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Faris receives UMKC Project ADVANCER award

Third-year medical student Hunter Faris, left, has received a research award to work with John Q. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Westport Anesthesia/Missouri Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Research.

Third-year medical student Hunter Faris has been selected for a student research award from the UMKC strategic funding award initiative, Project ADVANCER (Academic Development Via Applied aNd Cutting-Edge Research). The program supports research projects of UMKC undergraduate and professional students from underrepresented minorities.

Faris will be working with faculty mentor, John Q. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Westport Anesthesia/Missouri Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Research, to establish a previously unrecognized mechanism underlying the regulation of neuronal activities. His project, Regulation of Src Family Protein Kinases in the Rat Striatum by Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor, could significantly advance the knowledge of receptor signaling and protein kinases biology.

Project ADVANCER is a UMKC initiative to provide students the opportunity to gain experience and build a “track record” in research. That experience will provide students better access to competitive postgraduate training such as residencies or graduate programs and, ultimately, to better employment opportunities.

Students who have identified a UMKC faculty mentor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geosciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Computing and Engineering; School of Medicine; or School of Nursing and Health Studies may jointly develop an application for a Project ADVANCER award with their faculty mentor.

Faris and Wang expect to produce results that will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Dr. Masoud chosen as Outstanding Year 1 and 2 Docent

Jill Moormeier, M.D., chair of internal medicine, presented Amgad Masoud, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, with 2017 Outstanding Year 1 and 2 Docent Teaching Award.
Amgad Masoud, M.D.

Amgad Masoud, M.D., was honored as recipient of the Outstanding Year 1 and 2 Docent Teaching Award at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 6 at White Recital Hall.

The award represents exceptional teaching and the pursuit of excellence in medicine. Its recipient is chosen each year from student nominations.

A member of the School of Medicine Years 1 and 2 docent team since 2010, Masoud also received the outstanding docent award in 2013 and in 2015.

He has served as a Years 3-through-6 docent since 2008 and has received numerous other teaching awards, including the Excellent Teaching Award for Internal Medicine Residency Faculty and the Resident Teacher of the Year Award.

In nominating him for the Year 1 and 2 Docent award, students said Masoud brings something special to his docent teams. They said they see him as a true role model who is kind, empathetic and “an incredible teacher and doctor.” One student wrote that Masoud “has gone above and beyond as a mentor. His compassion and determination to help and discover are very inspiring, and the bond he has with his patients is significant. Dr. Masoud exemplifies respect, appreciation and thoughtfulness.”

Before joining the UMKC faculty, Masoud completed an internal medicine residency at the UMKC School of Medicine after earning his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and serving as an attending physician in internal medicine at Al Salam International Hospital in Cairo.

Med School scientist receives American Heart Association grant for research study

Mingui Fu, Ph.D.

The American Heart Association has awarded a $154,000 grant to UMKC School of Medicine scientist Mingui Fu, Ph.D., to conduct a two-pronged study that could lead to the development of novel therapies for vascular inflammatory diseases.

An associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Science, Fu has been studying the molecular process that leads to atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery walls created by the buildup of plaque. Atherosclerosis is a common underlying issue surrounding cardiovascular disease and stroke.

While some therapies have proven beneficial, there are currently no available treatments to reduce the early steps that lead to the formation of these abnormal arterial masses.

Fu’s new study will explore at a molecular level the process by which a particular protein, TRIM65, has been found to target those molecules responsible for regulating inflammation, antivirus and cancers. The research also seeks to determine how the loss of the TRIM65 protein affects the adhesion of those abnormal fatty cells to arterial walls to produce atherosclerosis.

If successful, Fu’s study will define a regulatory pathway of endothelial activation and provide insights for developing new therapies for vascular inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis.

Recently, Fu and his research lab at the School of Medicine published a paper in the journal Scientific Reports that revealed the discovery of a novel secreted protein in body fat tissue that displayed a potent anti-inflammatory role in immune cells and vascular endothelial cells. In addition, he also has published a review article in Nature Reviews Immunology about RNA-binding proteins in immune regulation.

According to a 2017 report by the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the worldwide leading cause of death and is an underlying factor in nearly one-third of all deaths in the United States.

Sarah Morrison research award winners announced

Recipients of the April 2017 Sarah Morrison student research awards are (left to right) Jessica Kieu, Shipra Singh, Vishal Thumar, Komal Kumar, and Katherine Suman.

Five School of Medicine’s students have been selected by the Student Research Program to receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The awards  support support research efforts and help students fund their presentations at conferences and scientific meetings.

The April 2017 recipients are Jessica Kieu, fourth-year medical student, Komal Kumar, fourth-year medical student, Shipra Singh, fourth-year medical student, Katherine Suman, sixth-year medical student, and Vishal Thumar, sixth-year medical student.

Sarah Morrison award recipients are reviewed by a committee of faculty judges and processed through the school’s Office of Research Administration. Awards of up to $1,500 are presented each April and October. Since 2013, students have received more than $61,000 in financial support from the Sarah Morrison program to support research projects at the School of Medicine.

Students interested in the Sarah Morrison Research awards are encouraged to apply prior to the April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines each year. For complete application information, visit the Office of Research Administration’s student research website.

Award winners, abstract titles and faculty mentors

  • Jessica Kieu, “Maternal-fetal reactions to acute emotional stress in prenatal depressed mothers: correlations with fetal biomagnetometry measures,” Prakash Chandra – TMC
  • Komal Kumar, “Pregnant Women with Previous Mental Health Disorders and Behavior During Ultrasound,” Prakash Chandra – TMC
  • Shipra Singh, “The Effect of NAAA Gene Expression on Acetaminophen Hepatotoxicity,” Shui Ye – CMH
  • Katherine Suman, “The role of innate immune system signaling pathways in glaucoma pathogenesis,” Peter Koulen – Vision Research Center
  • Vishal Thumar, “Visualizing the Difference between Life and Death: A Comparison of Liver Ultrasound Findings in Children with Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome After Bone Marrow Transplantation,” Sherwin Chan – CMH



Eight SOM students receive MSMA scholarships

Missouri State Medical Association scholarships recipients: front row, left to right: Alice Hwang, Eryn Wanyonyi, Julia Clem, Forrest Kent; back row, left to right: Jason Tucker, Nicholas Keeven, Dr. David Wooldridge, School of Medicine alumna and MSMA member, Luke He, Dr. Fred Hahn, MSMA member. Not pictured: Haley Mayenkar

Eight students from the UMKC School of Medicine were recently awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 school year from the Missouri State Medical Association.

This year’s recipients are Julia Clem, Luke He, Alice Hwang, Nicholas Keeven, Forrest Kent, Haley Mayenkar, Jason Tucker and Eryn Wanyonyi.

The organization awards the scholarships annually to fourth-year medical students who are graduates of a Missouri high school.

MSMA was formed in 1850 by Missouri physicians and serves as a voice for the medical profession, physicians and their patients. The organization includes a Medical Student Section to address issues pertaining to students studying to obtain a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree. Three UMKC students, Kartik Sreepada, Muhammed Alikhan and Timothy Chow, served as student section state officers during the 2016-17 school year.


School of Medicine presents senior, graduate awards

The School of Medicine presented senior and graduate awards to 22 graduating members of the M.D., Master of Science in Anesthesia and Master of Science Bioinformatics programs. This year’s awards recipients as chosen by the faculty members include:

Senior Awards
Doctor of Medicine

  • Himachandana Atluri | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Amanda Fletcher | Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Research Award; Vice-Chancellor Honors Recipient; Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Jasleen Ghuman | Lee Langley Award; Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D., Award for Excellence in Microbiology; Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Paul Anthony Guidos | Merck Manual for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education
  • Comron Hassanzadeh | Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Basic Science Award; Lee Langley Award; Malhotra Family Scholarship for Academic and Clinical Excellence
  • Alexandra Johnson | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Deborah Levy | Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Student Award
  • Abhishek Kantamneni | Merck Manual for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education
  • Susamita Kesh | Laura L. Backus, M.D., Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
  • Jeffrey Klott | Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduate; Pat. D. Do, M.D., Matching Scholarship in Orthopedics
  • Sean Mark | UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Medical Education
  • Luke Nayak | ACP Senior Student Book Award; Bette Hamilton, M.D., Memorial Award for Excellence in Immunology; Friends of UMKC Harry S. Jonas, M.D., Award
  • Payal Patel | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Lauren Thai | J. Michael de Ungria, M.D., Humanitarian Award
  • Hima Veeramachaneni | Malhotra Family Scholarship for Academic and Clinical Excellence; Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduate; Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Dayne Voelker | James F. Stanford, M.D., Patient Advocate Scholarship; Vice-Chancellor Honors Recipient
  • Reid Waldman | Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D., Award for Excellence in Pathology
  • Nneoma Wamkpah | UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Award Association Outstanding Senior Partner
  • Kirbi Yelorda | Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduate

Graduate Award
Master of Science – Anesthesia

  • Kaitlyn Hill | Student Ambassador Award

Graduate Awards
Master of Science – Bioinformatics

  • Michael Nassif | Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics Award for Excellence
  • Mohammed Qintar | Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics Award for Excellence




UMKC class of 2017 inducted into AOA honor society

The Missouri Delta Chapter of the AOA medical honor society welcomed its 2017 class of students, residents, alumni and faculty on May 5.
Richard Isaacson, M.D., ’01, delivered the annual AOA Lecture.

The School of Medicine’s Missouri Delta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society welcomed its 2017 class of inductees during an annual celebration at Diastole.

Induction to the society is an honor that recognizes one’s excellence in academic scholarship and adherence to the highest ideals of professionalism in medicine. New AOA members are selected based on their character and values such as honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others and leadership.

This year’s inductees included 12 new junior and senior students, residents and fellows, alumni and faculty.

Student inductees include: Junior AOA members Danielle Cunningham, Sanju Eswaran, Carlee Oakley and Vishal Thumar; and senior members Mohammed Alam, Jeffrey Klott and Reid Waldman. Resident and fellow inductees were Mouhanna Abu Ghanimeh, M.D., Katrina Lee Weaver, M.D., and Stephane L. Desouches, D.O.

