Beth Adams, program manager and Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Specialist for the MGH NFL Brain and Body Program, has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to the Brain Injury Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Adams' program provides comprehensive medical assessments and care to former NFL players. Her expertise is in post-concussion rehabilitation she also is on the medical advisory board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts boxing commission. The commission will review data concerning the epidemiology of brain injury and the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families in the commonwealth, as well as making findings regarding the status of rehabilitative residential and integrated community-based support services for people with acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury. The commission also recommends improvements to services.
 
Advances in Motion – the MGH’s digital platform for medical professionals – received three eHealthcare Leadership Awards at the Health Internet Conference. The website earned a Platinum award for Best Overall Internet Site, Gold for Best Healthcare Content and Silver for Best Site Design. Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from the MGH.
 
Daniel Cahill, MD, PhD, of the Department of Neurosurgery, has been honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Tawingo Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery. Made possible through the generosity of the Glazer Family, this chair will advance research, care and education in neurosurgery. The chair was celebrated Nov. 5 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. This is the second MGH Endowed Chair for the Department of Neurosurgery. Donald Glazer, the donor, is pictured second from right with daughter Mollie Van Horn, and, from left, Robert Martuza, MD, chief emeritus of Neurosurgery; Bob Carter, MD, PhD, chief of Neurosurgery; Cahill; and Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president of Development
 
Karen Joanie Campoverde Reyes, MD, research fellow in the Neuroendocrine Unit, has been named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Latino 30 Under 30 from El Mundo Boston. The list honors young individuals making an impact on the Massachusetts Latino community in a variety of fields including business, sports, community service, fine arts and health care, Campoverde Reyes was honored for her research in children with autism, anorexia nervosa, athletes and obesity. The list serves to highlight the growing and invaluable impact of the Latino community in Boston, the state and world.
 
Caitlin Dugdale, MD, of the Infectious Disease Unit, received a travel award for her work on anti-retroviral therapy for women in South Africa. Dugdale was honored during the Summit for Pediatric Global Health co-hosted by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Center for Global Health.
 
Jeff Ecker, MD, chief of the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, accepted a gift on behalf of the department Oct. 19 from the Vincent Club, which will help to support the fellowship program within the department to advance research, clinical care and education on issues affecting women’s health. The Vincent Club is a women’s organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of women through its fundraising activities for the MGH and its educational forums for its members and the broader community.
 
The 2018 grant awards from the Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) have been given to three departments that proposed creative, innovative ways of incorporating community health and health equity into their work. They are:
  • Community and Clinician Education about Firearm Safety and Gun Violence Prevention by Chana Sacks, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, and Peter Masiakos, MD, Pediatric Surgical Services
  • Optimized Health-Related Social Needs Screening and Community Linkages: Implications for Closing the Gap and Achieving Health Equity by Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, and Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD, MPhil, MSHP, both of Emergency Medicine
  • Urban Scholarly Project: NP Student Home Visits in Charlestown by Lydecke Sweet, MD, and Antonia Makosky, DNP, MPH, both of MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
  • Charlestown Crossroads Resource Center by James Morrill, MD, PhD, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, and Anne Murray-Chiriboga, MD, North End Waterfront Health
  • Understanding Implicit Biases and the Level of Health Disparity Awareness within the Department of Surgery and the Broader MGH Community by Maryam Bita Tabrizi, MD, FACS, Department of Surgery
Pictured from left, back row, Sacks; Charles Rickert, MD, PhD, Surgery resident; Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, director of Neurology Community Health, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives; front, Makosky; Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief; and Joan Quinlan, MPA, vice president for Community Health
 
Dianne M. Finkelstein, PhD, director of Biostatistics at the MGH Biostatistics Center, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Finkelstein was recognized for outstanding contributions to statistical methods for biomedical research, collaborations in clinical research, and leadership and service to the profession. This year’s AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 29.
 
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD, of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has been honored as the First Distinguished Alumnus of the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He was recognized for changing the field of orthopedic trauma and hand surgery seismically. He was a pioneer in the treatment of fractures and he developed new technologies which are used today. Jupiter has taught generations of surgeons in Boston, the U.S. and across the world. Jupiter also gave the prestigious B.B. Joshi Memorial Lecture at the 42nd annual Indian Hand Society and presented the third annual Mark R Belsky lecture at the Newton Wellesley Hospital.
 
Sekar Kathiresan, MD, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, and Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018, has received the Joseph A. Vita Award from the American Heart Association. The award honors the late cardiovascular scientist Joseph Vita, MD, and recognizes an investigator whose published work has had a transformative impact on basic, translational, or clinical cardiovascular research. Kathiresan was cited for his discoveries elucidating the inherited basis for a cardiovascular disease, particularly early heart attack, and translating these findings into biological and therapeutic insights. Kathiresan found a pathway to heart attack risk involving stem cell mutations that increase with age and provoke inflammation. He also has created a genetic test to predict heart attack risk and shown that statins and/or a healthy lifestyle can modify inherited risk.
 
Vandana Madhavan, MD, MPH, clinical director of Pediatric Infectious Disease, received the Section on Hospital Medicine Abstract Research Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in November. The award recognized her project entitled “Optimization of Transitions of Care: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Discharge Follow-up Virtual Visits – A Pilot Study.” Madhavan is the physician lead for the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine’s telemedicine initiative and also is a primary care attending, and director of the pediatric advanced clerkship.
 
The MGH has been named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work for 2018 list. The MGH ranked ninth in the Largest Employer (1,000-plus employees) category. The Globe’s Top Places to Work list is based on a survey taken earlier this year by a sampling of MGH employees. The survey asked employee opinions about the hospital’s direction, how we do our daily work, their connection to the hospital, as well as pay, management and benefits offerings. This is the ninth time in 11 years that the MGH has made the list.
 
The MGH Research Institute Blog has received a Gold award for Best Social Networking from the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. These awards highlight the role of digital communications in achieving healthcare organizations’ business objectives and recognize the work that has gone into creating outstanding health websites and digital initiatives.
 

Madhu Misra, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has been elected as the 2019-2020 president-elect of the Pediatric Endocrine Society. The mission of the society is to advance and promote the endocrine health and well-being of children and adolescents, and to promote the continuing education of its membership. Misra is currently a director of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

 

Peter Moschovis, MD, of the Division of Global Health and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has been nominated as one of 10 PneumoniaFighters!: Hidden Heroes Fighting a Silent Killer of 2018 by JustActions. Pneumonia kills 2.6 million people every year, including 800,000 children under the age of five. This is more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. It targets the most vulnerable people. Since 2015, 10 individuals have been selected each year on World Pneumonia Day, Nov. 12, for their outstanding contribution to advancing the fight to end preventable child pneumonia deaths. Moschovis was selected for bridging boundaries in pneumonia research.

 

Terrence A. O'Malley, MD, of Geriatric Medicine, has been reappointed for a three-year term to the Federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. Established under the 21st Century Cures Act, the committee provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for