Scott Beach, MD, of the Psychiatry Department, at right, has been honored with the Early Achievement Award from the University of Medical Alumni Association and Medical School Foundation. The award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the UVA School of Medicine by demonstrating outstanding leadership in – and making significant contributions to – the field of medicine early in their careers through teaching, research, clinical care, public or professional service or civic duties.
William C. Faquin, MD, PhD, of MGH and MEE Pathology, has received the Papanicolaou Society of Cytology 2019 LC Tao Educator of the Year Award. This award recognizes Faquin’s meritorious service and contributions to the field of cytopathology education.
Lida P. Hariri, MD, PhD, of the Pathology Department, has received the Early Career Achievement Award from The American Thoracic Society Clinical Problems Assembly. This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions in clinical, translational or laboratory-based research relevant to clinical problems and who has made these contributions early in his or her career.
Yasmin Genevieve Hernandez-Barco, MD,Gastroenterology fellow, was honored by the Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D., Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research for her research, "The role of the GNAS oncogene in the immune microenvironment of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.” She also was selected as 1 of 30 GI fellows and junior faculty members to the American College of Gastroenterology Young Physician Leadership Scholars Program, which aims to provide the necessary tools to cultivate leadership potential and create a cohort of great leaders to advance gastroenterology and advocate for policy changes at the state-level and nationwide. And, Hernandez-Barco received an American College of Gastroenterology- Food and Drug Administration Fellowship to integrate into the daily activities of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Gastroenterology and Inborn Error Products.

Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, vice chair of Procedural Services in the Department of Radiology, has received the 2019 Academic Achievement Award from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) for his in-depth analysis of health care policy issues impacting pain physicians and their patients. This award recognizes physicians who have a continued commitment to the advancement of interventional pain management through academic contributions. “As one of the great pioneers in minimally invasive spine care, Hirsch is committed to improving the quality of life for people with his extensive knowledge and expertise,” said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, CEO and chairman of the ASIPP Board.


Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, MD, MMSc, director of the Neuroanesthesia Research Laboratory, was honored with the 2019 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The annual award recognizes colleagues who dedicate their formative careers to research.


Jacqueline M. Lane, PhD, of the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received a 2019 Outstanding Early Investigator Award from the Sleep Research Society for her manuscript “Biological and clinical insights from genetics of insomnia symptoms.” This award recognizes an outstanding research effort by an early-stage investigator in the field of sleep research. Lane's research focuses on the genetics of sleep and circadian rhythms.

The MGH has been named to the Women’s Choice Award: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience list. This recognition symbolizes excellence in customer experience, with a focus on the patient’s willingness to recommend the hospital, doctor and nurse communications, staff help, pain management, cleanliness and explanation of medications.

The MGH Cancer Center presented the 2019 Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research on May 2. Carl June, MD, the Richard W. Vague Professor of Immunology and the director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored with the award for his groundbreaking work in chimeric antigen receptor t-cell immunotherapy in which a patient’s own cells are re-engineered, activated and infused back in a patient to fight their cancer. Pictured, from left, Daniel Haber, MD, director of the MGH Cancer Center; June; and Marcel Maus, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cellular Immunotherapy Program

Three MGHers also were presented with the 2019 Jonathan Kraft Team Science Award during the Jonathan Kraft Symposium. They are: Lecia Sequist, MD, director of the MGH Center for Innovation in Early Cancer Detection;Wilhelm Haas, PhD, MGH Center for Cancer Research; and Steven Skates, PhD, MGH Cancer Center, for their collaborative work on early detection of lung cancer. Pictured, from left, Skates; Robert Kraft, CEO and chairman of the Kraft Group; June; Jonathan Kraft, president of the Kraft Group; Sequist and Haas
The MGH Division of Obstetric Anesthesia has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). SOAP recognizes institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and recognizes high-quality care and use of best practices in the categories of: Personnel and Staffing, Equipment, Protocols and Policies, Cesarean Delivery Management, Labor Analgesia Management, Recommendations and Guideline Implementation, and Quality Assurance.

Joel H. Schwartz, MD, FACP, director of Oncology Services at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers and medical oncology director of the Mass General Cancer Center Network, has received the Hope Begins Here Award from the Boston North Cancer Association. This recognizes Schwartz’s ongoing commitment to the care of patients and families facing the challenges of cancer throughout communities north of Boston. Schwartz has organized multidisciplinary clinics for cancer patients with breast, thoracic, gastrointestinal and urologic malignancies on the north shore of Boston and created medical teams of community and academic physicians, resulting in significant improvements in quality of care.


Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, was honored with the 2019 Public Sector Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. The award recognizes contributions to the society, the profession of psychiatry and evidence-based, high-quality patient care. Shtasel’s work focuses on strengthening relationships among community providers and hospital-based programs, enhancing resident and medical student education in community psychiatry, increasing access to care for underserved populations and promoting race equity.


Barbara L. Smith, MD, PhD, director of the Breast Program, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Breast Surgery. The chair was made possible by the generosity of Smith’s grateful patients. Remarks were given at an April 22 celebration by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery; Kenneth Tanabe, MD, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, and Smith. Pictured, from left, Tanabe, Slavin, Smith and Lillemoe


Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, of the Department of Ophthalmology, has been recognized with the inaugural Harvard Ophthalmology Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Harvard Ophthalmology Mentoring Program was created in 2014 to help direct and support junior faculty members and create a culture of achievement. Selected by Harvard Ophthalmology’s five-person Mentoring Oversight Board, Sobrin has provided a great deal of support to her mentees, working to ensure they succeed and thrive within the department and have the opportunities and encouragement they need to grow their career. Sobrin (right), receiving her award from colleague Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, MBA, director of the Howe Laboratory and associate chief for Ophthalmology Basic and Translational Research


David Sweetser, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Genetics and Metabolism, has been named the inaugural chair incumbent of the Leslie Meyer and Lewis Ball Holmes Chair in Genetics and Teratology. The chair was made possible by the generosity of Leslie Meyer Holmes, Lewis Ball Holmes, MD, former unit chief of the Department of Genetics who has worked at the MGH for more than 50 years, as well as friends, family members and patients. Pictured, from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Leslie Meyer Holmes and Lewis Holmes; Sweetser and Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children


Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, director of Diversity in Patient Care Services, received the Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College (BC). This award recognizes a graduate of the Connell School of Nursing who embodies the BC nurse: an accomplished nurse leader, an ethically aware scientist and inquisitive clinician.

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