Maura Jo Brennan, MD
Maura Brennan came to Baystate Medical Center as an intern in 1989 and has been there since. She received a B.A. from Barnard College, graduated from Yale University School of Medicine, did her residency in internal medicine at Baystate, and trained in geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Brennan is certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative care. She is also a certified hospice medical director and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She served 8 years as the Baystate Hospice Medical Director, is a clinician educator with a particular interest in the training of residents and fellows, and serves as the Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship.
She has published in the fields of geriatrics and palliative medicine and frequently speaks at national meetings, particularly the American Geriatrics Society and is the President of the National Association for Geriatrics Education. Her clinical work in recent years has focused on geriatrics consultation in the hospital. She has received multiple scholarships and awards. These include: The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Teacher of the Year Award from the internal medicine residents, Baystate’s “Excellence in Teaching’ Award and a Hartford Foundation grant supporting chief resident immersion training in geriatrics.
In 2015 she became the Project Director for Baystate’s $2.5 million three year “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program” grant from HRSA (Human Resources Services Administration.) This award made Baystate one of only 44 nationally supported geriatric education centers; funding has enhanced educational and clinical programming in geriatrics and palliative care throughout the system with an emphasis on the community health centers, a pilot home care program and Baystate Medical Center’s Acute Care for Elders Program. She is particularly interested in the applying improvement science and innovation to redesign team-based care for high risk populations. She is a recent graduate of the Program for Health Care Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Healthcare.
Lewis M. Cohen, MD
Lew Cohen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Medicine and Health (2008), two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency awards (2008, 2015), and a Bogliasco Fellowship for the Arts and Humanity (2014), as well as the Eleanor and Thomas Hackett Award (2014) from the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He has been a contributor to the Atlantic, Slate, and Huffington Post and is the editor of a textbook, Dissociative Identity Disorder: Theoretical and Treatment Controversies (Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995). He is also the author of a nonfiction book for the public entitled, No Good Deed: A Story of Medicine, Murder Accusations, and the Debate Over How We Die (HarperCollins, 2010). The poet, Edward Hirsch, described No Good Deed as being, “a work of eloquent necessity.”
When he was 12-years-old, Lew’s mother handed him her copy of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, and his career choice was established. At the age of 23, he spent his 4th year of medical school studying in London under Anna Freud. Lew is now a psychiatrist at Baystate Medical Center where he is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is an active palliative medicine researcher with over 100 academic publications related to the integration of bioethics, nephrology, and psychiatry. He is the Principal Investigator of an active research study to increase advance care planning among dialysis patients that is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Better Endings (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) about death-hastening medical practices is Lew’s current writing project.
Daniel T. Engelman, MD, FACS
Daniel Engelman is the Medical Director of the Heart, Vascular and Critical Care Units at Baystate Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Massachusetts-Baystate, and an Associate Professor-Adjunct at Tufts University School of Medicine. He recently started the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Collaborative to nationally standardize best practices. He was tasked with organizing a full day symposium at the 2018 American Association of Thoracic Surgeons meeting on the topic. He is leading a group of international experts to publish the first consensus guidelines for best practices in enhanced recovery following cardiac surgery. He is presenting this work in Stockholm at the ERAS Society World Congress in May, 2018.
He is the President of the Massachusetts Society of Thoracic Surgeons and also serves on multiple Statewide Oversight committees. Dr. Engelman participates on two national workforces for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and was the Past President of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Baycare PPO and ACO and is Vice President of the local Independent Physician Organization.
Dr. Engelman is the principal investigator on multiple research projects, has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and participates on two international taskforces (ADQI and KDIGO) standardizing approaches for the prevention of postoperative acute kidney injury. In 2017, He has reviewed over 30 manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Sugery. He was recently asked to lead a steering committee of international physicians designing a new study to evaluate a medication to prevent postoperative AKI. He travels extensively lecturing on advances in critical care medicine, healthcare informatics and finance, multimodal analgesia, and fast-track recovery after cardiac surgery. He serves as a consultant and independent medical reviewer for Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals, Edwards Lifescience, Zimmer-Biomet, and Astute Medical. He was named the National ACS/STS Health Policy Scholar in 2016.
Dr. Engelman is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at The Heller School of Brandeis University. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his Cardiothoracic Surgical training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and M.D. from New York University School of Medicine.
Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM
Peter Friedmann is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Chief Research Officer and Endowed Chair for Clinical Research at Baystate Health, and Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences at UMMS.
He is an internal medicine and addiction medicine physician, and an established addiction health services researcher. His interests include the organization, process and outcomes of addiction treatment; implementation of evidence-based practices across the addiction treatment, medical and criminal justice systems; and the role of physicians in the identification and care of patients with substance use disorders.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a past president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), former Internal Medicine Specialty Director on the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
Sarah Haessler, MD
Sarah Haessler is board-certified in Infectious Diseases and is the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, the Hospital Epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality at Baystate Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research interests include Healthcare Associated Pneumonia, Clostridium difficile infection, and healthcare-associated infections.
