Joseph Arboleda-Velasquez, MD, PhD, assistant scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear; and Daniel Sun, PhD, investigator at Mass. Eye and Ear, have each received a National Institutes of Health grant. Arboleda-Velasquez received the award for his project “Charting Vascular Contributions to White Matter Disease in Familial Alzheimer's Disease and CADASIL.” Sun received an R01 award for his project “Protective Function of STAT3-mediated Astrocyte Reactivity in Experimental Glaucoma: Mechanism of Action.”
Petr Baranov, MD, PhD, assistant scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, is part of a team that received a grant from the National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Initiative for Regenerative Medicine. Baranov is collaborating with colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham to develop optic cup organoids – lab-grown tissues that contain all retinal neuron types. This technology has the potential to replace retinal ganglion cells lost in glaucoma and optic neuropathies. The award is one of five awarded nationally to multidisciplinary teams to develop new disease models for a range of eye conditions.
Bryan Choi, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the MGH Cancer Center, has received the xCELLigence Immunotherapy Research Grant from ACEA Biosciences, Inc. for his proposal to develop a safe and effective immunotherapy for patients with glioblastoma. Focused on the development of novel immune therapies for malignant brain tumors, he will be testing the hypothesis that modified EGFRvIII CAR-T cells will enhance immune therapy in models of heterogeneous glioblastoma. This award will enable Choi to precisely measure the kinetics of tumor cell killing using a new technology highlighting cell impedance assays. Faculty members sponsoring this work were Bob Carter, MD, PHD, chief of Neurosurgery; William Curry, MD, of the Department of Neurosurgery; and Marcela Maus, MD, PhD of the MGH Cancer Center. 
Sarah Coughlin, LICSW, LADC-I, director of the MGH Charlestown Coalition, has been elected president of the board for the National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts. She began her tenure as president-elect Sept. 28 and will then serve three years as president.
Regina Doherty, OTD, associate professor andprogram director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, has received the Catherine Trombly Award for Contribution to Occupational Therapy and Research from the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association. The award recognizes an exceptional occupational therapy educator and/or researcher who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. Doherty was recognized at the organization’s annual conference Oct. 26.
Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and of the MGH Dermatology Department, has received the American Academy of Dermatology Skin Care for Developing Countries Grant Award to continue work in establishing a sustainable medical laser clinic in Armenia. The award enables individuals and organizations to fund international volunteer and humanitarian projects. Many Armenian patients with life altering skin diseases will have an opportunity to get much needed laser treatments that were unattainable in their country prior to this work.
Marek Hansdorfer, MD, Plastic Surgery research fellow, has received the Resident Research Award from the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPS) for his work “A Clinically Relevant Animal Model to Quantitatively Evaluate Functional Outcomes of Large-Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair,” which he presented at the recent NESPS Annual Meeting.
Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, and Guillermo Tearney, MD, PhD, both of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, have been elected as Fellow Members of The Optical Society (OSA). OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Fellow membership in OSA is limited to no more than 10 percent of the membership and is reserved for members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics.
Rakesh K. Jain, PhD, director of the E.L. Steele Laboratories in the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology, has received the 2018 Earl P. Benditt Award from the North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO). This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding discovery or developed a concept that has been seminal to the understanding of vascular biology or pathology. Jain was honored for his numerous contributions to the understanding of the unique characteristics of tumor vasculature. He received a crystal plaque and a monetary award and gave a lecture at the NAVBO annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, on Oct. 17.
Jeanette Livelo, DNP, MS/MBA, RN, NEA-BC,Nursing director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, received the Far Eastern University Global Nurse Excellence Award in Nursing Administration and was honored during the Gala Night at Crowne Plaza in Times Square.
The MGH was recognized by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) for its outstanding commitment and success with recruiting, hiring, and retaining qualified individuals with disabilities. Jeff Davis, vice president of Human Resources, accepted the award on the MGH’s behalf during a presentation for employers who have demonstrated excellence with procuring employment opportunities at the sixth annual Raise the Bar HIRE! Conference.

The hospital also has received the 2018 Breastfeeding Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The MDPH recognized 14 hospitals in 2018 for implementing “quiet hours” within maternity units – allowing mothers and newborns time to rest, bond and take a break from visitors and medical procedures – a practice that is supportive of breastfeeding.
The MGH Institute of Health Professions has received a 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The MGH Institute is one of 35 schools in the country – and the only health professions school in New England – to receive the award, which recognizes medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is the second consecutive year the Institute has received the HEED award.
The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program – led by Jim O’Connell, MD, MGH physician and president of the program – has received a Beyond Health Award from the Boston University School of Public Health. Awarded during the For the Future of Public Health Gala, this honor recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a lasting contribution to creating the conditions that make populations healthy so that all can live full lives.
David P. Ryan, MD, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the newly established Shelby Memorial Endowed Chair. The chair honors Louis Chabner, MD – the father of Bruce Chabner, MD, clinical director emeritus of the MGH Cancer Center. Louis Chabner was one of only a few general practitioners post World War II on staff at Shelby Memorial Hospital, a then small, four-bed hospital in the farming community of Shelbyville, Illinois. Bruce Chabner has fond memories of accompanying his father, who was very active in the community, on countless house calls to local farms, and credits his father with inspiring his interest in medicine. The chair will be renamed for Bruce Chabner and his wife, Davi-Ellen Chabner, a writer, and a teacher in Medical Terminology at MGH, upon his retirement. Pictured from left, Davi-Ellen Chabner, Bruce Chabner, Ryan, and Nancy Tarbell, MD, dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs at Harvard Medical School
Amar Sahay, PhD, of the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry; and Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, director of the MGH Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab, have each received grants from the Alzheimer’s Association. Sahay received a 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant for his study “Targeting feed-forward inhibition in DG-CA3 to improve memory in AD.” Quiroz received a 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity for her study “Taking it to the extreme: The search for modifiers of cognitive decline.”
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD, director of the Pediatric Residency Program, has been honored as the second incumbent of the John C. Robinson, MD, Chair in Pediatrics. The chair honors Robinson, an MGH pediatrician who worked at the MGH for nearly 50 years and played a pivotal role in improving pediatric care through a collaboration between MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Milton Pediatrics, a practice he founded in 1967. With this appointment, Jim Perrin, MD, the inaugural incumbent of the chair, will become the John C. Robinson, MD, Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics.