Meet our Awardees

Medical Scholar & HIVMA Medical Student Program Awardees

When William Hahn, MD, was a third-year medical student at Upstate Medical University, SUNY, he did not have his career path planned. And though his undergraduate degree in anthropology and biology gave him an interest in public health, it was his clinical rotation with the ID division chief, Timothy Endy, MD, MPH, that ignited his interest in infectious diseases research.

It was Dr. Endy, the university’s ID fellowship training director, who encouraged Dr. Hahn to apply for the IDSA Foundation’s Medical Scholars Program.

“I applied right away and Dr. Endy agreed to be my mentor.” His participation in the program allowed him to work with Dr. Endy on a project investigating the replication kinetics of the dengue virus in a cell culture system, cementing his desire to stay in academics and pursue a career with a research focus.

“The Medical Scholars award was critical for me because it allowed me to take some extra time during medical school to actually do research and go into a lab, he says. “And I liked it, and it directed me toward ID.” – William Hahn, MD 2008 Medical Scholars Program Awardee.

Stories like Dr. Hahn are possible because our Medical Scholars Program thrives to bind the energy and passion of our medical students and help them turn their aspiration into reality.

2018 Medical Scholar Awardees

Adrianna Stanley 
MENTOR:  Lisa Adams, MD

Dartmouth College (Geisel School of Medicine)

Projected Impact of DAR-901 Vaccination on M. Tuberculosis Infection Among Adolescents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Alexander Young

MENTOR:  Nada Fadul, MD

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Predictors of HIV Viral Load Suppression in a Rural Southern Population


Alexis McCathern 
MENTOR:  Flor Munoz, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Defining the Relationship between Maternal Immunization and Neurodevelopmental Delay Globally


Allison Bloom 
MENTOR:  Micah McClain, MD

Duke University

Host Gene Expression Signatures of Acute Respiratory Infections in the Elderly


Ammarah Spall 

MENTOR:  Zsofia Szep, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine
Severity of Anal Dysplasia and its Association with Inflammation in HIV Infection Resulting in Anal Cancer


Ariel Yang 
MENTOR:  Luis Marcos, MD

Stony Brook Medicine

Evaluating the Efficacy of an Artificial Neural Network Smartphone Application for Point-of-Care Diagnosis, and Assessing Knowledge, Perception, and Attitudes towards Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) and STH Intervention in Ifanadiana, Madagascar


Austin Evanne Coye

MENTOR: Maria L. Alcaide, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Project: A Comparison Cost Analysis of Hospitalizations for Infections Related to Use of Injection Drugs at a County Safety-Net Hospital in Miami, Florida Following Establishment of a Syringe Exchange Program


Benjamin Miller 
MENTOR: Sara Keller, MD

John Hopkins University Medical Institute

Determining Statements about Antibiotic Side-Effects Which Patients Understand and are Motivated by


Cameron Nutt
MENTOR:  Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Undiagnosed Cases of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Ebola Infection in Liberia: A Biosocial Analysis


Casey Kim 
MENTOR:  Keith Hamilton, MD

University of Pennsylvania

The Role of Personalized Antibiotic Therapy (PAT) Software in Guiding Empiric Antibiotic Prescribing


Christopher Dinh 
MENTOR:  Thomas Boyce, MD and Raymund Razonable, MD

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Refractory Cytomegalovirus Infection after Solid Organ Transplantation: Role of Resistance and Other Factors


Corey Watts 
MENTOR:  Emily Blumberg, MD

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Impact of Inappropriate Prophylactic Valganciclovir Dosing on CMV Outcomes in Solid Organ Transplantation


Daniel Brook 
MENTOR:  William C. Miller MD, PhD, MPH

The Ohio State University

Hepatitis C Virus Risk Factors in Appalachian Ohio People Who Inject Drugs 2007-2017


David Thomas 
MENTOR:  Navjyot Vidwan, MD

University of Louisville

A Retrospective Analysis of Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns in Kerala, India


Diana Leigh Jeang 
MENTOR:  Vincent Marconi, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Barriers to HIV Viral Load Monitoring in KwaZulu-Natal and the Impact of Traditional Health Practitioners


Dustin Lamb 
MENTOR:  Sarah Parker, MD

University of Colorado Denver

Time to Positive Blood Culture at a Referral Pediatric Hospital


Ernestina Gambrah 
MENTOR:  Susan Coffin, MD

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Antimicrobial Utilization and Characterization in a Cohort Admitted to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana


Giancarlo Atassi 

MENTOR:  Alan Hauser, MD

Northwestern University

Examination of Changes in Molecular Aspects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa’s Antimicrobial Resistance at Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Gwyneth Sullivan 
MENTOR:  Maximo Brito, MD

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Neurocognitive Development of Children Born to Zika Positive Mothers


Huan Dong 
MENTOR:  Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Community-Level Antibiotic use and Cephalosporin Susceptibility of Oropharyngeal Neisseria in MSM of Hanoi, Vietnam


James Wykowski 
MENTOR:  Adrienne Sharpiro, MD

University of Washington

The Effect of Anxiety on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Jenny Qianjing Xia
MENTOR:  Kyu Rhee, MD

Cornell University

Role of Urinary Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of active Pulmonary Tuberculosis


Jihad Al-Jabban 
MENTOR:  Arthur Kim, MD

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

viSNE Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus- Specific CD8 T cells from Different Patient Populations


John Tanaka 
MENTOR:  Matthew Kelly, MD

Duke University School of Medicine

Antibiotic Exposures, the Stool Microbiome, and Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation


Jonathan L. Chang 
MENTOR:  Lance Okeke, MD

Duke University School of Medicine

The effect of HMG CoA-reductase inhibitors (statins) on incident cardiovascular events, malignancies, and all-cause mortality in persons living with HIV


Kasha Bornstein 
MENTOR:  Jose Castro, MD

UM Miller School of Medicine

A Comparison Cost Analysis of Hospitalizations for Infections Related to Use of Injection Drugs at a County Safety-Net Hospital in Miami, Florida Following Establishment of a Syringe Exchange Program


Kathleen Moriarty 
MENTOR:  Jordan Lake, MD

Brown University

Why is PrEP uptake low in those at highest risk for HIV? A mixed methods study of transgender women in Lima, Peru


Kieran Tebben 
MENTOR:  Miriam Laufer, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Analysis of the Dynamics of Recurrent Malaria Infection in Infants in the First Two Years of Life


Kristen Brao 
MENTOR:  Mark E. Shirtliff, PhD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

The Role of the Host Immune Response in Differential Selection of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a B-ENaC Murine Model of Cystic Fibrosis


Maresa Woodfield 
MENTOR: Steven Pergam, MD, MPH

University of Washington

Observational experiences in clinical infectious disease in Seattle, WA


Matthew Jeremiah Matson 
MENTOR:  Daniel Chertow, MD, MPH

Marshall University School of Medicine

NIH Graduate Partnership Program

Characterization of Ebola Virus Kinetics with a Novel Strand-Specific Assay

Maxwell Roth
MENTOR:  Joshua D. Nosanchuk, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Effects of Monocolonal Antibodies Against Hsp60 on Extracellular Vesicles Produced by Histoplasma capsulatum


Melissa Ross
MENTOR:  Ephraim Tsalik, MD, MHS, PhD

Duke School of Medicine

Comparison of Biomarkers, New and Old, for the Classification of Bacterial vs. Viral Infection


Merit George 
MENTOR:  Rizwan Sohail, MD and Zerelda Garrigos, MD

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Utility of Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) Findings to Guide Management of Bacteremic Patients with Concordant v. Discordant Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Cultures


Michael Hovan 
MENTOR:  Thomas Kirn, MD, PhD

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Determining the Prevalence of Carbapenemase Production in Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae using the Modified Carbapenem Inactivation Method


Michael Sikorski 
MENTOR:  Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Environmental surveillance using Moore swabs for the detection of Salmonella Typhi in Upolu, Samoa


Mitchell Dumais 
MENTOR:  Frederick Buckner, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Characterization of Methionyl-tRNA Synthetase Inhibitors for Development as Novel Antibiotics


Morgan Goheen 
MENTOR:  Jessica Lin, MD

UNC School of Medicine

Impact of host anemia on P. falciparum gametocytogenesis in vitro


Nishad Sathe 
MENTOR:  Erin Bonura, MD, MCR

Oregon Health & Science University

Online Spaced Education to Teach Microbiology to Medical Students in a Threaded Medical School Curriculum


Patrick O’Neil
MENTOR:  Devang Patel, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Systemic Hypertension among Young Adults with Perinatal HIV Infection


Pauline Shih
MENTOR:  Mark Travassos, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Identification of Predominant Parasite Variant Surface Antigens in Children with Cerebral Malaria: A Proteomic Approach


Philippe Ayres 
MENTOR:  Avinash Shetty, MD

Wake Forest University

Antimicrobial Use for Pediatric Respiratory Infections: Parent’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices on Antibiotic Use and Physician Antibiotic Practice Patterns


Ryan Colby Passaro 
MENTOR:  Jesse L. Clark, MD, MSC

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Changes in Inflammatory Cytokine Levels in Response to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Infection and Treatment in a Randomized Clinical Trial


Sarah McNitt 
MENTOR:  Karl Seydel, MD, PhD

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Potential Role of FcγR Deficient NK Cells in Uncomplicated and Cerebral Malaria


Seda Ekici 
MENTOR:  Helen Chu, MD

University of Washington

Incidence and Adverse Birth Outcomes due to Respiratory Viral Infections in Pregnant Women


Shahin Mortazavi 
MENTOR:  David Koelle, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

The Role of Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells in Immunity to Herpes Zoster


Shannon Skochko
MENTOR:  John S. Bradley, MD, FAA, FIDSA

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Retrospective Review of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patients with Sepsis to Determine Inadequate Antibiotic Exposure; an Epidemiologic Study of the Population at Risk


Sheila Ojeaburu 
MENTOR:  Paul Drain, MD, MPH, FACP

University of Washington School of Medicine

Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on HIV/AIDS Related Health Outcomes of HIV-Infected Women Enrolled in a Point of Care Randomized Trial in Durban, South Africa


Tammy Hsia
MENTOR:  Marcus Zervos, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Investigating Municipal Water Shutoffs, the Hepatitis A Outbreak, and Communicable Skin and Soft Tissue Infections


Thomas Loss 
MENTOR:  Mayur Ramesh, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Fecal Lactoferrin and Calprotectin as Potential Test-of-Cure for Clostridium Difficile Infection


Wesley Rogers 
MENTOR:  Michael Satlin, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Diarrheal Infections in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: a Single-center Experience Before and After Introduction of a GI Pathogen PCR Panel


2018 HIVMA Medical Student program awardees

Doris Berman
MENTOR: Katherine Schafer, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Gathering Trauma Narratives: The Effects of Trauma on Reproductive Behaviors in HIV Populations

Sushma Boppana
MENTOR: Paul Goepfert, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Impact of cross-reactive TCR clonotypes on HIV viral evolution

Catherine Dodson
MENTOR: Ellen Eaton, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Quantifying Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) & HIV Testing Preferences in Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) to Provide Patient-Centered Care

Shruti Gujaran
MENTOR: David Riedel, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
The Role of Aging in HIV-Related Hospitalizations and Complications

Kristin Harrington
MENTOR: Russell Kempker, MD, MSc
Emory University
Cryptococcal Screening in Patients with HIV

Charles Kopp
MENTOR: Alison Roxby, MD, MSc
University of Washington School of Medicine
Maternal and fetal outcomes after integrase inhibitor-containing antiretroviral regimens during pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study in Seattle, Washington

Sugi Min
MENTOR: Curt G. Beckwith, MD
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Optimizing HIV and HCV continuum of care outcomes for criminal justice-involved populations

Joshua Niforatos
MENTOR: Justin Yax, DO, DTMH
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Root Cause Analysis of Missed Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in the Emergency Department at a Level 1 Trauma Center

Katelyn Pastick
MENTOR: David Boulware, MD, MPH
University of Minnesota
Predictors and Outcomes of Seizures in HIV-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis Patients

Alex Rosenthal
MENTOR: Philip Chan, MD, MS
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Acceptability of HIV Prevention and Screening Among Church Leaders in At-Risk Communities

Garshasb Soroosh
MENTOR: Robert F. Siliciano, MD, PhD
John Hopkins School of Medicine
Latent Reservoir Size as Predictor of Immunologic, Clinical, or Inflammatory Outcomes in Treated HIV

William Trebelcock
MENTOR: Rachel Bender Ignacio, MD, MPH
University of Washington School of Medicine
HIV Transmitted Drug Resistance: Prevalence, Clinical Characteristics, and Geospatial Mapping in Newly Diagnosed MSM and Transgender Women in Lima, Peru

Jennie Xu
MENTOR: Scott Letendre, MD
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Exploring the Relationship Between Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density and HIV-Associated Neuropathic Pain

Thomas Zaikos
MENTOR: Alberto Bosque-Pardos, PhD, MBA
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Investigating the immunological effects of the novel HIV latency-reversing agent 3-Hydroxy-1,2,3-benzotriazin-4(3H)-one (HODHBt)