Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Student Research

Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Gerald V. Quinnan, Jr., M.D.
AOA Faculty Research Advisor
Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine
Phone: 301-295-3173
Fax: 301-295-1933

Robert E. Goldstein, M.D.
AOA Faculty Councilor
Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Chair of Department of Medicine
Phone: 301-319-4300
Fax: 301-295-5792

Uniformed Services University

Student Publications

Student Publications

Class of 2005/2006 Grant/Award

  • Javed Nasir, Roy Johnson, Durning SJ, Haigney MC. Symptomatic Hypervagotonia in a Highly Conditioned Athlete. Publication pending.
  • View Javed Nasir, Durning SJ, Roy MJ, Martin G. Examining American medical education priorities after 9/11. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2004 Aug; 79(8): 1087.
  • View Javed Nasir, Durning SJ, Ferguson M, Barold HS, Haigney MC. Exercise-induced syncope associated with QT prolongation and ephedra-free Xenadrine. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2004 Aug; 79(8): 1059-62.
  • Marcus Neuffer, Jonathan McDivitt, Dave Rose, King K, Cloonan CC, Vayer JS. Hemostatic dressings for the first responder: a review. Mil Med. 2004 Sep;169(9):716-20.
  • Javed Nasir, Roy MJ. A 43 y/o with chills, fever, and diaphoresis Accepted by Military Medicine in 2004.
  • Javed Nasir, Cation L, Durning SJ. Cholecystitis Mimicking an Acute MI: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature. Accepted by Military Medicine in 2005.
  • Javed Nasir, Durning SJ, Dorrance KA, Denton, GDD. Effect of a Multidisciplinary Clinic for the Treatment of Refractory Hypertension. Publication pending.
  • Jim Odone, Dr. Shapeero. Bizarre Parosteal Osteochondromatous Proliferation (BPOP). Publication pending.
  • Jim Odone, Dr. Sears. Pulmonary Embolism. Publication pending.
  • Shelley L. Aldrich, Dr. Darling. Acral Lesions in Tuberous Sclerosis Patients: A Diagnostic Criterion. Publication pending.
  • Justin Fox, Alan Seyfer. Pectus Excavatum - Comparison of Non-Prosthetic Repairs Using Multiple Techniques. Accepted to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, publication pending.
  • Jason Capra, Yongmei Chen, and Leon Sun. Comparison of Prostate Tumor Volume using 2 and 3-dimensional measurements from 223 radical prostatectomy specimens. Publication pending.

Class of 2007 Grant/Award

  • Sean Jersey, Sanders TG. Conventional Radiography of the Shoulder. Semin Roentgenol. 2005 Jul;40(3):207-22. Review.

Class of 2010

  • Edward R. Utz, E. A. Elster, D. K. Tadaki, F. Gage, P. W. Perdue, J. Forsberg, A. Stojadinovic, J. Hawksworth, T. Brown; Metalloproteinase Expression is Associated with Traumatic Wound Failure, Journal of Surgical Research (in press).
  • Andrew C. Kung, Mark B. Stephens, and Thomas Darling. "Phytophotodermatitis: Bulla Formation and Hyperpigmentation during Spring Break." Military Medicine, 2009, 6, 657-661.
  • Mitchell SD, Eide R, Olsen CH, Stephens MB. Body composition and physical fitness in a cohort of US military medical students. J Am Board Fam Med. 2008 Mar-Apr;21(2):165-7.
  • Yew KS, Webber B, Hodges J, Carter NJ. Are there any known health risks to early introduction of solids to an infant?s diet? Journal of Family Practice. 2009 April;58(4):219-20
  • Backus C, Folio L. Radiology Corner. Military Medicine. August 2008;173:816.
  • Eric D. Weichel, Marcus H. Colyer, Charisma C. Bautista, Kraig S. Bower and Louis M. French. Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with Combat Ocular Trauma. J Head Trauma Rehab 2009 24(1): 41-50.

