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DHDPS Faculty

Quinn Pack, MD, MSc

Dr. Quinn PackQuinn Pack is a non-invasive cardiologist and the Medical Director of cardiac rehabilitation at Baystate Medical Center. His clinical and research interests center on cardiovascular prevention and education. He has published in smoking cessation, preventive cardiology education, obesity and weight loss, and over the past several years focused his research efforts in cardiac rehabilitation. His particular emphasis has been on improving patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation where he recently designed, organized, and completed a randomized controlled trial published in the journal Circulation.

He has a growing involvement in national organizations and is a member of both the Research and Quality committee’s for the American Association of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention (AACVPR.) He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and was recently awarded a K23 Career Development Award from NHLBI, as well as a 2-year KL2 grant through Tuft’s University. He is studying the prevalence, characteristics, and clinic impact of inpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD, MSc

Dr. Elizabeth Peacock-ChambersLili Peacock-Chambers is a board-certified pediatrician and an Assistant Professor at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. She completed her pediatric training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center and a General Academic Pediatric fellowship at Boston University with a degree in epidemiology. She was awarded a Young Investigator Award by the Academic Pediatric Association in 2015.

Lili’s research focuses primarily on the promotion of optimal childhood development from conception to age 3 and the effects of early childhood on long term health outcomes. Her prior work explored the association between infant temperament and early childhood obesity. Additionally, she studied the impact of parental self-efficacy on the quality of the home learning environment of young children. Her current work is focused on interventions to promote early childhood development among high risk families including families with history of substance abuse.

Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS

Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeld Elizabeth Schoenfeld is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Prior to her arrival at Baystate, she attended the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital and fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Maryland. She completed a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.

Dr. Schoenfeld, along with Dr. Lindenauer and Dr. Goff, received an R03 from AHRQ to study physicians’ perspectives and attitudes regarding the use of shared decision-making in the emergency department. Dr. Schoenfeld received the New Investigator of the Year Award from UMass Chan-Baystate in 2017 for her work on the R03. In 2018, she received a 5-year career development K08 from AHRQ, for her project entitled "Shared Decision-Making for the promotion of patient-centered imaging in the Emergency Department: Suspected kidney stones.” Her other areas of interest include improving the ability of Emergency Departments to address patients’ social needs, addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the ED, decreasing unnecessary advanced imaging, and improving the patient experience.

William Soares, MD, MS

Dr. William Soares Bill Soares is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Professor at UMass Chan Medical School–Baystate. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed residency training at Alameda Health System in Oakland, CA. He joined Baystate in 2013 as an Emergency Medicine Research Fellow, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational Science at the Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Science.

Bill’s research focuses on clinical decision-making in the emergency department. His master’s thesis evaluated electrocardiogram interpretation errors in a simulated interrupted emergency department environment. He is also co-investigator on an NIH R21 project evaluating clinical use of a risk stratification score for patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department.

Currently, Bill is involved in multiple projects evaluating provider decisions to prescribe discharge opioid medications to patients presenting with an acute painful condition. He hopes his research will inform provider’s decision-making process, leading to safer prescribing practices of opioids throughout the emergency department.

Sherry Weitzen, MD, PhD, MS, MHA

Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH, MS

Dr. Lauren WestaferLauren Westafer is a board-certified emergency physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Prior to her arrival at Baystate as an Emergency Medicine resident, she attended Nova Southeastern University where she earned her medical degree and a Master of Public Health.

Her research interests include the adoption of evidence-based practices in Emergency Medicine and diagnostic testing in the Emergency Department, particularly relating to post-contrast acute kidney injury and pulmonary embolism. Lauren has completed a Knowledge to Action Fellowship through the New York Academy of Medicine and she is currently completing her Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. Her research interests are complemented by significant experience using social media to disseminate original research and evidence-based practices, including an award-winning podcast, FOAMcast, and projects with Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine.