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Working on in-depth academic projects is its own reward. Even more gratifying is when residents' work is recognized nationally. Providence Portland has received many ACP awards over the last several years. Inquisitive residents, close mentorship by faculty, and a diverse patient base all contribute to this success.


Book Chapters
Block, M.
, Jiang, W., Boosani, W. Molecular and Structural Interactions Between Epigenetic Regulators. In Epigenetics in Organ Specific Disorders, (in press). Academic Press, 2022

Block, M.,
Jiang W, Boosani C. Short communication: TNF-a and IGF-1 regulates epigenetic mechanisms of HDAC2 and HDAC10. PLos One. 2022;17(2):e0263190.

Pettit, N., and Pedroja, B. (2022). Brief training in ultrasound allows novice clinicians to accurately and reliably measure jugular venous pressure (JVP) in obese patients, Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. Article ID: AJUM12336

Seervai R.N.H.*, Friske S.F.*, Chu E.Y., Phillips R., Nelson K.C., Huen A., Cho W.C., Aung P.P., Torres-Cabala C.A., Prieto V.G., Curry J.L. (2023), Diverse landscape of dermatologic toxicities from non-immune checkpoint inhibitor monoclonal antibody cancer therapy, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 50(1): 72-95. PMID: 36069496.

Seervai R.N.H., Cervantes J.A., Shimizu I., Orengo I.F. (2023), Oral gauze for bleeding control in perioral and perinasal dermatologic surgery, Indian Journal of Dermatology (In Press).

Su, A, Klemperer EM, Streck JM, Lindson N, West JC, Hughes JR, Carpenter MJ. A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to induce attempts to quit tobacco among adults not ready to quit. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2023 Apr;31(2):541-559. doi: 10.1037/pha0000583. Epub 2022 Jun 30. PMID: 35771496; PMCID: PMC10106992.

Su, A, Peasley-Miklus C, Klemperer EM, Hughes JR, Villanti AC, Krishnan-Sarin S, DeSarno MJ, Mosca LA, Cassidy RN, Feinstein MJP. The interactive effects of JUUL flavor and nicotine concentration on addiction potential. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2023 Apr;31(2):336-342. doi: 10.1037/pha0000591. Epub 2022 Sep 1. PMID: 36048114; PMCID: PMC10010180.

Su A, Pedraza R, Kennecke H. Developments in Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy for the Management of Deficient Mismatch Repair (dMMR) Rectal Cancer. Curr Oncol. 2023 Mar 26;30(4):3672-3683. doi: 10.3390/curroncol30040279. PMID: 37185392; PMCID: PMC10136520.

Paiva, C., (2023, May 10-13). A pilot study to determine efficacy of Bluetooth-enabled home blood pressure monitoring in the management of hypertension [Conference Presentation] SGIM 2023, Aurora, CO, United States.

Seervai, R.N.H.,(2023, March 13-17). Gene expression profiling and multiplex immunofluorescence analysis of bullous pephgoid immune-related adverse event reveals increase TH1 T-cells and a toll-like receptor 4-complement induced innate immune response [Conference presentation]. AAD 2023, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Yun, J., (2022, October 21-26). Metastatic Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Presenting as Sigmoid Polyps [Conference presentation] ACG National Conference, Charlotte, NC, United States.

American College of Physicians (ACP) Oregon Chapter Meeting Presentations
Jenna Betz, R1 – Provoking the desire, taking away the performance: toxic effects from an erectile dysfunction supplement (poster).

Alex Hall, R1 – Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t: small cell lung cancer presenting as severe extopic Cushing’s syndrome (poster).

Brady Howard, R1 – Eisenmenger syndrome as a long term complication of tricuspid atresia (poster).

Steven Liu, R1 – A link between COVID and Lemierre’s syndrome? Unusual case of Lemierre’s syndrome (poster).

Tho Nguyen, R1 – Klebsiella liver abscess syndrome: Asian ethnicity is a risk factor (poster).

Riyad Seervai, R1 – Missing the forest for the bamboo: three decades of back pain in an African American man (poster).

