The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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R. Rox Anderson, MD, director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, has received the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). This award was established in 1997 and was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2001 to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Silen made to mentoring students, residents and faculty. This is one of HMS’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards that recognizes the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration.
James Brink, MD, chief of Radiology, has received Honorary Membership in the European Society of Radiology, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in imaging and radiation protection. He was honored at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna in March. 
David F.M. Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, have each received an A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). This is one of HMS’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards that recognizes the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration. This was the first Excellence in Mentoring Award, established in 1995 and in 1997, was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. A. Clifford Barger who, among other things, devoted his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained and worked at HMS.
Greg Estey, senior project manager in the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, and William Lester, MD, of the Department of Medicine and Laboratory of Computer Science, have been awarded a Durant Grant to work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on developing electronic medical records for refugee camps. Their work initially focused on Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan but will have worldwide application.
Hanna K. Gaggin, MD, MPH, FACC, of the Cardiology Division, has been named a member of Cardiology Today’s Next Gen Innovators – a group of early career cardiologists have been identified as innovators in their field. These leaders represent the next generation of cardiologists who are working to educate their colleagues, conduct research on new and novel strategies to advance cardiovascular care and innovate the unique aspects of the cardiology specialty. The Next Gen Innovators list will be announced in the April issue of Cardiology Today.
Joel Habener, MD, MGH endocrinologist, has been awarded the Harrington Prize for Innovation – along with Daniel Drucker, MD, of Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada, and Jens Holst, MD, DMSc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark – for their discovery of incretin hormones and for the translation of these findings into transformative therapies for major metabolic diseases such as diabetes. The prize – established in 2014 by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and The American Society for Clinical Investigation – honors physician-scientists who have moved science forward with achievements notable for innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.
Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, vice chair and service line chief of Interventional Radiology, director of Interventional Neuroradiology and chief of the NeuroInterventional Spine Service received the "Transformational Leadership Award" from the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) at their 2017 Annual Symposium in San Diego, California. Hirsch received the newly created and unique award for his distinguished service, after having served as 2016-2017 ASSR president.
Amit Joshi, PhD, of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit and Gastrointestinal Unit, has been awarded a 2017 American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award. The mission of the awards program is to fund innovative patient-oriented original research in clinical gastroenterology.
Raymond W. Liu, MD, radiologist in the Division of Interventional Radiology, has been named a fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). This honor is given to those who have made significant contributions to SIR and have demonstrated excellence in research, published works, teaching or leadership within the field of interventional radiology.
Steven Lubitz, MD, MPH, of the Cardiology Division, has received a Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The program supports a dedicated year-long research effort between a medical student and a DDCF-funded clinical investigator and role model. Lubitz will mentor a visiting medical student from the University of California, San Francisco on a project that leverages the electronic health record to assess patients at greatest risk of morbidity from atrial fibrillation.
Ralph Mazitschek, PhD, of the Center for Systems Biology, has received the Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award was established in 2005 to recognize faculty who are still in the early stages of their career, but are devoting time to mentor others. This is one of HMS’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards that recognizes the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration.
The MGH has been named one of the “100 great hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2017. The hospitals included on this list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.
Lidia Maria V.R. Moura, MD, MPH, of the Neurovalue laboratory at the Department of Neurology, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) Faculty Fellowship for her project titled “Prescribing Quality in Older Adults with Risk Factors for Seizures. The fellowship enables HMS junior faculty to enhance their career development as researchers and clinicians/teachers, to lead advancement within the Harvard system and to promote diversity within the HMS community. Moura also has received a Career Development Award from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for her project “Epilepsy in the Elderly: Predictors of Treatment Adherence and Outcomes.” This new prestigious award was added to the AAN research program to further their commitment to make a profound difference in the lives of researchers and patients.
Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, PhD, of MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, and Jorge Rodriguez, MD, former Department of Medicine resident, now hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, have received the inaugural Department of Medicine Community Council Research Day Abstract Award for their abstract, “Are Boston Healthcare Center Websites Linguistically Accessible?” This award was established to annually recognize outstanding community health researchers within the Department of Medicine, encouraging others to pursue careers in community health research. Pictured, from left, Dean Xerras, MD, medical director, Chelsea HealthCare Center; Percac-Lima; Rodriguez and Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine
Laurence Rahme, PhD, from the Center for Surgery, Science and Bioengineering, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. This academy is an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology recognizing excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences. Rahme is well known for the development of alternative therapies to fight bacterial infections designed to disarm pathogens from their ability to be virulent, an approach that could reduce antibiotic use, decrease the development of antibiotic resistance and preserve beneficial flora. Recently, her group developed tools and identified prognostic biomarkers that could identify individuals at risk for multiple infections prior to the onset of the infection – enabling a more precise personalized medicine approach to infectious disease that would improve treatment outcome.
Julie Silver, MD, staff physiatrist Brigham and Women's/Mass General HealthCare Center at Foxborough and associate chair for strategic initiatives in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network , has received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Partners HealthCare Medical Education Awards Ceremony in February. The awards program was initiated in 2010 to recognize outstanding achievement in medical education. This award is given to a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions as a mentor.