New York Times: Jewish Philanthropists Create a Prize for Christian Missionaries

Providence Business News: Five Questions With: Dr. Rachel Beard

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths. Dr. Doreen Wiggins from Center for Breast Care at University Surgical Associates discusses the importance of breast cancer awareness.

 

Francois Luks, M.D., has been appointed pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, effective July 1, 2017. Read about it here.

 

Celebrating 25 years of Making Strides

Read about it here.

 


Providence Business News: Miriam appoints Roye senior VP of medical affairs, chief medical officer




The first Sunday in June is Cancer Survivor's Day. Center for Breast Care at University Surgical Associates's Dr. Doreen Wiggins authored the following article for Lifespan - A Health System blog about surviving cancer.


Read it here.


University Surgical Associates Announces Adena Osband, MD to Join Transplant Surgery Division

Providence, RI (June 6, 2017) – Dr. Adena Osband has joined the Transplant Surgery Division at University Surgical Associates. An experienced kidney transplant surgeon, Dr. Osband will serve as Director of the Living Donor Program.

Dr. Osband will join Dr. Paul Morrissey, Director of Transplant Program at University Surgical Associates. She believes the scope of care available to kidney transplant patients has made remarkable strides: “I am thrilled to be here working closely with the entire transplant team.  They have established a tradition in Southern New England as a leader in organ transplantation. “

University Surgical Associates President, William Cioffi, MD, FACS, is pleased to welcome Dr. Osband to the surgical team: “Dr. Osband is a skilled kidney transplant surgeon and an excellent fit to lead our Living Donor Program. Her compassion for her patients coupled with her dedication to a higher level of care make her a great asset to our expanding kidney transplant division.”

Dr. Morrissey is excited to partner with Dr. Osband: “Adena joins us after ten years of experience in a busy practice. She's a talented kidney transplant and dialysis access surgeon. We're thrilled to have her on our team.”

In addition to her vast experience in kidney transplant surgery, Dr. Osband also has a keen interest in both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis access. She received her medical degree from Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School in Newark in 1999, and remained there for her general surgery residency. She then completed an abdominal transplant fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining University Surgical Associates and the Transplant Center at Rhode Island Hospital, she practiced at Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ.

 

State police launch New Sober Driving campaign

Dr. William Cioffi from University Surgical Associates and Sergeant Gregory Cunningham from the RI State Police discuss their “Beyond the Crash” campaign on wpri.com

 

 


 

Avenues of Healing 2016: mindfulness for Healthy living

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD
President & Co-Owner
Green Mountain at Fox Run

 

 


 

What exactly is tumor board? Why does my diagnosis need to be presented?

As part of our comprehensive approach to treating our patients, the Center for Breast Care presents each case before the multidisciplinary breast tumor board. The work of the tumor board is critical to ensuring quality patient care, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment plans. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of cancer experts, such as a medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, nurse navigators, researcher nurses, genetic counselors and multidisciplinary coordinators. Meeting the same day as your appointment, the team discusses the details of recent patient cancer diagnosis and treatment plans. This team approach helps to develop a customized course of treatment based on each patient’s specific case. Bringing together an entire team of experienced breast oncology physicians in one room, discussing your case face to face, ensures a personalized treatment plan. To contact Center for Breast Care at University Surgical Associates please call 401-228-0650.

 


UNIVERSITY SURGICAL ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES CHRISTINE EMMICK, MD, FACS TO JOIN CENTER FOR BREAST CARE TEAM

Providence, RI (June 23, 2016) – Dr. Christine Emmick has joined the Center for Breast Care at University Surgical Associates. As a general surgeon for the past 18 years, Dr. Emmick will focus on the care of patients with both malignant and benign breast disease.

Dr. Emmick has cared for breast care patients in many different settings over the years. She believes the multidisciplinary care (MDC) program at the Center for Breast Care truly services the patients’ medical and emotional needs in the best possible way: “Their care is streamlined as they meet with medical, surgical, and radiation oncology all on the same day.  The embedded tumor board allows for them to leave their first appointment with a concise treatment plan agreed upon by a team of experts.  This all serves to expedite treatment and minimize the mental and emotional stress on the patient. “

University Surgical Associates President, William Cioffi, MD, FACS is pleased to welcome Dr. Emmick to the team: “We are thrilled to have a surgeon of Dr. Emmick’s caliber joining University Surgical Associates.  She has a passion not only for surgery, but for overall patient care, which is of great importance to all our surgeons.”

