Issue 32 | January 2019
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,

We have had a wide range of accomplishments and events during the past two months: Holiday parties, LEAN project celebrations, Holiday food drives, RSNA presentations, participation in national leadership programs, Women in Radiology medical student interest groups, books published, research on the cover of prestigious journals, grants, global healthcare quality initiatives, and extensive national media coverage of our INR division’s role in treating a patient for an acute stroke after the patient’s 12 year old grandson took control of their car when his grandfather lost consciousness.

Dr. Ajit Puri - Health Watch, Channel 3
Dr. Ajit Puri was recently featured on Channel 3 Health Watch discussing Interventional Neuroradiology treatment of Brain Aneurysms. Dr. Puri is Division Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology.

Grant to Bring Tay-Sachs Gene Therapy to Clinical Trial
Heather Gray-Edwards, PhD, DVM, Assistant Professor of Radiology, is part of a team for advancement of Phase I/II clinical trial of the genetic disorder Tay-Sachs. UMMS has received a $1.4 million donation from the Blu Genes Foundation, a Toronto-based foundation. The team which also includes Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD and Dean Terence R. Flotte, MD, will move research from the preclinical phase to early stage human trials.

Dr. Hussain Appointed to CIRE
Dr. Sarwat Hussain, Division Chief Global Radiology, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Committee on International Radiology Education (CIRE) by the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America. The appointment is a three-year term beginning at the close of the 2018 RSNA meeting.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference
Save the date for the 4th Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference

GI Upper and Lower Tract Malignancies
Thursday February 7, 2019, 3:00-5:30pm

Radiology Faculty presenting are:
Larry Zheng MD and Hesham Malik MD

12 Year-Old Boy and Dr. Puri Save Stroke Victim
A heroic twelve-year-old boy saved his grandfather who had a stroke while driving on the highway. After safely guiding the car to the side road the boy contacted 911. The grandfather was brought to University Campus of UMass Memorial Healthcare, where Dr. Ajit Puri performed a thrombectomy. Dr. Puri is Chief of the Division of Neurointerventional Radiology at UMMS. The grandfather is recovering very well.

National Radiologist Technology Week
National Radiologic Technology Week was celebrated November 4-10, 2018! The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. In honor of the week, UMMMC Radiology Leadership hosted events at different sites.

Award from MSK LEAN Project Team
The Department received a UMMHC Green Belt for a successful Lean project for the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Division. The hospital initiated LEAN as a means for Less Waste More Time for Quality Care. The Department undertook "Improving Musculoskeletal Radiologist Efficiency." A poster presenting the project was authored by Hao S. Lo, MD and Department Administrator Randa Mowlood.

Thanksgiving Baskets
Department members from 5 locations and campuses joined together to donate Thanksgiving food baskets for 23 families from Girls Inc. This is a record high for the Department of Radiology over the 20 plus years of contributing baskets. This annual thankful giving was organized by Marcia Amaral and Steve Beaudoin with help from coordinators in every division!

University Service Awards
The Medical School honored five Radiology Employees for their years of service to the University. Honored with a gift and a dinner in October were:

Mary Ruskowski, PhD – 35 years
Charlene Baron, MEd, FBCA - 35 years
Anita Leporati - 30 years
Gregory Hendricks, PhD - 20 years
Yumi Uetake, PhD - 15 years

LEAD Program
Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis was invited to participate in a one-year women's leadership program called LEAD - Leading, Empowering and Disrupting. The LEAD program is jointly led by SCARD (Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments) and GE Healthcare. The program's goal is to increase the number of women in leadership positions with their respective organizations and to build a national community of women across Industry and Radiology.

Holiday Gifts for Family
The Radiology Staff on the Memorial Campus took up two causes to support during the holiday season this year – both the Worcester County Food Bank and a family in need. Marcia Amaral spearheaded the project Thank you all for your unending support.

RIG Event - Women in Radiology
The Department hosted a Women in Radiology panel for RIG the Radiology Interest Group for medical students. The event took place on November 1 from 5:30-7pm with Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis, Dr. Carolyn Dupuis, Dr. Tasneem Lalani, and Dr. Nita Amornsiripanitch participating. Over 20 female medical students attended. This is the third annual Women in Radiology panel.

