Issue 48 | Mid-Summer 2022

Letter From the Chair

Dear All,

Welcome to our mid-summer edition of RadNews. This year we were able to celebrate several events in-person including Radiology Resident graduation at Polar Park, our Annual “Ed Smith” graduation lecture, UMass’s Education Achievement Awards (where our Anatomy educators were honored) and the Junior Faculty Development Program graduation. In addition, several of us gathered at Mechanics Hall when Dr. Ajit Puri was honored with American Heart Association “Heart of Gold” award and attended Daniel Alvarez’s in-person presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Interventional Radiology. Maybe the most unique accomplishment of the early summer was the hole-in-one which Steve Beaudoin shot at a golf outing to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton.

Hope everyone is able to have some time to enjoy the rest of the summer.



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Radiology Graduation - Polar Park

The Department of Radiology hosted the annual 2022 graduation ceremony at Polar Park, the home of the Worcester Red Sox. The evening started with cocktails and dinner on the concourse and then everyone moved to the stands for the award presentations at home plate. Carolynn DeBenedectis, Residency Program Director, opened saying "we have had another great year in the radiology residency here at UMass, due to our wonderful residents.

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Radiology Teacher of the Year

The UMass Radiology Department Teacher of the Year Award was started in 1986 . Each year the radiology residents select - by vote - the Teacher of the Year. This year the residents chose to honor Alan Goldstein, MD as Teacher of the Year. Dr. Goldstein is division chief of the abdominal imaging division.

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Jerry Balikian Go The Extra Mile Award

The 2022 Annual Jerry Balikian "Go The Extra Mile" Award was presented to Tina Shiang MD. The award is presented to one resident per year who continually goes the "extra mile" in their job. Attending physicians and residents vote for the person who best deserves this honor and the Education Committee makes the final decision. The Award is a plaque and $1000.

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Michael A. King Research Award

The 2022 Michael A. King, PhD, Research Award was presented to Zeynep Vardar, MD, Breast Imaging Fellow.

The Michael A. King PhD Award is awarded annually at graduation to a trainee (medical student, doctoral candidate, resident, fellow, or post-doctoral fellow) who exemplifies (but do not have to meet all) the following characteristics demonstrating excellence in research

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Resident Teachers of the Year Award

This year the medical students selected to honor Dr. Yev Kharoov and Dr. Matthew Mariyampaillai to receive the Radiology Resident Teacher of the Year award.The award is voted on by the Radiology Hands On and Diagnostic Radiology elective medical students that rotate throughout the academic year. The award will be presented yearly at graduation to the residents selected by the medical students.

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Women's Faculty Awards

Honors Two in Radiology

Anna Kuhn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiology in neurointerventional radiodiology, was awarded the 2022 Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award.

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Eustathia (Lela) Giannaris, PhD, associate professor of radiology in translational anatomy, was awarded the Sarah Stone Excellence in Education Award.

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Thank You Dr. Jean-Marc Gauguet

A grateful parent praised Jean-Marc Gauguet, MD PhD, pediatric radiology division chief; "you spotted the slightest anomaly questioning a double aortic arch and were correct. Due to your accurate interpretation of his chest x-ray, we have been able to follow up with cardiothoracic surgery at BCH to correct his congenital anomaly in the coming weeks. Our hope is that he will have a better quality of life. Thank you for your keen eye. Without it, these episodes could have persisted for years without understanding the true root cause.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!"

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Anatomy Team Presented

Star Award

Educational Achievement (Star) Awards for outstanding Individual achievements in medical student education was presented to the Anatomy Team - Yasmin Carter PhDChris Cerniglia DOAmanda Collins MPH, and Lela Giannaris PhD, during the UMass Chan Educational Recognition Awards ceremony. The Star Award recognizes the new integration of Epic Electronic Healthcare Record Classroom (EHRC) into anatomy lab donor experience.

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Outstanding Clinical Educator

The T.H. Chan School of Medicine Class of 2022 honored Christopher Cerniglia, DO, MEng with an Outstanding Clinical Faculty Educator Award. The Outstanding Clinical Educator Awards are voted on by the graduating class and presented at the T.H. Chan School of Medicine Class of 2022 awards ceremony. During the presentation Dr. Cerniglia was introduced as “The Legend Himself, Dr. Christopher Cerniglia.

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Tejas Mehta New Director for Diversity

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Tejas S Mehta, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Radiology, will be taking on a new role as our first Director for Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Population Health in Radiology. In her new role, Tejas will be responsible for overseeing all our DEI initiatives in Radiology, including helping us develop our Diversity and Equity Action Plan. Her role will be key as we continue to find ways for Radiology to align with a wide range of UMass Memorial Health’s strategic goals.

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Junior Faculty Development Graduates

Three radiology faculty members recently graduated from the Junior Faculty Development Program. Amina Saghir, MD, Gabriela A. Santos-Nunez, MD, and George Watts, MD. The intensive professional development experience is designed to accelerate participants’ academic and professional development, comprising a nine-month curriculum with individual projects conducted under the guidance of senior faculty members.

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15th Annual Edward Smith Lecture

On June 16 we were delighted to welcome as the 15th Annual Edward Smith Lecturer, Dr. David McManus, professor and chair of the department of medicine and the Richard M. Haidack Professor in Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School. David McManus, MD, ScM is a clinical & research cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.The lecture was entitled Digital Health: The Final Frontier or a New Hope?

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Dr.Puri Honored With

Heart of Gold Award

Ajit Puri, MD, DM, chief, division of Neurointerventional Radiology and director of the Integrated Cerebrovascular Program, was recently awarded the Heart of Gold Award by the Central Massachusetts chapter of the American Heart Association. The Heart of Gold Award is presented each year to members of the Central Massachusetts community who have enhanced the quality of life in the region and who have played a significant role in advancing the mission of the American Heart Association.

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In the Spotlight

- Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD

Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD joined the department as Professor of Radiology, in the Division of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering in April. He is co-director of the Image Processing and Analysis Core (iPAC) and co-director of the Advanced MRI Center (AMRIC). His research interests include MRI physics, translational imaging and medical image processing.

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Medical Student Radiology Interest Group - IR Simulation

Eight medical students from UMass Chan Medical School's Interventional Radiology Interest Group participated in a simulation hosted by the New England Center for Research (NECSR) with Anna Kuhn MD, Chris Raskett, and Mark Epshtein PhD. Students gained appreciation for the field of neurointervention, learned about the components of a triaxial catheter system, practiced tangible skills in catheter navigation and coil deployment, and most importantly had fun!

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Intravascular High-frequency Optical Coherence Tomography

May 17, the New England Center for Stroke Research was honored to host Drs. Pedro Lylyk, Ivan Lylyk, Demetrius Lopes, Vitor Mendes Pereira, and Conrad Liang to introduce intravascular high-frequency optical coherence tomography to the neurovasculature. History in the making!

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Medical Student International Study in Munich Germany

Medical student Zachary Cartun reports; "through several fortuitous connections and the awesome support of the UMass Chan Medical School Radiology Department, I was offered a clinical elective spot at LMU Klinikum, the hospital of The University of Munich, and one of the top research universities in Europe."

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Society of Interventional Radiology

On June 12, radiology resident Daniel Alvarez Valero, MD presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting 2022 in Boston. His presentation was titled "Splenic Artery Embolization for Unstable Patients with Acute Splenic Injury" collaboration authors; Christopher Zoppo MS4, Venkatesh Murugan MD, Alex Pavidapha MD, Julie Flahive MS, Alex Newbury MD, Eleanor Fallon MD, and Aaron Harman MD.

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Young Kim Invited Speaker in South Korea

Young Kim, MD, Professor in the Abdominal Imaging Division, was an invited speaker at the 53rd Annual Congress of Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (KSUM 2022). The meeting took place May 12–13, in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Kim presented two talks:

    May 12, 2022 – Artificial Intelligence in Abdominal Imaging

    May 13, 2022 – Artificial Intelligence in Medical Ultrasound: Clinical Applications

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AMRIC - New Leadership

Matthew Gounis, PhD, radiology vice chair of research announced new leadership for the Advanced MRI Center (AMRIC). Drs. Salman Shazeeb and Manoj Saranathan, who are both MR physicists, will be co-Directors of Scientific Affairs, and Dr. B Nicolas Bloch, a radiologist, will continue in his role as Director of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Shaokuan Zheng will continue in his role running the AMRIC operations.

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Tina Shiang Awarded ACR Travel Grant

Graduating resident Tina Shiang, MD has been selected to receive the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) 2022 DSI Travel Grant. The DSI Travel Grant covers the costs to attend the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine’s (SIIM) Annual Meeting, including the pre-conference ACR Data Science Summit and the ACR Imaging Informatics Summit for one ACR member-in-training.

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Carolynn DeBenedectis Completes Term as President of NERRS

Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD, associate professor and radiology vice chair for education, recently completed her term as 2021-2022 president of the New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS)! She previously served as treasurer for the society as well.

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Steve Beaudoin Shoots Hole-In-One

Steve Beaudoin, director of radiology operations at the university campus, shot a hole in one at the 2022 Shields golf tournament for the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton.

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