]
  1. Coaching the Clinical Coach: Peer Observation of Bedside Teaching Rounds [PI: Kimberly Pedram, MD]
  2. Perceptions and Knowledge Acquisition During Grand Rounds [PI: Leah Couture, MD]
  3. IPASS RAMS Study [Rajesh Venkata Konjeti, MD]
  1. Peak Inspiratory Flow Rate and Readmissions in Patients with Acute Exacerbation of COPD [PI: Arash Samarghandi, MD]
  2. Patients’ Perceptions of Relative Importance of Discharge Elements (PRIDE) Study [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA]
  3. Measuring Patient Satisfaction using Five-Item Patient Satisfaction Tool: Assessment and Validation [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA]
  4. The Effects of Medicare Penalties on 30-Day Readmission Rates [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA]
  5. The Relationship between COPD Readmission Penalties and Mortality [PI: Arash Samarghandi, MD]
  6. Effect of Post-Discharge Follow-up Phone Calls on Patient Satisfaction and Readmission Rates [PI: Benjamin Chopski, DO]
  7. The Effects of Including Patient Information in DRG-based LOS to Improve Actual LOS Prediction [PI: Vimal Mishra, MD]
  8. Predicting LOS Using Machine Learning Tools [PI: Vimal Mishra, MD]
  1. Workplace Engagement and Burnout Study (WEBS) [PI: Georgia McIntosh, MD]
  2. Facial Recognition of the Provider Stress and Burnout [PI: Jonathan DeShazo, PhD and Colin Banas, MD, MSHA]
  3. Burnout, Work Engagement, & Empathy – Study in collaboration with University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga [PI: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA]
  1. The Relationship between Platelet-Lymphocyte Ratio and All-Cause Mortality in General Population [PI: Kanupriya Mathur, MD]
  2. The Association between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the Adult Population of the Unites States [PI: Amr Marawan, MD]
  3. The Association between Anti-Mullerian Hormone and C-Reactive Protein in Men [PI: Dinesh Kadariya, MD]
  4. The Association between Urinary Genistein Levels and Mortality among Adults in the United States [PI: Carolyn Marcelo, MD]
  1. Functional Pain Assessment in Sickle Cell Patients [PI: Margaret Guy, MD]
  2. Effects of Mobility on Improvement of Pain in Sickle Cell Patients [PI: Jessica Keiser, MD]
  1. Procedural Medicine [PI: Manpreet Malik, MD]
  2. Obtaining Venous Access in Hospitalized Patients [PI: Evan Ritter, MD]
  3. Does Ultrasound Guidance Reduce Complications in Inpatient Paracentesis? [PI: Benjamin Chopski, DO]

Recent Publications

  1. A. Dow and G. Thibault, “Interprofessional Education - A Foundation for a New Approach to Health Care.,” N. Engl. J. Med., vol. 377, no. 9, pp. 803–805, Aug. 2017.
  2. M. M. Bashir, M. Sohail, A. Wahab, U. Iqbal, R. Qayyum, and S. N. Jan, “Outcomes of post burn flexion contracture release under tourniquet versus tumescent technique in children.,” Burns, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 678–682, May 2018.
  3. J. Perkins, N. K. Voore, J. Patel, S. Sanna, E. Mann, S. Zakaria, and A. Gozu, “Is Telemetry Monitoring Useful in Patients Admitted With Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome?,” Am. J. Med. Qual., vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 638–643, Nov. 2017.
  4. S. L. Littauer, D. L. Dixon, V. K. Mishra, E. M. Sisson, and T. M. Salgado, “Pharmacists providing care in the outpatient setting through telemedicine models: a narrative review.,” Pharm. Pract. (Granada)., vol. 15, no. 4, p. 1134, Dec. 2017.
  5. V. Koparde, B. Abdul Razzaq, T. Suntum, R. Sabo, A. Scalora, M. Serrano, M. Jameson-Lee, C. Hall, D. Kobulnicky, N. Sheth, J. Feltz, D. Contaifer, D. Wijesinghe, J. Reed, C. Roberts, R. Qayyum, G. Buck, M. Neale, and A. Toor, “Dynamical system modeling to simulate donor T cell response to whole exome sequencing-derived recipient peptides: Understanding randomness in alloreactivity incidence following stem cell transplantation.,” PLoS One, vol. 12, no. 12, p. e0187771, Dec. 2017.
  6. D. L. Dixon, L. F. Buckley, C. R. Trankle, D. Kadariya, and A. Abbate, “Clinical utility of evolocumab in the management of hyperlipidemia: patient selection and follow-up,” Drug Des. Devel. Ther., vol. Volume 11, pp. 2121–2129, Jul. 2017.
  7. A. S. Bzowyckyj, A. Dow, and M. S. Knab, “Evaluating the Impact of Educational Interventions on Patients and Communities,” Acad. Med., vol. 92, no. 11, pp. 1531–1535, Nov. 2017.
  8. J. H. Hyde and R. Qayyum, “The effect of sleep duration on exhaled nitric oxide levels in U.S. adults,” Sleep Breath., vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 809–813, Dec. 2017.
  9. D. Ganapathy, C. Acharya, J. Lachar, K. Patidar, R. K. Sterling, M. B. White, C. Ignudo, S. Bommidi, J. DeSoto, L. R. Thacker, S. Matherly, J. Shaw, M. S. Siddiqui, P. Puri, A. J. Sanyal, V. Luketic, H. Lee, R. T. Stravitz, and J. S. Bajaj, “The patient buddy app can potentially prevent hepatic encephalopathy-related readmissions,” Liver Int., vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 1843–1851, Dec. 2017.
  10. A. Saini, K. Mathur, and G. Kalahasty, “‘Landolfi’s Sign’—Eyes Don’t See What the Mind Does Not Know!,” Am. J. Med., vol. 130, no. 12, pp. e531–e532, Dec. 2017.
  11. F. Nutan and A. G. Ortega-Loayza, “Cutaneous Lupus: A Brief Review of Old and New Medical Therapeutic Options,” J. Investig. Dermatology Symp. Proc., vol. 18, no. 2, pp. S64–S68, Oct. 2017.
  12. K. Mathur, A. Saini, K. A. Ellenbogen, and R. K. Shepard, “Profound Sinoatrial Arrest Associated with Ibrutinib,” Case Rep. Oncol. Med., vol. 2017, pp. 1–3, 2017.
  13. A. Mehta, J. Patel, M. Al Rifai, C. R. Ayers, I. J. Neeland, A. M. Kanaya, N. Kandula, M. J. Blaha, K. Nasir, R. S. Blumenthal, and P. H. Joshi, “Inflammation and coronary artery calcification in South Asians: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study,” Atherosclerosis, vol. 270, pp. 49–56, Mar. 2018.
  14. J. Patel, M. Al Rifai, M. T. Scheuner, S. Shea, R. S. Blumenthal, K. Nasir, M. J. Blaha, and J. W. McEvoy, “Basic vs More Complex Definitions of Family History in the Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis,” Mayo Clin. Proc., vol. 93, no. 9, pp. 1213–1223, Sep. 2018.
  15. A. W. Dow, X. Zhu, D. Sewell, C. A. Banas, V. Mishra, and S.-P. Tu, “Teamwork on the rocks: Rethinking interprofessional practice as networking.,” J. Interprof. Care, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 677–678, Nov. 2017.
  16. D. DiazGranados, A. W. Dow, N. Appelbaum, P. E. Mazmanian, and S. M. Retchin, “Interprofessional practice in different patient care settings: A qualitative exploration.,” J. Interprof. Care, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 151–159, Mar. 2018.
  17. S. Carbone, J. M. Canada, H. E. Billingsley, D. Kadariya, D. L. Dixon, C. R. Trankle, L. F. Buckley, R. Markley, C. Vo, H. Medina de Chazal, S. Christopher, R. Buzzetti, B. W. Van Tassell, and A. Abbate, “Effects of empagliflozin on cardiorespiratory fitness and significant interaction of loop diuretics.,” Diabetes. Obes. Metab., vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 2014–2018, Aug. 2018.
  18. V. R. Konjeti, G. M. Hefferman, S. Paluri, and P. Ganjoo, “Primary Pancreatic Burkitt’s Lymphoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.,” Case Rep. Gastrointest. Med., vol. 2018, p. 5952315, 2018.
  19. B. W. Van Tassell, J. Canada, S. Carbone, C. Trankle, L. Buckley, C. Oddi Erdle, N. A. Abouzaki, D. Dixon, D. Kadariya, S. Christopher, A. Schatz, J. Regan, M. Viscusi, M. Del Buono, R. Melchior, P. Mankad, J. Lu, R. Sculthorpe, G. Biondi-Zoccai, E. Lesnefsky, R. Arena, and A. Abbate, “Interleukin-1 Blockade in Recently Decompensated Systolic Heart Failure,” Circ. Hear. Fail., vol. 10, no. 11, p. e004373, Nov. 2017.
  20. J. M. Canada, C. R. Trankle, L. F. Buckley, S. Carbone, N. A. Abouzaki, D. Kadariya, K. Shah, R. Cooke, M. C. Kontos, J. Patel, P. Mankad, A. Schatz, A. Bhatnagar, R. Arena, B. W. Van Tassell, and A. Abbate, “Severely Impaired Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Recently Decompensated Systolic Heart Failure.,” Am. J. Cardiol., vol. 120, no. 10, pp. 1854–1857, Nov. 2017.
