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Leadership Academy Graduates

June 2017

The UM Foundation Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Bryant University Executive Development Center, is pleased to congratulate its graduates from the second Leadership Academy. UM physicians and managers learned leadership and patient care skills, thanks in part to a grant from The Physicians Foundation.


Summer Safety: Beware Critters that Bite

June 2017

Whether walking in the city or puttering around your backyard, protect yourself from bug bites. Some can cause long-term illness and worse. Here’s a run-down of the most common pests and the basic treatments you can administer before seeing your UM physician.

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Dr. Rice Honored by Women’s Resource Center

May 2017

Dr. Louis Rice was honored as one of the “Men Who Make a Difference” by the Newport-based domestic violence prevention agency Women’s Resource Center for being a positive role model in his community and in the lives of others.

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Dr. Len Mermel Wins Outstanding Award

May 2017

The medical staff of Rhode Island Hospital recently honored Dr. Len Mermel with the annual Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award. Dr. Mermel is an internationally noted expert in infectious diseases and infection control.

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Division of Endocrinology Relocates to UMPC

May 2017

Our Endocrinology Division has relocated to the University Medicine Patient Center at 375 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence, RI. The Division treats diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid disorders and other conditions.


Dr. Mitchell Levy Talks “End of Life” Medical Issues with WPRO’s Patricia Raskin

March 2017

On a recent radio broadcast of “The Patricia Raskin Show,” UM’s Dr. Mitchell Levy offers practical advice on some of the difficult “end of life” medical issues that loved ones often have to deal with.

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UM’s Travel Clinic Has Relocated to East Providence

March 2017

Planning an international trip? UM’s Travel Clinic provides all of the required vaccines along with medical care and guidance for travelers of all ages. Formerly at The Miriam Hospital, the clinic has moved to the UM Patient Center, suite 201, at 375 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence.


UM Offers Free Kidney Screenings on March 9

March 2017

In honor of World Kidney Day, UM is offering free kidney screenings on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UM Patient Center, 375 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence. This simple, onsite test can identify protein in the urine, which is often the first sign of kidney disease.


New Breath Test Available for UM Patients

January 2017

The Gastroenterology office at UM’s Patient Care Center on Wampanoag Trail in East Providence is now offering a new breath test to detect the H. pylori bacteria that can cause gastritis and ulcers. It’s safe and simple to administer, takes only 20 minutes, and can help prevent serious gastrointestinal problems in the future. Ask your UM doctor about it today.


New Class Enters Leadership Academy

January 2017

UM physicians, healthcare administrators and others are learning valuable business skills at the Leadership Academy program developed in collaboration with Bryant University’s Executive Development Center. Financial management, collaboration, negotation and communication are among the topics of their “best practices” study. Congratulations to all 2017 participants!


Ways to Protect Yourself During Colds & Flu Season

December 2016

Colds and flu season is upon us, but don’t despair. Besides getting a flu shot, there are other preventive actions that you can take to help stop the spread of germs. Dr. Tony C. Wu, a primary care and internal medicine physician at UM, offers some helpful tips.

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Dr. Katie Sharkey Talks About Daylight Savings & Sleep with WPRO’s Steve Klamkin

December 2016

With a study underway in Massachusetts about whether or not to do away with Daylight Savings Time and switch year-round to Atlantic Time, UM’s Dr. Katherine (Katie) Sharkey discussed some pros and cons of the idea on the “Saturday Morning with Steve Klamkin” radio show on WPRO.

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Pulmonary Function Lab Now Open

December 2016

For patients with lung problems, UM’s new Pulmonary Function Laboratory is now accepting referrals. The state-of-the-art facility is located at the University Medicine Patient Center, 375 Wampanaog Trail, East Providence. Call 401-649-4070, option 3, for more information.

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Ribbon Cutting of University Medicine Patient Center

October 2016

Over 100 people attended a grand opening celebration held recently for the new University Medicine Patient Center at 375 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence. Members of UM’s leadership team participated in the ribbon cutting along with city leaders.

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UM Receives Grant for 2017 Leadership Academy

October 2016

The University Medicine Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Bryant University Executive Development Center, has received a $150,000 grant from The Physicians Foundation to help support course infrastructure and expansion.

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Dr. Maria Mileno talks Zika on Cat Country Radio

October 2016

University Medicine’s Dr. Maria Mileno was interviewed recently on Cat Country’s “Upfront with Phil Marlowe” radio show, where she provided insight on preventing the Zika virus and talked about UM’s Travel Clinic.

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Division of Hospital Medicine Celebrates 20 Years

August 2016

UM's Division of Hospital Medicine recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding, as well as three "firsts" - the first dedicated hospitalist program in RI; the first to establish a dedicated inpatient unit; and the first to become an independent division with a Department of Medicine.

Click here for a Chicago Tribune article featuring remarks from Dr. Handa


Cure Hep C Through Testing and Treatment

August 2016

One in 30 people in the U.S. born between 1945 and 1965 has Hepatitis C virus infection. Because symptoms tend to show up in late stages of disease, fewer than half don’t know they’re infected. Cure of HCV infection is associated with a 75% reduction in risk for liver cancer.

Click here to read an article by Dr. Lynn Taylor with UM’s Division of Infectious Diseases


Dr. Defillo-Draiby Named to 40 Under Forty

August 2016

Congratulations to University Medicine’s Dr. Julio Defillo-Draiby on being named a Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty winner for 2016. Dr. Defillo-Draiby is with UM’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.


University Medicine Patient Center to Open in June

April 2016

The finishing touches are being made to the new University Medicine Patient Center, located at 375 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence. This state-of-the-art facility will put many of our primary care physicians and specialists together in one convenient location, along with a blood lab, imaging services and plenty of free parking.


Caliendo Named to Presidential Advisory Council

February 2016

Dr. Angela Caliendo, UM’s vice president, was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Her leadership and expertise in infectious disease medicine will help in detecting, preventing and controlling antibiotic resistance worldwide.


New Leadership Academy Launched

January 2016

University Medicine’s Dr. Rice was interviewed about the new Leadership Academy for its doctors and healthcare administrators in conjunction with Bryant University’s Executive Development Center.

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Now that school is starting, how do you get your kids back into a good nighttime routine?

September 2015

Dr. Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD, University Medicine’s Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, was interviewed on The Rhode Show to discuss how to help your children get a good night’s sleep as they head back to school.

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Three UM Physicians Named to PBN’s Forty Under 40

August 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Philip Chan (Division of Infectious Diseases), Dr. Sevdenur Cizginer (Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine) and Dr. Aadia Rana (Division of Infectious Diseases) on being named Providence Business News ’ 40 Under Forty winners for 2015.

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Cancer Research Gets $5.8M Boost from NIH

July 2015

Dr. Bharat Ramratnam, MD, University Medicine’s director of research integration, is the principal investigator of a cancer research grant that received $5.8 million from the National Institutes of Health. Funds will be used over five years to support innovative biomedical pathology research activity, infrastructure, mentoring and training at RI Hospital.


Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment

July 2015

The risk for acquiring Lyme disease is high this summer. University Medicine’s Dr. Rebecca Reece (Division of Infectious Diseases) details the symptoms, treatment and prevention of this tick-borne disease.

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Dr. Leonard Mermel on WPRI-12

June 2015

Dr. Leonard Mermel, D.O., a physician in University Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Division, was interviewed by WPRI-TV’s reporter Madeleine Wright about MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and the measures taken at RI Hospital to screen for this and other infectious diseases.

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RI Monthly Names Dr. Besdine as one of Rhode Island's Top Doctors

June 2015

University Medicine’s Director of Geriatrics Division, Dr. Richard Besdine, has been named a “Top Doc” by Rhode Island Monthly magazine. He is recognized among the best physicians in the state as voted by the medical community.


Dr. Richard Millman on NBC10 Health Check Segment

June 2015

Dr. Richard Millman, director of University Medicine’s sleep disorders center, was interviewed by WJAR-TV’s Barbara Morse Silva about treating atrial fibrillation in sleep apnea patients without blood thinners.

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University Medicine Names New Director of Research Integration

June 2015

Dr. Bharat Ramratnam, MD joins University Medicine as director of research integration. In this new position, he will seek funding for and promote collaborative program project grants for the Department of Medicine in the areas of basic science and clinical research. Dr. Ramratnam is an associate professor of medicine at Brown University.

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