Teen Undergoes Amazing Transformation with Good Fit Clinic

With the help of the Children’s Medical Center’s Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic, Shrewsbury teen, Lacey Tomaiolo, lost more than 100 pounds after undergoing bariatric surgery. The Good Fit Clinic, which was specifically designed for teens who are struggling with obesity and its side effects, helps teens create and reach their own personal goals while decreasing their risk for developing health problems. In a recent interview with Baystate Parent, Lacey shared that while the surgery has been life changing, her success wouldn’t be possible without the behavior and lifestyle changes she learned through her work at the clinic. Read the article.

Buy Railers Tickets, Drop the Puck with Dr. Dickson!

One lucky winner and a guest will join Dr. Dickson dropping the first puck at the January 26 Worcester Railers hockey game.

Don’t get put in the penalty box for missing out on all the fun! Join your co-workers and bring your family and friends to the second annual UMass Memorial Health Care family night at the Worcester Railers on Saturday, January 26 at 7 pm. President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, will drop the first puck along with one lucky winner and a guest (winner will be contacted via email by January 23; please enter your UMass Memorial email address at ticket purchase; must arrive by 6:30 pm). Purchase your discounted tickets for $12 each (50 percent savings) today!

Transplant Grants Patient a New Liver and a New Life

Marilyn Walto, right, hugs Dr. Bozorgzadeh, as her daughter Maggy, left, hugs Babak Movahedi, MD, transplant surgery, during a follow-up visit to our Division of Organ Transplantation. (Photo courtesy of The Berkshire Eagle.)

Liver transplant recipient Marilyn Walto and her daughter Maggy recently shared their story of gratitude for the lifesaving work of our liver transplant team with The Berkshire Eagle. As Marilyn celebrated her 68th birthday, Maggy reflected, “I truly believe my mom is here today because of all the prayers from this community and these amazing doctors, my saints.” Under the leadership of Chief Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, our Division of Solid Organ Transplantation performed 66 liver transplants in 2018, and the number of lives impacted by our caregivers each year is staggering. Read the story.

Jackpot! Caregivers Win Big with Weight Loss

Congratulations to the hard-working winners of the fall 2018 HealthyWage Jackpot Challenge! For this challenge, 28 UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers teamed up to see who could lose the most weight in a 12-week period. The winning team was The Bod Squad, whose team members lost an average of 6.26 percent body weight. Team members split the jackpot and won $252 each! Not only did they win big, all benefits-eligible HealthyWage challenge participants earned points in the myHealth Matters portal under the Manage Your Weight challenge. Want to get in on the action? Watch for new HealthyWage challenges in 2019.

Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

Drs. Pararath Gopalakrishnan, Greenstein, Jiang and Qureshi

Hospitalist Venu Pararath Gopalakrishnan, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Calicut in Kerala, India. He completed an internal medicine residency program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Pararath Gopalakrishnan specializes in hospital medicine on the Memorial and University campuses and at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Pediatric Cardiologist Emily Greenstein, MD, earned her medical degree from the New York University Langone School of Medicine in New York, NY. She completed a pediatric residency program at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Greenstein is board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. Her clinical interests include pediatric congenital heart disease, transthoracic echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and prenatal counseling. Dr. Greenstein specializes in pediatric cardiology on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenstein, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Hospitalist Zhenyang Jiang, MD, earned her medical degree from Wenzhou Medical College in Wenzhou, Zhejiang and completed an internal medicine residency program at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center in New York. Board certified in internal medicine/hospital medicine, Dr. Jiang specializes in these areas on the University and Memorial campuses and at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Cardiologist Waqas Qureshi, MD, MS, earned his medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan and completed an internal medicine residency program and chief residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Qureshi completed his cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology and structural cardiology training at Wake Forest University. He specializes in angioplasty and stenting; alcohol septal ablation; mitral valvuloplasty; transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR); advanced treatments for congestive heart failure; patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect closure; MitraClip; and coronary artery disease and heart valve disease. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Qureshi provides care in cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology and structural cardiology on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Qureshi, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

How to Avoid Web Browsing Dangers; Take the EL4U Course

As part of our continuing security awareness program, Privacy and Information Security is providing access to Wombat Security Awareness Training via E-Learning 4U. This month’s topic is “Organization Safer Web Browsing.” Take the course to learn how to avoid many of the common pitfalls and dangers associated with web browsing. You’ll also learn how to identify potentially dangerous URLs, avoid malware and virus downloads, and spot internet scams. Register for the course by logging onto E-Learning 4U and using “wombat” as a search word in the catalog tab.

‘Humanizing’ Mice to Advance Research

Dr. Whalen

Mice are playing a key role in cancer research at the UMass Cancer Avatar Institute. “Humanized” mice carry functioning human genes, cells, tissues or organs, which are then used to study the efficiency of human therapies. One form of therapy being tested by Giles Whalen, MD, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, is immunotherapy. “The mice avatars are a superb tool for understanding which immunotherapy drugs might work or should be developed further, and to understand why a particular treatment is working or not, before taking it into clinical trials with human patients,” Dr. Whalen said. Read more in our UMass Memorial Health Care 2017 Annual Report of Cancer Services.

Dr. Johanna Seddon to Present on Macular Degeneration

Dr. Johanna Seddon

Join us in welcoming world-renowned ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Johanna Seddon, MD, ScM, to UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School, at a luncheon and presentation of her work Tuesday, January 29 from noon to 1 pm. Recently named the director of both retina and the Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence at the UMass Memorial Eye Center, and professor of ophthalmology at the Medical School, Dr. Seddon will present Mechanisms and Etiology of Macular Degeneration: Nature, Nurture and Targets for Therapies. This program will be held in the Albert Sherman Center Cube, Room AS3-2119 on the University Campus. Attendees must RSVP by January 22 by emailing Sharon Furbish.

Stay Updated on Medical Center and System Policies

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 1429: Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Policy 2010: Food/Nutrient and Medication Interaction
  • Policy 2012: Pain Management
  • Policy 4031: Attendance/Tardiness
  • Policy 4040: Clinical Competency Validation
  • Policy 4047: Mandatory and Voluntary Continuing Education Leave
  • Policy 4069: Resignation
  • Policy 4073: Workforce Reduction
  • Policy 4087: Payroll Record Retention
  • Policy 6014: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program
  • Policy 6018: Hostility and Violence in the Workplace
  • Policy 6026: Occupational Respiratory Protection
  • UMMHC System Policy: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
  • UMMHC System Policy: Medication and Allergy Reconciliation
  • UMMHC System Policy: Short Stay