The following News Makers are listed by month in reverse chronological order.
A Dec. 28 Newhouse News Service story, discussing the number of patients who don’t show up for scheduled appointments, referenced a study conducted by Suzanne Cashman, ScD, associate professor of family medicine & community health. The report noted Dr. Cashman’s findings that people who suffer from certain psychological conditions, including depression or panic/anxiety disorder, are less likely to keep such appointments.
In telling the story of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Boston Globe, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, WTAG-AM and New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight” all interviewed Richard Aghababian, MD, professor and chair of emergency medicine, during the week of Dec. 27. Dr. Aghababian specifically discussed the major challenges and public health threats posed by contaminated water supplies and the disruption of sanitary systems in the affected zone in the wake of the natural disaster.
A Dec. 21 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise story regarding the safety of Celebrex and Vioxx quoted Judith A. Stebulis, MD, assistant professor of medicine, who spoke about alternative pain medication options for individuals who suffer from arthritis.
Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine, was interviewed for a Dec. 14 Clinton Item article discussing a recommendation by the regional Archdiocese for parishioners who don’t feel well to help stem the spread of flu by refraining from drinking wine from the communal cup during Communion and shaking hands during the Sign of Peace.
UMMS Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare, MD, was interviewed on Dec. 7 by BBC Radio for “All In the Mind,” a half-hour broadcast that focuses on psychological and emotional issues. Dr. Lazare and the BBC host discussed apology and its impact and Dr. Lazare provided insight into two recent public political apologies.
The Nov. 30 edition of The Boston Globe quoted Milagros C. Rosal, PhD , assistant professor of medicine, in a story exploring the issue of nutrition for poor, urban populations. Dr. Rosal spoke about the challenges certain groups face in accessing fresh, nutritious foods that are affordable and the behavioral issues involved when trying to help such populations incorporate better foods into their diets.
UMMS Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare was featured in the Nov. 19 edition of the Montana Missoulian regarding a talk he gave on apology to doctors, nurses and staff members of a local hospital. The paper also touted Dr. Lazare’s new book, On Apology, which sold 8,000 copies in its first month and earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.
Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed by WTAG-AM radio about smoking prevention and cessation in recognition of the annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 18. Dr. DiFranza, an expert on adolescent tobacco utilization, has been recognized nationally for his contribution to efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children.
Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, associate vice chancellor for school services, was a guest on the Jordan Levy Show on WTAG-AM Nov. 16. Dr. Hines spoke at length about the Medical School’s learning contract and how it has channeled many physicians to practice primary care in
The Nov. 15 issue of the Worcester Business Journal quoted Graduate School of Nursing Dean Doreen C. Harper, PhD, in a story exploring the shortage of clinical nurses and the challenges of recruiting qualified nurse educators to train new nurses.
A November 15 Worcester Business Journal story, which explored the issue of obesity and how some employers are considering programs to help workers lose weight, featured Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Weight Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gitkind spoke about the scope of the problem and the challenges people face when trying to lose weight and keep it off long term.
On November 14 the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Michael P. Czech, PhD, professor and chair of molecular medicine, in a story regarding research and development projects in Central Massachusetts . Dr. Czech specifically credited RNAi technology, which was developed at UMMS, for helping to create jobs in the region and help generate revenue for the Medical School .
Ashok Saluja, MSc, PhD, professor of surgery, was interviewed for a Nov. 9 WCVB-TV Channel 5 Health segment on pancreatic cancer that focused on his work investigating heat shock proteins and their role in pancreatic cancer. The segment also included information about a Nov. 10 symposium hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and UMMS that featured Dana K. Andersen, MD , professor of surgery.
H. Scott Gonzalez, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, was quoted in the Nov. 8 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discussing facts about depression in older adults. Dr. Gonzalez specifically noted that age itself is not a risk factor for depression; instead, it appears to be tied predominantly to the amount of loss one experiences as one grows older.
Michael D. Wertheimer, MD, professor of surgery and director of UMass Memorial’s Comprehensive Breast Center, was interviewed for a Nov. 6 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article in which he discussed the latest techniques for breast cancer detection and treatment.
James G. Dobson, PhD, professor of physiology, and Michael F. Ethier, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, were interviewed for a Nov. 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page regarding their serendipitous heart study that inevitably led to the creation of an anti-aging skin cream. The key ingredient the two were investigating is adenosine, a naturally occuring molecule in the body that helps both heart muscle and blood vessel walls contract and relax and, per Drs. Dobson and Ethier's studies, also promotes skin health and the reduction of wrinkles that come with aging.
Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology, was quoted in a Nov. 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article that covered the 10-year anniversary of the UMass Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Dr. Westervelt, who is also program director, noted that the program is well established -- recently completing its 450th transplant -- but is also forging ahead with cutting-edge research and treatments.
