The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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James Brink, MD, Radiologist-in-chief, has received a 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award, given by Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award recognizes HMS faculty (clinical, pre-clinical, research or administrative) who have made significant achievements in moving HMS toward being a diverse and inclusive community and have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity above and beyond their routine role and responsibilities.
 
Virginia Capasso, PhD, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, CWS, clinical nurse specialist - Wound Healing in the Institute for Patient Care and nurse scientist in the Munn Center for Nursing Research, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Her three-year term began Jan. 1. The NPUAP serves as the authoritative voice in the United States for improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.
 
Namit Choksi, research technician in the Mitchell Lab at the MGH Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology, has been selected as part of the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2019, the master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The 142 Scholars – from more than 4,000 applicants – were selected through a rigorous application process designed to evaluate proven intellectual and academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing a better understanding of China. Choksi’s primary interest lies in reducing maternal deaths and improving healthcare accessibility for the underprivileged.
 
Brigadier General (ret) Jack Hammond, executive director for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, has been awarded the Semper Fidelis Public Servant Award for his tenacity and dedication to heal the invisible wounds for veterans, service members and their families. The award was presented Feb. 20 during an Iwo Jima Recognition Day Ceremony hosted by the Marine Corps League Metrowest Detachment 1037 at the State House in Boston. The award recognizes an elected or government official for outstanding contributions to the communities they serve, and for epitomizing the U.S. Marine Corps values: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.
 
Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, has received the 2018 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact technologies and particularly honors pioneering contributions to optical methods and devices that have facilitated advancements in biology or medicine. Hasan was recognized for her trailblazing contributions to the field of Photodynamic Therapy and its clinical translation, her leadership and her service to the photonics community.
 
Ephraim Hochberg, MD, of the MGH Cancer Center, has been name the inaugural incumbent of the newly established Ian K. and Isabelle P. Loring Endowed Chair in Lymphoma. He was recognized for his extraordinary compassion as a clinician as well as his leadership, research achievements and dedication as a teacher. A Jan. 22 celebration at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation was attended by 70 guests, and remarks were given by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; David Ryan, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology; Hochberg; Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center; and Ian and Isabelle Loring. Pictured from left, Hochberg, Isabelle Loring, Ian Loring and Slavin
 
Jacob Holzer, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law Larry H. Strasburger, MD, Award for Outstanding Forensic Presentation. He received the award for “Individual Anti-government Rhetoric, Violence, and Vulnerability: Lone Actor Violence.” Holzer also is the lead co-editor of the recently published textbook Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry: Principals and Practice, 2018, published by Oxford University Press, New York.
 
Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute, has recently been elected vice president of The Obesity Society (TOS). With this election, he will become president-elect later this year and TOS president in 2019. TOS is the leading professional society for scientists and clinicians working in the area of obesity and related diseases. The society is dedicated to advancing research, education and effective clinical care of obesity, thereby improving the lives of the many people who suffer from this challenging, chronic disorder.
 
Steven H. Liang, PhD, of the Department of Radiology, has received the 2018 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award sponsored by Thieme Medical Publishers, in collaboration with the editors of the journals SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT and SYNFACTS. Established in 1999 with the aim to encourage young scientists, the award is granted to chemists who have been recognized as high-potential researchers in the field of synthetic organic chemistry. Liang’s contribution focuses on the development of novel radiochemical labeling methodology for positron emission tomography (PET) applications.
 
Nicolette Maggiolo, RD, LDN, registered dietitian for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, has received the 2018 Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award. The award was established to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in Academy affairs. Learn more about Maggiolo and the Nutrition Services available to veterans, service members and their families at Home Base.
 
The MGH has been named a Best Co-op Employer of 2017 by the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The hospital was nominated for the award by three co-op students who worked with Bill Driscoll, director of Perioperative Clinical Engineering and IT Systems Support in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Driscoll is instrumental in the department’s digital health work and spent his own time working with these students, helping them learn about technology. He was honored at the Wentworth Co-op + Careers Appreciation Breakfast Feb. 15.Pictured from left, Driscoll, Naomi Carlson, Kaitlyn Christy, and Michaela Pigue, all Wentworth Biomedical Engineering co-op students
 
Research led by Ryan Nipp, MD, of the MGH Cancer Center, and William Shipley, MD, of the Department of Radiation Oncology, was selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for inclusion in Clinical Cancer Advances 2018, the society’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field. Their studies – “Coping and prognostic awareness in patients with advanced cancer” by Nipp, and “Radiation with or without antiandrogen therapy in recurrent prostate cancer” by Shipley – are featured as two of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care. Read the report.
 
David Sykes, MD, PhD, of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Marc Wein, MD, PhD, of the Endocrine Unit, have both received 2018 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards from the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland. The awards support breakthrough discoveries in diverse research areas – including cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and addiction. Award recipients are selected for the promise of their research to advance standards of care in medicine, regardless of their institutional affiliation. Sykes was awarded for his work “Developing new treatments for leukemia,” and Wein for “A new therapeutic to prevent osteoporosis.”
Jennifer Temel, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program, clinical director of Thoracic Oncology, Hostetter MGH Research Scholar, and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has received the 2017 John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award. The seventh annual award, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, recognizes a senior faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in helping junior staff members on a path to success. Temel previously was awarded a National Cancer Institute mid-career development award to mentor others in palliative and end of life care in oncology and serves as the co-principal investigator on a National Cancer Institute grant to conduct a workshop on methods in supportive oncology research for junior faculty. Pictured from left, Timothy G. Ferris, MD, MGPO CEO; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine; Temel; Anne Klibanski, MD, chief academic officer at Partners HealthCare; Potts; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president