PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

Lee 
Department Chair 

Mary Lee, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Developmental Biology
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center

Dr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a major in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and received her MD from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. After pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a research fellowship in Developmental Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lee joined the faculty at MGH in Pediatric Endocrine. She was recruited to Duke University Medical Center and tried southern living for a few years before returning north to central MA as Chief of the Pediatric Endocrine Division at UMass Medical School. In the past year, she served as the Interim Chair of Pediatrics and was appointed as the Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-chief of the Children’s Medical Center in September 2013.

Dr. Lee has had numerous leadership roles in national organizations and is a member of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on Müllerian-inhibiting substance in gonadal disorders and sexual differentiation and for her research on Leydig cell development. She has also achieved recognition for her studies on environmental endocrine disruptors and reproductive and metabolic health and is engaged in clinical trials and studies on beta cell preservation and diabetes management. Dr. Lee has authored over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews and is on the Best Doctors in America list. Since 2005, Dr. Lee has served as a medical director and trustee for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

Dr. Lee has a strong commitment to medical education and faculty development and served as the Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs for several years. Dr. Lee has encouraged pediatric residents to engage in community service, global health experiences, and scholarly activities and meets with them regularly to review accomplishments and progress and discuss concerns. Dr. Lee is also involved in clinical supervision and didactic teaching of students and trainees. She has supported mentoring and career development opportunities for residents and faculty and has served as a mentor and advisor to students and residents.

Dr. Lee’s outside interests include reading, music and the arts, cooking (and eating), hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family (husband and two teenage children) and friends. 

 

 

 

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Vice Chair of Education

William “Jerry” Durbin, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Director, Pediatric Education Division
Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultation Service

Jerry grew up right here in Massachusetts and attended Newton South High School . He then headed north to Dartmouth College where he majored in English and minored in outdoor life. He attended medical school at Columbia University in the Big Apple, following which he returned to Dartmouth for an internship in medicine. After a two year stint at the NIH he saw the light and moved back to Massachusetts to complete two years of pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Boston. He then accepted a combined fellowship in pediatric and adult infectious disease at Beth Israel Hospital – Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Sidney Farber Cancer Center in Boston .

Jerry came to Worcester City Hospital in 1979. At that time, UMass Medical School had just started, he was asked to join the new faculty, and he has been a familiar face in the halls at UMass ever since. He has remained very active in infectious disease and HIV care and has a busy academic clinical practice. Jerry is a well-respected clinician and teacher. He is often asked to write articles and chapters on pediatric infectious disease topics, including case reports in the NEJM and articles for Pediatrics in Review. Jerry has won numerous teaching awards over the last 20 years. One of Jerry’s major contributions to the Pediatric Residency Program at UMass has been his strong leadership in involving current pediatric residents in the selection of the next class of interns, an unusual and very successful component of the pediatric residency. Jerry served as pediatric residency program director until 2011.

When he is not at the hospital, you can find him hiking in the White Mountains, avidly watching the Red Sox, catching up with his sons Adrian and Will, or preparing for his next trip to visit his daughter, Ali, and granddaughters, Chely and Kayala, in Guatemala.

 

 

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Program Director

Mark Vining, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Mark Vining was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. He attended the University of Vermont for both his undergraduate and medical education. He completed his pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center where he also served as chief resident.

He joined the faculty at UMMHC following his chief resident year and has been very involved in resident and medical student teaching ever since.  He served as Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program for five years before becoming Program Director in 2011.  He currently serves as Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery and practices general pediatrics in the faculty practice.

His professional interests include newborn medicine, adoption issues and effective evaluation methods in medical education. An avid cook himself, one of his favorite duties as program director is serving as judge for the annual resident pie-baking contest.

 

Tina Hermos 
Assistant Program Director

Tina Hermos, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Tina grew up in Brookline, MA and attended Columbia University. She solidified her interest in medicine after spending 5 months of her senior year in El Salvador working with Doctors for Global Health. She attended UMass Medical school and graduated in 2003, then completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Tina moved back to Massachusetts to join her husband and complete Infectious Diseases fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston where she studied immunity to S. aureus. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to UMass as faculty member in 2011.

Tina is a full time pediatric infectious disease specialist who, in addition to clinical ID, works with infection control, antibiotic stewardship and undergraduate medical education. Most of her free time is spent with her children Amelia (3), John (3) and Theo (8 months).

Without enough time to participate in all of her own interests; global health, research, medical education, she enthusiastically guides and supports residents in these endeavors. Tina knows that like medical education, our personal growth as physicians is never complete, and is looking forward to helping each UMass pediatric resident maximize this growth, in their own way, during their residency.

 

Nazarian 
Continuity Clinic Experience Director

Bev Nazarian, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Bev grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and then ventured to Minnesota where she attended Carleton College and then the University of Minnesota Medical School. She then returned east , completing her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1997. After residency, she joined the pediatric primary care practice at UMass and has been there ever since. Bev currently directs the continuity clinic experience, which is community-based and pairs residents with practicing pediatricians in Worcester and surrounding communities.

 

Bev's clinical interests are children with special health care needs, advocacy, medical education, school health, and adoption. She coordinates the advocacy lecture series for residents. She has been the school physician consultant for the Worcester Public Schools for over 10 years. She is the medical director of Family Advocates, a medical-legal partnership between UMass and Community Legal Assistance.

 

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Global Health Director 

Patricia McQuilkin, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Trish grew up in Concord and has not strayed very far! She attended UMass/Amherst and majored in biochemistry and chemistry. She then attended UMass Medical School where she also did her pediatric residency. After a brief career as a heme/onc fellow at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Trish returned to UMass to join the faculty in the division of General Pediatrics, where she has established a large pediatric practice. 

Her special interests in pediatrics include teaching medical students and residents, working with underserved populations, and global health.  In the past, has spent time in Russia and working on a reservation with Indian Health Services. More recently, she has traveled numerous times to the established UMass Pediatrics global health sites in Haiti, Liberia, and Indonesia.   

When not working in the Benedict building or traveling, she enjoys doing just about anything outside (running, biking, skiing) and spending time with her 3 boys, who have taught her most of her pediatrics.