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Department of Medicine Administration

Robert Finberg, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine

Dr. Robert FinbergDr. Robert 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 for 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.
Richard Forster, MD

Executive Vice Chair for Education and Clinical Affairs

Dr. Rick ForsterAs Executive Vice Chair Dr. Forster oversees the Vice Chairs of Education and Clinical Affairs. 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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Kate Fitzgerald, PhD

Vice Chair for Research

Dr. Fitzgerald is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Program in Innate Immunity and the Worcester Foundation Chair in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA where  she has been since 2001. She received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1995 from University College Cork, Ireland and her PhD in Biochemistry in 1999 from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After pursing a post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, she joined the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a Welcome Trust Fellow in 2001. She joined the Faculty as Assistant Professor in 2004 and is currently Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Fitzgerald directs an internationally recognized laboratory focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling the inflammatory response in both health and disease. Her group is interested in determining how the immune system distinguishes friend from foe in order to protect the host from infection and avoid damaging inflammatory responses that lead to a wide range of inflammatory diseases. Her lab uses multifaceted approaches including immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics to understand the role of inflammasomes, nucleic acid sensing pathways and long non-coding RNAs in the inflammatory response. The long-term goal of her work is to determine how inappropriate activation of innate immunity underlies the pathogenesis of infectious, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans.

Dr. Fitzgerald has received several awards including the Chancellors Award for Distinguished Scholarship at UMMS (2019), a MERIT award from the NIH, the Saint Patrick’s Day Medal, from the Irish Government and Science Foundation Ireland, the Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine research (from the International Cytokine and Interferon Society), the Eli Lilly and Company Elanco Research Award (from the American Society of Microbiology) and the BD-Biosciences Investigator Award (from the American Association of Immunologists). She is ranked amongst the top 1% most Cited researchers for Immunology for the last three years (Thompson Reuters, 2014-2019) and also now serves as President of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (2019-2021).

Richard Glew, MD

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Richard GlewDr. Richard Glew, 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).

Dr. 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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Dave McManus, MD, ScM

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

McManus Updated.jpgDr. McManus, Associate Professor of Medicine and Marcellete Williams Scholar is also a UMMS graduate. He did his residency at UCSF and returned to UMass to complete his fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He joined the faculty at UMass in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2009, where his clinical research has been focused on mobile and digital health innovations, safety and quality improvements. 

As Director of Anticoagulation Services, he led a design team to develop and implement a best practice advisory to enhance guidelines supporting anticoagulation prescription. He has also designed novel software applications and hardware to detect and manage atrial fibrillation.

As Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program, Dr. McManus worked to improve the quality of care for patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. His work contributed to UMMC Receiving the AHA Get with the Guidelines Gold Award from the American Heart Association.

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PY Fan, MD
Vice Chair for Education 
Dr. Fan, Professor of Medicine, did his residency and fellowship in nephrology at Duke. He joined the UMass faculty in 1993 and has received many honors and awards including winning the Outstanding Medical Educator Award five times. 
Dr. Fan was an associate residency director for 2 years before directing the Fellowship Program in Nephrology from 2002-2014. In 2010, he became a Learning Community mentor (serving as Head of Tatnuck House from 2014 to 2018).
Maureen Bresee-Ferreira, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer; Department of Medicine, Neurology, Dermatology and Tri-River

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Karen Griffin
Senior Administrator for the Department of Medicine, Neurology, Dermatology & Wellstone
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Karen Griffin has an EdD in Higher Education/Administration from Northeastern University.  Karen has over 25 years of experience in research administration.  She currently oversees the Administrative Services Group (ASG) in Research Administration, human resources and education within Medicine, Neurology, Dermatology & Medicine.