William P. Kanto Pediatric Resident Research Award

Each academic year, four third-year residents are chosen to formally present their Scholarly Project on Resident Research Day. The Scholarly Activity Oversight Committee will then choose the first and second place recipients. Awards are presented at the annual Resident's Hail and Farewell Reception in late June. All other third year residents have the opportunity to present their Scholarly Project as a Poster Presentation on Resident Research Day. 




Asmaa Semrin, MD
"Joint Effect of Obesity and Blood Pressure Severity on Heart Injury at Baseline in Youth Referred for Hypertension Disorders"

Mentor: Andrew South, MD  

Poster Presentation: Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) May 2023 (Washington D.C.)

2nd Place:

MacKenzie Lemay, DO
"Evaluation of an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Curriculum for Pediatric Residents"

Mentor: Lauren Newhall, DO

Poster Presentation: Association of Pediatric Program Directors Annual Meeting, April 2024 (Chicago, IL)


Jane Anne Gorham, DO
"Immediate Fortification of Human Milk with a Bovine Milk Derived Human Milk Fortifier in Very Low Birth Weight Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial"

Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Published:  J Perinatol (2024), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-024-01998-0 

Chelsea Oakes, MD
"Urine Sodium Content does not Associate with Weight Velocity in Preterm Infants"

Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD




Fahim Thawer, MD
"Effect of Disease Severity, Age of Child, and Clinic No-Shows on Unscheduled Healthcare Use for Childhood Asthma at an Academic Center."
Mentor: Renuka, MD

Published: Int J Environ Res Public Health, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36674266/

2nd Place:

Rhyan Bingham, DO
"Displacement of Human Milk During Fortification."
Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Oral Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research 2023

Published: Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37488685/



Erica DeMaggd, MD
"Reducing Excessive Variability in Infant Sepsis Evaluation II: An American Academy of Pediatrics Quality Improvement Project to Standardize Care for Febrile Infants, Medical College of Georgia Site."
Mentor: Kathleen Mahoney, MD

Molly Shields, MD
"Cannulation Approach and Mortality in Neonatal ECMO."
Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Published: Journal of Perinatology, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36076033/



John-David Bruce, MD
"Medication Error Reduction in the Children's Hospital of Georgia."
Mentor: Will Cagle, MD

2nd Place:

Kayla Lasota, DO
"Impact of Childhood Obesity in Children Visiting the Emergency Department and/or Hospital Admission for Acute Asthma Exacerbation."
Mentor: Renuka Mehta, MD

3rd Place:

Gary Prusky, DO
"Analyzing the ER Screen of Direct Admissions."
Mentor: Desiree Seeyav, MD



Nicole Lock, DO
"Vitamin K and ECMO for Neonatal Hypoxic Respiratory Failure."
Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Published: Perfusion. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33761796/

2nd Place:

Ellen Beach, DO
"The Utility of GI Panel PCR in Pediatric Patients: A Retrospective Review."
Mentor: Brandy Gunsolus, MD


Molly LaCoursiere, DO
"Characteristics and Outcomes of Early Pediatric Rapid Response Team Activations."
Mentor: Christopher Watson, MD

Kelly Rummings, DO
"A Prospective Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) with Chest X-Ray in Pediatric Patients with Suspected Pleural Effusions."
Mentor: Renuka Mehta, MD and Deborah Huang, MD



Zachary Hodges, MD
"Creation of an Open-access Educational Podcast for Residents, Physicians, and Pediatricians."
Mentor: Eric Ring, MD

2nd Place:

Meghan Nelson, DO
"JSLE, Bone Mineral Density, and Lipid Profile Association with 25-OH Vitamin D Levels."
Mentor: Lauren Newhall, DO and Julisa Patel, MD


Megan Coriell, MD
"The Effects of Continuous Glucose Monitoring on HbA1C in the Augusta Georgia Pediatric Population."
Mentor: Christopher Houk, MD

Paul Robbins, DO
"Evaluation of Asthma Discharge Checklist Via Retrospective Chart Review."
Mentor: Anthony Bonitatibus, MD



Stephanie Komic, MD
"Predictors of Length of Stay in Gastroschisis Infants."
Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Published: The Journal of Surgical Research https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33338888/

2nd Place:

Kaitlin Verdone, DO
"Standardizing the Assessment of Sick Children Using Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) Among Nursing and Medical Staff: A Performance Improvement Project"
Mentor: Renuka Mehta, MBBS


Nirja Acharya, MD
"Does Cut Umbilical Cord Milking Affect Iron Stores in Preterm Neonates."
Mentor: Azif Safarulla, MBBS

Mandy Nasworthy, MD
"Reducing Excessive Variation in Sepsis Evaluation (in Neonates), the Participation of the Children's Hospital of Georgia in a National Quality Improvement Project."
Mentor: Nirupma Sharma, MD



Katherine Perofsky, MD
"Breastfeeding Duration and Bone Strength in Young Adult Females."
Mentor: Norman K. Pollock, PhD

2nd Place

Kathryn McCutcheon, MD
"Utility of Cranial Ultrasound as a screening tool for neonatal ECMO."
Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Published: Journal of Perinatal Medicine https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31821168/


Alexander Eason, MD
'Vascular Thrombotic Events in Neonates with Congenital Heart Diase: Risk Assessment and Outcome Analysis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit."
Mentor: Anastasios Polimenakos, MD

Published: Pediatric Cardiology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32472152/

Austin, Lively, MD
"Effect of Updated American Academy of Pediatrics Bronchiolitis Policy Statement on Hospital Length of Stay for Patients Admitted for Uncomplicated Bronchiolitis."
Mentor: Kathryn McLeod, MD