Senior Scholars Program

 

The fundamental goal of the Senior Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is to increase the number of medical students participating in research activities, and, in so doing, increase their understanding of scientific methods that can be applied directly to problem solving skills development and critical thinking. Each student participates in "Senior Scholars Presentation Day" by preparing a poster about their research project and sharing ideas with medical school peers and faculty members. This collection includes student posters, abstracts, and published journal articles authored by Senior Scholars.

Attention Senior Scholars: Click on Submit Research in the left sidebar to submit your final, approved poster. Please first review the submission guidelines and download a blank Approval form. You’ll need to log in or create a free account. Questions? Contact , the eScholarship@UMMS administrator.

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Publications from 2010

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A National Survey of Oral Health Curriculum in All U.S. Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools, Ashley Ferullo, Hugh Silk, and Judith A. Savageau

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Single-stage forehead flap in nasal reconstruction, Gary M. Fudem, Richard D. Montilla, and Carolyn J. Vaughn

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Advances in interventional neuroradiology, Matthew J. Gounis, Michael J. DeLeo III, and Ajay K. Wakhloo

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Ophthalmology Education in Medical School Curriculum Design: Assessing the Home Front, Teri T. Kleinberg, Shalesh Kaushal, and George Asdourian

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Serum anti-toxin B antibody correlates with protection from recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), Brett A. Leav, Barbara M. Blair, Mark Leney, Michael Knauber, Courtney Reilly, Israel Lowy, Dale N. Gerding, Ciaran P. Kelly, Kia Katchar, Roger Baxter, Donna M. Ambrosino, and Deborah C. Molrine

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Reduction of Vertical Transmission of HIV in the Dominican Republic: Benefits of Early Presentation for Prenatal Care, Ingrid Liff, Mario Alejandro Chevalier, Arachu Castro, and Raul E. Davaro

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Intra-arterial abciximab for the treatment of thrombus formation during coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms, Italo Linfante, Vahid Etezadi, Vincenzo Andreone, Michael J. DeLeo III, Sara Alehashemi, Kate Shaw, and Ajay K. Wakhloo

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Low serum zinc levels in an endemic area of visceral leishmaniasis in Bihar, India, Jyotsna Mishra, Stephen Carpenter, and Sarman Singh

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Efforts needed to provide institute of medicine-recommended guidelines for gestational weight gain, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Darrah K. Doyle Curiale, Janet R. Hardy, Sharon D. Jackson, Yan Zhang, and Xun Liao

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Modulation of Exaggerated-IgE Allergic Responses by Gene Transfer-mediated Antagonism of IL-13 and IL-17e., Christian Mueller, Allison M. Keeler, Sofia Braag, Timothy Menz, Qiushi Tang, and Terence R. Flotte

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Trends in adrenalectomy: a recent national review, Melissa M. Murphy, Elan R. Witkowski, Sing Chau Ng, Theodore P. McDade, Joshua S. Hill, Anne C. Larkin, Giles F. Whalen, Demetrius E. M. Litwin, and Jennifer F. Tseng

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Cyclic neutropenia and severe congenital neutropenia in patients with a shared ELANE mutation and paternal haplotype: evidence for phenotype determination by modifying genes, Peter E. Newburger, Talia N. Pindyck, Zhiqing Zhu, Audrey Anna Bolyard, Andrew A.G. Aprikyan, David C. Dale, Gary D. Smith, and Laurence A. Boxer

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Piloting Standardized Immediate Student Evaluation of Lectures in Pre-Clinical Years, Meghan E. Shea, Lorrie Gehlbach, Mary L. Zanetti, and Melissa A. Fischer

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Hospital volume as a surrogate for laparoscopically assisted colectomy, Anand Singla, Jessica P. Simons, James E. Carroll, Youfu Li, Sing Chau Ng, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Gestational Weight Gain: How to “Institute” New Guidelines, Gina M. Tassone; Tiffany A. Moore Simas; Robert E. Berry, Jr; and Xun Liao

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Surgical management of acute cholecystitis at a tertiary care center in the modern era, Jason T. Wiseman, Maia N. Sharuk, Anand Singla, Mitchell Cahan, Demetrius E. M. Litwin, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

Publications from 2009

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The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Presentation and Treatment of Diverticular Disease, Nicholas G. Csikesz, Jessica P. Simons, Anand Singla, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Carotid artery brain aneurysm model: in vivo molecular enzyme-specific MR imaging of active inflammation in a pilot study, Michael J. DeLeo 3rd, Matthew J. Gounis, Bo Hong, John C. Ford, Ajay K. Wakhloo, and Alexei A. Bogdanov Jr.

Evaluation of Ob/Gyn Resident Experience in Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage, Erin E. Eppsteiner, Tiffany A. Moore-Simas, and Sharon Jackson

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Surgeon volume impacts hospital mortality for pancreatic resection, Robert W. Eppsteiner, Nicholas G. Csikesz, James T. McPhee, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Semi-jailing technique for coil embolization of complex, wide-necked intracranial aneurysms, Bo Hong, Neil V. Patel, Matthew J. Gounis, Michael J. DeLeo 3rd, Italo Linfante, Joan C. Wojak, and Ajay K. Wakhloo

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Trends in the use of echocardiography and left ventriculography to assess left ventricular ejection fraction in patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, Samuel W. Joffe, Armen Chalian, Dennis A. Tighe, Gerard P. Aurigemma, Jorge L. Yarzebski, Joel M. Gore, Darleen M. Lessard, and Robert J. Goldberg

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Are ejection fraction measurements by echocardiography and left ventriculography equivalent, Samuel W. Joffe, Jarrod Ferrara, Armen Chalian, Dennis A. Tighe, Gerard P. Aurigemma, and Robert J. Goldberg

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Evidence for Interventions Directed to Consumers in the Rx for Change Database: Update and Expansion - Do New Reviews Broaden the Scope of the Field and Expand the Definition of Evidence-Based Prescribing for and Drug Use by Consumers?, Caroline A. Kaufman, Frank J. Domino, Sophie J. Hill, and Rebecca E. Ryan

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Cerecyte versus platinum coils in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms: packing attenuation and clinical and angiographic midterm results, Italo Linfante, Michael J. DeLeo, Matthew J. Gounis, and Ajay K. Wakhloo

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Racial differences in cancer specialist consultation, treatment, and outcomes for locoregional pancreatic adenocarcinoma, Melissa M. Murphy, Jessica P. Simons, Sing Chau Ng, Theodore P. McDade, Jillian K. Smith, Shimul A. Shah, Zheng Zhou, Craig C. Earle, and Jennifer F. Tseng

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Premenstrual Syndrome Prevalence and Fluctuation over Time: Results from a French Population-Based Survey, Julia Potter, Jean Bouyer, James Trussell, and Caroline Moreau

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Trends and determinants of reproductive health service use among young women in the USA, Julia Potter, J. Trussell, and Caroline Moreau

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Cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs) in patients with superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS), Rachel E. Roditi, Robert W. Eppsteiner, Todd B. Sauter, and Daniel J. Lee

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A predictive model of cochlear implant performance in postlingually deafened adults, Rachel E. Roditi, Sarah F. Poissant, Eva M. Bero, and Daniel J. Lee

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Building blocks for meta-synthesis: data integration tables for summarising, mapping, and synthesising evidence on interventions for communicating with health consumers, Rebecca E. Ryan, Caroline A. Kaufman, and Sophie J. Hill

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National hospital volume in acute pancreatitis: analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1998-2006, Anand Singla, Nicholas G. Csikesz, Jessica P. Simons, YouFu Li, Sing Chau Ng, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Is the growth in laparoscopic surgery reproducible with more complex procedures, Anand Singla, Youfu Li, Sing Chau Ng, Nicholas G. Csikesz, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Racial Disparities in the Care of Acute Cholecystitis: A National Study, Anand Singla, Melissa M. Murphy, Sing Chau Ng, Youfu Li, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Admission volume determines outcome for patients with acute pancreatitis, Anand Singla, Jessica P. Simons, Youfu Li, Nicholas G. Csikesz, Sing Chau Ng, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Incidence rates, clinical profile, and outcomes of patients with venous thromboembolism. The Worcester VTE study, Frederick A. Spencer, Cathy Emery, Samuel W. Joffe, Luigi Pacifico, Darleen M. Lessard, George W. Reed, Joel M. Gore, and Robert J. Goldberg

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Advances in interventional neuroradiology, Ajay K. Wakhloo, Michael J. DeLeo III, and Martin M. Brown

Publications from 2008

Preoperative Radiation Therapy in Combination with Weekly Paclitaxel and Oral Glutamine for Rectal Cancer, Leah Burnett

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High volume and outcome after liver resection: surgeon or center, Robert W. Eppsteiner, Nicholas G. Csikesz, Jessica P. Simons, Jennifer F. Tseng, and Shimul A. Shah

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Prostate carcinoma and radiation therapy: therapeutic treatment resistance and strategies for targeted therapeutic intervention, Thomas J. Fitzgerald, Tao Wang, Hira Lal Goel, Jiayi Huang, Gary S. Stein, Jane B. Lian, Roger J. Davis, Stephen J. Doxsey, Kethandapatti C. Balaji, Jesse N. Aronowitz, and Lucia R. Languino

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Prehospital transport of patients with acute myocardial infarction: a community-wide perspective, Robert J. Goldberg, Daniel G. Kramer, Jorge L. Yarzebski, Darleen M. Lessard, and Joel M. Gore

Improving Breastfeeding Outcomes at the Family Health Center of Worcester, Ellen Green

Trends in the Use of Echocardiography and Left Ventriculography in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Myocardial Infarction: The Worcester Heart Attack Study, Samuel W. Joffe

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Intravascular uptake during fluoroscopically guided cervical interlaminar steroid injection at C6-7: a case report, Mark S. Kaplan, Joseph Cunniff, John Cooke, and Jeremy Giere Collins

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Bile Metabolism and Cholelithiasis (A comprehensive review for the monthly publication Clinics of North America), Stephanie Lambou-Gianoukos

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Lithogenesis and bile metabolism, Stephanie Lambou-Gianoukos and Stephen J. Heller

The Use of Accelerometers to Predict Functional Outcome After Total Knee Arthroplasty, Craig Lareau

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Feasibility of Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy in Determining VO2 for Preoperative Risk Assessment, Nathan Marengi

Characteristics of Patients Utilizing St. Anne’s Free Clinic, Candice McElroy

Inflammatory Patterns and Cellular and Vascular Permeation in Rat Abdominal Wall Defects Using Alloderm, Permacol and CollaMend for Repair, Joyce K. McIntyre

Clinical Health Informatics Meets Medical Education, Jeffrey Phillips

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Cyclic or Congenital Neutropenia: Phenotypic Variations of Blood Neutrophil Counts in Patients with the Same ELA2 Mutation and Same Paternal Haplotype: Evidence for Phenotype Determination by Modifying Genes, Talia Pindyck

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Fine-mapping the genetic basis of CRP regulation in African Americans: a Bayesian approach, Benjamin Rhodes, David L. Morris, Lakshman Subrahmanyan, Cristin Aubin, Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, Jeremiah F. Kelly, Dennis A. Evans, John C. Whittaker, Jorge R. Oksenberg, Philip L. De Jager, and Tim J. Vyse

Creation of a Clinical Assay for Detection of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection as Well as Rifampin Resistance Using Linear-After-The-Exponential PCR (LATE-PCR), Kevin Soares

Publications from 2007

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Transthoracic Echocardiographic Measurement of the Ascending Aorta in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Patients: A Simple Standardized Method, Alfred Albano

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ED Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes: No Gender-Related Difference of 'Chest Discomfort', Garreth C. Biegun

Altered Serum Zinc Concentration in Patients with Visceral Leishmaniasis (L. donovani) and Healthy Regional Controls from Bihar, India: A Correlation with Susceptibility to Disease, Stephen Carpenter

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Expanded services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission: field acceptability of a pilot program in Lusaka, Zambia, Benjamin H. Chi, Namwinga Chintu, Alison Lee, Elizabeth M. Stringer, Moses Sinkala, and Jeffrey S. A. Stringer

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Understanding the superior clear space in the adult ankle, Joseph P. Deangelis, Richard C. Anderson, and Nicola Deangelis

“Marrow for Tomorrow:” A Community-Based Public Health Partnership in Worcester’s Medically Under-Served Communities, Andrew Geller

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Polypharmacy prevalence rates in the treatment of unipolar depression in an outpatient clinic, Anna Glezer, Nancy Byatt, Richard Cook Jr., and Anthony J. Rothschild

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Serum glucose levels and hospital outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction without prior diabetes: a community-wide perspective, Robert J. Goldberg, Daniel G. Kramer, Darleen M. Lessard, Jorge L. Yarzebski, and Joel M. Gore

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Early edema in warfarin-related intracerebral hemorrhage, Joshua M. Levine, Ryan Snider, David Finkelstein, Mahmut E. Gurol, Rishi Chanderraj, Eric E. Smith, Steven M. Greenberg, and Jonathan Rosand

Risk Profile for Pregnancy in Adolescent Patients in the Blackstone Valley, Suzanne MacKay

Expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Subtypes in Mammary Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and their Relationship to Tumor Progression, Katherine F. Maloney

ICD Under-Utilization in Primary Prevention Patients, Matthew McGuiness

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The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Utility of the Scoop-Shave for Pigmented Lesions of the Skin, Gary W. Mendese

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Assessing the Role of Education in Women’s Knowledge and Acceptance of Adjunct HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening, Debra Papa, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Megan Reynolds, and Hannah Melnitsky

Increasing Cervical Lesion Identification in Junior Practitioners after Abnormal Cervical Cytology: A Computer-Based Colposcopy Tutorial, Patricia Seymour

