The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, director of Think:Kids, has been appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Think:Kids is a clinical and research program that teaches a revolutionary approach for helping children with behavioral challenges. This approach has been used by families, educators, clinicians and youth-focused organizations, impacting nearly 500,000 children annually across the globe. Made possible through a bequest from the late Thomas G. Stemberg, a former MGH President’s Council and Think:Kids Advisory Council member, this chair will help to enhance and expand the research, care and education mission of Think:Kids. Pictured from left, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, chief of Psychiatry; Ablon; Katherine Stemberg; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president


Twelve MGH research fellows were recognized May 16 during the Center for Faculty Development’s Post-Doctoral Division’s Research Fellow Poster Celebration. The annual poster celebration highlights the excellent research done by MGH post-doctoral fellows. Abstracts/posters were evaluated by a review committee to determine the top submissions. They are: David Alagpulinsa, PhD, Infectious Disease Unit; Christopher Chan, PhD, Center for Systems Biology; Sali M.K. Farhan, PhD, Department of Medicine, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit; Parisa Farzam, PhD, Radiology Department; Fernande Freyermuth, PhD,Neurology Department; Amanda Furness, PhD, Center for Genomic Medicine; Dennis Jones, PhD, Department of Radiation Oncology; Siang-Boon Koh, PhD,Cancer Center; Hsing-Ying Lin, PhD, Center for Systems Biology; Jouha Min, PhD, Center for Systems Biology; Xiying Qu, PhD, Infectious Disease Unit; and Gunes Sevinc, PhD, Psychiatry Department.


W. Gerald Austen, MD, MGH surgeon-in-chief emeritus and chair of the MGH Chiefs Council, has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who for 2017-2018. The honor is reserved for biographees who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and longevity within their respective industries and professions. One of the highest distinctions available through Marquis Who’s Who, the award is given each year to a very small number of individuals from the 1.5 million biographees included in Who’s Who.


Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP, chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness and director of the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine, has been appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness. Wendy Macías-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, director of the Human Trafficking Initiative and founding medical and executive director of the MGH Freedom Clinic, has been appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Endowed Scholar for Leadership in Emergency Medicine. These two new endowments and appointments were established by John Hancock. Following the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the MGH received 40 bibs from the Boston Athletic Association to create an Emergency Response Marathon Team. For the fifth straight year, thanks to John Hancock and an additional bib from Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc., the MGH had 41 runners on the Emergency Response Marathon Team. The funds raised established the Endowed Chair and Scholar, helping to provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training at the hospital.

Pictured from left, Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Ann Prestipino, senior vice president of Surgery, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Clinical Business Development; David Brown, MD, chief of Emergency Medicine; Macías-Konstantopoulos; Biddinger; Tom Crohan, assistant vice president & counsel, Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations of John Hancock Financial Services; Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; and Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president of Development


Lynn Black, MD, MPH, of the Department of Medicine, has been awarded by the Massachusetts Medical Society the 2018 Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health, one of the society’s most prestigious honors. The award is presented to a Massachusetts physician who demonstrates creativity, commendable citizenship, initiative, innovation and leadership in the public health and advocacy fields. Black has provided exceptional leadership in multiple domestic and global health projects advocating for those who have been marginalized in society. Her work has involved involving disaster response, refugee health and eliminating gender-based violence in Africa and Haiti. She teaches about the ethics of disaster response and global health.


Ouri Cohen, a postdoctoral fellow in the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, has been honored with the 2017 Editor’s Award for Distinguished Laboratory Investigation by the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The award was in recognition of his paper “MR Coagulation: A Novel Minimally Invasive Approach to Aneurysm Repair,” which describes a new method that could help to address cerebral aneurysm while adding therapeutic capabilities to magnetic resonance imaging. Pictured from left, Cohen and Ziv Haskal, editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology


Paul Cusick, MD, head team Internist for the New England Patriots, was elected to the National Football Physician's Society Executive Board for a two-year term at the annual meeting in Indianapolis in March 2018.


