Jahnigen Scholars

The Jahnigen Career Development Awards program, funded by The John A. Harford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies from 2002-2014, awarded 100 junior faculty researchers from the surgical and related medical subspecialties conducting Geriatrics research. From 2011-2014, the Jahnigen Scholars received funding from both the Jahnigen and GEMSSTAR Programs. Jahnigen Scholars continue to participate in the GSI as mentors, research experts, keynote speakers, and leaders of several of our current programs. 

2014 Scholars*

Name Specialty Project
Gelareh Gabayan, MD, MSHS, FACEP Emergency Medicine Predictors of Negative Outcomes Following Acute Care Encounters in Older Medicare Patients
Christopher Hughes, MD Anesthesiology Role of Endothelial and Brain Injury in Acute and Long-term Brain Dysfunction
Bruce Jacobs, MD Urology Enriching Claims-Based Analysis of Prostate Cancer Treatment Decision Making
Rowena McBeath, MD, PhD Orthopaedic Surgery Human Enthesis Regeneration
Rajeev Ramchandran, MD Ophthalmology Tele I CARE for Seniors A Teleophthalmology Vision Health Surveillance Service
Scott Regenbogen, MD, MPH General Surgery Toward More Effective "Enhanced Recovery" Protocols for Major Surgery in Older Adults
Anthony Rosen, MD Emergency Medicine Improving Recognition of Elder Abuse through Analysis of Highly Adjudicated Cases
Charles Scales, MD, MSHS Urology Urinary Dysfunction in the Elderly: Informing Accountable Care
Margaret L. (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD Vascular Surgery A communication tool to assist older adults facing difficult surgical decisions
Christina Shenvi, MD, PhD Emergency Medicine A pilot randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention and referral for treatment in the emergency department to reduce alcohol misuse among older adults
Sasha Shillcutt, MD, FASE Anesthesiology Echocardiography guided hemodynamic management for elderly surgical patients

2013 Scholar*

Name Specialty Project
Ilana Addis, MD Gynecology Is Acupuncture a Viable Alternative to Medication for Overactive Bladder in an Elderly Female Population

2012 Scholars*

Name Specialty Project
Charles Brown, MD Anesthesiology The Impact of Impaired Cerebral Autoregulation on Postoperative Delirium
Rabih Chaer, MD Vascular Surgery Effect of Aging and Aortic Wall Behavior as Predictors of Aortic Aneurysm Growth
Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS General Surgery The One Year Trajectory of Elderly Patients After Cervical Spine Fracture
Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH Gynecology Understanding the Response to Fesoterodine through Genetic Evaluation in the Elderly (URGE)

2011 Scholars*

Name Specialty Project
Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD Orthopaedic Surgery Role of Notch Signaling in Fracture healing as a Function of Aging
Stacie Deiner, MD Anesthesiology The Geriatric Surgical Patient: Stress, Anesthetics, and Functional Outcomes
Maura Kennedy, MD Emergency Medicine Assessment of Emergency Department Patients Who Develop Delirium after Hospital Admission
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH Gynecology Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Among Seniors and Their Family Caregivers
Michael Yeh, MD General Surgery Long-term effect of primary hyperparathyroidism on bone density in the elderly

2009 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Philipp Dahm, MD, MHSc Urology Developing Quality Measured to Improve the Care of Elderly Trauma Patients 
Amanda Fox, MD Anesthesiology Influence of in-hospital ventricular dysfunction and related genetic polymorphisms on the development of long-term heart failure and quality of life outcomes in older patients after primary coronary artery bypass grafting surgery 
Bruce Robert Gibson, MD General Surgery Efficacy of GLP-1 (7-36) Amide for Glycemic Control in Critically Ill Elderly Surgical Patients
Adit Ginde, MD, MPH Emergency Medicine Vitamin D Supplementation and Acute Respiratory Infection in Older Nursing Home Residents
Pradeep Ramulu, MD, PhD Ophthalmology Real-World Assessment of Mobility in Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration 
Philip Smith, MD Urology Urethral Sensory Contributions to Lower Urinary Tract Function on Old Age
Areti Tillou, MD General Surgery Developing Quality Measured to Improve the Care of Elderly Trauma Patients 

2008 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Milam Brantley, MD, PhD Ophthalmology Association of genetic polymorphisms with age-related macular degeneration clinical and visual phenotypes and response to treatment
Jacque Duncan, MD Ophthalmology In vivo Study of Cell Death in Aging and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Matthew Ho, MD, PhD Gynecology, Urogynecology Regeneration of Skeletal and Smooth Muscles by Muscle-Derived Stem Cells for the Treatment of Aging Female Pelvic Floor Disorders
Bart Muhs, MD, PhD General Surgery Effect of Aging on regional aortic compliance before and after endografting; Implications for stent-graft design
Kourosh Parham, MD, PhD Otolargyngology Interaction between Presbycusis and Cisplatin Ototoxicity: Protective Effects of Intratympanic Steroids
Jesse Pines, MD, MBA Emergency Medicine The effect of emergency department crowding on delirium in older adults
Thomas Robinson, MD General Surgery A Placebo Controlled Trial of L-Tryptophan in Post-Operative Delirium
Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS Emergency Medicine Developing Emergency Department Quality of Care Indicators for Community Dwelling Elders
Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Investigation into the use of serum biomarkers as an improved diagnostic tool for active pain generators in aging patients with low back pain

2007 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Wael Barsoum, MD Orthopaedic Surgery Age and Body Mass Index as Preoperative Predictors of Outcomes in the Geriatric Population after Total Joint Arthoplasty
Brian Blyth, MD Emergency Medicine Pharmacologic Stabilization of HIF-1 for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Jeffrey Caterino, MD Emergency Medicine Predictors of Clinical Course in Infected ED Elders
Joshua Dunaief, MD, PhD Ophthalmology The effect of dietary iron restriction on longevity and retinal aging in mice
Misop Han, MD, MS Urology Competing Mortality Risks of Men Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer
Bradley Katz, MD, PhD Ophthalmology Proteomics and Genomics of Giant Cell Arthritis 
Adam Klausner, MD Urology An Investigation of Urinary Incontinence in Geriatric Patients with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Simon Law, MD, PharmD Ophthalmology Optic disc appearance in advanced age-related macular degeneration
Jayant Pinto, MD Otolaryngology Age-Related Olfactory Decline: The Role of Genetic Factors
Taylor Riall, MD General Surgery Pancreatic cancer in the elderly: Population-based outcomes following surgical resection
Dorry Segev, MD General Surgery Kidney Transplantation in Elderly Patients with Renal Failure
Thomas Wheeler, II, MD Gynecology Life Space Assessment in Older Women Undergoing Non-surgical Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

2006 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Christopher Carpenter, MD Emergency Medicine Non-Traumatic, Acute Abdominal Pain in ED Elderly, A Series of Systematic Reviews and A Clinical Consensus Conference
Pablo Celnik, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Use Dependent Plasticity in Frail Older Adults
Gregory Cherr, MD, RVT General Surgery Determinants of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease
Ellen Flanagan, MD Anesthesiology Postsurgical Outcomes of Elderly and Old Elderly Patients with DNR Orders
Fredric Hustey, MD Emergency Medicine The Use of a Computerized System to Improve Information Transfer During Patient Transition from Skilled Nursing Facilities to the Emergency Department
Jason Johanning, MD General Surgery Evaluation of Gait Abnormalities in Geriatric Patients Induced by Peripheral Arterial Disease Utilizing Advanced Biomedical Measures
John Schweinfurth, MD Otolaryngology Assessment of swallowing Outcomes Following Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Therapy in Stroke Victims
Neil Segal, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/ Orthopaedic Surgery Enabling Elders with Knee Osteoarthritis Through Reducing Functional Limitations
Julie Ann Sosa, MD General Surgery A Multi-Institutional Randomized Controlled Trial Measuring the Effects of Surgery on Depression, Memory and Concentration Among Elderly Patients with Asymptomatic Primary Hypothyroidism 
Benjamin Sun, MD, MPP Emergency Medicine Identification of “Low Risk” Older Patients with Syncope
Zhongcong Xie, MD, PhD Anesthesiology Anesthesia and Alzheimer’s Disease

2005 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Lisa Crossley, MD Anesthesiology Role of CREB and FOXO in the Responses of Neurtophils in Sepsis-Induced Acute Lung Injury
Jeff Ericksen, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Stability Muscle Function in Older Women: Role of Gynecological History
Paul Gagne, MD General Surgery The Effect of Aging on Extracellular Matrix Regulation of Ischemic Limb Revascularization
Ula Hwang, MD, MPH Emergency Medicine Geriatric Pain Management in the Emergency Department (ED) Setting
Michael Johns, MD Otolaryngology Efficacy of Treatment for Age-Related Dysphonia
Martin Makary, MD General Surgery Frailty as a Predictor of Surgical Outcome
Simon Mears, MD, PhD Orthopaedic Surgery Pelvic Fractures in the Elderly: Biomechanics and Sacroplasty
Nancy Perrier, MD, FACS General Surgery The Effects of Parathyroidectomy on Cognition and Function in the Elderly
John Taylor, III, MD Urology Pathenogenesis of Chronic Urinary Retention
Edward Uchio, MD Urology Aging Effects on the VHL Tumor Suppressor Pathway in the Development of Renal Carcinoma

2004 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Charles Cha, MD General Surgery Effects of Aging on Tumor Angiogenesis in GI Malignancy
Joseph Cleveland, Jr., MD Thoracic Surgery The Effect of Age Upon Myocardial Production
Edward Fehringer, MD Orthopaedic Surgery Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear Prevalence and Correlation with Shoulder Function in Patients 65 Years and Older
Lisa Gould, MD, PhD General Surgery Mechanisms of Impaired Wound Healing in the Elderly
Leanne Groban, MS, MD Anesthesiology The Role of GH/IGF-1 in Diastolic Heart Failure of Aging
Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA Urology Profiling Post-Operative Risk in Elderly Patients Undergoing Surgical Intervention for Bladder and Other Urologic Cancers
Patrick Kortebein, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resistance Exercise and Prostate Cancer: Effects on Muscle and Quality of Life
Karen Miller, MD Gynecology Gynecologic Surgery, Fall Risk, and Functional Outcomes in Older Women
Kevin Terrell, DO Emergency Medicine Computer-Assisted Decision Support to Increase the Safety of Prescribing to Older Adults in the Emergency Department
Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD Ophthalmology A Genetic Dissection of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

2003 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Jayakrishna Ambati, MD Ophthalmology Novel Mouse Models of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Susan Day, MD Orthopaedic Surgery Development of a Problem-Oriented, Computer-Based Geriatric Curriculum
Brooke Gurland, MD General Surgery Multidisciplinary Pelvic Floor Evaluation for Women with Lower Tract Dysfunction, Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Defecation Disorders
Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS General Surgery Developing Quality Indicators to Improve the Care in Geriatric Surgery Patients
Laura Lee, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation The Effect of a Hip Stretching Program on the Gait of Elderly People Who Have Had Hip Fractures
Stacy Lindau, MD, MA Gynecology Sexuality, Intimacy, and Social Life in Older People with Life-Threatening Illness
Manish Shah, MD Emergency Medicine Prehospital Screening to Prevent Injuries and Illness
Edward Weaver, MD Otolaryngology Sleep Apnea and Perioperative Complications in Geriatric Patients
Scott Wilber, MD Emergency Medicine Prediction of Short-Term Functional Decline and Service Needs in Older ED Patients
David Yuh, MD Thoracic Surgery Assessing the Efficacy of a Neuroleptic, Benzodiazepine and 5-HT3 Receptor Antagonist Regimen in the Treatment of Postoperative Delirium in Geriatric Patients After Cardiac Surgery

2002 Scholars

Name Specialty Project
Jonathan Bean, MD, MS Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Weighted Vest Training in Mobility Limited Elders
Deborah Culley, MD Anesthesiology Mechanisms of Persistent Post-Anesthetic Cognitive Impairment with Aging
Alan Dardik, MD, PhD General Surgery Effects of Aging on Endothelial Cell Responses to Hemodynamic Forces
David Friedman, MD, MPH Ophthalmology Vision Restoration in Assisted Living Residents
Enrique Garcia-Valenzuel, MD, PhD Ophthalmology Stem Cell Therapy for Age-Related Retinal Disease
Kennon Heard, MD Emergency Medicine Acute Drug Toxicity in Elderly Patients: A National Study of Overdoses, Adverse Drug Reactions and Poisoning
Sandhya Lagoo-Deenaday, MD, PhD General Surgery Aging and the Immune Response to Surgical Stress
Stephen Meldon Emergency Medicine An ED-Based Falls Prevention Screening and Referral Program
Larissa Rodriguez, MD Urology Autologous Adipose Derived Stem Cells for the Reconstruction of the Atrophic 
Khaled Saleh, MD, MPH, Msc Orthopaedic Surgery Effectiveness of Revision Knee Arthroplasty: A Multicenter Study

*Scholars funded once the GEMSSTAR Program was established.