The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Eight MGHers have been named as the 2017 Class of MGH Research Scholars: Galit Alter, PhD, of the Ragon Institute and Department of Medicine; Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, of the Division of Gastroenterology; Stephen Haggarty, PhD, of the Center for Genomic Medicine and Department of Neurology; David Langenau, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center and Department of Pathology; Hakho Lee, PhD, of the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Radiology; Anders Naar, PhD, of the MGH Cancer Center; Richa Saxena, PhD, of the Center for Genomic Medicine and Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; and Jennifer Temel, MD, of the Division of Hematology-Oncology. The MGH Research Scholars program was founded to support promising young investigators pursuing innovative approaches to challenges in medical science. The program is funded by philanthropic support and provides five years of unrestricted funding.
Seven MGHers have been named as the “2017 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators.” They are: Anu Atluru, MD, Emergency Medicine resident;Yanik J. Bababekov, MD, MPH, General Surgery resident, Marshall K. Bartlett Surgical research fellow at the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery, and Aetna Foundation Fellow in Healthcare Innovation at the Healthcare Transformation Lab; Omar Badri, MD, Dermatology resident, co-founder of Medumo; Dania Daye, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology resident; Daniel Hashimoto, MD, MS, Edward D. Churchill Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellow; Vanessa Kerry, MD, associate director Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health, Critical Care attending physician and CEO and cofounder of Seed Global Health; and Parsia A. Vagefi, MD, FACS, associate surgical director, Liver Transplantation. This group of physicians, entrepreneurs, policy makers and students are committed to changing the health care system for the better. Read more about each of their initiatives here.
Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, director of the Disparities Solutions Center and director of Multicultural Education at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, has received the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s Diversity Award. The award was created to promote ethnic, racial and gender diversity in departments of internal medicine and is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care. The award was presented during Academic Internal Medicine Week in Baltimore March 20.
Salone Callender, patient services coordinator at MGH Primary Care Boston, and Rony Dieuseul, patient services coordinator in the Psychiatry Department/Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, have both received this year’s Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award. The award was established in recognition of the outstanding performance and values of Ellis, who served as an executive secretary at the MGH from 1992 – 1996, and honors MGH secretarial staff who exhibit outstanding qualities in their work. 71 staff members were nominated for this year’s award. A complete list of the nominees is featured in a framed plaque hanging on the wall opposite the MGH Gift Shop. Pictured from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Callender; Dieuseul; Joan Sapir, senior vice president of Administration; and Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources
Teresa Chen, MD, chief quality officer and member of the glaucoma service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS), which recognizes faculty members who develop quality mentoring relationships in clinical medicine and research settings. This is one of three Excellence in Mentoring Awards established by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at HMS.
Shawn Demehri, MD, PhD, has been awarded a grant from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation as part of its Kimmel Scholars Program for “Mechanism of CD4+ T-cell immunity against skin cancer precursors.” Begun in 1997, the program was designed to jumpstart the careers of the most promising and creative researchers and physician-scientists seeking solutions to the riddle of cancer. To qualify, grantees must demonstrate great promise and innovation in their work, and be in the early stages of their research careers.
Annekathryn Goodman, MD, of the MGH Gynecology Oncology Fellowship Program, has received The Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s (SGO) Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award. For more than 30 years, Goodman has worked to improve gynecologic care here at home and abroad. Since 2008, she has been consulting in Bangladesh on cervical cancer prevention and the development of medical infrastructure to care for women with gynecologic cancers there. Physicians from resource-limited countries have also been invited to the MGH by Goodman, under a two-month observation program she established in gynecologic oncology. Goodman was also recognized with the SGO award for her many disaster response deployments. A trained relief worker and women’ reproductive health advocate, she has cared for those suffering in the aftermath of earthquakes and other natural disasters in locations including Iran, Indonesia, Haiti, the Philippines, and Nepal. 
Kathryn Hatch, MD, site director at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Waltham, was named "outstanding female leader in ophthalmology" by MillenialEYE. She was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of this all-digital publication with a profile about her work. MillennialEYE is a publication and online community for the future leaders in ophthalmology.
Elena B. Hawryluk, MD, PhD, of the Department of Dermatology, has received Weston Award from the Society for Pediatric Dermatology for her work “Melanoma and Dysplastic Nevi in Children”. This award is given to one pediatric dermatologist every two years and supports career development of future leaders, educators, clinical scholars and/or translational investigators in pediatric dermatology. Awardees must demonstrate a strong commitment to skin research that can advance the field of pediatric dermatology.
David J. Kanarek, MD, of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit, has been awarded the Henry D. Chadwick Medal from the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section of the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Medical & Scientific Branch. The medal is the highest honor awarded for meritorious contributions in the study and treatment of tuberculosis and other thoracic diseases.
Bernard Kinane, MD, chief of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit, has received the 2017 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Assembly on Pediatrics Clinician Educator Award in recognition of his outstanding and innovative clinical and teaching abilities. Kinane will be honored at the annual Pediatric Founder’s Dinner at the ATS International Conference May 22 in Washington, D.C.
Umar Mahmood, MD, PhD, of the Department of Radiology, and Xu Wu, PhD, of the Cutaneous Biology Research Center, have both received Established Investigator Awards from the Melanoma Research Alliance. The 34 funded programs aim to accelerate research into novel prevention and treatment strategies to drive better outcomes for melanoma patients and those at risk. Mahmood’s research, “Granzyme B imaging to predict efficacy of immunotherapy in melanoma,” will use PET imaging to visualize T cells directly killing tumor cells, which has potential to act as a biomarker of immunotherapy efficacy. Wu’s research, “Targeting TEAD autopalmitoylation in YAP-dependent uveal melanoma,” will investigate aberrant signaling in uveal melanoma cells to identify potential new drug targets.
Nicholas Merry, RN, has received a “29 Who Shine” Award from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. This is a commencement season awards program to recognize 29 outstanding student graduates from the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. He was nominated by the faculty at University of Massachusetts Medical Center - Graduate School of Nursing for his work in global health and community service. Whether furthering their education or entering careers in fields such as education, public policy, health care, creative arts or engineering, the "29 Who Shine" embody a vibrant future envisioned for the Commonwealth.
The MGH has received the Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, one of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards. This recognizes the hospital’s ongoing commitment to improving its environmental performance and pride in realizing a top standard of excellence in sustainability.

The MGH has been named to the DiversityInc “Top Hospitals and Health Systems” 2017 list, which recognizes hospitals and health systems that showcase best practices for diversity. The hospitals that made this year’s list demonstrated best practices in the following areas: Employee resource group participation, manager participation in cross-cultural mentoring, diversity goals tied to executive compensation and educating and mentoring diverse suppliers. DiversityInc has recognized the MGH with this honor seven of the last eight years.

Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH, senior vice president for Quality & Safety and chief Quality Officer, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review 2017 list of "50 experts leading the field of patient safety." Those honored are prominent advocates for patient safety and include clinicians, advocacy group leaders, professors, researchers, administrators and health care providers who have led initiatives to facilitate the reduction of patient harm in the health care setting. Prior to joining the MGH, Mort served on the American Hospital Association's panel on health care-acquired conditions, was a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Women's Health Management Advisory Panel and the National Quality Foundation Steering Committee for Additional Priorities for Acute Hospital Quality Measures.