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Faculty Recognition

We greatly value our faculty's scholarly contributions and are proud to honor their accomplishments.

Faculty Highlights

Esra Caylan, MD

Dr. Esra CaylanDr. Esra Caylan, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UMMS-Baystate, published an article in the June 2018 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics that compared the characteristics and severity of respiratory disease in children testing positive for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and for human rhinovirus (RhV).

“Comparison of the Severity of Respiratory Disease in Children Testing Positive for Enterovirus D68 and Human Rhinovirus” found that children with EV-D68 appeared to have more severe respiratory disease on admission than children with RhV as evidenced by higher rates of fever, wheezing, bronchodilator use, and pediatric intensive care unit admission. Despite the initial difference in severity, no significant difference in length of stay was found, suggesting that patients with EV-D68 recovered as quickly as other groups.

There are many viruses causing respiratory disease in children but there is inadequate information to help differentiate, manage, or prevent these infections. By comparing EV-D68 with RhV infections, the investigators hope to elucidate clinical differences between these two disease processes. There was a nationwide outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory illness in 2014.

Citation: Caylan E, Weinblatt E, Welter J, Dozor A, Wang G, Nolan SM. Comparison of the severity of respiratory disease in children testing positive for enterovirus d68 and human rhinovirus. The journal of pediatrics. 2018;197:147-153. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.02.027. (Read the Abstract)

Barry Sarvet, MD

Dr. Barry SarvetDr. 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.

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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.

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