• June 2017

    Alumni and Medical Education Program News

Alumni Updates

Brett Carter, MD (2010), was named the 2016 ARRS Melvin M. Figley Fellow. The Figley Fellowship promotes excellence in radiology journalism and cultivates the next generation of reviewers, editors and teachers. It offers an opportunity to work closely with American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) editors and staff to learn the fundamentals of medical publishing.

All Figley fellows complete a scholarly project during the course of their experience that seeks to contribute to and improve the AJR. Dr. Carter designed a project to address the state of the reviewer database, which is currently composed of more than 2,000 individuals – the vast majority of whom are radiologists.

Third Annual Scholarly Day

The Department of Medical Education hosted the third annual Scholarly Day this spring to showcase the research efforts of medical students, residents and fellows. There were 46 posters displayed and nine oral presentations. Michael A. E Ramsey, MD, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Management, presented the plenary session, “History of Research at BSWH.” Numerous residents and fellows won awards during Scholarly Day:

Best Medical Student Poster, Case

Shy, Corey – Case A popular dietary supplement leads to Fulminant Liver Failure

Best Medical Student Poster, Original Research

Tovar, Oscar – OR Exosomal CEA as a potential non-invasive biomarker for the detection of colorectal cancer

Best Medical Student Poster, Quality Safety

Ho, Jessie – QS Using Enhanced Recovery After Surgery To Improve Process Control In Colorectal Surgery: Focus on Length of Stay

Best Resident/Fellow Poster, Case

Syed, Almas – Endovascular treatment of a giant internal carotid artery pseudoaneurysm arising in the setting of an invasive pituitary macroadenoma

Best Resident/Fellow Poster, Original Research

McLaughlin, Cory – Growth Trajectory in Children with Short Bowel Syndrome During the First Two Years of Life

Best Resident/Fellow Poster, Quality/Safety

Grosser, Daniel – Clinical Uptake of Antimicrobial Stewardship Recommendations Following Nanosphere Verigene Blood Culture Gram-Negative Reporting

Best Oral Presentation in Original Research, Medical Student

Teel, Jordan – Examining the Psychological Effect Among Physiatrist Treating Patients with Traumatic Injury:  The Role of Secondary Traumatic Stress

Best Oral Presentation in Original Research, Resident/Fellow

Halabi, Wissam – Determining the number of rectal cancer operations per surgeon per year that is associated with optimal outcomes      

Best Oral Presentation of a Case Report

Hitchcock, Michael – Lymphoblastic transformation of follicular lymphoma           

Best Overall Presentation

Halabi, Wissam – Determining the number of rectal cancer operations per surgeon per year that is associated with optimal outcomes      

Residency Updates

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Kira Brooks, MD, PGY 4, had a case study published in the April 2017 BUMC Proceedings, “Giant Cystic Umbilical Cord Associated with Patent Urachus and Intrauterine Fetal Demise,” along with Joseph Guileyardo, MD, Don Le, DO, and Jesy Joykutty, DO.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Sabrina Young, MD, was awarded the Outstanding Resident Award by the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The award recognizes an outstanding resident who exemplifies humanism in medicine as voted on by third-year students.

Diagnostic Radiology

Future plans for graduates:

  • Chip Bell, MD – VIR, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Vivek Bogale, MD – MRI Body  Cornell, New York, NY
  • Evans Heithaus, MD – VIR, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Callan Mason, MD – Breast Imaging, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Ankit Shah, MD – VIR, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
  • Almas Syed, MD – VIR, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • James West, MD – VIR, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Robert Yang, MD – Breast, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Radiology residents that presented at the following meetings:

  • Almas Syed, MD, presented at ASSR February 2017
  • Evans Heithaus, MD, presented at SIR March 2017
  • Nick Phelps, MD, presented at ASNR April 2017
  • Michael Achilleos, MD, and Ankit Shah, MD, presented at AUR May 2017

Notable Achievements:

Evans Heithaus attended the Texas Radiological Society (TRS) 104th Annual Meeting Awards Dinner on April 7 as a nominee for the Guiberteau Award for Resident Excellence. The 2017 Guiberteau Award is titled the “Texas Resident Excellence Award,” and is based on the qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship/Humanitarianism. Evans was one of the three finalists for this year’s award.

For the second consecutive year, members of the Baylor Dallas radiology department won first place in the Philips Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition at the 64th annual Association for University Radiologists held in Florida. The competition features a challenging set of unknown images and trivia questions answered by teams from academic institutions across the country. It marks the third time BUMC has won the competition, a feat matched by only two out of over 180 residency programs in the nation. It also marks the first time a team has won back-to-back years.