Nathan Stumpf, R1 – The great imitator and a call to stem the rising tide (poster).

Zach Taylor, R1 – Still a wonder drug? Six weeks of high-dose steroid use leading to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in an immunocompetent male (poster).

Jin Yun, R1 – Syndrome or secret: an up-close look at nephrotic syndrome (poster).

Kailee Bond, R2 – Erythroderma and the curious internist (oral presentation).

Beck Nelson, R2 – Not your average klebsiella: a case of community-acquired klebsiella (poster).

Megan Block, R3 – Go home with naloxone: a resident-led quality initiative to increase naloxone prescribing for hospitalized patient at risk for opioid overdose (poster).

James Gendreau, R3 – Pick one! A case of multiple complications from group A streptococcal pharyngitis (poster).

Song Lu, R3 – Strep pyogenes: predilection for the pleural space (poster).


Book Chapters
Kersch, C
., Li, R., & Chandra, R. A. (2022). Pain management in head and neck cancer (R. J. Li, Ed.). In Opioid Use, Overuse, and Abuse in Otolaryngology (pp. 125-150). Elsevier.

Kersch CN
, Ambady P, Hamilton BE, Barajas RF Jr. MRI and PET of Brain Tumor Neuroinflammation in the Era of Immunotherapy, From the AJR Special Series on Inflammation. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2022 Apr;218(4):582-596. doi: 10.2214/AJR.21.26159. Epub 2021 Jul 14. PMID: 34259035.

Temte, B. Enjoy the Journey - You Deserve It. Insights on Residency Training. NEJM Journal Watch (blogpost)

Pettit, N, Block, M, Paluso, A, Itzhakov, S, Temte, B. (2022, May 13-18). Early Removal of Central Lines and Foley Catheters Utilizing a Time of Transfer Antimicrobial Plan When Transferring Out of the ICU. [Conference presentation]. ATS 2022, San Diego, CA, United States.

Bender, C. (2022, April 28-30). Utilization of Buprenorphine in a Residency Program. [Conference presentation]. ACP, Chicago, IL, United States.

American College of Physicians (ACP) Oregon Chapter meeting presentations
Grace Judd, R1 - Wearing An Apple A Day Won't Keep The Doctor Away: Diagnosing Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome With An Apple Watch (poster).

Megan Block, R2 - Navigating Hypercarbic Respiratory Failure - A Rare Variant of ALS (poster).

Anthony Paluso, R2 - An Unusual Case of Hypertensive Emergency (oral presentation).

Nick Pettit, R2 - Small Vessel, Large Problems: An Unusual Case of Heart Failure in an Elderly Female (poster).

Chris Bender, R3 - Utilization of Buprenorphine in a Residency Program (poster).

Zack Sensing, R3 - Acute Hepatitis as a Rare Manifestation of Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (poster).

Hayden Smith, R3 - Differentiating between Septic Shock and IRIS after HIV/AIDS treatment (poster).



Dale CR, Starcher RW, Chang SC, Robicsek A, Parsons G, Goldman JD, Vovan A, Hotchkin D, Gluckman TJ. Surge effects and survival to hospital discharge in critical care patients with COVID-19 during the early pandemic: a cohort study. Crit Care. 2021 Feb 17;25(1):70. doi: 10.1186/s13054-021-03504-w. PMID: 33596975; PMCID: PMC7887411.

Jesse Powell (Faculty): Annals of Graphic Medicine- Be Calm. June 2, 2020.

Gilbert, D.N., Leggett, J.E., Wang, L., Ferdosian, S, Gelfer, G.D., ….. White, E.E. (2020). Enhanced Detection of Community-Acquired Pneumonia Pathogens With the BioFire Pneumonia FilmArray Panel. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease, 99(3), Article 115246.

Temte, B., Wells, J., Clark, C., Lauw, J., Mastronarde, J. (2020). The feasibility of eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea for the diagnosis of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction vin a community pulmonary practice. Journal of Asthma,

Temte, B. (2020). A Resident’s Experience on the Front Lines of COVID. JAMA Career Center. Link to article.


