Alumni Association - Current Board Members

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OFFICERS: (2-year term beginning 5/2017)

Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD’86
UMMS Alumni Association Board, 2016; Programs Committee
Undergraduate: Connecticut College, BA
Residency and Chief Residency: MGH, Pathology
Honorary Masters in Medical Science, HMS

Associate Chief for Laboratory and Molecular Medicine at the MGH Pathology Service; Medical Director, MGH Point of Care Testing; Chair, MGH Department of Pathology Quality and Safety Committee. Editor in Chief of the medical journal "Point of Care: The Journal of Near Patient Testing Technologies". Kent lives in Boston and is frequently found on the UMMS campus with his medical student son, Grant Lewandrowski, Class of  2020.


Marguerite M. Brackley, MD’00
Vice President/President Elect
UMMS Alumni Association Board, 2016; Programs Committee
Undergraduate: Boston College
Residency: St. Vincent’s Hospital NYC, Internal Medicine

Medical consultant, patient safety in medical device and pharmaceutical industries; previous experience as VP, Patient Safety Officer for Global Medical Safety at Boston Scientific; Medical Director of The Write MD, a contract medical writing company. Meg lives in Brookline, MA.

Jeremi M. Carswell, MD’00, R’03
UMMS Alumni Association Board 2016; Programs Committee
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, BA
Residency: UMMS, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital, Endocrinology

Director, Gender Management Services, Boston Children’s Hospital. Co-director, HMS advanced elective on Health Care for Individuals with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression, and Sex Development. Dr. Carswell’s clinical work is divided between ambulatory endocrinology, inpatient consultation, clinical research, teaching and precepting. Jeremi lives in Sudbury, MA.


Irvin N. Heifetz, MD’79, R’82
Immediate Past President
Undergraduate: UMass Amherst, BA
Residency: UMass Medical Center, Internal Medicine

After serving for 24 years, Irvin Heifetz has decided to step down from the presidency of the UMMS AA.    Formerly: Clinical Director, UMass ED; Assistant Prof. of IM and EM at UMass; Chair of EM at Newton-Wellesley; Assist. Prof. of EM at TUSM. Currently: Clinical Instructor at HMS (anatomy, "Intro to the Profession," clinical diagnosis, "The Healer's Art"), where he has received multiple teaching awards; ED staff at Cambridge Hospital; singer with the Back Bay Chorale: "Be my guest for some great music; see"

 AT-LARGE BOARD POSITIONS:  (2-year term beginning 5/2017)

Michael J. Burns, MD’91, R’95, R’96
Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Emergency Medicine, 1995
Fellowship: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Toxicology, 1996

Chief of emergency medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, a clinical affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Staff emergency medicine attending physician and medical toxicology consultant at BIDMC and at the MA/RI Poison Control Center located at Children’s Hospital.




Allen Chang, MD ’09
Undergraduate: Brown University, BS, Electrical Engineering 2001
Residency: MGH, Internal Medicine Primary Care Track

Assistant Program Director, IM Residency, UMMS; Director, Primary Care Leadership Pathway; Assistant Clerkship Director, IM Clerkship UMMS and the recipient of numerous awards as an outstanding clinician educator.





Greg R. Ciottone, MD’91, R’94
Undergraduate: Colby College
Residency and Chief Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Emergency Medicine
Harvard senior faculty, Disaster Medicine Fellowship
Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine

Founder and Director, Disaster Medicine Fellowship, Harvard Programs; Director, Division of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, BI Deaconess; International and national consultant to agencies including AIHA, USAID, UN, DHS, DEA. He commanded a DMAT unit at the World Trade Center Ground Zero on 9/11. Greg lives in Wachusett.


Michael C. Connelly, MD’86
Undergraduate: Boston College, BS, 1982
Internship: Faulkner Hospital
Residency: BI, Anesthesiology
Chief Residency: Pain Management, 1989-90

Pain Management, NE Neurological Associates; Lawrence General PHO Board of Directors. Previously Chief of Anesthesiology, LGH; Medical Director, Hunt Surgical Day Care Center. Mike is active at UMMS Student/Alumni events. He lives in North Andover.



Roderick H. Crocker Jr., MD’82

Undergraduate: Boston College, BS
Internship and Residency: NE Deaconess - Harvard Surgical services
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Program in Urology

Attending in Urology and Chief, Division of Urology, Mt. Auburn Hospital. Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Rod lives in Lexington.


Kathryn DeAnzeris, MD’01

Undergraduate: Holy Cross, 1995
Residency and Chief Residency: Brown University, Internal Medicine and Primary Care

Newton-Wellesley Internists; Instructor, Harvard Medical School Primary Care Residency; Recognized for outstanding primary care teaching, engaged primary care strategic planning leadership at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Partners. Katie lives in Needham, MA.


Jon Gaffin, MD’04
Undergraduate: UPenn, BA English
Harvard Medical School MMSc, Clinical Investigation, 2011
Residency: Yale, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Pulmonology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS with appointments at BCH and BWH; Academic researcher, childhood asthma, Children’s Hospital; Director, Severe Asthma Program, with teaching, research, scholarship oversight and QI responsibilities.


James M. Healy, MD’80
Creighton University, 1976
Internship and Residency: Newton-Wellesley Hospital 1980-1983

USPHS medical director of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center 1983-85. Cardiology fellowship at the West Roxbury VAMC from 1985-1988. Jim has been in private practice of general Cardiology in Norwich, CT since July of 1988.




