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Imaging Study Wins Top Honors at Monmouth Medical Center’s 2015 Housestaff Awards


Research into CT-guided core biopsy of lung tumor received top honors in the 2015 Ellen M. Cosgrove, M.D., Housestaff Research Awards competition, held in the Borden Auditorium on June 4. The annual review rewards excellence in scholarly activity in more than a dozen categories among Monmouth Medical Center's 107 physicians in-training.

"The research competition provides an opportunity for our resident and attending physicians to work together to develop habits of inquiry, learn to evaluate research findings and gain new knowledge in a wide range of medical and surgical areas," says Joseph Jaeger, chief academic officer at Monmouth, which is a major regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia. "The awards recognize the fact that we're all dedicated to enhancing this collaborative environment among our physicians, which promotes both academic and clinical growth."

Earning the Medical Staff Award were Radiology resident Shahnawaz Ansari, M.D., Pathology resident Ryane Panasiti, M.D., and Department of Surgery resident David Schwartzberg, M.D., "Early Experience with CT-Guided Core Biopsy of Lung Tumors: Does Size Predict Diagnostic Accuracy and Complication Rate?" Serving as mentor and co-author of the study, which also earned a Collaborative Award as well as the Michael A. Goldfarb Surgical award and the Radiology award, was radiologist Ernest Wiggins, M.D.

Also honored with the Collaborative Award, Department of Medicine resident Sherif Eltawansy, M.D., and Department of Pathology resident Dongmin Gu, M.D., for "Clinical Impact of the Rapid Film Array Blood Culture Identification in Intensive Care Units of a Community Hospital," a study co-authored and mentored by physicians Margaret Eng, M.D., Monica Shah, M.D., and Yong Kang, and M.D., and the lab's Weldon Alpaugh, and Department of Radiology residents Diana Matteo, M.D., and Syed Hussain, M.D., for "Reduction in Re-operative Rates in Breast Conservation Therapy with Preoperative MRI," a study co-authored and mentored by breast imagers Cynthia Barone, M.D., and Yasmeen Shariff, M.D.

Taking first place honors in the poster competition were Internal Medicine residents Anar Modi M.D., Koteshwararao Thella M.D., Mana Rao M.D., Tisha Tan, M.D., and Imran Ismail M.D., for "Are We Being an Oxymoron? Assessment of the Overuse of Oxygen in a Community Hospital Setting." Sharing second place honors were Pediatric residents Dimitra Angeli, M.D., Hina Warraich, M.D., and Jermine Harriet Romald, M.D., for "Electronic Medical Records — Are We Doing Better Documentation?" and Internal Medicine residents Dewan K. Fahima, D.O., and Rafah Salloum, M.D., for "Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Care in a Federally Qualified Outpatient Continuity Clinic."

PHOTO: 2015 Ellen M. Cosgrove, M.D., Housestaff Research Awards presentation at Monmouth Medical Center

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Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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