Robert A. Klugman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, was recognized in the Oct. 29 edition of the Westborough News following his receipt of the Westborough Good Scout Award from the Knox Trail Council and Tri River District of the Boy Scouts of America.
John P. Gusha, DMD, instructor in family medicine & community health, was quoted in an Oct. 26 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article describing two, multi-year projects that the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently funded to address the continuing oral health crisis in the region.
In the Boston Globe’s Oct. 23 “Sound Body” column, which addressed the shortage of flu vaccine available and the impact of the virus on the aged and infirm, Professor of Medicine Jennifer S. Daly, MD, stated that otherwise healthy individuals who had the flu last year are unlikely to get it again if the particular virus strain doesn’t deviate too much this year.
Robert J. Carey, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and captain of the Red Psyx softball team, provided insight into the mind of a typical Red Sox fan in an October 23 Sentinel and Enterprise story, discussing the anxiety felt by people throughout the region now that the Sox have made it to through the playoffs and are within reach of the first World Series title since 1918.
Faculty members Michael P. Hirsh, MD , professor of pediatrics and surgery; Mariann M. Manno, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics; Erin M. McMaster, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation; Richard A. Moriarty, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, all contributed to an eight-page supplement in the Oct. 20 Worcester Telegram & Gazette that focused on children's health and safety.
In response to the removal of the popular arthritis pain reliever Vioxx from the market, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette published an Oct. 18 Health page that discussed various medicinal and therapeutic ways to control pain. Quoted in the article were Department of Medicine faculty members Patricia N. Soscia, MD, associate professor, and Elaine A. Borgen, MD, assistant professor.
On Oct. 18, NECN’s “Worcester News Tonight” featured William H. O'Brien, MSW , instructor in psychiatry, in a report on the emotional and psychological elements affecting Red Sox fans during the playoffs. Mr. O’Brien related that the association between fan and professional sports team can be personal and intense, in particular for Red Sox fans who have felt great hope and profound disappointment over the team’s decades-long quest for a World Series championship.
Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, associate professor of emergency medicine, was quoted in an Oct. 18
Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, was quoted in an Oct. 16 online article by NewScientist.com discussing research she co-authored which targets the structure of an HIV enzyme and further elucidates why the virus can become resistant to protease inhibitors. The article also contended that this work could help investigators design better drugs to which HIV would struggle to develop resistance.
An Oct. 14 story in The Boston Globe quoted William F. Corbett, MD, assistant professor of medicine and vice president of community practices atUMass Memorial Medical Center, regarding the shortage of flu vaccine this year. The story detailed a state Department of Public Health order requiring all healthcare providers to adhere to CDC guidelines when administering flu vaccine.
Stephen N. Jones, PhD, associate professor of cell biology, provided information about stem cells and their use in research for an Oct. 11 Sentinel & Enterprise article about the presidential candidates’ views on stem cells.
Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine, was interviewed for an Oct. 11 Reuters Health article which focused on a University of North Carolina study that found a majority of elderly people in assisted-living or residential care facilities are not receiving all of the medications they need. According to Dr. Gurwitz, who is a nationally recognized expert in geriatric medicine and the use of drug therapy for seniors, doctors often hesitate to prescribe medications to the elderly because there is little information about drug safety in older populations or they are concerned that a new prescription could interfere with the senior’s often complicated drug regiment.
Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine, was interviewed for an Oct. 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article following on the heels of the FDA’s announcement that, due to a problem with contamination during production, the major provider of vaccine would be shipping 50 million doses instead of 100 million. The article focused on the vaccine supply and who should/should not get vaccinated.
Francis J. Bednarek, MD, professor of pediatrics, was interviewed for an Oct. 4 WorcesterTelegram & Gazette article describing the 30th anniversary celebration for the UMass Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Bednarek, who is chief of neonatology, was also quoted discussing the changes he’s experienced in the unit since he joined the staff in 1975.
Azra Raza, MD, professor of medicine, spoke to WTAG-AM radio about UMMS’ participation in The Estée Lauder Companies' Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative in support of breast cancer awareness. Beginning October 1, the Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building became the first Massachusetts structure to be lit in a hue of pink for five nights, reflecting, as Dr. Raza explained, the UMass Memorial Cancer Center ’s commitment to translational cancer research.
Mark I. Furman, MD, associate professor of medicine, was quoted in the October Hospital News regarding typical medical regimen cardiac care in an article focused on what to do in your 50s to best maintain cardiac health in your 60s, 70s, and beyond.
The October edition of Hospital News featured coverage of a UMMS research team, led by Aldo A. Rossini, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine, that is planning to test a new protocol for islet cell transplantation. The transplant program, which uses a novel protocol for therapy that may help the patients live lives free of insulin dependence, will transplant insulin-producing cells into two people who suffer from type 1 diabetes.
Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor and chair of Psychiatry, was interviewed in a Chicago Sun Times article Sept. 27 about whether people suffering psychotic illnesses such as schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia are more likely to commit violent crimes. The story was pegged to a recent shooting by a young Chicago man with bipolar disorder.
Jeffrey Cukor, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Andrew L. Garrett, MD, instructor in pediatrics, were interviewed Sept. 23 by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, NECN’s “Worcester News Tonight” and WFXT-TV Channel 25 as they and their colleagues on UMass Memorial’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team prepared for deployment to Florida . The team was called upon to provide assistance in the wake of several hurricanes that have battered the coast; a number of hospitals in the area remained without power or water days after the storms.
Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare, MD, spoke with Paul Bruno, host of "Worcester Academically Speaking," for a two-part interview about apology as well as his new book On Apology, which aired Sept. 19 and 26 on WTAG-AM radio. Dr. Lazare also discussed the book on WTAG-AM's "Jordan Levy Show" on Sept. 22, as well as in a number of additional local and national radio, television, and print outlets, including the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Miami Herald.
In the Sept. 13 issue of the Chicago Sun Times , Mark I. Furman, MD, associate professor of medicine, discussed the dramatic increase seen in the number of cardiac catheterization procedures performed at UMass Memorial following former President Bill Clinton’s heart surgery. Another article that also sprang from Mr. Clinton’s procedure – published in the September 12 edition of the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise – quoted Dr. Furman with regard to calcium score scans and their use as a potential marker for gauging heart attack risk.
Stephen J. Doxsey, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, was featured in a Sept. 13 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health page article discussing the link between centrosome abnormalities and cancer. Dr. Doxsey was also named in a Sept. 10 Telegram piece, which reported on a licensing agreement between UMMS and Cytyc Corporation to develop a test that would predict whether precancerous cells will progress to become aggressive cancer.
Richard Aghababian, MD, chair of emergency medicine, was interviewed for a Sept. 17 Boston Globe article about the use of automated external defibrillators to assist heart attack victims. Dr. Aghababian was also interviewed for the Globe’s Aug. 31 “Sound Body” column on defibrillators.
William T. Garrison, PhD, professor of pediatrics, was interviewed for a Sept. 16 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article about the stresses and social pressures teens experience as they begin dating.
In response to a recent accident on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Marc A. Gautreau, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed Sept. 16 by WTAG-AM regarding the type and severity of injuries that emergency medical staff see as a result of such incidents.
Patricia Soscia, MD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by NECN's "Worcester News Tonight" on September 14 for a story that previewed the Sept. 19 Worcester Joint Walk. Coverage showcased UMass Memorial’s involvement in the Walk as well as its services for arthritis sufferers.
Mark I. Furman, MD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise Sept. 10 for an article on newer blood tests used to assess a cardiac patient’s particular risk factors. Dr. Furman was also quoted in an Associated Press article Sept. 7 following former president Clinton’s quadruple bypass. News of Clinton ’s surgery spurred a nationwide increase in the number of patients seeking cardiac evaluation and care.
In a Sept. 6 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page article, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Robin H. Adair, MD, stressed the importance of early intervention in improving outcomes for children with autism.
John P. Gusha, DMD, instructor in family medicine & community health, was named in a Sept. 3 WorcesterTelegram & Gazette article as the force behind a new, in-house dental treatment and screening program slated to begin in four Worcester elementary schools.
Daniel Y. Kim, MD , clinical associate professor of otolaryngology, was interviewed for the “Cutting Edge” column in the September Hospital News; the article focused on minimally invasive surgery for patients suffering chronic sinus problems.
On Aug. 21, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise profiled a family from Leominster with a 3-year-old boy recently diagnosed with leukemia. The story included an interview with G. Naheed Usmani, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, and a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center who treats the child. When news broke on Sept. 3 that former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized with chest pain and faced bypass surgery, The Boston Globe and NECN’s "Worcester News Tonight" sought UMMS faculty to comment on heart disease and treatment options.
An Aug. 24 story in The Boston Globe explored the case of a pregnant woman who presented at a Boston hospital saying she was having her child, but was sent home by a physician only to have the child hours later in her apartment. For perspective on when a pregnant woman should be admitted, the Globe quoted Ellen M. Delpapa, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and medical director of labor and delivery at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Walter H. Ettinger Jr., MD, MBA, professor of medicine and president of the UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus, was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an Aug. 23 article about a Medicare proposal to allot funds to hospitals that provide emergency care to undocumented immigrants. Advocated are concerned that the proposal will deter immigrants from seeking health care because it requires hospitals to collect information on patients’ immigration status.
Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor and chair of Psychiatry, was interviewed by ABC News.com for an Aug. 19 article about a proposal gaining support in the UK to vaccinate children against drug abuse. The vaccine prevents the euphoria experienced by users, thereby making the drugs-cocaine, heroin-unappealing; Dr. Appelbaum commented on the ethics of such mass vaccination for substance abuse.
Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, was featured in Psychiatric News on Aug. 6 for being presented with the Arnold L. van Ameringen Award in Psychiatric Rehabilitation for his contributions to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.
On Aug. 5, a Worcester Telegram & Gazette story quoted John J. Kelly, MD, assistant professor of surgery, concerning the state Department of Public Health report examining weight-loss surgery in the Commonwealth. Dr. Kelly, who served on the review panel, commented on the importance of the recommendations made by the report that the surgery be performed in multi-disciplinary centers with the resources to handle the cases properly.
Alan P. Farwell, MD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed Aug. 3 by The Boston Globe for an article regarding the FDA’s approval of a generic equivalent of a drug used to treat hypothyroidism. Dr. Farwell and others voiced concern that the generic preparation of the drug levothyroxine would not match the dosage in the brand-name preparation, posing a danger for patients.
Janice F. Lalikos, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery, was the topic of a lengthy article published in the August Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons that discussed the melding of her artistic talents as a medical illustrator and surgeon.
The UMass Memorial-sponsored MA-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was featured on NECN's "Worcester News Tonight" July 27 during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The federal government's National Disaster Medical System deployed the DMAT team to the convention.
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Edward Peskin, MD, provided an update for the July 25 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise on the latest birth control methods. Dr. Peskin, who is chief of the Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, lectures widely on contraception management.
Elizabeth A. Jackson, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a July 24 article about new, lower cholesterol guidelines and what they mean for patients.
Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Weight Center, was interviewed in the July 21 Fitcburg Sentinel & Enterprise for an article focusing on Medicare's new policy to provide assistance for the treatment of obesity. Dr. Gitkind is optimistic that coverage of obesity procedures and prevention could alleviate a financial burden for many patients.
Mark I. Furman, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology for UMass Memorial Medical Center, was interviewed for The Boston Globe on July 21 regarding how patient care will be affected in the wake of the FDA’s recall of medication-eluting stents for cardiac catheterization.
Mark M. Wilson, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for a July 21 article about Park View Specialty Hospital, a newly opened long-term acute care facility for which Dr. Wilson serves as medical director. The facility provides care for patients who aren’t well enough to go to a nursing home but don’t need the services of an intensive care unit.
Marc E. Uknis, MD, associate professor of surgery, was a live guest on the June 30 interactive broadcast of the Diabetes Station, an international Internet site that serves as a popular on-line source and portal for current information about living with diabetes, pancreas and islet transplantations, immunology and other topics, discussing options for living life insulin free.
James G. Nairus, MD, assistant professor of surgery, was interviewed for a July 19 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page article about the benefits of regular exercise for adults with arthritis. UMass Memorial Medical Center has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to promote the People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) program.
Mary M. Lee, MD, professor of pediatrics, was interviewed on July 14 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a report on the timing of puberty. Some recent studies have suggested the average age of onset of puberty is dropping, and Dr. Lee commented on the strengths and weaknesses of those findings.
Daniel J. Lee, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology, was quoted in a July 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article focused on a five-year-old girl from Mexico who came to Massachusetts for a cochlear implant.
A July 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about multiple chemical sensitivity includes quotes from Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who discussed the frustration patients often feel when their illness is difficult to diagnose and treat.
Marc C. Restuccia, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interview July 7 by New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight” regarding an information-sharing project underway among UMass Memorial, Fallon Community Health Plan and Fallon Clinic that would provide institutions with online access to patient medical records in emergency situations.
Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, professor of medicine, was featured July 6 in The Boston Globe concerning the difficulty in educating people who have symptoms of heart attack to seek treatment immediately. As principal investigator of the Worcester Heart Attack Study, Dr. Goldberg discussed how nearly every element of heart attack care has improved over the past 25 years except the timeframe of when patients seek treatment following the of symptoms.
On July 6, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise interviewed Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine, regarding the recent wave of hepatitis A cases in Massachusetts. Dr. Ellison discussed the nature of the disease, how it can be spread and commented on the incidence of the disease in the Worcester area.
Nancy Kowal, MS, ANP, an affiliate faculty member in the Graduate School of Nursing, was interviewed by NurseZone.com the week of July 5 regarding her experience this past February at the Nursing In Washington Internship (NIWI). Kowal was honored with a scholarship to the conference, where she joined other nurse leaders from around the country to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes.
