Friday, June 29, 2012

Inaugural award honors former director of Cardiac Cath Lab

GOLD AWARD: From left, Lisa Gold; Fifer; Nath; Robert C. Leinbach, MD, who worked closely with Gold; Calfon; Jonathan Gold; and G. William Dec, MD, chief of the Cardiology Division

Cardiology Division staff members, grateful patients, family members and friends gathered to celebrate the inaugural Herman K. “Chip” Gold, MD, MGH Young Investigator Award during a June 19 reception and ceremony in the East Garden Room. The award – which includes a $7,500 research grant – will be given annually in memory of Gold, former director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, to recognize excellence in clinical or translational research by an interventional fellow in the Cardiology Division. Marcella A. Calfon, MD, PhD, a fellow in the Vascular Diagnostic and Intervention Program, is the first recipient.

Calfon was honored for demonstrating the intellectual curiosity and academic integrity exemplified by Gold, who pioneered many innovative methods and procedures before his death in 2008 at the age of 67. She was selected from among five candidates for her study, “Everolimus-Eluting Stents Reduce Inflammatory Cysteine Protease Activity in Atherosclerosis In Vivo: Assessment by Intravascular Fluorescence Imaging,” conducted under the guidance of Farouc A. Jaffer, MD, PhD, of the Cardiac Cath Lab. In July Calfon will join the faculty of UCLA Medical Center as an interventional cardiologist with a specialty in vascular medicine and peripheral intervention.

“Not only are we celebrating Chip’s unique creativity and insight, but we also are encouraging future generations of forward-thinking clinician scientists like him to help advance cardiovascular medicine,” says Michael A. Fifer, MD, current director of the Cardiac Cath Lab.

Gold's wife, Barbara Nath, MD, an MGH gastroenterologist, and two of their children, Lisa and Jonathan, were present at the event.

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