Sajid Khan, M.D., ’05, was the alumni inductee and Dev Maulik, M.D., chairman of obstetrics and gynecology and senior associate dean for women’s health, was this year’s faculty inductee.

Twelve senior inductees were also selected last fall, including: Himachandana Atluri, Kayla Briggs, Molly Carnahan, Kevin Gibas, Neil Kapil, Susamita Kesh, Deborah Levy, Sean Mark, Luke Nayak, Amina Qayum, Dayne Voelker and Zara Wadood.

Richard Isaacson, M.D., ’01, delivered the annual AOA Lecture on May 5. Isaacson serves as director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic and Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He spoke on advances in the management of Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention.

Anand presents research at national ACP meeting

Gaurav Anand presented a research poster in March at the National American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego.

Fifth-year medical student Gaurav Anand took part in the student research poster competition at the National American College of Physicians’ Internal Medicine Meeting. The three-day conference took place in San Diego at the end of March.

In addition to presenting his research poster, Anand attended lectures on topics ranging from radiology to ophthalmology, as well as participating in suturing and arthrocentesis workshops.

Anand called the experience both humbling and enlightening.

Anand with his poster at the National ACP student poster competition.

“Being invited to attend and present my research at this National ACP meeting was an enriching experience, not only by attending the lectures and workshops, but also from learning about the groundbreaking research happening across the country,” he said.

Anand presented his poster, Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid signaling pathways. He conducted his research at the Vision Research Center with Peter Koulen, Ph.D., director of basic research and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research; and Christa Montgomery, Ph.D., research scientist at the Vision Research Center.

Anand earned a spot in the national poster competition last September when he won the student poster competition at the annual meeting of the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians.

After winning the Missouri competition, Anand continued his research prior to the national meeting. He said he is gathering data from the most recent experiments and had not made any major alterations to his poster or abstract.

Anand said he plans to continue his research efforts throughout medical school and his residency training.

“Research is the foundation on which new discoveries are made,” he said.

UMKC fellow receives Ob/Gyn scientific awards at national meeting

School of Medicine fellow Gustavo Vilchez, M.D., (left) with Tom Sullivan, M.D., vice chair and clerkship director of the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Gustavo Vilchez, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine fellow in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received two major scientific awards from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Vilchez received the Central Prize Award, the association’s major scientific award, for his abstract, “The Risk of Expectant Management of Low Risk Pregnancy at Term and Optimal Timing of Delivery: A National Population-Based Study.”

He also received the Dr. Jack A. Pritchard Memorial Award for his research paper on “Racial/Ethnic Disparity in Magnesium Sulfate Adverse Effects: Sub-Group Analysis of a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial.”

The awards are given for outstanding investigative or clinical work in obstetrics and gynecology. Vilchez presented his research projects as part of the scientific program during the organization’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October.


Emergency medicine students win regional Sim Wars competition

The School of Medicine’s Sim Wars team (front row): Bradee Gabel, Alana Hoffman, Emily Hillman, M.D.; back row: Sean Mark, Brendan Kurtz, Alie Reinbold, Caroline Baghdiikian, Jesal Amin, Dylan Wyatt and Devan Bhatia. Not pictured is Maggie Kirwin.

Students from the UMKC School of Medicine returned from the Great Plains Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine with more than new insights into emergency medicine.

For the first time, UMKC also brought home the championship trophy from the annual Student Sim Wars competition. The event was held in Iowa City, Iowa.

“They were so well prepared,” said Emily Hillman, M.D., assistant professor, assistant program director and clerkship director for emergency medicine. “They represented the school so well. I was really happy for them.”

School of Medicine students take part in a Sim Wars competition.

The contest places four-person teams in an emergency patient scenario in which students must work together to assess a patient, intervene and manage the situation. Students work on a manikin simulator that serves as the patient, while also managing the patients’ family members, played by actors. Judges review and grade the students on their teamwork, communication and clinical decision-making skills.

Seven teams from six regional medical schools, including two from UMKC, competed in a bracketed format. The winning team of Alie Reinbold, Jesal Amin, Caroline Baghdikian, Sean Mark and Brendan Kurtz, defeated teams from the University of Iowa, Washington University and Southern Illinois University to capture the championship trophy. Maggie Kirwin, Alana Hofmann, Bradee Gabel, Dylan Wyatt and Deven Bhatia made up UMKC’s second competition team. Five more students, Joseph Bennett, Alex Willis, Timothy Chow, Kent Buxton and Danielle Graves, were part of the school’s Sim Wars teams that practiced and helped prepare the competition teams.

Students met with faculty and residents from the Department of Medicine twice a week for two months in the Youngblood Medical Skills Lab at the School of Medicine’s Clinical Training Facility to practice and train for competition using the SIMman simulator and other low-fidelity procedural models.

“They worked hard to prepare,” Hillman said. “Some of the students had been on the team for a number of years. It was very exciting to see them win.”