Issue 36 | September/October 2019
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,

The Pats are no longer undefeated - but the department has had a great first half of the fall season. We were the first in New England to use a new device to treat intracranial aneurysms, expanded Radiology services at Health Alliance and received letters of praise from grateful patients. We speed mentored, participated in a Radiology Interest Group at the UMMS activities fair, created podcasts, sponsored UMMS student summer projects, learned leadership skills at the Radiology Leadership Institute and joined ACR committees. We reconnected with former colleagues at national meetings, advocated for awareness of male breast cancer, welcomed new faculty and staff, congratulated Steve Baccei on his new role as Associate CMO for UMMMC and named the fellowship office in honor of Kathy Delongchamp’s 40+ year service to UMass. We welcomed a visiting scholar from Mongolia and sent our residents to China; and we sponsored children to attend summer camp at the Boys and Girls club of Worcester.
Can’t wait for the second half. Thanks for everyone’s efforts!

New Device to Treat Aneurysms
Radiology Physicians, Ajit Puri, MD, chief of the division of neuroimaging and intervention, and Francesco Massari, MD, PhD, neurointerventional radiology, are the first in New England to use a newly approved device to treat aneurysms.

Speed Mentoring
The UMass Medical Student Radiology Interest Group (RIG) coordinated a Speed Mentoring session with the Radiology Residents. Topics included IR, advice for applying to radiology residency, what it's like to be a radiology resident, what a career in radiology looks like, research, radiology sub-specialties, and electives available at UMass.

American Society of Emergency Radiology
Drs. Carolyn Dupuis, Hao Lo, Hemang Kotecha, Gabriela Santos-Nunez and former Fellow, Ahmed Sobieh from the Division of Emergency Radiology recently attended the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) Annual Scientific Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Pictured are UMMS Radiology Alumni.

Podcast: Impact Anatomical Donors Have on Medical Students
Lela Giannaris, PhD, Amanda Collins, MPH from the Division of Translational Anatomy, along with Ryan Barrett, a third year UMMS medical student recorded a podcast for Voices of UMassMed. The topic was "The impact anatomical donors have on medical students."

Male Breast Cancer Awareness
Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Breast Imaging, was quoted in a cover story about Male Breast Cancer in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Dr. DeBenedectis says it's important to remember breast cancer affects men too!! A touch of blue for breast cancer awareness.

Thanks for Mammography Technologist
I am writing to commend one of your mammography technicians, Leah Berthiume, on a job well done.
My dad (age 89) and I recently brought my mom, age 86, in for a diagnostic mammogram. As you can imagine, a mammogram for an elderly woman that was resisting keeping the appointment in the first place, can be challenging...

Interventional Radiology Symposium
Radiology Residents Drs. Roberto Kutcher-Diaz, Y ara Younan and Jojo Yeboa participated in an Interventional Radiology symposium at Brown University. Two UMMS Medical Students also attended. In hands-on workshops, Yara, Jojo and Roberto showed students how to perform ultrasound-guided biopsies using gelatin and grapes models.

Health Alliance - Stereo Breast Biopsy
Health Alliance - Clinton Hospital is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new Stereotactic Breast biopsy services with the Hologic Affirm® Prone Breast Biopsy System at the Leominster Campus.

New Faculty on the Team
  • Kevin Daly, MD – Interventional Radiology
  • David Gerson, MD, MBA – Interventional and Community Radiology
  • Ganesh Joshi, MD – Musculoskeletal and Emergency Radiology
  • Julia Rissmiller, MD – Pediatric Radiology
  • Gabriela Santos-Nunez, MD – Emergency Radiology
  • Steven Sherry, MD – Neuroradiology

Health Alliance Clinton NeuroInterventional
Dr. Francesco Massari performed the first Neuro-interventional Radiology procedure on Wednesday, September 18 at Health Alliance Clinton Hospital.

Three Residents Travel to China
Three Radiology residents traveled to China during the past few months Jojo Yeboa, MD, Roberto Kutcher-Diaz, MD and Derek Chicarilli, MD. They visited hospitals, worked with radiologists in Nanjing and Xuzhou, observed various interventional procedures and learned about the management of patients with Budd Chiari Syndrome, which has a high incidence in Jiangsu Province in China. This is an ongoing international collaboration between UMass and partner hospitals in Jiangsu Province in China.

ACR International Outreach Subcommittee
Dr. Joelle Wazen, 4th year Radiology Resident, has been appointed to the American College of Radiology (ACR) International Outreach Subcommittee. The Subcommittee helps organize/centralize knowledge about international outreach opportunities and involvement to facilitate better international aid work and collaboration.

Kathy Delongchamp Retires
After 15,589 days, 89,080 hours or 42 years 8 months Kathy Delongchamp retired from her position as Radiology Fellowship Coordinator. Nearly 200 people stopped by to wish Kathy a happy retirement at a reception with cake (chocolate - Kathy's favorite) hosted by the department on September 27.

RLI Leadership Summit
Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis and Joelle Wazen, MD, a 3 rd year resident, attended, the Radiology Leadership Institute's 2019 Leadership Summit. Joelle was able to attend the meeting after she won a scholarship from the Massachusetts Radiologic Society to fund her meeting attendance. Dr. DeBenedectis attended as part of the SCARD LEAD program. In addition Dr. DeBenedectis was a speaker and panelist for the Saturday Sept 7 afternoon session.

Radiology Interest Group - Activities Fair
Each year UMMS hosts a Medical Student Activities Fair to introduce students to the wide variety or groups and opportunities available. The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) hosted a booth this year, student RIG members, Residents and Faculty assisted with the booth.

Visiting Scholar from Mongolia
Dr. Javzandolgor Nyamsambuu, from Mongolia, completed a short-term Visiting Scholar with the Department of Radiology from August 12, to October 11, 2019. During her stay at UMass, she spent 50% of the time observing clinical cases, attending lectures and conferences, and viewing teaching cases. Dr. Javza spent the other 50% of the time developing a radiology teaching file for use in her department in Mongolia.

Steven Baccei Associate Chief Medical Officer
Steven Baccei, MD has accepted a position as Associate Chief Medical Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In this role, Drs. Baccei and fellow ACMO, Dr. Kimberly Eisenstock will work on key Medical Center priorities which require physician leadership, including activities related to the development and execution of critical Medical Center clinical policies and best practices, as well as leadership on essential Medical Center committees.

Boys & Girls Summer Camp
Members of the Radiology Department collected $300 for The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester summer camp program.charges $75 per week per child for the summer program.Many of our kids' families are unable to afford the $75 per week, so they receive scholarships for the entire summer at no cost. In addition, the actual cost for the Club provides for one week of summer programming is $150 per kid.

Medical Student Summer Projects
Two UMMS Medical Students participated in Summer Curriculum Development program with faculty in the Division of Translational Anatomy. Rachel Padilla, SOM 2022, worked with Lela Giannaris, PhD during the summer. Rachel's project was "Development of Anatomy 'Images of the Day'. Mehdi Sina Salimy, SOM 2022, worked with Yasmin Carter, PhD this summer to create both virtual and physical 3D models of the vasculature found inside a kidney.

In the Spotlight - Lorna Haddad
Lorna Haddad has joined the department as a Senior Administrative Assistant working with Matthew Gounis, PhD and the New England Center for Stroke Research. Lorna reports that she’s finally getting Dr. Gounis’ calendar organized and keeping track of where he’s traveling. Lorna has a Bachelor’s of Science from Worcester State University in Computer Science. Her previous position was at UMass Memorial Medical Center as a Physician Recruitment Sr. Admin.

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