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2019 Summer Fellow Research program participants

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 2021

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Aditya Ailiani, Bariatric Surgery
Adolf L. Gundersen, MD Fellow
"The Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Respiratory Outcomes"
School: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Emily Barthel, Behavioral Medicine
Joan Curran Memorial Fellow
"Effects of Prenatal Methamphetamines and Heroin Exposure on Children"
School: Winona State

Andrew Blanker, Family Medicine
Bernard & Sally Kuebler-Killoran Fellow
"Follow-Up after Elevated Fasting Blood Glucose Screening"
School: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Rory Campbell, Pediatric Behavioral Medicine
Lommen Family Fellow
"Integrated Characteristics and Socioeconomic Impact on Behavioral Health Outcomes"
School: Marquette University

Tiana Carlson, Medical Oncology & Interventional Radiology
Kenneth & Mildred Kuebler Fellow
"Post Implementation Impact of a Systemic Multidisciplinary Approach for Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Utilization and Retrieval"
School: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Matthew Casmey, Medical Oncology & Pathology
Gertrude Salzer Gordon Fellow
"Clinicopathologic Analysis of PD-L1 Biomarkers in Patients with Advanced Malignancies Receiving Immunotherapy"
School: Winona State

Claire Curtis, Behavioral Medicine
Sharon & George Kerckhove Fellow
"The Impact of Eating Disorder and Mood Symptoms on Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Adherence"
School: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Ally Ecklund, Bariatric Surgery & Anesthesiology
John & Nettie Mooney Fellow
"The Impact of Enhanced Recovery Protocol for Patients Undergoing Bariatric Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy"
School: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Kayla Feehan, Medical Oncology
Jerry & Anna Beth Culver Fellow
"Real World Validation of VTE Risk Models in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma in a Community Setting"
School: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Palwisha Mukhtar, Cardiology
Desmond & Lucille Harris Fellow
Ward E. Brown, MD and Ward M. Brown, MD Fellow
"Appropriate Use of ARNI as a Part of Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Systolic Heart Failure"
School: University of Pittsburgh

Lauren Priem, Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Dr. A.C.V. & Mary M. Elston Fellow
"A Close Look at Hypertension, Obesity and Social Determinants of Health in a Rural Clinic"
School: University of La Crosse – Wisconsin

Class of 2019

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Mitchell Bunting, Urology
"Comparison of Surgical versus Medical Castration in Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Cost and Oncologic Implications"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Austin DeBoer, General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery
"Pre-Screening for Bariatric Surgery Patients: Comparative Effectiveness of Transnasal Endoscopy versus Esophagogastroduodenoscopy"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Melissa Edgar, Pediatric Oncology
"A Retrospective Review of the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Ferumoxytol versus Intravenous Iron Dextran in Pediatrics Patients with Iron Deficiency Anemia"
School: Viterbo University

Jonathan Mennecke, Nursing & Community Paramedic
"The Impact of a Community Paramedic Program on Post-Hospitalization Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients"
School: Iowa State University

Nicole Mischler, Hematology & Medical Oncology
"Establishing the Incidence of Blood Clots and Bleeding in a Community Setting in Patients with Cancer Starting Chemotherapy"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Taylor Oehrlein, Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
"Caretaker Experiences in GunderKids: A Program Evaluation"
School: Viterbo University

Marc Rademaker, Sleep Medicine
"Effects of Positive Airway Pressure Adherence on Readmission and Length of Stay in Hospitalized Patients with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Caleb Rossin, Emergency Medicine
"Safety of Proparacaine and Diclofenac Containing 'Comfort Drops' for Management of Eye Pain Following the Emergency Diagnosis of Corneal Abrasions, UV Light Related Keratitis and After Corneal Foreign Body Removal"
School: University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Mikaela Schlesinger, Pathology
"Optimizing Molecular Breast Cancer Testing (OncotypeDX): 2018 TailorX Clinical Trial and a New Decision Point to Administer Chemotherapy"
School: Gonzaga University

Danielle Wissink, Behavioral Health & Population Health
"The Role of the Environment in a Bariatric Surgery Population – Impact on Postoperative Weight Loss"
School: University of Iowa

Faustina Zertler, Medical Oncology
"Understanding Compliance with National Comprehensive Cancer Network's (NCCN) Recommended Follow-up Care after Breast Cancer Treatment"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Kylie Zimmerman, Family Medicine & Internal Medicine
"Effect of an Inpatient Stroke Response Team (SRT) in a Community Teaching Hospital"
School: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Class of 2018

Dolan, Evan (St. Norbert College). An Analysis of Intraoperative Hypothermia by Surgical Specialty

Krause, Mattie (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Utilization and Impact of Warm Hand-Offs, Shared Care and Phone Consultations during Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Visits

Rumball, Ian Rumball (University of Wisconsin - Madison). The Impact of Anemia on Outcomes in Acute Ischemic Stroke

Lokkesmoe, Ryan (Cedarville University). In Search of the Right Tool: Using a Standardized Risk Calculator to Predict Groin Wound Infection

Schmitz, Sophie (Winona State University). Evaluation of the Maternal and Neonatal Risks and Benefits Associated with Immersion in Water during the Second Stage of Labor and Delivery at Three Rural Birthing Centers in Critical Access Hospitals

Berg, Nicholas Berg (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Incidence and Type of Infections Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Owen, Lance Owen (Winona State University). Preceptor Perceptions: Three Schools of Nursing on a DEU and Traditional Clinical Unit

Read, Keaton (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Rate of high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) or endocervical adenocarcinoma in-situ (AIS) following and ASC-H Pap result at GHS: Is a diagnostic LEEP warranted?

Waldrop, Matthew (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Outcomes of Adolescent Headache Patients Treated in a Multidisciplinary Headache Clinic

Kasparova, Marie (Winona State University). Food Cravings after Bariatric Surgery

Schultz, Thomas (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse). Management strategy of patients with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction: Are we missing an opportunity?

Claffey, Shane (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities). Understanding the use of Internet and Social Media by Children and Young Adults with Cancer, and their Families

Class of 2017

Andersen, Ryan (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Evaluation of the use of blood products on an inpatient cardiothoracic surgery service

Baumgartner, Joshua (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Intestinal anastomosis: Which technique is better at Gundersen Medical Center?

Carlisle, Allison (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Differences in outcome and cost between patients admitted to intensive care versus the neuroscience unit post neuroendovascular procedure

Deviley, Jake (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). Preliminary analysis of the incidence of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) before and after the introduction of a commercial vaccine against varicella zoster virus (VZV)

Frawley, Connor (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). Predictors of poor outcome in stroke patients admitted to inpatient rehabilitation

Glodosky, Nicholas (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). From substances to food: an examination of addiction shift in individuals undergoing residential substance use treatment

Goplin, Shylana (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). Utilization of contralateral procedures in breast cancer patients at Gundersen

Kao, Trevor (Luther College, Decorah). Treatment patterns and outcomes of patients with mitral regurgitation

Mack, Lianna (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Prevalence and course of treatment of common hip pathologies presenting to a sports medicine clinic in the La Crosse area

McNamer, Sierra (Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota). Retrospective EHR review: longitudinal data related to 2004 baseline DXA testing

Prekop, Joseph (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). A retrospective evaluation of bleeding phenotype in our local pediatric Amish hemophilia population

Shapiro, Jacob (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs). Kidney stones following bariatric surgery – the Gundersen Experience

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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