Ping Bai, PhD, of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, has received a 2019 Technologist Section Travel Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). This award is given to the students in the field of nuclear medicine or molecular imaging who did outstanding research and will present abstracts at the SNMMI annual meeting. Bai’s research focuses on radiochemistry and PET imaging.
 
Ami Bhatt, MD, director of the MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and director of Outpatient Cardiology, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent Richard R. Liberthson, MD Endowed Scholar in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. A May 23 celebration was attended by current and fellow MGH physicians, members of the Bhatt family, as well as grateful patients and friends of Liberthson. Pictured, from left, Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, chief of Cardiology; Bhatt; Liberthson; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine
 

The Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC): An Interprofessional Academic-Practice Partnership – an innovative partnership between MGH Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation and the MGH Institute of Health Professions – has received the 2019 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. The award acknowledges interprofessional education learning activities and experiences designed to enhance interprofessional team practice and improve healthcare delivery. Crimson Care is a student-faculty collaborative evening clinic in which Harvard medical and dental students are paired with MGH Institute nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, precepted by faculty members from the three schools, to care for patients at seven Greater Boston locations. Pictured, from left, Marya Cohen, MD, MPH, of the Stoeckle Center, and Patricia Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, FNAP, IHP Professor of Nursing, the award co-recipients

 

The Division of Cardiac Surgery announced the naming of the Willard M. Daggett, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery. This endowed chair is named in honor of Daggett, a founding surgeon of the division, to recognize the exceptional care he provided during his 60-year career at the MGH. Serguei Melnitchouk, MD, MPH,co-director of the Heart Valve Program and quality director for the Division of Cardiac Surgery, is the inaugural incumbent. Melnitchouk specializes in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and collaborates with investigators in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine on cardioscopy. Pictured, from left, Thor Sundt, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery; Daggett and Melnitchouk

 

Alessio Fasano, MD, division chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, and vice chief of Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has received the Italian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Award from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, recognizing his scientific achievements and his promotion of international scientific cooperation. Fasano was honored at a ceremony in Rome, Italy. The award recognizes an Italian eminent scientist who, in performing his research abroad, has made a remarkable contribution to the advancement of science and technology in any field, thus improving Italy’s science and technology relations with foreign countries and with international organizations.

 

Jay Fishman, MD, associate director of the MGH Transplantation Center and director of the Transplant Infectious Disease & Compromised Host Program, has received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Transplantation (AST). He was recognized with the society’s highest award for his contributions to AST and to the field of transplantation – of which his greatest impact has been in the integration of infectious disease with transplant immunology. Insights generated in his laboratory and clinical trials have provided the foundation for the basic understanding in transplant infectious disease and have fostered the careers of many of the young clinician-scientists working in the field today.

 

Jennifer Gatchel, MD, PhD, MGH psychiatrist, has been awarded the Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This is the highest honor that can be given to a junior faculty in Geriatric Psychiatry and is awarded to the individual who has made significant contributions to the field and has the potential to emerge as a future leader. The award was presented at the APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on May 22 at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Presidential Symposium.

 

Annekathryn Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the MGH Center for Global Health Program against Gender-Based Violence and codirector of MGH Women’s Global Health, has received the Vincent Award of Distinction for Outstanding Contributions in Women’s Healthcare from the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The award recognized Goodman’s exceptional contributions to the field of women’s health care for the past 30 years. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh also proclaimed May 3, 2019 Dr. A.K. Goodman Day in the City of Boston.

