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Pediatrics / Rheumatology Fellowship / Fellowship Research


Fellowship Research

Current Fellows

Sarah Baluta, M.D.

Research Project: Improving patient reported outcome measures in pediatric rheumatology adolescent patients with the use of a patient driven educational instrument
Research Mentors:
Homaira Rahimi, M.D., M.T.R.
Michelle Swanger-Gagne, Ph.D
Shellie Yussman, M.D., M.P.H.
Christina Schutt, D.O. (ad hoc)

Chrisana Pokorny, M.D.

Research Project: Pediatric to Adult Rheumatology Transition: Clinic Development and Measurable Outcomes
Research Mentors:
Bethany Marston, M.D.
Anatole Kleiner, M.D.
Suzie Noronha, M.D.

Recent Graduates

Andrew Long, M.D.

Research Project: MSK Ultrasound Teaching
Research Mentors:
Bethany Marston, M.D.
William Novak, M.D.
Robert Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H.

Alicia Lieberman, M.D., M.S.

Research Project: 
(1) Differential cytokine expression in plaque lesions from patients with psoriasis versus psoriatic arthritis
(2) NIR-ICG Imaging of human lymphatic anatomy and function in individuals with and without inflammatory arthritis

Research Mentors: 
Homaira Rahimi, M.D., M.T.R.
Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H.
Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Abstracts/Poster Presentations:
  • Bell R, Lieberman A, Wood R, Bell C, Rahimi H, Schwarz E, Ritchlin CT. Near Infrared Indocyanine Green Imaging Reveals Diminished Flow in Basilic Associated Lymphatic Vessels in the Hands of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients during Flare [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 10).
  • Lieberman A, Baumhauer J, Dasilva C, Anandarajah AP. The Relationship Between Promis and CDAI Scores, Disease Duration, Age and Gender in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10).


  • Shanklin A, Cox A, Ahmed H, Lieberman A, Busza A. Case report of GCA reactivation resulting in CNS vasculitis with PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor therapy Neurology Clinical Reasoning:  A 77-year-old man presenting with episodic expressive aphasia. Submitted to Neurology: Clinical Reasoning Nov 2017, revised and resubmitted 12/13/17.
Presentations and Awards:
  • 2016-2017 Clausen and Bradford Fellowship Award, Strong Children's Research Center, Department of Pediatrics 
  • Lieberman, A. Dystrophic Calcinosis in Autoimmune Connective Tissue Disease: Mechanistic and Therapeutic Update, AIR Grand Rounds, University of Rochester, April 22, 2016.


  • Assistance with Medical School Course, December 2015, 2016
  • Disorders of Childhood 2nd year medical school course invited lecturer, March 2016, March 2017, March 2018
  • Resident noon conferences on topics in Pediatric Rheumatology (2016, 2018 – 5/17/18)
  • AIR Grand rounds presentations 3 per year
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation 4/11/17