"I applied to the University Scholars Program as a way of integrating the knowledge I have gained through shadowing several physicians with a meaningful research project. It is my hope that my project will increase the quality of medical care in patients suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency. For the academic year, I hope to complete my research project and present my work at a national conference. Additionally, I would be honored if my work was selected to be published in an academic journal."
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Minimally-Invasive Surgical Techniques Vascular Anatomy and Physiology The Interplay Between Nutrition and Health Clinical Outcomes Research Diabetes.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2008-2011)
- President's Honor Roll (2008)
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honor Program
Haven Hospice - Patient/Family Volunteer Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant.
Hobbies and Interests
- Hiking, reading, playing racquetball, golf, and music.
Outcomes and Predictors of Re-intervention with Endovenous Ablation for Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency is a condition characterized by the impairment of normal venous return. It is caused by the clotting of veins, or by the incompetence of valves within veins. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options for patients, ranging from compression stockings to surgical intervention. Historically, if patients suffering from venous insufficiency required surgery to correct their condition, they were treated with vein stripping or phlebectomy. However, recent advances in technology, collectively called endovenous ablation, have afforded patients less-invasive alternatives to these treatments. In this ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedure, a catheter-based approach is used instead of incisions to ablate incompetent veins. This method is both highly technically and clinically successful such that only a minority of patients require subsequent treatment for unsuccessful ablations. Unfortunately, patients who undergo additional surgical interventions are faced with the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia. The Nelson Research Group is interested in developing a prediction model to determine whether or not certain demographic or etiologic factors can forecast failure of the primary procedure and the need for re-intervention. We believe that this can be accomplished by looking at many aspects of a patient’s disease presentation, family history, and other demographic variables. With the development of such a model, physicians could capture patients who are at increased risk for a failed endovenous ablation upon presentation in clinic and provide treatment options that would reduce the need for secondary procedures. It is our hope that the knowledge obtained from this study can be used to improve the quality of care for patients diagnosed with Chronic Venous Insufficiency.