Issue 33 | March 2019
Letter From the Chair
Dear All,
It’s been a very busy winter! A few weeks ago we opened our second, NEW, University MRI – which will greatly enhance our ability to care for our ED patients and inpatients in a timely fashion. The new 128 channel magnet will also provide state-of-the art elastography, cardiac sequences and metal artifact reduction. This fall we welcomed Dr. Raúl Padrón to our Cell Biology faculty who joins UMass from his native Venezuela. Next week Dr. Padrón will receive one of the highest honors in science, as he joins the National Academy of Science.
We also celebrate several faculty who have been recognized by our colleagues and patients for outstanding clinical care, along with numerous community outreach efforts including “Go Red for Women”, Dr. Puri’s interview in the T&G, and Drs. Yeboa and Kutcher-Diaz’s work with students from North High School in Worcester.
This month we found out the results of our successful resident match for July 2020 and formally welcome several new faculty and our new academic administrator, Jenna Gerrish. Unfortunately we also said good-bye to Dr. Josh Leeman who has moved to Los Angeles – (sparking speculation about any potential connection between Josh’s move from Boston to LA and the Sox's 6 and 13 record vs. the 12 and 8 record of the Dodgers).

Raúl Padrón Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Raúl Padrón, EE, MSc, PhD, Senior Research Scientist in Radiology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate and will be honored at the 156th Annual Meeting, April 27-30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Membership is achieved by election with formal nominations submitted by Academy members.

New 1.5 T MRI Magnet
A new GE SIGNA Artist XT 128 channel 1.5 Tesla MRI was recently installed on the first floor of the University Campus. The new magnet will allow faster scans than the 15 year old MRI currently on campus. With two MRI units Shields and the Department of Radiology will be able to accommodate more hospital and ambulatory patients. The new magnet will be transitioning to the primary role and will be open 24/7. The older magnet will take on a support role and will run 16 hours Monday - Friday, and then 12 hours on the weekend.

Surviving a Quiet Killer
Ajit Puri, MD, Division Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology was featured in an article titled Surviving a quiet killer, on February 6, 2019 in the Telegram & Gazette. The article discusses how Dr. Puri and the multi-disciplinary neurointerventional team successfully treated and repaired Kathleen Menard's ruptured brain aneurysm.

Go Red for Women Annual Basket Raffle
The Go Red team raised more than $10,000 through their annual raffle basket fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The team was led by Kathy Green, Senior Director of Radiology Services, assisted by Vilma Merkelis; Marcia Amaral and Michele Foley at Memorial, Susan Gustafson at Front Street, Linda Anderson and Sharon Krupski at Hahnemann.

Shark Tank Idea Competition
Six Shark Tank projects were presented on Monday evening, January 28, 2019. The individuals/teams have been working on their projects for months, and this was the date of the final presentations. After the presentations were completed and evaluated, the judges awarded First Place and $1,500 to Elizabeth Tollkuci and her project Improving the Quality of Care Delivered to Patients with Cognitive Deficits. Second Place and $500 was awarded to Jason Wilder, Lisa Levins and Mohammed Siddiqui for their project Reducing No-Show Rate for Radiology Ultrasound & CT Scan.

New Faculty
Welcome to Maria Barile, MD, Cardiovascular Thoracic Imaging; Sami Erbay, MD, Neuroradiology; Elisabeth Garwood, MD, Musculoskeletal Imaging, and Jasmeet Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, Interventional Neuroradiology.

Jenna Gerrish - New Research Academic Administrator
Jenna Gerrish recently joined the department as the new Research Academic Administrator. Jenna is responsible for the financial, operational and general business functions on the Medical School side of Radiology. What she enjoys most about her job is grant management. She is involved with all of the grant submissions and manages revenue/expenditures on all funded projects.

Women in Radiology
The UMass Women in Radiology group had its first meeting Thursday Jan 31st. The group was modeled after a women in radiology group at GE and inspired by the number of women in radiology groups that already exist at most major academic medical centers. The goal of the group is to provide faculty development targeted to the specific needs of female radiologist.

MSK Physicians Praised
Drs. Ryan Tai, Chip Watts and Ganesh Joshi, physicians from the Musculoskeletal Imaging Division were praised recently by Orthopaedic Oncologist and patient.