Global Institute Healthcare Quality
Dr. Sarwat Hussain established GIHQ ( in Pakistan and launched a movement of healthcare quality improvement in his native country with a population of 200 million. GIHQ is also incorporated in Massachusetts as a non-profit corporation. Sarwat Hussain, MD is the UMMS Radiology Division Chief of Global Radiology.

Ella Covello Retires
The Radiology Department recently celebrated Ella Covello's retirement with cake and gifts. Ella has retired as Academic Administrator after 27 years at UMMS! Ella's first adventure as a retiree will be a cruise in January! Happy Retirement Ella! We will miss you!

Joelle Wazen Selected of ITAR
Joelle Wazen, MD, PGY-3 Resident, was selected for the RSNA/AUR/ARRS Introduction to Academic Radiology (ITAR) Program. Dr. Wazen attended the ITAR program held during the RSNA Annual Meeting. Dr. Wazen spoke highly of the program and said. "It was an amazing experience."

UMMS at RSNA 2018
The UMMS Radiology Department was well represented at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in November. Picture here is Radiology Resident Venkatesh Murugan, MBBS presenting a poster at RSNA.

Radiology Holiday Parties
The Radiology Department hosted Holiday Parties at the Memorial and University Campuses, December 11 and 13. The organizing team included Kathy Green, Vilma Mirkelis, Marcia Amaral, Steve Beaudoin, Tim Clark, Kevin Reynolds, Diane Kuindersma and Deborah Pellegrino.

UMMS Participates in National TMIST Study
Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, Division Chief Breast Imaging, is the principal investigator for TMIST. Our Medical Center is participating alongside 100 mammography clinics across the United States and Canada in a clinical trial called TMIST (Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial) to determine if 3D mammography is better than 2D mammography for breast cancer screening. Unlike 2D screening, 3D screening uses tomosynthesis, which takes images from several different angles around the breast to generate the 3D image.

Residency Interviews
The Radiology Residency Interview season was streamlined this year. There were seven days of interviews with two groups each day. The last day of interviews was January 16. The next step is ranking by programs and candidates then waiting for Match Day in March.

Neuroscience Q&A Book Published
Manas Das, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy recently authored his second book, Medical Neuroscience Q&A. The book was published by Thieme and is a test prep for USMLE. Read more!

Cover Stroke Journal - January 2019
The latest issue of the Stroke Journal (V50n1-Jan2019) features a cover photo from an article authored by Radiology Faculty members Matthew Gounis, PhD and Ajit Puri, MD. "Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography for Neurointerventional Surgery."

Recent Publications

Creating a Radiology Quality and Safety Program: Principles and Pitfalls.
Jennifer C. Broder, Scott F. Cameron, William T. Korn, Steven J. Baccei. Radiographics, Published Online:Oct 10 2018

The Power of Communication – ACR’s new curriculum for radiology residents is an experiential exercise in patient- and family-centered care. ACR Bulletin quoting Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis. 

Incorporating Patient and Family-Centered Care Into Radiology Residency Training Trhough an Experiential Curriculum
Carolynn M. DeBenedectis,MD , David Sarkany, MD, MS-HPEd, Michael Morrow, DO, Danielle Del Re, DO, Devon DiVito, MD, Stephen D. Brown, MD, Priscilla J. Slanetz, MD, MPH. JACR , Vol 16, Issue 1, Pages 96-101, January 2019. DOI:

Improving Communication of Actionable Findings in Radiology Imaging Studies and Procedures Using an EMR-Independent System
Steven J. Baccei, Cole DiRoberto, Janet Greene, Max P. Rosen. Journal of Medical Systems, February 2019, 43:30. View article.

1 9 F MRI of Polymer Nanogels Aided by Improved Segmental Mobility of Embedded Fluorine Moieties.
Oyuntuya Munkhbat, Mine Canakci, Shaokuan Zheng, Weiguo Hu, Barbara Osborne, Alexei A. Bogdanov, and S. Thayumanavan. Biomacromolecules, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01383, Publication Date (Web): December 18, 2018. View article.

Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography for Neurointerventional Surgery
Matthew J. Gounis,Giovanni J. Ughi, Miklos Marosfoi, Demetrius K. Lopes, David Fiorella, Hiram G. Bezerra, Conrad W. Liang, Ajit S. Puri
Originally published 29 Nov 2018. Stroke. 2018;50:218–223
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