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Resident Research 


Adham Alifarag, MD

Research Endeavors

2015-2019; Osseodensification, 3D printing,
Location/Institution: New York University, New York City, NY
Principle Investigator: Paulo Coelho, DDS, PhD, MS


  • Witek L, Parra M, Tovar N, Alifarag A, Lopez CD, Torroni A, Bonfante EA, Coelho PG.  Effect of Surgical Instrumentation Variables on the Osseointegration of Narrow- and Wide-Diameter Short Implants.  J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 Feb;79(2):346-355. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2020.09.041. Epub 2020 Oct 8. PMID: 33137302 
  • Witek L, Alifarag AM, Tovar N, Lopez CD, Cronstein BN, Rodriguez ED, Coelho PG. Repair of Critical‐Sized Long Bone Defects Using Dipyridamole‐Augmented 3D‐Printed Bioactive Ceramic Scaffolds. Journal of Orthopaedic Research®. 2019 Dec;37(12):2499-507.
  • Witek L, Alifarag AM, Tovar N, Lopez CD, Gil LF, Gorbonosov M, Hannan K, Neiva R, Coelho PG. Osteogenic parameters surrounding trabecular tantalum metal implants in osteotomies prepared via osseodensification drilling. Medicina oral, patologia oral y cirugia bucal. 2019 Nov;24(6):e764.
  •  Witek L, Neiva R, Alifarag AM, Shahraki F, Sayah G, Tovar N, Lopez CD, Gil L, Coelho PG. Absence of Healing Impairment in Osteotomies Prepared via Osseodensification Drilling. International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. 2019 Jan 1;39(1).
  • Alifarag AM, Lopez CD, Neiva RF, Tovar N, Witek L, Coelho PG. Atemporal osseointegration: Early biomechanical stability through osseodensification. Journal of Orthopaedic Research®. 2018 Sep;36(9):2516-23.
  • Lopez CD, Alifarag AM, Torroni A, Tovar N, Diaz-Siso JR, Witek L, Rodriguez ED, Coelho PG. Osseodensification for enhancement of spinal surgical hardware fixation. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials. 2017 May 1;69:275-81.
  • Brecher M, Li Z, Liu B, Zhang J, Koetzner CA, Alifarag AM, Jones SA, Lin Q, Kramer LD, Li H. A conformational switch high-throughput screening assay and allosteric inhibition of the flavivirus NS2B-NS3 protease. PLoS pathogens. 2017 May 25;13(5):e1006411.
  • Lahens B, Neiva R, Tovar N, Alifarag AM, Jimbo R, Bonfante EA, Bowers MM, Cuppini M, Freitas H, Witek L, Coelho PG. Biomechanical and histologic basis of osseodensification drilling for endosteal implant placement in low density bone. An experimental study in sheep. journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials.2016 Oct 1;63:56-65.

Aron Egelko, MD


2021- Ongoing; LGBT Equity in Surgery
Principle Investigator: Dr. Erkmen

2017-2020 Biochemical and Morphological Variation in Adipose Cells
SUNY Downstate
Principle Investigator: Dr. Kral


  • Egelko A, Kirchoff-Torres KF, Ramaswamy S, Shaftman SR, Zach V, Tanne D, Gorman MJ, Levine SR.  Including Distal Motor Function within the NIHSS: Correlation with Motor Arm Function and IV rt-PA Treatment Response. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2021 Nov;30(11):106046. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2021.106046. Epub 2021 Aug 25.  PMID: 34454302 
  • Egelko A, Kirchoff KF, Ramaswamy S, Shaftman SR, Zach V, Tanne D, Gorman MJ, Levine SR. 2021. “Including distal motor function within the NIHSS: Correlation with motor arm function and IV rt-PA treatment response.” Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Agarwal, S. Egelko, A, Erkmen, C. 2021 “Understanding Program Training Requirements for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”. American College of Surgeons SCORE Curriculum.
  • Egelko, A. Agarwal, S. Erkmen, C. 2021 “Evidence Behind Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” ”. American College of Surgeons SCORE Curriculum.
  • Egelko, A. Arnaout, L. Garoon, J. Streed, C., Berger, Z 2020“Do I Have to Be Tested?: Understanding Reluctance to Be Screened forCOVID-19”American Journal of Public Health
  • Jaiman, A. Hessburg, J. ​Egelko, A. ​2020 “Creating a student-staffed family call-line to alleviate clinical burden” The Hospitalist.
  • Levine S., Singer J., Cummings C., ​Egelko A.​, Mblasti J., Conigliaro. 2019.“Independent ischemic stroke risk factors in older Americans: A systematic review” Aging
  • Levi A., Gross D.,​ Egelko A.​, Roudnitsky V., 2019 “GJ Feeding Tube for Duodenal Decompression:  A novel alternative to avoid lateral duodenostomy”. Science Repository


  • Egelko A., Levi A., Jiang XC., Kral J., 2019. “Of Mice and Men: Depot Specific Enzyme Differences in Adipose Tissue”. Presented at: SUNY Downstate Annual Research Day 2019

Helya Ghaffari, MD

Research Endeavors

2014-2018, I worked on developing a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor against refractory and relapsed AML.
NYC, Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai
E. Premkumar, Reddy, PhD

2009-2012, I developed a Hoxb13 driven inducible system for conditional gene expression in the prostate.
Baltimore, University of Maryland—Baltimore County
Charles Bieberich, PhD


  • Varsha Rao, Jamie C. Heard, Helya Ghaffari, Laura N. Mutton, Charles J. Bieberich (2012) A Hoxb13-driven Reverse Tetracycline Trans-activator system for conditional gene expression in the prostate. Prostate 2012 July 1; 72(10): 1045-1051 Epub 2012 Feb 1
  • Fang He, Allison James, Himanshu Raje, Helya Ghaffari, Patrick DiMario (2015) Deletion of Drosophila Nopp140 induces subcellular ribosomopathies. Chromosoma 2015 Jun; 124(2):191-208 Epub 2014 Nov 11
  • Marilyn Menotti-Raymond, Victor A. David, Eduardo Eizirik, Melody E. Roelke, Helya Ghaffari, and Stephen J. O’Brien (2009) Mapping of the Domestic Cat “Silver” Coat Color Locus Identifies a Unique Genomic Location for Silver in Mammals. Journal of Heredity 2009 March; 100 (sup 1): S8-S13 Epup 2009 Apr. 27


  • Mount Sinai Department of Pharmacological Sciences Annual Retreat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. October 24, 2017
  • Mount Sinai Department of Oncological Sciences Annual Retreat at the New York Academy of Science. November 10, 2017
  • Medical Scientist Grand Rounds Monthly Seminar at the Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai. December 14, 2017

Posters presented at

  • Advocates for Women MSTP Conference at Charleston, SC, May 14, 2016
  • American Association for Cancer Research Annual Conference at Washington, DC April 1-5, 2017
  • EACR-AACR-SIC Special Conference: Challenges of Optimizing Immuno and Targeted Therapy at Florence, Italy, June 24-27, 2017
  • 32nd Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference at Keystone, Colorado, July 14-16, 2017
  • 11th Annual Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Symposium  at Stony Brook, New York, October 6, 2017

Terry Gao


  • Kuo LE, Chu DI, Gao T, Brahmbhatt TS, Wang TS.  Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences and challenges in academic surgery.  Am J Surg. 2022 Jan;223(1):211-213. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.07.047. Epub 2021 Jul 31.  PMID: 34353621 
  • Hou J, Gao T.  Explainable DCNN based chest X-ray image analysis and classification for COVID-19 pneumonia detection.  Sci Rep. 2021 Aug 9;11(1):16071. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-95680-6.  PMID: 34373554
  • Hou J, Gao T.  Author Correction: Explainable DCNN based chest X-ray image analysis and classification for COVID-19 pneumonia detection.  Sci Rep. 2021 Sep 20;11(1):19003. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-98624-2. PMID: 34545170 

John Loree


  • Tokarz E, Szymanowski AR, Loree JT, Muscarella J.  Gaps in Training: Misunderstandings of Airway Management in Medical Students and Internal Medicine Residents.  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 May;164(5):938-943. doi: 10.1177/0194599820949528. Epub 2020 Aug 25.  PMID: 32838664 
  • Loree J, Lappin SL.  Bacteriostatic Antibiotics.  2021 Aug 27. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–.  PMID: 31613458 

Maryclare Taylor


  • Xu C, Tolaymat B, Taylor M, Aicher BO, Flentje AO, Sahajwani S, Endicott KM, Nagarsheth KH.  Distal Superior Mesenteric Artery Endarterectomy Remains an Excellent Option for Mesenteric Revascularization in the Endovascular Era. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Jan;70:386-392. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2020.06.065. Epub 2020 Jul 4.  PMID: 32634563
  • Taylor ME, Ngaage LM, Wasicek P, Ha M, Nagarsheth K, Toursavadkohi SA, Karwowski J, Rasko YM.  Vacuum-Assisted Incisional Closure Therapy After Groin Reconstruction With Muscle Flap.  Cureus. 2021 May 11;13(5):e14954. doi: 10.7759/cureus.14954.  PMID: 34123651 

Richard Bresler


  • Bresler RM, Lynch NP, Connolly M, Keelan S, Richter L, McHugh SM, Naughton PA.  Arteriovenous Fistula for dialysis - Let's Google it. Readability and quality of online information.  Surgeon. 2021 Feb;19(1):15-19. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2020.02.009. Epub 2020 Apr 25.  PMID: 32340801