Theresa Capodilupo, RN, MSN, NE-BC, White 7 nursing manager, has received the Nursing inaugural Undergraduate Nursing Outstanding Clinical Partner Award from the University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The award recognizes a nurse who has devoted themselves to the education of countless nursing students. Capodilupo helped lay the foundation of the 11-year partnership between UMass and the MGH, creating the first Dedicated Educational Unit at the MGH for UMass nursing students to spend their clinical rotations.
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Mass Eye and Ear, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award is presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. Dana was honored for his award-winning research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of eye inflammation and their applications in autoimmunity, transplantation, dry eye disease, stem cells and bioengineering.
Jeremy Drehmer, MPH, CPH, senior project manager of the Clinical Research Program in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, has been named a Top Ten Reviewer of 2018 for the journal Pediatric Research. Out of 992 Pediatric Researchpeer reviewers, Drehmer was recognized for concise and substantive review submission ability at an exemplary level. Pediatric Research is the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society and the European Society for Pediatric Research.
David Finn, MD, medical director of Executive Health/Concierge Medicine, has been recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Gill and Allan Gray Family Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine. Remarks were given at a May 15 celebration by, from left, Josh Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine; Finn, Gill and Allan Gray, lead donors to the chair; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president.

Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, has been elected as a 2018 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Hasan is an inventor of the FDA-approved photodynamic treatment of the leading cause of blindness in the western world, age-related macular degeneration used in millions of treatments. She currently leads two multicenter international National Cancer Institutes-funded programs for developing and translating innovative treatment of oral, pancreatic and skin cancers.


Five MGHers were honored with Brian A. McGovern, MD Awards for Clinical Excellence at the 10th physician recognition dinner May 18. The award was created in 2004 to honor physicians who exemplify McGovern’s – a beloved MGH physician who died in 2003 – clinical acumen, dedication, compassion and kindness, and are endowed by a gift through the Ira and Jacquie Stepanian Recognition Endowment for Excellence. John Herman, MD, Psychiatry Department, and Walter O’Donnell, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Services, were recognized for Medical Services. Helen Shih, MD,Radiation Oncology, received the honor for Other Services. The awardees for Surgical Services were Brooke Swearingen, MD, Neurosurgery, and May Wakamatsu, MD,Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MGH Program, was recognized with an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Boston Award for the design of its new headquarters, which opened in September 2018. This award recognizes a team that demonstrates an outstanding example of strategic sustainable operations and management initiatives that have had a substantial positive effect on contributing to the success of their organization. Home Base’s new facility provides the space and resources needed to significantly enhance the mental health care and support services provided to veterans, service members and military families impacted by the invisible wounds, combining wellness, nutrition and fitness into a first-of-its-kind brain health center.


Rebecca Inzana, MS, CCC-SLP, of the Department of Speech, Language, Swallowing Disorders and Reading Disabilities, has received the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The award honors a distinguished IHP faculty member who presents material in a highly effective manner, fosters an atmosphere of individual inquiry, welcomes discussion and expression of diverse points of view, and excels in teaching.


Steven Isakoff, MD, PhD, of the Cancer Center, was honored with the 2019 Hero Award from the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation for his commitment to research and patient care in the area of triple negative breast cancer. The foundation funds critical research initiatives and provides patient education, advocacy and support services to the triple negative breast cancer community.


Elissa Ladd, PhD, RN, associate professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions was among 21 nurses from around the globe who were honored by the non-profit organization Nurses With Global Impact at the 3rd Annual Celebration of International Nurses Day. Ladd was recognized for her outstanding leadership, creativity and compassion in the field of nursing. She and the other nurses who are impacting lives with quality care and comfort and serving as role models for future generations of care givers were recognized at the United Nations in New York.

The MGH earned a place on Becker's Healthcare’s list of "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019.” The list recognizes hospitals, health systems and health care companies that promote a diverse workforce, foster employee engagement and provide opportunity for professional growth. Becker’s noted the work-life resources available as reasons employees love working at the MGH, including child care, professional development offerings, and conveniences such as an onsite pharmacy mailroom and hair salon.

Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD, neurologist in the Intensive Care Unit, has received an Innovation Discovery Grant for her project “Automatic Cerebral Lesion Detection and Disease Progression in Patients with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) Using a Deep Learning Approach Applied to MR Imaging,” by the Partners Innovation Fund committee. She also was selected to receive a 2019 MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award from the Executive Committee on Research in collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.


David Shahian, MD, vice president of the Center for Quality and Safety and associate director of the MGH Codman Center, accepted the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award on behalf of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The award recognizes individuals and organizations who undertake groundbreaking initiatives that support better care, healthy people and communities, and smarter spending. The STS – of which Shahian serves as chair of the Quality Measurement Task Force and the Council on Quality, Research and Patient Safety – was honored for its quality programs, including the STS National Database, NQF-endorsed composite performance measures and the STS Public Reporting initiative.


Zirui Song, MD, PhD, of the Department of Medicine and the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, has received the Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Scientific Presentation Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Song was honored at the SGIM annual meeting in Washington, D.C., for his study "Changes in Economic and Clinical Outcomes Under CMS Mandatory Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements."


Demetrios G. Vavvas, MD, PhD, the Monte J. Wallace Ophthalmology Chair in Retina, has been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in ophthalmology in The Ophthalmologist's 2019 Power List. According to one of his nominators, he is an "outstanding, kind-hearted clinician, surgeon, scientist and mentor who devotes countless hours to his patients, research and opening doors to less fortunate students and doctors from all around the world."


Nazlee Zebardast, MD, MSc, glaucoma specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear, recently received the American Glaucoma Society’s Mentoring for Advancement of Physicians-Scientists Award, presented to clinicians at the early stages of their academic careers to facilitate their glaucoma research. She also was honored with the Peter K. Ranney Innovation Award for her innovative, entrepreneurial research presentation at the Partners HealthCare World Medical Innovation Forum on deep learning and glaucoma detection. Zebardast also will be part of the Harvard Vision Clinician Scientist Development Program – to provide a customized and structured experience to help her become an independent leading clinical scientist in her field – as well as the Gliklich Healthcare Innovation Scholars Program at Mass. Eye and Ear, which offers mentored, transformative opportunities for young physicians to pursue novel and disruptive ideas and projects that might otherwise be difficult to undertake through traditional funding mechanisms.

The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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