  21. K. S. Lockeman, N. P. Appelbaum, A. W. Dow, S. Orr, T. A. Huff, C. J. Hogan, and B. A. Queen, “The effect of an interprofessional simulation-based education program on perceptions and stereotypes of nursing and medical students: A quasi-experimental study.,” Nurse Educ. Today, vol. 58, pp. 32–37, Nov. 2017.
  22. J. Al-Khafaji, F. Ganz-Lord, V. R. Konjeti, and A. D. Viny, “A Case of Familial Mediterranean Fever with Extensive Lymphadenopathy and Complex Heterozygous Genotype Presenting in the Fourth Decade.,” Case Rep. Rheumatol., vol. 2018, p. 9670801, 2018.
  23. N. Yao, X. Zhu, A. Dow, V. K. Mishra, A. Phillips, and S.-P. Tu, “An exploratory study of networks constructed using access data from an electronic health record.,” J. Interprof. Care, pp. 1–8, Jul. 2018.
  24. H. H. Lin and A. M. Garber, “Intra-Abdominal Varix Rupture: A Life-Threatening Cause of Hemoperitoneum.,” Am. J. Med., Jun. 2018.
  25. L. F. Buckley, S. Carbone, C. R. Trankle, J. M. Canada, C. O. Erdle, J. A. Regan, M. M. Viscusi, D. Kadariya, H. Billingsley, R. Arena, A. Abbate, and B. W. Van Tassell, “Effect of Interleukin-1 Blockade on Left Ventricular Systolic Performance and Work: A Post Hoc Pooled Analysis of 2 Clinical Trials.,” J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacol., vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 68–70, Jul. 2018.
  26. A. Samarghandi, S. Ahuja, V. Jindal, S. Gupta, and I. Fulger, “Hypereosinophilic syndrome preceding a diagnosis of B-cell lymphoma.,” Tumori, p. 300891618763211, Mar. 2018.
  27. B. V John, T. Aiken, A. Garber, D. Thomas, R. Lopez, D. Patil, V. R. Konjeti, J. J. Fung, A. J. McCollough, and M. Askar, “Recipient But Not Donor Adiponectin Polymorphisms Are Associated With Early Posttransplant Hepatic Steatosis in Patients Transplanted for Non-Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Indications.,” Exp. Clin. Transplant., vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 439–445, 2018.
  28. V. R. Konjeti and B. V John, “Interaction Between Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Hepatitis C Eradication With Direct-acting Antiviral Therapy.,” Curr. Treat. Options Gastroenterol., vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 203–214, Jun. 2018.
  29. D. F. Sittig, M. Salimi, R. Aiyagari, C. Banas, B. Clay, K. A. Gibson, A. Goel, R. Hines, C. A. Longhurst, V. Mishra, A. M. Sirajuddin, T. Satterly, and H. Singh, “Adherence to recommended electronic health record safety practices across eight health care organizations,” J. Am. Med. Informatics Assoc., vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 913–918, Jul. 2018.
  30. C. Ray, S. E. Bishop, and A. W. Dow, “Rethinking the Match,” Acad. Med., vol. 93, no. 1, pp. 45–47, Jan. 2018.
  31. P. Bedoya, K. Neuhausen, A. W. Dow, E. M. Brooks, D. Mautner, and R. S. Etz, “Student Hotspotting: Teaching the Interprofessional Care of Complex Patients.,” Acad. Med., vol. 93, no. 1, pp. 56–59, Jan. 2018.
  32. Z. Siddiqui, S. Berry, A. Bertram, L. Allen, E. Hoyer, N. Durkin, R. Qayyum, E. Wick, P. Pronovost, and D. J. Brotman, “Does Patient Experience Predict 30-Day Readmission? A Patient-Level Analysis of HCAHPS Data,” J Hosp Med, vol. EPUB Ahead, no. of print, 2018.
  33. C. Marcelo and F. Farooq, “A Trich-y Fungus: A Unique Presentation of Disseminated Trichosporon mycotoxinivorans Infection,” J Pioneer Med Sci, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 37–40, 2018.
  34. C. Marcelo, M. Warwick, C. Marcelo, M. Malik, and R. Qayyum, “The relationship between urinary genistein levels and serum alanine aminotransferase levels in adults in the USA: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2010.,” Eur. J. Gastroenterol. Hepatol., vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 904–909, Aug. 2018.
  35. A. W. Dow, C. K. Ivey, and B. B. Shulman, “The Future of Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology in a More Collaborative World.,” Pediatr. Clin. North Am., vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 171–177, Feb. 2018.
  36. L. F. Buckley, J. M. Canada, M. G. Del Buono, S. Carbone, C. R. Trankle, H. Billingsley, D. Kadariya, R. Arena, B. W. Van Tassell, and A. Abbate, “Low NT-proBNP levels in overweight and obese patients do not rule out a diagnosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.,” ESC Hear. Fail., vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 372–378, Apr. 2018.