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Iowa Oncology Society 2020 Poster Competition Winners
As part of its Outstanding Hematology/Oncology Fellow and Resident Recognition Competition, the Iowa Oncology Society is pleased to share the research findings of its 2020 winning poster presentations.


Class of 2019

Najla Itani, MD

Publications

  • Itani N, Grogan, N, Mott, S, Phadke, S. Metastatic Presentations of Previously Treated Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients and Association with Survival. Clin Breast Cancer 2019 Nov 21. PMID: 32007466
  • Phadke, S, Vander Weg M, Itani N, Grogan N, Ginader T, Mott S, McDowell B. Breast Cancer Patient Preferences for Test Result Communication. Breast J 2019 Nov; 25(6)1326-1327. PMID 31297915

Umang Swami, MBBS

Abstract & Presentations

  • Swami U., Monga V., Tanas M., Bossler A., Mott S., Smith B., Milhem M. A pilot study targeting angiogenesis using bevacizumab combined with gemcitabine/docetaxel and valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) in advanced soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Presented at AACR Special Conference on Advances in Sarcomas: From Basic Science to Clinical Translation; Philadelphia, PA. 05/18/2017.
  • Kam A.E., Chaudhary I., Ghalib M.H., Shah U.H., Swami U., Kuo D.Y.S., Hwang C., Elrafei T.N., Cohen B., Gartrell B.A., Kaledzi E., Chuy J.W., Cheng H., Rajdev L., Haigentz M. Jr., Mani S., Goel S. . Risks and benefits of phase I trials: Eighteen-year experience from a single institution. Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL. 06/02/2017.
  • Clinical trials: Pembro in Melanoma. Discussion Session I (Cancer Immunotherapy). Presented at: Cancer Epidemiology and Population Sciences-Cancer Genes and Pathways Program Retreat. 03/07/2018.
  • Experience with BRAF and MEK inhibitors after immunotherapy in metastatic melanoma. Presented at Iowa Oncology Society, 2018 Spring Conference; West Des Moines, IA. 04/13/2018.
  • Swami U., Monga V., Knutson T., Bossler A., Zakharia Y., Milhem M. Prognostic markers for progression free survival (PFS) to anti PD-1 therapies in metastatic melanoma. Presented at Annual Meeting; 06/01/2018.
  • Swami U., Monga V., Zakhraia Y., Milhem M. Immunomodulation of pembrolizumab (pembro) treated metastatic melanoma patients (pts) after progression with sequential temozolomide (TMZ): A case series. J Clin Oncol 35, 2017 (suppl 7S; abstract 123) Presented at 2017 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium, Orlando, FL.
  • Swami U., Monga V., Tanas M., Bossler A., Mott S., Smith B., Milhem M. A pilot study targeting angiogenesis using bevacizumab combined with gemcitabine/docetaxel and valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) in advanced soft tissue sarcomas (STS). To be presented at AACR Special Conference on Advances in Sarcomas: From Basic Science to Clinical Translation. Thursday, May 18, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
  • Swami U. Immunomodulation of pembrolizumab (pembro) treated metastatic melanoma patients (pts) after progression with sequential temozolomide (TMZ): A case series. Presented at Iowa Oncology Society, 2017 Spring Conference, West Des Moines. April 7, 2017 

