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George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA

Chief of Medicine

Dr. George M. Abraham is Chief of Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.

He is the Emeritus Chair of the Board of Governors and a Regent of the American College of Physicians (ACP) which is the largest internal medicine specialty organization in the world.  Recently, he was elected the President-Elect of the ACP for the year 2020-21 and will become the President for the year 2021-22. He is also the Chair of the Infectious Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He served as the Governor of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) from 2014-18.

Dr. Abraham is Chair of the Board of Registration (Licensing) in Medicine, Massachusetts (appointed by Governor Deval M. Patrick and reappointed by Governor Charles D. Baker). Prior to this, he has served as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Medical Society (owner of the New England Journal of Medicine), as President of the Worcester District Medical Society, as the Chief Medical Officer of the Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

He has received several awards including the AOA Volunteer Faculty Award and the Outstanding Primary Care Educator Award of UMass Medical School; the Leadership Award of the MA chapter of the ACP; and the Phi Lambda Sigma honorary Membership, MCPHS, Worcester, Massachusetts, Saint Vincent Hospital Physician of the Year 2015, among others.

His research interests include hepatitis C and B disease, travel medicine and infection control, as well as medication safety and systems improvement. He has authored over 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters, and is an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

Dr. Abraham earned his medical degrees from the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, completed his residency and chief residency at Saint Vincent Hospital, and received his master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Selected Bibliography (recent):

  1. Li Y, Spooner L, Abraham GM.All In The Name Of Vanity: An Unanticipated Outcome of Mycobacterium abscessus infection.Infect Dis Clin Pract 2018;26: 366–368 doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000597
  2. Li Y, George A, Arnaout S, Wang JP, Abraham GM. Splenic infarction: an under-recognized complication of infectious mononucleosis? Open For Inf Dis 17 Feb 2018 https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofy041.
  3. Lal A, Trivedi N, Abraham GM. From Famine to a Feast: Little Endogenous Thyroxine to Overproduction. AACE Clin Case Rep Vol 4 No. 5 Sept/Oct 2018 e379 DOI: 10.4158/ACCR-2017-0245.
  4. Lal A, Akhtar J, Isaac S, Mishra AK, Khan MS, Noreldin M, Abraham GM. Unusual cause of chest pain, Bornholm disease, a forgotten entity; case report and review of literature.Resp Med Case Rep 2018 (accepted for publication). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmcr.2018.10.005
  5. Lal A, Akhtar J, Ullah A, Abraham GM.First Case of Pleural Empyema Caused by Staphylococcus simulans: Review of the Literature.Case Reports in Infectious Diseases. Volume 2018, Article ID 7831284. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7831284
  6. Lal A, Davaro R, Mishra AK, Sahu KK, Abraham GM. Detection of coexisting toxigenic Clostridium difficile and nontyphoidal Salmonella in a healthcare worker with diarrhea: A therapeutic dilemma. J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:2724-7DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_227_19
  7. Sahu KK, Mishra AK, Lal A, Siddiqui AD, Abraham GM. From Oncologist’s Desk: Hemato-Oncological Aspect of Using Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Indian J Hematol Blood Transfus published online 6 Sep 2019 doi.org/10.1007/s12288-019-01177-8
  8. Lal, A, Abraham GM. Utility of CD4 Cell Count and Viral Load Assay in Hospitalized Patients with Known HIV Infection: High Value Care Exercise. Infect Disord Drug Targets. DOI: 10.2174/1871526519666191011162018
  9. Lal A, Mishra AK, Sahu KK, Abraham GM. Machine Learning and Patient Expectations: Potential Point of Disconnect. Am J Med. 2019 Oct;132(10):e750
  10. Gilvaz V, Abraham GM, Radhakrishnan S, Hashmath Z. From Admission to Discharge, How Artificial Intelligence Could Optimize Patient Care: A Brief Review. American Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2019.3.10.24150/ajhm/2019.016.
  11. Sahu KK, Mishra AK, Lal A, Abraham GM. A double-edged sword: E-cigarettes, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Internal and Emergency Medicine http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11739-019-02203-3
  12. Sahu KK, Mishra AK, Lal A, Abraham GM. Mycobacterium avium complex: A rare cause of pancytopenia in HIV infection. J Microsc Ultrastruct 2019;8:27-30
  13. Sullivan KM, Nicolas SE, Burton SJ, Spooner, LM, Kanaan AO, Abraham GM. Innovative approach for sustaining an institutional medication safety committee. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2020; 77 (11): 826-9
  14. Lal A, Mishra AK, Sahu KK, Abraham GM. The return of Koch's: Ineffective treatment or re-infection. Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2020 Mar;38 (3):144-145
  15. Sahu KK, Mishra AK, Patel R, Suramaethakul N, Abraham GM. Fungal empyema thoracis. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, hcaa036. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcaa036
  16. Abraham GM, Morton JB, Saravolatz LD.Baloxavir: A Novel Antiviral Agent in the Treatment of Influenza. Clinical Infectious Disease 2020 July. doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa107/5722404

PUBLICATIONS (Collaborative/National Task Force)

  1. Qaseem A, Yost J, Etxeandia-Ikobaltzeta I, Miller M, Abraham GM, Obley AJ, Forciea MA, Jokela JA, Humphrey LL for the Scientific Medical Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians.Should Clinicians Use Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine Alone or in Combination With Azithromycin for the Prophylaxis of Treatment of COVID-19? Living Practice Points from the American College of Physicians (Version 2). https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-1998
  2. Qaseem A, Yost J, Etxeandia-Ikobaltzeta I, Miller M, Abraham GM, Obley AJ, Forciea MA, Jokela JA, Humphrey LL for the Scientific Medical Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians.Use of N95, Surgical, and Cloth Masks to Prevent COVID-19 in Health Care and Community Settings: Living Practice Points from the American College of Physicians. Living Practice Points from the American College of Physicians (Version 1). https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-3234

Research Projects (recent):

  • Mino-Lok™ (Minocycline-EDTA in 19.5% w/v [25% v/v] Ethanol) Catheter Lock Solution. Leonard-Meron Biosciences, Inc. Primary Investigator (local).
  • A Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, active controlled study to compare the efficacy and safety of ridinilazole (200 mg, bid) for 10 days with vancomycin (125 mg, qid) for 10 days in the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Summit (Oxford, UK). Primary Investigator (local).

Faculty

Medicine Department Core Faculty
Saint Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center


Administration

GEORGE M. ABRAHAM, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA

Chief of Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital
Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Education: MBBS, MD, Christian Medical College
MPH: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief Medical Resident: Saint Vincent Hospital

SUSAN V. GEORGE, MD, MACP, SFHM, FRCP

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Associate Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Education: MBBS, National University of Singapore
MRCP: Royal College of Physicians, UK
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief Medical Resident: Saint Vincent Hospital

NITIN TRIVEDI, MD, DM, FACP, FACE

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Division of Endocrine and Metabolic Medicine
Education: MBBS, MGM Medical College
DM: Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Joslin Diabetes Center and Brown Medical School

BRANDI L. HOAG, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Saint Vincent Ambulatory Care
Education: University of New England Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief Medical Resident: Saint Vincent Hospital

SUZANNE G. MARTIN, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Division of Renal Medicine
Education: University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chief Medical Resident: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship: Nephrology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

JENNIFER B. SARGENT, DO, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Education: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief Medical Resident: Saint Vincent Hospital

GARY P. BLANCHARD, MD

Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Education: Tufts University
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Brown University

 


Blood Disorders and Cancer Medicine

A. DANIYAL SIDDIQUI, MD

Division Director Hematology and Medical Oncology Saint Vincent Hospital
Medical Director Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine UMMS
Medical School: Nishtar Medical College
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: UMASS Memorial Medical Center Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology


Cardiovascular Medicine

MARK J. KRANIS, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Program Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
Education: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

JOSEPH G. KIRKPATRICK JR, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Director, Division of Cardiology, CCU and Non Invasive Cardiology
Education: BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.D., Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University
Residency: Roger Williams General Hospital
Fellowship: Rhode Island Hospital

JOSEPH C. HANNAN, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Medical Director, Invasive and Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine
Program Director, Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
Education:  State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Residency: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York
Fellowship: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York


Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

RICHARD A. ROSIELLO, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Reliant Medical Group at WMC
Education: BA, College of the Holy Cross
MD, Dartmouth Medical School 
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School
Fellowship: Yale University

 


Endocrine and Metabolic Medicine

NITIN TRIVEDI, MD, DM, FACP, FACE

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Division of Endocrine and Metabolic Medicine
Education: MBBS, MGM Medical College
DM, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Joslin Diabetes Center and Brown Medical School


Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Medicine

CURUCHI ANAND, MD, FACP

Associate Professor Medicine, UMMS
Director, Department of Gastroenterology
Education: MBBS, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
Fellowship: University Hospital of Arkansas


Geriatric Medicine

GARY P. BLANCHARD, MD

Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Education: Tufts University
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Brown University


Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine

GEORGE M. ABRAHAM, MD, MPH, FACP, FIdSA

Chief of Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital
Director, Division of Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine
Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Education: MBBS, MD, Christian Medical College
MPH: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief Medical Resident: Saint Vincent Hospital


Pulmonary Medicine

RICHARD A. ROSIELLO, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Reliant Medical Group at WMC
Education: BA, College of the Holy Cross
MD, Dartmouth Medical School
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School
Fellowship: Yale University


Renal Medicine

SUZANNE G. MARTIN, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Division of Renal Medicine
Education: University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chief Medical Resident: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship: Nephrology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Rheumatic Diseases and Musculoskeletal Medicine

ELINOR MODY, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Division of Rheumatology
Education: B.S. in Biology, Duke University
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine
Residency, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship, Rheumatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital