News Makers 2012

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  • 04 - 30 - 12

    Charity river race makes a splash on the Quinebaug

    Barrett D. Phillips, a health information technology specialist, participated in the 26th annual Sturbridge Lions Club and Great Canadian American River Race on Saturday.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 30 - 12

    May 20 is deadliest single day for teens who die in car crashes

    Francisca Turkson, injury prevention educator at UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks about Teen DRIVE - Distracted Reality and Interactive Virtual Education – an educational program designed to influence how teens make decisions while operating a motor vehicle and raise awareness about the importance of making safe driving choices.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 30 - 12

    Music is now a lifeline for ailing opera singer

    A story about opera singer Barbara Quintiliani’s struggle with multiple sclerosis and Churg-Strauss syndrome references that she is receiving treatment at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 30 - 12

    Remote miracle: Robotics surgery becoming more popular in cardiac surgery

    An article about treating an anomalous coronary artery with robotic-assisted cardiac and thoracic surgery references a study by the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School about the prevalence of the condition.
    Plano Courier Star
    Star Local News

  • 04 - 26 - 12

    Treating the elderly is this doc’s specialty

    Columnist Dianne Williamson writes about how Victoria Mason, an 80-year-old patient suffering from acute myelogenous leukemia, came to UMass Memorial Medical Center to receive treatment. Jan Cerny, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, and the patient’s oncologist, is quoted in the story along with Rajneesh Nath, MD, assistant professor of medicine & pathology.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 26 - 12

    UMass Medical School to Aid Rhode Island's Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative with Project Direction and Implementation Support

    UMMS was awarded a contract to provide support for the Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Project (CSI-RI), a patient-centered medical home initiative. David Polakoff, MD, MSc, chief medical officer, Commonwealth Medicine, said UMMS is “playing a central and unique role in supporting primary care practices as they move to the next level of patient care.”
    MarketWatch.com
    Insurancenewsnet.com
    SunHerald.com
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Becker’s Hospital Review

  • 04 - 25 - 12

    Found In Translation Graduates Its First Class

    Found in Translation, a medical interpreter training program associated with UMMS in collaboration with Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (AHEC), graduated its first class of students. The nonprofit program was developed to help low-income multilingual women become medical interpreters.
    MaldenPatch

  • 04 - 25 - 12

    New Juaben citizens in US supports Koforidua Regional Hospital

    UMass Memorial Health Care helps the New Juaben Residents Association in New England to donate equipment to the Koforidua Regional Hospital.
    GhanaWeb

  • 04 - 25 - 12

    Students unsure about job prospects despite reassurance

    UMMS medical student Nikhil Shah, SOM 2015, is quoted in a story on findings reported by the Associated Press that only one it two recent college graduates are finding jobs.
    Boston University Daily Free Press

  • 04 - 24 - 12

    Earth Day opportunity for everyone to 'do their part'

    Coverage of yesterday’s Earth Day event includes quotes from Chancellor Michael F. Collins, and Melissa Lucas, sustainability and energy manager.
    NECN.com

  • 04 - 24 - 12

    The 10 largest employers in Mass.

    UMass Memorial Health Care ranked number 7 of the 50 largest employers in the state on a list published by the Boston Business Journal’s Research Department.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 04 - 24 - 12

    UHealthSolutions to Provide Patient Communications Services to Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in New Pilot Program

    UMass Medical School affiliate UHealth Solutions has agreed to provide the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center with enhanced patient communications services.
    SunHerald.com

  • 04 - 23 - 12

    Wealthy pick colonoscopy over at-home cancer test

    Associate Professor of family medicine & community health Chyke Doubeni comments on the results of a study that shows colonoscopy has become an increasingly popular method of screening for colon cancer but that testing among lower socioeconomic-status groups needs to be encouraged.
    Reuters Health
    WHTC
    Fox News.com

  • 04 - 23 - 12

    What You Can Do About Gout - HER Health Minute

    An article about gout references a study performed at UMMS to see whether patients being treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cochicine and glucocortocoid drugs are finding relief.
    EmpowerHER

