Dr. Pai Discusses Diabetes Differences between Women and Men

Diabetes affects over 30 million women annually, and presents itself differently among women than men. In this Health Watch, Shubha Pai, MD, internal medicine physician, practicing at the new UMass Memorial Medical Group at Northborough Crossing, explains the various symptoms that affect women as well as the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Baldor Receives Prestigious Award for Work with the Disabled

DDS Commissioner Elin Howe presents Dr. Baldor with the Allen Crocker Award at the State House.

DDS Commissioner Elin Howe presents Dr. Baldor with the Allen Crocker Award at the State House.

On Wednesday at the State House, Robert Baldor, MD, senior vice chair, family medicine and community health, received the 2016 Allen Crocker Health Services Award presented by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This annual distinction is given to the clinician who most exemplifies a total dedication to excellence and an unyielding belief in the worth and dignity of the lives of individuals with disabilities. “I had the fortune of working with Dr. Crocker as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Development Disabilities and was struck not just by his intellect, but by his kind and caring demeanor,” said Dr. Baldor. “I have tried to bring that ideal to my work as well.” Read press release.


It’s Fiber Friday: How Can You Increase Fiber Intake?

Colorectal_March_25It’s almost time to unwind for the weekend. Are you feeling a snack attack approaching? Reach out for something full of fiber! Did you know research now shows that for every 10 grams of fiber consumed daily – slightly less than a cup of beans – can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 10 percent? A great starting step is to fill two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts. Follow our #timetotalkaboutit campaign on Facebook to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and learn more about prevention through conversation and education. Also, don’t forget about our employee screening program that will reimburse you the co-pay for your first colonoscopy!

Cancer Walk: Kudos to 2015 Top Fundraising Team; Save the Date

President Patrick Muldoon, back center, joins the Surgeons Against Cancer team in a group photo.

President Patrick Muldoon, back center, joins the Surgeons Against Cancer team in a group photo.

Cancer Walk Stacked LogoMedical Center President Patrick Muldoon hosted a thank you luncheon last week for the top Medical Center fundraising team, Surgeons Against Cancer. The team, led by Sheila Burque, raised more than $8,000 at the 17th Annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run. A special thanks goes out to the Surgeons Against Cancer team for “picking up the pace” in the fight against cancer! Mark your calendars to save the date for the 18th Annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run held this year, Sunday, September 25. Stay tuned for more details!

Drs. Levin and Maloney Named to Influential Dermatologic Roles 

Mary Maloney, MD, left, and Nikki Levin, MD, were recently honored with prestigious positions within the field of dermatology.

Mary Maloney, MD, left, and Nikki Levin, MD

Congratulations to Nikki Levin, MD, dermatologist, who was named an associate editor of the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and to Mary Maloney, MD, chief, Division of Dermatology and director, Dermatologic Surgery, who was recently appointed president-elect of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. These are both esteemed honors and are a testament to the high level of respect both of these physicians garner within the dermatologic community.

Why Families Eating Together Makes a Difference for Kids 

Family_dinnerIf you don’t have a family meal with your kids each day, maybe it’s time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says that the more often children eat dinner with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. You can print off a list of conversation starters too. Read the post on our Simply Well blog, our UMass Memorial Health Care community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.