Academic Role: Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointment(s) and Affiliations:
As a recent graduate of our own anesthesiology residency training program, I am thrilled to have now joined the department as a faculty member.
My interest in anesthesia actually dates back to my second year of medical school here at UMass when I was enrolled in a pharmacology course being taught by our department’s academic vice-chair. My clinical rotations as a third and four year medical student not only solidified my decision to enter the field, but also left me convinced that UMass would be a wonderful place to pursue my training. In my final year of residency, I had the opportunity to serve as a chief resident. My decision to stay on and practice as an attending anesthesiologist in our department was an easy one – UMass offers a great group of people participating in the delivery of a wide variety of complex and challenging anesthetics. Furthermore, I greatly enjoy working with residents.
My clinical interests include neuroanesthesia, vascular anesthesia, and difficult airway management. I am currently involved in a research project evaluating emergency intubations performed by members of our department.
My free time is generally consumed with my wife and two young daughters, but I also enjoy piano, home improvement projects, hiking, and travelling.
Mandell L, Moran A, Cocchiarella A, Houghton J, Taylor N, Fox J, Wang T, Kurt-Jones E. Intact gram-negative Helicobacter pylori, Helicobacter felis and Helicobacter hepaticus activate innate immunity via Toll-like receptor-2 not Toll-like receptor-4. Infect Immun 2004; 72:6446-54.
Sperling R, Chua E, Cocchiarella A, Rand-Giovannetti E, Poldrack R, Schacter D, Albert M. Putting names to faces: successful encoding of associative memories activates the anterior hippocampal formation. Neuroimage 2003; 20:1400-10.
Sperling R, Bates J, Chua E, Cocchiarella A, Rentz D, Rosen B, Schacter D, Albert M. fMRI studies of associative encoding in young and elderly controls and mild Alzheimer's disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2003; 74:44-50.
Sperling R, Greve D, Dale A, Killiany R, Holmes J, Rosas HD, Cocchiarella A, Firth P, Rosen B, Lake S, Lange N, Routledge C, Albert M. Functional MRI detection of pharmacologically induced memory impairment. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 2002; 99:455-60.
Sperling R, Bates J, Cocchiarella A, Schacter D, Rosen B, Albert M. Encoding novel face-name associations: a functional MRI study. Hum Brain Mapp 2001; 14:129-39.
M.D., University of Massachusetts, 2005
University of Massachusetts, Residency in Anesthesiology, 2006-2009