2007 News Makers

News Makers are listed by month in reverse chronological order.

December

Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, was quoted in a Dec. 30 Sunday Telegram article about the use of buprenorphine to treat heroine addicts. Buprenorphine, which was approved in 2002 by the FDA and is considered safer than methadone, has itself become a street drug in part because of the difficulty addicts have in accessing treatment programs through which to obtain a legitimate prescription. 

The Boston Globe quoted Robin H. Adair, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, in a Dec. 27 article on annual mental health screenings for Massachusetts children and teenagers covered by Medicaid. Dr. Adair applauded the new program, which she noted is an enormous step forward in a direction that is a national trend. The Telegram & Gazette also interviewed Dr. Adair and David M. Keller, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and family medicine & community health for its Dec. 31 article on mental health screening.

On Dec. 24, Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH, professor and chair of family medicine & community health, and John G. O’Brien, UMass Memorial Health Care president and CEO, were featured in a Boston Globe article detailing UMass Memorial Medical Center’s recent adoption of strict conflict of interest rules that limit ties between physicians and makers of drugs and medical devices.

The Worcester Business Journal interviewed Terry Flotte, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and executive deputy chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and professor of pediatrics, for a Dec. 24 article. Dr. Flotte discussed the Medical School’s plans to recruit investigators for an RNAi technology center and gene therapy center.

John G. O’Brien, UMass Memorial Health Care president and CEO, was featured in a Telegram & Gazette article about UMass Memorial’s near-record financial surplus. He discussed the successes and challenges faced in 2007 and future plans for the health care system. The article appeared in the Dec. 20 issue.

The Telegram & Gazette interviewed JeanMarie Houghton, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, for a Dec. 19 article on memorable teachers who have shaped students’ live. Dr. Houghton mentioned Daniel Huchital, her chemistry professor at Seton Hall University who convinced her to transfer from Seton Hall to a pre-med program at Rutgers University and later to attend medical school.

On Dec. 17, Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, was featured in the Telegram & Gazette in an article on increased risk of heart attacks during the holiday season. Dr. Phillips noted that holiday stress, coupled with bursts of exertion when shoveling snow and people’s tendency to forget their heart medications when their normal routines are disrupted by travel or social gatherings, can result in an increased risk for cardiac events. He stressed that any unusual chest discomfort or shortness of breath should be taken seriously.

Featured in a Dec. 16 article in the Telegram & Gazette, Emily Ferrara, MA, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, discussed her book of poetry, The Alchemy of Grief, which she began writing after her son Adam died unexpectedly. The book features poems about loss and renewal and received the Bordighera Poetry Prize this year. Ms. Ferrara discussed her son’s death, the grief process and healing through writing.

Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a Dec. 3 Los Angeles Times article about breast-feeding and bottle-feeding. He said breast-feeding is a personal decision for mothers, and physicians should help mothers who want to breast-feed rather than pressure those who prefer not to. An essay by Dr. Sanghavi, “A Growing Debate Over Folic Acid in Flour,” was included in the Dec. 4 The New York Times. In the essay, Sanghavi discussed the importance of fortifying flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects.

November

The Boston Business Journal interviewed UMass Memorial Medical Center President Walter H. Ettinger, Jr., MD, MBA, for its Nov. 30 “Executive Profile.” Dr. Ettinger highlighted UMass Memorial’s recent accomplishments and discussed the medical center’s future plans.

The Telegram & Gazette interviewed Christopher P. Keuker, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, for a Nov. 19 article on a young girl who needs a bone marrow transplant. Dr. Keuker discussed Fanconi anemia, an extremely rare, life-threatening disorder that disables the body’s ability to produce blood. 

The Boston Globe featured Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery, in a front-page Nov. 19 article on eICUs. Dr. Lilly discussed the eICU at UMass Memorial Health Care, which was the first hospital network in Massachusetts to implement a comprehensive system through which an intensivist remotely monitors patients in the ICUs and tracks trends in their vital signs, adding another layer of care to assist bedside staff.

As part of a weeklong series on hunger, the Telegram & Gazette included a Nov. 13 article featuring Linda F. Weinreb, MD, Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine and professor of family medicine & community health and pediatrics, and Barbara Olendzki, MPH, instructor in medicine. Dr. Weinreb and Ms. Olendzki said adults and children who suffer from hunger usually eat affordable foods that are not necessarily nutritious.

UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO John G. O’Brien and UMass Memorial Medical Center President Walter H. Ettinger, Jr., MD, MBA, were featured in a Telegram & Gazette article on the “5 Million Lives Campaign,” which is aiming at protecting patients and improving health care throughout the country. Health care advocate Don Berwick, MD, selected UMass Memorial Medical Center for a site visit and toured the cardiac catheterization labs and the ICU. The article appeared in the Nov. 7 issue.

October

Lee A. Mancini, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette for an Oct. 31 article on healthy eating habits for young athletes.

The Telegram & Gazette interviewed Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, and Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and pediatrics, for an article on children who participate in athletics and potential injuries. The article appeared in the Oct. 26 issue.

Gary S. Moak, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, was featured in an Oct. 25 article in U.S.News & World Report. Dr. Moak discussed depression in senior citizens and that it may arise due to a physical health problem.

On Oct. 22, Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health was featured in The Washington Post in an article on a new device that can determine whether someone is a smoker.

Jennifer S. Daly, MD, UMMS professor of medicine and clinical chief of infectious disease and immunology for UMass Memorial Medical Center, was interviewed by New England Cable News on October 17 for a story about the increase in methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA) infections. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that more than 19,000 patients in the U.S. died in 2005 as a result of infection. Dr. Daly stressed, among other things, the need for physicians to be vigilant and for the public to understand how antibiotic resistance occurs.

The October 13 issue of The Boston Globe featured Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery at UMMS and chief of vascular surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, in an article about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s recent surgery and carotid artery disease.

WXLO 104.5 FM was on campus all day October 11, broadcasting an on-air fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research and care.  Morning show hosts Zito and Jen aired interviews with numerous UMass Medical School researchers and UMass Memorial clinicians, including: John G. O’Brien, UMass Memorial President and CEO; Michael F. Collins, MD, senior vice president for the Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts and interim chancellor of UMMS; Terence R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and dean of the School of Medicine; Dario C. Altieri, MD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor and chair of cancer biology; Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, deputy director of the UMass Memorial Cancer Center; Arthur M. Mercurio, PhD, professor of cancer biology; Leslie M. Shaw, PhD, assistant professor of cancer biology; Sharon B. Cantor, PhD, assistant professor of cancer biology; Robert M. Quinlan, MD, professor of surgery;  John M. Castle, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery; Mary E. Costanza, MD, professor of medicine; Charles J. Pagnam, vice chancellor for Development and Linda Platzer, executive director of development operations, as well as longtime UMass Memorial oncology nurse Sharon Boyer, RN, who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Gary S. Stein, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and professor and chair of cell biology, was interviewed October 11 by Worcester News Tonight in a segment examining the importance of stem cell research in Massachusetts and the efforts of the Patrick administration to loosen previously implemented restrictions on stem cell research.

On Oct. 4, Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, was featured in The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette articles on the National Children’s Study contract recently awarded to UMMS. Executive Deputy Chancellor of UMMS and School of Medicine Dean Terry Flotte, MD, was also interviewed for the Telegram & Gazette article.

Yunsheng Ma, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, was featured in an Oct. 4 article appearing on WebMD. Dr. Ma discussed his latest study, which compares eight popular diets and finds the best weight loss plan for heart health.

The news agency Reuters interviewed Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, for an article on his recent study about youths and nicotine addiction. The article appeared on the MSNBC Web site on Oct. 1.

2006 Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was interviewed nearly one year after co-receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and discussed the need for basic science research funding. The article appeared in the Oct. 1 issue of the Telegram & Gazette.

September

Lucia R. Languino, PhD, professor of cancer biology, cell biology and radiation oncology, was interviewed by WCVB-TV for a Sept. 19 story about the links between good nutrition and cancer prevention.

The Sept. 17 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Gary S. Stein, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and professor and chair of cell biology, and Dario C. Altieri, MD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor and chair of cancer biology. The article, which mentioned the annual Walk to Cure Cancer, focused on Dr. Stein’s latest research on genetic control of metastatic cancer and osteoporosis.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette interviewed UMass Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and UMMS Interim Chancellor Michael F. Collins for a Sept. 10 article. Dr. Collins discussed his role as the system’s Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, which includes facilitating system-wide scientific collaborations.

Two leading RNA researchers and new UMMS faculty members Victor Ambros, PhD, and Melissa Moore, PhD, were featured in a Sept. 6 Telegram & Gazette article about UMMS increasing scientific stature.

Featured in the Sept. 3 issue of the Worcester Business Journal, Kathleen Biebel, PhD, research assistant professor of psychiatry, was selected as one for the area’s 40 young professionals under the age of 40.

