The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Five MGHers were honored with a 2017 MGH YMCA Achiever Award. They are: Latoya Brewster, Nutrition and Food Services; Katia Canenguez, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Nathalee Kong, MD, Revere HealthCare Center; Aswita Tan-McGrory, Disparities Solutions Center; and Daniel Urizar, Environmental Services. The YMCA Achiever Program celebrates multicultural employees who selflessly give of themselves and make a difference for youth within communities of color. Honorable mentions went to: Sonia Guzman, Pulmonary; Chrystelle Kiang, Pathology; Jeremiah Kinyua, Infectious Disease; Waveney Small-Cole, Institute for Patient Care; Amanda Tan, Neurosurgery; and Angela Wynder, RN, Case Management.
Synho Do, PhD, assistant medical director for MGPO Advanced Health Technology Engineering, Research, and Development, and Raul Uppot, MD, Division of Interventional Radiology, have received 2016 RFA Grant Awards from CRICO for their projects, “Applying Medical Image Deep Machine Learning to Decrease Rate of Missed Critical Findings in Radiology” and “To Develop and Test Feasibility of CADI (Clinical Assist Decision Interface): A Verbal Electronic Surgical Safety Checklist for the Intensive Care Unit” respectively. These awards are given to those who help improve the quality and safety of patient care, to stimulate research and patient safety interventions.
Aloysius Domingo, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology and Center for Genomic Medicine research fellow, has received the Mahlon DeLong Young Investigator Award from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. The award supports an early career researcher pursuing ambitious research in dystonia. Domingo received the award for his projects involving X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism (XDP, DYT3), a rare neurodegenerative movement disorder that is endemic to his home country, the Philippines. The goal of Domingo’s research is to clarify the genetic architecture of XDP and to begin to understand the pathways and networks that become abnormal as a consequence of the causative mutation. Despite the fact that XDP is rare worldwide, its disease mechanism may harbor clues into the biology of other forms of dystonia and parkinsonism.
Michael R Hamblin, PhD, principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, has been awarded the Endre Mester Lifetime Award in Photomedicine from the North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy. The award recognizes a clinician or researcher who has made significant contributions to the understanding of light-biological tissue interactions and its therapeutic benefits, specifically in the area of Photobiomodulation Therapy.
Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cellular Immunotherapy Program, has been awarded a Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. The award goes to cancer researchers who are exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas, and with a clear vision and passion for curing cancer. Maus has developed a way of engineering the body’s own immune T cells, so that they are re-directed to fight deadly brain tumors like glioblastoma.
The MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center Healthy Families America (HFA) program has been accredited for Quality Service by Prevent Child Abuse America. The leading national child abuse prevention organization has accredited the Chelsea HFA as a provider of high-quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.
Benedict D. Michael, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral research fellow in the Center of Immune and Inflammatory Disease, has received the Vera Down Award for Neuroscience from the British Medical Association for his work on leucocyte migration into the brain during viral encephalitis. The award has allowed him to further study the biological mechanisms driving the migration of white blood cells into the brain, which is the cause of the brain swelling and death from viral encephalitis.
Eric S. Nadel, MD, residency director for the BWH/MGH Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, has received the 2017 Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Michael P. Wainscott Program Director Award. The award recognizes emergency medicine faculty who have demonstrated a love of teaching, evidence of mentoring others and who have contributed to the development, innovation and change of emergency medicine education. Nadel oversees one of the most successful training programs within Partners Healthcare, has been able to maintain program stability and has dramatically improved the educational experience in the program.
Shaun Patel, MD, Orthopeadic surgery chief resident, has been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30: Health Care. The honorees on this list are noted for their innovative spirit and passionate desire to make positive change in the world. His company, OrthoNinja, aims to streamline communication between doctors by creating a mobile app that allows doctors to consult with one another. In its first year, it enabled hundreds of consultations across the country. See the list.
Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD, of the Department of Medicine and Kevin and Polly Maroni MGH Research Scholar and HHMI Faculty Scholar, has received the 2017 Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research. This award recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research. Rajagopal has established himself as a leader in the field of lung stem cells and lung repair, has done genetic studies and lineage tracing in the mouse lung and established a strong research program focused on the repair and regeneration of human lung tissue. His research has provided new insights into fundamental mechanisms of cellular plasticity, the control of epithelial regeneration and the progression of diseases such as asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancers.
David Shahian, MD, vice president of the MGH Center for Quality and Safety and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The award recognizes individuals who have made significant and far-reaching contributions to STS and the specialty. Shahian led the STS National Database as well as the design and implementation of comprehensive cardiothoracic surgery quality metrics, making these results transparent through a voluntary public reporting program. He also was chair of the State Commission that created the Massachusetts cardiac surgery report card.  
Susan Topley, administrative manager in the Cardiology Division, has received the Janet A. Albrecht Award. This award recognizes an outstanding administrator within the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center who has distinguished themselves as a leader through their talents, skills and success in building multidisciplinary teams leading to the improvement of clinical outcomes. This award was established by Jan Albrecht, a former administrative director of Cardiology from 1983 - 1991.
Kurt J. Warnhoff, PhD, of Molecular Biology, has been awarded a Damon Runyon Fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The recipients of this award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The fellowship encourages the nation's most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding to work on innovative projects. Warnhoff is studying how the timing of developmental events is regulated at the genetic level. His research will examine new genes and pathways that modify miRNA biogenesis and activity to affect these critical developmental processes.
Amy Watts, OD, director of the Optometry and Contact Lens Service and the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), has received the 2016 Norman Knight Leadership Development Award in Ophthalmology. This award provides important financial support for promising young physician leaders. She also directs the MEEI Ophthalmology Same Day Service, a collaborative effort between MEEI and MGH to streamline services and reduce costs.
Janet Wozniak, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service and director in the Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program, received an honorable mention "Local Hero" award at the Child Mind Institute's 2016 Change Maker Awards. The awards celebrate people and organizations that are creating real, meaningful change for children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.