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Residency Program

Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the UMass Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Residency Program. The department is dedicated to lifelong learning with residency education at its core. We are committed to patient safety and evidenced-based practice. The department offers a balanced clinical and didactic experience that trains residents to become leaders in the field. The many resources provided by the UMass system—including a state-of-the-art simulation center, a high volume of critical cases, and varied practice settings—help our residents to become compassionate and competent professionals. I feel lucky to act as Program Director in this vibrant and collegial atmosphere and look forward to sharing it with you. Please feel free to contact me with questions.   

J. Aaron Scott, DO, FCCP
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and Surgery
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Danielle Birmingham, MD
Residency Associate Program Director
Caitrin Haynes
Residency Program Administrator
Fellowship & Clerkship Coordinator
(508) 856-3850

Chief Residents

Bushra Abdul Aleem, MBBS

Stanley Konieczny, DO

Current Residents

Our 2020-2021 Residents



Bushra Abdul Aleem, MBBS

Chief Resident

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9704

Stanley Konieczny, DO

Chief Resident

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9826



Derek Blankenship, MD

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9726

Navin Mani, DO

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9851

Sri Varsha Pulijal, MBBS

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9891

Viswanath Ramaswamy, MD

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9893

Casey Rosenthal, MD

CA-3 Resident

Pager #8009

Annastacia Woytash, DO

CA-3 Resident

Pager #9966

Sean Collins, DO

CA-2 Resident

Pager #4073

Adam Fernandez, MD

CA-2 Resident

Pager #9759

Jae Hyun Ham, DO

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8087

Johannes Kutten, MD

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8004

Andrew Lawler, MD

CA-2 Resident

Pager #5093

Tyler Mattingly, DO

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8005

Brian Pham, MD

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8006

Kirti Sahu, MBBS

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8011

Juhnnel Vera-Santiago, MD

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8013

Michael Walsh, DO

CA-2 Resident

Pager #8014

Scott Abernathy, MD

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4008

Ayotunde Fadayomi, MBBS

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4120

Christopher Hill, MD

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4168

Sal Intagliata, DO

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4174

Bridget Logan, DO

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4212

Rebecca Musgrave, MD

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4245

Kyung Oh, DO

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4257

Daniel Sigalovsky, DO

CA-1 Resident

Pager #4303

Alexander Carlson, DO

PGY-1 Resident

Mansoor Choudhry, DO

PGY-1 Resident

John Farrell, DO

PGY-1 Resident

Afif Kraitem, MD

PGY-1 Resident

Pooja Kumar, MBBS

PGY-1 Resident

Matthew McQueeney, DO

PGY-1 Resident

Caitlin Murphy, MD

PGY-1 Resident

Elias Nammour, MD

PGY-1 Resident


Visiting Medical Students Rotations

The Department of Anesthesiology offers a medical student elective for UMass Medical students. Students interested in doing rotations in anesthesiology at UMass Medical School should contact the Office of Students Affairs for the appropriate forms.

Benjamin Smith
Office of Student Affairs

For more information about Medical Student Clerkships in our department, please contact:

Julia Parzych (3rd years) and Jason Vandoros (4th years)
Department of Anesthesiology
UMass Medical School
Worcester, MA

Angelique Ranno
Medical Student Coordinator

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not able to accomodate visiting medical students. Updates will be published as appropriate.



  • Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Shannon Medical Group, San Angelo, TX
  • Active Duty Naval Assignment at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC
  • Pain Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, NH
  • Pain Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Critical Care Fellowship at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA
  • Pain Fellowship, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA


  • Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital School, Boston, MA
  • Critical Care Fellowship at Medical College of Georgia - Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Pain Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angles
  • Private Practice at Anesthesia Medical Group, Nashville, TN
  • Private Practice at Cristus St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
  • Private Practice at MacNeal Hospital – NAPA Group, Chicago, IL
  • Private Practice at Spectrum Medical Group - Southern Maine Division, Portland, ME


  • Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship at Ocshner Health, New Orleans
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at The Ohio State University
  • Cardiac Fellowship at University of Rochester
  • Critical Care Fellowship at George Washington University Hospital
  • Critical Care Fellowship at UMass
  • Pain Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s, Boston, MA
  • Private Practice at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • Private Practice at Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA


  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Columbia/New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, MD
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Loma Linda University, CA
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at Tufts University, Boston
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at UC Davis Health System, CA
  • Private Practice at Covenant Medical Center,TX
  • Private Practice at Stamford Hospital, CT
  • Private Practice at Miami, FL


  • Pain Fellowship at University of Toledo
  • Academic Practice at UMassMemorial Medical Center (2)
  • Private Practice at The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
  • Private Practice at Mercy Health of Michigan
  • Private Practice at Tarneja Anesthesiology, Los Angeles, CA
  • Private Practice at Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates, Richmond VA


  • Pediatric Fellowship at UPenn/Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Beth Israel, Boston
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Academic Practice at UMassMemorial Medical Center (3)
  • Private Practice at Mountain West Anesthesia, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Private Practice at Rowan Medical Center, Salisbury N.C.


