M. Amin Arnaout, MD, FASN, chief emeritus of the Division of Nephrology, and director of the MGH Leukocyte Biology and Inflammation Program, has been elected to membership in the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). ACCA’s membership comprises outstanding physicians selected for their leadership, scientific excellence, high level of integrity and professionalism. Arnaout also will deliver a lecture at the ACCA’s annual meeting on Oct. 22, 2020.
Joseph Biederman, MD, chief of Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at an Oct. 7 celebration at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The chair was made possible by the generosity of Biederman's grateful patients, family and friends. Pictured from left, Maurizio Fava, MD, executive vice chair of Psychiatry; Biederman; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president
Sylvia Chiang, director of the MGH Revere CARES Coalition, has been recognized by the city of Revere and Mayor Brian Arrigo for her outstanding leadership and passion to improve community health in a diverse population served by the MGH. Chiang was recognized, along with other Latina luminaries, as part of the city’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MGH Program, was recognized Oct. 23 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for its many contributions to the veterans and military families of the Commonwealth. Legislative leaders thanked Home Base staff for providing a decade of exceptional services for the veteran community, for making critical advances in the field of veterans’ mental health care and for their dedication to expanding access to veterans’ mental health services statewide. Pictured, from left, David Friedman, Boston Red Sox; Leslie Feinberg, Home Base; Bekah Salwasser, Red Sox Foundation; retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, executive director, Home Base; Rep. Linda Dean Campbell; House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo; Tom Werner, chairman, Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation; Amy O’C. Fitzpatrick, Home Base; Michael Allard, Home Base CEO
Annie Kathuria, PhD, research fellow in the Center for Genomic Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, received a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The award recognizes promising investigators to help facilitate innovative research opportunities. Kathuria will use the award to study the cellular-molecular underpinnings of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder using chemical-genetic approaches in human neurons and brain organoids generated from patient-derived stem cells.
Jacob E. Lemieux, MD, DPhil, fellow in the Infectious Disease Unit, has received a Doris Duke Physician Scientist Fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) for his project, “Microbial Determinants of Clinical Heterogeneity in Lyme Disease.” Through the fellowship, which funds the research of clinical investigators at the subspecialty fellowship stage of their careers, DDCF aims to promote the transition of emerging physician scientists into faculty-level positions.
Joshua Merson, MS-HPEd, PA-C, assistant professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, has received the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Rising Star Award. The award is given to a single program faculty member each year with three to seven years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to physician assistant education.
Andrew Nierenberg, MD, directory of the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation, was named an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. Nierenberg and the other Honorary Skou Professors, pictured here, were celebrated at the Oct. 8 Inauguration Day.
Scott Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist-in-chief of McLean Hospital; Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; and Mehmet Toner, PhD, founding co-director of the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and the MGH BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems Center, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. 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. New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.
Natalia Rost, MD, MPH, chief of the Stroke Division, Department of Neurology, and Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Hemorrhagic Stroke Research Program, have received a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) award for the DISCOVERY (Determinants of Incident Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and Vascular Effects on RecoverY) Network. This is the largest U19 award across Partners, third among largest NIH awards received by Partners, and first of those received by the MGH. Supported by the NINDS and National Institute on Aging, DISCOVERY will become a landmark study to unravel the mechanisms of post-stroke cognitive disability, early stroke recovery, and potential targets for personalized prevention, intervention and rehabilitation.
Pamela Schaefer, MD, vice chair of Post Graduate Education and Fellowship Training, clinical director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and associate director of Neuroradiology, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Theresa McLoud, MD Endowed Chair in Radiology Education. This chair will advance education in the field of radiology and was made possible by the generosity of McLoud, the vice chair of Education for the Radiology Department and program director for the Radiology Residency Program whose career at the MGH has spanned more than 40 years. This is the sixth Endowed Chair for the Department of Radiology, and the third established through department faculty member’s philanthropy. Pictured from left, James Brink, MD, radiologist-in-chief; McLoud; Schaefer; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president
Nathaniel Sims, MD, of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Ronald S. Newbower, PhD and Eitan Family Endowed Chair in Biomedical Technology Innovation. Made possible through the generosity of Q Core Medical; Boaz Eitan, PhD, CEO and chairman of the board of Q Core Medical; and Tally Eitan, Q Core Medical president, this chair will advance biomedical technology innovation in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Pictured from left, Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, chief of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Newbower, Tally and Boaz Eitan; Sims; and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president
Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, vice chair of the Department of Neurology, and co-director of the McCance Center for Brain Health, has received the 2019 Dr. Frederic A. Gibbs Discovery Award for Scientific Achievement from the Brain Research Foundation. The award honors individuals advancing innovative research through extraordinary philanthropic initiatives and ground breaking neuroscience research. Tanzi has spent his entire career focused on research related to identifying the genetic cause of Alzheimer's disease.
Yulong XuPhD, a research fellow in the Department of Radiology, has received the 2019 Young Investigator Award and the 2019 Young Investigator Scholarship from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. The award and scholarship, established in 1998, promote young scientists who have been recognized as high-potential investigators in the field of Alzheimer’s drug discovery. Xu was honored for his work on the development of new positron emission tomography radiotracer for bromodomain and extra terminal domain imaging, and received the Young Investigator Scholarship for his work on the synthesis of 11C-labeled DNA polymerase-beta inhibitor 5-methoxyflavone and PET/CT imaging.

Excellence in Action

The MGH receives hundreds of letters a year thanking staff and commending coworkers. These letters are a small glimpse into the work done at the hospital every day. Excellence in Action awards are presented by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, to those who – without one of these letters – might have gone unrecognized. Four awards were recently given to extraordinary MGHers:
The Ellison 10 care team was recognized for their deep knowledge, exquisite assessment skills and relentlessly-caring advocacy of a patient who, they discovered, had other health issues not previously addressed. A family member of the patient wrote of the care team, “Equally important, their work is clearly supported by a well-run, team-oriented unit – the smallest detail attended to, systems coordinating care, each clinician empowered to do what they need to do for the patient and family…and the telltale sign: They clearly enjoy and have deep regard for what they’re doing and for one another.”
Kiara Pierce, patient services coordinator in the Department of Radiology, was recognized for her empathy and for going the extra mile to put a patient’s mother’s mind at ease. Pierce treated the patient, who has autism and developmental delays, with dignity and kindness, directing her questions to the patient and calmly waiting for the patient to respond. After returning home following the appointment, the mother realized she had lost her wedding band and called the reception desk. Pierce promptly searched the area and found her ring. “I thought you would want to know what a gem you have in Kiara as an employee,” wrote the mother.
Fatbardha Plaku, of MGH Neurosciences, was recognized for her quick thinking and the close attention she pays to keep patients safe. When a patient paused mid-conversation, Plaku correctly identified the behavior as an aura and – before the patient experienced a seizure – called for help and properly positioned the patient. The next day when Plaku noticed a behavioral difference in another patient, she kept the patient in the room to keep so she could keep close watch. “Both patients had good outcomes in no small part thanks to Bardha’s perceptive eyes and expertise on our Neuroscience floor. Bardha is a vital part of our team and I am truly gratified to work alongside her every day,” wrote her colleague.
Ying Sun, NP, of the Neurology Department, was recognized by a patient for her attention, compassion and ability to connect with her patients. Of her experience being treated by Sun, the patient wrote, “I'm always amazed by her and her positive, kind eager nature to get any answers she can for you. I'm very grateful to have such a highly dedicated NP to help with my care.”