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Research / Scholarly Activity Project

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Residents are required to perform a scholarly activity project during residency. Residents work with a faculty scholarly advisor and receive research and statistical support provided through Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute.

Results of the project are presented at Post Graduate Day in June.

Many of our residents have presented their research at national conferences and have published their work. The Medical Staff provides a $1,000 stipend to residents who have their research accepted for presentation at national meetings. Below is a sample of the research published and presented by our residents, along with Akron Children's faculty members, since 2016. The residents’ names are underlined.


Aikman I, Makowski K, Wenger O, Rossman I, Solomon JD. Microcephaly, Hypotonia, and Intracranial Calcifications in an 11-Week-Old Boy. Pediatrics. 2020;146(3):1-7. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2795.

Kaiser N, Blackford MG. What Is That? Innumerable Mysterious Densities Identified on Abdominal Imaging. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020;36(2).

Rajbhandari P, Brown A, Patel V. et al. Prolonged Fever, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, and Joint Pain in a 9-year-old boy.  Pediatrics. 2020;145(1). 

Bowser LE; Young M; Wenger OK; Ammous Z; Brigatti KW; Carson VJ; Moser T; Deline J; Aoki K; Morlet T; Scott EM; Puffenberger EG; Robinson DL; Hendrickson C; Salvin J; Gottlieb S; Heaps AD; Tiemeyer M; Strauss KA. Recessive GM3 synthase deficiency: Natural history, biochemistry, and therapeutic frontier. Molecular Genetics And Metabolism [Mol Genet Metab], ISSN: 1096-7206, 2019 Apr; Vol. 126 (4), pp. 475-488; Publisher: Academic Press; PMID: 30691927

Wong M, Bhatia R. A 9‐month‐old with wheezing and acute hypoxic respiratory failure. Clin Case Rep. 2019; 7:976– 980.

Bowser LE, Young M, Wenger OK, Ammous Z, Brigatti KW, Carson VJ, Moser T, Deline J, Aoki K, Morlet T, Scott EM, Puffenberger EG, Robinson DL, Hendrickson C, Salvin J, Gottlieb S, Heaps AD, Tiemeyer M, Strauss KA. Recessive GM3 synthase deficiency: Natural history, biochemistry, and therapeutic frontier. Mol Genet Metab. 2019 Jan 21. pii: S1096-7192(18)30764-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2019.01.013

Aspiotes CR, Gothard MQ, Gothard MD, Parrish R, Schwartz HP, Bigham MT. Setting the Benchmark for the Ground and Air Medical Quality in Transport International Quality Improvement Collaborative. Air Medical Journal, May 2018. DOI:;PMID:29935703

Bigham MT, Mathews A. "Here and Gone: Rapid Transfer from the General Care Floor to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit". Hospital Medicine, 2018.

Bigelow, A, Smith P, Timberlake D, McNinch N, Smith G, Lane J, Clark J. Procedural Outcomes of Fluoroless Catheter Ablation Outside the Traditional Catheterization Lab. Europace, December 2016

Reichert, R, Gothard, MD, Schwartz, HP, Bigham, M.  Benchmarking Pain Assessment Rate in Critical Care Transport.  Air Medical Journal, November 2016 (Volume 35, Issue 6)

Giles N, Bhatia R, Cough and fever in an immigrant adolescent with abnormal chest X-ray, Respiratory Medicine Case Reports (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2016.10.010

Wolski T, The Case of the Previously Shaky, Unimmunized, Itchy Infant with Rash and Pancytopenia,  Clinical Pediatrics, in Press

McGarry DP, Kim YM, Casselman J, Wenz R, Jhaveri D, Tcheurekdjian H, Hostoffer RW. Ocular desensitization in the face of local anesthetic hypersensitivity.J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Nov 9. pii: S2213-2198(16)30494-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2016.09.040. PMID:2783832

Abraham T, McGarry DP, Frith J, Casselman J, Tcheurekdjian H, Hostoffer R. Pure Cold-Induced Cholinergic Urticaria in a Pediatric Patient. Case Reports Immunol. 2016;2016:7425601. doi: 10.1155/2016/7425601. PMID:28025628


Ahmad O,  Kassabian S. The Effects of High Dose Proton Pump Inhibitors on Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2020 Virtual Conference, November 1-7 2020.

Puzzio C., Kline-Krammes S. Nitrous Oxide vs. Ketamine - Procedural Sedation for Orthopaedic Forearm Fracture Reductions in the Emergency Department. Division of Emergency Medicine Meeting, Akron, OH. July 7, 2020.

Komer M, Ben-Zion S. Childhood Obesity Management at the 9-11 Year Well Child Check-An Opportunity for Expert Committee Recommended Co-morbidity Screening.  Ohio AAP Regional Meeting, Columbus, OH.  September 2019 *winner-best poster. 

Wingert L, Forbes M, Naples J, Bigham M. Why Not 911?? Private Vehicle Transports for Critically Ill Children-An Epidemiologic Survey.  AAP National Conference, New Orleans, LA. October 2019.

Brandt H, Phadke M, Bhatia R. Splenomegaly and Elevated Liver Enzymes in a 5 month old boy with Cystic Fibrosis. NASPGHAN Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.  October 19, 2019.

Brandt H, Weichler K, Forbes M, El-Assal O.  Patterns and predictors for continued albuterol use in admitted bronchiolitis patients with a known RSV status. AAP National Conference, New Orleans, LA.  October 2019.

Weichler, K.L; Kline-Krammes, S, McNinch, N.L.  Dexamethasone as treatment for Status Asthmaticus in the Pediatric Emergency Department. PAS Meeting, Baltimore, Md. April 29th, 2019. 

Brown, A., Rajbhandari, P. (2019).  Early Presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as Prolonged Fever in 9 Year Old Male. Poster session presented at American Pediatric Association Region 5 Spring Conference, Royal Oak, MI. March 2019.

Keith, M, Suarez, C, Henson, C, and Rajbhandari, P. Increasing Interpreter Use Within a Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Service - A Resident Led Quality Improvement (QI) Project. Poster Presentation at Academic Pediatric Association Meeting. Beaumont, MI. March 2019.

Farris N, Colvis M, Jones K, Schwaderer A, Kusumi K. Prevalence of Acute Kidney Injury Associated with Nephrolithiasis for Pediatric Patients in the Emergency. Poster Presentation at Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. April 2019. 

Costin C, Rajbhandari P. A Modern Day Pirate. Poster Presentation at Academic Pediatric Association Meeting. Beaumont , MI. March 2019. 

Mathews A, Garcia R, Ponsky T.  Placement of temporary gastric electrical stimulator for pediatric patients with refractory gastroparesis.  Oral presentation at NASPHAGAN, Hollywood, FL, October 2018

Mathews A, Chao S, Khoncarly S, Garcia R, McDaniel J.  Safety of Gastrojejunostomy tubes in children.  NASPHAGAN, Hollywood, FL, October 2018

Aspiotes C, Schwartz H, Gothard M, Bigham M. Plug and Play: Mechanical Ventilation Utilization During Critical Care Transport of Patients with Advanced Airway. American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 Annual Meeting, Section on Transport Medicine, Orlando, FL, November 4, 2018.

Weichler, K.L; El-Assal, O; Forbes, M.L; Pollauf, L. Scott, E. The impact of HFNC utilization in the emergency department on the frequency of intubation for infants and young children with severe bronchiolitis. AAP National Conference & exhibition, Section on Emergency Medicine, Orlando, FL, November 2, 2018.

Kwiatkowski K, O’Neill S, Aspiotes C, Rajbhandari P, Reducing Length of Stay in Well Appearing Febrile infant 7-60 Days of Life: A Quality Initiative, High Value Practice Academic Alliance, Baltimore, MD, September 22, 2018.

McCarty T, Bourne B, Wong M, Travis JK, Merritt MP, Brown MF, Krishna J. Feasibility of Split-Night PAP Titration Studies in a Pediatric Population at a Tertiary-Care Pediatric Sleep Center. Sleep 2018 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Baltimore, MD, June 3, 2018

Wood, A, Kline-Krammes, S, Brown, M, Accuracy of Electronic Medical Record Heart Rate Alerts from Initial ED Triage in Predicting Acute Care Needs in Pediatric Patients. 2018 Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 6, 2018. 

Lin J, Ramundo M, Ben-Zion S, Mahesh S, Raina R, RISE to Transition: A structured transition protocol for renal transplant recipient children. 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Seattle, WA, March 16, 2018.

Mathews A, Garcia-Naveiro R, Arnold B, Schlager A. Duodenal Web Repair with Assistance of Endoscopic Visualization. Oral presentation at: North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2017 Nov 4; Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mathews A, Garcia-Naveiro R, Arnold B, Ponsky T. Case Series: Successful Treatment of Gastroparesis with Gastric Electrical Stimulator in Cystic Fibrosis Patients. Poster presented at: North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2017 Nov 2; Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Page-Goertz C, Forbes M, Brown M, Taylor K, Lam S. Weight as a risk factor for pulmonary hypertensive crisis following pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. AAP NCE, Chicago, IL, September 15, 2017

Doan L, Brown M, Lowes A, Retrospective Review of Supprelin Therapy. 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology, Washington, D.C., September 16, 2017

Saini N, Doan L, Longmire B, High Grade von Hippel-Landau Syndrome Presenting with Bilateral Pheochromocytoma in a Child, 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology, Washington, D.C., September 16, 2017

Maholtz D, Page-Goertz C, Brown M, Nofziger R. ND Feeds are Associated with Increased Illness Severity in Children with Pulmonary Disease on HFNC. Pediatric Academic Society Conference, San Francisco, CA-May 9, 2017

Reichert R, Domowicz Lopez D, El-Assal O. Clinical Significance of Hyponatremia in Febrile Children with Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Presenting to Emergency Department. Pediatric Academic Society Conference, San Francisco, CA-May 8, 2017

Shovlin N, Domowicz Lopez D, Pressman J.  Resident Directed Interventions Help Improve Discharge Time: A Quality Improvement Project. American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) Spring Conference, Louisville, Kentucky-April 7, 2017

Timberlake D, Clark J, Anderson C, Bradley D, Moore J, Smith G. Tuzcu, V. Radiation Sparing Benefit of 3D Mapping During Ablations in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease. European Cardiac Arrythmia Society, Rome, Italy-April 2-4, 2017

Wolski TP Jr, Roberti A, Ramundo M, McNinch, N, Van Nostran W, Capozzi T. Evaluating the Pediatric Residents’ Knowledge of the Institute’s Quality and Patient Safety as Defined by ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review. NEOMED FAME Academic Day, Rootstown OH-Nov 18, 2016.

Gisondo C, Gothard MD, Schwartz H, Bigham M. Brrrr..... Unintended Neonatal Hypothermia, A National Perspective. AAP National Conference and Exhibition-Section on Transport Medicine Scientific Program, podium presentation San Francisco, CA- October 23, 2016

Kaye M, Roberti-Miller A, Bhatia R. 6 Minute Walk Test and CFQ-R with FEV-1; Multiple Outcome Measures in CF. North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Orlando, FL-October 2016

Jausurawong TB, Wyneski  MJ. Enteric Ganglionitis: A Report of a Patient Presenting with Signs and Symptoms of a Small Bowel Obstruction. NASPGHAN World Congress, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – October 8, 2016

Arnold BS, Mathews, A, Garcia-Naveiro R, Kassabian S, Wyneski M, and Ponsky T. Value of Temporary Gastric Electrical Stimulation to Predict Response in Pediatric Patients with Refractory Gastroparesis. NASPGHAN World Congress, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – October 7, 2016

Arnold BS, Garcia-Naveiro R, Kassabian S, Wyneski M, and Ponsky T. Case Report: Successful Treatment of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome with Gastric Electrical Stimulation, NASPGHAN World Congress, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – October 7, 2016

Farris N, Minniti C, Branch K, Acharya S, Branch CA, Billett HH. The Association of White Matter Hyperintensity Volume and Sickle Cell Anemia. American Society of Hematology, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA-December 3, 2016.

Mathews A, Mansel K, Bigham M, Chen S, Gothard M. Oops: Rapid Deterioration of the Transport Patient Admitted to the General Care Floor, Poster presentation, Section of Transport Medicine Scientific Program at the Annual AAP meeting, San Francisco, CA-October 23, 2016.

Mathews A, Mansel K, Chen S, Bigham M. Here and Gone: Rapid Transfer to the Pediatric ICU.  Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, Chicago, Illinois - July 2016

Mathews A, Mansel K, Chen S, Bigham M. Can Situation Awareness Reduce Unrecognized Clinical Deterioration on the Pediatric General Care Floor? Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, Chicago, Illinois - July 2016

Shyung D, Davidson J, McNinch N. Effectiveness of an Educational Module in Improving Pediatric Resident Experience with and Understanding of the Refugee Pharmacy Process. Refugee Health Conference, Niagara Falls, NY - June 2016

Arnold B, Garcia-Naveiro R, Kassabian S, Wyneski M, Ponsky T. Value of Temporary Gastric Electrical Stimulation to Predict Response in Pediatric Patients with Refractory Gastroparesis. Digestive Disease Week, San Diego, CA - May 2016  

Timberlake D, Bigelow A, Clark J, Procedural Outcomes of Ablation in the Operating Room Compared to a Traditional Cath Lab, Heart Rhythm Society-May 2016