Karin Johnson, MD
Karin Johnson is the Medical Director of Baystate Health Regional Sleep Program and Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs of the Department of Neurology at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. She attended University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, Neurology residency at Rhode Island Hospital and Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She then joined Baystate Medical Center in 2008 with primarily a clinical and then administrative focus tripling the size of the sleep program. She has an interest in health care policy serving on the Baycare Accountable Care Organization Clinical Integration Advisory Council and has served on the MassHealth Drug Review board the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Payer Policy Review Committee.
Her research has focused on improving the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of clinical implications of sleep disordered breathing. In 2005, she published one of the first descriptions of complex sleep apnea. In 2010, she reported a widely cited meta-analysis of the prevalence of sleep apnea in stroke patients. She has expanded the knowledge of how positive airway pressure technology works through publications and directing courses at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Annual SLEEP Meeting and other regional and national lectures. She more recently increased her focus on research as the first class of UMMS-Baystate Research Pilot Award program recipients. Her current research focuses on improving the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea utilizing home sleep apnea testing with a focus on novel gender stratified methods for defining sleep apnea physiology.
Timothy J. Mader, MD
Tim Mader is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. He attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School, completed his residency training in 1990, is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, and has been in clinical practice, teaching residents and students, and conducting research at Baystate his entire career. He has completed fellowships in clinical and basic science research, and studied statistics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is currently the Associate Director of Emergency Medicine Research and the Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship Program Director.
He has a longstanding interest in cardiac arrest and serves as the Director of Resuscitation Research within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has a particular interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation and post-arrest critical care. He has recently been collaborating with Dr. Bryan McNally at Emory University and Dr. Brian Nathanson, the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of OptiStatim, LLC, to examine resuscitation outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest among a large cohort of adults in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) archives. Dr. Mader has published more than 80 papers and been Principle Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 20 institutional, foundation, and federal grants, including several R- level grants from NHLBI and AHRQ.
Katie Nason, MD, MPH, FACS
Katie Nason joined Baystate as the vice chair of the Department of Surgery for Research and a member of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Baystate Medical Center. Her most recent roles were associate director of Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of Interventional Lung Cancer Ablation Program at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also an active member of the military as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves. Katie earned her medical degree at Oregon Health and Sciences University and did her general surgical residency at the University of Washington. She then completed a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology prior to matriculating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her cardiothoracic surgery training. Following her cardiothoracic training, she completed a thoracic surgery minimally invasive fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery. Her current research focuses on understanding the barriers to early detection in esophageal adenocarcinoma, work which was initiated through a NIH/NCI K07 Cancer Control and Prevention Career Development award.
She is first, senior or co-author on 71 peer reviewed publications and has authored 18 book chapters, editorials and invited reviews. She is the Associate Statistical Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Guest Editor for the American Journal of Surgery for the Association of Women Surgeons for the past three years. She is an Ad Hoc reviewer for the Annals of Surgery, Diseases of the Esophagus, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, PlosONE, Journal of Surgical Research, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She is a member of the Council of the Association of Women Surgeons and was just elected to serve as the Publications Committee Chair for the Association. She is a frequent speaker, discussant, and moderator for sessions at the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons.
Quinn R. Pack, MD, MSc
Quinn 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 KL-2 grant through Tuft’s University. He is studying the prevalence, characteristics, and clinic impact of inpatient cardiac rehabilitation.
Neena Qasba, MD, MPH
Neena Qasba is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with subspecialty training in Complex Family Planning and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. She completed her OBGYN training at Indiana University and completed her fellowship at Yale University. She also earned an MPH in Health Policy and Management at Yale University.
Neena’s research focuses on policy implementation research specifically in the area of reproductive health. Her prior work examined implementation aspects of the federal sterilization policy. Her current work is focused on the implementation of state specific laws on contraception access.
Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD, MSc
Lili Peacock-Chambers is a board-certified pediatrician and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts 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.
Penelope S. Pekow, PhD
Penny Pekow is the Senior Biostatistician for the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Her recent work has focused on application of analytic methods for comparative effectiveness studies and studies of variation in delivery of care utilizing large observational databases with multi-level hierarchical data structures.
Barry D. Sarvet, MD
Barry Sarvet is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he completed his residency training in both general and child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sarvet’s career has focused on the development and operation of models for promoting the integration of child psychiatry in primary care, and the dissemination of best practices in children’s mental health treatment. With pediatrician colleagues in MA, he helped to develop the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), an innovative public system for improving access to care for children with mental health needs throughout the state. Since 2004, he has served as the statewide medical director for MCPAP which has become a national model for helping pediatric primary care providers address mental health needs for children. Dr. Sarvet has written numerous articles regarding integrated child psychiatry practice and has provided technical assistance for programs throughout the US striving to develop systems of collaboration between child psychiatry and primary care. He helped found the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs, which currently includes members from 32 states.
Dr. Sarvet’s work has also focused on addressing the needs of children who have been impacted by traumatic stress. He has provided leadership for the Baystate Children’s Hospital Family Advocacy Center, a clinical and research program for children who have been victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma. In this setting, he has led several federally funded projects for the dissemination and adaptation of evidence-based trauma-focused psychotherapy models within community mental health settings.
Dr. Sarvet currently serves as Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Healthcare Access and Economics Committee. He also serves on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Integrated Care Committee and the APA Scientific Program Committee. Dr. Sarvet also serves as a national trainer in the Collaborative Care Model within APA’s Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Elizabeth M. Schoenfeld, MD, MS
Elizabeth Schoenfeld is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts 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 recently completed a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.
In 2015, 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 UMMS-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, decreasing unnecessary advanced imaging, and improving the patient experience.
Adrianne C. Seiler, MD
Addie Seiler is a graduate of University of Connecticut Medical School and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She is a practicing hospitalist at Baystate Medical Center, a large, tertiary care academic medical center. In addition, Dr. Seiler has completed a Fellowship in Healthcare Quality and Safety at Baystate Medical Center and has received Certification in Healthcare Quality and Safety through the Jefferson School of Population Health. Her previous roles have included Associate Medical Director of Hospital Quality at Baystate Medical Center, as well as the Hospital Medicine Integration Chief for Baystate Health across the five hospital system. In 2013, she joined Baycare Health Partners/Pioneer Valley Accountable Care, which is the IPA/PHO/ACO affiliated with Baystate Health, as the Associate Medical Director. She has served as the Baycare Health Partners Medical Director since 2016.
William E. Soares III, MD, MS
Bill Soares is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts 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.
Jay S. Steingrub, MD, FACP, FCCP
Jay Steingrub is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and Professor of Medicine at Tufts CTSI. Dr. Steingrub has distinguished himself as an outstanding clinician, educator, and clinical investigator. As Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Steingrub has built a nationally recognized program in clinical research devoted to sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on 42 extramurally funded clinical trials and has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study Acute Lung Injury as part of an ARDS network consortium. He is also one of 11 national recipients of the new NHLBI PETAL Network Research Grant, working with 3 other New England sites to create a clinical center for this project. Dr. Steingrub’s work continues to focus on optimal strategies to deliver clinical care in the ICU setting for patients with sepsis and ARDS and currently is examining the utility of novel compounds in the treatment of sepsis and ARDS.
Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS
Kathleen Szegda is the Director of Community Research and Evaluation at the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, formerly Partners for a Healthier Community, and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UMMS-Baystate. She completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship focused on women's health.
Her research interests are in maternal and child health, mental health, and health disparities. She is also interested in research aimed at identifying effective community-level systems, policy and environmental changes to improve health equity, which is informed by her experience working to promote policy and systems change at the national level at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at a local level as the Director of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition. Her prior research has focused on perinatal mental health and impacts on birth outcomes among Latina women, as well as the impacts of adiposity over the life course on early menopause. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences where she teaches a course on Health Impact Assessment. She was the Co-PI on a PCORI Eugene Washington Award to build community engaged research capacity in Springfield through the Project ACCCES network, which she continues to co-lead.
Ksenia N. Tonyushkina, MD, MS
Ksenia Tonyushkina is a pediatric endocrinologist with a background as a basic-translational researcher who has contributed to the understanding of the developmental mechanisms of thyroid system regulation and congenital hypothyroidism. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School–Baystate. Ksenia’s current research interests focus on improving the care delivery system for children with T1DM using informational technology and community engagement, funded by UMMS-Baystate Research Pilot Award. Her early work examined the predictors of successful diabetes education and validated initial outpatient diabetes education vs. predominant inpatient approach as safe and cost-effective.
Ksenia's recent feasibility study showed that tele-visits were well accepted by tech-savvy patients and could successfully substitute some of the clinic visits in children with T1DM. She is currently working on developing a comprehensive care model for children with T1DM including partnering with school nurses and community, engaging behavioral health, and establishing diabetes-coaching connections with families with a goal for a positive sustainable behavioral change, improved diabetes self-management skills and glycemic control. She is a frequent speaker at the community educational events on pediatric diabetes and also serves on the Diabetes Care Committee of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
Paul F. Visintainer, PhD
Paul Visintainer is currently the Director of Scientific Integrity and Analysis, as well as the Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Core (EBRC), at Baystate Health where he has worked for more than ten years. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. He holds a secondary appointment as Professor in the Tufts Public Health CTSI. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice. He has more than 35 years of experience collaborating with clinical researchers, providing expertise in study design, data analysis, and manuscript development. Through his collaborations with clinicians and research faculty, he has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles.
Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH
Lauren Westafer is a board-certified emergency physician and Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts 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.