 

Members of the MGH Center for Ultrasound Research and Education received five awards at the annual meeting of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Society (AEUS) of Academic Emergency Medicine. Rachel Haney, MD, was honored with the Fellow Education Award, recognizing fellows who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the field of emergency ultrasound and ultrasound education. Hamid Shokoohi, MD, director of Emergency Ultrasounds Research, received the Award for Academic Excellence, recognizing attending physicians who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the field of emergency ultrasound through research and scholarly activity. Andrew Liteplo, MD, chief of the Division of Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine, received a Distinguished Service Award for his many years of dedication to the AEUS. He also earned a SAEMMY Award for Best Research on Medical Education, for his paper SonoGames: Effect of an Innovative Competitive Game on the Education, Perception, and Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, and was recognized as the Most Prolific Researcher in 2018. Pictured, from left, Michael Halperin, MD, Emergency Medicine; Haney; Liteplo; Dr. Kay Negishi; Shokoohi; and Sigmund Kharasch, MD, Emergency Medicine

 

Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne, MD, PhD, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Healey Family ALS Endowed Chair at a May 20 celebration. Made possible through the generosity of Sean M. Healey and his family, this chair will advance ALS research within the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS, which was established in 2018. This is the first of four endowed chairs for the Healey Center. Pictured, from left, Merit Cudkowicz, MD, chief of Neurology and director of the Healey Center; Regan Healey Asnes; Lagier-Tourenne; Sean Healey and his wife, Amy Broch; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president

 
Paula K. Rauch, MD, director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program and of the Psychiatry Department, has received the Medal for Eminent Service from Amherst College. The award is presented to members of the Amherst community who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to the college. Through more than four decades of engagement, Rauch has embodied the values and ideals of Amherst as a graduate, a volunteer, a board member, a parent and a counselor.
 

Charles Rickert, MD, PhD, resident in the Department of Surgery, has received the Dean’s Community Service Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS) for his leadership of the Department of Surgery Community Health Collaborative (CHC), a group focused on raising internal awareness about health disparities and social determinants of health, while also conducting outreach efforts and working directly with at-risk youth in the MGH catchment area. Rickert plays a crucial role in defining the overall group’s mission. plays a crucial role in defining the overall group’s mission. Pictured, from left, at the Dean’s Community Service Award Ceremony, Joan Reede, dean of Diversity and Community Partnership at HMS; Rickert; Numa Perez, MD, surgical resident and CHC member; and George Daley, MD, PhD, HMS dean

 

Eleven MGHers were honored recently with 2019 Research Fellow Poster Celebration Awards, by the MGH Center for Faculty Development’s Post-Doctoral Division. Christopher B. Rodell, PhD, Center for Systems Biology; and Jihee Sohn, PhD,Center for Regenerative Medicine, received the Tayyaba Hasan Office for Research Career Development Posters of Prestige. Ahmed Elsharkawy, MD, Surgery/Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care; and Nibha Mishra, PhD,MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases, each were honored with Posters of Distinction. Three Posters of Excellence were awarded to Juri Kiyokawa, MD, PhD, Neurosurgery/Brain Tumor Research Center; Filippos Kontos, MD,Surgery/ Surgical Oncology; and Anna Khimchenko, PhD, Dermatology/Wellman Center for Photomedicine. And four Posters of Merit were given to Perla M. Romero, MD, Psychiatry; Siavash Raigani, MD, Surgery/Transplant Center; Xavier Guell Paradis, MD, PhD, Neurology; and Nan Li, MD, PhD, MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND).

 

Andrew Synn, MD, a fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, received the Morton M. Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award, as well as an abstract scholarship award, at the American Thoracic Society 2019 International Conference. The Ziskind is awarded annually to pulmonary and critical care fellows who are engaged in outstanding clinical research. Synn also received the 2019 Outstanding Fellow/Trainee Award from the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Synn's research focuses on the use of computed tomographic imaging as a noninvasive biomarker of pulmonary vasculopathy.

 

Elizabeth Turnock, MD, physician at North End Waterfront (NEW) Health, has received a Community Service Award by Taste of the North End for her many years of care and support to the North End Community. Each year, Taste of the North End gives out two community service awards to recipients who have gone above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Turnock has served the North End as an exemplary adult and pediatric primary care physician for 17 years and continues to have a positive impact on her patients and the neighborhood. Turnock is pictured at left with NEW Health CEO, Jim Luisi