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Research Faculty Development Program Scholars

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


Deutsch AshleyAshley Deutsch, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Research Topic: Validity of Computer Interpreted “Normal ECG” and “Otherwise Normal ECG” in Adult ED Triage Patients
Mentor: Robert Goldberg, PhD, Professor and Chief, Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS

Modahl LucyLucy Modahl, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Research Topic: Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infection (NTM) Pulmonary Disease in Women
Mentor: Laura Gibson, MD, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Medicine-Pediatrics, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, UMMS

Dr. Kelly TylerKelly Tyler, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Research Topic: A Pilot Study Assessing Implementation of Post-operative Telemedicine Visits in Colorectal Surgery
Mentor: Catarina Kiefe, PhD, MD, Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine, Inaugural Melvin S. and Sandra L. Cutler Chair in Biomedical Research, Founding Chair Emerita, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS

Valania Gregory smallGregory Valania, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Research Topic: Use of Qualitative Interviews to Understand Factors Influencing Utilization of Palliative Inotrope in Advanced Heart Failure
Mentor: David McManus, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine, Chief, Center for Connected Cardiovascular Health, UMMS

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

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

Associate 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