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Baystate Appoints Bailin Chair of Anesthesiology

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Michael Bailin, an accomplished clinician, teacher and researcher, has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Baystate Medical Center.

Bailin, who most recently served as the interim chief of Anesthesiology for General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, was appointed by the Baystate Health Board of Trustees following a national search.

“We were impressed with Dr. Bailin’s blend of clinical and academic experience and his reputation as a great teacher. And we welcome his enthusiastic and high-energy approach to his work,” said Greg Harb, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baystate Health.

Prior to graduating from Harvard, Bailin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed a fellowship in vascular and thoracic anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also served as chief resident.

At Baystate, Bailin will work closely with the Heart and Vascular and Surgical Departments as Baystate prepares to open its Hospital of the Future in 2012. The expansion project includes a state-of-the-art heart and vascular center.

Bailin’s other hospital appointments have included serving as chief of Anesthesiology at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and anesthesiologist in chief at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. While at Massachusetts General, he also served as Burn Anesthesia team leader and Oral/Maxillofacial Anesthesia team leader.

In addition to serving as a Lecturer in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Bailin brought his love for teaching to medical students at Brown Medical School, where he was an associate professor of Surgery (Anesthesia) and to UMass Medical School, where he was associate professor of Anesthesia.

Bailin’s many recognitions as an educator include Outstanding Clinical Educator from Harvard Medical School, Outstanding Medical Educator from Saint Vincent Hospital, and Anesthesia Resident Teacher of the Year at Massachusetts General.

Active in numerous professional societies and organizations, he is a member of the Mass. Medical Society, the American Medical Assoc., the Mass. Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Also active in the area of research, Bailin is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and abstracts, and has authored several book chapters. He is currently a section editor for the website www.accessanesthesiology.com. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and is also a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

In his new role, Bailin joins Springfield Anesthesia Service, which provides professional anesthesia services for Baystate Medical Center.

Brackman Joins Staff at Baystate Mary Lane

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital welcomes general surgeon Dr. Matthew R. Brackman to its medical staff.

“Dr. Brackman brings a wealth of surgical and medical expertise to our hospital. He is a great addition to our medical staff,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, chief medical officer of BMLH. “His training and experience will be a great asset to our patients who need emergency or routine surgical care as we continue our mission to meet the needs of patients in our community.”

Brackman received his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Tufts University and his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Boston City Hospital and his surgical residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He also completed a mini-fellowship in minimally invasive bariatric surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center.

Board-certified in general surgery and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Brackman is extensively trained to manage many surgical problems and diseases and has special interest in laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, endocrine surgery, and obesity surgery.

“Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, I have always been drawn back to this lifestyle,” he noted. “The people and the scenery of Western Mass. give me a sense of belonging and of being home.”

With a 14-year career in medicine and surgery, Brackman speaks of a love for anatomy and an ability and passion to accomplish complex tasks with his hands.  “Surgery also allows me to cure, all at once, some of the most devastating ailments that afflict mankind — removing a cancer, reversing obesity, repairing a perforated organ,” he said. “I feel a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction in caring for each of my patients.

“I have always treated every patient as if they were my own flesh and blood; to give anything less would not live up to my responsibility as a healer,” he added. “And the patients I care for learn that my philosophy is more than just words.”

Brackman speaks both English and Spanish. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact call Baystate Medical Practices, Mary Lane Surgery, at (413) 967-2800.

Baystate Mary Lane Welcomes Cook, Marantz

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital has announced that Dr. James R. Cook and Dr. Thomas M. Marantz are now providing outpatient, non-invasive cardiology services as part of a growing multi-specialty group. They will be providing cardiology care at Baystate Medical Practices – Quabbin Adult Medicine, located at Suite 3 at the hospital.

“We are proud to welcome these cardiologists to our growing medical staff,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, chief medical officer of Baystate Mary Lane. “Their extensive background in this specialty will allow us to expand and strengthen cardiology services in our community.”

Cook earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, and his cardiology fellowship in the Division of Cardiology at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He is director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at Baystate Medical Center.

Marantz earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and completed his cardiology fellowship at Brown University. He specializes in general cardiology and has a special interest in coronary artery disease and heart failure. He is a member of Baystate Medical Practices – Northampton Cardiology.

Cook and Marantz are members of the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine and are part of the Baystate Health’s team of cardiology physicians, many of whom are nationally recognized for their expertise in patient care, clinical research, and medical education.

They will provide comprehensive cardiovascular care and subspecialty management of arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and heart failure.

To make an appointment with Cook or Marantz, call (413) 967-2860.

Kirton Joins Baystate Wesson Women’s Group

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Donald E. Kirton has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center.

Kirton earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in May. During his four-year residency, he was the recipient of the Resident Teacher of the Year Award, selected by Tufts University School of Medicine to recognize accomplished teaching in the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship at Baystate, which serves as the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.

He was also the recipient of the Fetus as a Patient award for his care of high-risk pregnancies, as well as the Resident Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons for excellence in laparoscopic knowledge and skills.

Prior to attending medical school, Kirton attended Boston University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Active in research while attending medical school and completing his residency, Kirton served as a research assistant to Dr. Heather Sankey, director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Baystate, for an ongoing project involving the residency training experience at the region’s only academic medical center.

He is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Assoc. He has also been certified for his completion of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program.

Kirton sees patients at Baystate Wesson Women’s Group, located at 3300 Main St. in Springfield, providing comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care for women of all ages, including well-women preventive health care, reproductive health counseling and services, and counseling and treatment of the perimenopause and menopausal periods.

He welcomes physician calls for consultations and second opinions, and is currently accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kirton, call (413) 794-7045.

Joyce Joins Practice of Psych Care Associates

LUDLOW — Psych Care Associates, P.C. has announced that James Joyce has joined the practice as a full-time clinical associate in its Ludlow office.

Joyce is a graduate of Springfield College. He completed his internship and began his clinical experience at the Hampden County Correctional Center.

Joyce’s professional career began 10 years ago with the Agawam School System. He has been awarded the Provost Award during graduate studies for academic excellence. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professional Board and the Mass. Community College Council.

He specializes in treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, autism-spectrum disorders, childhood behavioral disorders, and adolescent victims of bullying.

Loke Tapped for Baystate Regional Cancer Program

WARE — Dr. Chandravathi Loke, faculty member of the Baystate Medical Practices Division of Hematology and Oncology, has joined the medical staff providing care at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.

“Hematology/oncology is an exciting, challenging field to be involved in, as rapidly evolving research findings translate into patient care, and we have more options to offer patients than ever before” said Loke. “I also feel privileged to be able to help patients and their families during one of the most trying times of their lives.

“Thanks to the excellent staff at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, from medical and surgical specialists to diagnostic services and nursing support, we are able to deliver comprehensive cancer care to our patients, which is very satisfying to me as a physician,” she added.

Loke earned her medical degree at the University of Health Sciences, Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India, and completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. She completed her fellowship in hematology/oncology at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Loke joins Dr. Donald Higby in providing access to the most current cancer care, including evaluations, diagnostic treatment, and national research protocols locally in Ware. They are joined by a dedicated team of certified oncology nurses and social workers who provide chemotherapy services, blood-product transfusions, palliative care, counseling, and support for patients, their families, and caregivers.

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