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The Faculty Scholarship webpage is designed to share the news of faculty accomplishments in medical education including publications, conference presentations, and grants. The webpage may also serve as a resource for faculty looking to identify collaborators with shared research interests. Entries are accepted throughout the academic year, and the page is updated monthly.

September 2021 features:


  1. Başaran, M., Çelik, O., Sevki Bayrakdar, I., Bilgir, E., Orhan, K., Odabaş, A., Faruk Aslan, A., Jagtap, R. Diagnostic Charting On Panoramic Radiography Using Deep- Learning Artificial Intelligence System. Oral Radiology.

    A radiographic examination is a significant part of the clinical routine for the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of the disease. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in dentistry shows that the deep learning technique is high enough in quality and effective enough to diagnose and interpret the images in the dental practice.  In this study, the goal is to evaluate the diagnostic charting on panoramic radiography using deep-learning AI system.

  2. Bhanat, E., Nahar, V.K., Dobbs, T., Butler, K., Thimothee, J., Parmar, R., Bergin, P., Russell, G., Jones, A., & Navalkelle, B. (In Press).COVID-19 related Awareness among Healthcare Professionals and Students at the Medical Center in the Southern United States. Journal of Public Health in the Deep South. Accepted 8.17.21

    Critical to prevention of COVID-19 is education and awareness of healthcare professionals.   This survey provides information to inform these efforts.

  3. Boyas, J. F., Woodiwiss, J. L., & Nahar, V. K. (In Press). Examining Intentions to Engage in Sun Protective Behaviors among Latino Day Laborers: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Health Promotion Perspectives. Accepted 7/27/21.

    It is not an easy thing to motivate outdoor workers to protect themselves from the hazards of tanning. This article reviews the theoretical basis for an approach that uses several interventions at the same time to improve adherence to sun avoidance and the use of sun screens.

  4. Buttars, B., Scott, S., Glinka, D., Daniel, R., Brodell, R., Braswell, M. Congenital Malalignment of the Great Toenail, the Disappearing Nail Bed, and Distal Phalanx Deviation: A Review. Skin Appendage Disorders: Accepted 7/13/21.

    This review article describes the pathophysiologic basis and anatomic defects associated with Congenital Malalignment of the Great Toenail.  It is professionally illustrated to emphasize the basis of this condition.

  5. GARRİDO, M.B., Prenafeta, J.B., Jagtap, R., MATESİ, C., Briner, A. Pre-eruptive Intra-Coronal Resorption: A report of two cases and review of the literature. European Annals of Dental Sciences.; 48(3).

    Pre-eruptive intracoronary resorption is a rare condition mainly affecting pediatric patients. It is a radiographic finding in the dentin of the crown of an unerupted tooth just below the enamel-dentin junction. It is visualized in radiographs as a radiolucent coronal lesion of variable depth; it is well-defined and located in the dentin adjacent to the amelodentinal limit of an unerupted tooth. Historically, this lesion was misdiagnosed as caries and was misnamed pre-eruptive caries, when in reality they were pre-eruptive intracoronal resorptions. We present two rare cases of pre-eruptive intracoronary resorption in patients that needed radiographs for orthodontic purposes. The Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist detected the existence of pre-eruptive intracoronary resorption in mandibular second premolars and mandibular second molar. These radiographic findings provided the clinician with the advantage of knowing this condition before teeth eruption, allowing for conservative treatment and periodic radiographic follow-up.

  6. Griswold, M.E., Talluri, R., Zhu, X., Su, D., Tingle, J., Gottesman, R.F., Deal, J, Rawlings, A.M., Mosley, T.H., Windham, B.G., Bandeen-Roche, K. Reflection on modern methods: shared-parameter models for longitudinal studies with missing data, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol 50, Iss 4, August 2021, Pages 1384–1393, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab086

    This article outlines one of the three primary recognized approaches for examining missing-data effects that could be more widely used, i.e. the shared-parameter model (SPM), and explains its purpose, use, limitations and extensions. We additionally provide synthetic data and reproducible research code for running SPMs in SAS, Stata and R programming languages to facilitate their use in practice and for teaching purposes in epidemiology, biostatistics, data science and related fields. Our goals are to increase understanding and use of these methods by providing introductions to the concepts and access to helpful tools. The authors provide a link the link to a github, which contains synthesized/simulated ARIC data and reproducible R, SAS, and Stata code to help others get started if they are interested in using the approach: https://github.com/MichaelGriswold/SPM/
  7. Medepalli, V.M., Srikakolapu, S., Preda-Naumescu, A., Nahar, V.K., Brodell, R.T. Teledermatology Viewpoint:  Bullous impetigo following an abrasion in a 17-year old female. Journal of Dermatology Nurse Association.  Accepted  8/23/21.

    This case report in the form of a telehealth consultation, is designed to teach dermatology nurses the diagnostic features and treatment of bullous impetigo.

  8. Pearlman, R. L., Condie, D., Nahar, V. K., & Black, W. H. (In Press). Adoption of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Among Dermatologic Surgeons: A Survey Study of American College of Mohs Surgery Members. Dermatologic Surgery. Accepted 8/24/2021

    An occupational hazard of dermatologic surgeons is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in the plume of smoke from lasers and hyphercators.  This survey demonstrates that only a minority of surgeons have received the HPV vaccine which could serve as a primary preventive strategy.

  9. Petersen, E.L., Blieden, L.S., Newman, T.M., & Lin, A.L. (2021). Combined phacovitrectomy with capsular tension ring and gas tamponade for chronic cyclodialysis cleft unresponsive to conventional closure. Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology, 11(3), 296-299. doi:10.4103/tjo.tjo_36_20

    Traumatic cyclodialysis clefts, a rare diagnosis after blunt injury to the eye, are typically amenable to closure with either medical therapy or direct surgical cyclopexy. However, when cyclodialysis clefts cannot be closed through these methods, unorthodox techniques may be required. We describe a method to close a traumatic cyclodialysis cleft involving simultaneous vitrectomy, capsular tension ring placement, and insertion of an intraocular lens. 
  1. Preda-Naumescu, A., Penny, K., Mockbee, C.S., & Nahar, V.K. (In Press). Sun Protection Behaviors among Outdoor Workers, Dermatology Influencers on Instagram, and Teledermatology [Research Highlights]. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association. Accepted 8.2.2021

    Impacting sun-protection behaviors of outdoor workers requires a multi-modal approach including education, recruiting influencers, digital media and telehealth.

  2. Tarver, E., Jefferson, G., Parker, P., Readman, K., Salazar, M. S., & Lerant, A. (2021). Modified manikin for tracheoinnominate artery fistula simulation. Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine, Vol 6, Iss 3.

    This simulator is designed to instruct emergency medicine residents in tracheostomy training that involves bleeding from the tracheostomy site. Any resident, fellow, or attending physician who cares for patients with complications from their tracheostomy might benefit from this innovation.
  1. Tarver, E., Lerant, A., Orledge, J.D., Stevens, B.P., Jefferson, G.D., Tracheoinnominate Artery Fistula, Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine, Vol 6, Iss 3., S62-86.

    This simulation provides training for emergency medicine residents in the stepwise management of a patient who presents with bleeding from a tracheoinnominate artery fistula.  Additional learners who might benefit from this simulation are otolaryngology and general surgery residents as well as critical care fellows.


  1. Endothelial PHD2 in hypertensive vascular remodeling, Jian-Xiong Chen, MD, National Institutes of Health (R01), $1,550,000.

    The objectives of this application are to explore the vascular endothelial oxygen sensor prolyl hydroxylase-2 (PHD2) and hypoxic signaling in the regulation of pericyte phenotype, pericyte-fibroblast transition, arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in hypertension and diabetes.


  1. Dunaway B., Blue N., Jagtap R., “Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ): A Case Report and Review of Literature”. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. October 2021.

  2. Jagtap R., Selin Yesiltepe, Ibrahim Sevki Bayrakdar, Kaan Orhan, Özer Çelik “A Deep-Learning Model for Idiopathic Osteosclerosis Detection on Dental Panoramic Radiographs”. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. October 2021.

  3. Maihle, N., Wyatt, T., Robinson, L., Wylie, K., Coleman, T., Stepleman, S. The Ovarian Cancer Academy: A New Paradigm in Biomedical Research Training. 2021 AAMC Group on Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Virtual Conference, October 5, 2021.

  4. Saripalli S., Stacks A., Taylor C., Jagtap R., Panoramic and Cone-Beam CT Analysis of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologies: A Review of Interesting Cases and Correlation with Multi-detector CT. Oral presentation. American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, September 2021.