The General Surgery Residency and the Department of Surgery at UMass are delighted to welcome our new interns and our categorical residents for the program expansion this academic year 2019-2020. We look forward to you joining us in July!
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|Categorical Residents for the Program Expansion|
Marah Tillman, MD
Ricardo Bello Boccardo, MD
Armando Salim Munoz Abraham, MD
Daniel Baldor, MD
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate Medical Education office was awarded the prestigious DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Sponsoring Institution Award from the ACGME and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award recognizes institutions with accredited residency/fellowship programs that are exemplary in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional development of learners.
The Division of Pediatric Surgery had two recent Quick Shot podium presentations at the recent Academic Surgical Congress in Houston, Tx. Current research resident Robert McLoughlin traveled down with Jeremy T. Aidlen MD, pediatric surgeon, and a fourth year medical student Kerri McKie, to present their work. The two presentations were entitled “Risk Factors for Venous Thromboembolism in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease“ and “Unintentional Firearm Injuries in Pediatric Patients".
While the resident’s attention focus was on the ABSITE exam for most of the month of January, they did find time to participate in our quarterly residents and attendings simulation session in the simulation lab. Residents worked together on both open and laparoscopic skills with input and advice from our attendings on their technique.
It’s that time of year again! Every year our residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) with half the residents taking it one day, and the rest the following day. Following the exam, our residents traditionally get together to celebrate finishing it. Here are some pictures from this year’s post-exam get together.
One of our research residents, Robert McLoughlin R-2, traveled to the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) to present his presentation on pediatric firearm injuries. His presentation was entitled “Young Lives Cut Short – The Relationship Between Firearms and Suicide”.
The General Residency is pleased to announce we will be expanding to seven residents per year for the PGY1-PGY4 classes, starting in 2019-2020.
Our research residents have been busy presenting their work recently! Firstly, at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress national meeting in Boston, MA, we had two residents present their work. Second-year research resident, Ryan J. Hendrix presented his work, entitled "Wellbeing Program Demonstrates Early Improvement in Genera Surgery Residency" as a Quick Shot podium presentation. Recently returned research resident Chau Hoang PGY-3 also presented her work entitled "Challenges in the Management of T4b Colon Cancer: Chemotherapy or Surgery as First Line Treatment".
Ryan Hendrix presenting his work at ACS
Second-year research resident Robert McLoughlin presented a total of four posters on his work on pediatric Crohn's disease. Three were presented at the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition National Meeting in Hollywood, FL and looked at demographic trends, income disparities, and the impact of treatment noncompliance. Additionally, Rob traveled to Orlando, FL to present a poster entitled "National Estimates on the Impact of Common Comorbidities on Pediatric Crohn’s Disease Patients Undergoing Surgical Procedures" at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery.
Congratulations to them on their work!
Current research resident Ryan Hendrix, MD and program director Dr. Jennifer LaFemina presenting their research at the New England Surgical Society Annual Meeting. Additionally, Ryan was inducted as a candidate member.
(Left to right) Michael Winton, Soleil Niknam-Bienia, Brandon Colvin, Demetrius Litwin, Jennifer LaFemina, Kate Dinh, Dan Hetherman, Jason Wiseman
Congratulations to Rich Perugini, MD who was named the 2017-2018 Frederick J. McCready, MD Teacher of Year. The Teacher of the Year award is given annually in memory of Dr. McCready, a staff member at St. Vincent’s Hospital, who found joy in teaching residents and students. (Left to right) Brandon Colvin, MD, and Rich Perugini, MD
Karl Uy, MD, Awarded the 2017-2018 Brian F. Bednarz, MD Faculty Award
Congratulations to Karl Uy, MD who was awarded the 2018-2018 Brian F. Bednarz, MD Faculty Award. This award is presented annually to the surgical faculty member, selected by the graduating General Surgery chief residents, for his/her extraordinary influence and dedication in mentoring residents. (Left to right) Karl Uy, MD, and Brandon Colvin, MD
Brandon Colvin, MD, Awarded the Resident Teacher of the Year Award
Congratulations to Brandon Colvin, MD who was awarded the Resident Teacher of the Year Award. This award is given to a senior resident in the General Surgery residency who best exemplifies the quality of an outstanding teacher by sharing knowledge with fellow residents and students and best exemplifies the qualities everyone seeks in a surgeon: patience, conscientiousness, organizational ability, knowledge and technical skill. (Left to right) Frank Yuan, MD, Sanaz Leilabadi, MD, and Brandon Colvin, MD
Jason Wiseman, MD, Awarded the H. Brownell Wheeler Award
Congratulations to Jason Wiseman, MD who was awarded the H. Brownell Wheeler Award. This award is presented to the surgical resident, who by mutual agreement by the faculty and residents, has best demonstrated those human values desirable in a surgeon. This individual has demonstrated the ability to comfort and encourage patients and families, to elicit trust and confidence, to work cooperatively with colleagues, and to treat all others with respect, dignity, and kindness. (Left to right) Abe Jaffe, MD, and Jason Wiseman, MD
March 2018 saw the first UMass global surgery mission trip to Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti. Calling ourselves Team Broken Earth/ UMass, our group represented a collaborative effort between UMass and the Canadian charitable effort Team Broken Earth (TBE). TBE is a consortium of mostly Canadian Orthopedic Surgical groups who have been doing mission trips to Bernard Mevs since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Our participation represents the first primary general surgery group and the first from the U.S. to offer much needed services to this hospital, one of the largest in Port au Prince. In keeping with TBE’s philosophy, we hoped to contribute to a model of sustainable surgical support while offering mutual cultural and educational sharing with local healthcare trainees.
Our Umass group included three surgeons (Drs. Demetrius Litwin, John Kelly, and Nora Fullington), two surgery residents (Drs. Christopher Schlieve and Stacy Sanders), two anesthesiologists (Drs. Peter Foley and Chandra Joshi), an anesthesia resident (Dr. Colin Foley), three nurses (Kathleen Sheridan, Mandy Rainville, Caroline Ventola), and a fourth year medical student (now Dr. Brandon Smith). We operated for four days and performed over 27 successful surgeries, all while integrating and sharing care with the local professionals. Our success was only possible through the hard work and organizational efforts of our team. We were able to gather a large amount of necessary supplies and significant unused supplies were left to sustain the charitable mission of this hospital. UMass/TBE also need to acknowledge the generous financial support of individuals from the team and from the community both within UMass and beyond. Without donated supplies and financial support, these efforts would not have been possible. Going forward we plan on providing surgical and educational exchanges on at least a yearly basis. If you wish to help with our next effort, please visit our UMass/TBE website at https://www.gifttool.com/athon/OurTeamPage?ID=2250&AID=3708&TID=25713.
Rising chief resident, Harold Hsu, matched to the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Tx. Congratulations Harold!
We would like to congratulate resident Frank Yuan, PGY-4, who matched to the University of Cincinnati for a plastic surgery fellowship. Congratulations Frank!
The General Surgery Residency and the Department of Surgery at UMass are delighted to welcome our new interns for the academic year 2018-2019. We look forward to you joining us in July!
University of Miami
Christine Van Horn
Surgical oncologists Drs. Jennifer LaFemina and Giles Whalen were joined by current research residents Ryan Hendrix, MD and Ashley Russo, MD at the 71st Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium in Chicago, IL. Ryan presented a poster entitled "Surgical Resection May Not Offer Survival Benefit Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Stage I-II Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma" while Ashley had a podium presentation entitled "Copy Number Gains in HER2 and VEGFA May Predict Poor Outcome in Early Gastric Cancer". Congratulations to them both!
Left Photo: Dr. Whalen, Ryan Hendrix, Ashley Russo, and Dr. Laura Lambert (former UMass Surgical Oncologist)
Right Photo: Ashley Russo, MD, presenting at the 71st Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium in Chicago, IL
UMass Surgery had an outstanding showing at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Attendees included attendings Drs. Czerniach, Larkin, Torres, Lambert, Gulati, Davids, and Litwin as well as residents Vijaya Daniel, Stacy Sanders, Chau Hoang, John Kelly, Adam Fernandez, Samuel Vazquez, Nicole Cherng, and Brandon Colvin.
Additionally, the UMass General Surgery Residency team won the MA-ACS Top Gun Challenge competition. Congratulations to John Kelly, Samuel Vazquez and Nicole Cherng on their win!
Additionally, we would like to congratulate chief resident Kate Dinh who matched to the University of Pittsburg for a fellowship in breast surgery.
Several of our residents traveled out to the national American College of Surgeons meeting in San Diego at the end of October. Chris Schlieve presented his work in an oral presentation entitled "Directed Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Generates Tissue-Engineered Liver Populated by PROM1 and EpCAM Hepatic Stem/Progenitor Cells".
Current research residents Natalie Bath and Robert McLoughlin attended the Association of Academic Surgery (AAS) Fall Courses on the Fundamentals of Surgical Research. Vijaya Daniel also took part in the AAS Early Career Development course. Fellow research residents Ashley Russo and Ryan Hendrix joined Robert and Natalie in attending the ACS conference.
Overall it was a great week and UMass Surgery had a strong showing - attendees included Drs. Litwin, LaFemina, Torres, Maykel, Davids, Cohen, Kelly, and Martins.
This year, we had the Department of Surgery 1st Annual Fall Fest at Tougas Farm. Faculty and residents alike enjoyed time together apple picking.
Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic: The Surgeons’ Response to a Public Health Crisis. Anne Larkin, MD, President of the MA-ACS, is seen introducing this event, where surgeons had the opportunity to meet with legislators to work collaboratively to introduce and implement legislation to improve the care our patients receive.
The General Surgery Residency and the Department of Surgery at UMass would like to congratulate our graduating chiefs. Thank you for all your hard work and best of luck in the future!
Collins, Courtney – Courtney will be pursuing a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.
Damle, Aneel – Aneel will be moving to St. Louis, MO to work as a Colorectal Surgery fellow at Washington University in St. Louis
Damle, Rachelle – Rachelle will also be moving to St. Louis, and will be a Pediatric Trauma & Research fellow for 2017-2018, and then starting as a Pediatric Surgery fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis starting in 2018.
Lee, Connie – Connie will be moving back to the West Coast to pursue a fellowship in Surgical Breast Oncology Fellowship at the University of Southern California
Lim, Pei-Wen – Pei-Wen will be starting her Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in August 2017.
Samuel, Bankole – Bankole has accepted a position as a general surgeon at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA.
Xu, Ting Yu (Dana) – Dana will remain part of the UMass family and will be working at UMass Memorial on the minimally invasive surgery service.
The Department of Surgery is delighted to congratulate rising chief Jason Wiseman on his successful match to the Surgical Oncology fellowship at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Congratulations Jason!
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Surgery recently hosted a special Surgical Grand Rounds entitled 'The Ontology of Medicine – Hearing the Music’. Rather than a didactic lecture teaching the “how” of what we do in surgery, members of the Department and invited guests explored the “why” of what we do in surgery and medicine through music and reflection.
Please see the below link to listen to the Grand Rounds:
The Ontology of Medicine - Hearing the Music
Left to right: Brandon Colvin, MD (PGY-4), Rachelle Damle, MD (PGY-5) and Jeffrey Brady (incoming PGY-1)
Rachelle Damle, MD (PGY-5) and Brandon Colvin, MD (PGY-4), were inducted in AOA Delta Chapter as Housestaff Inductees on May 30, 2017. Jeffrey Brady (incoming PGY-1) was also inducted in the University of Massachusetts Medical School AOA Class of 2017.
Connie Lee, MD (PGY-5) and Abraham Jaffe, MD (PGY-3) were inducted to the University of Massachusetts Gold Humanism Honor Society on May 31, 2017.
Congratulations to all our residents!
The University of Massachusetts General Surgery Department is pleased to announce the successful matching of rising chief Soleil Niknam-Bienia, MD and graduating chief Rachelle Damle, MD.
Soleil successfully matched into the Plastic Surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Rachelle will be a Pediatric Surgery fellow at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Congratulations to you both!
The General Surgery Residency and the Department of Surgery at UMass are delighted to welcome our new interns for the academic year 2017-2018. We look forward to you joining us in July!
University of Michigan
University of Kansas
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Annual Conference
Houston, Texas - March 2017
UMass had a strong showing at SAGES this year with a presentation by Jonathan Green, and he was accompanied to Texas by fellow research resident Chris Schlieve, and chiefs Courtney Collins and Pei-Wen Lim. The residents were accompanied by three of our attendings as well – Drs. Cui, Cahan and Perugini.
Left to right - Hongyi Cui, MD; Jonathan Green, MD; Pei-Wen Lim, MD: Mitchel Cahan, MD;
Courtney Collins, MD and Chris Schlieve, MD at SAGES 2017 Annual Conference.
Left to right - Chiefs, Pei-Wen Lim and Courtney Collins at SAGES 2017 Annual Conference