Our Physicians Pitch Their ‘Shark Tank’ Ideas

Physician Leadership Development Program participants joined the leadership team at “The Shark Tank” event.

Participants in the sixth cohort of the Physician Leadership Development Program pitched proposals last week to the UMass Memorial Health Care leadership team to improve physician engagement, patient experience, quality improvement, and academic excellence and innovation. A collaboration between Human Resources and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the event is referred to as “The Shark Tank” because physicians are vying for innovation funds from the “sharks,” mirroring the ABC television show. Fifteen projects were pitched to the team as leaders, including President and CEO, Eric Dickson, who questioned the presenting physicians on their ideas and applauded them for their hard work.

Women’s Health Series: Meghan’s Maternal-fetal Medicine Story

After having a miscarriage, Meghan worried that she may never be able to experience motherhood. Diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), she was at risk for multiple complications during pregnancy that might have limited her ability to carry a baby to full term. Meghan became pregnant again and began seeing maternal-fetal medicine expert Ellen Delpapa, MD. Dr. Delpapa oversaw the pregnancy, monitored Meghan’s health closely, and happily helped her deliver a beautiful baby girl. Watch Meghan’s story below, then visit SimplyWomen to learn how we’re making women’s health care simple. #SimplyWomen

Dr. Finberg Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Finberg

Robert Finberg, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The award is bestowed to alumni for outstanding achievements in clinical medicine and/or biomedical research or for a professional career dedicated to humanitarian achievements. Dr. Finberg graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1974. He joined our Medical Center in 1999 as chair of the Department of Medicine and has written more than 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and 65 book chapters. Read the UMass Med Now story.

Donation for Kids with Cancer a Cut Above the Rest

Jason Mctigue: before and after

Jason Mctigue, a certified ophthalmic assistant at our Hahnemann Campus Eye Center, has made a very special donation to pediatric cancer patients. Jason used to have long hair, but had 14 inches cut in March that will be used to make wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment. “Being sick is awful,” said Jason. “So, if I can bring a slight sense of normalcy to a child’s life, then it will have been worth the three years of constant shampooing and neck pain!”

Learn the Importance of Physical and Technical Safeguards

As part of our continuing security awareness program, Privacy and Information Security is providing access to Wombat Security Awareness Training. This month, learn about the best practices for safe use of mobile devices. This mobile-responsive module explains the importance of physical and technical safeguards, as well as ways to improve the security of mobile communications and connections. Register via E-Learning 4U for the organization mobile device security course. Use Wombat as search word in the catalog tab of EL4U.

Ask the Expert: Should I Have ACL Surgery?

Dr. Busconi

What are the consequences for females prone to ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries and does surgery help? In this second segment of a two-part Ask the Expert video, Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy, explains surgery for females with ACL injuries. Be sure to watch part one and our other spring sports Ask the Expert segments on our Facebook page. Every week, there will be a new video posted with a different question answered by Dr. Busconi. Watch video.


Register Today for Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and the Department of Neurology will host a live Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course Thursday, June 14, Albert Sherman Center, University Campus. The course, beginning at 8 am, will cover 14 topics related to neurological emergencies and include a question and answer portion. Speakers include Richard Moser, MD, neurosurgery; Wiley Hall, MD; neurology and neuro critical care; and Raphael Carandang, MD, neurology, vascular neurology and neuro critical care; as well as course directors, Shaheen Shaikh, MD, anesthesiology; and Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, FNCS, FCCM, neurology. View the flyer or register online.

$109 Million MassDevelopment Bond Funds Major Improvements

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, has issued a $109,865,000 tax-exempt bond for UMass Memorial Health Care. This bond will be used to finance renovations and purchase equipment at hospital campuses throughout our s­ystem, as well as to refinance previously issued debt. Read the press release to learn about specific improvement projects on the Memorial Campus, University Campus, and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital – Leominster Campus. “Comfort and convenience are very important components in creating a positive patient experience,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “These much-needed improvements will ensure that our facilities are on par with any in Massachusetts and will benefit our patients, their families and our caregivers for years to come.” Read Worcester Business Journal story.

Dr. Hirsh Mentors Worcester Teen on Gun Violence Solutions

Dr. Hirsh

Though gun violence is spiking across the country, Worcester has seen a decline in gun-related homicides thanks in part to the Goods for Guns buyback program co-founded by Michael Hirsh, MD, chief, division of pediatric surgery, director of pediatric trauma, and surgeon-in-chief at our Children’s Medical Center. After learning of local student Rohan Krishnan’s passion and research to prevent future gun violence, Dr. Hirsh began mentoring the Worcester Academy sophomore and believes that Rohan’s work has the potential to spare many people from experiencing the personal tragedy of gun violence. Read the MassLive story.

Health Watch: Dr. Alavi Discusses At-home Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer claims more than 50,000 lives in the United States every year, but early detection can make a difference. In this Health Watch segment, Karim Alavi, MD, division of colon and rectal surgery, shares an overview of at-home screening kits that make it easy to test for colorectal cancer without the dreaded prep of colonoscopy.