New Thyroid Center Launched

Three Medical Center endocrinologists, Chris Coyne, MD, Eyad Hamoudeh, MD, and Mira Torres, MD, have launched a Thyroid Center on the University Campus that was accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. This accreditation validates that the team meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. The physicians, certified in neck ultrasound from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, provide care for both common and complex disorders including nodular thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, and hyperthyroidism, and offer ultrasonography, biopsy, and molecular testing to patients. Learn more about the center. Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763)

Simply Well: Is 3D Mammography Right for Everyone?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stage gives you the best chance for a cure. And mammography has long been the gold standard when it comes to screening and early detection of breast lumps long before they can be felt. Three-dimensional (3D) mammography – or breast tomosynthesis – is a revolutionary tool in the fight against breast cancer with its ability to capture even more detailed breast images than traditional two-dimensional (2D) mammograms. However, 2D mammography is still an appropriate option for some women. In this issue of Simply Well, Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, director of breast imaging, helps explain which type of mammography is right for you.

Good Fit Program Aim: Reduce Health Problems Associated With Obesity

Dr. Bram

Dr. Aidlen

Jennifer Bram, MD, and Jeremy Aidlen, MD, co-directors of the Children’s Medical Center Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic, recently sat down with Michael Hirsh, MD, host of the Worcester District Medical Society’s Health Matters program, to discuss childhood obesity and the health problems that can result from being overweight. With about 30 percent of children in Massachusetts being flagged as obese or overweight, and data trending upward toward that number reaching 48 percent by the year 2020, Drs. Bram and Aidlen stress the need to take immediate control of this growing epidemic. Watch the interview, which aired on Health Matters on WCCA-TV, Charter/Spectrum Channel 194. Learn more about the Good Fit Clinic.

Our Physicians Honored at Convocation and Investiture Events

Dr. Myer

Dr. Baldor

Last week’s Medical School Convocation featuring Chancellor Michael Collins’ address and marking the official start of the Medical School’s 2018 academic year included the presentation of the Chancellor’s Medals for Excellence. Theo Myer, MD, director of clinical cardiology and the heart failure wellness program, was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Clinical Excellence, and Robert Baldor, MD, senior vice chair, family medicine and community health, was presented with Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Janet Hale, PhD, and Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD, from the Medical School, were also recognized. Read the UMassMedNow story.

Dr. Gerber

Dr. Shohet

Dr. Freedman

Among the four physicians invested into named professorships at this year’s Investiture Ceremony were Jane Freedman, MD, director of translational research for the Heart and Vascular Center; Jonathan Gerber, MD, our new chief of the division of hematology and oncology and medical director of the Cancer Center; and Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology. Zhiping Weng, PhD, from the Medical School, was also invested. Read the UMassMedNow story. First-year medical students also celebrated at the 25th annual White Coat Ceremony at which they donned their white coats for the first time.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Hemond, Khanna and Rebesco

From left: Drs. Hemond, Khanna, Rebesco

Neurologist Christopher Hemond, MD, received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. He completed his neurology residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a clinical research fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, sub-specializing in multiple sclerosis. Board certified in neurology, Dr. Hemond specializes in neuro-immunology on the University Campus, where he also sees general neurology patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hemond, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Hematologist/Oncologist Shrinkhala Khanna, MD, received her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Medical School and completed a fellowship program at Baystate Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine, and her clinical interests include adult hematology, medical oncology, hematologic malignancies, neuro-oncology, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. Dr. Khanna specializes in hematology/oncology on the University Campus and at the UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center in Fitchburg. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Khanna, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Emergency Medicine Physician Matthew Rebesco, MD, received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed residency and fellowship programs at the Medical School. Dr. Rebesco specializes in emergency medicine and emergency medical services on the University and Memorial campuses, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Dr. Gilchrist Named Worcester Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40′

Congratulations to David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, medical director of Hahnemann Family Health Center, who was recently named one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 recipients. This list recognizes 40 people who are considered the best and brightest business leaders of Central Massachusetts. Dr. Gilchrist is acknowledged for becoming a medical director just three years after completing his residency, as well as his leadership role in helping to combat the opioid crisis. He was also named president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, where he advocates for patients and physicians alike. Read more.

 

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.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Cruz, Hajjiri, Jabeen and Singer

Drs. Cruz, Hajjiri, Jabeen and Singer

Internist Ronald Cruz, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and completed a residency program at Saint Vincent Hospital. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Cruz’s clinical interests include diabetes mellitus, hypertension and adult primary care. Dr. Cruz specializes in internal medicine at Winthrop Street Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profilevisit website.

Hospitalist Mohmmad Hajjiri, MD, earned his medical degree from the Jordan University of Science and Technology and completed his residency program at Akron General Medical Center. Dr. Hajjiri specializes in internal and hospital medicine at the University and Memorial campuses. See online profilevisit website.

Hospitalist Shagufta Jabeen, MD, earned her medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan and completed a residency program at Aultman Hospital in Ohio. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Jabeen specializes in hospital medicine at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital and the University and Memorial campuses. See online profilevisit website.

Radiologist Andrew Singer, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a residency program at Boston Medical Center and a fellowship program at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Singer specializes in diagnostic radiology on the University and Memorial campuses, UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. See online profilevisit website.

Dr. Richmond Shares Pros and Cons of Online Mom Groups

Dr. Richmond

Social media parent groups offer moms quick access to others’ experiences, advice and support. But in the latest issue of the Simply Well Blog, Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, cautions that while these online communities are a great platform for mom-to-mom communication, parents need to be aware that there also is a lot of misinformation spread in these groups, especially when it comes to health matters. So, when is it appropriate to turn to other moms for guidance, and when should you rely on your doctor? Read the article to find out, and don’t forget to visit our new Simply Women web page for easy access to lots of helpful information. #SimplyWomen

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Kamel, Ito, Sheldon and Stavre

Drs. Kamel, Ito, Sheldon and Stavre

Pathologist Dhay Kamel, MD, earned her medical degree from University of Baghdad. She completed residency and fellowship programs at Boston University Medical Center and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Kamel specializes in anatomic pathology and subspecializes in cytopathology on the University Campus and at Biotech III. See online profile; visit website.

Otolaryngologist Christopher Ito, MD, earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a residency program at the University of South Florida. He also completed a fellowship program in rhinology (disorders of the nose, sinuses and skull base) at Medical College of Georgia and is board certified in otolaryngology. Dr. Ito specializes in rhinology and general otolaryngology on the University Campus. See online profile; visit website.

Palliative Care Physician Martin Sheldon, MD, MA, earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and his master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He completed a residency program at Palmetto Health Baptist, and is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine. Dr. Sheldon specializes in palliative care on the University and Memorial campuses. See online profile; visit website.

Rheumatologist Zheni Stavre, MD, earned her medical degree from the Medical School, where she also completed her residency and fellowship training. Board certified in rheumatology, Dr. Stavre’s clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout. Dr. Stavre specializes in rheumatology on the Memorial Campus. See online profile; visit website.