Barry podiatry students awarded Dr. Stelnicki Scholarship

Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine awarded two senior students, Jessica Ortega and Thomas Wilson with the 2012 Dr. James V. Stelnicki Scholarship for Excellence in Lower Extremity Vascular Medicine.  The scholarships derive from Dr. Stelnicki’s $100,000 donation to the School of Podiatric Medicine, which awards $5,000 to each student.

The student research team was selected by the research faculty committee based upon their strong interest in lower extremity vascular medicine and demonstration of significant progress on the research project titled, “Hemodialysis-Induced Hypotension in the Foot as Measured by Skin Perfusion Pressure and Toe Brachial Index.”

The purpose of this research study is to determine if patients with diabetes, on routine dialysis, are at risk of experiencing decreased perfusion to the foot during hemodialysis as measured by skin perfusion pressure, pulse volume recording, toe-brachial index, and ankle-brachial index.  This is an IRB approved prospective study that will be carried out at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach to demonstrate a change in peripheral skin microcirculation in the lower extremity of 70 patients with diabetes undergoing chronic hemodialysis.  The results of this study may help physicians determine which patients could potentially benefit from early vascular intervention, in turn minimizing limb loss.

“We are very proud of the work and efforts put forth by Thomas Wilson and Jessica Ortega in obtaining the first Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine research study approved at such a prestigious teaching institution as Mount Sinai,” said Dr. Jacqueline Brill, associate professor of surgery and residency director for the Barry University/Mount Sinai podiatric residency program.  “Student doctors Ortega and Wilson are most worthy and admirable recipients of Dr. Stelnicki’s scholarship.”