Publications

  • Zakharia Y, Monga V, Swami U, Bossler AD, Freesmeier M, Frees M, Khan M, Frydenlund N, Srikantha R, Vanneste M, Henry M, Milhem M. Targeting epigenetics for treatment of BRAF mutated metastatic melanoma with decitabine in combination with vemurafenib: A phase lb study. Oncotarget. 201724; 8 (51) : 89182-89193.
  • Swami U, Monga V, Milhem M. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors-are we stuck and the way forward. Translational gastroenterology and hepatology. 2017; 2 : 93.
  • Monga V, Swami U, Tanas M, Bossler A, Mott SL, Smith BJ, Milhem M. A Phase I/II Study Targeting Angiogenesis Using Bevacizumab Combined with Chemotherapy and a Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor (Valproic Acid) in Advanced Sarcomas. Cancers. 201817; 10 (2) : 53.
  • Swami U, Zakharia Y, Zhang J. Understanding Microbiome Effect on Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Lung Cancer: Placing the Puzzle Pieces Together. Journal of immunotherapy (Hagerstown, Md. : 1997). 201817; Epub ahead of print : Epub ahead of print.
  • Swami U, Lenert P, Furqan M, Abu Hejleh T, Clamon G, Zhang J. Atezolizumab after Nivolumab-Induced Inflammatory Polyarthritis: Can Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Be Administered after Anti-PD-1-Related Immune Toxicities?. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. 2018; 13 (6) : e102-e103.
  • Swami U, Ma D, Zhang J. Response to Erlotinib in a Patient with Compound EGFR L747S and Exon 19 Deletion. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. 2018; 13 (7) : e129-e130.
  • Kam A.E., Chaudhary I., Ghalib M.H., Shah U.H., Swami U., Kuo D.Y.S., Hwang C., Elrafei T.N., Cohen B., Gartrell B.A., Kaledzi E., Chuy J.W., Cheng H., Rajdev L., Haigentz M. Jr., Mani S., Goel S. Risks and benefits of phase I trials: Eighteen-year experience from a single institution. Accepted for publication in Conference Proceedings of 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Swami U, Shah U, Goel S. Eribulin in non-small cell lung cancer: challenges and potential strategies. Expert opinion on investigational drugs. 2017; 26 (4) : 495-508.
  • Zakharia Y.; Monga V.; Swami U.; Bossler A.D.; Freesmeier M.; Frees M.; Khan M.; Frydenlund N.; Srikantha R.; Vanneste M.; Henry M.; Milhem M. Targeting epigenetics for t  reatment of BRAF mutated metastatic melanoma with decitabine in combination with vemurafenib: A phase Ib study. Submitted to Clinical Epigenetics

Class of 2018

Andrew Iliff, MD

Publications

  • Iliff A, Divine C, Diaz F, Aljitawi O, Abhayankar S, McGuirk J, Ganguly S. Adequacy of peripheral blood stem cell mobilization in patients with relapsed B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with bendamustine. Leukemia & lymphoma. 2016; 57 (5) : 1189-90.

Kalyan Nadiminti, MBBS

Publications

  • Nadiminti K, Leone JP. Intraocular bevacizumab in the treatment of choroidal metastases from breast cancer. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Jul 18

Meredith Schaffner, DO

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Schaffner M, Bogadnich I, Smelser J, Zimmerman M, Perepu U. HIT or miss: improving the quality of diagnosing heparin-induced thrombocytopenia at an academic medical center.  Poster to be presented at: International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis Annual Congress, 12 July 2017.

Publications

  • Schaffner M, Rosenstein L, Ballas Z, and Suneja M. Significance of hyperferritinemia in hospitalized adults.  Accepted manuscript to the American Journal of Medical Sciences as of 24 April 2017. Expert opinion on investigational drugs. 2017; 26 (4) : 495-508.

Vyshak Alva Venur, MBBS

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Khanna R, Venur VA, Narechania S, Elson P, Daw H, Spiro TP, Haddad A. Prophylactic use of Granulocyte-colony stimulating factors (G-CSF) in cancer patients: Adherence to NCCN guidelines. Presented at 2016 ASCO: Quality Care Symposium; Phoenix, AZ. 02/27/2016.
     
  • Khanna R and Venur VA. Prophylactic use of Granulocyte-colony stimulating factors (G-CSF) in cancer patients: Adherence to NCCN guidelines. Presented at: Quality Improvement Symposium: Innovating for Quality, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 04/06/2016.

Book Chapters

  • Venur VA and Ahluwalia MS. Targeted Therapy in Brain Metastases: Ready for Primetime?. 2016 ASCO Educational Book. 2016; 1 : e123-130.
  • Berghoff AS, Venur VA, Preusser M, Ahluwalia MS. Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Brain Metastases: From Biology to Treatment. 2016 ASCO Educational Book. 2016; 35 : e116-22.
  • Kshettry VR, Yu JR, Venur VA, Ahluwalia MS, and Recinos PF. Comprehensive Management of Chordoma. In: Raghavan D, Blanke C, Reaman G, Kim E, Brown J, Sekeres M, Ahluwalia MS. Textbook of Uncommon Cancer. Wiley; 2017:847-855 .

Publications

  • Kotecha R, Miller J, Venur VA, Mohammadi AM, Chao ST, John H. Suh JH, Barnett GH, Murphy ES, Yu JS, Vogelbaum MA, Angelov L, Ahluwalia MS. Melanoma Brain Metastasis: The Impact of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, BRAF mutational. Submitted. 2016; Accepted for publication by Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Venur VA, Leone JP. Targeted Therapies for Brain Metastases from Breast Cancer. International journal of molecular sciences. 2016; 17 (9).
  • Shonka N, Venur VA, Ahluwalia MS. Targeted Treatment of Brain Metastases. Current neurology and neuroscience reports. 2017; 17 (4) : 37.
  • Venur VA, Joshi M, Nepple KG, Zakharia Y. Spotlight on nivolumab in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma: design, development, and place in therapy. Drug Design, Development and Therapy. 2017; 2017:11 : 1175-1182.
  • Venur VA, Funchain P, Kotecha R, Chao ST, Ahluwalia MS. Changing treatment paradigms for patients with brain metastases from melanoma. Accepted for publication by Oncology (Williston Park).

Class of 2017

Rohan Garje, MBBS

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Jaskirat Singh Randhawa, Sina Shafiei, Mykola Onyshchenko, Susmita Sakruti, Rohan Garje, Vyshak Alva Venur, Xuefei Jia, Timothy Peter Spiro, Abdo S. Haddad, Hamed Daw. Predictive factors for late (>5 years) distant recurrences in estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer patients: >20-year follow-up. ASCO 2014; May 30 2014; Chicago, Illinois

Publications

  • An J, Garje R, Wanat KA, Leone JP. Dabigatran related leucocytoclastic vasculitis BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Jan 4;2017. pii: bcr2016217423. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217423.
     

Book Chapter

  • Ahluwalia MS, Rohan Garje, Wen PY, Mehta M. Adjuvant Therapies (Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy) for Atypical and Anaplastic Meningiomas. In: Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa and Shaan M. Raza. Controversies in Neuro-Oncology: Best Evidence Medicine for Brain Tumor Surgery. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.; 2013: 300. 

Ravi V. Patel, MD

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Muhammad Furqan, Muhammad Uzair Saqlain, Sarah L Mott, Ravi Patel, Douglas Earl Laux, Jun Zhang, Laith I. Abushahin, Carryn M. Anderson, John Watkins, Anthony N Snow, Wenqing Sun, Gerald H. Clamon. Retrospective comparison between high dose cisplatin & less intensive cisplatin/paclitaxel concurrently with radiation for locally advanced head and neck cancer (LAHNC). for ASCO Annual Meeting2016; June3-7 2016; Chicago, IL.

Grerk Sutamtewagul, MD

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Sutamtewagul G, Abbi KKS, Farooq U, Mott SL, Dozeman L, Silverman M. Non-Biologic Factors and Outcomes in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant. Presented at Iowa Oncology Society Meeting; Des Moines, IA. 04/15/2016.
  • Sutamtewagul G, Abbi KKS, Farooq U, Mott SL, Dozeman L, Silverman M. Busulfan and Fludarabine As Conditioning Regimen for Unrelated Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant: A Single-Center Experience. Presented at BMT Tandem Meeting 2016; Honolulu, Hawaii. 02/22/2016.
  • Sutamtewagul G, Abbi KKS, Farooq U, Mott SL, Dozeman L, Silverman M. Non-Biologic Factors and Outcomes in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant. Presented at BMT Tandem Meeting 2016; Honolulu, Hawaii. 02/18/2016.
  • Sutamtewagul G, Abbi KKS, Farooq U, Mott SL, Dozeman L, Silverman M. Non-Biologic Factors and Outcomes in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant. Presented at BMT Tandem Meeting Sutamtewagul G, Laenvejkal P, Clamon G. Paraneoplastic Isaacs syndrome: a case report and review of literature. Journal of community and supportive oncology. 2016.