Smith, Hayden, guest speaker. “SecondShift: mRNA Vaccines”. FlightBridgeED. 14, Dec. 2020.


ACP Oregon Chapter - Clinical Vignette: 1st place - Vanessa Nwaokocha PGY-3
ACP Oregon Chapter – Clinical Vignette: 1st place – Hayden Smith PGY-2
ACP Oregon Chapter – Oral presentation: 1st place – Rachael Starcher PGY-3



Chun, B.M., Page D.B., McArthur H.L. (2019). Combination immunotherapy strategies in breast cancer. Current Breast Cancer Reports, 11(9), 228-240.

Petrenko O., Clark, B.C. (2020). A Rare Case Of Metastatic Insulinoma In A Patient With Huntington’s Disease. Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Smith, J., Hanseler, H., Welle, J., Rattray, R., Campbell, M., Brotherton, T., . . . Stucky, N. (2020). Effect of various decontamination procedures on disposable N95 mask integrity and SARS-CoV-2 infectivity. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1-5. doi:10.1017/cts.2020.494


American College of Physicians Meeting Resident Poster Presentations

Brie Chun- PGY-3: A phase II study of dual immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) plus androgen receptor (AR) blockade to enhance thymic T-cell production and immunotherapy response in metastatic breast cancer. May 29, 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting.

Brie Chun- PGY-3: First or second line pembrolizumab (pembro) with paclitaxel (taxol) or capecitabine (cape) as early treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC). May 29, 2020.American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

Rachael Starcher, Michael Lefor. Females Initiate Less Breaths on Adaptoservoventilation in Central Sleep Apnea Than Males: Gender Differences and the Impact of Opiates. American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. May 17, 2020. American Thoracic Society Meeting.

Rachael Starcher, Michael Lefor. Females on ASV experience lower mortality with gender differences in breathing patterns: A single-center study of gender and narcotics in patients with CSA. February 15, 2020. Oregon Thoracic Society Annual Meeting.

Petrenko Olesya & Brinton Clark. A Rare Case of a Metastatic Insulinoma in a Patient with Huntington’s Disease. March 28, 2020 – Endocrinology Annual Research Meeting.

Petrenko Olesya, Alkayali Talal, Abdelal Qassem, Baker Joel, Johnson Kevin, Wiese-Rometsch Wilhelmine. March 23, 2019. Endocrinology Annual Research Meeting.

Thyrotoxic Heart Disease: Rare but Serious Manifestation of Congestive Heart Failure. March 23, 2019. Endocrinology Annual Research Meeting.

Rachael Starcher, Lisa Sanders. A case of gluten-induced delirium: using capsule endoscopy to diagnose obscure GI bleeding. Oregon Chapter of ACP Annual Meeting. Salem, OR. November 7, 2019. American College of Physicians- Oregon Chapter Meeting.

B Chun, J Godwin, M Jain. Adult Multisystem Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis Presenting as Hypopituitarism. Oregon Society of Critical Care Medicine Fall

Symposium. Society of General Internal Medicine – Northwest meeting Best Oral Vignette. 3rd place.

Rachael Starcher, Granthem Farr. Not your average flu and ARDS Case: Influenza A-induced HLH requiring ECMO support.


ACP Oregon Chapter Resident Clinical Vignette: 1st place - Hayden Smith PGY-1
ACP Oregon Chapter Resident Research: 1st place - Jeff Smith PGY-1
ACP Oregon Chapter Resident Research: 3rd place - Hiro Park- PGY-3
Society of General Internal Medicine Oral Vignette: 3rd place - Brie Chun PGY-3

Current QI projects

  • Antibiotic Stewardship in the ICU
  • Goals of Care in ICU
  • CHF discharge coordination
  • Concurrent tx of serious infection and OUD
  • Wellness Project- PPMC Hospitalist
  • Evaluation of liver function tests in COVID-19 positive patients
  • Antibiotic protocol for pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Establishing algorithm for proper glucose controle before and after gastric-bypass surgery
  • Changes in outcomes in critical care patients with COVID-19 over time
  • RAT curriculum implementation
  • Status and increase of MAT use by residents