Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH, executive director of the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, has received the 2018 Ray Adams Clinical Mentor Award for outstanding faculty mentoring in Clinical Expertise and Innovation. Batchelor is widely recognized as a leader in developing novel therapies in glioblastoma and other primary tumors of the CNS. As a mentor, he has consistently placed mentees in positions to develop their own clinical and research niches and provided them the training, guidance, resources, and autonomy to achieve independent careers. The result is a Neuro-Oncology division that is stocked with current and future leaders in their fields of expertise.


Amanda Bulette Coakley, RN, PhD, FNAP, AHN-BC, of Nursing Administration and Support Services, has received the Rosemary Carroll-Johnson Award from NANDA International, The International Nursing Knowledge Association. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the NANDA International organization, in publication excellence. Coakley was acknowledged as an excellent reviewer for the NANDA-I journal, The International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, who provides consistently thorough, timely reviews that support the journal and authors.


Patricia A. D'Amore, PhD, MBA, director of the Howe Laboratory and associate chief for Ophthalmology Basic and Translational Research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has received the 2018 Barbara J. McNeil Faculty Award for Exceptional Service to Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM). The award recognizes her profound and lasting impact on the HMS community through her academic leadership, committee service and support of research and training programs. A devoted mentor and role model for her trainees, she has a proven track record of going above and beyond to help shape the career paths of future leaders in research and academic pursuits. Pat will receive the award during the Faculty of Medicine Meeting in December 2018.


Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has been awarded a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of corneal and transplantation immunology, Dana is one of 11 researchers nationwide to have received the award, which provides flexible funding to scientists pursuing leading-edge research on blinding diseases. With this support from RPB, Dana will develop and test the efficacy of novel, biocompatible adhesives to prevent and/or mitigate vision loss caused by corneal injuries and immune-mediated corneal damage. This research could revolutionize treatment for many patients with severe corneal injuries and corneal thinning as a result of infection and severe inflammation.


Erin C. Dunn, ScD, MPH, of the Center for Genomic Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2018 One Mind Foundation Peter Chiarelli Rising Star Collaborative Research Award. With this award, Dunn will use data from the Pregnancy and Childhood Epigenetics Consortium to examine how the timing of exposure to stress during pregnancy and childhood predicts epigenetic changes and subsequent risk for depression. Dunn’s research laboratory seeks to better understand the social and biological factors that influence the etiology of depression among women, children and adolescents. The goal of her work is to identify the causal mechanisms underlying risk for depression, translate that knowledge to population-based strategies for prevention and target those strategies to “sensitive periods” in development.


David P. Gierga, PhD, medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). This honor recognizes members who have made remarkable contributions in research, education or leadership in the medical physics community. AAPM supports the medical physics community with a focus on advancing patient care through education, improving safety and efficacy of radiation oncology and medical imaging procedures through research, and the maintenance of professional standards.


Sheila B. Golden-Baker, MS, RN-BC, professional development specialist in the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development, has received the 2018 Belinda E. Puetz Award from the Association for Nursing Professional Development. Recognizing excellence in nursing professional development, Golden-Baker was honored for her creativity, productivity, exemplary leadership qualities and efficiency. She has presented on a variety of nursing topics at conferences locally, nationally and internationally and also is chair of the MGH Council on Disabilities Awareness.


Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, MGH dermatologist, has received Honorary Membership to the American Academy of Dermatology. Honorary Membership is a meritorious achievement based on leadership and service. It affirms an uncommon and sustained dedication to dermatology and the goals of the academy. In most cases, the honorary membership is bestowed for a lifetime of dedication and distinguished service.

