The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Roxanna S. Billings, operations manager in the Department of Psychiatry and sponsor of the Toastmasters General Club, received a Distinguished Toastmasters Award (DTM), the highest honor the Toastmasters Program bestows. She was honored at the District 31 Toastmasters Conference on May 13. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. Billings also earned her Triple Crown Award, which represents the successful completion of 21 speeches, as well as a Competent Leadership Award, completed in the past year. The Toastmasters General Club meets twice a month at the MGH. Learn more.
Kathleen M. Finn, MD, inpatient associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Core Educator - Hospitalist, has been named course director for the annual Society of Hospital Medicine national meeting for 2018. This year Finn served as the meeting’s co-course director.
Four MGH employees have received 2017 Global Health Service Awards. From left: Annekathryn Goodman, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the “Humanitarian Award” recognizing her longstanding commitment to care at home and abroad, with the International Medical Surgical Response Team and for her efforts with the free colonoscopy clinic at the Framingham women’s prison. Jason Harris, MD, of the Department of Pediatrics, received the “Excellence in Research Award” for his extensive investigative research on cholera in Bangladesh and Haiti, including more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. Syed Mahmood, MD, of the Department of Medicine, received the “Rising Star Award” honoring his advocacy and academic research with Rohingya refugees in India. Geren Stone, MD, director of the MGH Global Medicine Residency Program, received the “Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award” for his work in developing, training and mentoring future leaders in the global health field. The Global Health Service Awards are sponsored by MGH Global Health to honor individual contributions to reduce global health inequities and to showcase the breadth of global initiatives at the MGH.
Jeff Greenwald, MD, of the Core Educator Faculty in the Department of Medicine, has received the Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine, the highest honor the society gives to a physician for exceptional service in the discipline. He was recognized for his contributions to the field of Care Transitions through his work on Project BOOST (for which he was lead developer of the intervention and mentor of over 25 sites), medication reconciliation, and other quality improvement efforts. He is also founder and chair of the Boston Association of Academic Hospital Medicine (BAAHM). Since joining the MGH in 2009, his work has concentrated on improving MGH and Partners’ discharge care transitions efforts and on the development of novel tools to assess readmission risks; more recently has been working with Palliative Care at MGH to help disseminate primary palliative care skills to Hospital Medicine and other providers across the MGH care continuum.
Leonard B. Kaban, DMD, MD, chief emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), has been honored with a chair in his name at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kaban was the first full time Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital, beginning in 1974, and was one of the first full time pediatric OMF surgeons in the United States. Bonnie Padwa, DMD, MD, OMFS-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital – who is also an MGH OMFS graduate – will be the first incumbent of the Leonard B. Kaban Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Joan W. Miller, MD, chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the MGH, has been appointed to the Association for University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO) Board of Trustees. AUPO strives to serve, strengthen and represent academic departments of ophthalmology. As chair of Harvard Ophthalmology, Miller is committed driving innovation and quality in academic medicine.
Robert A. Novelline, MD, FACR, former director of the MGH Emergency Radiology Division and Emergency Radiology Fellowship Program, has been awarded the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS). He received the award April 30 at the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. The ARRS Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor awarded to recipients for distinguished service to radiology.
John T. Potts, Jr., MD, director of Research and physician-in-chief emeritus, at right, has received an honorary master’s degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Florence School. He was honored at a ceremony in May by the directors of the Departments and Maria Luisa Brandi, MD, endocrinologist and professor at the University of Florence. Potts has been working with the University of Florence and Brandi for many years and has contributed to a number of important conferences in Florence that provided the international guidelines for primary hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism.
Benjamin Pulli, MD, Department of Radiology resident, has been awarded a Research Resident Grant from the Radiological Society of North America for his research, Multimodal Molecular Imaging Profiling of Thrombus in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Pulli’s faculty mentor is John W. Chen, MD, director of Imaging Clinical Trials in the Division of Neuroradiology, and he will be co-mentored by Peter Caravan, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and Aman Patel, MD, director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery. 
Mario Rodas, of Physical & Occupational Therapy Services and chair of the MGH LGBT Employee Resource Group, has been named an “LGBTQ Hero” in New England by Boston Spirit Magazine, the premier and largest LGBT publication in New England.
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD, director of the Pediatric Residency Program, has received the 2017 Mentor of the Year award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP) for her continued dedication to medical students interested in pursuing careers in pediatrics. From her presence as an educator to her willingness to consistently volunteer at the medical student fall meeting, Scott-Vernaglia has contributed to the advancement of many medical students interested in pediatrics.
Donna Smith, senior administrative manager for Research in the Department of Molecular Biology, received the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Merit Award at the recent New England Region Annual Meeting. The Merit Award recognizes a seasoned research administrator who has made a significant contribution to the field of research administration or NCURA within the New England Region.
Marc Succi, MD, second year Radiology resident, has received an Innovator Award for his recent device inventions in the field of medicine. The award was given at the inaugural Partners Innovation Award night. Select published or pending patents that Succi has filed under the Partner’s Intellectual Property banner include: a radiation-free device for detecting the position of nasogastric and feeding tubes at the bedside; modified introducer needles for faster vascular access in vascular interventional radiology; a device for safe opioid medication dispensing to reduce addiction; modified surgical bougies for expedited bariatric surgery procedures; and intestinal stem-cell based re-growth methods for inflammatory bowel disease sufferers.
Jennifer S. Temel, MD, clinical director of Thoracic Oncology, has been appointed the inaugural incumbent of the Barbara McCue Endowed Chair in Oncology and Cancer Outcomes Research. A celebration to recognize Temel took place April 26 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation and was attended by more than 50 guests, including colleagues, hospital leadership, staff and family. The Barbara McCue Endowed Chair in Oncology and Cancer Outcomes Research will provide stable and flexible support to further Temel’s research, teaching and clinical care efforts. Pictured from left: David Ryan, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology; Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center; Temel; David J. McCue, the donor; and Alice Shaw, MD, PhD, of the Cancer Center
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD, pediatric retina surgery specialist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), has been named to the Ophthalmologist's 2017 Power List of the top 50 rising stars in ophthalmology. This list is created by the magazine's readership.