Dr. Umair Iqbal Receives E. Donnall Thomas Award for Outstanding Research at Bassett

Bassett Medical Center

May 22, 2017

Umair Iqbar_EDT Award 2017.jpgCooperstown, NY – A doctor completing his medical training at Bassett hopes the results of a recent research study project will help save lives. Dr. Umair Iqbal conducted research exploring patients who suffer from fainting after a sudden drop in blood pressure and a potential diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism (a blockage in the lungs caused by a blood clot that has traveled from another part of the body, which is often fatal).

Iqbal is an internal medicine resident in his second year of training at Bassett Medical Center and his research earned him the 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Outstanding Research Presentation Award. Iqbal’s research project and poster were among nine recently presented as part of the E. Donnall Thomas Research Day.

“More than 40 percent of patients who are evaluated in the emergency room with fainting are discharged with an unknown cause,” explains Iqbal. “Syncope (passing out) is sometimes the first symptom of acute pulmonary embolism, and this diagnosis should be immediately considered in all of these patients. My research highlights that syncope is associated with poor outcomes in acute pulmonary embolism and the importance of this close monitoring. It could save lives.”

Iqbal worked on the study project with mentors Dr. Edward Bischof, program director, internal medicine, and Dr. Ahmad Chaudhary, attending physician, at Bassett Medical Center.

Iqbal earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. After completing his residency at Bassett, he plans to pursue a gastroenterology fellowship.

“I’d like to thank Bassett Research Institute for their excellence and support during the course of my research, with special accolades to Melissa Scribani, business manager, and Jennifer Victory, clinical research nurse supervisor,” says Iqbal.

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.

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