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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

2020 Fellowship Interview Dates at UMass Memorial Medical Center

         Dates TBD



Teresa Paulin

Physician Extenders

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

Current Fellow

Sue Jean Hahn, MD

Sue Jean Hahn is the current Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellow at UMass. She grew up in Long Island, NY and completed a Sc.B. with honors in Biology at Brown University. She continued her education at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine where she was inducted into AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Societies. She went on to complete her general surgery training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York where she was awarded the Arthur H. Aufses Sr. Prize in Surgery. Sue is a board-eligible general surgeon who came to 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 (BWH)  Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Erica B Sneider (UMass) Colon and Rectal Surgical: A Division of ProHEALTH Care, Lake Success, New York
Pasithorn (Amy) Suwanabol (UW) Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Andrew T. Schlussel, D.O. Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
Uma Phatak Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Clayton Tyler Ellis Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

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