Event Recap: Maimonides Hosts 7th Annual Evening of Research

Last month, members of the Maimonides Health community came together at the Dyker Heights Golf Club for the annual Maimonides Evening of Research. Co-sponsored by Maimonides Health and the Maimonides Research and Development Foundation, the event is a showcase of the latest cutting-edge scholarship from Maimonides fellows, nurses, residents, and staff.

The 95 abstracts submitted for the event this year underscore Maimonides’ commitment to fostering a culture of innovative research. Since the event was founded in 2014, the number of abstracts submitted – all focused on improving patient care through research or performance improvement – has increased yearly. All those who submitted were invited to post their abstracts at the event and answer questions.


Winners Displayed Excellence in Investigating Improvements to Patient Care and Processes

Five abstracts were chosen as winners – one from each of the categories of Fellow, Nurse, Performance Improvement, Resident and Staff – and the winners had the opportunity to give an oral presentation of their research to the members of the Maimonides community gathered for the event.

The five winners were:

  • David Guernsey III, DO, MPH (Fellow): “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Mental Health: A Pediatric Emergency Department’s Perspective.”
  • Kris-Angelo Natividad, DNP, NP-BC (Nurse): “Improving the Discharge Process of Heart Failure Patients Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities Utilizing a Multidisciplinary Approach to Reduce 30-day Readmissions Rate.”
  • Ridhima Ghei, MD (Performance Improvement): “Impact of Specific Resident-Driven Virtual Recruitment Sessions on Residency Applications and Match Preferences.”
  • Qi Zhang, MMed (Resident): “Minimally Invasive Surgery is Associated with Improved Survival in Patients with Type II Endometrial Cancer: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database.”
  • Otuwe Anya, BA (Staff): “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Guanfacine Extended-Release for the Reduction of Aggression and Self-Injurious Behavior Associated with Prader-Willi Syndrome.


Afshin E. Razi, MD, Vice Chair of Operations, Research and Education at Maimonides, was presented with the Austin A. Schlecker Academic Achievement Award at the reception in recognition of a career dedicated to medical research, education, and scholarship.

For more information on submissions and winners, visit https://maimonidesevents.org/maimonides-evening-of-research/.

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