The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Sixteen MGH nurses and nursing teams were honored in The Boston Globe’s Salute to Nurses,” in honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. They are: Kristin Anderson, RN, Cancer Center; Alice Dubois, NP, Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit; Ellison 6 nurses, Ortho/Urology Unit; Emily Erhardt, RN, Hematology/Oncology Unit; Samantha (McLeod) Horne, RN, Obstetrics and Gynecology Service; Kristen Kenniston, RN, Internal Medicine; George Lillie, RN, Gillette Center for Women's Cancers; Lunder 10 nurses; Sarah Luppino, RN, Neurology; Laura Lux, RN,Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit; Ida Meister, RN, Neurology; Erika (Barrett) Meneely, NP, Hematology/Oncology Unit; Mary Papagno, RN, Urgent Care, Chelsea HealthCare Center; Respiratory Acute Care Unit nurses, Bigelow 13; Krista Rubin, NP, Cancer Center; and Lisa Torre, RN, Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
M. Amin Arnaout, MD, chief emeritus of the Division of Nephrology and director of the Leukocyte Biology and Inflammation Program, has received the 2018 Homer W. Smith Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). This is the top international award presented by the ASN to an individual who has made outstanding contributions which fundamentally affect the science of nephrology. In the 54-year history of this award, this is only the second time it has been awarded to an MGHer, the first was in 1981 to Alex Leaf, MD, a former physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine.
Curtis L. Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Transplant Center; along with Dicken S.C. Ko, MD, former director of the MGH Urology Regional Program and patient Thomas Manning have been honored with the 2018 Men’s Health Award by the Massachusetts Medical Society. The award recognizes an individual who has advanced the cause of men’s health, however, this year, the society was compelled to select the trio. Cetrulo and Ko performed on Manning a procedure called a genitourinary vascularized composite allograft (GUVCA) transplant, the nation’s first genitourinary reconstructive (penile) transplant. Read more.
Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, MBA, director of the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for exceptional scholarship in the field of biomedicine. D’Amore will be inducted as part of the class of 2018 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of biomedicine. Founded in 1780, the academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators, engaging them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world.
Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Members are elected to the NAS by their peers in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.
Two MGHers have received a 2018 Dean’s Community Service Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS). Laura G. Kehoe, MD, MPH, FASAM, medical director of the MGH Bridge Clinic, for her work with “ Watertown Access to Education Resources and Treatment,” and Erica T. Warner, ScD, MPH, of the Department of Medicine, for her work with “Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.” Community service is an integral part of the missions of HMS and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In faithfulness to this commitment, this award was established in 1999 to recognize individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local, national or international community.
Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, has been chosen for a 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Krakauer will use the award to assist the University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to establish one of the first academic departments of palliative care and specialist training programs in palliative care in the developing world. Krakauer is pictured kneeling seventh from right with faculty and physician-trainees of the required course in palliative medicine for specialist trainees in seven medical fields.
Julie R. Ingelfinger, MD, pediatrician and senior consultant in Pediatric Nephrology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has received a lifetime achievement award from her alma mater, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The award recognizes Einstein alumni who have attained distinction in their fields and who have made major contributions to the health and welfare of underserved communities. This marks the second accolade for Ingelfinger this spring. She also was the 2018 Physician Honoree at the National Kidney Foundation’s March gala, in recognition of her efforts to broaden awareness, increase prevention and improve treatment of kidney disease.
J. Scot Mackeil, CBET, senior BMET in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine’s Anesthesia Clinical Engineering Team, has received the AAMI & GE Healthcare 2018 BMET of the Year Award. This award is given to a biomedical equipment technician (BMET) to recognize individual dedication, achievement and excellence in the field of healthcare technology management (HTM). Mackeil has been on the front lines of hospital biomedical engineering since 1991. He is a vocal advocate for the HTM field and a supporter of "right to repair" legislation at both the Boston Statehouse and at the federal level with ACCE and the FDA. Mackeil’s clinical engineering advocacy efforts are focused on insuring that our healthcare industry will have affordable, competitive choices for medical repair vendors, parts and service as well as access to support documents and software needed to support and maintain healthcare technology. Learn more.
Luana Marques, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry, has been elected president-elect of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Board of Directors. She will assume the presidency in January 2020. This achievement underscores her dedication to studying the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health treatments in community settings, with the goal of bridging the gap toward more equitable treatment of anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She has been an active member of ADAA since 2008 and has served on the board since 2016.
MGH Police, Security and Outside Services has received the Lindberg Bell Program of Distinction Award from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Foundation for establishing, administering, and maintaining an outstanding security and safety program. The award is presented annually, to one health care facility in North America that has demonstrated measurable advancements and best practices in crime prevention and risk management, violence prevention, incident response, emergency preparedness, parking services, community outreach, training and education, security technology and investigations. Members of MGH Police, Security and Outside Services attended the April 17 award presentation in Chicago, Illinois. Pictured, from left, accepting the award are Daniel Coleman, Bonnie Michelman, Thomas Mahoney and Matthew Thomas.
Joan W. Miller, MD, chief of Ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear, has received two prestigious awards recognizing her significant contributions to the field of retina and ophthalmology — the 2018 Charles L. Schepens, MD /American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Award and the Gertrude D. Pyron Award of the Retina Research Foundation. Miller is the first woman to receive the Charles L. Schepens, MD/AAO Award, which recognizes vision scientists who have contributed new knowledge of the visual process of vitreoretinal diseases and/or have made special contributions to prevent and decrease blindness. The Gertrude D. Pyron Award is awarded to outstanding vision scientists whose work contributes significantly to knowledge of the retina.
Andrew Nierenberg, MD, director of the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, has received a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award for his project, “Comparative Effectiveness of Pharmacogenomics for Treatment of Depression (CEPIO-D).” Four projects received an award for their use of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to test ways to improve care for people with arthritis, blood pressure, depression and irritable bowel disease. Nierenberg’s project focuses on patients with depression comparing the effectiveness of usual care to therapy that uses a patient’s genes to guide medication decisions.
Jan Schuemann, PhD, research fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology, has received this year’s Michael Fry Research Award from the Radiation Research Society. The award – formerly known as the Radiation Research Award – was established to recognize junior scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of radiation research. Schuemann’s research focuses on modeling radiation induced damages on cells and their DNA and the effects on the ensuing repair processes. Recipients are invited to present their work at the Michael Fry plenary session at the annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society.