The UMass Memorial Medical Center Anticoagulation service was established nearly 2 decades ago and currently manages over 1100 patients with thrombotic disorders. Under the direction of Richard Becker, M.D. and Fred Spencer, M.D., the primary objective of the Anticoagulation Clinic is to provide the highest possible level of care for patients through coordinated management strategies, innovative technology, and applied clinical research. PT/INR results are obtained by traditional laboratory blood testing or point-of-care testing performed onsite in a specialized "fingerstick" clinic. Anticoagulant therapy is managed by an experienced team of anticoagulation nurse specialists.
The Anticoagulation Clinic has established protocols for the transition of oral anticoagulation to low molecular weight heparin "bridging therapy" for surgical/ interventional procedures and supports home DVT and self-monitoring programs. Our most recent addition is a Center for Patient Empowering Therapeutics that provides a full range of out-of-hospital services.
Anticoagulation Clinic Hours
Referrals to the Anticoagulation Clinic
Referrals are accepted with a completed form and 24-hour notice to the clinic staff. Patients should be re-referred following hospital admissions.
Patient and Family Education
Teaching sessions are scheduled during clinic hours and offered to all new patients and interested family members. Educational materials are provided to all patients.
An indigent program has been developed to provide Coumadin® (warfarin) and Lovenox® (enoxaparin).
Ongoing Clinical Trials