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Dr. Dennis W. Maki has joined Cardiology Consultants of Central Massachusetts, at 116 Belmont St., Worcester.

Dr. Maki, a board certified cardiologist, received his degree from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. He did his postgraduate training in internal medicine at St. Vincent Hospital, and he completed a Cardiology Fellowship at UMass Medical Center.

Prior to joining cardiology consultants, Dr. Maki was a cardiologist at the Fallon Clinic.

Dr. April Deng has joined the UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center as a pathologist, and she will serve as director of dermatopathology and its fellowship program. She has also been appointed associate professor of pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

A graduate of Henan Medical University in China, Dr. Deng completed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. She also completed a fellowship in pathology and laboratory medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center. She also holds a doctorate in cell biology from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

Dr. Angela Restrepo has joined the medical staff of Marlboro Hospital where she is developing a Diabetes Outreach Program.

Dr. Restrepo is an assistant professor of medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School and on staff at the Department of Endocrinology at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is board certified in endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and internal medicine. Dr. Restrepo is fluent in both English and Spanish.

She received her medical degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia, and completed her internship and residency at Caritas Carney Hospital. Dr. Restrepo also completed her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded its highest designation - three stars - to the cardiac surgery program at UMass Memorial Medical Center, ranking the hospital among the top 12 percent of hospitals nationwide.

The STS's comprehensive rating system allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. UMass Memorial was recognized with three stars by STS for its cardiac surgery program in 2006, as well, in the organization's first annual ranking.

The STS based its decision on an analysis of national data including the avoidance of morbidity and mortality in open heart surgery, use of medications and use of internal mammary artery (IMA) grafts-a conduit for open heart surgery-that have been shown to improve patient care. Data analyzed by the STS covered the period from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.

UMass Memorial Medical Center announced that it has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center for 2007 to 2009 in recognition of the quality of care the hospital provides to cardiac patients throughout Central New England.

UMass Memorial received this designation for meeting or exceeding extensive quality criteria in cardiac surgery, cardiac rhythm management and cardiac care (interventional and emergency services), based on nationally recognized medical standards. The criteria incorporate measurements of breadth and depth of care, staff experience, emergency care, quality and outcomes reporting.

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