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Barry Sarvet, MD
Dr. Barry Sarvet, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Psychiatrist for Public Sector Psychiatry Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS). This annual award honors psychiatrists for their contributions to the Society, the profession, and evidence-based high quality patient care. It will be presented to Dr. Sarvet at the MPS Annual Meeting on April 24, 2018 in Waltham, MA.
Dr. Sarvet’s career has focused on developing and implementing models to promote integrating psychiatry into primary care, and disseminating best practices in children’s mental health treatment. With pediatric colleagues, he helped develop the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP)—an innovative statewide public system to improve access to care for children with mental health needs. MCPAP has become a national model for helping pediatric primary care providers address mental health. Dr. Sarvet has served as its statewide medical director since 2004. He has provided technical assistance and consultation to public health agencies and health systems across the U.S. to promote the dissemination of this and other models of collaboration between psychiatry and primary care.
Dr. Sarvet helped found the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs, which has members from 32 states. He co-chairs the Mental Health Task Force of the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and chairs the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee in Healthcare Access and Economics.
Dr. Sarvet’s work has also focused on the needs of children impacted by traumatic stress. His efforts to develop the mental health program within the Baystate Children’s Hospital Family Advocacy Center, a clinical and research program for children who have experienced trauma, have included leadership on a series of federally funded demonstration projects involving dissemination and adaptation of evidence-based treatment models in community settings.
Cynthia Sites, MD
Dr. Cynthia Sites, Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology at Baystate Medical Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMMS-Baystate, published an article in the November 2017 issue of Fertility and Sterility that evaluated whether assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles involving cryopreserved-warmed embryos are associated with the development of preeclampsia.
“Embryo Cyropreservation and Preeclampsia Risk” found that ART cycles with frozen embryo transfers are associated with a higher risk for preeclampsia with severe features and preterm delivery compared with fresh embryo transfers of patients' own eggs.
Accordingly, patients having in vitro fertilization, particularly frozen embryo transfers, should be counseled about and monitored more closely for preeclampsia.
Citation: Sites CK, Wilson D, Barsky M, Bernson D, Bernstein IM, Boulet S, Zhang Y. Embryo cryopreservation and preeclampsia risk. Fertil Steril. 2017 Nov;108(5):784-790. (Read the Abstract)
Annual Weinberg Award for Academic Excellence
The Weinberg Family Award for Academic Excellence is awarded annually to an individual whose innovative research, publications, or leadership of a national academic organization have brought honor to Baystate Health.