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Integral to the mission of the OHSU Department of Pediatrics is to improve child health through multiple avenues of inquiry, including research and quality improvement.  The residency program has chosen to emphasize scholarly work on childhood disease as a priority for its residents.

Residents participate in longitudinal curriculum that introduces them to the many domains and logistics of scholarship, including data collection and processing, grant writing, database management, project planning, evidence review, and manuscript preparation. With increased exposure and opportunities to network with a variety of mentors, our aim is that over the course of three years residents will complete meaningful projects that have a lasting impact on child health and align with a resident’s professional goals.

Presentations at local and national meetings is encouraged. Local opportunities to disseminate scholarly work include small group workshops, institutional conferences, and a departmental research night. Residents are supported to attend national meetings with individual travel funds and department-wide travel grants.

Four women smiling as they stand in front of a research poster at a conference.
Five women smiling as they stand in front of a gallery of research posters at a conference.

Selection of recent projects completed by residents


Fisher C., Haag M., Douglas A., Kayhani A., Warren J.B. Remote monitoring for neonates requiring continued nasogastric tube feeding: implementation, patient characteristics, and early outcomes. Journal of Perinatology. 2023: doi: 10.1038/s41372-023-01732-2. Online ahead of print.

Mehta K., Cohen R., Kelly B., Grosse-Wortmann L. COVID vaccine-associated myocarditis in an 8-year-old patient. Cardiology in the Young. 2023: 33(2): 334-335.

Mitchell P.G., Natsios C., Haag M.B., Qin X., Vaz L.E. Relapsing Fever: A Rare Cause of Pediatric Fever of Unknown Origin. Clinical Pediatrics. 2023: 99228231154129. doi: 10.1177/00099228231154129. Online ahead of print.

Vidmar K.K., Lin H.C., Quintanilla-Dick L., Baines H.K. A 15-Year-Old Female With Graves' Disease Develops Scleral Icterus. Clinical Pediatrics. 2023: 99228231176697. doi: 10.1177/00099228231176697. Online ahead of print.

Foster B.A., Zhou C., Canty E., Ralston S., Rooholamini S.N. Association of Tolerance of Uncertainty With Outcomes in a Quality Improvement Collaborative. Hospital Pediatrics. 2023: 13(1): 55-60.

Do T.T., Canty E.A., Joshi S.R.. Current and future management of chronic spontaneous urticaria and chronic inducible urticaria. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. 2023: 44(1): 3-14.

Do T.T., Canty E.A., Joshi S.R. For the Patient Current and Future Management of Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and Chronic Inducible Urticaria. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. 2023: 44(1): 85-.

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Leeds H., Ashfaq A., McGrath L., Dewey E.N., Ungerleider R.M., Shen I., Muralidaran A. Short- and Mid-Term Autograft Outcomes Following the Reinforced Ross Operation. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2022: 13(1): 38- 45.

Patel A.R., Patel D.N., Tu Y.N., Yeagley M., Chobrutskiy A., Chobrutskiy B.I., Blanck G. Chemical complementarity between immune receptor CDR3s and candidate cancer antigens correlating with reduced survival: evidence for outcome mitigation with corticosteroid treatments. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. 2022

McWhirter L., Lou Y., Reingold S., Warsh S., Thomas-Gale T., Haynes C., Rinehart D., Wendel K.A., Frost H.M. Rates of Appropriate Treatment and Follow-Up Testing After a Gonorrhea and/or Chlamydia Infection in an Urban Network of Federally Qualified Health Center Systems. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2022: 49(5):319-324.

Two women standing on either side of a research poster smiling.

Young C.F., Mullin R., Moverley J.A., Shubrook J.H. Associations between diabetes-related distress and predicted cardiovascular complication risks in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2022: 122(6):319-326.

Canty E., Carnahan B., Curley T., Anususinha E., Hamdy R.F., Ericson J.E. Reduced Vancomycin Susceptibility, MRSA and Treatment Failure in Pediatric Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2021: ():429-433.

Valenzuela-Araujo D., Godage S.K., Quintanilla K., Dominguez Cortez J., Polk S., DeCamp L.R. Leaving Paper Behind: Improving Healthcare Navigation by Latino Immigrant Parents Through Video-Based Education. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2021: 23(2):329-336.

Demartino P., Haag M.B., Hersh A.R., Caughey A.B., Roth J.A.  A Budget Impact Analysis of Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease: The Medicaid Perspective.  JAMA Pediatrics Volume 175, Issue 6, Pages 617 – 623 June 2021.

Heard-Garris N., Ekwueme P.O., Gilpin S., Sacotte K.A., Perez-Cardona L., Wong M., Cohen A. Adolescents' Experiences, Emotions, and Coping Strategies Associated with Exposure to Media-Based Vicarious Racism. JAMA Network Open. 2021.

Gall E.T., Laguerre A., Noelck M., Van Meurs A., Austin J.P., Foster B.A. Near-field airborne particle concentrations in young children undergoing high-flow nasal cannula therapy: a pilot study. Gall E.T., Laguerre Journal of Hospital Infection. 2021: 113():14-21.

Two women smiling while posing in front of a research poster.

Penning A.J., Al-Ibraheemi A., Michal M., Larsen B.T., Cho S.-J., Lockwood C.M., Paulson V.A., Liu Y.J., Plank L., Fritchie K., Beadling C., Neff T.L., Corless C.L., Rudzinski E.R., Davis J.L. Novel BRAF gene fusions and activating point mutations in spindle cell sarcomas with histologic overlap with infantile fibrosarcoma. Modern Pathology. 2021: 34(8):1530-1540.

Reuland C.J., Godage S.K., Wu L., Valenzuela-Araujo D., Cortez J.D., Polk S., DeCamp L.R. Information and Communication Technology Access and Use Among Low-Income Latino Immigrant Parents. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2021: 25(12):1807-1813.

Yeager A. Ethical issues raised by intergenerational monitoring in clinical trials of germline gene modification. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2021: 47(4):267-270.

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Hayden Leeds, Pulmonary Function Tests in Neonates with Congenital Heart Disease, a Pilot Study
May 21-23, 2023 - American Thoracic Society Meeting in Washington D.C.

Meredith Haag, MD MPH; Corinne Muirhead, Pharm; Kelvin MacDonald, MD; Anne Stone.The Effect of CFTR Modulator Therapies on Inpatient Treatment for Acute Pulmonary Exacerbations in Cystic Fibrosis 
May 21-23, 2023 - American Thoracic Society Meeting in Washington D.C.

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Zayna M. Bakizada, MD, Jessica Hoffman, BSN, RN, CCRN-Neonatal, Astrid Platteau, MD, Anita Khut, NNP, Devlynne Sasha Ondusko, MD. Nursing Satisfaction in Communication with Language Discordant Nurse-Family Pairings in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
January 19-21, 2023 - 2023 Western Medical Research Conference

Zayna M. Bakizada, Jessica Hoffman, Astrid S. Platteau, Anita Khut, Devlynne S. Ondusko Current Practices for Engaging Families with Limited English Proficiency in the NICU
April 27-May 1, 2023 – Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2023 Meeting

Janani Rajkumar, Emily Edwards, Roya Sohaey, Kristey Ngyuen; Amanda Kim Postnatal outcomes of patients with prenatally detected cardiac dextroposition
April 27-May 1, 2023 – Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2023 Meeting

Zina Stavitsky MD, Brad Olson MD, MS, Lena Kuo MD Social determinants of health screening and intervention protocol: Implementing an integrated community health worker care model
April 27-May 1, 2023 – Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2023 Meeting

Valenzuela-Araujo, Doris; Getachew, Abel; Regalado Murillo, Carolina; Herrera, Jennifer; Lin, Henry C “There is more to good interpretation than just acquiring an interpreter”: Understanding how to improve communication with families with limited English proficiency and Subspecialty Care Among Patients with Limited English Proficiency: The Perspectives of Spanish-Speaking Families
April 27-May 1, 2023 – Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2023 Meeting

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Janani Rajkumar, MBBS, Improving Adherence to Safe Sleep in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Reducing Barriers to Skin to Skin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Trauma Informed Care Quality Improvement Initiative
October 7, 2022-October 10, 2022, American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

Aditi Tiwari Patient and Provider Characteristics and Decrease in Pediatric Well Child Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic and The Data burden of online learning in global health settings
October 7, 2022-October 10, 2022, American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

Lilia Popova, Emman Dabaja, Cambrynne DeJong, Sanaya Irani, Caroline McGowan, Mohammad Attar. Disparities in Neonates, the Missing Variable: Recording Maternal Race in the Neonatal Electronic Health Record and Maternal Parity and Familial Ability to Meet High-Risk Neonatal Developmental Clinic Follow-up Recommendations and Risk Factors for Loss to Follow-up in High-Risk Neonatal Developmental Clinic
October 7, 2022-October 10, 2022, American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

Janani Rajkumar, MBBS, Kelli Lund, MD, Trang Hyunh, MD, Amber Hoffman, MSN, RN, Wannasiri Lapcharoensap, MD Telemedicine Exposure and Training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Programs: A National Survey of Fellowship Directors
January 19, 2022 - Western Medical Research Conference- WSPR Annual Meeting

Rachael E. Mullin, DO, Kimberly K. Vidmar, MD, Lisa D. Madison, MD Cushing’s Disease: A case of a tendrilled tumor
April 28-May 1, 2022 – Virtual Pediatric Endocrinology Society Annual Meeting

Rachael E. Mullin, DO, Hayley K. Baines, MD, MCR, Kara J. Connelly, MD, MCR Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation IB: Rare cause of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia treated with oral mannose therapy
April 28-May 1, 2022 – Virtual Pediatric Endocrinology Society Annual Meeting