Summer Research Fellows

Summer Research Fellowship

A.C.V. Elston III, MD Summer Research Fellowship

The Summer Fellow program was established in 1985 by Dr. Martin Smith, Gundersen's first Director of Medical Research. It was later renamed the A.C.V. Elston III, MD Summer Research Fellowship in honor of Dr. Elston's service as Director of Medical Research and in recognition of his enthusiastic support of the Summer Fellow program. The purpose of the program is to encourage students with an interest in pursuing a healthcare profession to engage in research. Thanks to our generous benefactors, who have established endowments of $50,000 or more, Gundersen Medical Foundation now has 12 endowed Fellowships. Some Fellowships are reserved for projects in a particular specialty (nursing, cardiology, surgery, pediatric oncology), while others are open to research in any area of health-related scientific inquiry.

Endowed Fellowships

  • Jerry & Anna Beth Culver Fellow
  • Joan Curran Memorial Fellow
  • Dr. A. C. V. & Mary M. Elston Fellow
  • Gertrude Salzer Gordon Fellow
  • Adolf L. Gundersen, MD, Fellow – endowed by Robert Kierlin & Mary Burrichter
  • Desmond & Lucille Harris Fellow
  • Sharon & George Kerckhove Fellow
  • Kenneth & Mildred Kuebler Fellows (2) – endowed by Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Killoran
  • Lommen Family Fellow
  • John & Nettie Mooney Fellow
  • Ward E. Brown and Ward M. Brown Fellow

Class of 2016

Arndorfer, Daniel (University of Miami, Florida). Outcomes and complications of erythropoietin stimulating agent therapy in patients with multiple myeloma

Barton, Jedidiah (Viterbo University, La Crosse). How is acculturation in Hmong women affecting obesity and pregnancy outcomes? A case-control study from 1985 to 2015

Brusky, Kelly A. (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Gallbladder wall thickness measured on ultrasound: Is it associated with operative time and surgical pathology?

Eisenhuth, Amanda (Winona State University, Minnesota). Participants in GunderKids: Domains of parental stress, child abuse potential and child custody

Ernst, Alexa (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse).  Cardiac screening in the pre-participation physical examination: An evaluation of recommendation knowledge and compliance

Ernst, Andrew (University of Wisconsin – Madison). Implementation of a radioactive seed localized breast cancer surgery protocol – Review of initial outcomes

Jester, Dylan J. (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Examination of bariatric surgery Facebook group content

Jolly, Caitlyn (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Length of antibiotic therapy for central line infections in pediatric oncology patients

Lohr, Ali (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Impact of nitrous oxide for labor analgesia at a community medical center

Stehula, Forrest (University of Wisconsin – Madison). Carotid artery stenting: a 5 year experience at Gundersen Health System

Tomczyk, Taylor (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Review of biopsy method for malignant melanoma; effects on final stage, treatment and outcomes

Voter, Jay (Winona State University, Minnesota). Causes and trends in 30-day readmissions after discharge from an inpatient rehabilitation unit

Class of 2015

Bowe, Nigel (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Treatment patterns and outcomes of patients with severe aortic stenosis

Branham, Danielle (Viterbo University, La Crosse). Current practice in obstetric substance abuse patients: status and nursing implications beyond one year postpartum

Bursell, Danielle (Iowa State University, Ames). Ferritin levels of adolescent females with fatigue

Escher, Paul (St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota). A comprehensive review of IVC filters in a community tertiary care center

Frebault, Julia (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota). Incidental extra-mammary findings in diagnostic breast MRI among patients with known breast cancer

Jandal, Ali (Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa). 23 years' experience of treating developmental hip dysplasia with the Pavlik harness: method of application and design of harness affects results

Rasmussen, Damien (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). It's not easy turning green: tagging the MHV68 genome with green fluorescent protein

Riley, Katherine (Colby College, Waterville, Maine). An assessment of stroke knowledge in the Coulee Region community

Santos, Tyler (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Outcomes of total hip or knee arthroplasty in patients after bariatric surgery versus obese and non-obese patients

Saxton, James (Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa). Safety and outcomes of chronic antimicrobial therapy for suppression of prosthetic joint infection

Sieck, Kyle (University of Iowa, Iowa City). Does choice of postoperative dressing affect wound healing in trans-tibial amputation? A comparison of rigid removable dressing vs. Rooke protector device

Zinnel, Brittany (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse). Voice and safety outcomes for vocal fold injection medialization for treatment of unilateral vocal fold immobility

Class of 2014

Anderson, Madeline (University of Minnesota). Aspiration pneumonia following screening and diagnostic procedures for dysphagia following acute stroke

Bauer, Amelia (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Complications and outcomes of anterior exposure for spinal surgery

Brekke, Andrew (University of Wisconsin - Madison). Bleeding complications and readmission rates from tonsillectomy before and after the use of ibuprofen for treatment of postoperative pain

Decker, Erin (Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin). Patients' perceptions of interactions with caregivers while hospitalized

Groshek, Jackie (University of Minnesota). Is the ACS NSQIP® Surgical Risk Calculator applicable for breast cancer  patients undergoing breast conserving surgery?

Gustafson, Brent (North Park University, Chicago, Illinois). La Crosse advance directive outcomes study for deceased Gundersen Health System patients with Next Steps planning (LADS III)

Haddad, Dominic (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Amplification and identification of bacterial DNA recovered from patient tissue

Hayes, Robert (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Time to antibiotics for pediatric oncology patients with fever and neutropenia

Herlitzke, Brianne (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota). Treatment outcomes for the elderly with bladder cancer

Lange, Katelynn (Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota). Long-term sequelae of mothers with preeclampsia/eclampsia during pregnancy. A case-control study

Vegel, Andrew (University of Wisconsin - Madison). Impact of obesity on cesarean section outcomes

Voter, Mitchell (University of Alabama). Comparison of outcomes in heart failure patients based on their follow-up in specialized heart failure clinic vs non-specialized clinic

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