Mazen Albaghdadi, MD, FACC, of the Cardiology Division, has received the American College of Cardiology/William F. Keating Esq. Endowment Career Development Award. This award provides one junior faculty member with a year of research support with preference going to research in hypertension and/or peripheral vascular disease. Albaghdadi was honored for his research project, “In Vivo Imaging of Arterial Permeability to Enhance and Predict Drug-Coated Balloon Treatment of Atherosclerosis.”

Mathew Avram, MD, JD, director of the MGH Dermatology Laser Cosmetic and Dermatologic Surgery, has been selected as vice president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. With more than 6,400 members, the society represents the fields of lasers, cosmetics, dermatologic and Mohs surgery and is the second largest organization within the field of Dermatology behind the American Academy of Dermatology.


Arunava Bandyopadhaya, PhD, of the Department of Surgery; Adeline A. Boatin, MD, MPH, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, of the Psychiatry Department, have each received a Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award – one of HMS’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards – was established in 2005 to recognize faculty who are still in the early stages of their career but are devoting time to mentor others.


Liron Bar-Peled, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center, has received a Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The award honors the nation’s top postdoctoral fellows – who are the most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – to enable them to complete their training under the mentorship of a leading senior scientist and encourages them to follow their own bold ideas. Bar-Peled studies how cancer cells adapt to stress environments, focusing on oxidative stress. His research focuses on understanding how cells sense and respond to specific changes in their environment by activating singling pathways that lead to uncontrolled growth.


Phyllis Carr, MD, FACP, a physician for MGH Women’s Health Associates, has been selected by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to serve on a 15-member committee on the underrepresentation of women in these disciplines.


Lee S. Cohen, MD, director of the Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women's Mental Health at MGH, and Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, have each received an A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The first of the HMS Excellence in Mentoring Awards, this recognition honors the memory of A. Clifford Barger, MD, who devoted his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained and worked at HMS.


Laura Dickman, LICSW, of MGH Social Service, has received the Rookie of the Year Award from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers. The award is presented to an emerging social worker who has worked in pediatric oncology for less than three years and has uniquely demonstrated abilities in leadership, clinical acumen and strong interdisciplinary skills.


Marianne Ditomassi, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of Nursing and Patient Care Services Operations, has been honored as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Nursing and Patient Care Professional Practice. The chair was established to honor pivotal leaders who help advance the work of Nursing & Patient Care Services. Ditomassi is an international leader in developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating best practices to promote professional work environments. Pictured, from left, Rebecca Graystone, RN, director of the Magnet Recognition Program; Ditomassi; Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, chief nurse emerita; and Debbie Burke, RN, DNP, senior vice president of Patient Care and chief nurse


Lynn A. Drake, MD, of the Dermatology Department, has been named a 2019 Top Doctor by The Castle Connolly Medical LTD. Top Doctors are recognized as leaders in the health care field whose dedication, talents and skills have improved the lives of thousands of people throughout the world. Selection of Top Doctors is based on many factors, including scrutiny of medical education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments, administrative posts and professional achievements.


Chantal Kayitesi, RN, BSN, MPH of the Translational and Clinical Research Center, was honored for excellence in Nursing Practice by the New England Regional Black Nurses Association at its annual Nursing Excellence Award Celebration. Kayitesi was first educated and worked in where she co-founded a non-profit organization that provided support to women and orphans affected by the Genocide. At the MGH, she cares for patients enrolled in clinical trials – from as early as 4 weeks old to end of life – who are undergoing complex medical procedures and treatments.


Ronald Kleinman, MD, MassGeneral Hospital for Children physician-in-chief, and Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, were appointed as two of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the various appropriate federal agencies and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform the USDA and U.S. Health and Human Services development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Pauline Lim, administrative/grants coordinator in the Department of Molecular Biology, has been awarded a 2019 Somerville Arts Council (SAC) Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The SAC is one of four local cultural councils across the state to offer fellowships to individual artists. Awarded fellows also complete a community benefit component to give back to the community. View Lim’s work


Mayra Lorenzo, MD, PhD, instructor in the Dermatology Department, has received the 2019 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award recognizes HMS/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) faculty – clinical, pre-clinical, research and administrative – who have made significant achievements in moving HMS/HSDM toward being a diverse and inclusive community.


Saheeda Mohammed-Kelly, RN, of the Labor and Delivery Unit, was honored for excellence in Nursing Education by the New England Regional Black Nurses Association at its annual Nursing Excellence Award Celebration. Mohammed-Kelly coordinates the MGH Childbirth Education Program and contributes to the positive experience patients have during labor and delivery, and caring for newborn babies. She has always had a passion for teaching and caring for women at their most vulnerable times.


Philicia Moonsamy, MD, a resident in the Department of Surgery, has received the Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. This prestigious award is given to highly successful clinician-scientists toward projects that are expected to have significant impacts in the field. The award will support Moonsamy’s work on the NEW-AF clinical trial in cardiac surgery, which is led by Asishana Osho, MD, MPH, of the Department of Surgery; and Thoralf Sundt, MD, chief of the division of Cardiac Surgery.


Ellen M. Robinson, RN, PhD, HEC-C, of theInstitute for Patient Care and Optimum Care Committee, has received a Certificate of Honor for a Lifetime of Leadership and Dedication to Patient Care and the Nursing Profession from the American Nurses Foundation. She also has received a Presidential Citation in recognition of service to the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

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