2020 Abstract Competition Winners

The Virginia Chapter announces the winners of our recent abstract competition which was held virtually on Saturday, October 17. There were over 100 abstracts received, blinded and reviewed by judges. Those who scored highest were invited to present oral presentations to panels of judges.

The first place winners in each category will represent the Chapter for the national competition to be held in Spring, 2021.


1st Place – Maria Geba MD – UVAThree Site Testing of Sexually Transmitted Infections for People Living with HIV
2nd Place – Athidi Earasi MD – UVATransjugular vs. Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Liver Biopsy: Which Modality is Better
3rd Place – Sami Ibrahim MD – UVA -- The Impact of Cardiology eConsultations in the Primary Care Setting

Quality Improvement

1st Place – Eric Schafer MD – VCUClinical Pathway for Timely Antibiotic Administration for Inpatient Neutropenic Fever
2nd Place – Rebecca Corey MD – UVAOptimization of Fascular Access to Reduce Catheter-Associated Deep Vein Thrombosis
3rd Place – Jordan Mullings MS – GWUHealthDesk—How a New “Health Pop-Up” Empowers a Community to Fight Health Disparities by Improving Digital Health Literacy

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1st Place Overall – Matthew Miller MD – UVA“Just Let Me Die”: Caring for an Actively Suicidal and Psychotic Patient with ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Runners Up Overall – Kristen Fadel MS – VCUIt’s Always Lupus: A Case of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis-Like Erythematosus and Erin Hobson MD – VTCThe Lung Cancer That Wasn’t

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2nd Place – Naila Ijaz MD – InovaDeep Venous Thrombosis: An Indication for SARS-CoV-2 Testing
3rd Place – Athidi Earasi MD – UVAImmunotherapy-Mediated Hemorrhagic Gastritis with Ipilimumab and Nivolumab Therapy

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2nd Place – Kelly Hill MD – EVMSFacing Herpes Simplex Virus: Uncovering a New Diagnosis of AIDS
3rd Place – Thomas Turner DO – VTCAn Unexpected and Potentially Fatal Phenomenon: Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome

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2nd Place – Harjas Singh MD – EVMSI Can’t Breathe: A Case of Noncardiac, Nonpulmonary Dyspnea After Cryoablation
3rd Place – Benjamin Walker MD – VTCTicking Time Bomb: Two Episodes of Asystole in a Patient with Lyme Carditis