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Residency Leadership

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Demetrius Litwin, MD, MBA

Demetrius E.M. Litwin, MD, MBA is the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor and Chair of the University of Massachusetts Department of Surgery. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed a Surgical Endoscopy Fellowship at Toronto General Hospital as well as a Fellowship in Liver, Pancreas, and Biliary Tract Surgery at the University of Toronto. He arrived to the University of Massachusetts in 1997, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 2002, the same year he was awarded his MBA. In 2002, he was appointed as the Chief of the Division of General, a position he held until he was appointed as Chair of Surgery in 2004.

Anne C. Larkin, MD

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Anne C. Larkin, MD serves as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Surgery as well as the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and is an expert in breast oncology, authoring numerous papers.  She is currently the site PI for the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group E4112 study evaluating MRI and multiparameter gene expression assay in DCIS. With her passion for Surgical Education, Dr. Larkin previously served as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency (2004-2016) and has been instrumental in curriculum development for both the residency and the medical school.  In addition to her substantial educational contributions to the institution, she has held key leadership positions in both the New England Surgical Society and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  At a national level, she is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.  Currently, she sits on the Complex General Surgical Oncology Board as the Vice Chair and on the Council for the American Board of Surgery.


Photo of Jennifer LaFemina, MD, FACSJennifer LaFemina, MD

Jennifer LaFemina, MD serves as the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency program. She is a surgical oncologist with a focus on skin and soft tissue diseases including breast cancer and melanoma. Her research interests involve evaluation of outcomes in surgical oncology patients and evaluation of new paradigms for chemoprevention and screening in high risk cohorts. Assuming the role of Program Director in 2016, her surgical education passions include optimizing transitions of phases of learning and implementing strategies to improve learning in our millenial trainees. She serves as the APDS representative to ERAS and led the APDS taskforce in optimal experiences for senior medical students. She arrived to UMMHC in 2012 after completing her General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and her surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Ulises Torres, MD, MEHP

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Ulises Torres, MD serves as the Director of Trauma Surgery Education and Associate Director of the General Surgery. His focus is towards medical students rotating in surgery and surgical critical care, as well as the residents in the three specialties that we offer, General Surgery Residency, Integrated Vascular Residency, and Integrated Plastics Residency. He plays an integral part of nursing trauma education and acute care nursing education for the graduate school of nursing. He arrived at UMMHC after completing his General Surgery residency at Monmouth Medical Center in NJ, his Trauma & Critical Care fellowship at Hartford Hospital - University of Connecticut. and his Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) at Johns Hopkins University.


Photo of Jennifer Davids, MDJennifer Davids, MD

Jennifer Davids, MD serves as Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency.  She is a Colon & Rectal surgeon with a specific focus on minimally invasive techniques for both benign and malignant disease.  Her research interests include quality improvement and outcomes in colorectal cancer, surgical education and simulation, and the impact of pregnancy and maternity on female physicians.   She plays an active role in mentoring and medical student education at UMass.  She is involved in ASCRS societies and is President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons.  She joined the staff of UMMHC in 2013 after completing her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at UMass.

Program Administrator

Mary Cawley
Mary joined the Surgical Education Office in 2004 as the Program Coordinator and recently has assumed the role of Program Administrator.