Dr. Shashank Kotakonda Receives E. Donnall Thomas Award for Outstanding Research at Bassett

Bassett Medical Center

June 7, 2016

Shashank Kotakonda, MD, internal medicine resident in his third year of training at Bassett Medical Dr.Kotakonda.jpgCenter, was presented with the 2016 E. Donnall Thomas Outstanding Research Presentation Award. Kotakonda’s research project and poster were among nine recently presented as part of the E. Donnall Thomas Research Day. The award-winning research study project is titled “Topical Pharyngeal Anesthesia during Sedation for EGD.” The study explores differences in patient tolerance during an EGD (upper endoscopy procedure) when topical pharyngeal anesthetics are used in conjunction with intravenous sedatives.

Kotakonda worked on the study project with mentors Sheikh A. Saleem, MD, and David Ullman, MD, at Bassett Medical Center. “This study aims to find out if topical pharyngeal anesthetics have any role during EGDs when used with sedatives such as Propofol,” says Kotakonda. “This combination may ease the endoscopy experience by diminishing the gag reflex, thereby improving patient tolerance during the procedure, which is our ultimate goal.”

Kotakonda earned his medical degree from Andhra Medical College in India. After completing his residency at Bassett, he plans to specialize in hospital medicine.

The E. Donnall Thomas Award is given annually to a Bassett trainee who has conducted exceptional research while at Bassett Medical Center during residency. The award is named in honor of E. Donnall Thomas, who served as Bassett’s physician-in-chief from 1955 to 1963. He was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which he began at Bassett. Thomas performed the world’s first human bone marrow transplant at Bassett in 1956.

 Photo caption: Shashank Kotakonda, MD, poses with his research poster at Bassett Medical Center

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