The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Six MGHers have received this year’s Claflin Distinguished Scholars Award. They are Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit; Laura Dichtel, MD, MHS, Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center; Jenna Galloway, PhD, Center for Regenerative Medicine; Emily Hyle, MD, MSc,Infectious Disease Associates; Karen Nanji, MD, MPH, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; and Kori Zachrison, MD, MSc, Emergency Medicine. The annual scholarship provides financial support to help maintain research productivity during child-rearing years for junior faculty. It is named in honor of Jane Claflin, an MGH Board of Trustees member from 1973 to 1989 who was instrumental in the creation of the Office for Women’s Careers within the Center for Faculty Development. Pictured from left, Nancy Rigotti, MD, director of the Center for Faculty Development; Zachrison; Dichtel; Blumenthal; Anne Klibanski, MD, chief of Neuroendicrinology and Partners HealthCare chief academic officer; Galloway; Nanji; and Hyle


Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS, of the Department of Surgery and director of the MGH International Trauma and Disaster Institute, has been named as the inaugural incumbent of the Carmella R. and Steven C. Kletjian Endowed Chair in Global Surgery. The chair was made possible through the generosity of the Steven C. and Carmella Kletjian Foundation. Briggs was chosen for her extraordinary compassion as a clinician as well as her leadership, her research achievements and her dedication to global surgery. Pictured from left, Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president of Development; Briggs; Carmella Kletjian; and Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery


Paul Copeland, MD, of the MGH Weight Center and chief of the Endocrinology Division at North Shore Medical Center, has received an Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who. The honor is reserved for biographees 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. Previously Copeland was honored by the Endocrine Society with the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award.


Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, of the Dermatology Department, has received a 2018 Young Investigator Award for basic and translational research in skin biology by the American Academy of Dermatology. She received the award for her research on neural contributions to the development of skin disease. The award acknowledges significant research advances in the science and practice of dermatology by those beginning their research careers and who demonstrate the potential to become established, independently-funded investigators in dermatology.


Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and of the Dermatology Department, has received the 2018 Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine Award. This award is given to early stage clinicians or researchers at Harvard Medical School who have a promising career as an independent investigator. Recipients are selected from a competitive group of applicants, based on accomplishments and research proposal.


Kathryn Held, PhD, associate radiation biologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, has been selected as the sixth president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), effective January 2019. Held has been NCRP executive director and chief science officer since 2016. She was elected to NCRP in 2006 and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. Held’s teams conduct research on molecular mechanisms for the induction of bystander effects by high-energy particles in cells and tissues, characterization of charged particle beam-induced DNA damage responses and cell killing, with interest in effects on neural tissues, and mechanisms for regulation of DNA damage response by cell–cell communication.


Richard Hodin, MD, chief for Academic Affairs for the Department of Surgery and chief of Endocrine Surgery; and Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery, have received a 2018 Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS) for their leadership of the MGH Department of Surgery Junior Faculty Mentorship Program. This award recognizes the efforts of a department, division, office or program that fosters innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of mentoring. The new award also provides an opportunity to learn from successful formal mentoring programs and allow others in the community to adopt model programs.


Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH, of the Division of Global Health and pediatrician at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center; and Louise Catherine Ivers, MD, MPH, executive director for MGH Global Health, have each received a Harvard Medical School (HMS) Scholars in Medicine Excellence in Student Mentoring Award. All HMS students are required to carry out a scholarly project prior to graduation and to work closely with a mentor on their project. Graduating students are invited to nominate excellent faculty for this award and a small committee of faculty with the Scholars in Medicine Office reviews and selects the awardees. This award recognizes the amazing mentors who carefully and skillfully guide these medical students not only in their scholarly projects but also as they train in their professions.


Joan W. Miller, MD, chief of Ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear, has received the Lucien Howe Medal from American Ophthalmological Society for her distinguished service to the fields of retina and ophthalmology. Miller is the fifth woman to receive the Howe Medal in the award’s nearly 100-year history. She also is the first ophthalmologist from the Boston area to receive the award since the 1960s, when it was given to the late W. Morton Grant, MD, in 1968 and Paul A. Chandler, MD, in 1967, both of Mass Eye and Ear, who are widely considered the founding fathers of modern glaucoma care. First awarded in 1922, the Howe Medal is international in scope and has recognized some of the most influential ophthalmologists in the last century.


John Petty III, operations supervisor in the Police, Security and Outside Services Department, has received the Patriotic Employer Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. Petty was nominated by James Parker, a Navy Reserve member who is currently deployed, and was presented the award by John Bourne, pictured at right, from the ESGR. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.


Madan Rehani, PhD, director of Global Outreach for Radiation Protection Program, has been named president of the International Organization for Medical Physicists (IOMP). Rehani will serve as president for three years, from June 2018-June 2021, and then will become president of the International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine for 2021-2024. IOMP was founded 55 years ago and represents medical physicists from 86 countries. American Association of Physicists in Medicine is one of the national member organizations of IOMP.


Steven Rodriguez, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Harvard Catalyst/Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion Faculty Fellowship Program. Administered by the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion, this program is supported by Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. The fellowship is designed to address the need for additional support to conduct clinical and/or translational research and to provide release time to junior faculty from clinical and teaching demands at a key point in their career development.


David Schoenfeld, PhD, of the MGH Biostatistics Center, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Schoenfeld received the award for the development of widely used statistical methods and software for the design and analysis of clinical trials, particularly with survival outcomes and biomarkers; and for statistical leadership in clinical research in cancer, HIV, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and critical care. An induction ceremony took place July 2 at the IMS Annual Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Jennifer Temel, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program and Hostetter MGH Research Scholar, has been honored with the Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Temel will accept her award and give the keynote talk at the upcoming Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium. Temel and her research colleagues have reported evidence that palliative care can significantly improve patients’ quality of life and the medical care they receive. The work has led to changes in protocols involving the use of palliative care, even leading to a new ASCO policy statement recommending increased use of palliative care for patients with metastatic cancer or a high symptom burden.