News Makers 2016

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  • 05 - 17 - 16

    Medical students demand better training to tackle opioid crisis

    An article featuring medical schools that aren’t doing enough to prepare doctors to treat opioid addiction references UMass Medical School’s proactive approach to training medical students to combat the opioid crisis.

    STAT News

  • 05 - 17 - 16

    Statins Don't Halt CVD Onset in Diabetic Older Women

    A study by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, found that being on statin therapy did not significantly reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk in postmenopausal women newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

    MedPage Today

  • 05 - 13 - 16

    Are Hormones Or Genes To Blame For Peripartum Depression?

    Kristina M. Deligiannidis, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, is conducting a study using an iPhone app and saliva samples from patients to help determine if there are genetic differences that make some women more prone to peripartum depression. 

    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 05 - 13 - 16

    Huge Gap Between Thinking, Doing in End-of-Life Care

    A survey done by UMass Medical School for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that one-third of medical professionals did not fully carry out the wishes of their dying patients according to relatives surveyed. The survey will be discussed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a consortium of health organizations working toward improving end-of-life care.

    Home Health Care News

    Becker Hospital Review

  • 05 - 13 - 16

    No Higher Cancer Risk in SpA Patients on TNF Inhibitors

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about a new study which found that patients  taking a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) for spondyloarthritis (SpA) are not at increased risk for cancer.

    MedPage Today

  • 05 - 12 - 16

    UMass Medical to showcase gene therapy research at Kendall Square event

    In advance of the UMMS 2016 InKNOWvation panel on gene therapy, Chancellor Michael F. Collins discusses UMass Medical School’s world leading efforts in the fields of gene therapy, neuroscience and RNA biology.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 05 - 11 - 16

    Liposomal Bupivacaine After TKA Reduces Hospital Stay

    Gaurav Rajpal, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology & perioperative medicine, comments on a recent study which found that patients receiving liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira) injection after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) spent less time in the hospital and were significantly less likely to need to go to a rehabilitation center after discharge.

    Anesthesiology News

  • 05 - 11 - 16

    When you die, will your wishes be known?

    A survey done by UMass Medical School for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that one-third of medical professionals did not fully carry out the wishes of their dying patients according to relatives surveyed. The survey will be discussed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a consortium of health organizations working towards improving end-of-life care. 

    Boston Globe

  • 05 - 09 - 16

    '29 Who Shine' at Mass. public colleges to be honored

    Fourth-year medical student, Waldo Zamor, SOM ’16, was named by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as one of its “29 Who Shine” graduates for 2016.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 09 - 16

    Towns weigh mosquito control project against Zika, other diseases

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s acting commissioner of public health, explains that local Zika infections likely wouldn't arise in New England in the near future but that existing mosquito control projects can further minimize risk.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 06 - 16

    Opinion: In Simulation Era, Your Doc’s First Try At A Procedure Should Not Be On You

    Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health, explains how medical simulation programs are used to teach new techniques and skills to medical students and health professionals.

    WBUR Commonhealth

  • 05 - 06 - 16

    Patients' Own Health Assessment Gaining Importance in Treatment

    A story about incorporating “patient-reported outcomes” into clinical care includes comments from Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, about the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR) registry and how it’s used to collect patient information to measure the success of joint replacement surgery.

  • 05 - 04 - 16

    Increase in Low-Risk AMI Survivors From 2001 to 2011

    A study by Mayra S. Tisminetzky, MPH, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, shows that the proportion of low-risk survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increased from 2001 to 2011.

    HealthDay News via Doctor's Lounge

  • 05 - 04 - 16

    Opioid overdose deaths on the rise across Massachusetts

    Matilde Castiel, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and Worcester commissioner of Health and Human Services, talks about the steps being taken locally to reduce fatal opioid-related overdoses.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 04 - 16

    Sidebar: What We Know - And Don't Know - About Suboxone

    Robin Clark, PhD, professor of family medicine & community health, explains that there is no evidence that  lifetime limits on opioid prescriptions imposed by nearly a dozen states reduces costs or cuts down on diversion of the drug onto the street.

    New Hampshire Public Radio

  • 05 - 03 - 16

    Children's Hospital expands simulation program in $12M project

    An article about  Boston Children’s Hospital opening $12 million pediatric Simulation Center references the extensive simulation experience at the Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation at UMMS.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 05 - 02 - 16

    Battling Lyme Disease On Beacon Hill

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics at UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.


  • 05 - 02 - 16


    An article about the challenges facing mental health workers in the field of correctional psychology includes comments from Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry.

    New Yorker

  • 05 - 01 - 16

    Medical Memos: UMass Medical School autism expert to receive FCSN award

    Amy K. Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center, will be presented with the Martha Zeigler Founders Award during the Federation for Children with Special Needs annual gala May 13 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 29 - 16

    Clive McFarlane: Medical careers made accessible for young people

    A story about the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative includes comments from Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, vice provost and professor of cell & developmental biology and Robert Layne, director of outreach programs and the pipeline coordinator. First-year medical student Marian Younge, SOM ’19, and second-year medical student Jonathan Quang, SOM ’18, both former pipeline students, were also quoted in the story.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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