PAGNY’s First Annual Research Day

PAGNY’s First Annual Research Day was a big success. It was held May 4th at New York Academy of Medicine and attracted nearly 120 people who met the medical researchers and heard oral presentations of their work.

Photos of the Award Winners

Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma and Dr. Hoda Karbalivand Receive Research Day Award

Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma (left) and Dr. Hoda Karbalivand (right) Receive Research Day Award

Dr. Andrew Wiznia Receives Research Day Award

Dr. Andrew Wiznia Receives Research Day Award


Dr. Gautam Sikka Receives Research Day Award

Dr. Gautam Sikka Receives Research Day Award

Dr. Nicholas Caputo Receives Research Day Award

Dr. Nicholas Caputo Receives Research Day Award


Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma describes her research project

Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma Describes Her Research Project

Dr. Andrew Wiznia outlines his research

Dr. Andrew Wiznia Outlines His Research


Dr. Gautam Sikka gives his oral presentation

Dr. Gautam Sikka Makes His Oral Presentation

Dr. Nicholas Caputo

Dr. Nicholas Caputo Makes His Oral Presentation

The event featured 47 research projects selected by the PAGNY Research and Education Committee for poster presentations; four of those projects were chosen for oral presentations.

The members of the committee are: Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna, Committee Chair and Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education; Dr. Luis Marcos; PAGNY Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Nora Bergasa, Chief of Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan; Dr. Roger Chirurgi, Program Director for Emergency Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan; Dr. Michael DeVita, Physician, Department of Surgery, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem; Dr. Sharon Mannheimer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Science, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem; Dr. Ronnie Swift; Chief of Psychiatry, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, Dr. Alexander Sy, Assistant Program Director, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan; and Dr. Andrew Wiznia, Director of HIV Services, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.

The keynote speaker was Dr.  Jonathan N. Tobin, Clinical Professor and Board-Certified Epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Also speaking were Dr. Bijan Safai, President of the PAGNY Board of Directors; Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna, Chair of the PAGNY Research and Education Committee; and Dr. David Siscovick, Senior Vice President of the New York Academy of Medicine. Click here to see the event program.

Photos of the Speakers & Attendees

Dr. Bijan Safai, PAGNY Board President

Dr. Bijan Safai, Board President

Dr. Luis Marcos, PAGNY CEO

Dr. Luis Marcos, CEO


Dr.  Jonathan N. Tobin

Dr. Jonathan N. Tobin

Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna

Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna


Dr. David Siscovick

Dr. David Siscovick

Dr. Safai addresses Research Day audience

Dr. Bijan Safai Addresses Research Day Audience


Attendees at PAGNY's Research Day

Research Day Attendees

Attendees at PAGNY's Research Day

Research Day Attendees


Attendees at PAGNY's Research Day

Research Day Attendees

The four projects selected for oral presentations were:

  • Validity of A1C Level (glycosylated hemoglobin) for diagnosing prediabetes, diabetes and insulin resistance among obese children and adolescents – Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Click here for a summary of the research.
  • Study of dolutegravir, a novel integrase inhibitor, in 6-12 year-old HIV infected children – Dr. Andrew Wiznia, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi; Carmelita Alvero, Harvard School of Public Health; Terry Fenton; Harvard School of Public Health; Kathy George, Family Health International; Dr. Ellen Townley, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Rohan Hazra, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Bobbie Graham, Frontier Sciences Research Foundation; Dr. Annie Buchanan, ViiV Healthcare; Cindy Vavro, ViiV Healthcare; and Dr. Rolando Viani, University of California, San Diego. Click here for a summary of the research.
  • Light-dependent relaxation in blood vessels is mediated by non-visual opsins (light-sensitive proteins found in cells in the retina) – Dr. Gautam Sikka, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx; Dr. Patrick Hussman, National Institutes of Health; Dr. Deepesh Pandey, John Hopkins University; Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, John Hopkins University; Dr. Larissa A. Schimoda, Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Dan E. Berkowitz, Johns Hopkins University. Click here for a summary of the research.
  • The use of emergency department diffuse apneic oxygenation (DAO) versus usual care during rapid sequence intubation of emergency department patients – Dr. Nicholas Caputo, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Click here for a summary of the research.

As Dr. Bijan Safai noted, “Tonight’s event is a small but very significant representation of the clinical research work performed by our physicians and trainees in our affiliated medical centers with the support of the NYC Health + Hospitals.”

He continued, “We are determined to ensure that PAGNY reaches its highest potential for conducting clinical research relevant to the care of the diverse communities we serve. And it is for this reason that the PAGNY Board of Directors has established a Research and Education Committee headed by Dr. Bala Kanna, and recently created a Research Foundation in order to obtain funding for our research initiatives.”

PAGNY’s First Annual Research Day will be the first of many activities this year to promote and encourage research among PAGNY members and we encourage all PAGNY members to participate.