Fundraising Efforts Bring Local IVF Clinic Closer to Realization

Dr. Johnson in the space designated for the Medical Center’s future IVF Clinic (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is edging close to her fundraising goal of $500,000 to build a 2,500-square-foot in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic at the Medical Center. Complete with a procedure room to extract eggs and implant embryos, a recovery room, a laboratory to fertilize eggs and grow embryos, and spaces to collect samples, the new clinic would be the first of its kind in Worcester, allowing families to undergo the IVF procedure closer to home. UMass Memorial Health Care will match Dr. Johnson’s raised funds with an additional $500,000 to bring the clinic online. Read the Telegram & Gazette article. To donate, visit

Children’s Mittens, Gloves and Hats Needed!

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology needs your help with its Community Mitten Party being held at the Belmont School in Worcester on December 5. See flyer. What can you do? Donate new mittens, hats and gloves for children in grades K through 2. Thanks to your generous donations, more than 250 children received mittens and gloves last year. This year’s plan is to help even more. The mitten drive was established when staff members noticed that many young children visiting their new siblings were in need of these winter essentials. Please drop your donations off to Sue Aller and Christina Vanderburgh on the second floor of the Jaquith Building, Room JB2-027.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai, Quarshie

Emily Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai, Quarshie

Drs. Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai and Quarshie

Internist Emily Chang, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed her internal medicine residency at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Chang specializes in internal medicine at Millbury Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Laura Ferraro, MD, earned her medical degree from our Medical School. She completed obstetrics and gynecology residency programs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Ferraro’s clinical interests include pregnancy and complete obstetrical care; gynecological surgery, including minimally invasive surgery; and gynecologic health issues. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferraro, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Hematologist/Oncologist Patan Gultawatvichai, MD, earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Rangsit University, Thailand. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Medical School. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Gultawatvichai specializes in hematology/oncology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital’s Burbank Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gultawatvichai, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Transplant Nephrologist Nicholas Quarshie, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi. He completed his residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, a transplant nephrology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine – New Haven Hospital, and a nephrology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Board certified in nephrology and internal medicine, his clinical interests include kidney and pancreas transplants, rejection and kidney donation. Dr. Quarshie specializes in transplant nephrology at the University Campus, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Fairlawn and Whittier rehabilitation hospitals. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarshie, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Egg Freezing Gives Women the Gift of Time

Source: Worcester Business Journal

A woman may have any number of reasons for wanting to wait before starting a family – health, career, relationships, etc. But as a women ages, so do her eggs, which could result in difficulty getting pregnant or having a viable pregnancy down the road. Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down with the Worcester Business Journal to discuss the process of egg freezing, known as egg vitrification, and how we offer this service to UMass Memorial patients through a partnership with Boston IVF. Read the full article.

Dr. Johnson Talks about Female Athletes Missing Their Periods

Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, joins this Heath Watch to address why females will sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running. Dr. Johnson talks about how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean, as well as the effects on infertility.

Navigating Menopause: Free Webinar Now Available On Demand

Think you might be menopausal? Did you miss our recent webinar Navigating Menopause: What to Expect and How to Adjust, presented by Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology? You’re in luck! This informational program is now available on demand. Get answers to many of your personal questions from the comfort of your own home, and even better, at a time that works for your schedule. Tune in as Dr. Johnson walks you through the menopausal changes affecting your body and offers suggestions to guide you through this new stage of life. To watch the webinar, visit:

Join Dr. Johnson for Free Webinar on Navigating Menopause 

Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will present a free webinar: “Navigating Menopause: What to Expect and How to Adjust,” Wednesday, March 22 at 6 pm. Tune in from the comfort of your own home while Dr. Johnson helps you understand the difference between peri- and post-menopause, become familiar with the symptoms of menopause, learn about available treatments to help manage menopausal symptoms, and find out how to optimize your postmenopausal health. Registration is required. Visit event website for details.

Ob/Gyn Department Outfits Local Kids with Mittens 

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Ellen Delpapa, MD, maternal-fetal medicine, helps Mill Swan School kids with arts and crafts.

Community Mitten PartyThe Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology got into the holiday spirit last week by hosting its annual Community Mitten Party for more than 250 children and parents at Mill Swan School in Worcester. Each child left the party with a pair of mittens or gloves donated by ob/gyn staff, and attendees enjoyed food, games, music, arts and crafts, and a visit from “Frozen” characters. This event got its start when ob/gyn staff noticed that many of the young children visiting their mothers and new siblings in our Maternity Center did not have the essential clothing items to brave the rough winter.

Learn What’s New in Infertility Treatment

Couples experiencing infertility – the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of trying – have new hope in dealing with this common disorder. According to reproductive endocrinologist Julia Johnson, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, diagnosis has become simpler and treatment more effective in recent years. She discusses improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments in this video. Read the article and learn more about infertility services at the Medical Center.

Dr. Moore Simas Named Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine 

Dr. Moore-Simas

Dr. Moore Simas

Congratulations to Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has been named the next Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine at the Medical School. Dr. Moore Simas is noted for her commitment to and talent for mentoring women as they navigate careers in medicine and leadership. Established at the Medical School in 2005 by an endowment from the Joy McCann Foundation, the three-year professorship identifies and rewards female faculty leadership in medical education, research, patient care and community service.