  • 04 - 22 - 12

    Running: Brian Carroll hits golden mark at Boston Marathon

    Local runner helps to raise approximately $1.6 million for the UMass Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 20 - 12

    Novela approaches to diabetes

    Milagros Rosal, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and her colleagues developed a Spanish soap opera to dramatize health concerns as part of a project to help Latinos prevent and manage diabetes.
    NPR

  • 04 - 18 - 12

    Cancer patients rarely speak up about care problems

    In an interview with Reuters, Kathleen Mazor, EdD, associate professor of medicine, talks about her recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology which revealed that many cancer patients who had experienced some type of problem with their treatment never reported it to their physician.
    Reuters
    Chicago Tribune
    The Jerusalem Post
    Mesothelioma.com

  • 04 - 18 - 12

    Dr. Harvey G. Clermont of Shrewsbury honored with Grant V. Rodkey Award

    Harvey G. Clermont, MD, assistant professor of surgery, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2012 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award.
    Community Advocate
    Shrewsbury Patch

  • 04 - 17 - 12

    Are TV and Video Games Making Kids Fat?

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, writes about children’s “screen time” and the unfounded connection with obesity.
    Slate
    Bangor Daily News

  • 04 - 17 - 12

    Dr. Sarla Patel obituary

    Retired assistant professor Sarla Pate, MD, passed away last week. Dr. Patel worked for 27 years with the Department of Mental Health at Worcester State Hospital and UMass Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry until her retirement in 2001.
    Shrewsbury Patch

  • 04 - 16 - 12

    Dr. Sara Shields just doing her job

    Sara G. Shields, MD, MS, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health and recipient of the 2011 Chair’s Awards for Excellence, talks about her devotion to her patients.
    Community Advocate
    Northborough Patch

  • 04 - 16 - 12

    Plant RNA Paper Questioned

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, comments on recent findings that miRNA from ingested plants could survive to be absorbed into the blood stream.
    The Scientist

  • 04 - 16 - 12

    Study Bolsters Use of Lower Fixed rFVIIa Dose for Warfarin Reversal

    Research by pharmacy resident Adele Robbins, PharmD, BCPS, shows that a 2-mg dose of recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) appears to be as effective as an 80-mcg/kg dose in effectively stabilizing international normalized ratio (INR) values in patients with warfarin-associated intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).
    Pharmacy Practice News

  • 04 - 15 - 12

    Busy tick season for doctors

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for UMass Biologics Laboratory (UMBL) and Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology & physiological systems and, are quoted in an article about tick activity and Lyme disease.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 15 - 12

    Worcester area health care institutions invest in cancer care

    An article about investments being made by Worcester area hospitals in cancer treatment includes comments from Giles Whalen, MD, interim director of the Cancer Center of Excellence and professor of surgery; Thomas J. FitzGerald, MD, chair and professor of radiation oncology and professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics; and Andrew Evens, DO, associate professor medicine and deputy director for clinical research at the Cancer Center of Excellence.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 12 - 12

    FaceTime M.D.: How Consumer Tech Can Deliver Care That's Better, Faster And Cheaper

    An article about how personal technology is helping patients receive better care from their physicians references an integrated diabetes management system from Allscripts and My Care Team being used at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Forbes

  • 04 - 12 - 12

    Greenwood and Katzen are named Clinicians of the Year

    Kent S. Greenwood, MD, instructor in family medicine & community health and Marshall Katzen, MD, affiliate in orthopedics & physical rehabilitation were named 2012 Community Clinicians of the year by the Worcester North District Medical Society and the Worcester District Medical Society respectively.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 12 - 12

    Spring Allergies: Early + Extreme

    Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explains what unseasonably high March temperatures could mean for allergy sufferers.
    GoLocalWorcester 

  • 04 - 12 - 12

    UMMS hoppin’ with Toad

    Raymond Lefebvre, director of database and reporting systems, is quoted in the story about the effectiveness of Tools for Oracle Application Developers by Quest Software.
    Healthcare IT News

  • 04 - 11 - 12

    Powerful Sequencing Technology Decodes DNA Folding Pattern

    New research by Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and molecular medicine, explains how chromosomes fold in a series of contiguous "yarns" that harbor groups of genes and regulatory elements, bringing them in contact with each other and allowing them to work in a coordinated manner during development.
    Science Daily
    MedicalXpress
    BiomedME.com

  • 04 - 11 - 12

    UMMS gets substantial energy-efficiency gift from utility

    UMass Medical School was awarded $5.6 million from National Grid for an energy-efficient expansion of its power plant.
    FierceEnergy
    Worcester Business Journal
    Environmental Leader

  • 04 - 10 - 12

    Mass. man to run 11th Boston Marathon for preemies

    Worcester resident Brian Carroll will run the Boston Marathon to raise money for the neonatal intensive care unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    NECN.com

  • 04 - 10 - 12

    Milton Native to Run First Marathon for UMass ALS Champion Fund

    Michael Traverse is one of eight runners participating in the Boston Marathon for the UMass ALS Champion Fund taking place on April 16th.
    Milton Patch

  • 04 - 10 - 12

    Rock star science

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, discuss the pursuit of scientific knowledge and how the anticipated opening of the Albert Sherman Center will fuel breakthroughs at UMMS.
    CommonWealth

  • 04 - 10 - 12

    UMass Biologics Laboratory, Boston

    Mark Klempner, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor for the UMass Biologics Laboratory (UMBL).
    Boston.com
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 10 - 12

    UMass Medical School receives $5.6M power grant

    UMass Medical School has been awarded $5.6 million from National Grid for an energy-efficient expansion of its power plant. The article contains quotes from Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and John O'Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Boston.com
    GoLocalWorcester.com
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 08 - 12

    Business People

    Max P. Rosen, MD, MPH, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 06 - 12

    New Leader For UMass Medical School Unit

    Mark Klempner, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor for the UMass Biologics Laboratory (UMBL).
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 05 - 12

    New Drug for Overactive Bladder Recommended for FDA Approval

    The FDA is in favor of approving mirabegron (Astellas Pharma), a new class of oral drug for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB), however there are several safety issues still to be consider. Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, is quoted in the story.
    Medscape Today

  • 04 - 05 - 12

    What will this spring's allergy season be like?

    Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explains what unseasonably high March temperatures could mean for allergy sufferers.
    NECN.com

  • 04 - 04 - 12

    45 medical tests deemed 'unnecessary' by 9 medical groups

    Nine medical specialty groups launched their “choose wisely” campaign this week to deter doctors and patients from using unnecessary medical tests and procedures. Ronald N. Adler, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, and David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, are both quoted in the story.
    NECN.com

  • 04 - 04 - 12

    5th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health Attracts Participants from 5 Countries and 24 States

    The fifth Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, sponsored by Commonwealth Medicine in partnership with Emory University, was recently held in Atlanta. Warren J. Ferguson, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, is the conference founder and co-chair.
    SunHerald.com

  • 04 - 03 - 12

    A difficult injury to finger

    In a story about two Red Sox players experiencing thumb maladies, hand specialist John V. Shufflebarger, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, is asked about the complexities of these types of injuries.
    Boston Herald.com

  • 04 - 03 - 12

    Myles J. McDonough – Obituary

    Myles J. McDonough, longtime UMass Memorial and UMass Medical benefactor and founder of FLEXcon Company in Spencer, passed away on March 30, 2012.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 02 - 12

    Biotech Firm Sets Sights On Bigger Investors

    Joseph Laning, senior director of the Stem Cell Bank and Registry at UMMS talks about the science behind using stem cells to treat human diseases.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 02 - 12

    Marion mental health institute celebrating 125 years

    Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, is scheduled to give a talk to the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute next month.
    SWVA Today

  • 04 - 01 - 12

    Political expert to speak at MCLA commencement

    Eugene W. Leibowitz, MD, clinical professor of surgery, will receive an honorary doctor of public services from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
    The Bennington Banner