News & Events

4/14/2015: A Message from Louis Messina, MD, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Andres Schanzer, MD, as the first director of the UMass Memorial Center for the Treatment of Complex Aortic Disease. Under Dr. Schanzer’s leadership, the center brings together physicians from multiple specialties including vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiology and anesthesiology, all of whom share a passion and expertise in the treatment of complex aortic disease.

The center is one of only four in the nation that has both an Investigational Device Exemption for physician-modified endovascular grafts and access to endovascular grafts from Cook, Inc. that can be manufactured to fit the specifications of a patient, a unique form of personalized medicine. No other program on the East Coast is able to treat a wider spectrum of complex aortic disease by a minimally invasive endovascular technique than the UMass Memorial center.

A member of our medical staff since 2007, Dr. Schanzer is a national leader in endovascular repair of complex aortic disease. He has completed specialized training in advanced endovascular techniques at several leading institutions around the world and teaches and supervises other vascular surgeons to perform these complex cases at hospitals throughout the United States. Dr. Schanzer is one of only a few surgeons in the country who is conducting a special type of clinical trial that studies endovascular aortic repair with devices that are tailored to a patient’s specific anatomy. In addition to directing the center, he is deeply involved in medical education, serving as the program director for the Vascular Surgery Residency training program since 2009.

The Center for the Treatment of Complex Aortic Disease has grown rapidly since its establishment and will soon treat its 100th patient. I look forward to the continued growth of this distinguished clinical program under Dr. Schanzer's skilled leadership.

3/18/2015: Congratulations to Drs. Abraham Jaffe, PGY-3 and Heena Santry from the Division of Trauma and Critical Care on being awarded the 2015 Office of Global Health Pilot Project Grant supporting their project to improve trauma care in rural Gujarat State, India in collaboration with the Charotar Arogya Mandal Comprehensive Medical Complex. Their project will include injury surveillance, establishment of a trauma quality improvement registry, and education in trauma triage and stabilization.

9/30/2014: Dr. Heena Santry has been awarded an R01 (Independent Investigator Research Grant) from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality for her project entitled "A New Specialty Responding To National Needs: Does Acute Care Surgery Deliver?" (Grant #1 R01 HS022694-01A1). The project focuses on an ongoing crisis in access to care for time-sensitive surgical diseases such as perforated bowel or necrotizing soft tissue infections that is expected to worsen based on current surgical workforce trends and the aging US population. The research will examine the ongoing diffusion of a new specialty called acute care surgery as a strategy to meet our nation’s emergency general surgery needs and will measure which specific structures and processes optimize outcomes for patients with general surgery emergencies. The results of this project will help develop organized systems for the care of emergency general surgery patients so that all Americans suffering general surgery emergencies will have timely access to high quality surgical care regardless of when and where they are stricken.

6/11/2014: Rachelle Damle, MD MS has a recent publication.

6/9/2014: Dr. Courtney Collins, received 2nd place in the New England Surgical Society Resident Essay Competition at the 94th Annual Meeting in September 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut for "Epidemiology and Outcomes of C. Difficile Infections in the Elderly,” published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons Volume 218, Issue 6, Pages 1141–1147.e1, June 2014 Picture

6/3/2014: Congratulations to Rachelle Damle, MD MS and Courtney Collins, MD MS on their completion of the Surgical Research Scholars Program. Rachelle and Courtney are officially the 1st cohort to graduate from the program. They have had a very successful 2 years of research in the program and have also received their Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3

5/9/2014: Abe Jaffe presented Incidental Findings on Chest CT for Trauma are Common and Infrequently Addressed and Kate Dinh presented Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Does Not Improve Disease-Specific Survival in Elderly Patients with Intermediate Thickness Melanoma at the New England Surgical Society's 21st Annual Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day.

4/25/2014: UMass Vascular Skills and Simulation Course - April 25-26, 2014 - Worcester, MA 

4/16/2014: Physician Profile: Heena Santry M.D.

4/2/2014: UMass Medicine latest newsletter

9/29/2013: The Center for Outcomes Research (COR) contributed to a new smartphone app that will help doctors worldwide more easily identify patients who are at risk of dying within three years of a heart attack.   
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5/22/2013: Dr. Chip Souba, Vice-President, Health Affairs & Dean, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University, presented the 2013 H. Brownell Wheeler Lecture on "The Science of Quality Improvement: Transforming Healthcare to Achieve the Healthiest Population."
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12/06/2010: Dr. Heena Santry was recently awarded the UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science 2010 Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Award. Over the next 5 years, she will focus her research on "Acute Care Surgery Practice Patterns: Impact on Quality, Accessibility and Costs of Care for Surgical Emergencies". 

4/13/2010: Dr. Elizaveta Ragulin-Coyne, UMass Surgical Research Resident, was appointed in the inaugural class of UMMS Clinical Translational Scholars for 2010-2012.

3/15/2010: The Society of Surgical Oncology selected Surgery Resident Jillian Smith’s entry, Adjuvant Therapy for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: A Simple Prediction Rule, as the “Best Poster” submitted to the SSO’s Resident/Fellow Essay Contest at the  63rd Annual Cancer Symposium in St. Louis, MO.

2/9/2010: Jillian Smith, UMass Surgical Resident, had her abstract "Potential Benefit of Resection for Stage IV Gastric Cancer" judged to be one of the top 23 submitted abstracts for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract meeting in New Orleans, May 2010. She will present both at the Plenary Session and compete at the Resident and Fellows Conference. Melissa Murphy, UMass Surgical Resident, won the top prize for her Short Oral talk in 2009.

1/6/2010: Shimul Shah, Assistant Professor of Surgery and SOAR researcher, was featured by in a wire story from ABC news/Reuters regarding acute pancreatitis and outcomes. Read More

11/24/2009: UMass Neurosurgery has won the American Association of Neurological Surgeons medical student award for the second year in a row.  Congratulations to Gina Deck and her mentor, Dr. Julie Pilitsis, who will be presenting her work on subdural hematomas in May 2010.

11/23/2009: Congratulations to Zheng (Frank) Zhou, MD, internal medicine resident, who received the first place award in the resident research poster competition at the American College of Physician's Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Meeting recently. His presentation, “Anti-VEGF and Anti-EGFR Monoclonal Antibodies in the First-line Therapy for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer - A Meta-analysis,” is coauthored by oncologists Drs. William Walsh, Venu Bathini and Bilal Piperdi. Dr. Zhou will compete at the national level at the American College of Physician's Internal Medicine Conference in Toronto in April.

9/14/2009: Dr. Jessica Simons, UMass resident, received 2nd place at the New England Surgical Society Resident Essay Competition, on September 12, 2009, for "Surgery and Radiation Therapy for Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma: Both Necessary and Sufficient?"

6/26/2009: Dr Jessica Simons, UMass surgical resident, will be competing at the New England Surgical Society Resident Essay Competition in Newport, Rhode Island, September 10-12, 2009.

6/1/2009: Melissa Murphy, UMass surgery resident, won the Resident and Fellows Award at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Chicago, June 1st 2009 for her project "Major complications after laparoscopic cholecystectomy-a simple risk score". This prestigious award carries a $1000 prize.

3/17/2009: Thanks to efforts by Laura Lambert, MD, our newest surgical oncologist, Governor Patrick declared the last day of February as Rare Disease Day in Massachusetts. The proclamation calls attention to the public health issues associated with rare diseases. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 7,000 such diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans. Dr. Lambert notes she will now wk toward permanently establishing February 28 as Rare Disease Day in Massachusetts.

2/3//2009: Dr. Stanley Tam, MD, has been appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School as of January 12, 2009.
?We welcome:
    •    Adel Bozorgzadeh, Chief, Organ Transplantation
    •    Geoffrey Graeber, Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
    •    Laura Lambert, Surgical Oncology
    •    Nilima Patwardhan, Surgical Oncology