Erica E. Johnson, MD’75
Wellesley College, BA, Music
Internship: Baystate Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Residency: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Carney Hospital, Hematology

Retired internist, still teaching TUSM-1 Medical Interviewing and the Doctor-Patient Relationship; enjoyed ambulatory precepting (residents, UMMS-3). Medical staff leadership and board service, NWH and Partners. Erica lives in Wellesley, MA.



Catherine E. Jones, MD’93, R’96
Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire, Zoology, 1985
Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Emergency Medicine, 1996

Practicing at Health Alliance Hospital (Leominster) for Wachusett Emergency Physicians. I like the problem solving part of committees & trying to make positive changes. Cathy lives in Princeton, MA.



Lilly C. Lee, MD’91, R’98
Undergraduate: University of Toronto
Residency:  UMass Memorial Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess

Medical Director of Clinical Operations at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Voluntary Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University Miami Miller School of Medicine; involved with QI and operational responsibilities and resident education.  Lilly lives in Miami, Florida.




Mary P. McGowan, MD’87, R’90
Undergraduate: St. Michaels College, BA
Internship and Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins, Cardiology

Co-Director of the Lipid Disorders Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center in Lebanon, NH and Chief Medical Officer at Esperion Therapeutics, a biotech company focused on developing lipid lowering agents. Mary lives in Bedford, NH.




Jennifer F. Murzycki, MD’04, PhD’08
Undergraduate: Brandeis University, BA, Physics
Residency and Postdoctoral Fellowship: U Rochester, Pediatrics

Surfactant research Pediatric hospitalist, Floating Hospital; Director of the Newborn Nursery, Lowell General Hospital, with expertise in narcotic abstinence syndrome. While in the UMMS MD/PhD program, she mentored students, recruited for the program, and worked to increase clinical hours during the PhD thesis years to facilitate transition back to the third year of medical school. Jennifer lives in Maynard, MA.




Randy S. Pellish, MD’01
Undergraduate: Union College
Residency and Chief Residency: Brown, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Brown, Gastroenterology

Program Director, GI Fellowship, UMMS; Co-Director, Center for Microbiome Research, UMMS; Capstone Project Mentor, UMMS; Clinical Research Advisory Committee. Teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward attending, ambulatory GI clinic, basic science lectures. He has received multiple teaching awards. He married a UMMS classmate, Elyssa Aronson MD’01.



Andrea A. Pettinato, MD’98
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, 2001
Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, 2005

Currently sees patients at Boston Children’s Hospital and helps supervise residents and fellows at the Adolescent Medicine Outpatient Clinic in Boston. She specializes in eating disorder treatment and reproductive endocrine medicine. Resides in Weston, MA.

Jennifer L. Schwab, MD’98
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Internship and Residency: UCONN School of Medicine, Pediatrics, 1998-2001

Practicing: Private Practice Pediatrics at Rocky Hill Pediatrics, Rocky Hill, CT. She enjoys working to make UMMS the best Med School it can be. She is passionate about making sure children of alumni are considered for application and boosting fundraising efforts and endowments. Jenny lives in West Hartford, CT.


Nicholas M. Tsanotelis, MD’82
Internship and Residency: Boston City Hospital, Internal Medicine

Private group practice since 1985, now with Steward Medical Group. As Regional Medical Director of Brockton for Steward, Nico is involved in ACO and Quality programs for all insurers. Nico’s daughter Emily is a UMMS alumna. Nico lives in Milton, MA.

Craig N. van Roekens, MD’90, MPH
Undergraduate: Princeton University, BA
Internship and Residency: Johns Hopkins, Emergency Medicine
MBA/MPH, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and School of Public Health

VP MedExcel, staffing EDs and Hospitalists; Principal REV Health Care Consulting Group. Happily married to Patty and with 16yr old triplets Evan, Victoria and Ryan and blessed to have Irv Heifetz sing at his wedding. Craig lives in Highland Mills, NY.



David H. Wang, MD’13

Undergraduate: Harvard College, BA
Residency: Stanford University, Emergency Medicine
Fellowship: UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Care

Emergency medicine and palliative care physician with previous experience in strategy consulting and health policy. Dr. Wang is passionate about transforming the way Americans imagine, deliver and receive healthcare at their end of life. David lives in Palo Alto, CA.




Paul K. Williamson, MD’79
Undergraduate: UMass Amherst, BS
Residency: St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Rheumatology

Dr. Williamson consults to facilitate the development of emerging technologies in the life sciences through the Harrington Discovery Institute, governing on the Board of Directors at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Foundation for Research Development and investing in start-up companies with Charleston Angel Partners, LLC .He began his career in private practice and served as Chief of Medicine at Union Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, in which capacity he was a member of the Partners HealthCare Chiefs' Council.  From 2001 - 2014, he worked at Johnson & Johnson on the introduction of TNF and IL inhibitors to market and the development of allogeneic stem cell therapies. 

Alumni Events
Sep 15, 2017

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

The Class of 2021 School of Medicine students will receive their White Coats on 9/15/17.

Oct 02, 2017

Alumni Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser

Alumni Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser

Oct 05, 2017

Patriots vs Buccaneers Game

Patriots vs Buccaneers Game

Join the UMass community in Tampa to cheer on the Patriots.