The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
Margarita Alegria, PhD, chief of the Disparities Research Unit, has received the Steve Banks Award for Mentoring from the American Public Health Association for her outstanding work as a nationally recognized mentor. Banks helped mental health researchers improve the quality of their work, mentoring them in statistics, methodology and philosophy of science. This award honors his contributions by honoring generous and collegial mentorship.
Wafa Audah Altalhi, PhD, research fellow in the MGH Center for Organ Engineering, was one of six female scientists honored at the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Middle East Fellowship awards in Dubai. The initiative empowers women in science and highlights the value of their achievements, while promoting gender equality. Altalhi’s research in vascular bioengineering and donor-less organ transplants is designed to counter end-stage organ failure, a leading cause of death worldwide. Her focus is on bioengineering patient-specific and donorless organs by making specialized tissue and organs ready for transplant when needed.
The 2019 grant awards from the MGH Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) have been awarded to five clinical departments that proposed creative and innovative ways of incorporating community health and health equity into their work. The projects and recipients are:
  • Removing Obstacles to Support Career Advancement for Service Workers at MGH, Gaurdia Banister, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, Patient Care Services
  • MGH Revere Chronic Pain Patient Safety and Quality ProjectSydney Jimenez, MD, MGH Revere HealthCare Center
  • Charlestown Crossroads Resource CenterJames Morrill, MD, PhD, MGH Charlestown, and Anne Murray-Chiriboga, MD, NEW Health Charlestown
  • Community-Based Retinal Screening for Diabetic RetinopathyAlice Lorch, MD, MPH, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
  • Enhancing Community Access to Psychiatric Care through a Consult and Return Model in Charlestown, MAShreedhar Paudel, MD, MPH, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
Pictured, from left, Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Public and Community Psychiatry; Lorch; Paudel; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine; Gino Chisari, RN-BC, DNP, director of the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development; and Joan Quinlan, MPA, vice president for MGH Community Health
Bimalangshu Dey, MD, of the Bone Marrow Transplant Group in the MGH Cancer Center, has been recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Israel Family Endowed Scholar in Global Health Oncology. The chair was made possible by the generosity of Thomas and Barbara Israel. Pictured, from left, Thomas Spitzer, MD, director of the Bone Marrow Transplant program; Brit Nicholson; MD, senior vice president of Development; Dey; Barbara and Thomas Israel; and Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine
Richard Ehrlichman, MD, surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, was elected president of the Boston Surgical Society. They society’s mission is to advance the science, practice and teaching of surgery in its various branches and brings together a select group of surgeons from New England to create a continuous learning organization for the dissemination and exchange of information with the purpose of advancing patient care.
Karen Flanders, NP, of the MGH Weight Center, was honored with two awards from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). She received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing members who have made notable and outstanding contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery not only through their work, but through their demonstrated commitment to ASMBS and its mission. Flanders also received the Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award, given to a deserving provider who exemplifies compassion and dedication to care of the metabolic and bariatric surgery patient, as well as executes the visions and goals of the integrated health science section of ASMBS.
Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, director of the Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and clinical associate at the MGH, has received the Harvard Ophthalmology 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition of contributions to Mass. Eye and Ear that strengthen and expand the mission and reputation of the institution.
The MGH has been named a Top Place to Work for 2019 by The Boston Globe in the Largest Employer (1,000-plus employees) category. The Globe’s Top Places to Work list is based on a survey taken by a sampling of MGH employees. The survey asked employee opinions about the hospital’s direction, how we do our daily work, their connection to the hospital, as well as pay, management and benefits offerings. This is the 10th time in 12 years the MGH has made The Globe’s Top Places to Work list.
