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Research Faculty Development Program Scholars

RFDP Scholars are selected based on nomination, written application, and in-person interviews.

2018—Inaugural Scholars

dalystephanieStephanie Daly, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Research Topic: Diagnosis of trauma and stressor-related disorders in children
Mentor: Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Ob-Gyn at UMMS


Hernandez Montfort Jaime smJaime Hernandez-Montfort, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Research Topic:
Myocardial recovery after temporary or acute mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock
Mentor: Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, Professor of QHS and Medicine at UMMS


holleysharonSharon Holley, DNP, MSN, CNM

Clinical Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn
Research Topic: The response of women’s triage units to low-risk pregnant women in active term labor
Mentor: Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd Associate Professor of Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at UMMS

Lincoln Thomas smThomas Lincoln, MD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Research Topic: Treatment of opioid use disorder in the incarcerated and former incarcerated post-release
Mentor: Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine at UMMS-Baystate and Professor of QHS at UMMS

morrismarvinMarvin Morris, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Research Topic: Geographic and demographic variables not yet identified that may indicate populations at-risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture
Mentor: Andres Schanzer, MD, Professor of Surgery and QHS at UMMS


tirabassimichaelMichael Tirabassi, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Research Topic: Appropriateness of current response to “Tip Appendicitis”
Mentor: Max Paul Rosen MD, MPH, Chair and Professor of Radiology at UMMS

vaidyarubenRuben Vaidya, MBBS

Assistant Profess or of Pediatrics
Research Topic: Volume-targeted ventilation vs. pressure limited ventilation in resuscitation of premature infants
Mentor: Lawrence M. Rhein, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMMS