The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Nearly 100 MGH doctors were named to the 2016 Boston Magazine Top Doctors list. View the list.
Rox Anderson, MD, director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Lynn Drake, MD, director of Business Development and Policy for the Wellman Center, have been honored by the Inspirational Physicians Recognition Program by the American Medical Association. The program provides an opportunity for physicians to express appreciation to the special men and women who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys.
Seventeen MGHers have been named as 2016 Highly Cited Researchers by Thompson Reuters. This list represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. Those awarded this honor are: Joseph Biederman, MD; Randy Buckner, PhD; Mark Daly, PhD; Jeffrey Engelman, MD, PhD; Maurizio Fava, MD; Bruce Fischl, PhD; Keith Flaherty, MD; Gad Getz, PhD; Daniel Haber, MD, PhD; Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD; Rakesh Jain, PhD; J Keith Joung, MD, PhD; Sekar Kathiresan, MD; James Meigs, MD; David Nathan, MD; Andrew Nierenberg, MD; Shaun Purcell, PhD; Bruce Walker, MD; Ramnik Xavier, MD, PhD.  See the full list.
Miriam Bredella, MD, of the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Interventions in the Department of Radiology, has been elected to the board of directors of the Academy of Radiology Research. The academy was the catalyst for creating the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, for supporting its growth and development, for accelerating investment in vital imaging research areas by other NIH institutes and for building support for radiology and imaging in Congress and the Executive Branch. 
David F.M. Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been appointed the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Professorship in Emergency Medicine. A celebration to recognize Brown took place Oct. 31 at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and was attended by more than 60 guests. This professorship is the first HMS professorship in emergency medicine at the MGH and will provide support to further Brown’s research, teaching and clinical care efforts. Pictured from left, Richard Wolfe, MD, chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Nancy Tarbell, MD, MGH Pediatric Radiation Oncology; Brown; Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; and David Torchiana, MD, Partners HealthCare president and CEO
Francis Leo Delmonico, MD, emeritus director of MGH Renal Transplantation, was inducted as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis at the Vatican in November. Members of the academy are chosen on the basis of their eminent original scientific studies receive a lifetime appointment. Delmonico previously met with Pope Francis to discuss his work with the World Health Organization, where he is recognized as a world leader in assisting member nations to develop ethical donation and transplant standards.
Douglas Drachman, MD, director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, was among five distinguished North American physicians honored with a 2016 Pioneer in Performance Awards, from W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore). He was honored for Commitment to Ongoing Learning. The biennial awards program acknowledges exceptional work in the field of vascular and endovascular therapy.
Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, of the MGH Diabetes Unit; Mehmet Toner, PhD, of MGH Surgery and the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine; Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Systems Biology; and Warren Zapol, MD, director of the Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research and emeritus anesthetist-in-chief, have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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. The 2016 fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 26,000.
A short documentary, Bedside Manner, inspired by Alice Flaherty’s, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Movement Disorders Fellowship Program, essay The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block and the Creative Brain, has been awarded Best Short Documentary at DocNYC – America’s largest documentary film festival. This award means the documentary will automatically be entered for consideration for an Academy Award. Flaherty is featured in the documentary, and also plays a delirious patient in a New York City emergency room.
Mel Glenn, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Brain Injury Division, has received the Sheldon Berrol, MD, Clinical Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of America. This award is presented to an individual who, through a long clinical service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving quality of care, professional training and/or education in the field of brain injury.
Nancy Lee Harris, MD, of the Department of Pathology and editor of the MGH Case Records for the New England Journal of Medicine, has been awarded the J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine by the Stanford University School of Medicine, her alma mater. The award is named for the former Stanford president and is presented to a Stanford Medicine physician graduate in recognition of exceptional lifetime achievement in medicine. She was honored at a dinner on campus Dec. 5, and with a video tribute.
Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, associate director of MGH Partnerships and Global Initiatives, Critical Care attending physician and CEO and cofounder of Seed Global Health, has received Marie Claire’s Young Women’s Honors Award. She was honored in Marie Claire and during a Young Women Honors Event aired on the CW channel Dec. 19. The awards honor inspirational women of grit, grace and greatness. Kerry’s company, Seed, sends U.S. doctors and nurses to train healthcare workers in places where such professionals are scarce. Since its founding in 2011, Seed has taught more than 8,000 doctors, nurses and midwives in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland and Liberia. The MGH is Seed’s founding academic partner and awards Fellowships in Global Clinical Education to the U.S. health professional volunteers for their year of service. Read more
Kalpathy S. Krishnamoorthy, MD, of Pediatric Neurology, has received the Roger & Mary Brumback Child Neurology Society (CNS) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given in recognition of lifelong commitment to Pediatric Neurology, patient care and humanism in medicine. He received the award from Kenneth Mack, MD, PhD, CNS president, at a society meeting Oct. 27 in Vancouver, Canada.
The MGH has been named one of the Top Places to Work for 2016 by The Boston Globe. This list appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine on Nov. 20. The MGH was ranked sixth in the Large Employer (1,000-plus employees) category. The Top Places to Work list is based on employee surveys, which asked about the hospital’s direction, daily work environment, the individual employee’s connection to the hospital, as well as pay, management and benefits offerings. This is the seventh time in nine years that the hospital has made The Globe’s Top Places to Work list.
The MGH Drug Diversion Task Force has received the 18th annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Best Practices Award. This awards program recognizes outstanding practitioners who have successfully implemented innovative systems that demonstrate best practices. The MGH was one of six institutions in country recognized with this award and was presented with the award at a reception in December at the ASHP midyear meeting in Las Vegas. Representatives from MGH Drug Diversion Task Force (some represented here) included: Christopher Fortier, PharmD; Ray Mitrano, RPh; Michelle McCrea, RPh; Dena Alioto, RPh; Kevin Whitney, RN; Theresa Capodilupo, RN; Colleen Snydeman, RN; Patricia Shanteler, RN; Claire Seguin, RN; John Belknap; Ann Schwartz, CRNA; Richard Pino, MD; Julianne Casieri, RN; Jennifer Goba;, Daniel Coleman; Robert Patenaude; Bonnie Michelman; Matthew Monahan; Elizabeth Allen, RN; and Judy Carr, RN.
Robert A. Novelline, MD, FACR, professor emeritus of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and former director of the MGH Emergency Radiology Division and Emergency Radiology Fellowship Program, has been awarded the American Roentgen Ray Society’s (ARRS) Gold Medal. He will be presented with the award in April 2017. The ARRS Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor awarded to recipients for distinguished service to radiology.
Mikael Pittet, PhD, of the MGH Center for Systems Biology, has been awarded the Robert Wenner Award from the Swiss Cancer League for his seminal work in the field of tumor immunology. The League cited his highly original articles and groundbreaking findings to improve current immunotherapy approaches.