The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Charlestown residents Brian Askew, Caroline Collier, Livia Kelly and Emily Pardy, are recipients of the 2017 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship. The students received their individual award from Partners affiliates – MGH Institute of Health Professions, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network – which have been presenting the scholarships to graduating seniors for the past nine years. All four students will attend college in the fall. Pictured from left, Collier, Askew and Pardy. Kelly not pictured
 
Gaurdia Banister, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the MGH Institute for Patient Care and director of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Connell-Jones Endowed Chair in Nursing and Patient Care Research. The Department of Nursing and Patient Care celebrated the establishment of the chair June 26 at the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation and featured speakers Britain Nicholson, MD, senior vice president for Development; Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nurse and senior vice president of Patient Care Services; Banister and Margot C. Connell, the donor. The establishment of the chair is the second endowed chair in the Department of Nursing and Patient Care and will help advance the nursing profession and patient-and-family-centered-care through a diverse range of research programs. Pictured from left: Nicholson, Connell, Banister and Ives Erickson
 
Three MGHers were awarded grants for their innovative submissions to this year’s Ether Dome Challenge, an open innovation contest designed in collaboration with Harvard Business School. Estelle Batin, PhD, of Radiation Oncology, created a “Tablet App for Patient Information,” which will enhance the patient experience by creating a tablet app focusing on both treatment and life outside of treatment. Justine Cohen, DO, of the Cancer Center, was recognized for “Messages for Patient Alerts,” a digital alert system to notify patients if their providers are running behind, to improve patient satisfaction and experience. Justin Jordan, MD, MPH, of Neurology, received the micro-grant for “Virtual Support Groups” in collaboration with MGH TeleHealth. Jordan developed virtual support groups that could be offered at varying days/time and would allow a larger number of MGH patients to benefit from the service.
 
Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, MD, MBA, endocrinologist in the Diabetes Clinical Center, has been named to the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall Board of Trustees. Made up of current and former parents, friends and former educators, the board is responsible for overseeing both the immediate and long-term success of the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts. The board carries out critical fiduciary, strategic and generative functions for the school. Bentley-Lewis is studying mechanisms by which diabetes in pregnancy promotes subsequent maternal cardiometabolic disease risk.
 
Stephen Calderwood, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the 2017 Dean's Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women from the Joint Commission on the Status of Women at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award was initiated in 1999 by Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD, former dean of the Faculty of Medicine, to recognize faculty and staff members committed to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women at HMS and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
 
Paul Caruso, MD, director of MGH Pediatric Neuroimaging and radiologist in the Division of Neuroradiology, has been awarded the 2017 European Congress of Radiology Best Scientific Paper Presentation within the topic “head and neck.” He received the award for his presentation, “Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI of the TMJs in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis."
 
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has received a Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award recognizes individuals who participate in scientific programs at their annual meetings and contribute to more than 25 categories of the academy. Dana is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and a world leader in the field of corneal immunology and transplantation biology. He has a particular interest in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammation as they pertain to ocular surface and anterior segment pathologies, including dry eye, allergy, wound healing responses and transplant rejection.
 
Marianne Ditomassi, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC, executive director of Nursing & Patient Care Services Operations, pictured top, and Jane Flanagan, PhD, ANP-BC, nurse scientist, Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, pictured bottom, have been selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The induction ceremony will take place during the AAN Annual Conference this October in Washington, D.C. AAN members are invited to join the organization based on their record of leadership and accomplishments and are designated as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The approximately 2,400 current AAN fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research.
 
Jennifer Gatchel, MD, PhD, MGH psychiatrist, has received the Oustanding Emerging Researcher Award from the BrightFocus Foundation for her research to learn about changes in the brain that track with mood and memory in Alzheimer's disease. She presented her latest research during a June 8 reception and dinner event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Pictured from left: Joe Hollyfield, PhD, of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute; Stacy Haller, BrightFocus Foundation president and CEO; Gatchel; and George Vradenburg, co-founder of USAgainstAlzheimer’s
 
Aaron Hata, MD, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center, has received a 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for his project “Comprehensive assessment of the evolution of acquired drug resistance in EGFR mutant non-small cell lung cancer”. The awardees distinguish themselves by the rigor of their research endeavors and their commitment to future excellence as independent clinical researchers in the biomedical field. The award makes possible for recipients to dedicate 75 percent of their professional time to clinical research at a time when they are facing competing priorities as both researcher and clinical care provider.
 
Sekar Kathiresan, MD, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). This award recognizes AHA professional members who have made major and independent contributions that have importantly advanced the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and is the highest honor bestowed upon a science volunteer.
 
Frank Ko, PhD, of the MGH Endocrine Unit; Eva Liu, MD, of the MGH Endocrine Unit and Brigham and Women’s Endocrine Division; and Haoming Liu, of Brigham and Women’s Rheumatology/Immunology/Allergy Division, were the poster session prize winners and the third annual Skeletal Research Symposium hosted by the MGH Center for Skeletal Research. The goal of the symposium is to bring together bone scientists from across New England for an afternoon of scientific exchange and new research ideas. Pictured from left: Ko, Eva Liu, Haoming Liu and Henry Kronenberg, MD, chief of the Endocrine Division
 
Steven H. Liang, PhD, of the Department of Radiology, has received the 2017 Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The award is to facilitate basic chemistry research applied to drug abuse and addiction. His research, “Novel Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Tracers for Imaging Monoacylglycerol Lipase in Endocannabinoid Signaling,” will translate a novel PET imaging biomarker for endocannabinoid based drug discovery and drug addiction research.
 
Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, nurse practitioner and principal investigator in the Neuroendocrine Unit and the Munn Center for Nursing Research, has received the Harvard Medical School (HMS) 2017 Dean’s Community Service Faculty Award for her work with the Healing Our Community Collaborative, a non-profit organization for women infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Community service is an integral part of the mission of HMS and the award recognizes individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local, national or international community.
 
The MGH has received a Green Star Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the Environmental League of Massachusetts. Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, accepted the award on behalf the MGH at the annual Earth Night at the New England Aquarium in June. The MGH received the ELM Green Star Award for leading the way on environmental issues and its visionary leadership to becoming the greenest hospital in Boston.
 
Michael Picard, MD, former director of Echocardiography and a current member of the Cardiology Division and Department of Medicine, has been named incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. The journal brings physicians and sonographers the very latest clinical, scientific, legal and economic information regarding the use of cardiovascular ultrasound. Based on the recently released 2016 impact factors, the Journal is ranked as the #2 cardiac imaging journal.