The Telegram & Gazette featured Richard M. Berlin, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, in article about his subspecialty consultation liaison psychiatry and his poetry. Dr. Berlin received a $1,000 award for his manuscript “How JFK Killed My Father,” and he used the funds to establish a writing award for UMass Medical School medical students.  The article appeared in the Sept. 3 issue.

An editorial written by Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, appeared in the Sept. 2 issue of The Dallas Morning News. Dr. Sanghavi discussed the recent recall of toys with lead paint.

Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, Sherry Lynn Pagoto, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, and Jenny Prince, RD, UMass Memorial Medical Center dietitian, were featured in the September 2007 issue of Healthcare Ledger. They provided information about bariatric surgery, weight-loss options and pre-surgery preparation.


August

The Boston Globe featured Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and pediatrics, in an article about his role as chief of sports medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center and as a physician for Red Sox minor league prospects. The article appeared in the Aug. 26 issue.

Steven M. Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and professor and chair of neurobiology, and David R. Weaver, PhD, professor of neurobiology, were featured in an Aug. 20 article in The Boston Globe. Drs. Reppert and Weaver provided information about the body’s circadian rhythms.

William F. Corbett, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and Julia D. Andrieni, MD, assistant professor of medicine, were interviewed for an article in the Aug. 20 issue of the Worcester Business Journal. Drs. Corbett and Andrieni remarked on the shortage of primary care physicians and initiatives planned to offset this shortfall.

The Aug. 20 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Dianne S. Elfenbein, MD, associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Elfenbein was interviewed for a story about teens leaving home for the first time to attend college.

Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and pediatrics, was featured in the Aug. 19 issue of The Boston Globe in an article about high school athletes preparing to compete at the college level. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette also interviewed Dr. Busconi for an Aug. 13 article on fitness after the age 50.

Executive Deputy Chancellor and Dean Terry Flotte was interviewed for an article in the Aug. 9 issue of RNAi News. Dr. Flotte discussed the $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative and the new RNAi research center at UMMS.

An article about the institution’s 2007 High School Health Careers Program appeared in the Aug. 4 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, vice chancellor for school services and professor of cell biology, and Robert Layne, director of outreach programs, were featured in the article.

July

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Stephen J. Doxsey, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and cell biology, Job Dekker, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, for an article in the July 31 issue. The article announced that Drs. Doxsey and Dekker were recent recipients of two separate awards from the W. M. Keck Foundation. Dr. Zamore was the last UMMS professor to receive a W. M. Keck Foundation award in 2002.

The Scientist featured Executive Deputy Chancellor and Dean Terry Flotte in its July 31 issue. Dr. Flotte discussed the use of adeno-associated virus (AAV) in clinical trials.

Peter Paige, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was featured in an article on the Spencer ambulance service in the July 31 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Dr. Paige is the medical director for the Spencer Rescue Squad, which has an ambulance with EKG transmission capability that according to Paige, shortens the amount of time from diagnosis to balloon inflating a patient’s artery.

The New York Times interviewed Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, for an article on his recent study about youths and nicotine addiction. The article appeared in the July 31 issue.

The July 30 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Dionyssios A. Robotis, MD, assistant professor of medicine, in an article about LifeVest, an external defibrillator that monitors a person’s heart rate and administers a shock if needed.

Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was featured in an article on the shortage of primary care physicians. The article appeared in the July 24 issue of the Sentinel and Enterprise.

The Gardner News interviewed UMass Memorial Medical Center President and Professor of Medicine Walter H. Ettinger Jr., MD, MBA, for its July 24 issue regarding newly insured Massachusetts residents and emergency room visits.

On July 23, Worcester News Tonight featured Jennifer S. Daly, MD, professor of medicine, during a broadcast about Lyme disease and proposed legislation filed by state Rep. Jennifer M. Callahan, D-Sutton. Dr. Daly discussed disease signs and symptoms.

Craig C. Mello, PhD, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was featured in numerous publications and regional television and radio broadcasts on July 19. Dr. Mello, who is co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, addressed state legislative leaders regarding the need to fund life sciences research. The state legislators gathered to honor Dr. Mello during a special joint session of the Legislature and were joined by Governor Deval Patrick, who filed legislation for the planned $1 billion, 10-year state investment in life sciences research.

President and Chief Executive Officer of UMass Memorial Health Care John O’Brien was interviewed for an article on teens and the hospital’s summer employment program in the July 16 Worcester Telegram & Gazette. UMass Memorial Medical Center hired nearly 75 teens this year, and Mr. O’Brien commented on the program’s benefit to all parties involved, allowing  the nonprofit to give back to the community by employing teens during the summer months.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Judith K. Ockene, PhD, interim vice chancellor for Faculty Administration, the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and professor of medicine, for a July 16 article on hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Ockene discussed the use of hormone therapy and how it may be appropriate to relieve severe to moderate symptoms of menopause.

The July 15 issue of The Boston Globe featured Patrick Smallwood, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and medical director for emergency mental health services, in an article on the treatment of psychiatric patients in emergency rooms. Dr. Smallwood said UMass Memorial Medical Center has made significant improvements in the level of care psychiatric patients receive in its emergency rooms.

Frederick A. Anderson, PhD, research professor of surgery and medicine, was interviewed by HealthDay for a July 13 article on his recent study about venous thromboembolism. His study found that hospitalized patients, especially those having orthopedic surgery, are at high risk for forming DVTs.

Director of the UMass Memorial Medical Center Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Center Regina McCaffery, PhD, was interviewed for an article in the July 10 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Dr. McCaffery discussed the increased popularity of DBT, a type of cognitive behavior therapy. 

Gary M. Fudem, MD, clinical professor of surgery, was featured in a July 3 article on fireworks safety in The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The article included an interview with a teenage patient of Dr. Fudem’s who sustained a hand injury while handling explosives. Fudem and the teen said everyone should be wary of fireworks.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Jay Fong, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, for a July 3 article that explored the growing popularity of sushi among  children. Dr. Fong said most pediatricians recommend feeding children foods that have been cooked thoroughly to decrease possible food-borne bacteria or parasites.

Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, the new chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology within the Department of Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center and deputy director of the UMass Memorial Cancer Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial, was featured in the July 2 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. School of Medicine Dean and Executive Deputy Chancellor of UMMS Terry Flotte, MD, Gary S. Stein, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and professor and chair of cell biology, and Azra Raza, MD, professor of medicine, were also interviewed for this article. Dr. Rosmarin joins UMMS and UMass Memorial from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was interim director of hematology, director of the hematology/oncology fellowship program and associate professor of medicine, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry.

Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed by several radio programs following the publication of his study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine which found that it can take as little as a single cigarette to initiate a lifelong addiction to tobacco. The study, published in the July edition of the Archives, followed up on an earlier groundbreaking study that found adolescent smokers can become addicted without establishing a habit of heavy daily smoking.

June 

The Gardner News featured Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, in two articles related to high school athletes that appeared in the June 29 issue. Dr. Sanghavi commented on undetected congenital heart conditions in athletes and the need for automatic electronic defibrillators at all sporting events.

Edward Westrick, MD, vice president of Medical Management at UMass Memorial Health Care, was interviewed for a June 25 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Dr. Westrick commented on a recent study by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners and said UMass Memorial plans to enhance the attention and care provided to children with asthma.

FOX 25 News featured Jessica L. Griffin, PsyD, assistant professor of psychiatry, during a June 21 broadcast for a story about a two-year-old boy in Ohio, who was found at home alone and the house in disarray. Based on the child's statements, police presumed the young boy witnessed violence against his pregnant mother, who was missing. Dr. Griffin provided her expertise regarding a child’s suggestibility.

May 

A May 31 article appearing in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Commonwealth Medicine’s new Director of Training and Education Jennifer Davis Carey . In the article, Ms. Carey, who served as the state secretary for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, said she was presented with a “tremendous opportunity.” She said in addition to developing health initiatives, Commonwealth Medicine follows through with the delivery of health programs and services.  

An article about drug-resistent tuberculosis appeared in the May 31 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The story featured Professor of Medicine Jennifer S. Daly, MD, who commented on the potential spread of drug-resistent tuberculosis. 

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH, professor and chair of family medicine & community health, and Suzanne Cashman, ScD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, in a May 30 article. Drs. Lasser and Cashman discussed the health concerns of Central Massachusetts as highlighted in a recent report by Department of Health Commissioner John Auerbach. 

Tariq M. Rana, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, was interviewed for the May 28 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The article focused on Dr. Rana’s research, which combines RNAi and nanotechnology. John L. Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics, molecular medicine, molecular genetics & microbiology and pathology, was also interviewed for the article. 

Majaz Moonis, MD, associate professor of neurology and psychiatry, was featured in a May 4 HealthDay article on the use of statins to improve stroke patients’ outcomes and prevent the risk of a second stroke. 

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Joel M. Gore, MD,  the Edward Budnitz, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and professor of medicine, for a May 2 article about the recent Journal of the American Medical Association publication "Decline in Rates of Death and Heart Failure in Acute Coronary Syndromes," which he co-authored. Dr. Gore was also interviewed by reporters with the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Insider Medicine. 

April 

On April 25, the water supply in the town of Spencer was inadvertently contaminated by an over-application of sodium hydroxide, resulting in injuries to more than 80 people, nearly 60 of whom were treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  The Boston Globe interviewed Francis P. Renzi, MD, professor of emergency medicine, regarding the symptoms experienced by patients who had consumed the contaminated water. In addition, Kristen J. Kent, MD, fellow in toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, was interviewed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette regarding long-term effects of ingesting a high concentration of the chemical for an article that appeared April 26 as well as for a follow-up on April 27. 

Worcester News Tonight featured Peter N. Riskind, MD, PhD,  professor of clinical neurology, during an April 24 broadcast about the annual MS Walk. Dr. Riskind discussed new drugs and treatments for multiple sclerosis patients. 

Aaron Lazare, MD,  the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of psychiatry, was interviewed for a Newsday articles, which appeared in the April 15 edition. Dr. Lazare commented on the recent public apologies made by radio talk show host Don Imus. 

Brian M. Clark, MD,  clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was interviewed for an April 4 feature on Worcester News Tonight that examined changing recommendations for hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of menopause in women of various ages. 

The new School of Medicine Dean and Executive Deputy Chancellor of UMMS Terence R. Flotte, MD, was featured in the April 2 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The Telegram also included a photo and quote from Dr. Flotte in the “Quotables” section of the Sunday, April 5 edition. Dr. Flotte joins UMMS from the University of Florida, where he was the Nemours Eminent Scholar and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the College of Medicine. He will officially begin his new role at UMMS on May 15, 2007. 

Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics and chair of the Worcester Infant Mortality Task Force, was interviewed by New England Cable News about the high infant mortality rates in Worcester for a news piece about the announcement by Senator Edward Augustus of a $75,000 state grant to be used by the task force to research the cause of the high mortality rates and access risk factors for local mothers.

March 

Second-year medical student Jessica Wang  and  Emily Ferrara, MA,  assistant professor of family medicine & community health, were interviewed for a March 29 feature in The Record. Jessica was recognized in the article for her receipt of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Achievement Award by the American Medical Student Association and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Dr. Ferrara described Jessica’s steadfast commitment to advancing LGBT issues in the UMMS curriculum. 

The New York Times interviewed Robert W. Finberg, MD,  the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair of medicine and professor of molecular genetics & microbiology, for a March 27 article on new strategies to fight viruses. Dr. Finberg discussed his latest research, which focuses on trapping viruses in red blood cells. 

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed Richard Aghababian, MD,  professor of emergency medicine, for a March 19 article on his decision leave his position as chair of emergency medicine and to focus more on his role as associate dean of Continuing Medical Education, through which UMMS trains thousands of medical professionals throughout New England and the country. 

An article in the March 19 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery. Dr. Lilly discussed UMass Memorial Medical Center’s new eICU, which allows physicians to easily monitor patients in Intensive Care Units at the University and Memorial campuses, while sitting at a computer workstation located at the Hahnemann campus. 

Marc A. Gautreau, MD,  assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Leonard J. Morse, MD, clinical professor of medicine and family medicine & community health were featured in a Worcester Telegram & Gazette article on March 17 following the exposure of several area residents to a rabid kitten. Drs. Gautreau and Morse discussed the City of Worcester’s rabies alert and stressed the importance of monitoring your pets’ behaviors and preventing them from coming in contact with wild and stray animals. 

Reporters from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and WTAG-AM 580 interviewed Aaron Lazare, MD,   the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of psychiatry, on March 15, the day he announced he would step down from his role as chancellor and dean of UMMS due to cardiac arrhythmia. UMMS faculty members Thoru Pederson, MD,  professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Deborah DeMarco, MD, professor of medicine, remarked on Dr. Lazare's tenure as chancellor and dean, and they were respectively featured in the March 16 issues of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and The Boston Globe and a March 15 broadcast of NECN's Worcester News Tonight.  In addition, Student Trustee Alfred Albano , class of 2007, was interviewed by Worcester News Tonight for his thoughts on Dr. Lazare's announcement. 

