Current Fellows


First Year Fellows

Nicole Bournival, MD

Biography

Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital - Yale School of Medicine

Advisor: Maor Sauler, MD

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Virginia Brady, MD

Biography

Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital - Yale School of Medicine

Advisor: Shyoko Honiden, MD

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Second Year Fellows

Brian Clark, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Northwestern University

Research: Acute lung injury (ALI) is a common illness in intensive care units with a significant morbidity and mortality. Currently, the treatment of ALI focuses primarily on supportive care and, if known, treatment of the underlying cause. My research focuses on the signaling in the alveolar epithelium involved in the propagation of acute lung injury. In the laboratory, my experiments use human and murine cells in vitro and murine models of ALI in vivo to...

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Drew Harris, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Emory University

Research: I am interested in community-engaged initiatives to improve the pulmonary health of New Haven residents. I am currently a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Community Research Scholar, learning community based participatory research (CBPR) through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). I will partner with the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center to work towards improving pulmonary health disparities in socially and...

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Brenda Juan Guardela, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: University of Pittsburgh & Yale New Haven Hospital-Yale School of Medicine

Research: My research focuses on studying the expression profiles of Long Intergenic Noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) in patients with chronic lung diseases, particularly in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a highly lethal lung disease of unknown etiology characterized by lung scarring. Preliminary data generated by our group not only demonstrated that lincRNAs are differentially expressed in the lungs of patients...

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Michael Perkins, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Tufts University

Research: I am interested in defining decompensation in the critically ill patient population. I am currently analyzing predictive models to identify patients who are candidates for early intervention prior to decompensation. My project will help redefine what it means to clinically decompensate in the MICU, by identifying more sensitive markers than the currently used multi organ system dysfunction model. By appropriately identifying patients we hope to improve...

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Avraham Sofer, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital-Yale School of Medicine

Research: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating disease characterized by vascular remodeling of the pulmonary arterioles, which leads to increased pulmonary vascular resistance, right ventricular failure and ultimately death if left untreated. I am interested in studying the cell signaling pathways involved in pulmonary vascular homeostasis and vascular remodeling in both animal models of PAH as well as human disease. A...

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Third Year Fellows

Stephen Baldassarri, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital - Yale University

Research: I am interested in researching and developing novel interventions for individuals seeking treatment for tobacco dependence. I am currently conducting a pilot study to investigate the effects of adding an electronic cigarette to a standard tobacco smoking treatment program. My project seeks to determine what role, if any, e-cigarettes play in changing tobacco smoking behavior and affecting lung function, mechanisms by which...

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Erin DeBiasi, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Research: I have a particular interest in malignant pleural disease. In my first year of fellowship, my research focused on analyzing mortality data in patients undergoing thoracentesis for pleural effusions, a study that was recently published in the European Respiratory Journal. Our study found a pronounced mortality rate in patients undergoing thoracentesis for the management of malignant pleural effusion (MPE) with over one third of patients dying...

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Anuradha Ramaswamy, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: State University of New York at Buffalo

Research: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. I am interested in the role of microRNAs, specifically microRNA-1 (miR-1), in the progression of lung cancer, and in the identification of potential prognostic and/or therapeutic biomarkers. Our pilot study evaluating miR-1 levels in lung samples (tumor and cancer-free) of newly diagnosed cancer patients showed a significant inverse correlation with tumor burden...

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Changwan Ryu, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Biography

Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine & SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research: My research interest involves the study of microRNA expression profiles to identify patients with scleroderma and pulmonary arterial hypertension. We will be using a large cohort of scleroderma patients from the DETECT study (Coghlan et al Ann Rheum Dis 2014) that has approximately 400 samples to correlate microRNA expression profiles with clinical parameters.

Mentors: Erica Herzog MD, Jose Maya-Herazo MD,...

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Andrey Zinchuk, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine

Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Biography

Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Research: My goal is to improve the lives of people with sleep disordered breathing. I hope to achieve this through identifying unique subgroups (phenotypes) among sleep apnea patients and development of novel, effective and tolerable treatments. Currently, I am conducting a study to identify polysomnographic phenotypes of sleep apnea patients using cluster analysis and to understand their relationship to...

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Critical Care Fellows

Matthew Schmitt, MD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine