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Office of Clinical Research at Larkin Community Hospital

Welcome to the Division of Clinical & Translational Research at Larkin Community Hospital. Our Division oversees the scholarly and creative activities associated with Graduate Medical Education. There are several continuously undertaken administrative and research initiatives in the service of improving patient outcomes. The Division also provides leadership and coordination to deliver strategic support to further clinical medical education and critical thinking skills in our trainees. We are fully committed to fostering dynamic rigorous research education to the next generation of Clinicians as we truly believe that the art of healing must be grounded in the rigorous pursuit of Biomedical & Clinical Research.

 

Mission

To foster programs that shall promote the interest of clinicians to conduct research, generate knowledge, and advance healthcare.

 

The Division of Clinical & Translational Research assists Medical Residents in:

  • Developing skills for the formulation of a research question, access and analyze data, review pertinent literature as well as prepare a well-organized research presentation.
  • Working on a career development portfolio for Medical Residents & Fellows
  • Working on a Research Project from conception to publication.
  • Preparing research presentations for Annual Scientific Conferences.

 

The Office of Clinical Research provides learning experiences for residents and provides resources to help them complete their own research projects.







 

Research Team:

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Marcos A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, EPC

Director

M.D. – Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology – Florida State University, College of Human Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Cardiology – Florida State University, College of Medicine

Phone: 305-284-7608       masanchez@larkinhospital.com

Research Interests: Emotions, Behavior & Cardiovascular Modulation; Behavioral Cardiovascular Medicine; Impact of Psychiatric Disorders on Cardiovascular Structure & Function

The notion that psychological stress increases cardiovascular risk has been the driving force behind these lines of studies (Brain-Heart connection). We added to the existing line of knowledge by identifying potential cardiovascular physiological mechanisms associated with emotions and behavior.

 

Honors & Awards

2015                    Mentee: NIH Minority Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE-CGE)

2012                    Florida State University College of Human Sciences Dissertation Award

2012                    Dr. Anna Maria Erdman Scholarship

2010                    Steven M. Horvath award: ACSM Annual Meeting

2009-2010           Latin-American Caribbean Scholarship

2008-2009           Pao-Sen Chi Scholarship

1996-1999          Honor Student, Department of Biology University of Puerto Rico

Selected Publications PubMed

  1. May RW, Seibert GS, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Fincham FD. Physiology of school burnout in medical students: Hemodynamic and autonomic functioning. Burnout Research, 3(3), 63-68 2016.
  2. May RW, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA*, Seibert GS, Samaan JS, Fincham FD. Impact of a motivated performance task on autonomic and hemodynamic cardiovascular reactivity. Stress May;19(3):280-6.*Co-first author
  3. Noriega B, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Salyakina D, Coffman J. Understanding the impact of omega-3 rich diet on the gut microbiota: A Case Report. Case Reports in Medicine. Volume 2016 (2016). Article ID 3089303.
  4. Dabul-Suarez L, Ferrer GF, Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Dumenigo R. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A case report illustrating prion-induced encephalitis. J Neuroinfect Dis 2016 7:204.
  5. May RW, Bamber M, Seibert GS, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Leonard JT, Salsbury RA, Fincham FD. Understanding the Physiology of Mindfulness: Aortic Hemodynamics and Heart Rate Variability Stress 2016 Jan 29:1-24.
  6. Martins A, Parvatiyar M, H Feng, Martijn Bos J, Gonzalez-Martines D, Vukmirovic M, Turna R, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Badger C, Zorio D, Wang Y, Pin J, Ackerman M, Pinto J In vivo analysis of troponin C knock-in (A8V) mice: Evidence that TNNC1 is a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy susceptibility gene. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, 2015 Oct;8(5):653-64.
  7. Alvarez-Pizon AM, Stein AA, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Wolf A, Tydir A, Valerio JE. Minimally invasive surgical treatment of intractable trigeminal neuralgia in multiple Sclerosis. MOJ Clin Med Case Rep 2015, 2 (3): 00023.
  8. Alvarez-Pinzon AM, Wolf AL, Coy S, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Valerio JE. Efficacy of a gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of primary central nervous system lymphoma in AIDS patients. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, V 122, N 3, R 10.1007/s11060-015-1759-4.
  9. Fincham FD, May RW, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Forgiveness and cardiovascular functioning in married couples. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 4(1), Mar 2015, 39-48.
  10. Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, May RW, Brown PC, Koutnik AP, Fincham FD. Depressive symptoms contribute to increased wave ref lect ion during cold pressor test in young adult men. Am J Hypertens. 2013 Jun;26(6):778-83.
  11. Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, May RW, Koutnik AP, Kabbaj M, Fincham FD. Sympathetic vasomotor tone is associated with depressive symptoms in young females: a potential link between depression and cardiovascular disease. Am J Hypertens. 2013 Dec;26(12):1389
  12. Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, May RW, Koutnik AP, Fincham FD. Impact of negative affectivity and trait forgiveness on aortic blood pressure and coronary circulation. Psychophysiology. 2015 Feb;52(2):296-303.
  13. Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Guzik P, May RW, Koutnik AP, Hughes R, Muniz S, Kabbaj M, Fincham FD. Trait anxiety mimics age-related cardiovascular autonomic modulation in young adults. J Hum Hypertens. 2015 Apr;29(4):274-80.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-8-59-14-amLidia Firulescu, M.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