A March 14 special insert of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette included a feature article about simulation training in medical education for which the reporter observed fourth-year medical students working with birthing simulator Noelle under the guidance of  Edward Peskin, MD, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and family medicine & community health. The reporter also observed a medical student treating SimMan, who was being controlled by  Debra W. Heitmann, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine in the UMMS Simulation Center. Melinda F. Taylor, BS, instructor in surgery, was also interviewed. Included in photographs accompanying the article were Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health and vice dean for undergraduate medical education, and Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine. 

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured second-year medical student Jessica Wang  in a March 12 article. Ms. Wang received the 9th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Achievement Award for her leadership of the institution's LGBT group QMass. Emily Ferrara, MA, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and QMass faculty advisor, was also interviewed and commented on Ms. Wang's work to improve health care access for LGBT people. 

Neeta Garg, MD,  assistant professor of neurology, was interviewed for a March 6 Worcester News Tonight story regarding multiple sclerosis during MS Awareness Week. Dr. Garg discussed MS symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. The reporter also interviewed a patient who is active with the National MS Society. 

February 

Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare, MD,  was interviewed for a feature article on Vice Chancellor for University Relations Albert “Albie” Sherman in the February 28 issue of The Jewish Advocate. Dr. Lazare discussed his 17-year friendship and professional relationship with Mr. Sherman, who was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. 

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Mary A. Valliere, MD, assistant professor of medicine and chief of palliative care medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center, in an article on palliative care in the February 26 issue. Dr. Valliere discussed how the new Pediatric Palliative Care Program enhances the quality of life for children with serious illnesses and their families. 

Dominic J. Nompleggi, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine and surgery, was interviewed for a February 23 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about a new DNA-based test developed to screen for colorectal cancer. 

On February 20, Richard Aghababian, MD,  professor and chair of emergency medicine, was featured in a WBZ TV 4 Boston broadcast about diagnosing heart attacks. Dr. Aghababian discussed improvements to diagnosing heart attacks in emergency rooms. 

Robert W. Finberg, MD,  the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair of medicine and professor of molecular genetics & microbiology, was interviewed on WUML 91.5 FM’s “The Sunrise Show” on February 20 for a look at how plague has been viewed throughout history and how it has been portrayed in artwork. Dr. Finberg had presented at a symposium hosted last year with the Worcester Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibit “ Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800.”  

On February 13, Theo E. Meyer, MD, PhD,  professor of medicine, was interviewed on the WTAG 580 AM program “The Jordan Levy Show” regarding Heart Failure Awareness Week. Dr. Meyer discussed heart failure symptoms and new treatment options available to those living with the condition. 

On February 11, Elizabeth Dugan, PhD,   assistant professor of medicine, joined host Jim Hannon on the WTAG 580 AM program "Worcester: Academically Speaking" to discuss her new book, The Driving Dilemma: the Complete Resource Guide to Older Drivers and Their Families. The book, which is directed to elder adults and their families, addresses the ability of seniors to drive safely and solutions when driving becomes unsafe. 

Jeffrey D. Bernhard, MD,  professor of medicine and author of Itch: Mechanisms and Management of Pruritus, was interviewed for the weekly “Skin Deep” column in the February 8 New York Times for his insight into the causes and treatment of itchy, dry winter skin. 

Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, appeared on the February 6 episode of NECN’s Wired to address the issues elderly drivers and their families face when determining the seniors’ abilities to drive safely and solutions for when driving becomes hazardous. She discussed her new book, The Driving Dilemma: the Complete Resource Guide to Older Drivers and Their Families, and answered callers’ questions. 

January 

The January 24 issues of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and The Boston Globe featured Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics and professor of obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Felice remarked on the Department of Public Health's report on infant mortality rates in Worcester and Springfield for 2005. She said numerous factors, such as multiple births, poverty, smoking, marital status and education, led to the higher number of infant deaths in 2005. 

Mary M. Herlihy, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, appeared on Worcester News Tonight on January 24 to discuss the new umbilical cord blood donation program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program, which is a collaborative effort with Cryobanks International, Inc., collects umbilical cord blood, which is rich in blood-producing stem cells used to treat numerous diseases and illnesses. 

On January 23, Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare , the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of psychiatry, was featured in the Ottawa Sun article "The Shameful Truth." The article focused on Web sites and the anonymity the Internet allows users to globally humiliate and shame others. Dr. Lazare discussed the overabundance of humiliation in today's society.