We greatly value our faculty's scholarly contributions and are proud to honor their accomplishments.
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)
Adam Kellogg, MD
Dr. Adam Kellogg, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and Associate Residency Director and Co-Director of the Medical Education Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine, is the 2017 recipient of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) Joseph F. Waeckerle Alumni Award. This national award honors a physician who has made an extraordinary, lasting contribution to the success of EMRA and was presented to Dr. Kellogg at a ceremony in Washington, DC on October 30, 2017.
As Chair of EMRA's Student Advising Task Force, Dr. Kellogg led multiple initiatives to better educate and advise students pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. He was instrumental in starting what is now EMRA Hangouts, a platform that has reached over a thousand medical students and achieved the goal of ensuring quality educational support to students that do not have an Emergency Medicine program at their home institution. Additionally, Dr. Kellogg led a collaborative effort to bring multiple national organizations together to provide students a reliable online database with up-to-date residency program information.
In addition to his leadership at the national level, Dr. Kellogg runs his own independent medical student mentorship blog, EMAdvisor. He also serves as the Student Advising Editor for the Vocal CORD, the official CORD-EM blog.
Corina Schoen, MD
Dr. Corina Schoen, Assistant Director of Obstetric Research at Baystate Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMMS-Baystate, published an article in the June 2017 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology that evaluated whether adding oxytocin to preinduction cervical ripening with a Foley catheter increases the rate of delivery within 24 hours.
“Intracervical Foley Catheter With and Without Oxytocin for Labor Induction: A Randomized Controlled Trial” found that in both nulliparous and multiparous women induction with concurrent oxytocin infusion added to Foley significantly increased the rate of delivery within 24 hours as compared with Foley followed by oxytocin.
Approximately 1 in 5 pregnant women in the United States has her labor induced, and extended periods of labor induction are associated with multiple potential complications for both mother and baby. It is possible that more efficient means of labor induction may be able to reduce the incidence of these adverse events for a large population.
Citation: Schoen, C., Grant, G., Berghella, V., Hoffmann, M., & Sciscione, A. (2017). 43: The intracervical foley catheter with and without oxytocin for labor induction: A randomized trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 216(1), 31. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2016.11.012 (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.
2016 Weinberg Award Winner: Daniel Skiest, MD
Daniel Skiest MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the 2016 Weinberg Award for Academic Excellence, Baystate Health’s highest academic honor.
Dr. Skiest, Professor of Medicine and director of the Adult HIV/AIDS Programs, has focused his research over his 22 year career on clinical aspects of HIV. In addition to his own research, he has been involved in a number of institutional research-related efforts—the Department of Medicine research task force, the Research Week awards committee, and the Incubator Funds grant committee.
Advancing the Field
When Skiest came to Baystate almost 11 years ago as director of HIV services, part of his mission was to promote clinical research and academic activity.
Since then, he has significantly increased the size and scope of the ID Division, including the establishment of a clinical trials unit with 5 research staff, that has allowed them to offer a number of trials to their patients that they might not otherwise have had access to.
Dr. Skiest and his clinical research team have enrolled over 300 patients in 24 clinical trials in the past 5 years.
They are currently enrolling patients in the NIH-sponsored REPRIEVE trial which is testing the efficacy of statins in people with HIV infection. (More information about the REPRIEVE study) They also participated in the paradigm-changing SMART trial that suggested the superiority of continuous antiviral therapy in treating HIV.
“It’s very exciting to know that you are part of something that could improve the care of your patients and patients everywhere,” says Skiest. “Even to be a small part of that is very gratifying.”
Skiest describes infectious disease as a cognitive sub-specialty, explaining that ID specialists need a wide breadth of knowledge because they are often asked to see the most challenging cases, which usually aren't confined to a single organ system.
Skiest is proud that their ID fellows are being well trained to develop an academic state of mind as well as to be excellent clinicians. He adds that with the challenge of constant new ID threats—Zika, Ebola, SARS—it's imperative that fellows learn to be lifelong learners.
Skiest is particularly gratified to have helped train two fellows who have stayed on as faculty and joined the research team. Armando Paez MD is now the program director of the ID fellowship and Associate Director, Baystate Infectious Diseases Clinical Research. Durane Walker MD is director, Outpatient ID Services and Residency Teaching Coordinator.
"I enjoy teaching, discussing interesting cases. Just by teaching, you are learning a lot."