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October 18, 2010

New Clinical Faculty

In a continuing look at some of the new clinical and research faculty at the Health Center, I am pleased to introduce five exemplary new recruits to the Health Center community. They include a new general surgeon with expertise in complex GI cases; a medical oncologist with special interest in bladder and prostate cancers; and three new orthopaedic surgeons with a range of interests.

Please take a moment to learn more about these talented individuals. Iím sure you will agree that they are excellent additions to our clinical, educational and research endeavors.

General surgeon Linda Barry, M.D., joins the Health Center from the University of South Florida College of Medicine/Tampa General Hospital where she completed a fellowship in Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery. She also completed a Hepatobiliary Fellowship at the University of Southern California and was a hepatobiliary, pancreas and general surgeon for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco for several years.

Dr. Barry is originally from New York and is a graduate of Yale University and Cornell University College of Medicine. She completed her surgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Of note, she is quoted in the current issue of Women in Surgery about career choices for women surgeons.

Medical oncologist Jessica Clement, M.D., recently joined the Division of Hematology-Oncology/Department of Medicine and Cancer Signature Program as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She will serve as the lead physician in the treatment of GU cancers and will work closely with our surgical colleagues and others to develop multidisciplinary programs in these areas. She has also been appointed as the Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office and will assume medical oversight of the chemotherapy infusion area in the Cancer Center.

Dr. Clement received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Following that she was a resident in internal medicine, chief medical resident and hematology-oncology fellow at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. While there she was involved in research activities pertaining to the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and prostate cancer. She was also a participant in a number of teaching activities for medical students at Harvard Medical School.

Orthopaedic surgeon Greg Polkowski II, M.D., an expert in joint preservation and replacement, is now seeing patients at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute. He has expertise in techniques such as hip arthroscopy, hip resurfacing, partial knee replacement, total joint replacement and more.

Dr. Polkowski is a graduate of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and completed residency training at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute in Nashville. In addition, he completed a fellowship in joint preservation, resurfacing and replacement at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is working closely with orthopaedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist Jay R. Lieberman, M.D.

Orthopaedic surgeon Vinayak Sathe, M.D., has joined the foot and ankle program at the Health Centerís New England Musculoskeletal Institute, and is working closely with Michael Aronow, M.D.

Dr. Sathe completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he treated patients at the UAMS Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Little Rock. He also was an arthroscopy and sports medicine clinical fellow at Kentucky Sports Medicine in Lexington and a foot and ankle clinical fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also trained in Pune, India, at the B.J. Medical College and the University of Pune, and is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Orthopaedic surgeon Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and nationally recognized hand specialist, is now seeing patients at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute in Farmington and Southington. She offers expert care for patients with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures of the hand and wrist, tennis elbow and arthritis of the hand, thumb and wrist, and is working closely with Craig Rodner, M.D.

Dr. Wolf is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency and a trauma fellowship at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 2007, she was awarded the John J. Fahey North American Traveling Fellowship by the American Orthopaedic Association and she currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery. Recently, she was honored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand with the 2010 Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine