Research at Cooper

Research Curriculum

Residents are provided mentoring and guidance through didactic series focused on principles of research and opportunities for mentored research projects. This curriculum allows residents to develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to develop a research project from hypothesis generation to publication. Residents at Cooper University benefit from the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Cerceo, Associate Program Director, and Dr. Satyajeet Roy, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Research Program. Their leadership allows residents to develop unique research projects and see them through.

Satyajeet Roy, MD, FACP

Elizabeth A Cerceo, MD

Satyajeet Roy, MD, FACP

Elizabeth A Cerceo, MD

Research Speed Dating

The goal of these 1-hour long events is to have attendings and fellows active in research in the Department of Medicine meet with residents who are interested in embarking on new projects. These events are held biannually.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program

The Cooper IM Residency program has a robust program to educate house staff in quality improvement and patient safety methodologies through numerous activities. A curriculum delivered through noon conference sessions educates residents on improvement science and change management. Residents have opportunities to participate in hospital committees focused on health care improvement as well as to volunteer to present and lead discussions at a Department of Medicine Systems Morbidity & Mortality Conferences that analyzes patient safety events and seeks to prevent them from reoccurring. Each resident will be involved in a QI project that will be presented at an academic medical conference. Our QI/PS program seeks to provide our trainees with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be able to evaluate opportunities for improvement in patient care and implement change for the better at a large tertiary care medical institution.

Independent Research Projects

Ramdass, V., Caskey, E., Sklarz, T., Ajmeri, S., Patel, V., Balogun, A., Pomary, V., Hall, J., Qari, O., Tripathi, R., Hunter, K., & Roy, S. (2021). Association Between Obesity and Cancer Mortality: An Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic Perspective. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 13(7), 377–386.

Roy, S., Le, H., Balogun, A., Caskey, E., Tessitore, T., Kota, R., Hejirika, J., Yu, S., Nguyen, L., Lazo, A., Yard, C., Monaghan, M., Dhingra, M., & Modi, S. (2020). Risk of Stroke in Patients with Patent Foramen Ovale who had Pulmonary Embolism. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 12(3), 190-199. https://doi,org/ 10.14740/jocmr4094

Kellish, A., Soal, V., Caskey, E., Hassinger, G., & Terrigno, N. (2020). Pulmonary Necrobiotic Nodules at Time of Diagnosis in a Patient with Ulcerative Colitis. Cureus, 12(3), e7474.

Olea-Mendoza, D., Terrigno, V. R., Balogun, A., & Caprio, C. (2021). Gorham-Stout disease: interesting cause of pleural effusion. BMJ case reports, 14(3), e239891.

Patel, P., Lee, A., Zaid, J., Tenuto, J., Waldman, B., Rosenbloom, M., Kovacs, J., & Ragupathi, L. (2021). Inferior Vena Cava Obstruction Following Surgical Repair of a Secundum Atrial Septal Defect. JACC. Case reports, 3(1), 82–86.

Sklarz T, Hurwitz SN, Stanley NL, Juusola J, Bagg A, Babushok DV. Aplastic anemia in a patient with CVID due to NFKB1 haploinsufficiency. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2020 Sep 24. doi: 10.1101/mcs.a005769. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32972988.

Sklarz, T., Ajmeri, S., Clemons, D., Jayakumaran, J., Hassinger, G., Zaid, J., Rockower, H., Pomary, V., Kazmi, I., Walder, Z., Ndifor, S., O'Donnell, C. Improvement of Lung Cancer Screening in a Resident Primary Care Clinic, poster presented at the 8th Annual Camden Scholars’ Forum, April 14th, 2021

Alabd, A., Alabd, A., Bolaji, O., Sugumar, K., Ammori, J., Hardacre, J., & Winter, J. M. (2021). Elucidating the Causes of Improved Survival in Clinical Trials of Randomized Adjuvant Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Annals of surgical oncology, 28(2), 1060–1068.

Foster M., Murphy M, Wald J, Acker M, Bermudez C, Rame ER. (2020). Partial Recovery of Ejection Fraction with Neurohumoral Blockade Improves Long-Term Event Free Survival for Patients with Continuous Flow LVAD. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 39(4), S132-S133.

Foster M, Badenhausen S, Tewksbury C, Williams N, Rame JE, Dumon K. (2020). Evidence for Improvement in NYHA Class and Freedom From Hospitalization in Bariatric Surgery Patients With an Established Diagnosis of Heart Failure. Circulation. 142:A16013.

Terrigno, V. R., Ricketti, D. A., Patel, P., & Roy, S. (2021). Recurrent chronic thromboembolic disease despite optimal anticoagulation in setting of recent COVID-19 infection. BMJ case reports, 14(1), e238733.

Clemons, D., Lee, A., Ajmeri, S., Terrigno, V., Zaid, J., Hunter, K., & Roy, S. (2021). High-Sensitivity Troponin for Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Versus Patients Without Chronic Kidney Disease. Journal of clinical medicine research, 13(6), 326–333.

Bisaria, S., Terrigno, V., Hunter, K., & Roy, S. (2020). Association of Elevated Levels of Inflammatory Marker High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein and Hypertension. Journal of primary care & community health, 11, 2150132720984426.

Kripalani S, Patel V, Joneja U, Talwar S, Parikh M, Barshay V & Chaaya A. (June 24, 2021) Intrapancreatic Accessory Spleen Diagnosed As Neuroendocrine Tumor: The Dangers of False Positives and Their Implications in Subsequent Management. Cureus 13(6): e15891. doi:10.7759/cureus.15891

Roy S, Weinstock JL, Ishino AS, Benites JF, Pop SR, Perez CD, Gumbs EA, Rosenbaum JA, Roccato MK, Shah H, Contino G, Hunter K. Association of Cognitive Impairment in Patients on 3-Hydroxy-3-Methyl-Glutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors. J Clin Med Res. 2017;9(7):638-649. doi:10.14740/jocmr3066w. Epub 2017 May 22.

Goldstein, M; Hilditch, G; Frankel, I; Chambers, L; Dvorin, D; Belecanech, G. Intra-nasal theophylline for smell disorders. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2017; 139 (2): 1A-4A.

Goldstein, M; Hilditch, G; Frankel, I; Dvorin, D; Belecanech, G. Comparison of Skin Test Reactivity of Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets to Commercial Extracts. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2016; 137(2)

Bisaria, Sharmila. “Fatal Attraction between Giant Cell Arteritis and Acute Coronary Syndrome: is Anti-cardiolipin Antibody a Cupid?” ACP National Conference, Philadelphia, PA April 2019​

Betchen M, Grunberg VA, Gringlas M, Cardonick E. Being a mother after a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy: Maternal psychosocial functioning and child cognitive development and behavior. Psychooncology. 2020;29(7):1148-1155. doi:10.1002/pon.5390

Foster M, Badenhausen S, Tewksbury C, Williams N, Rame JE, Dumon KR. Evidence For Improvement In NYHA Class And Freedom From Hospitalization In Bariatric Surgery Patients With An Established Diagnosis Of Heart Failure. Oral presentation at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020

Foster MW, Gershuni VM, Tewksbury CM, Giri JS, Dumon KR, Rame JE, Williams NN. Title: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Carries a Lower Perioperative Mortality Including Sudden Cardiac Death over Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Patients with a Prior Cardiac History: An MBSAQIP Analysis. Published in the Journal of Obesity Surgery. 2020

Chinai B, Hunter K, Roy S. Outpatient Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Physician Adherence to the 2017 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Guidelines and its Effect on Patient Outcomes. J Clin Med Res. 2019;11(8):556–562. doi:10.14740/jocmr3888. doi: 10.14740/jocmr3888. Epub 2019 Jul 27.

Roy S, Hyman D, Ayyala S, Bakhshi A, Kim S, Anoruo N, Weinstock J, Balogun A, D’Souza M, Filatova N, Penabad J, Shah P, Perez C, Mehta A, Hunter K. Cognitive Function Assessment in Patients on Moderate- or High-Intensity Statin Therapy. J Clin Med Res. 2020;12(4):255-265. doi:

Jayakumaran J, Hunter K, Roy S. Outpatient Management of Bronchial Asthma: A Comparative Analysis Between Guideline-Directed Management and Usual Management. J Clin Med Res. 2020;12(6), 362-368. doi: