TTUHSC EP Cardiology Fellow Wins AMA Seed Grant Award

AgunanneA cardiology fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center recently won the prestigious American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation 2014 Seed Grant Research Program award. Enoch Agunanne, M.D., won the award for his project on heart failure.

Dr Agunanne attributes part of the reason for his success to “the wonderful and collegial working environment at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.”

Previous winners of this national award, said Dr. Agunanne, have been from more noted university hospitals. “This shows that we are up at the top echelons of university hospitals that receive such grants,” he said.

Dr. Agunanne’s mentor and director of the cardiology division is Dept. of Medicine Chairman and Professor Debabrata Mukherjee, M.D., to whom he expressed appreciation for the support he gets. Dr. Agunanne also recognized other cardiology faculty and attendings, Drs. Aamer Abbas, Tariq Siddiqui, David Gough, Zainul Abedin, and Jorge Martinez-Lopez. He said he is also thankful to cardiology chief fellows, Drs. Karla Quevedo and Rabab Mohsin as well as his co-cardiology fellow, Jennifer Dochee.

“Kudos to Enoch for getting this prestigious research seed award from the American Medical Association. The award appropriately reflects his hard work , insightful approach and the importance of his research delving into improving the quality of care for heart failure patients,” said Dr. Mukherjee.

According to Dr. Agunanne, this award is a tribute to the entire staff of Texas Tech University Health Science Center, El Paso. Dr Agunanne said he expects a period of hard work that will include all the stages of a successful research project, starting from the hypothesis all the way to the publication, as well as presentations in national meetings and applications towards improving quality of care for heart failure patients.