Rhein Set to Join Medical Center in June

Larry Rhein

Dr. Larry Rhein (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette.)

On June 20, UMass Medical School and the Medical Center welcome Larry Rhein, MD, MPH, as an associate professor of pediatrics and a member of the Neonatology and Pediatric Pulmonary divisions within the Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Rhein will assume the role of chief of neonatology on October 1. He recently sat down with the Telegram & Gazette to talk about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, his recruitment of outstanding neonatologists to the team and the future of care for our young patients and their families.

Health Watch: How Physical Therapy Helps with Running Injuries

Running injuries are more common than you may think. Reports of average injury rates today vary widely between 19.4 and 92.4 percent each year. Kevin Ryan, physical therapist, discusses how physical therapy can help treat common running injuries and offers tips to start a running program and stay injury free.

Patient Access Services Rep Shares 855-UMASS-MD Success Story

Melissa-Anne-SeneyPatient Access Services, also known as our “855-UMASS-MD” team, helps patients and family members by connecting them to the resources they need, including finding physicians and scheduling appointments. Melissa Anne Seney, Patient Access Services representative, shared a recent success story: “I had a caller who just moved to this area and was looking for a new primary care physician for her entire family. The caller stated how she was running into walls finding a physician who’d not only see her, but also her husband and her children. By the end of the call, I found her a perfect fit for her family; she was so excited!” The caller said, “This was so easy, I should’ve called UMASS-MD from the start.” Learn more.

Medical School Discoveries Offer Insight to Understanding Zika

lauragibsonMedical Center and Medical School physicians are applying their discoveries about how cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes microcephaly to new research into Zika virus. “The clinical syndrome associated with Zika and CMV is very similar,” said Laura Gibson, MD, adult and pediatric infectious disease specialist, in a recent article published by UMassMedNow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently concluded that there is sufficient evidence Zika is a cause of microcephaly, which will help accelerate efforts toward prevention and treatment according to Dr. Gibson. Read story.

Medical Group Welcomes Diabetes Specialists

  • Eyad Hamoudeh, MD, received his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Hamoudeh completed a residency program at Jordan University Hospital and a residency program and fellowship program at Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV, where he specialized in endocrinology. He is board certified in diabetes, and endocrinology and metabolism. His clinical interests include thyroid cancer, thyroid fine needle aspiration and procedure thyroid ultrasound procedure. Currently, he is specializing in diabetes, and endocrinology and metabolism on our University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamoudeh, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Andrea Kassai, MD, received her medical degree from University Medical School of Debrecen in Hungary. Dr. Kassai completed a residency program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and a fellowship program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Kassai is board certified in diabetes and internal medicine. Currently, she is specializing in diabetes on our University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kassai, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Nina Rosano, MD, received her medical degree from St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy, Russia. Dr. Rosano completed her residency and fellowship at the Medical Center/Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine, diabetes, and endocrinology and metabolism. Currently, she is specializing in diabetes, and endocrinology and metabolism on our University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosano, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website. Diabetes docs

Reduce Chance of Stroke with Lifestyle Changes

UMMC_Series410-6May is National Stroke Month. Take charge of your health, and learn what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of one from happening:

  • Know your blood pressure numbers.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Know your cholesterol number.
  • Seek treatment immediately for the following symptoms:
    • Sudden, severe headache
    • Trouble seeing
    • Trouble walking, dizziness
    • Confusion, trouble speaking
    • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg

Learn more about our stroke care. For more information, call 508-856-2527.