Obstacles to Follow After Abnormal Cervical Cytology at an Urban Health Center in Worcester, MA, Patricia Seymour

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National outcomes after gastric resection for neoplasm, Jillian K. Smith, James T. McPhee, Joshua S. Hill, Giles F. Whalen, Mary E. Sullivan, Demetrius E. M. Litwin, Frederick A. Anderson, and Jennifer F. Tseng

Quantification of the Association Between the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Age in Normal Pediatric Hips, Katharine Taylor

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Appendicitis and Appendectomy in Overweight and Obese Patients, H. Ruby Wang

Evaluation of the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Clostridium difficile Toxin A Human Monoclonal Antibody and Clostridium difficile Toxin B Human Monoclonal Antibody Given Alone or in Combination in Healthy Adults, Hilary Womble

Publications from 2006

Examining the Role of Palliative Procedures in Patients with Stage IV GI Cancers, Nathan J. Aranson

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Prediction of successful voiding immediately after outpatient mid-urethral sling, Kenneth I. Barron, Judith A. Savageau, Stephen B. Young, Lisa C. Labin, and Abraham N. Morse

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Reclassification of a tubal leiomyosarcoma as an eGIST by molecular evaluation of c-KIT, Rosemary Foster, Steven Solano, Jennifer Mahoney, Arlan Fuller, Esther Oliva, and Michael V. Seiden

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Pilot study of methods to document quantity and variation of independent patient exercise and activity after total knee arthroplasty, Patricia D. Franklin, Joseph McLaughlin, Catherine B. Boisvert, Wenjun Li, and David C. Ayers

A Qualitative Study of the Collaboration between Health Care Providers and Lawyers within the Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts Program, Allison M. Hargreaves

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: What's Ticking at UMass, Matthew Hitron

A comparison of exercise-induced hematocrit (Hct) changes between non-invasive infrared sensors (NIRS) and venous blood draws, Kenneth E. Johnson

The Effect of Split versus Combined Therapy in Medication Compliance of Psychiatric Patients, Eric Kosinski

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Serum Glucose Levels and Hospital Outcomes in the Setting of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Patients Not Known to Have Diabetes: A Community-Wide Perspective, Daniel G. Kramer

Structure Based Drug Design: Inhibition of E6 protein in immortalized HPV cell lines implicated in human epithelial cancers, Nicole R. LeBoeuf

MassHealth Primary Care Services Assessment Tool, Matthew Logalbo

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Documenting Quantity and Variation in Patient-Managed Exercise and Activity after Total Knee Replacement, Joseph McLaughlin

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Frequency of Ascending Aorta Replacement: A Description of 105 Patients with Bicuspid Aortic Valve Undergoing Aortic Valve Replacement, Elizabeth C. Mitchell

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ART2, a T cell surface mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase, generates extracellular poly(ADP-ribose), Alan R. Morrison, Joel Moss, Linda A. Stevens, James E. Evans, Caitlin Farrell, Eric Lee Merithew, David G. Lambright, Dale L. Greiner, John P. Mordes, Aldo A. Rossini, and Rita Bortell

National Patterns of Immediate Breast Reconstruction for Neoplastic Disease, Jaisa Olasky

Determination of Cystic Fibrosis Frequency Among Newborns Diagnosed with Meconium Ileus and other Bowel Obstruction, Allison Paroskie

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Magnetic resonance imaging of tissue and vascular layers in the cat retina, Qiang Shen, Haiying Cheng, Machelle T. Pardue, Thomas F. Chang, Govind Nair, Van Toi Vo, Ross D. Shonat, and Timothy Q. Duong

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Use of computed tomography to predict failure of nonoperative treatment of unilateral facet fractures of the cervical spine, Leo R. Spector, David H. Kim, Jesse Affonso, Todd J. Albert, Alan S. Hilibrand, and Alexander R. Vaccaro

Investigation of Noninvasive Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Sensor for Measurement of Blood Hematocrit, Anh T. Tran

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The Influence of Message Framing on Adolescent Females' Intention to Obtain Chlamydia Screening, Andrea B. Urban

The Effect of Age on Postoperative Pain Medication Requirements Following Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery, Kenneth Walton

Publications from 2005

Femur flap for tibial reconstruction: % Circumference Required to Convey a Mechanical Advantage over the Fibula, Genevieve Bartels

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Anatomical Layer Specificity in the Cat Retina, Thomas F. Chang

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Readability of informed-consent forms used in mental health research, Paul P. Christopher

Emotional Health and Level of Post-Total Knee Arthroplasty Exercise, Peter DeNoble

Analysis of Acute Perihematomal Edema in Warfarin-Related Intracerebral Hemorrhage, David Finkelstein