Arunava Bandyopadhaya, PhD, of the Center for Surgery, Bioengineering and Innovation and the Department of Surgery, has received a 2018 Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship Program Award for Scholars in Medicine by Harvard Medical School (HMS). The program is designed to help junior faculty at the instructor or assistant professor level at HMS continue their academic pursuits as an early career investigator while they're assuming increased family or other personal responsibilities. Bandyopadhaya has been working on mechanistic aspects of host innate immune training with the long-term goal of developing treatments that potentiate host tolerance to inflammation and tissue damages in patients with serious infections and intends to use the fellowship to further these efforts under the mentorship of Laurence Rahme, PhD, of the Department of Surgery.


R. Gino Chisari, RN, DNP director of the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development and chief learning officer for nursing for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Dorothy Ann Heathwood Endowed Chair in Nursing Education. The Heathwood chair is the first-ever chair in Nursing Education and only the fourth nursing chair at the MGH. It is made possible through the philanthropy of Dorothy Ann Heathwood, retired nurse; her husband, Desmond “Desi” Heathwood, founding partner of Boston Partners Asset Management and founding member of the MGH President’s Council. The Heathwood chair will promote innovative advances in health care education throughout MGH and its local, national and international partners. Pictured, from left, Debbie Burke, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse; Chisari’s husband, John Polk; Chisari; Ann and Desmond Heathwood; Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, chief nurse emerita; and Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president for Development


Sharon Dekel, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2018 Susan A. Hickman Memorial Research Award from Postpartum Support International (PSI), the largest national organization for maternal mental health. The award is given to one investigator each year for excellence in contribution to research in the field of perinatal mental health that can make a big impact on the field. Dekel was recognized for her novel study on the prevention of maternal psychopathology with the use of intranasal oxytocin. The award was named in 1997 in honor of Susan A. Hickman, a past PSI Board member and psychotherapist, following her sudden death. She was a psychotherapist who specialized in perinatal mood disorders.


Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RDN, director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research at the MGH Diabetes Center, has received an Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who for contributions to the understanding of nutrition and lifestyle interventions in the treatment of obesity, prediabetes and diabetes. This award honors those who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and longevity within their respective industries and professions. One of the highest distinctions available through Marquis Who’s Who, the award is given each year to a very small number of individuals from the 1.5 million biographees included in Who’s Who.


Francis Delmonico, MD, senior surgeon in the Transplant Center, has been appointed chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation. For more than a decade Delmonico has led the international initiative to promote ethical organ donation and transplantation, combating organ trafficking and the use of executed prisoners as donors. Delmonico is one of two individuals appointed from the United States to the WHO Task Force with the other 30 members derived from the six WHO regions throughout the world.


Stephen N. Gomperts, MD, PhD, of the MGH Department of Neurology, has received an award from the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) to lead a newly-established LBDA Research Center of Excellence at MGH. As director of the MGH’s Lewy Body Dementia Clinic, Gomperts will lead one of 24 centers to conduct clinical trials in Lewy Body Dementia, provide advanced care, promote community outreach and expand professional continuing medical education. 


Ehab Hafiz, MD, MSc, research fellow in the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery, Department of Surgery, has received the Feroze Ghadially Award from the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology at the UltraPath XIX meeting for his study “Hepatic organoids co-populated with hepatocytes and cholangiocytes: Towards engineered liver grafts with biliary drainage.” This prestigious award – established in conjunction with the United States/Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) – recognizes the most outstanding presentation based on an ultrastructural study or using electron microscopy to a major extent.


William Harris, MD, director emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics, has received the 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award from the American Orthopaedic Association. This award is presented annually to recognize outstanding leaders in orthopaedic surgery whose work results in sustained and substantial contribution and leadership through clinical, educational, research or other meritorious means. Harris founded the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory at the MGH, where he initiated and directed the creation of electron beam-irradiated, highly cross-linked polyethylene for use in total joints. This contribution was a culmination of a four decade-long quest to identify, unravel and overcome periprosthetic osteolysis. It is now being used by more than 7 million people around the world, and periprosthetic osteolysis has been virtually eliminated.


Udo Hoffmann, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging, director of the Cardiac MR PET CT Program and professor of Radiology, received the 2018 Gold Medal from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, Texas. This highest honor from the SCCT recognizes outstanding leaders who have made landmark contributions to the field of cardiovascular computed tomography and to the society. Pictured, from left, Todd Villines, MD, SCCT president; Hoffman; and Suhny Abbara, MD, director of the Organizing Committee of the annual meeting


Erin Kistler, director of Imaging and Cardiology at the MGH Danvers HealthCare Center, has received a 2017 Patient Experience Leadership Award from Debra Burke, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, and Inga Lennes, MD, MPH, senior vice president for Patient Experience and Practice Improvement. Kistler was honored at a special awards ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel in June. She was nominated by her peers or staff for Patient Experience Leadership Award in acknowledgement of her passion and leadership she demonstrates for the patient experience. Pictured from left, Elena Sierra, executive director, MGH Danvers; Kistler, and Greg Pauly, MGPO COO View more


Robert A. Levine, MD, of the Cardiology Division and Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Heart Association (AHA). This award recognizes his body of work in early detection and prevention of heart valve disease and related heart failure through understanding disease mechanisms. AHA Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has importantly advanced the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Levin will receive the award in November at the annual AHA Scientific Sessions in Chicago.


Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, The Laurel Schwartz Associate Professor in the MGH Cancer Center and The Kristine and Bob Higgins MGH Research Scholar, has received the 2018 MGH GSD Mentoring Award from the Graduate Student Division at MGH. The award recognizes one investigator each year for his sustained interest in training and supporting doctorate students and his commitment to foster the advancement of doctorate students in the lab. Mostoslavsky also received a Broad-ISF Collaborative grant given by the Karman Cell Observatory at the Broad Institute. The project aims to study the role of senescence in promoting pancreatic cancer, and it will be carried out in collaboration with Ittai Ben-Porath and Oren Parnas, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Kyan Safavi, MD; Mark Seelen; Cecilia Zenteno, PhD; Bethany Daily; and Peter Dunn, MD, all of MGH Healthcare Systems Engineering, have received an Amazon Web Services Machine Learning Research Award. The program funds eligible universities, faculty, doctorate students and post-docs under the supervision of faculty, that are conducting novel research in machine learning (ML). Their goal is to enable research that accelerates the development of innovative algorithms, publications and source code across a wide variety of ML applications and focus areas. The group received the award for their proposal “Post-Implementation Outcomes Study of the Discharge Prediction Tool.”


Angel Torrado-Carvajal, PhD, research fellow in the Pain Neuroimaging Laboratory, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, has been elected as Trainee Representative of the PET/MR Study Group – a joint committee between International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. During this one-year appointment, Torrado-Carvajal will highlight trainee needs and their expertise to the executive committee and help organize PET/MR focused activities to foster trainees’ interaction in the Study Group. His current research focuses on applying his technical expertise in combined PET/MR image acquisition and analysis to chronic pain, developing predictive models to be used as new multimodal biomarkers, as well as translating of these methods to a real clinical scenario.


Excellence in Action

The MGH receives hundreds of letters a year thanking staff and commending coworkers. These letters are a small glimpse into the work done at the hospital every day. Excellence in Action awards are presented by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, to those who – without one of these letters – might have gone unrecognized. Three awards were recently given to extraordinary MGHers:
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