Friday, May 13, 2011

BHCHP honors Ernesto Gonzalez, MD

medicine that matters: From left, O'Connell, Gonzalez and Slavin

Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, a clinician, investigator and educator in the MGH Department of Dermatology, was honored April 25 with the Jim O'Connell Award from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Co-founded in 1985 by MGH physician Jim O'Connell, MD, BHCHP has a close relationship with the hospital and is the country's largest and most comprehensive health care program for the homeless.

Gonzalez was presented the award by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, during the "Medicine that Matters" gala at the Seaport Hotel. The award recognizes an individual who embodies the spirit of BHCHP in providing medical services to the most vulnerable members of society. Since 1998, Gonzalez has treated BHCHP patients on the streets and in clinics, and he was instrumental in establishing a clinical rotation at BHCHP in the HMS Dermatology Training Program.

"Our patients often have unique and complex dermatological problems, and for many years Dr. Gonzalez has generously given his time, professional expertise and compassionate care," said Robert Taube, BHCHP executive director. 

Best-selling author Suzy Welch also was honored at the event, which raised $400,000. For more information about BHCHP, visit 


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