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Carolynn Michelle DeBenedectis MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentRadiology
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-334-3850
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    DepartmentRadiology


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    College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, United StatesBABiology
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MAFellowshipWomen's Imaging
    Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, United StatesMD
    Warren Alpert School of Medicine - Brown University, Providence, RIResidencyRadiology
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    2014Teacher of the Year Award, UMass Memorial Medical Center/University of Massachusetts Medical School
    2012Fellow of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
    2009Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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    Dr. Carolynn DeBenedectis is a fellowship trained Women’s Imager who specializes in breast imaging. Dr. DeBenedectis is proficient in mammography/tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and breast intervention. In addition to her clinical work she serves as the Radiology Residency Program Director. Dr. DeBenedectis has developed the first training program in the country to teach and evaluate radiology residents’ communication skills through simulation. Her training program is now part of the American College of Radiology’s official communication skills curriculum for residents. She has also developed a communication skills workshop for attending radiologists who perform image guided interventions for CME credit. Dr. DeBenedectis has presented this communication skills training research at numerous national and international meetings and has served on a Radiology Research Alliance task force which wrote a white paper on uses of simulation in radiology. Dr. DeBenedectis is also the co-chair of the APDR Diversity Committee and has published numerous papers and lead numerous initiatives to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in radiology. She is active in the medical school as a voting member of the UMass Medical School Admissions committee.




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    1. DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany D, Morrow M, Del Re D, DiVito D, Brown SD, Slanetz PJ. Incorporating Patient- and Family-Centered Care Into Radiology Residency Training Through an Experiential Curriculum. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Nov 08. PMID: 30416010.
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    2. Spalluto LB, Roumie CL, Bonnett KR, Schlundt DG, DeBenedectis CM, Wilkins CH. Women's response to state-mandated language in dense breast notification. Breast J. 2018 Sep 25. PMID: 30255589.
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    3. Spalluto LB, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow MS, Lourenco AP. Advances in Breast Localization Techniques: An Opportunity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction. Semin Roentgenol. 2018 Oct; 53(4):270-279. PMID: 30449345.
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    4. DeBenedectis CM and Rosen MP. Teaching Radiologists Who Perform Image Guided Interventions Effective Communication Skills Through Simulation. Curr. Probl Diagn Radol. 2018.
    5. Spalluto LB, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow MS, Lourenco AP. Advances in Breast Localization Techniques: An Opportunity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction. Seminars in Roentgenology. 2018.
    6. Spalluto LB, Schlundt DG, DeBenedectis CM, Wilkins CH. Women’s Response to State Mandated Language in Dense Breast Notification. The Breast Journal. 2018.
    7. DeBenedectis CM, Rosen MP. Teaching Radiologists Who Perform Image-Guided Interventions Effective Communication Skills Through Simulation. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2018 Jul 05. PMID: 30077430.
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    8. Americo L, Ramjit A, Wu M, Jensen L, Caplin D, Mazzie J, Gaviola GC, Milburn J, Ho CP, Patel MD, DeBenedectis CM, Heitkamp DE, Sarkany D. Health Care Disparities in Radiology: A Primer for Resident Education. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2018 May 31. PMID: 30049525.
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    9. Heitkamp DE, Ali K, DeBenedectis CM, England E, Gaviola GC, Ho CP, Kalia V, Milburn JM, Ong S, Patel MD, Scanlon MH, Sarkany DS. The Association of Program Directors in Radiology Academic Output Task Force: Assisting Today's Busy Radiology Educators. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 May 14. PMID: 29773447.
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    10. Sarkany D, DeBenedectis CM, Morrow M, Sotardi S, Del Re D, DiVito D, Slanetz PJ. Educating Radiology Residents About Patient- and Family-Centered Care: The Time Has Come. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Jun; 15(6):897-899. PMID: 29680404.
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    11. Sarkany D, DeBenedectis CM, Brown SD. A Review of Resources and Methodologies Available for Teaching and Assessing Patient-Related Communication Skills in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jul; 25(7):955-961. PMID: 29361417.
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    12. Slanetz PJ, Canon CL, Spalluto LB, Debenedectis CM, Borondy Kitts A, Deitte LA. Fostering Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology Practice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 May; 15(5):784-786. PMID: 29301725.
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    13. Ballard DH, Trace AP, Ali S, Hodgdon T, Zygmont ME, DeBenedectis CM, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Patel MJ, Decker SJ, Lenchik L. Clinical Applications of 3D Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):52-65. PMID: 29030285.
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    14. Hodgdon T, Danrad R, Patel MJ, Smith SE, Richardson ML, Ballard DH, Ali S, Trace AP, DeBenedectis CM, Zygmont ME, Lenchik L, Decker SJ. Logistics of Three-dimensional Printing: Primer for Radiologists. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):40-51. PMID: 29030283.
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    15. Yuan ED, Makris J, DeBenedectis CM. Do Interventions Intended to Increase Female Medical Student Interest in Radiology Work? Preliminary Findings. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2017 Sep 12. PMID: 28988710.
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    16. Brown SD, Rider EA, Jamieson K, Meyer EC, Callahan MJ, DeBenedectis CM, Bixby SD, Walters M, Forman SF, Varrin PH, Forbes P, Roussin CJ. Development of a Standardized Kalamazoo Communication Skills Assessment Tool for Radiologists: Validation, Multisource Reliability, and Lessons Learned. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug; 209(2):351-357. PMID: 28537754.
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    17. Delaney EE, Larkin A, MacMaster S, Sakhdari A, DeBenedectis CM. Rosai-Dorfman Disease of the Breast. Cureus. 2017 Apr 11; 9(4):e1153. PMID: 28503389.
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    18. Gao Y, Dialani V, DeBenedectis C, Johnson N, Brachtel E, Slanetz P. Apocrine Metaplasia Found at MR Biopsy: Is There Something to be Learned? Breast J. 2017 Jan 12. PMID: 28079289.
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    19. Vijayaraghavan GR, Vedantham S, Kataoka M, DeBenedectis C, Quinlan RM. The Relevance of Ultrasound Imaging of Suspicious Axillary Lymph Nodes and Fine-needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Post-ACOSOG Z11 Era in Early Breast Cancer. Acad Radiol. 2016 Dec 01. PMID: 27916595.
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    20. DeBenedectis CM, Gauguet JM, Makris J, Brown SD, Rosen MP. Coming Out of the Dark: A Curriculum for Teaching and Evaluating Radiology Residents' Communication Skills Through Simulation. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jan; 14(1):87-91. PMID: 27914939.
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    21. DeBenedectis C, Ghosh E, Lazarus E. Pitfalls in imaging of female infertility. Semin Roentgenol. 2015 Oct; 50(4):273-83. PMID: 26542428.
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    22. Chetlen AL, Mendiratta-Lala M, Probyn L, Auffermann WF, DeBenedectis CM, Marko J, Pua BB, Sato TS, Little BP, Dell CM, Sarkany D, Gettle LM. Conventional Medical Education and the History of Simulation in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):1252-67. PMID: 26276167.
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    23. DeBenedectis C, Hultman R, Vijayaraghavan G. Electronic Breast Imaging Learning Module: A Way to Enhance the Breast Imaging Rotation for Residents. 2015.
    24. Debenedectis CM, McCulloh RJ, Healey TT. Pulmonary Cryptococcosis. R I Med J (2013). 2013 May; 96(5):53-4. PMID: 24937855.
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    25. Debenedectis CM, Levine D. Incidental genitourinary findings on obstetrics/gynecology ultrasound. Ultrasound Q. 2012 Dec; 28(4):293-8. PMID: 23149507.
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    26. Spalluto LB, Woodfield CA, DeBenedectis CM, Lazarus E. MR imaging evaluation of abdominal pain during pregnancy: appendicitis and other nonobstetric causes. Radiographics. 2012 Mar-Apr; 32(2):317-34. PMID: 22411935.
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    27. DeBenedectis CM, Beland MD, Dupuy DE, Mayo-Smith WW. Utility of iodinated contrast medium in hydrodissection fluid when performing renal tumor ablation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2010 May; 21(5):745-7. PMID: 20307989.
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    28. Lazarus E, Debenedectis C, North D, Spencer PK, Mayo-Smith WW. Utilization of imaging in pregnant patients: 10-year review of 5270 examinations in 3285 patients--1997-2006. Radiology. 2009 May; 251(2):517-24. PMID: 19293204.
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