Publications

  • Sutamtewagul G, Laenvejkal P, Clamon G. Paraneoplastic Isaacs syndrome: a case report and review of literature. Journal of community and supportive oncology. 2016

Class of 2016

Varun Monga, MBBS

Abstracts & Presentations

  • Immunomodulation of pembrolizumab treated metastatic melanoma patients after progression with sequential temozolomide – U Swami, V Monga, Y Zakharia, M Milhem. Feb 2017 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium Orlando, FL
  • Neoadjuvant Intralesional Injection of Talimogene Laherparepvec with Concurrent Preoperative Radiation in Patients with Locally Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Phase 1b/2 trial – V Monga, B Miller, S Bhatia, C Anderson, B Allen, S Bell, D Lubaroff, Z Balas,C Abanonu, M Milhem. Annual CTOS meeting, Lisbon, Portugal. Nov 2016
  • The impact of the presence of ductal carcinoma in situ in patients with invasive ductal carcinoma - L Xu, V Monga, A Thomas, J Leone. Poster at SABCS Dec 2016

Publications

  • Discrepancy in understanding of treatment goals in cancer patients. V Monga, H Kaleem, S Mott, A Button, G Zamba, M Milhem – J Clin Oncol 33, 2015 (suppl; abstr e20574)
  • Monga V, Leone JP. Metastatic Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Breast. Breast J. 2016 Mar-Apr 22(2): 239-40. Doi: 10 1111/tbj. 12562 Epub 2015 Dec 19. No abstract available. PMID: 26684244
  • Monga V, Silverman M. Pulmonary extramedullary hematopoiesis involving the pulmonary artery. Hamatol Rep. 2015 Mar 24:7(1):5714. Doi: 10 4081/hr. 2015.5714 eCollection 2015 Feb 24. PMID:25852851

Sneha Phadke, D.O.

Publications

  • Phadke S, Thomas A. Targeting Cell Cycle Progression: CDK4/6 Inhibition in Breast Cancer. Contemporary Oncology. 2014; 6(4):6-11.
  • Raman R, Mott SL, Schroeder MC, Phadke S, El Masri J, Thomas A. Effect of Body Mass Index – and Actual Weight – Based Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Doses on Pathologic Complete Response in Operable Breast Cancer.Clin Breast Cancer 2016 Dec: 16(6):480-486. Doi: 10 1016/j.clbc. 2016 06 008 Epub 2016 Jun 23 PMID: 27431461
  • Phadke S, Thomas A, Yang L, Moore C, Xia C, Schroeder MC. Frequency and Clinical Significance of Extramammary Finding on Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Clin breast Cancer 2016 Oct: 16(5): 424-429. Doi: 10. 1016/j.clbc.2015 Aug 28. PMID: 26403074

Rachna Raman, MBBS

Publications

  • Raman R, Mott SL, Schroeder MC, Phadke S, El Masri J, Thomas A. Effect of Body Mass Index – and Actual Weight – Based Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Doses on Pathologic Complete Response in Operable Breast Cancer.Clin Breast Cancer 2016 Dec: 16(6):480-486. Doi: 10 1016/j.clbc. 2016 06 008 Epub 2016 Jun 23 PMID: 27431461
  • Raman R, Deorah S, McDowell BD, Abu Hejleh T, Lynch CF, Gupta A. Changing incidence of esophageal cancer among white women: analysis of SEER data (1992-2010). Contemp Oncol (Pozn). 2015: 19(4):338-40 doi: 10.5114/wo.2015.54390 Epub 2015 Sep 28. PMID:26557784
  • Raman R, Vaena D. Immunotherapy in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Comprehensive Review. Biomed Res Int. 2015: 2015::367354. Doi: 10. 1155/2015/367354 Epub 2015Jun 16. Review PMID: 26161397
  • Deorah S, Rao MB, Raman R, Gaitonde K, Donovan JF. Survival of patients with small cell carcinoma of the prostate during 1973 – 2003: a population-bases study. BJU Int. 2012 Mar:109(6):824-30. Doi: 10.1111/j. 1464-410X.2011.10523 .x. Epub 2011 Aug 23. PMID: 21883857