Dr. Joseph (Alex) Duncan, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, presented the Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award to two residents during Medicine Grand Rounds last week. The annual award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement.

bryan-abadie“Candidates submitted their research efforts and accomplishments for consideration, and each was incredible this year,” said Duncan, who also directs UNC’s Physician Scientist Program and serves as associate director for research in the internal medicine residency program.  “These activities require an enormous amount of work during a time when residents are under a lot of demands for clinical residency. We had a tough time choosing who should receive this award, but two residents stood out above all as most impressive.”

Bryan Abadie, MD, was recognized for his work with Anil Gehi, MD, in the division of cardiology, completing a study that looked at the rates of spontaneous cardioversion in patients who left the emergency room after discharge.

“This was a study that he basically took from concept to completion,” Duncan said. “He was first author on the manuscript and presented his work as a poster at the American Conference of Cardiology Annual Conference which was recognized as the most outstanding poster presentation.”


sarah-rutsteinSarah Rutstein, MD, was congratulated for her work with researchers in Malawi and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, including Mina Hosseinipour, MD.

“Rutstein has been involved in several studies that consider the impact of screening and early treatment of  HIV infection on the ongoing HIV epidemic. Her work in the past year also included being a first author on a manuscript that described the transmission of drug resistance HIV in newly-acquired HIV infection.”

Rutstein was selected as both a speaker and panelist at the 2018 International Aids Conference. She was also asked to serve as a member of the World Health Organization’s Adult HIV Treatment Working Group last year.

“These are incredible accomplishments from very talented residents,” said Duncan.