The MGH Department of Radiology has awarded 12 Schlaeger Award Research Fellowships for 2018-2019. Recipients are Amr Abdelbaky, MD; Rene Balza, MD; Teodora Bochnakova, MD; John Conklin, MD, MSc; Sarah Moum, MD; Babita Panigrahi, MD; Lauren A. Roller, MD; Matthew Seidler, MD; David Tso, MD; Benjamin Wang, MD; Catherine J. Wei, MD, PhD, all Radiology fellows, and Marc Succi, MD, Radiology senior resident.


Xandra Breakefield, PhD, has received the Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The award provides funding to investigators with exceptional records of productivity in cancer research to continue or embark upon new projects of unusual potential in cancer research over an extended period of seven years. Award recipients are cancer researchers, nominated by their institutions, who have served as a principal investigator on an NCI grant for the last five years and have demonstrated outstanding productivity.


Miriam Bredella, MD, vice chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Radiology, has been accepted into the Inaugural 2018 Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD)-GE Lead, Empower and Disrupt Program. The program accepted 10 women across the nation who have been identified as future leaders in Radiology and who have demonstrated excellence in their current position, a passion for leadership and commitment to personal and professional development.


Dania Daye, MD, PhD, resident in the Department of Radiology, has received the Founder's Award from the American Physician Scientist Association (APSA). The award recognizes individuals for their steadfast leadership, unfaltering commitment, visionary outlook and advocacy for physician-scientist trainees and APSA over last decade. Daye is a past president and currently sits on the board of directors of the society.


Shekinah Elmore, MD, MPH, Radiation Oncology resident; and Jennifer Manne-Goehler, MD,Infectious Disease Unit research fellow; have been named STAT 2018 Wunderkinds. The honor recognizes the most impressive doctors and researchers who are on the cusp of launching their careers but are not yet fully independent. Most include postdocs, fellows and biopharma employees working with more senior scientists to blaze new trails as they attempt to answer some of the biggest questions in science and medicine.


Rajesh T. Gandhi, MD, director of HIV Clinical Services and Education at the MGH, has received the 2018 Clinical Educator Award from the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA). Gandhi was recognized for his significant contributions to improving HIV clinical education and care through his leadership in developing programs that include the HIV Online Provider Education (HOPE) program. The HOPE program, which offers online teaching sessions on diverse aspects of HIV care and research is accessed by health-care providers at more than 50 sites around the world and the Partners Infectious Disease Images, maintained through a partnership with the National Library of Medicine.


Rachel M. Huckfeldt, MD, PhD, ophthalmologist in the Inherited Retinal Disorders Service at Mass Eye and Ear, has received a 2018 Career Development Award from Foundation Fighting Blindness. Huckfeldt is a retina specialist with expertise in rare, hereditary retinal disorders, such as retinitis pigmentosa. The award recognizes two junior clinical investigators who are studying retinal degenerative diseases.


Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of Palliative Care, has been recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Blum Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Care. The newly established chair – made possible through the generosity of Betty Ann and Marjorie Blum, on behalf of their late parents Maxwell V. and Eleanor S. Blum – is the first endowed chair with a focus on palliative care. The chair will advance research, care and education in palliative care. Pictured from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Marjorie Blum; Betty Ann Blum; Jackson; and Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief


Two MGHers recently were honored with awards during National Physician Assistant Week, given to recognize the exceptional physician assistants and their supporters at the MGH. Stephen Kenneson, PA, of Cardiac Surgery, received the Distinguished Physician Assistant Award, given in recognition of his outstanding character, leadership and clinical performance. Elizabeth Temin, MD, MPH, of the Department of Emergency Medicine, was honored with the Outstanding Supervising MD Award, which is presented to a supervising physician that demonstrates respect, professionalism and spirit of collegiality with the Physician Assistant profession. Recipients are pictured above, at left in each photo, with O’Neil Britton, MD, chief medical officer, and Darlene Sawicki, MSN, NP-BC, director of Advanced Practice Providers


Robert E. Kingston, PhD, chief of Molecular Biology; Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery; and Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, associate chief of Ophthalmology Clinical Research and associate director of the Howe Laboratory at Mass Eye and Ear, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Members are elected to the NAM by their peers for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Membership is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.


The MGH Aspire Works Program – led by Leslie O’Brien, LICSW, Aspire Works program manager, and Brett Mulder, PsyD, director of Aspire Teen and Adult Services – have received the Work Without Limits Leadership Award. They were honored with the award during the annual Work Without Limits Raise the Bar HIRE! Conference in October. The award recognizes an organization and/or professional leaders for working together and leading by example to advance employment of young adults. The Aspire Works Program is expanding from its Internship Program to include a series of employer and participant-based programs that help individuals navigate the various aspects of the work environment, gain important on-the-job skills and create a culture of success.


The MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity bestowed their annual Frances J. Bonner MD Award this year to Felton James “Tony” Earls, MD,professor of Social Medicine emeritus at Harvard Medical School, and professor of Human Behavior and Development emeritus at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Bonner was the first female African American physician to train on a service at the MGH and then the first to join the hospital's faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. The award recognizes an individual who has overcome adversity and made significant contributions to the field of mental health and the care of minority communities. Earls is known for his long-term study of the influence of neighbors' willingness to help each other on the neighborhood's crime rate. For decades, he has served the international human rights community through his membership on the Committee on Human Rights at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights; and the International Human Rights Network of Science Academies. Pictured, from left, Earls; Nhi-Ha Thuy Trinh, MD, MPH, director of multicultural studies in the Department of Psychiatry; and Jerry Rosenbaum, MD, MGH psychiatrist-in-chief


Deborah D. Navedo, PhD, CPNP, FNAP, education specialist in the MGH Learning Laboratory, has been awarded a 2018 Simulation Summit Research Awardfrom the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This award recognizes impact on the field of simulation, originality and scientific merit. The report, “One Size Does not fit all: A mixed‐methods approach to focusing faculty development needs assessment” – for which the award was given – described an innovative methodological approach to improving the validity of a faculty development needs assessments and was part of a larger project supported by the Provost’s Office at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Team members included Maureen Flynn, MS, CGC, MPH; Rachel Pittman, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS; Rebecca Inzana, MS, CCC-SLP; and Roger Edwards, ScD, all faculty at the MGH Institute.


Proto Magazine – a national science magazine and website produced by the MGH in collaboration with publishing company Meredith – has been honored with 2018 Eddie and Ozzie Awards from Folio:Magazine. Within the awards’ Custom/Content Marketing Division, the magazine won the Illustration category for “A Code for Autism,” cover story fall 2017, and received honorable mentions for the Protopodcast, the spring 2017 issue, overall design and overall editorial excellence. In addition, Protoreceived an honorable mention from the National Association of Science Writers’ (NASW) Excellence in Institutional Writing Award for the spring 2017 feature “Whole Again,” about the first U.S. penis transplant, which was performed at MGH. NASW established the award this year to recognize high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf on an institution or other non-media organization.


Marc D. Succi, MD, senior resident in the Department of Radiology, has received a Schlaeger Fellowship to continue expanding the MESH™ Core Residency Design Curriculum (CRDC™) rotation, which teaches residents and staff the fundamentals of intellectual property, 3D printing, microprocessing, device prototyping and corporations/entrepreneurship. The CRDC course – designed by Succi – is the first of its kind in any residency program throughout the world. Succi also has received a Travel Grant from the Radiological Society of North American to present at this year’s annual meeting in Chicago for his project, “Turning Around Cancer: Oncologic Imaging and Implications for Emergency Radiology Workflow.”