Congratulations to Dr. Martins; Receives Rising Star Award

Martins_awardPaulo Martins, MD, PhD, surgeon in the Division of Solid Organ Transplantation and assistant professor of surgery at the Medical School, has been recognized for his pioneering work in liver transplantation by the International Liver Transplant Society. Dr. Martins received the Rising Star Award at the society’s annual congress in Lisbon, Portugal, for his research on improving the quality of liver grafts. “Our lab is performing experiments that could have a major clinical impact for a common and relevant problem like organ shortage,” said Dr. Martins. “There is potential to increase the pool of livers for transplant, reduce the mortality on the waiting list. and reduce morbidity and mortality of patients after liver transplant.” Pictured: Dr. Martins accepts the Rising Star Award from Patrizia Burra, MD, PhD, at the International Liver Transplant Society Congress in Lisbon, Portugal.  Read UMass Med Now story. 

Family Nominates PICU Nurse; Earns DAISY Award


Ally Harris, RN, receives DAISY award.

Congratulations to Ally Harris, RN, a caregiver on our pediatric intensive care unit, who was recently presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Ally was nominated by the family of one of her young patients, who described her as “gentle,” “attentive,” and always available to answer their questions. This international award program was established by the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation that was created by a family in gratitude for the care and compassion they experienced from nurses during their son’s illness. The award is designed to reward and celebrate the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses everywhere provide every day. Nominate a nurse today.

Take in a Concert While Supporting Our Cancer Center

Don’t miss the Without a Net concert Saturday, August 4,  7 to 10 pm, Bull Mansion Ballroom in Worcester, where local musicians will take to the stage in a musical collaboration that is part improvisation and part planned. The artists and players are among the most experienced and well respected in the region, and proceeds from the event benefit our Cancer Center. Venu Bathini, MD, director of inpatient services for hematology and oncology, will speak at the event as well. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Learn more.

Find Updated Medical Center and System Policies on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. System policies can also be found on this page. Email the policy administrator with necessary policy changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1063: Discharge Planning
  • RETIRED – Policy 1064: Guidelines for Use of Patient Discharge Instructions (PDI) and Patient Discharge Care Forms (PDCF)
  • Policy 2039: Medical Record Documentation Failure
  • Policy 1080: Event/Occurrence (Incident) Reporting
  • Policy 1089: Medical Staff Integration
  • SYSTEM POLICY: Birth Registration and Statistical Reporting
  • SYSTEM POLICY: System Policy Management

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Congrats to IV Resource Nurses for Earning Board Certification

Pictured, from left, are: Peter Njoroge, RN, VA-BC; Steve Ramsey, RN, VA-BC; Michelle O’Rourke, director of Critical Care Services; Jennifer Turner, RN, VA-BC; Darlene Sarkisian, RN, VA-BC; and Ashley Rotella, nurse manager, Renal Dialysis and IV Resource Department .

Congratulations to Jennifer Turner, RN, Darlene Sarkisian, RN, Peter Njoroge, RN, and Steve Ramsey, RN, members of our intravenous (IV) resource team who recently achieved vascular access board certification. The IV resource team was established last year as a quality improvement initiative. The team’s expertise includes helping staff nurses improve their competency and comfort when inserting IVs; providing consults; assessing high-risk lines; reporting daily metrics; and accessing, de-accessing and dressing portacaths. Addressing the newly certified nurses, Ashley Rotella, MSN, CDN, nurse manager, Renal Dialysis and IV Resource Department, said, “You are raising the standards of care with your knowledge and expertise. You are improving the quality of intravascular-related care for our patients and easing the anxiety of patients and staff with every consult. You role is tremendously important for every patient, every day.”

Simply Well: How to Talk to Your Teen About Opioid Drugs

Many parents don’t believe their teenager would ever misuse opioids. But as someone who works with youth in recovery, Stephanie Manzi, LMHC, program director of Motivating Youth Recovery, shares that opioid misuse can and does happen — even in the “best” of families. Motivating Youth Recovery is a 24-bed acute detoxification and stabilization program located at Community Healthlink in Worcester for adolescents 13 to 17 years old. Learn how to talk to your teen about opioid misuse in Stephanie’s Simply Well blog post. Simply Well, a community wellness blog, is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.


We Welcome Drs. Hamzei-Sichani, Hanna, Leslie and Smoller

Drs. Hamzei-Sichani, Hanna, Leslie and Smoller

Neurosurgeon Farid Hamzei-Sichani, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree from State University of New York, Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a fellowship in epilepsy, functional and stereotactic neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Hamzei-Sichani specializes in the surgical treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy. His clinical include developing implantable devices for closed-loop neurostimulation for these conditions. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamzei-Sichani, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profilevisit website.

Anesthesiologist Heba Hanna, DO, earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Stratford. She completed a residency program at Steward – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University Hospital. Dr. Hanna is board certified in anesthesiology. Her clinical interests include general surgical, orthopedic and regional anesthesia. Dr. Hanna specializes in anesthesiology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital. See online profilevisit website.

Hospitalist Gregory Leslie, MD, earned his medical degree and completed his residency in internal medicine at our Medical School. Dr. Leslie specializes in medicine/hospital medicine on the University and Memorial campuses and at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital. See online profilevisit website.

Anesthesiologist Brandon Smoller, MD, earned his medical degree from State University of New York, Downstate. He completed a residency program at our Medical School and a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship program at Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Jefferson, LA. Dr. Smoller specializes in anesthesiology on the University Campus. See online profilevisit website.

Resolve Workplace Accountability Issues; Sign Up for Training

Join us for the next step in Crucial Accountability training. Our one-day Crucial Accountability Companion course builds on the skills learned in the Crucial Conversations course and introduces a powerful set of new skills to resolve your most challenging accountability issues. These additional skills will equip you with the necessary tools for holding anyone accountable (regardless of position or personality), diagnosing underlying causes of misaligned or bad behavior and motivating without using power. The next session is Thursday, August 23, 8 am to 4:30 pm on the University Campus. Self-register through E-Learning 4U. Questions: email or call 508-793-5606. Prior completion of Crucial Conversations is required.

Whole Blood Collection Update; Platelet Donations Needed

As of the end of July, our Blood Donor Center will no longer collect whole blood. According to Mindy Greene, director, Transfusion Services, “The price to purchase blood has decreased significantly, and at this point it’s more cost effective to buy it than collect it.” However, the need for platelet donations is constant to support cardiac surgery, solid organ transplant and bone marrow transplant patients to name a few. “We would like our caregivers to consider platelet donation.” Mindy said. “This valuable gift may help a sick child, an elderly person recovering from surgery or patients facing any number of serious medical conditions regain their health.” To schedule an appointment to donate platelets, call 508-421-1950.