Presented Abstracts

Class of 2006/2007 Grant/Award

  • Roy Johnson, Javed Nasir, Durning SJ, Haigney MC. Syncope due to Hypervagotonia in a Highly Conditioned Athlete. 2005 District of Columbia ACP Chapter Meeting.
  • Javed Nasir, Roy Johnson, Cation L, Johnson R, Durning SJ. The Scholarly Productivity of the Society of Air Force Physician?s Meeting. 2005 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session Class 2006.
  • Javed Nasir, Haigney MC, Zareba W, Krause DJ, McNitt S, Gentlesk P, Goldstein RE, Moss A and the MADIT II Investigators. Gender Differences in Heart Rate-QT Interval relationship and Risk of Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricular Fibrillation in MADIT II Patients. Will be presenting at the 2006 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session.
  • Ronald Jones, Andrews H and Durning SJ. Gastric Diverticulum Presenting As An Abdominal Abscess. Presented at DC ACP Meeting, 2005.
  • Jason Capra, Yongmei Chen, and Leon Sun. Comparison of Prostate Tumor Volume using 2 and 3-dimensional measurements from 223 radical prostatectomy specimens. Presented at 2005 Urology Conference.
  • Austin Nelson, Fadel A, and Durning SJ. Unknown Ingestion of Brodifacuom Leading to Coagulopathy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Presenting at SAFP 2006.
  • William Hilton, Durning SJ, Andrews H. Celiac Sprue Presenting as Iron Deficiency Anemia. 2005 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session.
  • Javed Nasir. Durning SJ. A Research Director Can Improve Medical Students Scholarly Activity. 2005 Northeast Group on Education Affairs Annual Session.
  • Javed Nasir, Durning SJ, Denton, GDD. Effect of a Multidisciplinary Clinic for the Treatment of Refractory Hypertension. 2004 Army ACP Chapter Meeting, 2004 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session.
  • Javed Nasir, Cation L, Durning SJ. Cholecystitis Mimicking an Acute MI: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature. 2003 DC ACP Chapter Meeting, 2004 National ACP Annual Session.
  • Justin Fox, Alaric Franzos. Cryoglobulinemia: A Case for Spurious Leukocytosis. Presented at ACP Washington DC conference 2005.
  • Gregory Capra, Denton D. Student Impressions of Resident Teaching Before and After Residency Work Hour Reform. Presented in 2004.
  • ason Capra, Steven Durning, Damon Tanton, Donald Story, Steven Chambers. Pulmonary Hyperinfection with Strongloides Stercoralis in an Immunocompetent Patient Presented at DC ACP Meeting, 2005.

Class of 2006/2007 Grant/Award

  • Robert Eberly, Javed Nasir, Durning SJ. Fibrous Dysplasia Mimicking Metastatic Cancer of the Cervical Spine: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. 2005 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session. 2005 Navy ACP Meeting.
  • Joel Bush, Jody Rappe, Denton D. Treatment to Reduce Nocturnal BP Dipping Trial. Presented at 2004 Navy ACP meeting. Presented at 2004 DC ACP.

Class of 2007 Grant/Award

  • Melissa Buryk, Andrews H, and Durning SJ. Small Bowel Metastatic Melanoma: A Case Report and Literature Review. Presented at DC ACP Meeting 2005. Presented at SAFP Meeting 2005.
  • Aaron Betts Low-Contrast Visual Acuity and Small Letter Contrast Sensitivity in Adult Patients With Refractive Error 2005 Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Session.
  • Benjamin Blevins, Durning SJ, Andrews H. Earring Ingestion in an Adult: A Case of Mistaken Identity. A Case Report and Review of the Literature. 2005 Society of Air Force Physicians Annual Session.
  • Tom Louwers, Jerry Froehner, Dorrance K, Newman M, Durning SJ. Living with Dignity: Resident Perceptions Regarding End-of-Life Care. Presented at Navy ACP Meeting, 2004. Presented at SAFP 2005.

