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  • July 23, 2021 - WCVB-Channel 5

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions on the booster timeline and vaccines and precautions as students head to campus.


  • July 21, 2021 - WBZ-TV4 CBS

    More than 5,000 breakthrough COVID infections have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the latest Department of Public Health data. But the rate of fully vaccinated people ending up in the hospital remains low.

  • July 16, 2021 - Mass Live

    Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcester Health Commissioner Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel has been out in communities of color, seeing a disproportionate effect from the virus.

    The commissioner has been trying to get the vaccine out to residents, but the toll of the pandemic is still visible as some remain hesitant to inoculation.


  • July 15, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    As COVID-19 cases rise and the delta variant makes its way into the state, UMass Memorial Medical Center on Thursday unveiled a new weapon in the fight against the pandemic: monoclonal antibody treatment.

    “We hope as few patients as possible will need this facility, but if they do, we will be ready,” said Dr. Michael Gustafson, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, at the unveiling of the treatment trailer, which is parked at the Hahnemann campus. 

  • July 12, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    Alliteratively, they’re a great match. But parades and pandemics have a troubled history. In September 1918, a parade in Philadelphia helped fuel a surge in the influenza pandemic that year that killed thousands.

    Mass illness is not a concern this July Fourth Weekend in much of New England, where a few parades took place, including in Hopkinton, where the town held its annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Maspenock.

  • July 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Ten years ago, William Lee, 77, underwent a liver transplant at UMass Memorial Medical Center, as he was suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer. 

    Ten years later, at 87, Lee has continued to live a healthy life with his family.

  • June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    A blood shortage around the country, following a decline in blood donations over the Memorial Day weekend, is impacting UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

    In an email sent by Chief Medical Officer Andy Karson and Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt last Friday, they reported the hospital is seeing a large reduction in the supply of Type O and Type B blood. In the email, they said they expect this to be remedied sometime this week, but until then there are critical measures the hospital is taking to ensure it has enough blood for lifesaving care.

  • May 7, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

     Julian, along with 24 other babies, set a new record last week at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus. 

    From 3:50 p.m. Wednesday to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, 14 boys and 11 girls were born in the Maternity Center at UMass Memorial, surpassing the typical number of babies — 12 — they deliver in a day.

  • March 30, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    A new technique is helping doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center treat men with prostate cancer and improve their quality of life.

    UMass began performing the robotic Retzius-sparing prostatectomy within the last three months, but urology specialist Dr. Igor Sorokin says the technology has been around for a few years and first became popular in Europe.

  • March 27, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Academy sophomore Justin Mohaghegh of Holden tested positive for COVID-19 in January. Before getting back to playing his sports — basketball and golf — he had to complete the school’s five-stage protocol.

    It's a process familiar to all Worcester Academy student-athletes who contract the coronavirus.

  • March 24, 2021 - New York Times

    Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

  • March 11, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    There was a time when it was possible for the average resident to not know anyone who died from, or even came down with, the COVID-19 virus. 

    Not anymore. Few of us remain who don't know someone who simply had to isolate for a few weeks with mild symptoms, or someone who spent time in the hospital, or someone who had it with no symptoms at all. Or someone who died. A grandparent. A cousin. An in-law. 

  • February 25, 2021 - New York Times

    The serious lower leg injuries Tiger Woods sustained in a car crash on Tuesday typically lead to a long and perilous recovery, calling into question his ability to play professional golf again, according to medical experts who have treated similar injuries.

    Athletes with severe leg injuries thought to doom their careers have managed to come back — the quarterback Alex Smith returned to playing football last season after a gruesome leg break, and the golfer Ben Hogan returned decades ago after a car accident.

  • February 12, 2021 - Mass Live

    UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center is welcoming a four-legged, tail-wagging furry friend to its staff Friday.

    An in-residence assisted therapy dog named “Valentina” is officially becoming a full-time resident of the medical center as part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Dogs for Joy program.

  • February 9, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

     As a Black man, Brian Gibbs believes people of color must speak up and communicate with others to help them understand that the U.S. has left so many Black and brown communities vulnerable and neglected.

    "There's a need to have a more honest and transparent conversation to understand the risk that communities of color are disproportionately burdened," said Gibbs, who was recently appointed  vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at UMass Memorial Health Care.

  • February 1, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The city hopes to vaccinate 1,500 or more people over age 75 against COVID-19 by Saturday, officials said, with signups possibly starting as soon as Monday night. 

    In a call Monday afternoon, Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, the city's medical director, said the city will conduct clinics Friday and Saturday that people can sign up for on the state's website. 

  • January 29, 2021 - WCVB 5 Boston

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions about COVID vaccine rollout, the vaccine supply and variants.

  • January 28, 2021 - Boston Herald

    Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of vaccination plan, here’s what you need to know.

  • January 24, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Kenneth R. Smith has visited the convention center in downtown Worcester many times over the years for trade shows and exhibitions. This month, he was there as a patient during a pandemic.

    Smith was among dozens of COVID-19 patients being treated at a field hospital constructed inside the large hall of the DCU Center. Patients lie in beds in long rows across the convention center floor, separated by black curtains. There are no walls and no windows to offer a view of the outside world, just bright overhead lights and the thrum of a busy hospital.

  • January 23, 2021 - Fox News

    Taming a ranging pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans lies heavily in the rollout of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — a process that has been slow and arduous since the emergency approval of such jabs in the U.S.