Marcia Amaral Honored with Respect Award
At UMMMC President Dr. Michael Gustafson’s Leadership meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7th, Marcia Amaral, Director of Radiology Services Memorial/Hahnemann, was one of three leaders in the Medical Center to be recognized for RESPECT towards her team/staff. In the latest Press Ganey satisfaction survey Marcia received top scores in the category of “I feel respected by my Manager.”

Girish Tyagi Praised by Pulmonologist at Marlborough Hospital
A letter to Steven Roach, President and CEO of Marlborough Hospital regarding Girish Tyagi, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor, Community Radiology:

Hi Steve-
Dr. Tyagi went above and beyond today to help stabilize an ICU patient by putting in a percutaneous cholecystostomy tube while the patient was waiting for his ERCP tomorrow. The patient was critically ill with biliary sepsis and low platelets...

Patient Appreciation for Dr. Ryan Tai
The following is a letter addressed to Anthony Berry, Senior Director of Media and Public Relations for UMass Memorial Healthcare, regarding Assistant Professor Ryan Tai, MD, in the Department of Radiology: 

Dear Mr. Anthony Berry,

My name is (patient name) and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Jie Yin and Dr. Ryan Tai. Thanks to their efforts, sense of responsibility towards me, and superior skills, they have changed my life.

Residents Teach High School Students
Two of our Radiology residents, Jojo Yeboa, MD and Roberto Kutcher-Diaz, MD, directed the radiology exposure day for North High School Medical Professionals of Tomorrow. The program is aimed at exposing students to skill-based activities in the health sciences with the aim of ameliorating the lack of men of color in the health professions. They created and presented a lecture on ultrasound to the students. In addition they ran a simulation lab on ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy for the students.

Massachusetts Medical Society Technology Award
Hillary Mullan MS3 won the Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2019 Technology Award. She is a medical student who's capstone project was mentored by Yasmin Carter, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy. Hillary designed and created a 3D printed model of the female pelvis. Her goal is to publish the model and make it available for students, trainees and patients to use and learn from.

Radiology Assists with Brain Bee
The Thirteenth Annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee was held at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Saturday February 9 th. Hosted by the UMass Department of Psychiatry and the NeuroNexus Institute, the Brain Bee is a competition designed to encourage students toward careers in the neurosciences. Katyucia De Macedo Rodrigues, MD gave a presentation to the parents, teachers and guests.

Josh Leeman Heads West
Joshua Leeman, MD departed UMass in February and left for a warmer climate where he is now working at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles, California. Dr. Leeman was in the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and was Assistant Director of the Radiology Residency Program. He joined the UMMS department in 2014 but that was not his introduction to the institution. Joshua Leeman earned his Medical Degree at UMass Medical School in 2008 (see photo from 2005).

ACR Bulletin - Changing the Conversation
Yasmin Carter, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy was interviewed for an article in the ACR Bulletin. The article titled, "Changing the Conversation" addresses how can radiology practices consider LGBTQ patients’ unique needs and become more inclusive?

ISMRM Presentations
Khashayar Rafatzand, MD, FRCPC, presented two talks at The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Workshop on MR Value at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, March 11-13, 2019.

Comprehensive Stroke Center
The Department of Radiology is part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. Interventional Neuroradiology Division Chief Ajit Puri, MD was involved with this site visit. Read the update below about the preliminary results.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference
The Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference has been a successful series of lectures about a variety of cancer related topics from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Lacey McIntosh, DO, MPH from the Divisions of Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine is the coordinator from the Radiology Department. She and her fellow collaborators have been approached by the Cancer Committee with an offer to sponsor future presentations as part of their required standards for providing educational presentations that include AJCC staging, NCCN guidelines and prognostic indicators.

Core Idea of the Week
Randa Mowlood, Sharon Shay and Jessica Flint (not pictured) received a basket of fruit and goodies when their Idea was selected as Core Idea of the Week at a Medical Group Administrators' Meeting. Randa Mowlood is Senior Academic Administrator for the Department of Radiology and Jessica Flint and Sharon Shay are the physician staffing coordinators. The Core Idea of the Week is part of the "Everyone, Everyday" can make a difference program.

Updates – Former Fellows from Mongolia
Dr. Young Kim reports "It is always nice to hear from the fellows who have stayed with us. I am happy to be able to share greetings and photos from our former fellows in Mongolia. Dr. Orkhon Gombosuren, Dr. Zaya Duisenbi and Dr. Delgerekh Sainjargal."

Match Day 2019 - Welcome Class of 2024
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