Adam Feldman, MD, MPH, of the Department of Urology and the MGH Cancer Center, was awarded Best Poster at the American Urological Association 2018 Annual Meeting. He received the award for his research, “Metabolic Evaluation of MRI/US Fusion Biopsies Differentiates Malignant from Benign.” He hopes that this collaborative work here at MGH will help to improve our ability to identify clinically significant prostate cancer while minimizing overtreatment of indolent disease.


Farrah J. Mateen, MD, PhD, of the Global Neurology Research Group, has received a 2018 Global Observatory eHealth Award from the Pierre Fabre Foundation. She was recognized for the Guinea Epilepsy Project, of which she is the principal investigator, along with the Guinean-Mass General team. The awards are designed to identify, document, promote and help develop eHealth initiatives that improve access to quality healthcare and medicines for the most disadvantaged populations in resource-limited countries. It stands as the leading resource and gateway for development of eHealth in the Global South.


The MGH has been named to the No. 1 spot on the “Top-Rated Workplaces: Best Hospitals” list from The list is based on employer ratings and 15 million reviews on Indeed. In addition to topping the overall list, the MGH also ranks #1 in the individual rankings for best management and work/life balance. 


The MGH has been named to the DiversityInc “Top Hospitals and Health Systems” 2018 list, which recognizes hospitals and health systems that showcase best practices for diversity. The hospitals that made this year’s list demonstrated best practices in the following areas: employee resource group participation, manager participation in cross-cultural mentoring, diversity goals tied to executive compensation and educating and mentoring diverse suppliers.


The MGH Apollo intranet site received a Lamplighter Award from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications. The recently redesigned intranet received an Award of Excellence in the Internal Communications category – any communication designed to be sent to hospital staff including employee newsletters, medical staff newsletters, brochures, posters, DVDs, intranets, voicemail and other pieces used for communicating with staff. With more than 20 major categories and hundreds of entries each year, the Lamplighter Awards recognize outstanding health care public relations and marketing initiatives. Pictured, from left, Mae Driscoll, News and Public Affairs Coordinator; Colleen Delaney, director of Internal Communication, Publications and Operations; Mini Apollo; and Colleen Keilty, senior Public Affairs officer


The MGH Cancer Center presented the 2018 Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research at a gathering at the Liberty Hotel May 3. Charles Swanton, MD, PhD, Royal Society Napier Chair in Oncology at the Francis Crick Institute and University College of London (UCL) Cancer Institute, and chair of Personalized Cancer Medicine at UCL Hospitals, was honored with the award for his outstanding contributions to molecular biology and cancer research. The prize recognizes a cancer researcher who has made major breakthroughs in the understanding of the disease and exemplifies a role model for students and junior faculty pursuing a career in cancer research. Pictured from left, Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Medicine; Robert Kraft, CEO and chairman of the Kraft Group; Swanton; Jonathan Kraft, president of the Kraft Group; and Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center.

Five MGHers also were presented with the 2018 Jonathan Kraft Team Science Awards during the Jonathan Kraft Symposium. They are: Mark Cobbold, MRSC, PhD, MGH Cancer Center; Aaron Hata, MD, PhD, MGH Cancer Center; Zofia Piotrowska, MD, MGH Cancer Center; Kerry Reynolds, MD,Hematology/Oncology Unit; and Alexandra-Chloe Villani, PhD,Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Division. Both teams are pursuing research in cancer immunotherapy. Pictured, from left, Swanton, Cobbold, Hata, Reynolds, Villani, Jonathan Kraft and Robert Kraft

Jerry Rosenbaum, MD, chief of Psychiatry, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award is given annually to individuals whose accomplishments in their field are cause for celebration and who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity with those less fortunate. The medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards and is annually memorialized in the Congressional Record. Past awardees include Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Lee Iacocca and Rosa Parks.