Class of 2008 Grant/Award

  • Shane Biedermann, Durning SJ, and Aronson N. Mycobacterium marinum Presenting As An Opportunistic Infection in a Lymphedematous Arm. Presenting at SAFP 2006.
  • Steven Satterly, et al. Sudden Cardiac Death in a SVT Induced Cardiomyopathy Two Years After Ablation Despite Improved Cardiac Function 2005 Navy ACP Conference.

Class of 2010

  • Edward R. Utz, E. A. Elster, D. K. Tadaki, F. Gage, P. W. Perdue, J. Forsberg, A. Stojadinovic, J. Hawksworth, T. Brown; Metalloproteinase Expression is Associated with Traumatic Wound Failure. USU Research Week 2009.
  • Andrew Kung. "Imaging Traumatic Brain Injury: The Spectrum from Mild to Severe Closed Head Injury."USUHS Research Week 2008
  • Andrew Kung. "Phytophotodermatitis: Bulla Formation and Hyperpigmentation during Spring Break." The American College of Physicians Regional Conference 2008.
  • Andrew Kung. "Phytophotodermatitis: A Familiar Stranger." Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians National Conference 2008.
  • Backus C, Folio L. Blast and Ballistic Trajectory Analysis with MDCT: Applications of Volume Acquisition and Complex Planar Reformats in Trauma Diagnosis. Electronic Exhibit awarded ?Certificate of Merit? and selected for presentation at "power hour" at the 109th annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society, 2009
  • Backus C, Folio L. Blast and Ballistic Trajectory Analysis with MDCT: Applications of Volume Acquisition Complex Planar Reformats in Trauma Diagnosis, Treatment and Medical Investigation. Poster, USUHS Research Week, 2008
  • Matthew Goldman, Cristina Semino-Mora, Arifur Rahman, Hui Liu, Wilfred dela Cruz, Carolyn A. Sullivan, Andre Dubois. Effect of H. pylori Infection On Expression of TFF2 in Rhesus Monkeys. Poster. Digestive Diseases Week Meeting 2008.

Other Publications

Class of 2005 Grant/Award

  • Roy Johnson. Cyanide Poisoning In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner, 2ed. Planned publication by Elsevier Press in mid-2006.
  • Roy Johnson. Pediatric Airway Management In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner, 2ed. Planned publication by Elsevier Press in mid-2006.
  • Roy Johnson. Pediatric Analgesia and Sedation In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner, 2ed. Planned publication by Elsevier Press in mid-2006.

Class of 2005/2006 Grant/Award

  • Roy Johnson and Jason Capra. Theophylline Intoxication In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner, 2ed. Planned publication by Elsevier Press in mid-2006.

Class of 2006 Grant/Award

  • Javed Nasir. Acute Rheumatic Fever In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner, 2ed. Planned publication by Elsevier Press in mid-2006.
  • Jim Odone, Dr. Shapeero Bizarre Parosteal Osteochondromatous Proliferation (BPOP). Published on MedPix.

Class of 2008 Grant/Award

  • Steve Craig. Skull Cap in Anterior Abdominal Wall. Published in MedPix.

Other Research Projects

Class of 2006 Grant/Award

  • Javed Nasir, Haigney MC. Temporal Repolarization Lability in a Swine Heart Failure Model.

Class of 2008 Grant/Award

  • Benjamin Nelson, et al. Neuroblastoma response to GABA and retinoic acid.
  • David Larrymore Western Blot Analysis of Aquaporin-4 Levels in Penetrating Brain Trauma.
  • Elizabeth Woods Research in the USUHS/NCA Pediatric Oncology Dept. Will be presenting abstract/poster in Sept 2006.

Class of 2010

  • Edward Utz, First Place - Oral Presentation. Metalloproteinase Expression is Associated with Traumatic Wound Failure, Outstanding Medical Student Quick-shot Oral Presentation, 2009 4th Annual Academic Surgical Congress
  • Edward Utz, A?A Medical Honor Society Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, 2007
  • Chris Backus. 2nd Wind Clinical Trial, research grant on claimed human performance enhancement of a supplement, 2007-Present, under the mentorship of Major (Dr.) Glen Burns, USUHS Department of Military and Emergency Medicine.