Research Day 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021



First place: Komal Manoj Rai, MD
Second place: Megan Narula, MD
Third place: Sriviji Senthil Kumaran, MD

Medical Students

Clinical Vignette:

First place: David Jackson and Caroline Lewis
Second place: Nadia Fayoumi and Faridat Folarin-Amode
Third place: Sophie Kern


First place: George E. Tsourdinis
Second place: Molly Kress
Third place: Anvesh Jalasutram and John Caniglia


See program for full presentation details

Medical Students Talks | Research: Session #1Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Junling Yang
Medical Students Talks | Research: Session #2Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Peter Gyarmati
Medical Students Talks | Research: Session #3Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Lusine Demirkhanyan
Medical Students Talks | Research: Session #4Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Jerusha Boyineni
Medical Students Talks | Clinical Vignette: Session #5Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Kiran Kumar Velpula
Medical Students Talks | CQI: Session #6Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Manu Gnanamony
Residents Talks | Research: Session #7Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Sergey Malchenko
Residents Talks | Clinical Vignette: Session #8Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Krishna Kumar Veeravalli
Residents Talks | Clinical Vignette/CQI: Session #9Zoom recording
Chaired by Dr. Christopher Sumeet-Babu Gondi
Award Ceremony Zoom recording

Keynote Speech


Clifford D. Saron, PhD
UC Davis Center for Mind
and Brain

“Quiescence and Healing: Scientific Studies of Meditation Toward Compassionate Engagement with Suffering”

Zoom recording

For many people, the challenges of this past year have laid bare not only the structural inequities of our society, but also the very real limits of our capacity to bear the depths of human suffering. As a medical community of healers, you collectively embody an inspiring commitment to human well-being and flourishing. Training in how to engage with suffering without becoming overwhelmed or insensate that draws upon contemplative traditions may be useful in this context. In this talk, I will highlight the ways in which our research on the effects of intensive meditation in retreat contexts points toward the growth of compassionate responses to suffering. Through the use of a heuristic phenomenological model of mental processes impacted by mindfulness training, I will describe findings in the domains of attentional performance, emotional and physiological responses to suffering, and stress-related biomarkers of cellular aging that suggest the growth of this compassionate capacity in these training contexts. I will also briefly describe two ongoing studies using at-home measures that investigate:

  1. how individuals are using meditation to cope with the stresses of the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and racialized violence in society and how this relates to immune cell telomere attrition across this year
  2. how online training in compassion cultivation vs. mindfulness impact visual attention and physiological responses to suffering

The importance of scientific cultural humility and commitments to diversity and inclusivity in research practice will be emphasized.

Special Recognition

Organized and led by Dr. Eleonora Zakharian ([email protected]) – Chair, Committee on Research
Coordinated by Dr. Jessica Hanks and Dr. McBee Orzulak
Supporting staff members: Valerie J. Bricka, Lisa C. Lovett, and Bonnie L. Willis
Website designer and coordinator: Drew McDowell