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June 2019

Michael Hirsh Appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Wellness and Health Promotion
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief for the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, has been appointed to a newly created position of assistant vice provost for wellness and health promotion, according to Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, and Sonia Chimienti, MD, vice provost of student affairs and enrollment management. As assistant vice provost, Dr. Hirsh will report to Dr. Chimienti and work closely across the academic enterprise as a member of the Office of Student Life, as of Oct. 1

Department of Surgery, Grand Rounds Speaker, Patricia Turner, MD, FACS
Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, presented "Surgical Leadership: An Atypical Approach" at September 11th, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds.

A wonderful evening celebrating our great profession!

General Surgery Residency Awards
Resident Teacher of the Year Award – Nicole Cherng, MD
B. Wheeler Award – Abraham Jaffe, MD
McCready Award – Kary Uy, MD
Bednarz Award – John J. Kelly, MD

Additional Awards Given to Faculty and Residents of the Department of Surgery by the Medical Students
UMMS Gold Humanism Honor Society Award Ashley Russo, MD
Humanistic Faculty Educator Award Dr. Michael Hirsh
House Officer Holistic Educator Award, PGY2 Resident Dr. Max Hazeltine
House Officer Humanistic Award, Chief Resident Dr. Abraham Jaffe

Research Scholars Program
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Department of Surgery, Surgical Research Scholar Program, General Surgery Residency Graduates: (photo 1) Ryan Hendrix, MD, MSCI with Dr. LaFemina, (photo 2) Robert McLoughlin, MD, MSCI with Dr. Aidlen and (3rd photo) Viji Daniel, MD, MPH via skype with Dr. Santry. General Surgery PGY2 residents Max Hazeltine, MD, Hannah Buettner, MD, and Bryce Bludevich, MD will start their two years of academic development time in July 2019.


Andrew Gillooly, MD (PGY1 resident) received the ASTS Travel Research Award at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons meeting for his work under Dr. Martins’ mentorship. 

March 2019

Welcome New Interns and Categorical Residents for the Program Expansion 2019-2020

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!

Categorical Preliminary

Photo of Danielle DePaloDanielle DePalo
Emory University

Photo of Edward KimEdward Kim
Boston University

Photo of Kaye LuKaye Lu
Tufts University

Photo of Larissa PamenLarissa Pamen
Stony Brook University

Photo of Gazi RashidGazi Rashid
Emory University

Photo of Giulia Rizzo

Giulia Rizzo
Tufts Medical School

Photo of Qi Wang

Qi Wang
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson

Photo of Syeda Anum

Andrew Gillooly         
UMass Medical School
Preliminary (PGY1)

Photo of Mercado-MatosJose Mercado-Matos
UMass Medical School
Preliminary (PGY1)


Photo of Raghav Mohan   Raghav Mohan
Kasturba Medical College
Preliminary (PGY1)

Photo of Jana Qiao

Jana Qiao
UMass Medical School
Preliminary (PGY1)

Photo of Raghav Mohan   Landon Guntman
Maricopa Integrated Health
Preliminary (PGY2)

Photo of Jana QiaoPiyush Gupta
Yale New Haven Health
Preliminary (PGY2)



Categorical Residents for the Program Expansion

Photo of Marah Tillman, MDMarah Tillman, MD
Mount Sinai
Categorical - PGY4

Photo of Ricardo Bello Boccardo, MDRicardo Bello Boccardo, MD
Johns Hopkins
Categorical - PGY3

Photo of Armando Salim Munoz Abraham, MD

Armando Salim Munoz Abraham, MD
Yale University
Categorical - PGY3

Photo of Daniel Baldor, MDDaniel Baldor, MD
Naval Medical Ctr, San Diego
Categorical - PGY2


February 2019

University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate Medical Education Wins Prestigious Award!

GME Wins Baldwin Award

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.
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Strong Presence at Academic Surgical Congress

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".

January 2019

Resident Simulation Skills Session

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.



Post ABSITE Get Together

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.


Research Presentation at the EAST

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”.




Increase in Size of the Residency

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. 

November 2018 

Busy Couple of Weeks for our Residents!

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
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!

September 2018

2018 New England Surgical Society Annual Meeting

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.

July 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 General Surgery Chief Resident Graduates

(Left to right) Michael Winton, Soleil Niknam-Bienia, Brandon Colvin, Demetrius Litwin, Jennifer LaFemina, Kate Dinh, Dan Hetherman, Jason Wiseman

2017-2018 Awards

Richard Perugini, MD, Named 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

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   


June 2018

Team Broken Earth/ UMass trip to Haiti

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

Match to Vascular Surgery Fellowship!

Rising chief resident, Harold Hsu, matched to the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Tx. Congratulations Harold!

May 2018

Another Fellowship Match!

We would like to congratulate resident Frank Yuan, PGY-4, who matched to the University of Cincinnati for a plastic surgery fellowship. Congratulations Frank!

April 2018

Welcome to the New Interns 2018-2019!

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!

Categorical Preliminary

Photo of Catherine BeauharnaisCatherine Beauharnais
Stony Brook

Photo of Sebastian ChungSebastian Chung
University of Alabama

Photo of Jonathan DurginJonathan Durgin
University of Massachusetts

Photo of Emily MackeyEmily Mackey
Tufts University

Photo of Erin ScottErin Scott
Rutgers RWJ

Photo of Samuel Vazquez

Samuel Vazquez
University of Illinois

Photo of Syeda Anum Syeda Anum          
University of Massachusetts

Photo of Alyssa CaliAlyssa Cali
Univ NE College of Osteo


Photo of Robert Gakwaya   Robert Gakwaya 
University of Massachusetts

Photo of Meghan Lardy

Meghan Lardy
University of Miami

Photo of Adrian Sosenko

Christine Van Horn
Keck School of Medicine



March 2018

UMass @ SSO!

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

December 2017

MA-ACS Annual Conference

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!

Fellowship Match!

Additionally, we would like to congratulate chief resident Kate Dinh who matched to the University of Pittsburg for a fellowship in breast surgery.

November 2017

ACS Annual Meeting - San Diego, CA

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".

Residents attend the AAS

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.

October 2017

First Annual Fall Fest!

This year, we had the Department of Surgery 1st Annual Fall Fest at Tougas Farm. Faculty and residents alike enjoyed time together apple picking.

Apple picking at Tougas Farm

Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic

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.

Anne Larkin, MD, President of the MA-ACS

June 2017


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!

Photo of 2017 Graduating Chiefs

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.

Another Successful Match!

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!

Special Grand Rounds: The Ontology of Medicine – Hearing the Music

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

May 2017

Resident Recognition

Photo of Rachelle Damle, MD, Brandon Colvin, MD and Jeffrey Brady

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!

Match Successes!

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!

April 2017

Welcome to the New Interns 2017-2018!

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!

Categorical Preliminary
Photo of Katherine BakkeKatherine Bakke
University of Michigan

Photo of Bryce BludevichBryce Bludevich
University of Vermont

Photo of Jeffrey BradyJeffrey Brady
University of

Photo of Hannah BuettnerHannah Buettner
Tufts University


Max Hazeltine
       Photo of Max Hazeltine
University of


Photo of Dorothy Liu

Dorothy Liu
Brown Medical School


Photo of Clark MurrayClark Murray
University of Miami

Photo of Glenn DunneGlenn Dunne            
University of Kansas

Photo of Adam FernandezAdam Fernandez  
St. George’s University

Photo of Ella KipervasserElla Kipervasser
University of


Photo of Samuel VazquezSamuel Vazquez
University of Illinois

Photo of Adrian SosenkoAdrian Sosenko
St. George’s University


March 2017

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. 

Photo at SAGES 2017 Annual Conference 
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.

Photo at SAGES 2017 Annual Conference
Left to right - Chiefs, Pei-Wen Lim and Courtney Collins at SAGES 2017 Annual Conference