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563rd Meeting Featuring Dr. Collins and Dr. Boucher via Zoom
January 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Michael F. Collins, MD, FACP, UMass Medical School
Chancellor, UMass Medical School
Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences
Professor, Population & Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine
Michael F. Collins, MD, a tenured professor of population & quantitative health sciences and medicine, was appointed chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in 2008 after serving in an interim capacity from June 2007 to September 2008. Dr. Collins’ interim appointment also coincided with his being named as the senior vice president for health sciences for the University of Massachusetts, which, at the time, was a newly established system-wide position. As the senior vice president, Dr. Collins has spearheaded two five-campus life sciences strategic planning processes and continues to guide the strategic direction of the University’s life and health sciences portfolio.
As chancellor of UMMS, Dr. Collins oversees one of the most entrepreneurial medical schools in the nation, which is consistently recognized as a leader in student satisfaction, primary care training, basic science research, innovation and public service. He provides strategic management to a burgeoning enterprise that includes: more than 5,100 employees; approximately 1,200 graduate-level students; 600 medical residents and fellows; three schools; and one regional campus. UMMS generates $1 billion in annual revenues and operates a $400 million research portfolio. Unique among all medical schools, UMMS is home to two strategic business units: Commonwealth Medicine, a substantial health care consulting division that partners with Massachusetts and other states to maximize health care expenditures and deliver health services to vulnerable populations; and MassBiologics of UMMS, the only university-based, nonprofit FDA-licensed discoverer and manufacturer of vaccines and other biologics in the United States.
Dr. Collins joined the University of Massachusetts in 2005 as chancellor of the UMass Boston campus, making him the longest-tenured chancellor within the UMass system. Before coming to the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Collins served as president and chief executive officer of the Caritas Christi Health Care System from 1994 to 2004. An alumnus and former board chair of the College of Holy Cross and a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, he is a board-certified physician in internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Dr. Collins currently sits on the boards of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.; Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives; the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts; and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Helen Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Tufts University School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases;
Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR);
Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program;
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Boucher’s clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised patients and S. aureus infections. Her research interests focus on S. aureus and the development of new anti-infective agents. She is the author or coauthor of numerous abstracts, chapters and peer-reviewed articles, which have been published in such journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and The Annals of Internal Medicine. She is Associate Editor of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. She has been included in Best Doctors in America since 2009. In 2011, Dr. Boucher was elected Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2012, she was elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Exam Writing Committee and in 2014, to the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases Subspecialty Board. In 2015 she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria, and elected Treasurer of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She was awarded the IDSA Society Citation Award in October, 2015. Dr. Boucher serves on the Board of Trustees of the Physicians of Tufts Medical Center and The College of the Holy Cross.