May 15, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass.—Patricia Durkin Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, has been named the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

Established in 2005 by an endowment from the Joy McCann Foundation, the Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine identifies and rewards female faculty leadership in medical education, research, patient care and community service. Linda F. Weinreb, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and pediatrics, was named the institution’s first recipient of the Joy McCann Professorship in 2005. Like Dr. Weinreb, Dr. Franklin will hold the professorship for three years, and she will remain an active member of the Women’s Faculty Committee and the Women’s Leadership Workgroup, and report annually on progress to the Women’s Faculty Committee and to the Joy McCann Professorship Program.

“It is a privilege to receive the Joy McCann Professorship, which supports women mentors in the field of medicine,” said Dr. Franklin. “I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues for my contributions to UMass Medical School and my forthcoming contributions to the new UMMS initiatives to mentor the careers of our medical students, residents and junior faculty.”

Throughout her career, Franklin has served as a role model to medical students, faculty members and residents. She has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, SUNY Upstate, and Syracuse University, and has more than 20 years of service as an academic physician. Since joining UMMS in 2004, Franklin has successfully mentored junior faculty and residents, while developing and directing a clinical and outcomes research program for the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation.

During her tenure at UMMS, Franklin has also secured a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate strategies to improve patient function after orthopedic surgery and two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation eHealth grants to test electronic decision support tools for adults with advanced osteoarthritis. She has also developed patient data registries designed and integrated with the clinical information system to support outcomes research in knee and hip osteoarthritis, degenerative spine disease and carpal tunnel disease. Along with David C. Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, Franklin recently received The Knee Society’s 2008 Chitranjan Ranawat Award for their research, which focuses on total knee replacement and patient traits that may affect functional outcomes after surgery.


In addition to her role in the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation, Franklin has contributed to the institution-wide development of clinical and population research by teaching a core course in a new PhD program and is a member of the team planning clinical informatics to support research and quality at UMMS and UMass Memorial Health Care.

Today, Franklin serves as co-chair of the UMMS Women's Faculty Committee (WFC) with Rosemary Theroux, PhD, assistant professor of nursing. Under their leadership, the committee broadened membership to represent all departments, consolidated the budget to support annual activities, increased WFC communication within the institution, and sponsored annual events and several guest speakers on women’s careers in medicine and women’s health research. She has played a key role in the local Women’s Leadership Committee, which collected data on leadership positions for UMMS and UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of UMMS, between 2006 and 2007 and proposed three strategic initiatives to advance women’s careers.

“Dr. Franklin embodies the Joy McCann Professorship through her career achievements, ability to mentor women navigating a career in medicine and leadership within the institution,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and provost & executive deputy chancellor of UMMS. “An extraordinary role model for women faculty, residents and medical students, Dr. Franklin is exceptionally deserving of this award.” 


About the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of five campuses of the University system and one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country.  It encompasses the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative called Commonwealth Medicine. The mission of UMass Medical School is to serve the people of the Commonwealth through national distinction in health sciences education, research and public service.


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