The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Jodie Babitt, MD, of the Nephrology Department, and Murat Bastepe, MD, PhD, of the Endocrine Unit, were inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in an April 20 ceremony. Established in 1908, the ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies, comprised of physician-scientists elected at age 50 or younger for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research.


Emery Neal Brown, MD, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Statistic Research Laboratory in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been selected as one of seven 2018 inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Marion County, Florida, Brown has made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of anesthesiology, enabling physicians to accurately monitor and safely control the anesthetic state of patients. Brown has been elected to all four national academies: The National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Inventors. He holds three U.S. patents. He will be inducted at the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame fifth annual Induction Ceremony & Gala Sept. 7 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.


Marya Cohen, MD, MPH, of MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Adult Medicine and Medical Director of the Crimson Care Collaborative, based out of the John Dr. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, received the Best Innovations Poster Abstract Award at the 2018 Society of General Internal Medicine New England Regional Meeting. Cohen and her team – Bonnie Blanchfield, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Amy Weinstein, MD, MPH, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Rachael Williams, of the MGH Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation – were recognized for their abstract on “Development of an Advanced Longitudinal Primary Care Elective in a Student-Faculty Practice Network.”


Dan G. Duda, DMD, PhD, director of Translational Research in GI Radiation Oncology, has received a 2018 Pilot Project Grant Award from the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation. He – along with colleague Jennifer Chan, MD, MPH, of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) – were honored for their study, "Biomarkers of response to cabozantinib in patients with neuroendocrine tumors,” of which Duda is the co-principal investigator. This project will evaluate data and patient samples from a phase II clinical trial of cabozantinib, a targeted therapy that showed promise in treating neuroendicrine tumors. Cabozantinib has been shown to be an effective treatment in other types of cancers. In this study, they will analyze samples from a clinical trial conducted at the MGH and DSFCI to look for biomarkers that could predict response to cabozantinib. The findings will be applied to a future investigation in a phase III clinical trial of cabozantinib in neuroendocrine tumors.


Florian Eichler, MD, director of the MGH Center for Rare Neurological Diseases, has received the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award from the Clinical Research (CR) Forum, a non-profit membership association of top clinical research experts and thought leaders from the nation’s leading academic health centers. Named in honor of Herbert Pardes, MD, CR Forum Board vice chair, for his profound impact on clinical research and academic medicine, the award recognizes the research study that best shows a high degree of innovation and creativity, advances science and has an impact upon human disease. Eichler was honored for his study “Gene Therapy Halts Progression of Cerebral ALD.” Pictured, from left, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, CR Forum board member; Pardes; Eichler; and Harry Selker, MD, CR Forum chair


Utibe Essien, MD, research and primary care fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine, received the Mack Lipkin Sr. Award at the 2018 Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting. He was recognized for his abstract “Race, Ethnicity, and Use of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Anticoagulants in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.” Three Mack Lipkin Sr. awards are given to trainees, who are first authors, whose research abstracts are judged highest.


Alessio Fasano, MD, (front left) chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, was inducted as an honorary member of the Institute of Animal Science in the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences in Beijing during a trip to China in January. Fasano also was appointed as chief technical advisor to the ZhongDi Dairy Company, Ltd., in Beijing, and is collaborating with Chinese agencies to help alleviate the rising rate of food allergies in children and adults.


Julie Ingelfinger, MD, (pictured left) senior consultant in Pediatric Nephrology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and Linda Walsh, RN, BSN, CCTC, (pictured right) lead Kidney Transplant coordinator, were honored by the National Kidney Foundation for their years of dedication to the care and treatment of adults and children living with kidney disease. At a March 24 event, Ingelfinger was recognized as the Physician Honoree, and Walsh for Excellence in Nursing.


The MGH Center for Comparative Medicine was featured for its innovative work in an article in the Spring 2018 edition of Target, an Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) publication. The article, “Making lean learning fun and more effective,” focuses on how the center increases lean knowledge, performance and engagement with games. AME is the world’s largest organization dedicated to promoting Lean Management techniques in the quest for obtaining operational excellence.

The MGH Institute of Health Profession’s S-IHP’s CAP: Spaulding – IHP’s Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program has received an Honorable Mention in Public Health Infrastructure in the 2018 Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award competition from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). The program is a collaboration with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in which students, faculty, and practitioners in speech-language pathology and occupational therapy from both Partners’ affiliates provide an intensive six-week program of rehabilitation to aphasia clients. The USPHS and IPEC annually recognize interdisciplinary work, including research, community practice, and/or public health education, that significantly impacts clients and communities.

Mo Motamedi, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center, has received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award. This award is given to investigators who are in the first six years of their independent faculty appointment and supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum.


Stephanie Rutledge, MD, resident in the Department of Medicine, has received the 2018 Massachusetts Medical Society’s Information Technology Award, thanks to an app designed to improve clinical skills. The honor recognizes the development of an information technology tool to help physicians practice medicine, teach medicine or pursue clinical research. Rutledge created the ‘NeuroCog’ app to promote the focus on excellent clinical skills in medical schools and hospitals. Rutledge’s current research projects include evaluating the app’s effect on the acquisition of clinical skills by medical students, the use of inertial sensors to predict hospital readmission rates, novel therapeutics in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the safety of direct-acting antivirals in hepatitis C.


Herman D. Suit, MD, PhD, chief emeritus of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Andres Soriano Professor of Radiation Oncology, emeritus, Harvard Medical School, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Proton Therapy. He was recognized for his pioneering work in the field of radiation oncology and proton therapy. The founding chair of Radiation Oncology at the MGH, Suit began practicing while the field of radiation oncology was still in its infancy and served as a key leader in development of proton therapy as an effective, mainstream tool for treating cancer. Among his accomplishments are his work with limb-preserving treatment for sarcoma patients and proton treatment for spine, sacral and skull base tumors. Suit continues to study tumor microenvironment and angiogenesis of tumor and normal tissue in the lab and has won numerous award for his work.


Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, FASTRO, Pediatric radiation oncologist, C.C. Wang professor of Radiation Oncology at MGH and dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs at Harvard Medical School, has received the 10th annual Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Established in 2008, the award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in advancing and promoting women in cancer medicine and cancer science. It honors Professor Emerita Margaret L. Kripke, PhD, for her advocacy for and promotion of women in academic medicine and science. Tarbell received the award April 3 at M.D. Anderson and addressed faculty and institutional leaders with a presentation entitled “Perspectives on Faculty Development and Advancement of Women in Academic Medicine.”


Inez Tuck, PhD, MBA, MDiv, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions, has received a 2018 Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association. Tuck was recognized for her history of innovation and vision that has marked her 35-year career as a nurse, as a nurse educator and as a nursing education leader. Among Tuck’s initiatives are improving student advisement, creating a safer environment for all students to learn and share their voices and leading the advancement of the Boston graduate school’s interprofessional education goals. She also provides insights on best practices in education to meet the needs of students from underrepresented minorities, and spearheads and facilitates faculty development to meet the goals of inclusion and equity in education. Learn more Pictured above, Tuck (seated, center) with MGH Institute of Health Professions colleagues at the Feb. 9 event.