People

Current Members

Alissa Cooper

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I’ve always known that I wanted to incorporate clinical research into my future career, and I was excited for the opportunity to be exposed to clinical research early in residency.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
There is ample time for completing our own independent projects and an abundance of networking time with very influential researchers.

Title or topic of your research project
Sepsis in patients with cancer

Ben Atkinson

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I have always had a strong interest in clinical research, and CIP offered the tools to develop a better grasp of the crucial building blocks needed to develop the skills needed for clinical investigation.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The pathway has allowed me to form some basic skills needed in biostatistical analysis, and provided excellent insight into career development in clinical research by outstanding faculty mentors here at BWH.

Title or topic of your research project
Evaluation of Sepsis using Prior and Current Definitions of Sepsis in the BWH ICU

Dan Loriaux

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
Interest in clinical research and opportunity to independently run statistical analyses, better understand clinical trial design, and learn from world-renowned clinical investigators at the Brigham.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The opportunity to explore the many clinical investigation opportunities open for resident contribution; this track effectively highlights resources available to residents who are interested in clinical investigation and greatly facilitates finding the right clinical mentor.

Title or topic of your research project
The link between cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea.

Geneva DeGregorio

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
As members of the Clinical Investigation Pathway we have protected time for research, access to free resources like biostatistics courses and software, and connections to research faculty who are invested in our future as investigators. This makes pursuing clinical research possible in an otherwise busy residency!

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
CIP gives you time to spend talking and learning with your co-residents who have a similar interest in a career in clinical research. It is inspiring to hear what my co-residents have been doing and plan to do in the future. They provide feedback and a support network that is incredibly valuable.

Title or topic of your research project
A one-day, 90-minute aspirin desensitization protocol in Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease

DeGregorio G, Singer J, Cahill K, Laidlaw T. A one-day, 90-minute aspirin desensitization protocol in Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Accepted with revision.

Emilie Mitten

PGY-3

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I plan to focus my career on a combination of clinical research and patient care.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
Talks from distinguished faculty, lectures about the grant writing process, and the biostatics course

Title or topic of your research project
Topics include: IBD; SIBO; and safety net algorithm for diagnostic colonoscopy

Joshua Lang

PGY-3

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
For additional training in biostatistics

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The journal club dinners!

Title or topic of your research project
Cardiovascular disease and inflammation

AHA Oral Presentation 2018

Sid Patel

PGY-3

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The opportunity to interact with true luminaries and transformative thinkers in clinical science and to further my investigative skill set with applied biostatistics training.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The breadth and depth of lecturers and journal club guests, hanging out with CIP co-residents.

Title or topic of your research project
Vorapaxar for Secondary Prevention in the Elderly: Insights from the TRA2°P-TIMI 50 Trial

Vorapaxar for Secondary Prevention in the Elderly: Insights from the TRA2°P-TIMI 50 Trial

Danny Pipilas

PGY-3

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I did a year of basic science research through the HHMI Medical Fellows Program, but I want to do more translational/clinical research and I wanted an opportunity to learn skills related to clinical investigation.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
Having dinner with successful clinician investigators that are well-known in their discipline. Also, the statistics courses are very valuable.

Title or topic of your research project
Cardiac sarcoidosis

Marisa Winkler

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I want to gain experience in clinical research and skills like statistics.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
The statistics course is fantastic and it’s great to spend two weeks with co-residents with similar career interests.

Title or topic of your research project
In progress

Marla Lipsyc-Sharf

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
My favorite work in medical school was my work on clinical research. I plan to pursue a career in academic medicine with a focus on clinical research in my area of expertise.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
Exposure to key people and organizations to help with clinical research (head of the IRB, director of Harvard Catalyst, world-renowned clinical researchers) and direct instruction in biostatistics with the opportunity to pursue certification in biostatistics.

Title or topic of your research project
Feasibility and Effect of a Yoga Program for Resident Physicians

Mike Foote

PGY-3

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway? The Harvard Catalyst program is absolutely fantastic with the mentorship, statistical training, comprehensive look at grant writing and evening talks with trialist leaders. What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway? I have gained a ton of skills and feel comfortable writing my own IRBs, grants and designing trials. The statistics course was taught by one of the best professors I’ve encountered and the evening dinners were fun. Title or topic of your research project Analysis of plasma cfDNA for risk stratification of lung incidentalomas

Omar Bayomy

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I hope to have a career in academic medicine and saw this track as an opportunity to have a supported path in finding a mentored project, in gaining knowledge/skills in biostatistics and in learning more about how academic medicine in a research context plays out in “real life”.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
Three things: 1) flexibility: the CIP leadership recognize that to get things done, we need protected time and, consequently, a majority of your afternoons are protected for your independent use; 2) statistical learning: you get an introduction to a longitudinal biostatistical course that you have the option to complete at your own pace over a 2-year span (they give you STATA to keep) with practical skills you can apply to a) your research and/or to b) understanding/interpreting the science/research that advances our healthcare; 3) pearls of wisdom: you get to hear a spectrum of talks from a variety of esteemed people who mostly talk about life and academic medicine (and will be real with you) which is a pretty cool experience. You also get talks about how academic medicine works (at least in a research perspective) practically, which is content I was mostly unfamiliar with. Of course, you have plenty of support from the track leadership if there is something you need guidance on or help with.

Title or topic of your research project
Feasibility and Effect of a Yoga Program for Resident Physicians

Ramkumar Venkateswaran

PGY-2

Why did you choose the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I chose CIP because I wanted to get a better foundation in biostatistics to complement the current research I am working on.

What have you liked the most about your time in the Clinical Investigation Pathway?
I love the productive didactics we have with leaders/pioneers within clinical research, along with the unstructured time we are given to work on our research.

Title or topic of your research project
Biomarkers within Sudden Cardiac Death