June 2, 2003

WORCESTER, Mass.— Pamela I. Ellsworth, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  A leading national expert on pediatric urological issues and adult erectile dysfunction, Dr. Ellsworth is also an associate professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“Dr. Ellsworth will be an outstanding leader for the division of urology,” said Dana K. Andersen, MD, professor and chair of the department of surgery and the Harry M. Haidak professor of surgery at UMMS. “She has the clinical acumen, programmatic vision and boundless energy needed to take the division to the next level of excellence.”

Ellsworth grew up in Southborough and graduated from Algonquin Regional High School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Boston College in 1983 and her medical degree at UMMS in 1987.  After medical school, Ellsworth trained in general surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, returning to UMMS in 1989 for an additional year of surgical residency. In 1990 Ellsworth embarked on a four-year urology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Ellsworth returned to UMMS and UMass Memorial in the fall of 2002 as a staff urologist and associate professor of surgery. She succeeds Robert D. Blute Jr., MD, who served as interim chief of the division, and who remains on as a clinician and assistant professor of surgery.  “I’m grateful to Bob Blute, who is an outstanding clinician, and who did a tremendous job moving the division forward, ” Ellsworth said. “And I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve as chief and to be a mentor to the younger members of the division. It’s a way for me to give back to an institution that I care so deeply about.”

As chief, Ellsworth will have overall administrative and clinical responsibility for the division and she will continue to oversee the urology residency program.  In addition, Ellsworth will maintain her full clinical practice in pediatric and adult urology.

Ellsworth has lectured across the United States and overseas on adult erectile dysfunction and pediatric urological conditions. She is the author of more than two-dozen journal articles and 15 book chapters on urological subjects. Ellsworth has written three books: 100 Questions & Answers About Erectile Dysfunction, 100 Questions & Answers About Prostate Cancer and Blackwell’s Primary Care Essentials: Urology.    She is now planning a new book on urinary incontinence.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.  UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $143 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.


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