Research Fellows

M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D.

I am finishing a Master's in Clinical Research from the Center for Translational Science Activities. I have been involved in research for 8 years, and I began working on ischemic stroke with Dr. Latha Stead in April 2006.

Some of our stroke projects include:

  • Creating a score to predict subsequent vascular events in a cohort of patients with acute ischemic stroke
  • Searching for serum markers (like S–100, NSE, Interleukins) that correlate with the time from symptoms onset of the stroke and stroke severity
  • Mechanical devices for thrombectomy in stroke
  • Stroke in children
  • Cardioembolic strokes and atrial fibrillation as predictors of worse outcome after stroke
  • Risk of stroke after transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Validation of the ABCD2 score in an ED cohort
  • Glucose management and outcomes in stroke
  • Stroke in young adults

I contribute data from the ED to the Stroke Center certification, a joint commission initiative to measure the performance of the ED with patients presenting with acute stroke. I also support EM residents and fellows in their research projects. Particularly, I help them write the research protocols, tabulate and manage data, analyze statistics, interpret results, and prepare posters to present their work at different meetings.

I am currently doing a systematic review and meta–analysis for the Cochrane Collaboration about insulin and hyperglycemia in acute ischemic stroke patients, and I am also working on my thesis project.

Veena Manivannan, M.B.B.S.

My primary research interests are Emergency Department management of anaphylaxis. I am working on establishing an anaphylaxis registry. Through a retrospective and prospective database, I hope to assess the incidence, cause, features, and outcome of anaphylaxis. I am involved in establishing a standardized approach toward anaphylaxis patients and thus improve clinical practice.

Anunaya Jain, M.B.B.S.

I joined Mayo in September 2008 as a research fellow in the Division of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine. I completed my residency in Emergency Medicine under the MCEM (UK) program in Apollo Health City, India, in June 2008. This fellowship is part of my algorithm for academic growth. My previous research included the use of ultrasound in the ED, stroke, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and sepsis diagnosis. I hope to advance my research during my tenure at Mayo, which I see as the ‘mecca of medicine’. I have also been serving for the past year on the review board of the International Journal of Emergency Medicine.

My passion remains in the development of EM in India.

Balavani Palamari, M.B.B.S.

Currently I am working on a project to predict subsequent vascular events based on imaging studies in patients presenting with transient ischemic attack. Being part of the BEST project, I enroll patients presenting with transient ischemic attack or stroke, to maintain an ongoing registry. I use the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), ischemic stroke classification (TOAST), and functional outcome (modified Rankin Scale) to analyze clinical data for acute ischemic stroke patients. My focus in research is on women’s health related to stroke.

Luis Serrano, M.D.

I am currently finishing my Master’s in Clinical Research at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and College of Health–Related Professions. My project was focused on the identification of patients with increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias after syncope evaluation in the Emergency Department. Since July 2008, I have been part of the Mayo Clinic CTSA – University of Puerto Rico Research Scholar Transition Award – as a research fellow and working part–time as an ED consultant. My current project is the development of a clinical decision rule for risk stratification of syncope patients evaluated in the Emergency Department.

Neeraja Yerragondu, M.B.B.S.

My primary research interests are chest pain and sepsis. I am working with Dr. Jennifer Hess, evaluating data for patients who present with chest pain. The goal of our work is to develop a clinical decision rule that predicts adverse cardiac events with a high degree of sensitivity. This will enable emergency physicians to identify patients with chest pain who are safe for early discharge without extensive testing. I am also collaborating with Dr. Christopher Russi in the sepsis database, entering data related to medications and clinical parameters in patients with sepsis who are air lifted to the emergency room.

Ravneet Dhillon, M.D.

I joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as a Research Fellow in July 2008. I completed my medical schooling in India. Currently, I am working on two projects: "Capnography as an Effort– Independent Measure of Airway Obstruction in Children with Acute Asthma" and "Capnogram in Assessing Outcomes for Infants in Bronchiolitis." I will continue my research in conjunction with my clinical practice. I am also working towards my M.P.H. degree from the University of Minnesota.

Robin Dhillon, M.B.B.S.

I became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh after finishing my membership exams and basic surgical training from the UK in November 2008. I am very ecstatic to join the research team of Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic.

My current project is to evaluate the current practice in prehospital management of sepsis and deriving new directives based on our study and literature search. I would also be involved in other projects with Dr Russi such as role of tissue oxygen monitoring in predicting outcome of cardiac resuscitation and risk of re-arrest and shock trial study. Currently I am pursuing MBA program, and I am about to finish a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine this summer.

Dipti Agarwal, M.B.B.S.