  • Pain Management Fellowship at University of Toledo
  • Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center, D.C.
  • Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Academic Practice at UMassMemorial Medical Center
  • Academic Practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (US Navy)
  • Private practices in Georgia and Rhode Island


  • Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh
  • Pain Management Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania
  • Academic Practice UMass/Health Alliance, Fitchburg, MA
  • Academic Practice at Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, MA
  • Private Practice at Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Private Practice at Atlantic Ambulatory Anesthesia Assoc., Shrewsbury, NJ
  • Private practices in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island


  • Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship  University of Indiana
  • Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
  • Academic Practice at UMassMemorial Medical Center
  • Academic Practice at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA
  • Private Practice at Overlook Hospital, Summit NJ
  • Private Practice at Jordan Hospital, Plymouth MA

Resident Life

Pay & Benefits

Additional Benefits Information


PGY1: $60,319
CA1: $62,581
CA2: $65,649
CA3: $68,348

Institutional Benefits

  • Vast selection of Health Insurance Programs
  • Paid basic dental coverage, with option to purchase additional coverage
  • Low cost vision insurance
  • Paid long-term disability
  • Life insurance, with option to purchase additional coverage
  • Malpractice/liability insurance
  • Paid leave – Jury Duty and Bereavement
  • Workers compensation
  • State Employee Retirement Plan
  • Voluntary retirement savings plans (403b and 457a)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Dependent care reimbursement account
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Child Care Center on campus
  • UMass Five College Credit Union on site, with Residency and Relocation Loan Program available to all incoming PGY-1s, or those within 12 months after graduation from medical school
  • Low cost fitness center on campus

Other Benefits

  • Paid vacation/sick time in accordance with American Board of Anesthesiology requirements (See section 2.03 "ABSENCE FROM TRAINING" of the ABA's Booklet of Information, 2013 edition.)
  • Department supported conference/meeting time (5 days)
  • Meeting time and financial support for presentations at national meetings
  • Annual educational allowance ($1000 for PGY-1, 2, and 3; $1500 for PGY-4); may be used for books, exams, board review, etc.
  • Massachusetts temporary license fee reimbursement
  • Paid memberships to anesthesia and medical societies (AMA, ASA - with subscription to Anesthesiology, IARS - with subscription to Anesthesia & Analgesia, Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists)
  • BLS/ACLS/ATLS/PALS certification classes offered 
  • Subscriptions to Learly, TrueLearn, and Pass Machine
  • Teleconferenced and video captured Grand Rounds, as well as sessions, available for distance viewing on departmental intranet.
  • On call meal allowance
  • Scrubs, lab coats, ID badges, beepers, iPhones for CA-1s, 2s, 3s

Any additional questions may be directed to Cassie Tortorici at 508-856-3850 or

Resident Activities

Ether Dome

The Annual 
History of Anesthesia Tour

The UMass Department of Anesthesiology takes an annual trip with our CA-1 Residents to learn about the history of anesthesia. See pictures from this years trip to the Ether Dome in Boston here

After visiting the Ether Dome, Residents went to the Union Oyster House, which is one of the oldest restaurants in the United States.

Alumni dinner

ASA Meeting
& Alumni Reception

Every year, a number of our faculty and residents attend the ASA meeting, where they present medically challenging cases.

This year, in Boston, we held our third annual Alumni Reception, not only for alumni, but for faculty and residents as well. See pictures from the ASA meeting and reception here.


Life in Worcester

Welcome to Worcester!

There’s a lot to do living in Worcester! It’s a largest city in central MA, and the second largest city in New England. Being centrally located in both Massachusetts and New England provides easy travel to many different places. Worcester is about an hour away from four major New England cities: Boston MA, Springfield MA, Hartford CT, and Providence RI. New York City is only a 4 hour drive away. Check out some of things there are to do in the “heart of the Commonwealth” and it’s surrounding areas!


Art & Culture

If you like music and theater, check out Mechanics Hall and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. For art, check out the galleries ARTSWorcester and Worcester Windows. There is also the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum, and the Ecotarium. The Palladium hosts a variety of concerts.


