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Elisabeth Dianne Riviello, M.D.


Available: 12/21/18, Expires: 12/31/20

I have been working with colleagues in Rwanda since 2010 to improve care for critically ill patients through education and research. Our focus has been on acute respiratory failure including ARDS, oxygen supply and utilization, sepsis including antimicrobial resistance, and training in critical care including ultrasound.

Our work has resulted in improvements in ICU care and training, as well as twenty-three collaborative papers. We mentor both residents and medical students, generally pairing American trainees with their Rwandan counterparts.

We are looking for students who are committed, compassionate, and humble. We need a minimum time commitment of four months, and can mentor year-long projects as well. Our current efforts are focused on oxygen utilization and medical education innovations in critical care.

If you are interested, please send an email with your resume and brief description of your interests to eriviell@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Available: 07/01/17, Expires: 07/31/19

The student would have an opportunity to choose among projects within the topic of critical care in resource constrained settings. Current projects focus on hypoxemia and the rational use of oxygen, ARDS, ultrasound, antimicrobial resistance, mortality prediction among critically ill patients, and the impact of critical care education in Rwanda. Ideally the student would spend a year developing and implementing the project, with an opportunity (though not requirement) of spending significant time in Rwanda.

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  1. Rochwerg B, Granton D, Wang DX, Helviz Y, Einav S, Frat JP, Mekontso-Dessap A, Schreiber A, Azoulay E, Mercat A, Demoule A, Lemiale V, Pesenti A, Riviello ED, Mauri T, Mancebo J, Brochard L, Burns K. High flow nasal cannula compared with conventional oxygen therapy for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Intensive Care Med. 2019 May; 45(5):563-572. PMID: 30888444.
  2. Using research to prepare for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory infection. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(1):e001061. PMID: 30899557.
  3. Diaz JV, Riviello ED, Papali A, Adhikari NKJ, Ferreira JC. Global Critical Care: Moving Forward in Resource-Limited Settings. Ann Glob Health. 2019 Jan 22; 85(1). PMID: 30741504.
  4. Leopold SJ, Ghose A, Plewes KA, Mazumder S, Pisani L, Kingston HWF, Paul S, Barua A, Sattar MA, Huson MAM, Walden AP, Henwood PC, Riviello ED, Schultz MJ, Day NPJ, Kumar Dutta A, White NJ, Dondorp AM. Point-of-care lung ultrasound for the detection of pulmonary manifestations of malaria and sepsis: An observational study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0204832. PMID: 30540757.
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  5. Vukoja M, Riviello ED, Schultz MJ. Critical care outcomes in resource-limited settings. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2018 10; 24(5):421-427. PMID: 30045088.
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  6. Vercesi V, Pisani L, van Tongeren PSI, Lagrand WK, Leopold SJ, Huson MMA, Henwood PC, Walden A, Smit M, Riviello ED, Pelosi P, Dondorp AM, Schultz MJ. Correction to: External confirmation and exploration of the Kigali modification for diagnosing moderate or severe ARDS. Intensive Care Med. 2018 03; 44(3):403-404. PMID: 29464297.
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  7. Haniffa R, Beane A, Baker T, Riviello ED, Schell CO, Dondorp AM. Development and internal validation of the Simplified Mortality Score for the Intensive Care Unit (SMS-ICU). Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2018 03; 62(3):407-408. PMID: 29368381.
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  8. Vercesi V, Pisani L, van Tongeren PSI, Lagrand WK, Leopold SJ, Huson MMA, Henwood PC, Walden A, Smit M, Riviello ED, Pelosi P, Dondorp AM, Schultz MJ. External confirmation and exploration of the Kigali modification for diagnosing moderate or severe ARDS. Intensive Care Med. 2018 04; 44(4):523-524. PMID: 29368056.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  9. Pisani L, Riviello ED, Schultz MJ. Lung ultrasound and neonatal ARDS: is Montreux closer to Berlin than to Kigali? Lancet Respir Med. 2017 11; 5(11):e31. PMID: 29115272.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Schultz MJ, Dunser MW, Dondorp AM, Adhikari NK, Iyer S, Kwizera A, Lubell Y, Papali A, Pisani L, Riviello BD, Angus DC, Azevedo LC, Baker T, Diaz JV, Festic E, Haniffa R, Jawa R, Jacob ST, Kissoon N, Lodha R, Martin-Loeches I, Lundeg G, Misango D, Mer M, Mohanty S, Murthy S, Musa N, Nakibuuka J, Serpa Neto A, Nguyen Thi Hoang M, Nguyen Thien B, Pattnaik R, Phua J, Preller J, Povoa P, Ranjit S, Talmor D, Thevanayagam J, Thwaites CL. Current challenges in the management of sepsis in ICUs in resource-poor settings and suggestions for the future. Intensive Care Med. 2017 May; 43(5):612-624. PMID: 28349179.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Riviello ED, Buregeya E, Twagirumugabe T. Diagnosing acute respiratory distress syndrome in resource limited settings: the Kigali modification of the Berlin definition. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2017 Feb; 23(1):18-23. PMID: 27875408.
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  12. Sutherland T, Musafiri S, Twagirumugabe T, Talmor D, Riviello ED. Oxygen as an Essential Medicine: Under- and Over-Treatment of Hypoxemia in Low- and High-Income Nations. Crit Care Med. 2016 10; 44(10):e1015-6. PMID: 27635514.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Riviello ED, Kiviri W, Fowler RA, Mueller A, Novack V, Banner-Goodspeed VM, Weinkauf JL, Talmor DS, Twagirumugabe T. Predicting Mortality in Low-Income Country ICUs: The Rwanda Mortality Probability Model (R-MPM). PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155858. PMID: 27196252.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Riviello ED, Pisani L, Schultz MJ. What's new in ARDS: ARDS also exists in resource-constrained settings. Intensive Care Med. 2016 May; 42(5):794-796. PMID: 26984318.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Musabende M, Mukabatsinda C, Riviello ED, Ogbuagu O. Concurrent cryptococcal meningitis and disseminated tuberculosis occurring in an immunocompetent male. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Feb 25; 2016. PMID: 26917794.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Riviello ED, Kiviri W, Twagirumugabe T, Mueller A, Banner-Goodspeed VM, Officer L, Novack V, Mutumwinka M, Talmor DS, Fowler RA. Hospital Incidence and Outcomes of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Using the Kigali Modification of the Berlin Definition. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Jan 01; 193(1):52-9. PMID: 26352116.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Riviello ED, Letchford S, Cook EF, Waxman AB, Gaziano T. Improving decision making for massive transfusions in a resource poor setting: a preliminary study in Kenya. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0127987. PMID: 26020935.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  18. Riviello ED, Sugira V, Twagirumugabe T. Sepsis research and the poorest of the poor. Lancet Infect Dis. 2015 May; 15(5):501-3. PMID: 25932573.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Riviello ED. Improving outcomes for severe sepsis in Africa: one step closer. Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov; 42(11):2439-40. PMID: 25319904.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Vukoja M, Riviello E, Gavrilovic S, Adhikari NK, Kashyap R, Bhagwanjee S, Gajic O, Kilickaya O. A survey on critical care resources and practices in low- and middle-income countries. Glob Heart. 2014 Sep; 9(3):337-42.e1-5. PMID: 25667185.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Buregeya E, Fowler RA, Talmor DS, Twagirumugabe T, Kiviri W, Riviello ED. Acute respiratory distress syndrome in the global context. Glob Heart. 2014 Sep; 9(3):289-95. PMID: 25667180.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Riviello ED, Letchford S, Achieng L, Newton MW. Critical care in resource-poor settings: lessons learned and future directions. Crit Care Med. 2011 Apr; 39(4):860-7. PMID: 21297458.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Riviello ED, Wang KC, Hochman ME, Sariban A, Da Rocha RC, Dogaru G, Christopher K. Vacuolization of tubules in gadolinium-associated acute renal failure. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2009 Jan-Mar; 113(1):108-15. PMID: 21491811.
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  24. Riviello ED. Internship in Africa: death and life. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Sep 02; 149(5):353-4. PMID: 18765706.
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  25. Poch E, Riviello ED, Christopher K. [Acute renal failure in the intensive care unit]. Med Clin (Barc). 2008 Feb 09; 130(4):141-8. PMID: 18279633.
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  26. Riviello ED, Sterling TR, Shepherd B, Fantan T, Makhema J. HIV in the workplace in Botswana: incidence, prevalence, and disease severity. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2007 Dec; 23(12):1453-60. PMID: 18160001.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.