Dr. Graves, Director at the Center for Breast Care at University Surgical Associates believes Dr. Emmick brings extensive experience and enthusiasm to the Center for Breast Care at Miriam Hospital: “Dr. Emmick is a compassionate surgeon, who has dedicated her career to the treatment of patients with breast disease. She has spearheaded the program at Miriam and works diligently to coordinate the full spectrum of care and the multidisciplinary approach so necessary for breast cancer patients.”

Dr. Emmick grew up in upstate New York and received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.  She traveled to Rhode Island for her surgical residency at Brown University in 1993, graduating from Albany Medical College.  Dr. Emmick has extensive experience treating breast disease.  She sees patients at 100 Highland Avenue, Suite 308 in Providence and also at the Breast Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinic at Miriam Hospital. Dr. Emmick resides in Cumberland with her husband, Dr. Michael Belanger, an orthopedic surgeon, and three children. 

About University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates is Rhode Island’s largest multidisciplinary surgical group.  All 55 surgeons are on the teaching staff of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  University Surgical Associates offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services to both outpatient and inpatients for all surgical disorders from pediatric surgery through adult specialized services.  University Surgical Associates encompasses a variety of specialties that include, bariatric, endocrine, colorectal, general, hepatobiliary, pediatric, surgical oncology, thoracic, transplant surgery and vascular surgery.

For more information on University Surgical Associates visit: www.usasurg.org.

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University Surgical Associates Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Lueckel joined Eyewitness News This Morning to discuss summertime safety awareness. 

To watch Dr. Lueckel's appearance on Eyewitness News in full, visit http://wpri.com/2016/06/17/qa-staying-safe-this-summer/

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Dr. Thomas Miner from University Surgical Associates joins Eyewitness News on FOX Providence with some important skin cancer information.

Drs. Michael Vezeridis and Thomas Miner provide some skin health awareness tips

According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, there are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States. To highlight the Melanoma Awareness Month, Drs. Michael Vezeridis and Thomas Miner of University Surgical Associates would like to remind the general public about important steps they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from the dangers of skin damage from the sun.

“There are basic measures that individuals and families can take to avoid the occurrence of melanoma and to detect it early when it is very curable” said Dr. Vezeridis. “I tell my patients about three critical factors to be aware of.”

Drs. Michael Vezeridis and Thomas Miner stressed the importance of:

Sun Protection: If you will be outside for an extended period of time, remember to protect your skin by regularly applying sunscreen. Using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher is an effective way to shield your skin. In addition, you should also wear a hat with wide brim and shirt whenever you can.

Risk Factors: Several factors can place you at a higher risk for developing melanoma. These factors include family history of melanoma, multiple moles and severe sunburns early in life.

Skin Self Examinations: Detecting skin cancer early is critical. To effectively protect yourself, inspect your body for any skin irregularities on a consistent basis preferably once a month. If you notice that a mole has changed in size, shape, or color or if you find a new skin growth seek medical attention. If you have a personal history of melanoma or other type of skin cancer you should have periodic complete skin examination by a qualified medical professional.

Drs. Michael Vezeridis and Thomas Miner specialize in melanoma and sarcoma surgeries. Both physicians see patients at University Surgical Associates, 2 Dudley Street, Suite 470 in Providence, RI and are also Professors of Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

About University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates is Rhode Island’s largest multidisciplinary surgical group. All 55 surgeons are on the teaching staff of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. University Surgical Associates offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services to both outpatient and inpatients for all surgical disorders from pediatric surgery through adult specialized services. University Surgical Associates encompasses a variety of specialties that include, bariatric, endocrine, colorectal, general, hepatobiliary, pediatric, surgical oncology, thoracic, transplant surgery and vascular surgery.

For more information on University Surgical Associates visit: http://www.usasurg.org.

 


 

 

Five QUESTIONS WITH DR. pAUL MORRISSEY

 

Dr. Paul E. Morrissey, associate professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is program director of the division of organ transplantation at Rhode Island Hospital. A resident of Providence, he is the co-recipient of the 2015 Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award at Rhode Island Hospital for his contributions to developing and ensuring the success of kidney transplant procedures. At the New England Organ Bank, he serves as surgical director, division of organ transplantation, and assistant medical director. His clinical expertise is in organ transplantation, general surgery and dialysis access surgery.

Morrissey, who maintains a private practice at University Surgical Associates, talked with Providence Business News about National Organ Donation Month, which occurs in April, his work as a transplant surgeon and the need for organ donors.

PBN: Can you explain the organ and tissue donation process from the perspective of a donor and a recipient?

 MORRISSEYA deceased person may be eligible to donate tissue – skin, tendons, corneas, bones, heart valves, etc. – and/or solid organs – heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas – for transplantation. What organs and tissues are usable depends on the donor’s age, general health, organ quality and consent, either from the family or directives from the deceased individual, before death. We consider donors up to age 85.

Organs for transplantation are recovered from patients who are brain dead (no function in the brain or brain stem; in fact, there is a permanent loss of blood flow to the brain) and from individuals whose mechanical ventilation was stopped at the request of the family. Organs recovered within minutes after death (when breathing and heartbeat have ceased) are usable for transplantation.

Tissues are much more resistant to injury and can be recovered many hours after the heart stops beating and death is declared.

All of these donations require permission from the donor while alive, such as in a donor registry, or from the donor’s family.

PBN: What is the transplant situation in Rhode Island; what organ transplant surgeries can be performed in a Rhode Island hospital and which organs are in most demand here?

MORRISSEY: Both solid organs and tissues are in demand, but solid organs are especially in short supply. As a result, the wait time – while someone is receiving dialysis before getting a kidney transplant is between four and five years. At Rhode Island Hospital, we transplant some 50 to 60 kidneys every year and also do a few pancreas transplants to correct diabetes. The surgeries are performed in people with kidney failure, including children as young as 1 and those who are elderly.

 Rhode Islanders benefit from other solid organ transplants (heart, liver, lung, for example), but they must travel to Massachusetts or Connecticut for those surgeries. Much of their post-surgical aftercare is provided at Rhode Island Hospital.

PBN: Why is there such a shortage of organs for donations and what can be done to increase people’s willingness to be an organ donor?

MORRISSEY: The shortage is the result of two factors: First, the tremendous success of organ transplantation, which leads to rising demand; second, an inadequate supply of organs. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of eligible donors do not donate any organs because their family refuses. It is understandable that, in the setting of unexpected loss of a loved one, the decision to allow organ donation is a difficult one. However, if during his or her lifetime, the potential donor indicated on his or her driver’s license or through a donor registry, the willingness to donate tissues and organs at death, the family is unburdened by the decision. In those instances, we are able to proceed more often with organ recovery and transplantation. So, we encourage people to register as organ donors and make their preference known to their immediate family.

PBN: How meaningful is National Organ Donation Month and what sorts of promotional efforts occur during the month of April?

MORRISSEY: Promotional events range from local efforts in schools, hospitals and churches to national events sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and similar organizations. These efforts are successful; in 2015, more than 30,000 solid organ transplants from deceased donors were performed in the United States.

PBN: What new developments in technology or antirejection drugs make transplants more viable and successful?

MORRISSEY: Transplant immunosuppression is one of the great scientific and medical achievements of the 20th century. Further refinements make transplantation even safer. Current efforts are focused on restoring organs to suitable function so that “marginal” organs can be repaired and transplanted successfully.

The future for transplantation is bright, but we need continued “grassroots” efforts and the cooperation of so many generous donors to continue our work. Naturally, on behalf of our patients, we are extraordinarily grateful to the donors and their families.

 


 

UNIVERSITY SURGICAL ASSOCIATES PRESIDENT, DR. WILLIAM CIOFFI, JOINED THE RHODE SHOW ON WPRI TV TO DISCUSS Organ Donation 


University Surgical Associates President, Dr. William Cioffi joined The Rhode Show on WPRI TV to discuss the importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month


Dr. Paul Morrissey of University Surgical Associates Named Co-Winner of Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award

Providence, RI (March 15, 2016) – University Surgical Associates is proud to announce that Dr. Paul Morrissey was recently recognized with the 2015 Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award for his contributions to developing and ensuring the success of kidney transplant procedures. Along with colleague Dr. Reginald Gohh, Dr. Morrissey was selected to receive this honor by the medical staff at Rhode Island Hospital.

As co-recipients, Dr. Morrissey and Dr. Gohh are the first joint winners of this award: “It is a collaborative approach and it's nice of them to recognize that,” said Dr. Morrissey. “Dr. Gohh and I have lead the kidney transplantation program for nineteen years and both parts are integral for success."

The award is named after the late Dr. Milton Hamolsky, an endocrinologist who began his career at Rhode Island Hospital in 1963, serving as the first, full-time physician-in-chief. Hamolsky was also a noted pioneer of medical education in Rhode Island, and Dr. Morrissey was pleased to accept this award in his name: "I was thrilled and surprised when I learned that Dr. Gohh and I were considered for this award,” said Dr. Morrissey. “There are hundreds of physicians at Rhode Island Hospital and to be singled out is a great honor.” 

Each year, The Milton W. Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award is presented to a doctor who has made exceptional contributions to patient care and leadership. Dr. Douglas Shemin, who nominated his colleagues for this award, stated, “Besides being terrific clinicians, Drs. Morrissey and Gohh lecture, teach, conduct research, are involved with national organ donation and allocation policy, and in every way bring distinction to Rhode Island Hospital."

Dr. William Cioffi, president of University Surgical Associates, commended Drs. Morrissey and Gohh, stating, “To be recognized by your peers is an outstanding accomplishment. Drs. Morrissey and Gohh brought their specialties together to build a nationally recognized program at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Morrissey is a compassionate and thoughtful surgeon. We are glad to have him as part of our group."

Dr. Morrissey is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the Program Director of the Division of Organ Transplantation at Rhode Island Hospital. He is an enthusiastic runner, who trains for and participates in many local and regional marathons. Dr. Morrissey is a native of Brockton, MA, and has been a Rhode Island resident for the last 19 years. 

About University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates is Rhode Island’s largest multidisciplinary surgical group. All 55 surgeons are on the teaching staff of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. University Surgical Associates offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services to both outpatient and inpatients for all surgical disorders from pediatric surgery through adult specialized services. University Surgical Associates encompasses a variety of specialties that include, bariatric, endocrine, colorectal, general, hepatobiliary, pediatric, surgical oncology, thoracic, transplant surgery and vascular surgery.


Raising awareness around pancreatic cancer

 


 

FOCUSING ON CANCER CARE AND SURVIVORSHIP


University Surgical Associates is Pleased to Announce New Endocrine Specialist Travis M. Cotton, M.D.

Providence, RI (September 9, 2015) –  Dr. Travis M. Cotton will join Drs. Jack Monchik and Peter Mazzaglia as an Endocrine Surgery Specialist within the Department of Surgery.  Dr. Cotton is an endocrine and general surgeon who specializes in the surgical management of both benign and malignant disease of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas.

“We are very happy to welcome a surgeon of Travis’s caliber to University Surgical Associates.  He had opportunities to join practices throughout the country and he chose us.  I believe that says a lot about him, as well as University Surgical Associates, as we continue to bring top surgeons to Rhode Island,” said Dr. William Cioffi, President, University Surgical Associates.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Cotton join University Surgical Associates as a specialist in Endocrine Surgery.  We are confident that he will continue and add to the tradition of excellence in endocrine surgery at University Surgical Associates,” added Dr. Jack M. Monchik, Chief Endocrine Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital.

Originally from Texas, Dr. Cotton graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 2005.  He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha honors.  He then completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.  He subsequently became the Norman W. Thompson Fellow of Endocrine Surgery at the University of Michigan where he completed his endocrine surgery training.

 “This is a tremendous opportunity to join a group with such a longstanding legacy of endocrine surgery,” said Dr. Cotton, who added, “I am looking forward to taking excellent care of patients with endocrine disease here in Rhode Island while also helping train the physicians of tomorrow at the Warren Alpert Medical School.”

Dr. Cotton and his wife, Dr. Jacquelyn Cotton, an internist with University Medicine, reside on the East Side of Providence with their two children.  Dr. Cotton will be seeing patients at 2 Dudley Street, Suite 470, Providence, RI.  Phone (401) 228-0568.

About University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates is Rhode Island’s largest multidisciplinary surgical group.  All 55 surgeons are on the teaching staff of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  University Surgical Associates offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services to both outpatient and inpatients for all surgical disorders from pediatric surgery through adult specialized services.  University Surgical Associates encompasses a variety of specialties that include, bariatric, endocrine, colorectal, general, hepatobiliary, pediatric, surgical oncology, thoracic, transplant surgery and vascular surgery.

For more information on University Surgical Associates visit: www.Usasurg.org.