Events and Awards

The Department of Medicine offers financial awards to residents to recognize their research achievements. View 2021 Funding Opportunities:


Purpose: To provide funding for Internal Medicine Residents to develop their skills in clinical or laboratory-based research, to carry out research projects, to present their research findings at scientific meetings and to publish their work. This program is designed to provide residents with an opportunity to cover expenses for their research or quality improvement projects. These expenses may include (but are not limited to) IRB costs; laboratory reagents; statistical support; data collection and analysis; travel funds to present research at meetings; publication costs; and poster preparation costs.

Califf Medicine Research Awards

The Califf Medicine Resident Research Awards are annual research prizes dedicated to promoting resident research. The Califf Award competition is announced in March of each academic year and abstracts are due in May. A faculty committee reviews each abstract entry and determines the winners.

Resident Research Day

Each spring, the Department of Medicine holds a Resident Research Day to highlight residents’ research projects; all residents should attend and present their research findings, case studies and quality improvement projects. After poster sessions and oral presentations, selected residents receive Califf Medicine Resident Research Awards.

View the 2022 Resident Research Day Presentations

Califf Medicine Research Award Winners
Recipients of the Califf Medicine Research Awards are awarded $500 each, and an additional $250 is awarded to each of the three poster presentation winners, selected by the Chief Residents during the poster session.

2021-2022 Califf Awards

Recipient Mentor Project Title
Sukrit Jain, MD Ziad Gellad, MD

Digital Health Intervention Decreases No-Shows for Endoscopic Procedure

Aaditya Khatri, MD, PhD Scott Palmer, MD, MHS Mechanisms of Airway Injury in Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction
Audrey Zhang, MD Susan Nicole Hastings, MD Demographic Characteristics of Participants in Clinical Trials of Drugs for Alzheimer Disease Treatment

2020 Resident Research/Publications

Resident Meeting Project Title
Cindy Pabon

ASH Conference

Morphologic Leukemia-Free State in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Is Sufficient for Successful Allogeneic
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

Brian Rabe

CHEST Conference

Rabe, B; Stafford, J; Hassinger, A; Swartzwelder, HS; Shofer, S. An Integrated Lung Cancer Survivorship Program Improves Elements of Quality of Life in Lung Cancer Survivors. CHEST annual meeting (Virtual Event), October 2020.

Jo Cavalier

ID Week

Use of Early Warning Score to Predict Deterioration in COVID-19 Patients

Callie Berkowitz


“Billing practices for advance care planning at an academic institution”

Erin Song


Variability in the Endoscopic Assessment of Fundoplication Integrity

Emily Romanoff



Jo Cavalier

SHM Converge


Jo Cavalier

AMIA Virtual Clinical Informatics Conf.

Real-Time Innovations: (3551021) Clinical Heuristic to Identify Patients with COVID-19 Who Can Safely Be Enrolled in an Outpatient Management Program

Callie Berkowitz

ASCO Conference

Advance care planning billing practices and documentation quality for cancer patients requiring hospitalization.

2019 Califf Awards

Recipient Mentor Project Title
Jordan M. Gales, MD Richard A. Krasuski, MD Emergency room evaluation of chest pain in adult congenital heart disease patients: Etiology, resource utilization, and outcomes compared with matched controls
Michael J. Grant, MD Mitchell Horwitz, MD Treatment with foscarnet after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant is associated with long-term loss of renal function
Benjamin L. Ranard, MD, MSHP Kevin P. Shah, MD, MBA You get what you pay for: an analysis of pay-for-performance in multi-site, academic primary care practice

2019 Poster Winners

Recipient Mentor Project Title
Anmol Singh Amit Patel The Relationship between emotional distress and understanding of prognosis in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
James Deardorff   The power of a strong handshake: Association of hand grip strength and cognitive function in older adults
Shannon Niedermeyer Joel Boggan Bariatric metric improvement: Evaluating inpatient care of morbidly obese patients at Duke University Hospital


Recipient Mentor Project Title
Jared Lowe, MD, and Azalea Kim, MD Lynn Bowlby, MD, and Lawrence Greenblatt, MD A population health approach to advance care planning through primary care
Rebecca Lumsden, MD Gerald Bloomfield, MD Defining the burden of cardiac disease in pregnancy in western Kenya: A retrospective review of all cases from 2011-2016
Claire E. P. Smith, MD Michael Kelley, MD Trends in end of life care for veterans with advanced cancer


Recipient Mentor Project Title
First-Place Winner    
Julia Xu, MD Marilyn J. Telen, MD

Factors Related to Progressive Renal Function Decline in Sickle Cell Disease

Second-Place Winner    
Kahli Zietlow, MD Mitchell Heflin, MD

Comparative Outcomes of Patients with and without Cognitive Impairment, within a Comprehensive Perioperative Assessment Program

Third-Place Winner    
Landon Brown, MD Julia Scialla, MD, MHS

Predictors of Net Acid Excretion in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study


Recipient Mentor Project Title
Pascale Khairallah, MD   Acid-base and phosphorus homeostasis in chronic kidney disease: results from the chronic renal insufficiency cohort (CRIC) study
Benjamin Peterson, MD   Majority of out of hospital cardiac arrests are preceded by recent physician encounter
Nicholas Turner, MD  

Implications of reported penicillin allergies in treatment of MSSA bacteremia

Michael Goldstein, MD, PhD  

Targeting nucleolin with an RNA aptamer as a novel cancer therapeutic


Recipient Mentor Project Title
Adam Z. Banks, MD   Response to exercise training and outcomes in patients with heart failure and diabetes mellitus: Insights from HF-ACTION
Laura W. Musselwhite, MD, MPH   Diabetes independently predicts interval advanced colorectal neoplasia after screening colonoscopy in a prospective, multi-center study
Andrea P. Sitlinger, MD   Venous thromboembolism incidence and mortality among African-Americans compared to non-African Americans
Samuel M. Lindner, MD, Jenny M. Van Kirk, MD and Andrea P. Sitlinger, MD   The effectiveness of an awareness intervention in decreasing unnecessary lab orders


Recipient Mentor Project Title
First-Place Winner    
Laura Musselwhite, MD Nathan Thielman Vitamin D, D-Dimer, IFNy and sCD14 Levels are Independent Predictors of IRIS in a Prospective International Study.
Second-Place Winner    
Mandar A. Aras, MD Svati H. Shah Peripheral Metabolite Profiles Predict Cardiomyopathy in a Cohort of Cardiac Catheterization Patients
Third-Place Winner    
Alexander Fanaroff, MD Ryan Schulteis, MD, MS A Simple Predictive Instrument to Rule Out Acute Coronary Syndrome
Best Research Poster    
Nina Beri, MD J. Brice Weinberg Molecular and Clinical Associations Between Vitamin D and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Best Quality Improvement Poster    
Tim Mercer, MD Jonathan Bae, MD The Highest Utilizers of Care: Individualized Care Plans to Coordinate Care, Improve Healthcare Service Utilization, and Reduce Costs at an Academic Tertiary-Care Center


Recipient Mentor Project Title
First Place Winner    
Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, MD, PhD Eric Peterson Effect of a Peer Assessment and Feedback Intervention on Blood Pressure Control in the Ambulatory Setting
Second-Place Winner    
Jason Rose, MD Geoffrey Ginsburg Blood Gene Expression Profiling Reveals An Association Between Viral Infection, Platelet Function, and Acute Myocardial Infarction
Third-Place Winner    
Wei (Denise) Duan-Porter, MD J. Brice Weinberg Autoimmune Disorders in Patients with B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia


Recipient Mentor Project Title
First-Place Winner    
Stephen Sumner, MD Nathan Theilman, MD, MPH Association between Earthquake Events and Cholera Outbreaks: A Cross-Country 15-year Longitudinal Analysis
Second-Place Winner    
Joel Boggan, MD, MPH (Medicine Pediatrics) Ravi Jhaveri, MD Pediatric-specific Antimicrobial Susceptibility Data Improve Empiric Antibiotic Selection
Third-Place Winner    
John Roberts, MD, MS Uptal Patel, MD, MHS Comparative Efficacy of Revascularization Procedures for Severe CAD in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease


Recipient Mentor Project Title
First-Place Winners    
Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, MD, PhD (Medicine-Pediatrics) Eric Peterson, MD, MHS Evaluating Outpatient Hypertension Control Among Patients of Duke Cardiology
C. Callie Coombs, MD, MS Mark Lanasa, MD, PhD Race as a Determinant of Disease Biology and Outcomes in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Third-Place Winner    
Seth Martin, MD Tracy Wang, MD, MHS Modifiable Patient and Provider Factors Associated with Lipid Goal Nonattainment after Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights from the Translational Research Investigating Underlying Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients’ Health Status (TRIUMPH)