The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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M. Amin Arnaout, MD, chief emeritus of the Division of Nephrology and director of the Leukocyte Biology and Inflammation Program, received the 2017 International Kuwait Prize in Applied Medical Sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, during a Dec. 13 ceremony in Kuwait City. This annual award recognizes a scientist, MD and/or PhD, who has made groundbreaking contributions in the fields of Fundamental or Applied Medical Sciences.
Manisha Bahl, MD, MPH, director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship Program, has received a Research Scholar Grant from the Radiological Society of North America to investigate the application of machine learning algorithms to risk-stratify patients with ductal carcinoma in situ. The grant supports junior faculty members who have completed conventional resident/fellowship training programs but have not been recognized as independent investigators. Bahl's scientific advisor is Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD, director of Breast Imaging.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s (CDI) Summer Research Trainee Program has received the 2017 Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS). Elena B. Olson, JD, executive director of the CDI, and Winfred W. Williams Jr., MD, founding director of the CDI and associate chief of the Division of Nephrology, are the program leaders who accepted the award. The award recognizes departments, divisions, offices or programs for efforts to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of excellence in mentoring. The award will provide an opportunity to learn from successful innovative mentoring programs and allow for others in the HMS community to learn from successful models. Pictured from left, Farrah Belizaire, CDI program manager; Williams; Olson; and Jocelyn Carter, MD, CDI manager of trainee affairs
Dania Daye, MD, PhD, a resident in the Department of Radiology, has been awarded the Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology from the American Association for Women Radiologists. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in clinical care and scholarship.
Matthew Nicholas DeSalvo, MD, a resident in the Department of Radiology, has received a Research Resident Grant from the Radiological Society of North America for his research “Using High Temporal Resolution Functional MRI to Correlate Directional Resting-state Functional Connectivity and Surgical Outcome in Unilateral Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.” The grant provides young investigators an opportunity to gain further insight into scientific investigation and to gain competence in research techniques and methods in anticipation of establishing a career in academic radiologic science.
Erin Dunn, ScD, of the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), and Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD, of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the CGM, have received the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists. They were honored during a ceremony hosted by Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, NIMH director, at the Society of Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., in November. Dunn will be undertaking a project about "Childhood adversity, DNA methylation, and risk for depression" while Karmacharya's research will study "Ex vivo signature of psychosis and treatment response in patient-derived neurons."
Gennadiy Fuzaylov, MD, staff anesthesiologist in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been selected as one of the Gusi Peace Prize International 2017 Laureates. In recognizing the most brilliant examples of those working toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity, the Gusi Peace Prize brings out the best of human achievements, ideals and values. It is a charitable foundation that recognizes the excellence and distinction of individuals or groups worldwide who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society or who contributed toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity.
Steven Grinspoon, MD, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard and the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism, was elected to the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). The ACCA, founded in 1884 to focus on elimination of communicable diseases, today honors leaders in U.S. medicine, with a focus on disease prevention and global health. Grinspoon was honored for his work to understand and treat heart disease among HIV-infected patients.
As part of the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program, Neena Haider, PhD, associate scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), and Hajirah Saeed, MD,associate director of the Cornea Fellowship and member of the cornea faculty at MEEI, met with members of Congress and their legislators Sept. 13-14, in Washington, D.C., to advocate for vision research. The focus of this year’s event was age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research, which coincided with International AMD Week 2017 and Healthy Aging Month. Saeed was selected by AEVR to attend the program and presented her research on the economic and societal impact of Stevens Johnson syndrome. She met with staff members from the offices of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ed Markey, and Rep. Stephen Lynch.
Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, a senior attending pharmacist of Emergency Medicine and Toxicology, was awarded fellowship status in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP). Fellowship recognizes excellence in pharmacy practice in acute and ambulatory care settings and promotes public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves within ASHP. Earlier this year Hayes also became the first pharmacist to receive a faculty appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as assistant professor.
Pedram Heidari, MD, a resident in the Department of Radiology, has received a Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award from the Radiological Society of North America. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding residents and fellows in radiologic research.
David C. Hooper, MD, chief of the MGH Infection Control Unit and associate chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year 396 members were awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Hooper was elected for his work on elucidating mechanisms and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, with a major focus on the molecular determinants of quinolone action and resistance.
Carolyn Kloek, MD, clinical director of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Longwood, and director of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is participating in a new HMS Faculty Mentoring Leadership Certificate Program that runs from Nov. 8, 2017 - June 13, 2018. This program is a multi-session, peer-learning experience for mid-career and senior faculty physician and scientist mentors. The goal for program participants is to become leaders in mentoring who will go on to facilitate the program in future years, or develop similar programs at their own institutions.
Benjamin Larimer, PhD, research fellow in the Department of Radiology, and Shahein H. Tajmir, MD, resident in the Department of Radiology, have each received a Trainee Research Prize from the Radiological Society of North America. Larimer received the prize for his research “Granzyme B PET imaging predicts response to immunotherapy.” Tajmir received the prize in Pediatric Radiology for his research “AI increases accuracy and decreases variance of bone age assessment by radiologists.”
The MGH has been named to The Boston Globe’s list of Top Places to Work for 2017. The MGH was ranked fifth in the Largest Employer (1,000-plus employees) category. The Globe’s Top Places to Work list is based on a survey taken earlier this year by a sampling of MGH employees. The survey asked employee opinions about the hospital’s direction, daily work, their connection to the hospital, as well as pay, management and benefits offerings. This is the eighth time in 10 years that the MGH has made The Globe’s Top Places to Work list.
Daniel Pratt, MD, clinical director of the MGH Liver Transplantation Program, has been honored as the Man of the Year by the American Liver Foundation. He was recognized at the Flavors of Boston 2017 event hosted by the American Liver Foundation – New England Division. Throughout the years, Pratt has been a dedicated advocate for people living with liver disease providing expert care and compassion to all his patients, and supporting the American Liver Foundation in New England. Pratt currently serves as the chairperson for its regional Medical Advisory Committee and also sits on the National Medical Advisory Committee.