During the week of July 5, several media outlets featured Mary E. Costanza, MD, professor of medicine, who was selected by her colleagues as the “Local Hero” to be honored in a national BMW event to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research. The goal of the 8th annual BMW Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was to raise $ 1 million. To promote the event, Dr. Costanza was featured in the Newton Tab, The Record in Shrewsbury and Westborough, and on New England Cable New's "Worcester News Tonight."
Andrew Garrett, MD, a fellow in emergency medical services, was interview July 1 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise concerning the use of electric stun guns or tasers by police. With a bill pending in the state legislature to allow police in Massachusetts to use these weapons, Dr. Garrett discussed the medical effects of the devices.
Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, was quoted in a July 1 Medical News Today article indicating that adults who do not receive regular medical checkups were less likely to receive flu vaccinations.
Marc C. Restuccia, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed for two stories in July in the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Dr. Restuccia discussed state- of-the-art urgent care for stroke victims and the health risks associated with summer heat waves.
The July issue of Bay State Parent included a feature article about childhood vaccinations—pros, cons, what parents worry about and how pediatricians can ease their fears—and included insight from Mark A. Vining, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics.
Professor of Pediatrics William T. Garrison , PhD, shared his expertise on violence amongst children for an article in the July online and print publication Infectious Disease in Children.
Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, was interviewed June 27 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a story exploring the current trends in natural childbirth versus children born by Caesarian section.
Dianne S. Elfenbein , MD, associate professor of pediatrics, provided tips for parents in a June 23 WCVB-TV Channel 5 news segment on anorexia, in light of a popular teen celebrity’s announcement that she is seeking treatment for her illness.
UMass Memorial emergency physician and toxicologist Ivan R. Liang, MD, was interviewed for the June 23 Hampshire Daily Gazette regarding the anti-venom treatment protocol for venomous snakebites. Dr. Liang treated a patient from Western Massachusetts who was Lifeflighted to the University Campus after being bitten by a poisonous snake.
The June 21 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page featured an article on the molecular mechanisms of drug and alcohol addiction and included an interview with Steven N. Treistman, PhD, professor of neurobiology.
Joseph Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, was quoted in the June 18 Chicago Tribune about a report from the Centers for Disease Control that found a decline in the number of teens who smoke, thanks to aggressive tobacco control measures.
Richard A. Perugini, MD, assistant professor of surgery, was interviewed June 17 by the Daily Hampshire Gazette for a story that featured a patient who underwent gastric bypass surgery at UMass Memorial in 2000 and continues to do well after achieving significant weight loss.
Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, was interviewed June 17 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a story exploring the current trends in natural childbirth versus children born by Caesarian section.
Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, was quoted in The Boston Globe on June 15 about a study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital which found that the effectiveness of statin drugs in lowering cholesterol levels vary greatly depending upon a person’s genetic profile.
The June 15 Worcester Telegram & Gazette carried a front page story about prostate cancer screening research in the laboratory of Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, professor of surgery. Dr. Ho was quoted extensively about the screening technology, and the results her lab published in The Journal of Urology that showed the process yielded at 94% success rate when screening blood samples.
Mary E. Maloney, MD, professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a June 13 story on the growing incidence of skin cancer among younger people.
Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and John L. Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine which found that HIV-infected infants who started a multi-drug treatment before they were three months old were twice as likely to have low levels of the AIDS virus in their blood after nearly four years, compared to babies who began later. The news was carried by the Associated Press June 9 and by numerous print and electronic media outlets nationwide.
H. Maurice Goodman, PhD, professor and chair of physiology, was quoted in a June 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article featuring the life and works of Eugenia Rosemberg, MD, formerly of the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology and an early pioneer of fertility research, who died in April at age 85.
Gary M. Fudem, MD, associate professor of surgery, was interviewed for a June 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about a young boy’s battle with meningococcemia, a severe infection that is fatal in 40 percent of cases and leads to loss of fingers or limbs in 90 percent of cases.
Both Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare , and Aldo A. Rossini, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine, were quoted in a May 27 WorcesterTelegram & Gazette report about a $1 million donation made by George Chabot of Auburn to establish the George and Marie Chabot Research Fund that will support diabetes research.
In a May 24 Health Page feature in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that outlined the health benefits of taking a vacation, Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, assistant professor of medicine, provided insight into the need for daily stress reduction.
A May 23 Worcester Telegram & Gazette editorial highlighted the shortage of nursing school faculty and included commentary from Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing Doreen Harper, PhD.
Jurgen H. Kedesdy, PhD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, was interviewed May 19 about the physiological aspects of chocolate cravings for a segment on WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle.”
Richard A. Perugini, MD, assistant professor of surgery, was quoted in the May 19 News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne regarding complications associated with gastric bypass surgery and the importance of the surgeon’s experience.
