Dr. Eric Iida, a nephrologist, recently joined the Department of Internal Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Iida has been appointed assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Board certified in nephrology, Dr. Iida's special interests include acute and chronic kidney disease, dialysis, hypertension and electrolyte and acid-base disorders.
Kathleen Franco-Anthony has joined Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge as the director of diagnostic imaging services and cardio-pulmonary services. She will oversee Harrington's state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services, including MRI, CT, digital mammography, bone densitometry, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and x-rays. Franco-Anthony will also supervise the hospital's cardio-pulmonary services.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School recently honored five medical students and a post-doctoral fellow from the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences during the fourth annual Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Prize Award Ceremony and Reading.
Established by Dr. Richard M. Berlin, poet and UMMS associate professor of psychiatry, the Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award encourages creative writing among UMMS students and residents and honors Dr. Berlin's father, who struggled with a severe chronic illness. Berlin is the author of the poetry collection "How JFK Killed My Father," which describes his career in medicine as well as his father's illness.
Medical student Sushrut Jangi of Ashland received the $100 grand prize award for his essay "My Father's House in Jalisco," which recounted a bedside visit with a patient whose liver was failing. Medical student Jacob Louis Freedman was a finalist for his piece entitled "So Much to Live For," an essay about a patient who explains how his drug abuse began with the loss of his wife and one of his children.
Several UMMS students and a fellow received honorable mention. They include resident Nishaki Mehta, a post-doctoral fellow, and students Teri Kleinberg , Tara Slivinski and Lara Jirmanus.
Orthopedic researchers from UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School were recently honored with the prestigious Chitranjan Ranawat Award for surgical technique from The Knee Society. The award recognizes researchers whose work advances professional knowledge and improves the treatment of knee disorders.
The team was honored for their paper, "Functional Outcomes after Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Varies with Patient Attribute." While studies show that 98 percent of patients report outstanding pain relief after TKR the research team discovered that improvement in knee function varied widely after studying a national TKR database of 16,000 patients. This information helped the team identify a patient population at risk for less functional knee improvement.
This award-winning research has changed the way patients are currently being treated at the UMass Memorial Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center to improve total knee replacement outcomes by improving postoperative function.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted three-year approval with commendation to the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center at HealthAlliance Hospital. The Cancer Center is on the Burbank Campus in Fitchburg and offers both medical and radiation oncology.