Fellowship Updates

Colorectal Surgery

Wissam Halabi, MD, Won ‘Best Oral Presentation in Original Research by a Resident or Fellow’ and ‘Best Overall Presentation’ at 2017 Scholarly Day.


The second annual KIDNEYcon conference was held April 7-8, 2017. The event featured a live “Jeopardy” competition for fellows and residents, which included five teams of four contestants who answered questions on a wide range of renal topics. The game was heated, but Salma Elbehary’s team prevailed above the rest. The winning team was comprised of Drs. Salma Elbehary, fellow at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas; Sumeet Munjal, fellow at UAB; Omar Rabadi, fellow at UAMS; and Gebran Khneizer, resident at St. Louis University.

Surgical Critical Care

All three fellows completed the Baylor Scott & White STEEEP course (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable and Patient-Centered) and will be staying on with the system in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

2017 Residency and Fellowship Graduates

Congratulations to all the 2017 Baylor Dallas residency and fellowship graduates!

  • Raghad Abdul Karim, MD, Hematology – Oncology
  • George Adesina, MD, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Tony Alias, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Uchechi Anumudu, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • NabeelAnwar, MD, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Benjamin Archer, MD, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • John Archer, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Jennifer Balandran-Boyle, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Wade Barker, MD, Preliminary Surgery
  • Sukhdeep Basra, MD, Cardiology Structural Heart
  • Johanna Bayer, MD, Abdominal Transplant Surgery
  • Bruce Bell, Jr., MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Sheena Bhuva, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Saivivek Bogale, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Kira Brooks, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Winston Chan, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Jeffrey Cizenski, MD, Dermatology
  • Lauren Clark, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Brittney Culp, MD, Surgical Critical Care
  • David Cummings, MD, General Surgery
  • Mhair Dekmezian, MD, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
  • Emma Dishner, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Salma Elbehary, MD, Nephrology
  • Ayla Farris, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Patrick Fleeman, MD, General Surgery
  • Daniel Fuchs, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Matthew Fultz, MD, General Surgery
  • Carlos Gaona, MD, General Surgery
  • Sarah Gibbons, MD, Headache Medicine
  • Timothy Gong, MD, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiology Transplant
  • David Gorrell, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Theodore Gupton, Jr., MD, Vascular & Interventional Radiology
  • Wissam Halabi, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • David Harker, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Ryan Hayden, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Pamela Hayes, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Robert Heithaus, Jr., MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • James Henderson, MD, Breast Imaging
  • Michael Hitchcock, MD, Hematopathology
  • Pamela Hoof, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Evan Howard, MD, Breast Imaging
  • Austin Ivey, MD, Preliminary Surgery
  • David Jaffe, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Lindsay Keith, MD, Breast Oncology Surgery
  • Julia Kohlhaas, MD, General Surgery
  • Michal Kozánek, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Bradley Langston, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Luis Lizardo Sánchez, MD, Gastroenterology
  • Callan Mason, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Sara McFadden, MD, Molecular Imaging
  • Jason Miller, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Megan Mohrman, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Kara Monday, MD, Surgical Critical Care
  • Amber Moreland, MD, Gastroenterology
  • Stacey Murthy, MD, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
  • Benjamin Naberhaus, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Rosemary Nustas, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Kevin Oguayo, MD, Cardiovascular Disease
  • ChristopherOguayo, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Joseph Oros, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Pouria Parsa, MD, Vascular Surgery
  • Gautam Patankar, MD, Interventional Cardiology
  • Edward Pearson, MD, Hematology – Oncology
  • Jacqueline Rampy, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Anthony Rios, MD, Vascular Surgery
  • Justin Sacks, MD, Vascular & Interventional Radiology
  • Ankit Shah, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Arash Shirvani, MD, General Surgery
  • Quinton Slaughter, MD, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Avery Smith, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Gabriela Soza, MD, Preliminary Medicine
  • Desiree Steimer, MD, General Surgery
  • Almas Syed, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Deborah Tabachnick, MD, Cardiovascular Surgery Structural Heart
  • Brittany Tabler, MD, General Surgery
  • Tuan Tran, MD, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
  • Daniel Valdes, MD, Living Donor Liver & Auto Islet Transplantation
  • Nathan Vaughan, MD, Surgical Critical Care
  • Rachel Warren, MD, General Surgery
  • James West, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Elizabeth Wilder, MD, Dermatology
  • Tyler Wildey, MD, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Benecia Williams, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Robert Yang, MD, Diagnostic Radiology