On May 13, numerous news outlets reported on the region’s first living donor intestine transplant, performed by Luca Cicalese, MD, associate professor of surgery, Giacomo P. Basadonna, MD, PhD, professor of surgery, Craig A. Paterson, MD, assistant professor of surgery, and Marc E. Uknis, MD, associate professor of surgery. Media who covered the event included the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Providence Journal, WCVB-TV Channel 5, New England Cable News, WBZ-TV Channel 4, WFXT-TV Channel 25, WHDH-TV Channel 7, WTAG-AM and the Springfield Republican.
The May 12 Worcester Telegram & Gazette published a front-page interview with Paul Danielson, MD, assistant professor of surgery, which focused on his tour of duty in Iraq.
The May 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette covered the Girls, Inc. luncheon honoring Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics, as the 2004 Advocate for Girls. In her keynote, Dr. Felice applauded the organization’s mission statement, “to be strong, smart and bold.” Dr. Felice was also quoted in the May issue of Hospital News in an article that provided an overview of pediatric services available at top health care facilities in the region.
Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and medical director of toxicology for UMass Memorial, was interviewed by the MetroWest Daily News May 5 following a Waltham auto mechanic who received a rare black widow spider bite while working on a customer's car; UMass Memorial is the region’s emergency toxicology center. Several other news outlets also ran the story.
The May 4 Worcester Telegram & Gazette highlighted Jean A. King, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, who was one of five winners of the YWCA's Katharine F. Erskine Award, which honors women accomplished in their fields and committed to volunteer activities that help eliminate racism and empower women.
James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed May 4 by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for an article announcing a $150,000 donation made by the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation to support the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Dario C. Altieri, MD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and chair of cancer biology was quoted May 4 in the Boston Globe in an article about technological advances in screening tools used to detect cancer.
Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, was quoted in an April 29 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article regarding a Massachusetts Medical Society report indicating that the high cost of living and relatively lower salaries in the state were causing a shortage of physicians, particularly in some medical specialties.
A study by Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, which indicated that cholesterol levels naturally vary from season to season, received considerable press attention when published in the April 26 Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ockene was also interviewed by several news outlets, including CNN Radio, CNN TV, NBC-TV, the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, the Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, USA Today, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Readers Digest and Men’s Health Magazine.
Donna M. Ambrosino, MD, professor of pediatrics, was quoted April 27 in The Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Mass High Tech when the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories provided a sample of the human antibody of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS to China, where a new outbreak of the disease had occurred.
An April 26 health feature in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that focused on diabetes in the Latino community, quoted Matthew J. Collins, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, who is also interim medical director of the Family Health Center.
Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine, provided comments in the April 19 Worcester Telegram & Gazette on a proposal regarding collaborative drug therapy management, which would allow pharmacists to play a larger role in overseeing the medications people take.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Frederick A. Spencer, MD, associate professor of medicine, regarding a study in the April 12 Archives of Internal Medicine that demonstrated no negative association between the length of time a heart attack patient remained in the hospital and short-term mortality. The Boston Herald also ran a story about the study. In addition, Dr. Spencer was interviewed on April 1 by The Boston Globe for his thoughts about a New England Journal of Medicine study questioning the usefulness of a blood test to predict the risk of heart attack or cardiovascular disease.
The April 12 Worcester Telegram & Gazette health page featured the medical team responsible for the treatment of an 11-year-old boy who developed renal artery stenosis and underwent “heroic surgery” to remove his kidney, repair it and return it to his body. Interviewed and photographed for the story were Giacomo P. Basadonna, MD, PhD, professor of surgery; Bruce S. Cutler, MD, professor of surgery; Peter J. Foley, MD, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology; William A. Primack, MD, professor of pediatrics, and Marc E. Uknis, MD, associate professor of surgery. The story also ran in the May edition of Hospital News.
Frederick A. Anderson, PhD, research professor of surgery, was quoted in The Boston Globe April 9 regarding Bruce Edwards, a professional golf caddy who died of ALS on the first day of the 68th Masters Tournament.
H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor of Surgery Emeritus, was profiled in Worcester Magazine’s “One On One” interview April 5, discussing his work to improve end-of-life care in the region.
In an April 5 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article accompanying a health feature on a one-year-old child undergoing hearing tests prior to a cochlear implant, Peter J. Foley, MD, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, discussed the difference between sedation and anesthesia for children during surgery or diagnostic testing. Stephen O. Heard, MD, professor and chair of anesthesiology, was also quoted in the article, which examined the safety and efficacy of the two methods.
Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, was quoted in a feature article April 1 in The Boston Globe that focused on the limited number of options, particularly medications, available to treat obesity.
Marc Fisher, MD, professor of neurology, was quoted in a March 29 article in Forbes magazine that explored the challenges of developing drugs that can treat and prevent strokes.
A March 28 story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Lee A. Mancini, MD, a fellow in sports medicine atUMassMemorialMedicalCenter. Dr. Mancini discussed the significant dangers of steroid use among younger people trying to develop their bodies quickly.
Proposed changes in the Medicaid system, which could limit access to care for people of modest means, was the subject of a March 27 story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featuring Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH, professor and chair of family medicine & community health; Robert A. Baldor, MD, professor of family medicine & community health; and Wendy E. Warring, executive vice president of UMass Memorial Health Care.
A March 25 story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette recognized Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, associate vice chancellor for school services, for her receipt of an Economic Empowerment Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment Center of Worcester. Dr. Hines was also photographed for the story.
News of a novel vaccine against HIV, and the clinical trial to test its safety and immunogenicity, was reported widely around the world beginning on March 23. Articles in major print outlets including The Boston Globe, Los Angles Times, Newsday, Miami Herald and featured interviews with Shan Lu, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, who developed the vaccine and Jeff Kennedy, MD, assistant professor of medicine, who is leading the clinical trial. Stories about the vaccine and trial also aired widely on television news stations.
Stories in The New York Times on March 23 and in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on March 16, reported on a study published by Kathleen Mazor, EdD, assistant professor of medicine and member of the for the Meyers Primary Care Institute, which explored patient attitudes about medical errors. The study found that if physicians admit mistakes and apologize to the affected patients, a malpractice suit is less likely to be pursued.
Debra W. Heitmann, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Sandra Mayrand , director of the Regional Science Resource Center, were featured in a March 22 Worcester Telegram & Gazette story about the Women in Science conference, co-sponsored by UMMS. Dr. Heitmann discussed her experiences as an emergency room physician, while Mayrand spoke about the goal of the conference, which is to interest young women in a variety of science careers open to them.
The Match Day Ceremony on March 17 was covered by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight,” and the Springfield Republican. The stories featured a selection of interviews with graduating students and their families.
Stephen J. Doxsey, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, was quoted extensively in a March 15 article in The Scientist that explored the role of aneuploidy as a potential cause of cancer.
The clinical research on lupus directed by Ann E. Traynor, MD, associate professor of medicine, was covered March 15 in the >WorcesterTelegram & Gazette. The extensive report chronicled Dr. Traynor’s research into using stem cell transplants to treat the disease, in addition to general information about lupus and the personal stories of several affected patients.
Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, was quoted March 9 in The Boston Globe report on a study of statin therapies that compared a low dose versus a high dose of the drugs for persons who suffered cardiac problems.
The March 8 Worcester Business Journal carried a story about the newly established Graduate Entry Pathway program at the UMMS Graduate School of Nursing. Kathleen Thies, PhD, director of the program, was featured in the report, explaining how the program is designed to offer persons with non-nursing undergraduate degrees an opportunity for an accelerated masters degree in nursing.
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, was quoted in a March 3 Worcester Telegram & Gazette story about the National Institutes of Health’s decision to halt an estrogen study because of increased risk of stroke among participants.
A March 2 report in The Boston Globe featured Machelle M. Seibel, MD, professor of obstetrics & gynecology, in his efforts to use original musical compositions to deliver important health messages to the public.
A March 1 story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette explored the impact of obesity on children’s cardiac health. The story featured Phyllis Pollack, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric cardiology, and Nancy Hagberg, NP, director of the pediatric preventative cardiology program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Both discussed the increasing incidence of obesity-related high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and other conditions among children that carry long-term cardiac implications.
The Injury Free Coalition for Kids Worcester, led by Michael P. Hirsh, MD , professor of pediatrics, held a joint press conference Feb. 23 with city's Parks & Recreation Department to announce the renovation and expansion of the Bell Hill Playground. Dr. Hirsh was interviewed by WTAG-AM, New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight,” and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Peter Paige, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who was instrumental in raising the funds needed for the project, also spoke that evening on "The Jordan Levy Show."
The February edition of Hospital News included an interview with Richard S. Irwin, MD, professor of medicine, upon his induction as president of the American College of Chest Physicians at the College’s 69th annual international scientific assembly. In the interview Dr. Irwin said he intends to continue the College’s work in patient-focused care.
Paula D. Ravin, MD, clinical associate professor of neurology, was interviewed for the Feb. issue of Redbook magazine for a feature article on headaches, discussing different kinds of headaches from tension headaches to migraines.
In a Feb. 17 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article regarding a study linking early childhood exposure to infections and bacteria with decreased rates of allergies, Oren P. Schaefer, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, discussed the development of the immune system in a “dirty” vs. “clean” environment.
Mario Stevenson, PhD, the David J. Freelander Professor of AIDS Research, was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 16 in an article about an ongoing study by the CDC regarding transmission of retroviruses—such as HIV—from monkeys to humans, generally in zoos or animal research facilities.
Dana K. Andersen, MD, the Harry M. Haidak Professor and chair of Surgery and Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics, were quoted in the Feb. 13 Community Advocate following a gala evening held in honor of Tara Bean, a Shrewsbury fourth grader who died just after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Proceeds from the event, which attracted more than 375 people and coincided with the addition of Oguz I. Cataltepe, MD, associate professor of surgery and pediatrics, to the faculty, will be used to support research and care of children with brain tumors.
Elizabeth A. Jackson, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was quoted in a Feb. 17 “Sound Body” column in The Boston Globe regarding changes in guidelines for helping women avoid heart disease, published in the journal Circulation. Dr. Jackson was also interviewed Feb. 11 on WTAG-AM’s "The Jordan Levy Show." James M. Flynn, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was also quoted on the same topic in the MetroWest Daily News the same day.
In a Feb. 8 article reflecting on Black History Month, the Sunday Telegram & Gazette posed the question, “Do you believe African-Americans in this country have the same freedoms and opportunities as whites?” to a number of prominent people in the community, including Associate Vice Chancellor for School Services Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, who was photographed and quoted in the story.
The Boston Business Journal’s special Biotech section featured an article about RNAi and its impact on research, citing work by Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Blais University Chair of Molecular Medicine, and quoting Michael P. Czech, PhD, professor and chair of molecular medicine. Also in the same edition was an article describing a joint venture between UMMS and Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, to develop wound treatment technology more quickly ― aproject lead by Raymond M. Dunn, MD, professor of surgery.
UMMS Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare , was consulted by several news outlets following the Super Bowl halftime show during which singer Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed by fellow singer Justin Timberlake. Dr. Lazare provided insight into elements of a genuine apology after Timberlake issued an ineffective apology for the exposure; Dr. Lazare was quoted by the Feb. 7 Patriot Ledger, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Orlando Sentinel.
A Feb. 6 Boston Globe article reported on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in which researchers detected a marker for preeclampsia in pregnant women as early as five weeks before symptoms appeared. Sharon E. Maynard, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was a coauthor of the study, which was conducted with colleagues when Maynard was a postdoctoral fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise reported on a study, coauthored by Associate Professor of Pediatrics Brian P. O'Sullivan, MD, and published in the Feb. 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine indicating that restoring the balance of two particular fatty acids may help delay the onset of symptoms in children with cystic fibrosis.and published in the Feb. 5 issue of the indicating that restoring the balance of two particular fatty acids may help delay the onset of symptoms in children with cystic fibrosis.
Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing Doreen Harper, PhD, was quoted in several news articles Feb. 4 when the GSN announced the Graduate Entry Program, which seeks to attract professionals to the field of nursing. Dr. Harper spoke with the Associated Press as well as the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Athol Daily News and Patriot Ledger.
For a Feb. 2 health feature article describing the conception and birth of quadruplets, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, and Francis J. Bednarek, MD, professor of pediatrics, about the medical challenges faced by women carrying quadruplets and the risk to the newborns themselves.
Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor of Psychiatry and chair of psychiatry, was interviewed for a Feb. 1 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise feature article about the insanity defense. Attorneys for a local man accused of stabbing one son to death and injuring another maintain that the man was suffering bipolar disorder at the time of the attack. Similarly, Dr. Appelbaum was quoted in a Feb. 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette health feature that highlighted the issue of stereotyping and stigmatizing people with bipolar disorder.
Erik J. Garcia, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was lauded in a Jan. 30 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article listing the winners of the 2004 Visions Awards. Dr. Garcia received the publication's Public Service Award.
Mario Stevenson, PhD, the David J. Freelander Professor of AIDS Research, was quoted in various local newspapers on Jan. 16, including The Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Metrowest Daily News, regarding an editorial published in the journal Science that he co-authored which called upon the National Institutes of Health to halt a major HIV vaccine trial set to begin in Thailand.
The Jan. 12 Health Page in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured an interview with Professor of Medicine Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, regarding his findings confirming a Japanese study that identified a stress-triggered syndrome that mimics the symptoms of a heart attack.
Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was featured Jan. 9 on ABC's "20/20" in an investigative report on dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough suppressants that, in certain doses, produces vivid hallucinations and has thus become a recreational drug for teens.
Professor of Medicine David M. Clive, MD, was quoted in the Jan. 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette regarding a national survey investigating end-of-life care. Dr. Clive, who is also chair of the ethics and treatments committee at UMass Memorial, agreed with the findings that palliative care should be improved for the terminally ill.
Eric S. Rawson, PhD, instructor in medicine, was featured in The New York Times Jan. 6 "Personal Health" column regarding a study he published with colleagues in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise on the failure of cholesterol screenings to identify 50 percent of people nationwide who have heart attacks each year.