A research team from the James Markmann, MD, PhD, Laboratory in the Center for Transplantation Sciences – along with Korkut Uygun, PhD, of the Center for Engineering in Medicine – received the Best Clinical Research Award at the sixth Annual Harvard Surgery Research Day. The team – led by Mohammed M. Aburawi, MD, and Fermin Fontan, MD, both post-doctoral research fellows – was recognized for their work in developing methods to bridge the gap between the supply of donor kidney organs and the demand in transplantation with their study “Normothermic Perfusion of Discarded Kidneys Using Hemopure.” They used a special bio-perfusion machine circulating a non-cellular hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier to assess the utilization of human kidney organs that have been previously deemed untranslatable. Last year their work also gained a distinction award at the American Transplant Congress and international recognition at the ESOT2017 Barcelona Congress. “The disparity between donor kidney supply and demand is increasing, as is the waitlist time. A major problem in kidney utilization is the high percentage of kidneys that are discarded, often based on unsubstantiated criteria. It is our hope that the ability to discriminate between the fraction that should not be used from those that would function adequately could markedly expand the organ donor pool,” says Markmann.

Mary McAdams, RN-BC, professional development specialist for the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development, has received the 2018 Learning Facilitator Award from the Association of Nursing Professional Development. This national award recognizes nursing professional development specialists who use the educational design process to bridge the knowledge, skills and/or practice gaps identified through a needs assessment. In 2017, McAdams’ leadership played a pivotal role in the MGH Norman Knight Nursing Center’s Provider Unit receiving a Certificate of Distinction from the Ohio Nurses Association in recognition of superior accomplishments as an Approved Provider.


Ida Meister, RN, of Lunder 8 Neurosciences, has received a 2018 Perfumed Plume Award in the category Science of Scent Stories in Mainstream Media – Magazines, Blog Postings, Webzines. She received the award for the story “Scent and Healing: The Transformative Power of Perfume.” The awards were established in 2015 by Mary Ellen Lapsansky and Lyn Leigh, both experienced fragrance and cosmetic executives, to honor and recognize fragrance stories and the many talented writers and visualists who give the reader an inside view of the cultural, historical, scientific and personal approaches to fragrance design and what it takes to create an evocative scent.


The MGH has received a Best Wellness Employer silver certification from Wellness Workdays for its worksite wellness BeFit Program. Developed by Wellness Workdays in collaboration with experts from Harvard Medical School, the initiative recognizes the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being and helps advance the field of worksite wellness by providing data and research about current practices and wellness outcomes. The Best Wellness Employer certification recognizes the outstanding achievements of organizations committed to creating best-in-class corporate wellness programs.Pictured from left, Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources; Anne Thorndike, MD, of the Department of Medicine; Lillian Sonnenberg, DSC, RD, LDN, co-founder of BeFit; and Cliff Seeto, general manager of The Clubs at Charles River Park


The MGH and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) received an honorable mention from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education for their work related to the MGH and MGH IHP Interprofessional Dedicated Education Units. The awards honor exemplary interprofessional, team-based practice in the U.S., and celebrates those who are thinking and acting differently through innovation to connect higher education and health care. Pictured, from left; Barbara Brandt, director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Mary Knab, PT, DPT, PHD, director of IMPACT Practice in the IHP Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation; Leslie G. Portney, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, dean, IHP School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Maureen E. Schnider MS, RN, NE-BC, CPHC, nursing director, MGH Cardiac Surgical Stepdown Unit; Rebecca Inzana, MS, CCC-SLP, of the IHP Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and medical speech-language pathologist, MGH Adult Inpatient Team; and George E. Thibault, MD, former president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation


Karen Nanji, MD, MPH, of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has received a 2018 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for her project, “Preventing Perioperative Medication Errors Through the Reduction of Clinical Decision Support Alert Overrides.” The award allows recipients to dedicate 75 percent of their professional time to clinical research in support of their transition to an independent research career. The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, child well-being and medical research. The foundation’s Medical Research Program supports clinical research that advances the translation of biomedical discoveries into new preventions, diagnoses and treatments for human diseases.


James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, John C. Robinson Professor of Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has received a Medical Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University. The awards recognize extraordinary contributions to medicine and notable services to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and will be presented during the Dean’s Society Soiree Oct. 12 at the Global Center for Health Innovation.