CONGRESSIONAL VISIT: Rep. Paulsen, left, with Nicholson
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, co-chair of the Medical Technology Caucus, visited the MGH on May 18 to tour the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory in the Richard B. Simches Research Center and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory on Blake 9. Rep. Paulsen, who was accompanied by Laura Bordelon, director of State Government Affairs for Medtronic, Inc., learned about the innovative research conducted in both areas.
Brit Nicholson, MD, chief medical officer, greeted Rep. Paulsen and Bordelon, who then met with a number of MGH staff -- including Tissue Engineering Lab members Erik Bassett; Katherine Kulig; and Harald Ott, MD; and Cath Lab members Igor Palacios, MD; Kenneth Rosenfield, MD; Jonathan Passeri, MD; Sharon McKenna, RN, BSN; and Michael Fifer, MD, director of the lab. Jay Vacanti, MD, MassGeneral Hospital for Children surgeon-in-chief and director of the Tissue Engineering Lab, coordinated the congressmanÕs visit.