Friday, October 4, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Oct. 4, 2013

Patricia Donahoe, MD, director of the Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories at the MGH, was elected to the Board of Directors and Governors of American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donahoe served on the St. Jude Scientific Advisory Board from 1997 to 2006.

David Kuter, MD, DPhil, director of Clinical Hematology in the MGH Cancer Center, will be honored by The American Society of Hematology (ASH) with the 2013 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize on Dec. 9 at the 55th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. Kuter is recognized for his significant advances in the discovery of thrombopoietin (TPO), the platelet growth factor that regulates platelet production. The Ernest Beutler Lecture, named for the late Ernest Beutler, MD, a past president of ASH and physician-scientist for more than 50 years, is a two-part lectureship. The award is given to two individuals; one who has enabled advances in basic science and the other for achievements in clinical science or translational research. Kuter and fellow recipient Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, of Stony Brook University, will present a lecture, “Thrombopoietin: From Molecule to Medicine,” outlining the clinical development of the recombinant TPO and the newer TPO receptor agonists.

Jen Sheen, PhD, of the MGH Department of Molecular Biology, was selected to receive the 2014 Martin Gibbs Medal Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) for her “seminal and innovative contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying the plant signal transduction cascades that mediate nutrient, hormone, and environmental stress responses and pathogen defenses in plants.” The Gibbs Medal is presented biennially to an individual who has pioneered advances that establish new directions of investigation in the plant sciences. Sheen will be honored during a symposium at the 2014 ASPB annual meeting in Portland, Ore.

The MGH has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems. The MGH Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) program received The Excellence in Life Support Award, for demonstrating excellence in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatments and in training, education, collaboration and communication. Members of the MGH ECLS team were presented the award at a ceremony during this year’s ELSO meeting in September.

Hena Ahmed, medical student in the MGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received second place in the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), Green Solutions for the Operating Room competition. Ahmed’s submission, “QR Code Inventory for Health Care Equipment Recovery and Resource Distribution for Global Impact,” proposed recycling operating room materials through collection and distribution to resource-poor settings.

Kevin Oh, MD, of the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology, received the 2013 Educator of the Year Award from The Association for Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). Presented annually, the award recognizes outstanding teachers and mentors of radiation oncology residents. The ARRO is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.

Arthur Boland, MD, orthopædic surgeon in the MGH Sports Medicine Service, was honored by the Arthritis Foundation New England Region with the Dr. Marian Ropes Award for excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis. Ropes – a pioneer and national leader in the field of rheumatology – also was the first female medical resident at the MGH. The award is given annually to a highly regarded rheumatologist and orthopædic surgeon.

Joshua Roffman, MD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, was among three recipients honored with an MQ Fellows Award, recognizing early career investigators in the field of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia. Roffman will conduct an exploratory study of the impact of folic acid supplementation on risk factors for schizophrenia, which he hopes may prevent schizophrenia in the future. The 2013 fellows were selected from a highly competitive international group of more than 100 applicants from more than 15 countries. MQ is a London-based nonprofit focused on identifying and funding research key to solving global issues in mental health.

Malissa J. Wood, MD, co-director of the MGH Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, will receive the 2013 Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the Council on Clinical Cardiology. This award recognizes individuals who have an outstanding record of effectively mentoring women cardiologists and underscores the importance of mentoring in the professional development of women. The award will be presented during the annual 2013 Clinical Cardiology Council Dinner at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 16.

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