The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Krishna Aragam, MD, MS, clinical and research fellow in Cardiology, and Michael Osborne, MD,clinical and research fellow in Cardiology and Radiology, have each received American College of Cardiology/Merck Research Fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiometabolic Disorders. The awards support the training and development of young cardiovascular investigators for their research in adult cardiology. Aragam was honored for his research, “Genetic Determinants of Physical Activity and Association with Cardiometabolic Disease,” and Osborne for his research, “Chronic Stress and Metabolic Disease: A Multi-System PET/MRI Study.” Recipients are expected to pursue a full-time project in clinical research during their year of supported training.
Benjamin Bearnot, MD, of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, received the Best Oral Abstract Award at the 2018 Society of General Internal Medicine New England Regional Meeting. He was recognized for his abstract “Geospatial Distribution of Discarded Needles in Boston, Massachusetts: Using Publicly Available Data to Target Responses to the Opioid Epidemic.” Bearnot also has received the American Society of Addiction Medicine Abstract Submission Award: Best Overall, for his work, “The Frequency and Geospatial Distribution of Publicly Discarded Needles in Boston, MA.” This award is presented to the primary author of highest scoring submitted abstract, based on new ideas or findings of importance to the field of addiction medicine, their methodology and clarity of presentation, as judged by the committee.
Christopher Bennett, MD, MA, resident physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The society is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education in the field of Emergency Medicine.
Three MGHers have been named to the 2018 GK 100 Most Influential People of Color list by Get Konnected. They are: O’Neil Britton, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president; Tony James, senior vice president of Network Development and Integration; and Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, director of Diversity, Patient Care Services. 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.
Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, associate director of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and director of Multicultural Affairs for the Department of Medicine, and Dean Cestari, MD,director of Ophthalmology Fellowship Education at Mass Eye and Ear, director of the Adult Strabismus Service and co-director of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery, have each received the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The first of the HMS Excellence in Mentoring Awards, this recognition honors the memory of Dr. A. Clifford Barger, who devoted his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained and worked at HMS. The HMS Excellence in Mentoring awards recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in clinical medicine, teaching, research and administration.
Thaddeus Dryja, MD, attending eye pathologist in the Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory at Mass Eye and Ear, has been named one of this year’s laureates of the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research from BrightFocus. This prestigious annual award is given to an outstanding vision scientist, or group of vision scientists, selected by an awards committee of the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education. In the early 1990s, the discovery of the retinoblastoma gene by Dryja and his colleagues led to a revolution in the understanding of inherited retinal degenerations, and the ongoing development of targeted gene therapies for this blinding group of eye disorders.
A paper written by Brian L. Edlow, MD, associate director of the MGH Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery and director of the MGH Laboratory for NeuroImaging of Coma and Consciousness, was named one of the “Best of 2017” by Brain. The paper, “Early Detection of Consciousness in Patients with Acute Severe TBI,” received the honor for the Altmetric Score category – media attention and social media posts.
Meaghan Gray, director of Sterile Processing in Perioperative Services, has received the CS Supervisor/Manager of the Year Award from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). This award recognizes a Central Service (CS) Department supervisor or manager who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and has made significant contributions to their team, department and facility, and the advancement of the CS profession. Gray was selected because of the support she gave to other affiliates during their time of leadership transition and for the creation of a clinical ladder for their team in sterile processing.
Elena Hawryluk, MD, PhD, of the Dermatology Department, was awarded the Dermatology Foundation’s Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award. This honor supports future intellectual leaders, educators, clinical scholars and/or translational investigators in aspects of the specialty that relate to dermatologic diseases in infants and children. Her proposed research is entitled “Atypical Pediatric Pigmented Lesions,” and will be performed under the mentorship of Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, clinical director of the MGH Melanoma & Pigmented Lesion Center and director of the Melanoma Genetics Program.
Theresa C. McLoud, MD, vice chair of education, Department of Radiology, professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School and program director of the Radiology Residency Program, received the Partners Special Award for Lifetime Contribution to Education at the eighth annual Partners Medical Education Awards Program Feb. 26. McLoud has taught more than 420 residents and 80 thoracic fellows and was the first woman in the MGH Department of Radiology to be promoted to full professor at Harvard Medical School. She has received the Association of Program Directors Achievement Award, and gold medals from all major radiology societies in the U.S. in addition to winning teaching awards from her residents. She has served as president of several societies, including the Radiologic Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Society of Thoracic Radiology.
Brian Nahed, MD, MSc, of the MGH Department of Neurosurgery and Pappas Center for Neuroncology, has received the Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award was established in 2005 to recognize faculty who are still in the early stages of their career, but are devoting time to mentor others. This is one of HMS’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards that recognizes the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration. Nahed also is devoted to resident teaching and mentoring and serves as the associate program director of the MGH Neurosurgery Residency Program.

Umbereen S. Nehal, MD, MPH, FAAP, attending physician on the Newborn Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, was recognized as one of 15 women on the annual LinkedIn Top Voices List. In honor of International Women’s Day, LinkedIn’s editorial team uncovered standout women who are the most engaged writers and creators around the globe, covering topics such as the Asian economy, artificial intelligence, Africa’s trauma epidemic and sustainability issues in the retail industry. Nehal also has been named co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research. The panel advises and assists in identifying PCORI’s national priorities and establishes the groups patient-centered research agenda.


Jason Roh, MD, MHS, of the Cardiology Division, has received first place for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Young Investigator Awards in Basic and Translational Science. The awards encourage and recognize young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress in the field of cardiology is dependent. He was recognized March 12 during the Convocation Ceremony of the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, Florida.


Jeremy N. Ruskin, MD, founder and director emeritus of the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), has received the William Silen Lifetime Achievement Award from HMS. This award was established in 1997 and was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2001 to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Silen made to mentoring students, residents and faculty. This is one of HMS’s most prestigious awards and is intended to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration. Ruskin founded the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program in 1978, both among the first subspecialty programs of their type in the United States. During the past 40 years, he has participated in the training, mentorship and career development of more than 120 clinical and research fellows, many of whom are in leadership positions at academic centers throughout the world.