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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Mission Statement

The goals of the UMass Memorial Division of Colon and Rectal surgery are encompassed in our four-part mission statement:

  1. Providing exceptional, state-of-the-art care for our patients
  2. Educating medical students, residents, and practicing physicians
  3. Advancing the field of colorectal surgery through research and investigation
  4. Serving as an educational resource and advocate for the Central Massachusetts community

UMass Memorial 2021 Fellowship Interview Dates:
2021 interview dates (TBD)



Teresa Paulin

Physician Extenders

Janet McDade, NP, Clinical Coordinator
Dorcas Taylor, FNP
Katelyn Stickney, FNP
Jennifer Guertin, PA

Current Fellow

Jeremy Springer, MD

Jeremy Springer is the current Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellow at University of Massachusetts. He grew up in Ontario Canada and completed a B.Sc (Hons) in Physiology at the University of Western Ontario. He then moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he completed his M.Sc. in electrophysiology followed by his MD at Dalhousie University. He completed his general surgery residency at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario where he was awarded St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Best Resident in Surgery Award and the Resident Award for Teaching Excellence from the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. Jeremy is a board-eligible general surgeon who is excited to continue his education at UMass to obtain preeminent training in colorectal surgery.

Academic Expectations

  • Research
    • Manuscript ready for submission
    • Expenses will be covered for podium presentation
    • Project will be assigned prior to starting fellowship
    • Submission of abstract from research project to national meeting
  • Minnesota or Cleveland Clinic CRS course (optional) – may use GME funds
  • General Surgery Grand Rounds- topic and time TBD
  • Medtronic Sacral Nerve Stimulator Course (paid)
  • Colorectal Residents Annual Career Course (paid)
  • Program Evaluation Committee - CRS

Clinical Sites

  • UMass Memorial Healthcare
    • University Campus (388 beds)
    • Memorial Campus (385 beds)
    • Hahnemann Campus
  • Outpatient Visits
    • Faculty Clinics
    • ARP lab
    • 67 Belmont:
    •    Southborough Medical Group (Dr. Alavi)
         Milford Medical (Dr. Alavi)

Conference Schedule

  • General Surgery M&M: Monday 5 pm
  • Grand Rounds: Wednesday 7 am
  • CRS Teleconference (w/ Lahey/RI/Baystate): 4th Wednesday at 8 am
  • GI/Surgery IBD case conference : 1st Thursday 5 pm
  • GI Pathology: every 8 weeks
  • GI tumor Board: Friday noon
  • Core Curriculum/Clinical Correlation: Thursday 6:30 am
  • Journal Club: every 8 weeks

Team Structure

  • Mentor/Mentee relationship
    • Will be responsible for endoscopy/clinic/surgeries of assigned rotation only
  • 2 teams
    • JAM/JSD
    • KA/PS
    • Teams switch at end of the month
  • Team make-up
    • Discharge summaries, progress notes, orders, drain removal, etc.
    • Fellow/junior
    • Chief/junior
    • PA helps with daily inpatient care/activities for both teams


Name Current Location
Jennifer S Davids, MD (BWH)  Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Erica B Sneider, MD (UMass) Colon and Rectal Surgical: A Division of ProHEALTH Care, Lake Success, New York
Pasithorn (Amy) Suwanabol, MD (UW) Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Andrew T. Schlussel, DO Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
Uma Phatak, MD Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Cristina Harnsberger, MD Sansum Clinic Multi-Specialty Clinic, Santa Barbara, California
Clayton Tyler Ellis, MD Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Sue Jean Hahn, MD Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York

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