Issue 39 | April 2020
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,

Welcome to our latest edition of RadNews, from the middle of our COVID-19 response. I know this has been an incredibly stressful time for everyone and I hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are doing well, given the circumstances.

This month’s issue features several COVID related articles but also continues to showcase the ongoing work of our Department in advancing the clinical care, education and research missions of UMass. A common theme through all of these articles is how so many of you have found ways to go “above and beyond” each day. These efforts range from staying late to care for a pediatric patient so they don't have to wait in the ER, supporting each other during the COVID response, making masks for home use and sharing individual health care experiences so that medical students and other caregivers can learn what it’s like to be an oncology patient during COVID from a medical school faculty member who receives her oncology care at UMass.

Locally and nationally our faculty and trainees continued to receive recognition for their accomplishments, including a special “shout out” to Navid Zeraatkar, PhD for being selected as one of 30 top early careers professional by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Although it seems like a long time ago, we also profile the five medical students who matched to our residency program this past March and will start their Radiology training at UMass in July 2021.

Be well, stay safe and please let me know if there's anything that I or the Department can do for you.

Take care.

From The Viewbox - Special Covid-19 Episode
Diagnosis and Imaging Features of Covid-19 Infection
Guest:  Maria Barile, MD. Assistant Professor of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, UMMS Dept of Radiology.

Summary: This is a special episode recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic focusing on the diagnosis and imaging features of Covid-19 infection. Our guest is Dr. Maria Barile, our local expert in the Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Upcoming Special Events
Carolynn M DeBenedectis, MD, will be honored in May by the UMMS Women's Faculty Committee and presenting a Webinar for the Women Association for Women in Radilogy. Dr. Benedectis is Radiology Vice Chair for Education and Director, Radiology Residency Program, and Associate Professor in the Breast Imaging Division.

Pediatrician Praises Dr. Rissmiller
A letter addressed to Lawrence Rhein, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, from pediatrician William Zawatski praising the efforts of Pediatric Radiologist Julia Rissmiller, MD during the Covid-19 panademic, was forwarded to Radiology Department Chair, Max Rosen. Nicely done, thank you Dr. Rissmiller and the Radiology Ultrasound staff!

Recognizing Kalyn Dhroso, PA-C
Dr. Amin Chaoui, Chief of Radiology at Health Alliance Hospital sent a letter of praise about Kalyn Dhroso, PA-C, part of the Interventional Radiology team at Health Alliance. Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Franscesco Massari added more praise for Kalyn in another e-mail.

Jill Zitzewitz, PhD, Featured in UMMS NOW
Jill Zitezewitz applies cancer lessons in classroom and pandemic

As an educator, a scientist and a patient undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, Jill A. Zitzewitz, PhD, has a unique perspective on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Alliance Radiology Covid-19 Update
The Radiology Imaging Team at Health Alliance in Leominster created a Covid-19 Update. Lisa Arsenault, one of the radiology technologists filmed the video, Patricia Vaillant, HA Director of Imaging, shot the stills and Patti's daughter, Corrine, put it all together and created the video.

Abstracts from Cancelled Spring Meetings
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic spring meetings were cancelled throughout the world. UMass Radiology Faculty, Residents and Students had abstracts accepted to meetings but were unable to attend. Below is a list of meetings that have been cancelled or postponed and abstracts accepted from members of the department of Radiology.

Masks for Home Use
Michele Foley RT (R), Lead Radiology Technologist at the Memorial Campus shared "A second year student was so kind to make us homemade masks! 😊 We are not allowed to wear them here at the hospital, but we can take one home." The seamstress is Tracie Murphy, a second year student in the Radiology Technologist program at Quinsigamond Community College

Tom Delaney to the Rescue
Tom Delaney came to the rescue for Randa Mowlood, Radiology Senior Academic Administrator, and faculty member Dr. Yu Chen after a large pallette of equipment was left outside an office door, during the Covid-19 shutdown. Mrs. Mowlood was unable to move the heavy equipment and couldn't locate anyone to assist from receiving. Resourceful Tom Delaney came to the rescue, he was able to borrow a truck/cart from Tony Meuse, from Facilities, to move the equipment to a safe location until the faculty member is able to return to work at the Medical School! Thank you Tom!!

Table Talk Pies for Memorial
We want to recognize and send our thanks to Table Talk for the donation of pies to our Radiology staff at Memorial Hospital. The staff in all modalities have been amazing during this difficult and ever changing time. The recognition of their hard work was very much appreciated. Their eyes tell it all.

JAOCR Issue - Emergency Radiology
Hemang Kotecha, DO was Guest Editor for the Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology (JAOCR), April 2020, Vol. 9, Issue 2. The issue was titled "Emergency Radiology". Along with Dr. Kotecha several other UMass Radiology Faculty and Residents authored all of the articles for this issue. PDF JAOCR V9, i2

Navid Zeraatkar - SNMMI One to Watch
Congratulations to Navid Zeraatkar, PhD for being selected as One to Watch by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The Ones to Watch list singles out 30 top early career professionals. Dr. Zeraatkar is an Instructor in the Department of Radiology working with Michael King, PhD.

Resident Match 2020
The UMass Radiology Department is thrilled to announce that we matched these outstanding medical students. We cannot wait to welcome them to the UMass family!

On a related note, six of the recent UMass Medical School graduates matched for a Radiology Residency, including Marek Nicpon! Congratulations all!

ACR CT Accreditation - Memorial
Kudos to Gail Bernard, RT(R)(CT) Lead CT Technologist, Linda Egan, Application Systems Specialist, and the CT Memorial staff for their role in being granted American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for the next three years. The ACR application process and all the data it requires along with the selection of images to send for review can be a daunting task, no matter how many times you do it.

Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship
The Radiology Department is pleased to announce a new fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging. Maria Barile, MD is the Program Director. Our one-year clinical fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging (CTI) provides comprehensive involvement in clinical, educational, and research activities, and provides excellent preparation for a career in academic radiology or in private practice.

The Last Supper With a Guest Speaker
On March 5, John Kaufman, MD, MS, presented a guest lecture titled IR Cases. Dr. Kaufman is Professor and Chair of Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology at Oregon Health & Science University. Lecture flyer (PDF). This was the last guest speaker and dinner before the Covid-19 pandemic restriction measures closed all meetings, travel and dinners.

Roberto Kutcher - AIRP Neuroradiology Best Case
Radiology Resident Roberto Kutcher, MD attended the four week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course hosted by the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), February 10-March 7. Dr. Kutcher won the award Neuroradiology Best Case. The course is a comprehensive review of radiologic imaging with emphasis on the principles of radiologic-pathologic correlation.

Society of Abdominal Radiology Meeting
Several Radiology faculty and residents attended the Society of Abdominal Radiology 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting and Educational Course, March 1 - 6, 2020, in Maui, Hawaii. Tasneem Lalani, MD, Young Kim, MD, PhD, Mark Masciocchi, MD, Khashayar Rafatzand, MD, and residents Yara Younan, MD and William Juan, MD were the last people in the Radiology Department to attend a meeting before Covid-19 restrictions went into effect.

Medical Student Capstone Project
Recent UMass Medical School graduate Tharakeswari Selvakumar, MD, PhD completed work on her Capstone Project with Radiology Faculty members Farhana R. Riaz, MD, Jean-Marc Gauguet, MD PhD and Carolynn M. DeBenedectis, MD. Thara's project was titled "A Retrospective evaluation of the impact of fetal MR imaging on prognosis and referral patterns for intrauterine fetal anomalies."

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