Department of Medicine Administration

Robert Finberg, MD  
Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Finberg is the Richard M. Haidack Distinguished Professor and Chair of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He has held the role of department chair since 1999. In this role he leads by far the largest department in the University, fostering a broad and highly successful clinical, educational, and research enterprise. He is a strong advocate Bob Finbergfor faculty and staff development and for strong training programs. The department has residency training programs in Internal Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics as well as 13 fellowships in subspecialty areas. 

Dr. Finberg has had a distinguished research career in the area of prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. His career has focused on studies that define the interactions between viruses and mammalian hosts. He has experience as both a clinician who cares for patients with serious infections, and as a research scientist who has studied the role of host responses to infection. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, and his research has received continuous support from the NIH and other funding agencies for over 35 years. Dr. Finberg serves on multiple editorial boards and scientific advisory boards.

His clinical interests include new approaches to healthcare delivery, ensuring wellness and preventing disease and treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients. Clinically, he serves as teaching attending on the medicine wards, as well as ID attending for the subspecialty service. 

Dr. Finberg received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and did his internal medicine training at Bellevue Hospital in New York and his fellowship in Pathology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was Professor of Medicine until 1999 when he came to UMass to serve as Department Chair.

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Sheri Keitz, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Dr. Keitz currently serves as the Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  In these roles she is an advocate for humanistic, evidence-based clinical care and is leading the department’s efforts to enhance access for the patients and populations of Central Massachusetts. 

keitzClinically, she is an active general internist caring for patients in the ambulatory setting. In her academic roles, she runs a series of nationally recognized teaching programs in evidence-based practice, chairs the VA’s National Committee on Education Evaluation and serves as an editor for JAMAevidence related to her work on JAMA’s series The Rational Clinical Examination. Dr. Keitz has been an advocate for equity and diversity in academic medicine throughout her career. Previously at University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, she worked to improve the processes for faculty promotion and tenure, launched an examination of salary equity for faculty members and created the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Keitz did her internal medicine training and fellowship in clinical epidemiology at Duke, has a PhD in Pharmacology and has research experience in basic science, health services research, and education innovation.  She is a celebrated educator: the inaugural winner of Duke University’s Master Clinician-Teacher Award in 2004 and the 2001 winner of the Eugene Stead Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2006 she was elected to Duke’s Engel Society for dedication to medical education.  In 2010 at the University of Miami, Dr. Keitz was awarded the “Montblanc” teaching award, which is given each year by the Housestaff program to the faculty member felt to be the best educator, and who consistently demonstrates excellence in medicine and medical education.

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Richard Glew, MD
Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education

Richard H. Glew, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Physiological Systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs, Department of Medicine, UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC). 

GlewDr. Glew received his AB, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He completed internship and residency on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He was a Research associate at the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at NIH, where he pursued research on human and primate malaria.  He completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Glew joined the faculty of UMMS in 1977.  He served as Chief, Infectious Diseases Service at the former Worcester Memorial Hospital from 1977-1989 and Chairman, Department of Medicine at Memorial Health Care from 1989-1998. In 1998, Dr. Glew was appointed Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, and Director, Infectious Diseases Division, at the newly merged entity, UMass Memorial Medical Center. In 2003 he was appointed Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs, Department of Medicine, UMMMC. From 2007-2011, he served as Course Director of the UMMS Pharmacology Course. Dr. Glew has received numerous outstanding medical educator awards, including the Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Medical Education and the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He is the author of 48 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 39 book chapters.

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Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD 
Vice Chair for Research

szaboGyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD is the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Sciences Endowed Chair, Associate Vice Provost for Interprofessional Education, Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Szabo is an internationally recognized leader in the field of liver immunology and inflammation. Her translational research and clinical investigations focus on alcoholic hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis. She is the lead investigator on an NIH-supported multicenter clinical trial on alcoholic hepatitis. Her laboratory studies molecular mechanisms of inflammation and innate immunity to identify therapeutic targets and to explore translation of bench to bedside opportunities in liver diseases. Her recent research focuses on the role of Toll-like receptor and Nod-like receptor signaling pathways in alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases and the importance of micro-RNAs as biomarkers. In recognition of her contributions to medical research she was recently elected to become member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She serves on the Editorial Board of Hepatology, and on the Advisory Board of several agencies including the NIH ExRNA Consortium. She has the honor of serving as President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in 2015.

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Rick Forster, MD 
Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education
Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety 

Dr. Forster is the Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education and for Quality and Safety, Division Chief for Hospital Medicine, Associate Professor Medicine. 

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As Vice Chair for GME, Dr. Forster oversees the department’s residencies (Internal Medicine and Med-Peds), and 13 sub-specialty fellowship programs. As Vice Chair for the Quality and Safety Program, he oversees the coordination of quality and patient safety efforts across the department. As Chief of Hospital Medicine, he directs one of the largest clinical programs in the department with 50 faculty and 25 affiliate practitioner providers. In addition, Dr. Forster is a LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt and Chairs the Medical Center’s Acute Care Operations Committee. He is a recipient of numerous teaching and process improvement awards, including the department’s prestigious “Best Teacher” award.

Dr. Forster’s interests include Graduate Medical Education, Clinical Reasoning Strategies, Career Mentorship, LEAN Management Systems, Patient Flow, and Process Improvement.

Dr. Forster received his BA degree from Colby College and his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He continued his residency and chief residency training at the University of Massachusetts and has been an active UMASS faculty member since 1991.

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Mary Hawthorne, MD  
Director of Internal Medicine Clerkship

HawthorneMary R. Hawthorne is the Director of the Third Year Clerkship in Internal Medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at UMass. Dr. Hawthorne has practiced General Internal Medicine for over thirty years, and has a large, busy practice. She sees patients in the office, follows her own patients in the hospital, and sees patients at home and in the nursing home. She graduated from Holy Cross College and UMass Medical School. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at Worcester Memorial Hospital (which later became the Memorial campus of U Mass Memorial Medical Center). 

Dr. Hawthorne has served as the Medicine clerkship site director at Memorial since 1985, and became the Director of the Third Year Clerkship for UMass Medical School in 2010. Dr. Hawthorne has introduced many innovations into the clerkship, including founding the Longitudinal Preceptor in Medicine program, establishing Acute Care, Primary Care and Palliative Care curriculum days in the clerkship, and devising a new EKG course, which she teaches. She has collaborated with the Biomedical Research Undergraduate Major Qualifying Project Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to design an interactive heart model to enhance EKG teaching for medical students.  She is the faculty advisor for the Internal Medicine Interest Group, and has served as an advisor and mentor to hundreds of students through the years. She co-chairs the Core Clinical Experience Committee for the medical school. Dr. Hawthorne also is a Ward Teaching Attending and precepts Internal Medicine residents in her office. She helped to establish the teaching service at the Memorial campus, and is a champion for helping to encourage students and residents to pursue careers in Primary Care.

Dr. Hawthorne has been named as one of the Best Doctors in America yearly since 2007, and has won numerous awards including the 2013-14 Educational Achievement Award, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Women’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Care. She has received an Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from several medical school graduating classes.

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Maureen Bresee-Ferreira and Karen Griffin
Chief Administrative Officers, Department of Medicine (interim)

Ms. Bresee-Ferreira is CAO for clinical operations and Ms. Griffin is CAO for academic and research operations.