Issue 38 | February 2020
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,

Although Charlene had this month’s newsletter “ready to go” for two weeks, I was delayed in writing my introduction. Needless to say, our department, hospital and community are very different now than anyone would have imaged even two weeks ago. As we ramp up to fight the COVID outbreak, I have been so impressed with our department’s response, teamwork and caring. During the past few days we have been able to put systems in place to rapidly triage patients to the most appropriate urgent imaging (or prudent delay in routine imaging) and make changes in work schedules and locations to keep our social distance. Most importantly, everyone has come together as a team to help take care of each other. From offering laptops to colleagues who needed one in order to be able to work from home, to daily “check-ins” for those of us who live alone, volunteeing to work for others whose health conditions place them at increased risk, and offering to work evening or night shifts to accommodate the changing clinical demands - I have been so impressed, and proud to be part of this department.

I hope this month’s newsletter provides a few minutes of diversion from the urgencies of our new challenges. 

I am meeting frequently with our administrative teams and division chiefs to help coordinate our efforts between UMMS, UMMMG and UMMMC and participate in the morning and evening COVID Command Center briefings.

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to “check-in”.

Take care.

From the Viewbox Podcast Launched
From the Viewbox is the podcast of the Department of Radiology at UMass Medical School hosted by Dr. Hao Lo and Dr. Christopher Cerniglia. This educational podcast series covers important topics (focusing on noninterpretive skills, diagnostic approach, and specific imaging diagnoses) that aim to prepare radiology trainees for future practice and the ABR CORE exam.

This biweekly radiology podcast was launched in January 2020 and features many of our UMass attendings. Recently, the fourth episode was posted. Follow and listen to the podcast and spread the word.

Changes in Radiology
Dr. Max Rosen announced changes to the department's organizational structure by sharing the appointments of three new Vice Chairs - Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, Vice Chair for Education, Alexander Bankier, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Hao Lo, MD, Vice Chair for Diagnostic Operations.

Gracijela Božović - Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Bankier
Gracijela Božović, MD, PhD (Grace) joined the department in January as a postdoctoral research fellow working with Alexander Bankier, MD, PhD and the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section at UMMS and UMMMHC. Their current research revolves around the quantitative assessment of thoracic diseases. Grace’s clinical background is an academic clinical radiologist, employed at her home university of Lund, Sweden. Her PhD thesis studied the role of imaging in lung transplantation.

Faculty Participate in Collobarative Lectures in Israel
Five of our faculty members attended the “UMass Radiology – Ashdod Medical Center/Ben Gurion University Collaboration Lecture”, held in Ashdod, Israel from February 5-7, 2020. Dr. Max Rosen, Dr. Young Kim, Dr. Jean- Marc Gauguet, Dr. Andrew Chen, and Dr. Mark Masciocchi gave 13 lectures over 3 days. About 60 residents from all over Israel attended the workshop.

Patient Letter of Thanks
A grateful patient sent this touching thank you letter to Dr. Amin Chaoui, Chief of Radiology at Health Alliance. The letter also mentions Dr. Shambhavi Venkataraman, Associate Division Chief of Breast Imaging.

Shark Tank Winner Uses Prize for CPR Training
"One of the Diagnostic technologists at Hahnemann, Elizabeth Tollkuci, presented an idea through the Radiology Shark Tank project last year. Her idea was about helping caregivers in Radiology learn ways to work with patients who have dementia. Elizabeth won the first place prize of $1500.00. That money could be used for anything but Elizabeth wanted to do something for the department that would matter. She volunteered to become a Certified CPR trainer for the staff at the Hahnemann campus to help with compliance. Then she had the idea to purchase manikins rather than waiting to borrow from the school. She ordered everything and now used her last bit of funds for accessories."

Health Alliance MSK Ultrasound In-service
" Dr. George "Chip” Watts came to UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital for a MSK ultrasound in-service on January 30, 2020. After a one hour introductory lecture to MSK ultrasound, Dr Watts gave a “hands on” demonstration to our ultrasound tech team, and our Radiology PA. Dr. Watts reviewed the anatomy and pathology for commonly imaged conditions, such as carpal tunnel, rotator cuff (imaging and interventions), knee and Achilles tendon imaging. Dr Watts encouraged the team to expand their practice of MSK ultrasound, offering support and advice going forward.

DSF Faculty Win People's Choice Award
The DSF Faculty recent were the "People's Choice Award Winner" presented by the UMMS Education Policy Committee 2020 Kickoff Innovation Theater. Drs. Manas Das, Christopher Cerniglia, and Lela Giannaris, Co-Directors of the Development Structure and Function (DSF) course were honored for their work with the Prometheus ActivPanel during the course lectures.

Dr. Gerson in the News
UMass Radiologist Dr. David Gerson from the Division of Cardio-Thoracic Imaging was recently interviewed by WBZ television about using HeartFlow Planner with 3D CAT scans to evaluate coronary patients. The new modeling tool works by taking data from a patient’s CAT scan to develop a color-coded 3D model of the coronary arteries, while measuring drops in pressure along the vessels that indicate the degree to which the vessels have narrowed. It was cleared by the FDA in September.

GoRed for Women Basket Raffle
GoRed Coordinator Kathy Green sent a letter to everyone who participated in the Basket Raffle "Thank you so much for everything you did to make this a successful year! We raised $10,020 total on our basket raffle to support GO RED FOR WOMEN! This year's Basket Raffle brought in $10,020."

Resident Joelle Wazen Moderates Online SIR Seminar
There is a link to the video in the article. Joelle Wazen, MD says "SIR or The society of interventional radiology is the IR version of ACR or RSNA. I've been involved with the Resident and Fellow section (RFS) for about a year now."

Spotlight - Cheryl Bohlin
Cheryl Bohlin has joined the Radiology Department with the official title of Sr. Medical Admin Secretary. What her new position might be called is Reading Room Triage Assistant. Cheryl coordinates with the reading rooms by answering the main lines to each room and fielding the calls.

Marlborough Women's Imaging Center
Recently Dr. Shambhavi Venkataraman, Associate Division Chief of Breast Imaging, attended the public announcement and reception to introduce the new Women’s Imaging Center being built on the UMass Marlborough hospital campus. The services offered at the center will include 3D mammography, Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS), Breast ultrasound, Bone density testing, Sterotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound guided breast biopsy.

Dr. Rosen Talks About Standards of Respect
Radiology Department Chair Max Rosen, MD, MPH was featured in a video discussing what he learned from the UMass Memorial Healthcare Standards of Respect training.

98 Year Old Stroke Patient Treated
The Interventional Neuroradiology team had the unique opportunity to treat a 98 year old patient stroke patient. The team led by Dr. Kayucia de Macedo Rodrigues with assistance from Dr. Anna Kuhn were able to discharge this patient after their treatment with a NIH stroke scale of 0 (normal). This was only the second patient of this age that has been treated by the INR Division.

Joelle Wazen Contributes to J1 Website
Radiology Resident Joelle Wazen, MD contributed a cross-cultural statement to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and it was published on the Exchange Visitor Program Route J1 website.


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