The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement’s Healthy Chelsea Youth School Food Movement youth group received the 2019 Kale Blazer Award at the Massachusetts Farm to School Awareness Day at the State House Oct. 30. Farm to School Day brings together school nutrition staff, educators, farmers and advocates from around the state to celebrate the power of farm to school programs to support student health, academic achievement and the local economy. The Youth Food Movement (YFM) is an internship program at Chelsea High School for young food activists who work to create change in the food system in Chelsea. Pictured, from left, Massachusetts Sen. Sal DiDomenico; Jennifer Kelly, director of Healthy Chelsea; Kendra Dawsey, school programs manager of Healthy Chelsea; and Asma Bana and Mohamed Ali, YFM members
The MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity bestowed its annual Frances J. Bonner, MD Award to Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, dean of the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and former first woman commissioner of the Massachusetts Department 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 – established in 2010 – recognizes an individual who has overcome adversity and made significant contributions to the field of mental health and the care of minority communities. Prothrow-Stith is pictured far left with members of the Bonner family
Shawn N. Murphy, MD, PhD, professor of Neurology and PHS chief Research Information officer, received the 2019 Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium in November in Washington, D.C. The award is given to an individual whose technological, research or educational contributions contribute to the advancement of biomedical informatics.
Hiyam Nadel, RN, MBA, CGC, director of the MGH Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, has been selected to the 2019-2021 inaugural Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship cohort. The fellowship aims to strengthen the leadership and entrepreneurial skills of inspired and innovative nurses to help amplify and integrate nurse-led innovation in healthcare. Nadel is one of 12 nurse leaders from across the country who will receive individualized mentoring and participate in action learning projects and both virtual and in-person sessions aimed at strengthening their leadership, entrepreneurial and innovation skills.
Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD, of the Center for Systems Biology, has received the 2020 Rolf Sammet Guest Professorship at Frankfurt University. The professorship is dedicated to internationally outstanding scientists who have made important contributions in the life science and natural science fields. Nahrendorf was selected for his excellent work on links between the bone marrow and immune cells with cardiovascular disease. Nahrendorf will present his research area and current work in the form of a series of lectures and seminars and laboratory visits.
Jerry Rosenbaum, MD, chief emeritus of Psychiatry, has received the 2019 Major General Joseph Warren, MD, Award from Home Base. The award recognizes Rosenbaum’s outstanding commitment to serving veterans and their families. The award is name for Warren – a hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill – who always put others before himself. According to Home Base, Rosenbaum’s support for the program and his fellow man embodies that selfless service represented by Warren.
Cameron Sadegh, MD, PhD, resident in the Department of Neurosurgery, received a Pediatric Best Basic Science Award at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. He was recognized for his project “Intraventricular hemorrhage induces rapid calcium signaling and transcriptional changes in the developing choroid plexus.”
Brian Seed, PhD, investigator in the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, has received the 2019 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic Immunology from the Cancer Research Institute. Seed was recognized for his contributions to identifying and elucidating the role of the T cell antigen receptor zeta chain as a key T cell signaling molecule and its application to CAR T cell therapy. The award was established in 1975 in honor of Dr. William B. Coley, now regarded as the Father of Cancer Immunotherapy, whose daughter Helen Coley Nauts founded the Cancer Research Institute.
Bakhos Tannous, PhD, director of the Experimental Therapeutics and Molecular Imaging Unit, co-director of the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit-East and director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Center at MGH, was honored with a Mentor Appreciation Award from the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). He was recognized for his commitment in mentoring underrepresented/underprivileged students, particularly those that participate in the DF/HCC CURE Research Training Program, which provides hands-on research opportunities to Massachusetts high school and college students from underrepresented backgrounds.
The MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted its annual reception to honor awardees at an event Oct. 24. Carlos Torres, MD, of the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, and Soo Jeong Youn, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry, each received a 2019 Clinician-Teacher Development Award – sponsored by the MGPO. George Alba, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care; Sophia Kamran, MD, of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Genitourinary Service; Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD, of the Division of Child Neurology, Critical Care, and Stroke; Erica Warner, ScD, MPH, of the Clinical Translational Epidemiology Unit in the Department of Medicine; and Oladapo Yeku, MD, PhD, of Medical Gynecology Oncology, each received a 2019 Physician/Scientist Development Award – sponsored by the MGH Executive Committee on Research.
Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA, nurse anesthetist at the MGH, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The AAN is comprised of many of the nation’s top nursing executives, policy makers, scholars, researchers and practitioners. Van Pelt is a highly regarded clinician, educator, researcher, presenter and activist of national and international influence. Her contributions in helping providers deal with the effects of a perioperative catastrophe are groundbreaking, with her research impacting the development, implementation and advancement of policies related to critical events.
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