Seven investigators from the MGH Radiology Department have been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of medical imaging. They are: Ken Arai, PhD; Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD; Matti Hamalainen, PhD; Vitaly Napadow, PhD; Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH, Ona Wu, PhD; and Hiroyuki Yoshida, PhD. Honorees will be inducted into the Academy’s Council of Distinguished Investigators during a ceremony in November at the Radiological Society of North America’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Claire Conlan, senior administrative manager of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, has been honored with the Lorenzo Lewis Leadership Award. The award was created in 2016 in honor of Lewis, MD – who began his career at the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center in 1980 – and recognizes distinguished health center leaders for their commitment to staff and to the health of the community.
Six MGHers have been honored with this year’s Claflin Distinguished Scholars Award. They are, from left: Jacqueline M. Lane, PhD, Center for Genomic Medicine and the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Randi M. Schuster, PhD, Psychiatry Department; Christiane D. Wrann, DVM, PhDc, Cardiovascular Research Center; Andrea G. Edlow, MD, MSc, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Deborah M. Mitchell, MD, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Endocrine Unit; andKelly E. Irwin, MD, MPH, Psychiatry Department. 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.
The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) and the Metabolism Unit at MGH have selected three MGH staff members to receive 2019-2020 NORCH Pilot & Feasibility Awards. The recipients and their projects are: Laura Dichtel, MD, MHS,Neuroendocrine & Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center, “Molecular Mechanisms of Growth Hormone Action in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”; Lindsay T. Fourman, MD,Metabolism Unit, “Metabolic Sequelae of In Utero HIV Exposure: A Pilot Study”; and Jordi Merino, RD, PhD, Diabetes Unit and Center for Genomic Medicine, “Clinical and Physiological Characterization of Genetic Variation Influencing Dietary Intake.”
The Fever Breakers – a band including MGHers Zachary Anderson, MGH inventory specialist; Gleeson Rebello, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at MassGeneral Hospital for Children; and John Ventura, MGH inventory specialist – were honored as a nominee for their song “Yes We Are America” at the 2019 American Songwriting Awards. The awards are an international songwriting competition open to unknowns and working artists who want to be recognized for their songwriting talent.
Gaurav Gaiha, MD, DPhil, of the Gastrointestinal Unit and Ragon Institute, has received a Career Award for Medical Scientists from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award helps physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career to bridge advanced training and the early years of faculty service. The award will help Gaiha develop a therapeutic vaccine for HIV.
Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MGH Primary Care physician, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Peter L. Gross, MD, Chair in Primary Care Medicine. This chair was made possible by the generosity of many grateful patients and friends of Gross, a former MGH Primary Care physician. This is the second endowed chair established in his honor. Pictured, from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Gross; Haas; and Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine
Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, executive director of the Center for Global Health, has received the 2019 Leadership in Public Health Practice Award from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This award recognizes a graduate of the school who has been an outstanding example of effective leadership in the practice of public health, and honors their selfless service and significant contributions to the adoption of public health principles at the local, state, regional, national or international level, or who has demonstrated significant leadership in a government or other public service organization.
Jesse Jupiter, MD, of the Department of Orthopedics, was recognized as an International Pioneer in Hand Surgery at the recent Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in Berlin, Germany.
Susanna Lee, MD, PhD, chief of Women’s Imaging, has received the 2019 Honored Educator Award from the Radiologic Society of North America. This achievement recognizes Lee’s dedication to furthering the profession of radiology by creating high-quality educational content.
The MGH Nursing History Committee has received the Patricia R. Austen, RN, MGH History Award. The award – which was first presented to Austen in 2018 for her efforts in identifying and preserving the art, artifacts and records that help tell the story of the progress and evolution of the hospital – honors individuals or groups who have worked to promote or preserve MGH history. The Nursing History Committee’s achievements include the publication of the book MGH Nursing at Two Hundred and the gathering of oral histories of more than 80 nurse leaders.
Avinash Sahu, PhD, research fellow in the Cancer Center, has been awarded a 2019 Michelson Prize from the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Vaccines Project for his project, “Identification of cancer drugs that boost immunotherapy response.” He is working in precision immuno-oncology and developing novel artificial-intelligence frameworks to devise new treatments for advanced cancers and prioritize them for clinical trials. The prize recognizes researchers under the age of 35 who are conducting research on the next frontiers of human immunology, using technological advances from genomics, computational biology and machine learning to work to transform the future of human health.
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, adult and pediatric obesity medicine physician in the MGH Weight Center, Department of Medicine-Gastroenterology and Department of Pediatrics-Endocrinology, has been elected vice president of the Minority Affairs Section of the American Medical Association for the 2019-2020 term. Stanford is pictured front row, far left, with members of the governing council of the American Medical Association.
Michael G. Sullivan, DPT, MBA, director of Physical and Occupational Therapy, has been honored as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Physical and Occupational Therapy. The funds – raised through international consulting in Nursing & Patient Care Services – will be used to further the mission of providing the highest quality of patient care, education, research and community outreach in the field of physical and occupational therapy. Among Sullivan’s many accomplishments has been the development and recognition of occupational and physical therapy with advanced and specialized clinical practice, the expansion of ambulatory and inpatient services to better meet the rehabilitative needs of MGH patients and the growth of clinical training programs to ensure future therapists practice compassionate and evidenced based care.
The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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