Nesli Basgoz, MD, of the Infectious Disease Unit, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the newly established MGH Master Clinician Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases, the first Master Clinician chair at the MGH. The chair is to be renamed the Nesli Basgoz, MD Endowed Chair in Clinical Medicine upon Basgoz’s retirement. Remarks were given at a celebration at the Paul. S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation by Timothy Ferris, MD, MGPO chairman and CEO; Cathy Minehan, chair of the MGH Board of Trustees; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine; Rochelle Walensky, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; Basgoz; and Laura Sloate, of the Hermione Foundation and lead donor to the chair. Pictured, from left, Basgoz and Sloate
 
Patricia Pringle Bloom, MD, fellow in the Gastrointestinal Unit; Irun Bhan, MD,physician in the Gastrointestinal Unit; and Ashwini Arvind, MBBS, research fellow in the Gastrointestinal Unit, have each been recognized by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation. Bloom was honored with a 2019 Anna S. Lok Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award, intended to encourage the academic careers of exceptional hepatology trainees. Bhan received a Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Award in Liver Diseases for his research project “Circulating Epithelial Cells: A Liquid Biopsy in Chronic Liver Disease.” Arvind has received a Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship for her work, “Aspirin and Novel Lipid Mediators in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease-Related Fibrosis.”
 
James Brink, MD, radiologist-in-chief, has been inducted as an honorary member of the Japan Radiological Society. The society was established in 1950 and has been the leading official society in the field of radiological science in Japan. The main aim of the society is to promote radiological science in collaboration with various related societies.
 
Alison Brookes, MD, a physician in the Medical Walk-In Unit, has been awarded a 2019 Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society. This recognizes the depth of Brookes’ commitment to the homeless population in Lynn, Massachusetts. She has served as a volunteer and advocate for more than 20 years, volunteering in its emergency shelter, hosting events and raising funds. She recently has served as president of the Lynn Shelter Association board and has been engaged in activism on behalf of the homeless through artistic projects. Two years ago, she developed an exhibition of photography by Lynn’s homeless, demonstrating both their plight and their humanity.
 
Jane Flanagan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, FNI, FNAP, FAAN, nurse scientist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, has received the 2019 Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the American Nurses Association Massachusetts. The award recognizes Flanagan’s distinguished record of teaching excellence, her overall contributions to curriculum development and evaluation along with her mentorship of graduate students in adult-Gerontology Primary Health and doctoral student dissertation advisement.
 
Jose Florez, MD, PhD, chief of the Endocrine Division and Diabetes Unit, and MGH Research Scholar, Class of 2013, has been honored as a Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association. The award recognizes men who have made their families a priority, while balancing demanding careers and community involvement relevant to diabetes. Florez is married to Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, an NIH-funded retina and uveitis specialist at Mass Eye and Ear – together they are raising four daughters. His research focuses on high-throughput genetic studies of type 2 diabetes and related traits, with the goal of translating novel genetic findings into the clinical arena.
 
Gennadiy Fuzaylov, MD, of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has received the Silver Presidential Medal for Saving Life from the President of Ukraine in recognition of saving the lives of 57 burn children and for his outreach efforts to bring pediatric specialty care, burn training and medical supplies to the Ukraine. Fuzaylov has led eight pediatric outreach clinics to the Ukraine since 2011. Valeriy Chaly, Ukrainian ambassador to the US, pictured at left with Fuzaylov, presented the medal to Fuzaylov.
 
Steven H. Liang, PhD, of the Department of Radiology, was honored with the inaugural Hal O'Brien Rising Star Award from the High Country Nuclear Medicine Conference (HCNMC), Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. This award honors young people with the potential to become future leaders in the field of nuclear medicine. Liang received this award for his contribution and potential in the development of novel radiochemical labeling methodology and in vivo probes for positron emission tomography (PET) application. Pictured, Hal O'Brien, PhD, HCNMC founder, at left, and Liang
 
Athar N. Malik, MD, PhD, Neurosurgery resident, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation Research Fellowship Grant (NREF). The grant, which is jointly sponsored by the NREF, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, supports research led by neurosurgery residents pursuing careers as neurosurgeon-scientists. Malik’s grant was awarded to support his project of developing a mouse model of midbrain compression to study the neural circuits underlying coma and consciousness.
 
An all-Peeps depiction of Robert Cutler Hinckley’s painting, “The First Operation with Ether,” received an honorable mention in the Best Adaptation of a Work of Art category in The World’s Finest (and Only…As Far as We Know) Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest. The depiction, titled First “Peep”eration with Ether, was commended by the judges for the evocative posing of the main characters – entirely reminiscent of the painting on which it was based.
 
Joan Quinlan, vice president for Community Health, was honored at the 2019 Get Konnected! event Women Who Walk the Talk: Celebrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Allies. Get Konnected! honored “Boston’s Woke White Women committed to making Boston a more equitable and inclusive city,” and featured local leaders from academia, business, media, social and economic justice. Quinlan was honored in the category of Health Care for her work addressing health disparities and ensuring health equity for economically challenged communities in Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere.
 
Gary Ruvkun, PhD, investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS). Election to APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields and is unusual among learned societies because its membership is comprised of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines.
 
Jack Szostak, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Szostak’s current research interests focus on the laboratory synthesis of self-replicating systems and the origin of life.
 
Xiao Tan, MD, PhD, clinical research fellow in the Gastrointestinal Unit, has received a 2019 Research Scholar Award from the American Gastrointestinal Association. The award helps support young gastroenterologists working toward independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.
 
Nneka N. Ufere, MD, postdoctoral research fellow in the Gastrointestinal Division, was honored with a 2019 Clinical Research Pilot Award from the American College of Gastroenterology in recognition of her study, “An Advance Care Planning Video Decision Support Tool for Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease.” Ufere’s research focuses on developing palliative and supportive care interventions for patients with advanced liver disease.
 
Brandon Westover, MD, PhD, of the Neurology Department – along with teammates Cynthia Rudin, Duke University; Aaron Struck, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; and Berk Ustun, PhD, Center for Research on Computation and Society, Harvard – have received the 2019 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) from the Analytics Society of INFORMS and sponsored by Caterpillar and the Analytics Society. Their work, “The Transparent Machine Learning Models for Predicting Seizures in ICU Patients from cEEG Signals,” was recognized for its creative and unique application of a combination of analytical techniques in a new area. Pictured, from left, Struck; Juan R. Jaramillo, committee chair; and Westover
 
The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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