Issue 40 | June 2020
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,

As we celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend, we are hopefully recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts. During the past few months, although some of us have been working from home or otherwise socially distancing, we have continued to make significant contributions to the overall academic life of the medical school and other organizations and provided wonderful care for our patients and each other. This month’s newsletter celebrates a wide range accomplishments and recognitions.

I can’t thank everyone enough for all your efforts and hope that you have some time to relax with family and friends this weekend.

Radiology Graduation 2020
The UMass Medical School Radiology Residency & Fellowship Programs. Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony took place on June 10, 2020. Due to the safety restrictions for the Covid-19 pandemic the graduation took place via Zoom. Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, Radiology Vice Chair of Education, hosted the event and Department Chair, Max Rosen, MD, MPH, offered opening and closing remarks.

Three Junior Faculty Development Program Graduates
Three Radiology Faculty Members graduated from the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) on May 21 during a virtual ceremony via Zoom. Katyucia de Macedo Rodrigues, MD, Elizabeth Garwood, MD and Alexandra Wink, PhD started the intensive year-long program last fall. The JFDP has two components; an comprehensive curriculum and a project guided by a senior faculty mentor. Projects were presented in late May.

Radiology Chief Residents
As of Monday, May 25, we will officially transitioned our chief residents from Dave and Alex to Derek and Roberto.

Thanks to David Radcliffe and Alex Pavidapha for all of their hard work during their chief year. They did a fantastic job. I know it has not been easy given a bunch of blips that happened this year (ok COVID might be more than a blip) but they handled everything that was thrown at them professionally and effectively.

Good luck to Derek Chicarelli and Roberto Kutcher as they assume the role of chief residents.

Byron Chen Honored as Teacher of the Year
The Radiology Residents canvas amongst themselves each year to select the Radiology Teacher of the Year. During the graduation ceremony this year the residents honored Byron Chen, MD, Associate Division Chief of Emergency Radiology, as Teacher of the Year! The residents describe Dr. Chen as more than deserving beyond his excellent didactics, morning ED conferencing and instruction by the work stations. They found him always ready to teach, has a positive attitude and all have learned a lot from him.

Jerry Balikian "Go the Extra Mile" Award
Jill Zitezewitz applies cancer lessons in classroom and pandemic

The 2020 Annual Jerry Balikian "Go The Extra Mile" Award was presented to two residents this year Dr. Alex Pavidapha and Dr. David Radcliffe. Both Alex and David went above and beyond, Alex often filling in when there was short staffing and David spent extra hours covering the ED. It wasn't easy being Chief Residents this year with the Covid-19 pandemic, both deserve this award!

Rebranding Radiology and Shaping Your Story
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently published two case studies online about the UMass Department of Radiology. They will be shared throughout the ACR networks.

Rebranding Radiology - Radiologists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School reinvent their programs to give students and colleagues a deeper appreciation for what it really means to be a radiologist. This case study features discussions by Department Chair Max Rosen, MD, MPH; Radiology Vice Chair for Education Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD; and Director of Undergraduation Medical Education in Radiology, Christopher Cerniglia, DO.

Shaping Your Story features Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD and her steps toward building her own brand.

Steven Baccei – My Experience When COVID-19 Arrived
Here at UMass, as both the vice-chair for quality and safety in radiology and one of the Associate Chief Medical Officers, I knew that we were about to embark on major changes throughout our medical center and healthcare system. Preparing for and living through COVID-19 would involve tremendous hard work, teamwork, sacrifice, and emotions by all our caregivers. This would be a difficult road for both patients and providers, but, it became a journey where, I think, the best within people emerged.

New Digital Portable Xray Machines "Lifesaver" at University Campus
The Diagnostic Radiology Technologists put to work four new Carestream Digital Portable Xray units on the University Campus during the serge of Covid-19 patients over the last four months. Deb Pellegrino, Diagnostic Lead on the University Campus called the new units a “lifesaver.” The units were used to x-ray nearly every Covid-19 and trauma patient. The digital capabilities allowed the images to be viewed while still on the floor and uploaded directly to the PACs system. Thus, saving time, allowing for quicker rescans, providing better patient care and less donning and doffing full PPE.

Health4TheWorld Global Webinar
Max Rosen, MD, MPH , Radiology Department Chair recently participated in a global panel discussion along with presenters from around the world. The panel was hosted by Health4TheWorld a nonprofit. Dr. Bhavhya Rehani a Neuroradiologist at UCSF, moderated the global panelists the US, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa and India.
In the Spotlight - Varun Naragum, MD
Varun Naragum, MD joined the UMass Division of Neurointerventional Radiology as an Assistant Professor, in January 2020. His specialties also include Vascular Neurology. He is presently one of two Neurointerventional Radiologists based at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He finds the team at Bay State friendly and "great people." Dr. Naragum also spends a few days a month in Worcester. He looks forward to new faculty joining him at Bay State.

Superheroes Wear Scrubs
Radiology Ambulatory Services Rep, Linda Lopez wanted to do something that recognized Radiology staff who are on the frontlines every day. Inspired by her colleagues, Linda created a Superheroes Wear Scrubs wall that hangs in the first floor of the Radiology Department on the University Campus. Linda posed and took photos of masked frontline staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Then printed and posted the wall of Superheroes! Wow!

Lela Giannaris, PhD and Manas Das, MD, Outstanding Medical Educators
Congratulations Drs. Lela Giannaris and Manas Das! The Class of 2022 has chosen you to receive an Outstanding Medical Educator Award!"

Given our celebration in light of our COVID Pandemic and since the Educational Recognition awards were not held in April, the Class of 2022 will recognize two Outstanding Medical Educators." This Award is being presented to Lela Giannaris, PhD and Manas Das, MD whom the Class recognized as consistently going 'above and beyond' in the teaching of the basic science curriculum. The outgoing SBC Co-Presidents presented these awards during the Virtual Transition to CCE Event on May 28, 2020, via Zoom. The Transition Ceremony celebrates the transition of the rising 3 rd year class, about to start on their clinical rotations.

Chris Cerniglia, DO, Honored as Outstanding Clinical Educator
Christopher Cerniglia, DO, M.Eng ., was honored by the graduating Class of 2020 as an  Outstanding Clinical Educator. This award is in recognition of Dr. Cerniglia's dedication to the field of medicine, his outstanding qualities as a teacher as well as being a role model the students would like to emulate in their professional career. Due to the pandemic, there was an informal "dinner" with the class of 2020 on the evening of May 27 during A Toast to the Class of 2020!

Jean-Marc Gauguet, MD Honored by Pediatric Residents
The 2020 graduating class of pediatric residents presented  Dr. Jean-Marc Gauguet with the  Faculty Teaching Award during their recent graduation ceremonies. Dr. Gauguet was pleased by the award and stated, "it is a great honor when you consider how many pediatricians and subspecialists interact with the pediatric residents. I think it is also a great testament to how well the Pediatric Radiology Division as a whole works with and interacts with our referring clinical colleagues."

Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD – Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award
Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD was honored with the Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award by the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee. Dr. DeBenedectis was one of six faculty members recognized for excellence across the career spectrum during the 2020 Women’s Faculty Awards. This year the Awards were held online

Michael King, PhD Honored as SNMMI Fellow
Michael King, PhD, Professor and Radiology Vice Chair for Research was made a Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). Dr. King was nominated by Mark Madsen, PhD, a Professor of Radiology at the University of Iowa. Forms are submitted with the nominee's accomplishments in select areas to the Committee on Fellows for approval. Those members approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors are recognized at the SNMMI Annual Meeting. This year the meeting will be held virtually July 11-14, 2020. Dr. King has been a member of the SNMMI since 1980. His contributions to the Society and Nuclear Medicine Community are numerous.

Neurointerventional Radiology at Portsmouth Regional Hospital
In a recent letter to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital community, Dean M. Carucci, Chief Executive Officer praised Drs. Ajit Puri and Jasmeet Singh for treating the first Emergent Subarachnoid Hemorrhage at the Portsmouth Regional Stroke Center.

Two Letters Thanking
Memorial IR Team
Recently two letters were received from patients praising the Interventional Radiology Team at the Memorial Campus!

Shoutout for Pedi Radiology
A Shoutout for Dr. Julia Rissmiller, Assistant Professor in Pediatric Radiology as well as the Radiology Technologists in MRI and Ultrasound was sent by Megan McBurnie, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics.

Praise for Jean Vigliotti
I wanted to take a moment and send my praise for the hard work and dedication of Jean Vigliotti. She is always warm, welcoming, and willing to help. Jean has been going above and beyond to help lately, and I wanted you to know! ...

Thirteenth Annual Edward Smith Lecture
Mario Silva, MD, PhD, presented the Thirteenth Annual Edward Smith lecture from Parma, Italy, via Zoom. Nearly seventy people logged in to the well-recieved lecture on June 10, 2020. The title of the presentation was Living Through COVID-19 in Northern Italy – Views from a Radiologist, Physician, and Citizen.

Donna White - Hospital Haiku Winner
Donna White was chosen as 1 of 5 winners of the UMass Memorial Medical Center Haiku Challenge. Donna recieved a UMass mug as a prize, reported Radiology Coordinator Kara Wormell.

Do you have COVID
You are not alone in this
We are here to help
- Donna White, Radiology, Medical Center

Michael King, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Radiology Research recently received two NIH R01 grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging, for the period 2020-2024.

Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, Associate Professor, Radiology Vice Chair for Education and Radiology Residency Program Director was awarded a 2020 Jerome Arndt Grant from the Associaiton of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) for $5,000.

Recent Publications
The Inaugural Article for Raúl Padrón, PhD, has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Newly elected National Academy of Sciences (NAS) members are invited to contribute a special Inaugural Article to PNAS.


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