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; Rakesh Jain, PhD, director of the Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology; and Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD, director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.
A health care startup co-founded by Omar Badri, MD, a senior resident in Dermatology/Internal Medicine, has been accepted to Y-Combinator in San Francisco, California. The prestigious technology accelerator/investment group accepts less than 1 percent of companies they evaluate and has helped launch a few major tech companies. Medumo, Badri’s company, is a mobile and web-based platform that delivers instructions and reminders to patients to help manage their care and facilitate clinical intervention with health care providers.
Waveney Cole, of the Institute for Patient Care, and Joelle Leacock, CNM, of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, have been named the 2018 MGH YMCA Achiever Awardees. The YMCA Achiever Program celebrates multicultural employees who selflessly give of themselves and make a difference for youth within communities of color. Through the hospital’s partnership with the YMCA, the MGH has recognized more than 80 multicultural employees for their community and professional achievements over the years. YMCA Achiever Nominees who received an honorable mention were Emmanuela Menard-Jeudy, of Clinical Pathology, and Pamela Cazeau, of Specialized Healthcare Services.
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, chief of Neurology, has received a 2018 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber honors nine remarkable, senior level women annually for outstanding achievement in business and management. The awards honor leading women for outstanding achievement in the workplace and demonstrated leadership that has made a difference and a commitment to enhance the quality of life in the region. Cudkowicz also has received the Forbes Norris Award from the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations, recognizing excellence in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease community. This award recognizes a combination of two important qualities: management of and advances in the understanding of ALS/MND and to the benefit of people living with the disease.
Dania Daye, MD, PhD, a resident in the Department of Radiology, has received a Trainee Research Prize from the Radiological Society of North America in the health services policy and research category, for her research “Point of care virtual radiology consultants in primary care: A new model for patient-centered radiology.”
Leif Ellisen, MD, PhD, program director for Breast Medical Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center and Weissman Family MGH Research Scholar, and Srinivas Vinod Saladi, PhD, instructor in the MGH Cancer Center, have received the Douglass Foundation Prize for Excellence in Hematology-Oncology Laboratory Research. This award honors their research published in the journal Cancer Cell. The award is given annually recognizing the excellent scientific publication from the cancer center. Pictured from left, Nicholas Dyson, PhD, scientific director of the MGH Cancer Center; Saladi and Ellisen
The 2017 grant awards from the Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) have been given to three departments that proposed creative, innovative ways of incorporating community health and health equity into their work. They are: Implementation & Evaluation of the “Build Our Kids Success” Physical Activity Program in Revere and Effects on Child Health and Wellness by Rachel Whooten, MD, Division of General Academic Pediatrics; Peaceful Pregnancy Program by Katherine Rushfirth, CNM, MSN, OB/GYN and Chelsea Health Center; and Development of a novel teledermatology service to increase access to dermatologic care in the homeless population in Boston: A feasibility study by Jennifer Tan, MD, MGH Dermatology and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. With three new grants and four continuing from last year, ECOCH is now funding seven clinical departments: Psychiatry, Medicine, Cancer Center, OMFS, Pediatrics, OB and Dermatology. Pictured from left, Derri Shtasel, MD, director of the MGH division of Public and Community Psychiatry and chair of the ECOCH Clinical Committee; Whooten; Rushfirth; Joan Quinlan, MGH vice president for Community Health and ECOCH executive sponsor; and Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine and ECOCH chair
Erik Folch, MD, co-director of Interventional Pulmonology and chief of the Center of Complex Chest Disease, has received the Geoffrey McLennan Memorial Award for Advances in Interventional Pulmonology from the American Association for Bronchology and International Pulmonology. The award honors McLennan, a professor and scholar in pulmonary medicine, radiology and biomedical engineering who made significant advances in the practice of interventional pulmonology during his career.
Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute, has been named an Honorary Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  He is the first non-surgeon honored with this award, which he received at the 34th ASMBS annual meeting, recognizing his outstanding contribution to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Kaplan’s laboratory has pioneered the development and use of rodent models of bariatric surgery and has identified several of the physiological mechanisms of action of these operations. His group has also identified the first genetic predictors of clinical response to bariatric surgery in human patients.
Greg Koski, PhD, MD, honorary anesthetist in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and a senior faculty advisor at Partners HealthCare International, has received a Partnership in Clinical Trials (PCT) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes individuals who have changed the direction of the clinical trials world, leaving a legacy and making a major impact on this endeavor over their careers. Koski was recognized for his many contributions to clinical research during the PCT Europe conference in Amsterdam. He received the award based on his extensive clinical and basic biological research in addition to his contributions in the areas of research ethics, regulation, professionalism and clinical trials operations.
Suzanne Koven, MD, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has had her essay “Letter to a Young Female Physician” chosen by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) as one of the 13 most notable NEJM publications of 2017. The essay was the only personal essay chosen.
Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, of the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, have each been named to El Planeta’sPowermeter 100, a list of Massachusetts’ 2017 Most Influential People for Latinos. This diverse list represents 100 powerful individuals from all walks of life who most made an impact in Massachusetts’ Latino community.
Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD, associate professor and scientific director of the MGH Center for Cancer Risk Assessment, has received an Outstanding Scientist Award from the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research (AAISCR). This award recognizes outstanding, novel and significant biomedical research which has led to important contributions to the fields of basic cancer research, translational cancer research, cancer diagnosis, prevention of cancer or treatment of cancer patients. The award will be presented at the AAISCR meeting in Chicago, Illinois on April 16.
Theresa McLoud, MD, vice chair for Education in the Department of Radiology and Residency Program director, has been appointed as the inaugural incumbent to the Manorama and Virender Saini Endowed Chair in Radiology Education. The chair honors the parents of Sanjay Saini, MD, vice chairman for Finance and Quality in the MGH Department of Radiology. Pictured from left, Jim Brink, MD, radiologist-in-chief, McLoud and Saini
The MGH has received a 2018 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, a Best Places to Work list compiled by Glassdoor, an online site that collects information about workplace experiences. Employee reviews on Glassdoor represent workplace experiences from all industries in the U.S. and around the world. This information was used to create the 100 Best Places to Work list, on which the MGH is No. 90.
Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, The Laurel Schwartz Associate Professor in the MGH Cancer Center and The Kristine and Bob Higgins MGH Research Scholar, has received the Premio Raices (Roots Prize) from the Ministry of Science and Technology in Argentina. The prize recognizes Argentinian scientists abroad for their achievements and continued collaborations with scientists in Argentina.