The interests of residents who spend academic time devoted to research vary widely, from basic science to education to social determinants of health affecting state and national policies. Residents pursue opportunities on campus as well as research collaborations at other institutions. Information about projects underway by current research residents can be found below.

We invite you to read about the influential research taking place at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and about the achievements of our past research residents.

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2021-2022 Academic Year

Brendin Beaulieu-Jones, MD, MBA, R1
Site: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School 
Research Mentor: Gabriel Brat, MD

Area of research: Dr. Beaulieu-Jones is utilizing large-scale database and machine learning models to inform clinical decision-making and surgical planning in order to improve surgical outcomes and to optimize patient care. During his academic development time, he is also pursuing a master's degree in biomedical information at Harvard Medical School.

Nicole Cimbak, MD, R1
Site: Boston Children’s Hospital
Research Mentor: Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD
Area of Research: Dr. Cimbak is currently enrolled in a three-year-long fellowship program based at Boston Children’s Hospital. She will spend the first year as a surgical critical care fellow. During the latter two years of the fellowship program, she will participate in a variety of clinical outcomes research projects centered around pediatric anorectal anomalies and nutrition in critically ill children.

Loreski Collado, MD, R1
Site: VA Boston Healthcare System
Research Mentors: Kamal Itani, MD, and Jaime McPhee, MD
Area of Research: Dr. Collado serves as VA Chief Resident in the Quality and Patient Safety Program. She currently focuses on learning and teaching quality improvement and patient safety principles through identification of adverse events and other issues. She will also be performing root cause analyses and healthcare failure mode effect analyses to develop system-based solutions.

Gordana Rasic, MD, R1
Site: Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Research Mentors: Tony E. Godfrey, PhD and Teviah Sachs, MD, MPH
Area of Research: Dr. Rasic is evaluating the utility of circulating tumor DNA in peri-operative surveillance for persistent and/or recurrent oncologic disease, specifically in head and neck cancer. During her academic development time, she will also be working with the Surgical Outcomes Analysis Research (SOAR) Initiative to utilize national health databases to investigate factors contributing to healthcare disparities in hepatopancreatobiliary cancers. She currently serves as Co-Resident Director of the SOAR Initiative.

Allan Stolarski, MD, R2
Site: Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Research Mentor: Daniel G. Remick, MD
Area of Research: Dr. Stolarski is investigating sepsis phenotypes and mechanisms of improved survival and organ function with HAT (hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid, and thiamine) therapy in septic shock. He has funding support from a NIH T32 (Immunobilogy of Trauma) and has been awarded the Boston Trauma Institute Grant to support his ongoing efforts investigating sepsis phenotypes and sepsis related coagulopathies. He currently serves as Co-Resident Director of the SOAR Initiative.

Spencer Wilson, MD, R2
Site: Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Research Mentors: David McAneny, MD and Pamela Rosenkranz, RN, BSN, MEd
Area of Research: Dr. Wilson serves as Quality Improvement Research Fellow of the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Department of Surgery. In this role, he currently leads a multidisciplinary project to reduce the rate of post-operative urinary tract infections at our safety-net hospital. He is also reassessing institutional models for postoperative mobilization as well as postoperative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis.