Friday, March 8, 2013

In General awards and honors: March 8, 2013

Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO, chief of Ophthalmology at the MGH and Mass Eye and Ear, has been elected to Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), regarded as the most prestigious international academic organization in the field. Miller is only the second American woman to be elected into the organization in its 38-year history. “I’m very honored to be in the company of such an elite group of academicians, all of whom have dedicated their careers to shifting the landscape of eye health and treatment options,” Miller says. “I’m excited to add my efforts to AOI’s global mission to bring hope and sight to people around the world.” Miller’s inauguration will be held in Tokyo in April 2014.

Eng H. Lo, PhD, from the departments of Radiology and Neurology at the MGH, received the Thomas Willis Award for his contributions to stroke science. Thomas Willis was a 17th century Oxford scientist who mapped human brain anatomy and defined the network of brain blood vessels. Lo received the award at the International Stroke Conference held in early February, where he presented a lecture titled “Causation and Collaboration for Stroke Research.”

Karon Konner, LICSW, a clinical director of the Social Service Department, will be honored as the 2012 National Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Work during the organization’s annual leadership meeting on April 11 in Washington, D.C. Konner will be recognized for her superb accomplishments in the practice of social work, for her outstanding leadership and for contributing to a positive image for the social work profession. 

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