St. E's Resident's Research Earns Spot in National Research Competition

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Cindy Xia's research on the incidence and treatment of gout among hospitalized patients received top honors at the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Xia will present her research at the national conference later this year.

Since untreated gout increases morbidity and mortality, this finding may arouse more attention in the management and treatment of gout as a chronic disease.

A St. Elizabeth medical resident has taken first place in a state-wide medical research competition and will present her work nationally later this year. Dr. Cindy Xia’s research on the incidence and treatment of gout among hospitalized patients with kidney disease was selected from more than 120 posters for the award at The Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Xia, a resident with St. Elizabeth Health Center’s Internal Medicine Residency program, will now present her efforts in New Orleans at the national ACP meeting.

Dr. Xia’s research revealed almost 1 in 7 hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease also had gout. Older males with diabetes and high cholesterol levels were at greater risk for developing gout. She is hopeful such research will improve the care of patients. “Since untreated gout increases morbidity and mortality, this finding may arouse more attention in the management and treatment of gout as a chronic disease, " reported Dr. Xia.

Dr. Xia is a graduate of Tongji Medical University in China and has previous research experience at Dupont. She also holds a graduate degree from the University of North Texas in Neuroscience.

Working with her on this effort were her colleagues from the Internal Medicine department, local nephrologist, Erdal Sarac, MD, and fellow internal medicine resident Yanli Fan, MD.

The St. Elizabeth Internal Medicine Residency is a three-year, fully accredited ACGME program meeting all of the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. The residency, which recently received another five-year full accreditation, is affiliated with the Northeast Ohio Medical University(NEOMED). Residents receive training in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient management, invasive and noninvasive procedures and all subspecialty areas. This prepares them for the diverse challenges of medical practice.

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