The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Deepak Balani, DMD, PhD, research fellow in the Endocrine Unit, has received the 2017 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes young investigators who submit top-ranking abstracts to an ASBMR Meeting. Balani received the award and plaque at the ASBMR annual meeting in September.
 
Hasan Bazari, MD, program director emeritus for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, has received the National American College of Physicians (ACP) Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows. The award recognizes an ACP member who is a distinguished faculty member who spends a significant amount of time teaching residents and fellows.
 
Nine MGHers have been named to the GK50 list of 50 Most Influential People of Color in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, by Get Konnected, Neighborhood Health Plan, Partners Healthcare and the Boston Business Journal. They are: Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, director of the Disparities Solutions Center and director of Multicultural Education at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Emery N. Brown, MD, director of the Neuroscience Statistic Research Laboratory in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Jocelyn Carter, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine physician; Marcela Del Carmen, MD, MGPO medical director; Jonathan Jackson, PhD, of the Neurology Department; Laura Riley, MD, medical director of Labor and Delivery; Elsie Taveras, MD, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Population Health Management; Michael T. Watkins, MD, Vascular Surgeon; and Winfred Williams, MD, associate chief of the Division of Nephrology. These awardees are recognized as distinguished leaders of culturally diverse backgrounds who are making positive contributions to the economic and social fabric of the city of Boston. Pictured from left, Carter, Riley, Betancourt, Williams and Taveras
 
Dennis Brown, PhD, director of the MGH Program in Membrane Biology within the Division of Nephrology, has been elected as a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). Academia Europaea is the only Europe-wide academy with individual membership from Council of Europe states and other nations across the world.The organization of eminent, individual scientists and scholars, covers the full range of academic disciplines and organizes meetings and workshops, provides scientific and scholarly advice, and publishes the European Review.
 
Rosemary Grant, RN, of the MGH/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, has been awarded The Edith and Richard Davis Nursing Excellence Award. This annual award supports continuing education for nurses at the MGH/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, specifically helping with travel and associated costs to attend conferences. The effort is spearheaded by Davis’s niece, Irene Newsham, PhD. Edith and Richard’s two daughters – Debbie and Cindy – attended the ceremony.
 
Joel Habener, MD, MGH endocrinologist, has received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Endocrine Society. The award – one of 14 Laureate Awards – recognizes a career commitment to mentoring and a significant positive impact on mentees’ education and career. A pioneer in the identification and characterization of peptide hormone genes, transcription factors and mechanisms regulating β-cell function and survival, Habener has mentored physicians and scientists who themselves have trained hundreds of students and fellows. A notable feature of Habener’s work is training new fellows who only have clinical training and whom have never worked in a lab.
 
Henry Kronenberg, MD, chief of the Endocrine Division, was awarded the Most Outstanding Basic Abstract Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). The awards are given to the lead investigators of the highest scored basic abstract and the highest scored clinical abstract submitted for presentation at the ASBMR Annual Meeting. The members of the Program Committee select the award winner based on the scientific merit of the abstract.
 
James Luisi, executive director of North End Waterfront Health, has been elected chairman of the board of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The NACHC serves as the national health care advocacy organization for America’s medically underserved and uninsured and the community health centers that serve as their health care home. NACHC works in conjunction with state and regional primary care associations, health center controlled networks and other public and private sector organizations to expand health care access to all in need. CHCs are the largest network of providers in the U.S. – located in more than 10,000 rural and urban communities – serving more than 27 million people and saving the health care system more than $24 billion in health care costs. Luisi has made a name for himself as an effective leader and advocate – and his peers across the country recognized his talents and his commitment to the goals of CHCs.
 
The MGH Department of Surgery and Codman Center for Clinical Effectivenesshave been recognized for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). Hospitals achieve this distinction based on composite quality score in the outcomes in mortality and complications such as cardiac, respiratory, unplanned intubation, ventilator greater than 48 hours, renal failure, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections for all surgery cases during the period of Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. This recognition reflects the outstanding performance of the hospital’s surgical teams in providing patient care at many levels. This distinction goes to only approximately 10 percent of the 680 participating hospitals entering data into NSQIP in 2016 and represents the first time that the MGH has reached this status.
 
Tomas G. Neilan, MD, MPH, MRCPI, director of the Cardio-Oncology Program and co-director of the Cardiac MR PET CT Program, was named to the 2017 Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences honors list. The award recognizes Irish and Irish American doctors, clinical researchers, pharmaceutical leaders and medical professionals, and highlights the work they are doing to improve the lives of their communities and our healthcare industry. The award was presented by Daniel O’Day, CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals, and Steve Cutler, PhD, CEO of ICON plc, at a ceremony in New York on Sept. 6. Neilan was recognized for his important research and clinical contributions to cardiovascular care of patients with cancer.
 
Leigh Simmons, MD, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has received the 2017 Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School, the highest honor bestowed on a teaching faculty member for their contributions in undergraduate medical education.
 
Donna Smith, senior administrative manager for research in the Department of Molecular Biology, has been elected Chair for the New England Region of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) for 2019; which immediately follows a term as chair-elect (2018). NCURA is a professional development organization which serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial and respected community.
 
Alex Soukas, MD, PhD, of the Diabetes Unit and the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. The award provides unsolicited funds to researchers investigating the biology of aging. The mission of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research is to extend the healthy years of life through research on mechanisms of biology that govern normal human aging and its related physiological decline, with the objective of translating research into interventions that will extend healthspan with lifespan. Soukas will use this award to continue his work in understanding the genetic mechanisms of aging and aging-related diseases.
 
Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Pediatric Radiation oncologist and dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs at Harvard Medical School, has received the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award from the American Association for Women Radiologists. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology. The awardee has demonstrated accomplishments in leadership, clinical care, teaching and/or scholarship that impacted women in the Radiology profession.
 
Marc Wein, MD, PhD, of the Endocrine Unit, has received the 2017 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Rising Star Award for his research, Dissecting the roles of class IIa HDACs in osteocyte biology.” This award provides funding to promising young scientists and physician-scientists in the bone field who have already been recognized by individual National Institutes of Health “K awards” and other similar international professional development programs.