Worcester has a thriving nightlife and restaurant scene that is supported by local residents and students from one of the twelve nearby colleges. Check out the full list of bars and clubs here.

Sports & Outdoors

If you like hockey, catch a game with the local team, the Worcester Sharks. There is also a rock climbing center if you're feeling adventurous. Want to take a walk in the park? There are several to choose from: Quinsigamond State Park, Elm Park, Green Hill Park, and the Broad Brook Meadows Conservation Center.


Springfield is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame. In the nearby town of Agawam, check out the Six Flags New England theme park. If you like hockey, Springfield is home to the Springfield Falcons.

In the fall, Springfield hosts “the Big E”, a two-week long fair that celebrates New England. There, they have big name musicians, great food (including their signature cream puffs and Craz-E burgers), a midway, and a lot of both locally made and big-name goods to buy.


Boston is the largest city in New England, and it has a lot to offer. Home to all of the greatest sports teams (New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and the Boston Red Sox), Boston has many different live games to choose from at any time of the year. Other popular sites in Boston include: Quincy Market, the Boston Common, The New England Aquarium, and the Boston Harbor.

While you're there, check out the Boston science museum, the museum of fine arts, or the New England Sports museum. If you like history, you can visit the old state house, the Paul Revere house, the old south meeting house, and the U.S.S. Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned war ship.

Click here for more about Boston!



Clinical Base Year:

The Clinical Base Year (CBY) is a PGY-1 experience designed to offer the intern a solid experience and foundation in medical and surgical specialties. The current composition of the year is divided into 4-week block rotations including:

  • 12 weeks Surgery (Colorectal, Trauma, Vascular Surgery)
  • 8 weeks Internal Medicine Wards
  • 4 weeks Emergency Medicine
  • 4 weeks Anesthesiology
  • 4 weeks Anesthesia Practice Management
  • 4 weeks each Cardiology and Pulmonary
  • 4 weeks MICU
  • 4 weeks Acute Pain Service
  • 2 weeks PSE
  • 2 weeks Transfusion Medicine

The PGY-1 is expected to attend all didactics as included within the curriculum of the specialty upon which they are rotating. In addition, if time allows, they are also invited to attend the Anesthesiology Grand Rounds on Wednesday morning at 7:00am and the resident sessions immediately following Grand Rounds from 8:00am-12:00pm.

As a PGY-1, it is required to have an updated Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certificates. These classes are offered through the school at no cost to the resident.

CA-1 Year

During the first 12 months of training the emphasis is on the fundamental aspects of anesthesia, including basic physiology and pharmacology, as well as the skills involved in the administration of anesthesia and associated invasive and non-invasive monitoring. Rotations during the CA-1 year include:

  • 2 months OR Orientation – University/Memorial
  • 3.5 months General OR – University/Memorial
  • 1 month NORA – University
  • 1 month Advanced Clinical – University
  • 1 month OB – Memorial
  • 1 month Acute Pain – Memorial
  • 1 month ICU – Memorial
  • 1 month Ambulatory – Hahnemann
  • 2 weeks PSE

This experience begins with a two month orientation through July and August, during which each resident will work under close 1:1 supervision of either a senior resident, attending faculty member, or CRNA. Didactic conference schedule and clinical teaching is coordinated to facilitate timely achievement of the basic skill and knowledge sets. Entry into the daily work and call schedule in September will be dependent upon positive evaluations of faculty and residents with whom the CA-1 resident works. Please see the Orientation Packet for specific details and expectations.

CA-1 residents are required to take the Acute Trauma Life Support certification course and maintain subsequent recertification.

CA-2 Year

The CA-2 year concentrates almost exclusively in subspecialty rotations. Residents will be introduced to the unique anesthetic issues associated with the following anesthesia specialty areas (all rotations at University Campus unless otherwise specified):

  • 1 month Thoracic – University/Memorial
  • 1 month Pediatrics
  • 1 month Vascular
  • 1 month Neuroanesthesia
  • 1 month Cardiac
  • 1 month ICU – University
  • 1 month OB
  • 1 month Chronic Pain – Memorial
  • 1 month Ambulatory – Hahnemann
  • 1 month Total Joint – University
  • 1.5 months General OR
  • 2 weeks PACU

Incorporated into the above rotations is experience in special techniques such as fiberoptic bronchoscopy and intubation and placement of double lumen tubes, as well as experience managing patients requiring deliberate hypotension, hemodilution, deliberate hypothermia, intra-aortic balloon pumps and cardiopulmonary bypass. Residents also become more familiar with techniques and physics of monitoring i.e. transducer set-up and use, cardiac output determination and interpretation of arterial blood gases.

