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Surgery-Sponsored Medical Students Present Their Research at Public Health Symposium

Apr 10, 2023, 12:30 PM by UTMB Surgery

The UTMB School of Public and Population Health held their 2023 Public Health Symposium during National Public Health Week. Students, residents, fellows, staff, faculty, and community partners showcased their research posters. 

Students sponsored by surgery faculty Dr. Kueht and Dr. Naik-Mathuria presented the following topics: 

  • John Johnson: “Investigating adverse outcomes of long-term steroid maintenance immunosuppression in elderly renal transplant recipients” 

  • Tobenna Nwokedi and Navneet Venugopal: “Comparing UTI incidence in elderly post-renal transplant patients undergoing early steroid withdrawal vs steroid continuous immunosuppression” 

  • Danielle Rogan: “Higher risk of negative outcomes post-renal transplant in minority populations in the United States” 

  • Ben Wick: “Infectious disease susceptibility in one-year lung transplant patients undergoing basiliximab induction immunosuppression” 

  • Jared Zhang: “Effectiveness of double doses of COVID-19 vaccine in solid organ transplant recipients” 

  • Jazzalyn Zou: “The SAFR Houston model: Comprehensive local surveillance to identify vulnerable populations and risk factors for pediatric firearm injury prevention” 


Message from John Johnson: 

"It was an amazing experience to present alongside other fellow student researchers at the Public Health Symposium. In the transplant research group, we thought of a wide array of public health challenges affecting the transplant population and formulated hypotheses to address them. Our research encompassed various topics such as immunosuppression considerations in the elderly renal transplant population, efficacy of COVID vaccination amongst transplant recipients, and differences in transplant outcomes in minority racial and ethnic groups. Overall, it was amazing to see fellow medical students apply their learning in the classroom towards improving public health issues. On behalf of the entire research group, I want to thank Dr. Kueht for his full support in helping us formulate hypotheses, assisting in our research development, and always pushing us to think critically about our findings. We will certainly be back next year to present new projects and further promote public health awareness in the transplant space."
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