Maryam Asgari, MD, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology, has been selected to participate in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a national leadership training program aimed at preparing senior women faculty for the highest administrative ranks at academic health centers. The program seeks candidates at the associate professor or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming leadership positions within the next five years.
 
Benjamin Bearnot, MD, of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center and the Division of General Internal Medicine, received a 2019 Ruth Fox Scholarship and received an Honorable Mention: Young Investigator Award at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2019 national conference. The scholarship program plays a significant role in ASAM’s dedication to growing the qualified workforce needed to treat and diagnose substance use disorders. Bearnot received the Honorable Mention for his research “Barriers to treatment for drug use disorder at U.S. health centers.”
 
Gene Beresin, MD, MA, executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, has been elected second vice president of the American College of Psychiatrists. As a member of the Board of Regents, Beresin will provide strategic leadership and oversight for the programs and future direction of the college.
 
Charles Bormann, PhD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has received a Partners Innovation Discovery Grant 2019: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Meets Clinical Care award for his project “Embryo assessment and selection using artificial intelligence.” His project aims to develop neural network architecture for accurate top-quality embryo classification and selection and to validate a functioning platform with embryos from 100 patients undergoing IVF procedure using the Bland-Altman method and compare the AI results to standard manual-based embryo selection and the actual live birth outcome in a prospective study. The grant program is designed to stimulate new inventive concepts, identify areas of commercially significant scientific strength and accelerate commercialization of Partners HealthCare intellectual assets.
 
Lynn A. Drake, MD, of the Dermatology Department, has received the Legacy Award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS). The award recognizes a society member for being a true advocate of the society’s mission and a true leader in dermatology. Drake is a past president and a founding member of the WDS, who has extensive and generous contributions to both the WDS and to the field of dermatology.
 
Ramzi El Fakhri, MBA, CRA, CFRA, business manager at the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, has become the first person in New England to be certified in all three areas of research administration – research finance (CFRA), pre-award (CPRA) and general/post-award administration (CRA). The CFRA, CPRA and CRA recognize an individual’s knowledge in research administration and increase sponsored research offices' credibility. The minimum requirements for each designation are a bachelor’s degree, three years of relevant professional experience, and the successful completion of a national exam organized by the Research Administrators Certification Council.
 
Matti Hamalainen, PhD, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging; Ebru Oral, PhD, associate director of Biomaterials at the Harris Orthopaedics Lab; Timothy Padera, PhD, Edwin L. Steele Laboratories for Tumor Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology; and Guillermo Tearney, MD, PhD, Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Department of Pathology, have been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer and is comprised of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers.
 
Andrea McClatchey, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center, has been honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Poitras Family Endowed Chair in Oncology. The chair was made possible by James and Patricia Poitras. This is the second endowed chair established by the family, the first being the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. Pictured, from left, David Louis, MD, chief of Pathology; McClatchey Patricia Poitras; James Poitras; and Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the Cancer Center
 
The MGH has received a 2019 Wellness Workdays Best Wellness Employer silver certification for its employee wellness programs, including BeFit and Choose Well, Eat Well for the second year in a row. The award recognizes employers committed to improving employee health and well-being and helps advance the field of worksite wellness by providing data and research about current practices and outcomes. BeFit, run by Nutrition and Food Services and The Clubs at Charles River Park, has been encouraging MGH employees to live healthier lives for 14 years. It teaches participants the importance of good nutrition and physical activity and how to prioritize both while balancing the demands of work and family. Since 2005, Choose Well, Eat Well has helped thousands of people make wise food and beverage choices in the MGH retail food locations by labeling them red, yellow and green.
 
Kristian Olson, MD, MPH, DTM&H, core educator faculty in the Department of Medicine, director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) in the Center for Global Health, and faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, has received a 2019 Excellence in Humanitarian Services Award from the Society of Hospital Medicine, honoring his many years of service and leadership in global health care delivery. The award recognizes those in hospital medicine who have devoted their career to improving health and medical care delivery for disadvantaged populations nationally or abroad.
 
Siam Oottamasathien, MD, director of Pediatric Urology Basic Science Research, has been selected by the American Urological Association (AUA) to serve as the New England representative for the AUA Research Council. The council's mission is to increase and maintain the workforce of urology physician-scientists and researchers to catalyze the advancement of clinical practice to reduce the burden of urologic disease through impactful research.
 
Ali Raja, MD, MBA, MPH, vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine. NEJM Journal Watch is used by practicing clinicians to stay informed and current in their fields. With more than 500,000 monthly readers from 178 countries, NEJM Journal Watch summarizes and puts into perspective the most important research, medical news, drug information, public health alerts and guidelines across 12 specialties.
 
Suman Srinivasa, MD, MS, assistant professor of Medicine of the Program in Nutritional Metabolism and Endocrine Division, has received a Gilead Sciences Research Scholar Award, which honors leaders in the fields of pulmonary arterial hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, hematology/oncology, HIV and liver disease. This award recognizes Srinivasa’s seminal work to identify dysregulation of DICER, as a potential key mediator of lipodystrophy and its related metabolic complications among HIV-infected patients, under the mentorship of Steven Grinspoon, MD, director of the Program in Nutritional Metabolism at the MGH.
 
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, adult and pediatric obesity medicine physician in the MGH Weight Center, Department of Medicine-Gastroenterology and Department of Pediatrics-Endocrinology, has received the Massachusetts Medical Society Suffolk District Community Clinician of the Year Award. This annual award honors a physician in the community who has provided service above and beyond the call to her patients. Pictured from left, Shaan Chirag-Gandhi, MD, DPhil, Suffolk District secretary/treasurer; James A. Feldman, MD, MPH, Suffolk District president; Stanford; and Najmosama Nikrui, MD, Suffolk District vice president
 
Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award. The annual award, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, honors Potts’ outstanding achievements in faculty mentoring and recognizes senior faculty members’ commitment to developing a culture of mentoring at MGH. “Rochelle achieves it all, with amazing humility and wisdom. She leaves me not only in awe of what she has done, but she makes me believe that I can do it too. I cannot imagine a greater gift for a mentor to impart,” said one of Walensky’s nominators. Her research interests have focused on HIV/AIDS policy and cost-effective strategies of HIV care in the United States and in resource-limited settings.
 
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