CA-3 Year

The CA-3 year is designed to allow the resident to gain experience in advanced and complex clinical anesthesia assignments while also meeting the requirements of the ACGME Residency Review Committee. 

CA-3 rotations include:

  • 1 month Pediatric Anesthesia – University
  • 1 month Neuroanesthesia – University
  • 2 weeks PACU Chief Officer – University
  • 2 weeks AIC (Anesthesiologist in Charge) - University
  • 1 month ICU – Junior Fellow, Surgical ICU
  • 5 months elective General O.R. – University/Memorial/Hahnemann/Marlboro/OB
  • 2 months away electives (may increase to 3 under certain circumstances)
  • Opportunity for office-based anesthesia experience

Residents may elect to pursue specific rotations in the resident’s areas of interest including multiple various opportunities at the UMMHC campuses (Critical Care, cardiovascular, pain management, transplant, ambulatory, etc.) as well as additional elective rotations outside the UMass system. Outside electives are limited to two months, and are often used to “audition” for fellowship positions or employment positions.

The residency program currently has the following electives through affiliation agreements:

  • Pediatric or Thoracic Anesthesia at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence RI
  • Pediatric Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital, Boston – 2 month requirement
  • Pain Management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • OB Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • Pain Management at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA

Other clinical interests at different sites may also be pursued with the approval of the Program Director. Rotation selection is made at the end of the CA-2 year, at which time residents are asked to provide their elective selection in rank order. Dr. Tanya Lucas and Dr. Elifce Cosar, Clinical Vice-Chair, will make the final assignments, taking into account the requirements and choices of other residents in the class.

Residents may also choose to pursue a 6-month Clinical Scientist Track. Applicants are required to submit a research proposal to the Academic Vice-Chair, Dr. Matthias Walz. Dr. Lucas and/or Dr. Walz are available to offer information about ongoing Departmental and Institutional research projects, as well as suggestions or advice. The Clinical Competence Committee will make the final decision, with input from the Program Director, as to the resident’s suitability for the Scientist track. The decision will be based upon academic and clinical performances.

CA-3 residents may also take PALS course.

Education and Conferences

All anesthesiology faculty participate in the department didactic program. The didactic program follows a three-year curriculum designed to coincide with the usual period of training in anesthesia.

Grand Rounds are conducted on Wednesday mornings. They generally consist of alternating guest lectures and Quality Improvement Case Conferences. Most of the guest speakers are from outside of the UMass community.

As the department strives to maximize the trainee's performance on the ABA's certification examinations, residents participate in monthly board review sessions and are required to sit for the ABA In-Training Examination (practice board exam) every year. This is also used as a gauge of progress in learning for each resident at each level of training.

Mock oral board exams are administered twice yearly by department members to help residents prepare for their oral board exams. Our pass rate for the board exams has consistently exceeded the national average for anesthesia residency programs.

Components of our didactic schedule include:

DIDACTICS: 5 hour block of time on Wednesdays from 7:00a – 12:00p, with residents free of clinical responsibilities. The day will begin with Departmental Grand Rounds, followed by a mix of the following, as well as dedicated reading hours:

    • Morgan and Mikhail Chapter Review for CA-1’s – Weekly throughout orientation period
    • Orientation Lectures for CA-1's – daily lecture series July and August
    • Journal Club – every 6 weeks
    • Quality Improvement Conference 
    • Practice-Based Learning Discussions
    • Board Review / Questions
    • Grand Rounds Guest Lecture 
    • Difficult Airway Workshop – Formal sessions throughout the year, informal during daily cases
    • Recorded Mock Oral Exams – twice a year for all levels of residents
    • Senior Capstone Project Presentations – throughout academic year
    • Anesthesia Jeopardy
    • Simulations and Labs – CA-1 Boot Camp; every 2 months during the academic year. Many of the simulations take place in the new state-of-the-art Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS)

Resident Support

    • Faculty Mentors – carefully chosen with each resident’s background and interests taken into consideration. Mandatory meetings every three months.
    • Monthly meetings with Chair, Program Director and Chief Residents
    • CA-1 Orientation Program – 8 weeks one-on-one case management with senior resident, faculty, or CRNA; 2 month orientation lecture series; “junior call” once a month in July and August to prep resident for full call in September if appropriate; 3 residents on call nightly (2 seniors, 1 junior until December); close supervision and feedback