Victor Lewis, MD, of the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, was honored with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Center’s Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in June at the league’s annual gala. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates consistent support of and devotion to the delivery of community health care services through his or her clinical practice. Lewis was recognized for his many years of work caring for HIV/AIDS patients at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center as well as his efforts with patients in the Suboxone Program.
Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is the recipient of the first annual Nelson Mandela Children Champion Award for his work on behalf of children. This award recognizes those who have consistently helped improve the lives of children while introducing Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund to the Boston community. Nelson Mandela founded the fund to provide for South Africa’s children and youth and ensure they have healthy and prosperous lives. The Japan Society of Boston honored
N. Stuart Harris, MD, MFA, Kohei Hasegawa, MD, and Takashi Shiga, MD, of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine, with the John E. Thayer III Award during the society’s annual dinner held June 9. The award was established to recognize the achievements of individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The three physicians were honored for their relief efforts in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, of the MGH/Partners Institute for Health Policy and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at HMS, has been named chairman of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. The commission’s members are a distinguished group of experts and leaders representing every sector of health care, as well as the state and federal policy arena, the business sector, professional societies and academia. The group is charged with developing recommendations to promote a high-performing health care system that provides all Americans with affordable access to high-quality, safe care while maximizing efficiency.