M.D. – University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Craiova, Romania

lfirulescu@larkinhospital.com

 

Research Interests: Impact of Academic and Work Related Stress on Emotions and Cardiovascular Autonomic Modulation; Burnout Research

 

Honors & Awards

2012                 National Alliance on Mental Illness Certificate of Appreciation

2010                 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

 

Abstracts & Presentations

  1. Firulescu L, Goubran B, Aguirre R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Interpersonal Rejection Sensitivity Predicts Work Burnout in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents: A Preliminary Report.
  2. Firulescu L, Lam MW, Goubran B, Aguirre, R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Work Burnout on Cardiac Autonomic Responses to Stress in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents.
  3. Goubran B, Firulescu L, Dumenigo A, Aguirre R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Maintaining a Target 6 Breaths/Min during Paced Breathing Task is Associated with Heart Rate Variability and Attention in Schizophrenia.

 

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-8-59-29-amBishoy Goubran, M.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

M.D. – AinShams University-School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt

bgoubran@larkinhospital.com

 

Research Interest: Breathing Patterns, Cardio-Autonomic Modulation, and Cognitive Performance in Patients with Schizophrenia.

 

Honors & Awards

2016                American Psychosomatic Society 74th Annual meeting Award, Denver, Colorado,

 

Abstracts & Presentations

  1. Goubran B, Noriega B, Villa B, May RW, Fincham FD, Guzik P, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Breathing at Near Resonant Frequency on Cardiovagal Modulation and Attention in Patients with Schizophrenia.
  2. Goubran B, Firulescu L, Dumenigo A, Aguirre R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Maintaining a Target 6 Breaths/Min during Paced Breathing Task is Associated with Heart Rate Variability and Attention in Schizophrenia.
  3. Dabul L, Goubran B, Noriega B, Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Schizophrenia on Age Related Changes of the Heart: Acceleration of Hypertensive Changes.
  4. Firulescu L, Goubran B, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Interpersonal Rejection Sensitivity Predicts Work Burnout in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents: A Preliminary Report.
  5. Firulescu L, Lam MW, Goubran B, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Work Burnout on Cardiac Autonomic Responses to Stress in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents.
  6. Noriega B, Dabul L, Goubran B, May RW, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Depressive Symptoms on Glycemic Control in Hispanics with Type II Diabetes Mellitus.

 

 


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Roboam R. Aguirre, M.D., D.B.A, MBA, MSN, FAHA, CSSBB

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and IRB Coordinator

M.D. – University of Science, Arts, and Technology (USAT), Montserrat, BWI

raguirre@larkinhospital.com

 

Research Interest: Cardio-Autonomic Modulation and Arrhythmias in Patients with Schizophrenia.

 

Honors & Awards

2016                 Summa Cum Laude, College of Medicine, University of Science, Arts, and Technology (USAT), Montserrat, BWI

2003                Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society – University of Miami, USA

 

Abstracts & Presentations

  1. Aguirre R, Sirio Mustafa M, Dumenigo R, Dumenigo A, Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Acute Schizophrenia and high mortality rate: Effects of altered autonomic function.
  2. Aguirre R, Goubran B, Firulescu L, Dumenigo R, Dumenigo A, May RW, . Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Arrhythmogenesis and Factors Influencing Cardiac Autonomic Modulation in Patients with Schizophrenia.
  3. Goubran B, Firulescu L, Dumenigo A, Aguirre R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Maintaining a Target 6 Breaths/Min during Paced Breathing Task is Associated with Heart Rate Variability and Attention in Schizophrenia.
  4. Firulescu L, Goubran B, Aguirre R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Interpersonal Rejection Sensitivity Predicts Work Burnout in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents: A Preliminary Report.
  5. Firulescu L, Lam MW, Goubran B, Aguirre, R, May RW, Fincham FD. Oms JD, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Impact of Work Burnout on Cardiac Autonomic Responses to Stress in PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents.
  6. Aguirre R. Hospital Readmissions. American Hospital Association (AHA)/HRET Hospital Engagement Network. National Improvement Collaborative Agenda.
  7. Aguirre R. I-AGUIRRETM Quality Model: Successful Sustained Results. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 24th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.
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