Monday, September 17, 2007

Physician honored with 2007 presidential scholar award

Marcos F. Vidal Melo, MD PhD, director of research in cardiac anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, is the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Vidal Melo first joined Massachusetts General Hospital as a cardiac anesthesia fellow. Since 2001, he has studied lung function using positron emission tomography (PET). His work focuses on the advancement of PET-based techniques to study ventilation, perfusion, and inflammation in the lung, and he has applied these techniques to patients with lung disease.

“Dr. Vidal Melo is poised to improve our care of the respiratory failure patient by giving us a better understanding of the dysfunction of the injured lung,” said Warren Zapol, MD, Chief of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Mass General Hospital. “He is a most deserving recipient of the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2007 Presidential Scholar Award.”

Vidal Melo lives in Newton with his wife Monica Sa Rego, an anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and his son Vinicius. He is a native of Brazil.
About the AwardThe Presidential Scholar Award is presented annually to an anesthesiologist who is within seven years of his or her first appointment to a department of anesthesiology, who is board-certified, and who spends at least two days per week in clinical practice.

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