Internal Medicine Residency Program Research | Palisades Medical Center   


A Word from Dr. Simcha Weissman DO, Core Faculty Member

Hi, I am a graduate from the current residency program, had the privilege to serve as chief medical resident and become the director for the research society at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. I have a strong interest in clinical research, primarily in clinical autoimmune and microbial organismal areas such as C. difficile, Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and cholestatic liver disease. I focuses on quality of care, guideline management, quality improvement, and patient-centric outcomes.

We have published more than 70 scientific articles in the field of gastroenterology, general internal medicine, and others, in top-tier, high-impact journals including: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the Journal of Crohns and Colitis, and the American Journal of Gastroenterology. My expertise lies in large-database population-based studies, including cross-sectional analyses, case-control studies, and retrospective cohort analyses. I also have much experience with conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Our team here meets weekly after morning report with our medical students and residents and other faculty, to discuss ongoing projects, explore new ideas and provide didactics to help teach clinical research. This platform is learner friendly and is a safe environment to explore research and keep academically engaged amidst clinical duties. We have been very successful and have had great resident participation in our weekly meetings.

Our Research Committee is led by Dr. Simcha Weissman and Dr. Ayrton Bangolo (PGY-3). The committee meets every Tuesday from 8-8:30 AM.

The goal is to further the residents’ knowledge on the basics of evidence based medicine via a basic and subsequently, an in depth discussion on the various study designs, compilation of research manuscripts, submissions to medical journals, answering the reviewers’ comments, and writing a medical research grant.

Utmost importance is given to the research committee meetings in order to foster the resident researcher to further the growth of evidence based medicine

Recent Publications/Poster or Abstract Presentations:

  • Bangolo, A. I., Trivedi, C., Jani, I., Pender, S., Khalid, H., Alqinai, B., ... & Weissman, S. (2023). Impact of gut microbiome in the development and treatment of pancreatic cancer: Newer insights. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 29(25), 3984.
  • Bangolo, A. I., Fwelo, P., Trivedi, C., Sagireddy, S., Aljanaahi, H., Auda, A., ... & Weissman, S. (2023). Interaction between age and gender on survival outcomes in extramedullary multiple myeloma over the past two decades. World Journal of Clinical Oncology, 14(4), 179.
  • Bangolo, A., Fwelo, P., Sagireddy, S., Shah, H., Trivedi, C., Bukasa-Kakamba, J., Patel, R., Bharane, L., Randhawa, M.K., Nagesh, V.K. and Dey, S., 2023. Interaction between Age and Primary Site on Survival Outcomes in Primary GI Melanoma over the Past Decade. Medical Sciences, 11(2), p.32.
  • Bangolo A, Fwelo P, Trivedi C, Hashem J, Jandir P, Klaichart K, Abdelrahim R, Perera AR, Singh M, Gurumoorthy RB, Tiwari A. The Clinical Characteristics and Epidemiology of Extramedullary Multiple Myeloma over the Past Two Decades. Blood. 2022 Nov 15;140(Supplement 1):12521-2.
  • Niazi B, Trivedi C, Ali S, Shaikh Z, Sciarra M. (2022, October 24). A Rare Case of Colonic Intussusception After Self-Expandable Metal Stent Placement [Poster presented]. American College of Gastroenterology/Charlotte, NC, USA. Trivedi C, Jarri M, Akhter M. (2022, October 23). Hepatic Sarcoidosis Manifesting as Asymptomatic Elevation in Liver Enzymes [Poster presented]. American College of Gastroenterology /Charlotte, NC, USA.
  • Trivedi, C., Ali, S., Pulipaka, P., Shaikh, Z., Sciarra, M., Elias, S.. (2023, May 23). Gallstone Ileus: A Dramatic Presentation of an Unfamiliar Cause of Bowel Obstruction. [Poster presented]. Hackensack Meridian Health Research Day/North Bergen, NJ, USA.
  • Trivedi, C., Philip, S., Ahmed, N., Elias, S., Sotiriadis, J.. (2023, May 23). A Sigmoid Adenoma-Endocrine Tumor in Ulcerative Colitis. [Poster presented]. Hackensack Meridian Health Research Day /North Bergen, NJ, USA.
  • Niazi BA, Trivedi C, Perrella B. (2022, May). A Rare Case of Junctional Bradycardia Secondary to Oral Phenytoin.. Cureus, 14(5),e25251.
  • Bangolo A, Fwelo P, Iyer KM, Klinger S, Tavares L, Dey S, et al. Primary Cardiac Sarcoma: Clinical Characteristics and Prognostic Factors over the Past 2 Decades. Diseases. 2023;11(2):74.
  • Bangolo A, Sagireddy S, Desrochers P, Laabidi I, Nagesh VK, Jarri A, et al. Association between Multiple Myeloma and Ulcerative Colitis: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. Diseases. 2023;11(2):59.
  • Bangolo A, Fwelo P, Al-Qatish T, Bukasa-Kakamba J, Lee T, Cayago AG, Potiguara S, Nagesh VK, Kawall J, Ahmed R, et al. Outcomes of Patients with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors in the Past Decade. Medical Sciences. 2023; 11(3):54.
  • Bangolo A, Akhter M, Jarri A, Kaur M, Atoot A, Jandir P, et al. A Case Report of Premalignant Plasma Cell Dyscrasia-Induced Renal Failure in a 31-Year-Old Female. Case Reports in Hematology. 2022;2022:2497380.
  • Bangolo A, Cherian J, Ahmed M, Atoot A, Gupta B, Atoot A. A Case Report of DVT following the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine against the Novel SARS-CoV-2. Case Reports in Infectious Diseases. 2022;2022:1292754.
  • Bangolo AI, Akhter M, Auda A, Akram R, Nagesh VK, Athem D, et al. A Case Report of Acute Severe Necrotizing Pancreatitis following the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine against the Novel SARS-CoV-2. Case Reports in Infectious Diseases. 2023;2023:9965435. Weissman S, Aziz M, Bangolo AI, Ehrlich D, Forlemu A, Willie A, et al. Relationships of hospitalization outcomes and timing to endoscopy in non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding: A nationwide analysis. World J Gastrointest Endosc. 2023;15(4):285-96.
  • Weissman S, Systrom HK, Bangolo A, Elias D, Awasi M, Zahdeh T, et al. Health Maintenance and Preventative Care in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review of the Overall Quality of Societal Recommendations. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2023;57(4):325-34.
  • Weissman S, Pandol SJ, Ghaffar U, Boafo M, Ogbu CE, Zadeh T, Ashary M, Nagesh VK, Kigga A, Bangolo A, Bhargava A. Impact of sex and comorbid diabetes on hospitalization outcomes in acute pancreatitis: A large United States population-based study[J]. AIMS Public Health, 2023, 10(1): 105-115. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2023009
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