The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Charumathi Baskaran, MD, of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit; Laura Dichtel, MD, of Neuroendocrinology; and Vibha Singhal, MD, of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit, were each honored with an Early Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society. Baskaran and Dichtel received their awards for endocrine research, and Singhal received his for metabolic bone research. The awards were established to recognize the achievement of early career investigators in endocrine research. The awardees be honored at the Endocrine Society’s 100th Annual Meeting & Expo next March in Chicago.
Katie Brandt, MM, director of Caregiver Support Services in the MGH Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, and Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, have each been named new members of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services. This federal advisory council will inform and guide the work of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and advise the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary on federal programs that affect people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and continue development and progress on the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease by HHS, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.
Lynda Colarossi, Boston MedFlight’s chief pilot, has received the 2017 William T. Winn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National EMS Pilots Association. This competitive award honors the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer in professionalism, technical expertise, safety and leadership in the air medical and aviation industries. In her role as chief pilot, Colarossi has been central to several key initiatives, including the development of GPS instrument approach procedures to the downtown Boston hospital helipads (the first such system in proximity to a major metropolitan airport anywhere in the U.S.), achieving Boston MedFlight’s FAA Part-135 operating certificate and training pilots in Boston MedFlight’s aviation protocols.
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, chief of the Neurology Service, has received the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Honorary Membership Award. This award recognizes a nonmember physician who is a major contributor to the field of Neuromuscular disease through teaching, research and/or scholarly publications.
Mark Daly, PhD, chief of the Analytical and Translational Genetics Unit, has been named as one of the new members of the National Academy of Medicine. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.
Marlene Freeman, MD, associate director of the MGH Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women's Mental Health and of the Department of Psychiatry, has been appointed the inaugural incumbent of the Abra Prentice Foundation Endowed Chair in Women’s Mental Health. The chair will help advance the MGH’s research, care and education in women’s mental health. A celebration with more than 50 colleagues, friends and family members of the department and Abra Prentice was hosted in the Ether Dome Oct. 5. The evening’s speakers included Britain Nicholson, MD, senior vice president of Development; Maurizio Fava, MD, executive vice chair of Psychiatry; Lee Cohen, MD, founding director, Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women's Mental Health; Freeman; and Abra Prentice Wilkin, trustee, Abra Prentice Foundation. Pictured from left, Fava, Nicholson, Cohen, Wilkin and Freeman
Nir Hacohen, PhD, director of the Center for Cancer Immunology, has been appointed the inaugural incumbent of the David P. Ryan, MD Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. Sandra Irving, her husband, Arthur and daughter, Sarah, made the Chair possible to recognize and thank David Ryan, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology, for his excellent, compassionate care. At the same time, the Irving family also established the Arthur, Sandra and Sarah Irving Fund in Gastrointestinal Immuno-Oncology to support such research under the direction of Ryan. The gifts will advance research and treatment options for patients with gastrointestinal cancers and other cancers, particularly in immunotherapy.
Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Award. The award recognizes clinicians tackling complex problems in their communities, addressing the social factors that underlie health from their perspectives as both health care providers and members of the community. Karmacharya will use this award to address the care of incarcerated young adults with psychotic disorders.
David R. King, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon, has received the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes outstanding citizens who are working to make Massachusetts more resilient. Through safety and preparedness classes and programs, the Red Cross aims to educate and train the residents of Massachusetts to be ready when any situation arises.
Evan Macosko, MD, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry; Radhika Subramanian, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Biology; and Brian Wainger, MD, PhD, of the Departments of Neurology & Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, have each received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. Macosko received the award for his project, Slide-Seq: High-Resolution In Situ Expression Profiling for Neuropathology; Subramanian for her project A Versatile Platform for Reconstructing the Spatial Organization of Intracellular Signaling During Cell-Division; and Wainger for A Human Stem Cell-Derived Neuromuscular Junction Model for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Moussa Mansour, MD, director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, has been appointment the inaugural incumbent of the Jeremy Ruskin, MD and Dan Starks Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Funded through the generosity of Starks, the evening also shined a spotlight on Jeremy Ruskin, MD, director of the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service. The establishment of the chair is the seventh endowed chair for the Division of Cardiology and will propel the MGH’s fight against heart disease. Pictured from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Ruskin; Mansour; Starks; Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, chief of the Cardiology Division; and Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine
Jeevendra Martyn, MD, of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and director of the Clinical and Biochemical Pharmacology Laboratory, has received a Mentoring Excellence in Research Award from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Academy of Research (FAER) for his outstanding record of mentoring young investigators. In honoring Martyn with this award, the FAER Academy made note of his "disarming ability to excel simultaneously in clinical care, teaching, and basic and clinical science" and his humble devotion to his mentees, who without exception described him as "an exceptional advisor, teacher without peer, stalwart skilled scientist, colleague, and sensitive supportive friend.” Martyn previously also received the Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), making him only the second person to have been awarded both honors in ASA history.

The MGH has earned an “A” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Safety Grade represents how well hospital protects patients from errors, injuries and infections and hospitals that repeatedly earn an “A” grade have attained a prestigious honor for patient safety. This is the fourth year in a row the MGH has earned an “A.”

Patrick L. Purdon, PhD, associate director of the MGH Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory, has been appointed the inaugural incumbent of the Nathaniel M. Sims, MD, Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Innovation and Bioengineering. This is the first MGH endowed chair in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and recognizes Nathaniel M. Sims’, MD, 40-year legacy as a developer of patient safety technologies which have resulted in protecting the safety of millions of patients worldwide. In addition to his research, Sims has given countless hours to help mentor young faculty, including Purdon. The Sims Chair will support Purdon’s research in neuroscience and bioengineering, aimed at fundamental questions in aging, development, brain health and anesthesiology. Pictured at the celebration from left: Jeff Cooper, PhD, founder and former executive director of the Center for Medical Simulation; Sims; Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, anesthetist-in-chief; Purdon; and Edward Lowenstein, MD, honorary anesthetist
Zirui Song, MD, PhD, general internist in the Department of Medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award for his project: Inequities in Health Outcomes in the Twenty-First Century: Understanding New Causes and the Impact of Delivery System Reforms on Health Care Disparities. Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently by bypassing the traditional post-doctoral training period.