The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
 
Stephen J. Bartels, MD, director of the MGH Mongan Institute, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the James J. and Jean H. Mongan Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Community Health. The chair was made possible by the generosity of James Mongan, MD, former MGH president and former president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, and his wife Jean Mongan. Pictured, from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Jeff Nadeau; Sarah and John Mongan, daughter and son of James and Jean Mongan; Bartels; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief of the Department of Medicine
 
Benjamin Bearnot, MD, MPH, of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, Division of General Internal Medicine, and the Mongan Institute, will receive the inaugural 2020 NIDA Young Investigator Travel Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). This award, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is given to junior investigators doing research related to drug addiction and infectious diseases, and provides a conference fellowship for travel to the ASAM 2020 annual conference.
 
Stephanie Joy Bouley, PhD, post-doctoral researcher fellow in the Center for Genomic Medicine, has received the Dorothy and Spiro Latsis Fellowship in Neurofibromatosis Research from Boston Children's Hospital. Established by the Dorothy, Emma, & Spiro Latsis Benevolent Trust to support a fellowship in translational and clinical research in neurofibromatosis, the award encourages the most talented and promising clinical translational scientists to pursue promising research in the field of NF1, and to foster the careers of young scientists pursuing research dedicated to finding successful treatments for NF1. With this two-year fellowship, Bouley will continue her work on identifying unique network signatures associated with NF1 loss in plexiform neurofibromas.
 
Georges El Fakhri, PhD, DABR, director of the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging and director of the MGH PET Core, has been recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Nathaniel M. and Diana S. Alpert Endowed Chair in Radiology. The chair was made possible by the generosity of Diana Alpert and Nathaniel Alpert, MD, of the Department of Radiology and Gordon Center for Medical Imaging. Pictured, from left, James Brink, MD, chief of the Department of Radiology, Nathaniel and Diana Alpert; El Fakhri; and Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president for Development
 
Susan Fahmy, national director of MGH Network Development and Integration, was named the 2019 Healthcare Strategist of the Year by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy. The award recognizes outstanding performance in health care strategy, business and network development and physician relations; mentoring of colleagues early in their careers and supporting colleagues with work or professional issues; and conducting oneself with the highest ethical and professional standards.
 
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH, director of nutrition in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, has been named senior health and research advisor at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). Fiechtner will design and lead GBFB’s Health and Research strategy by identifying key partnerships aligned with GBFB’s commitment to providing healthy food to those in need, bolstering strong health outcomes, and supporting GBFB and its vision to create a Hunger Free Eastern Massachusetts by 2028. The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.
 
Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD, director of the Retina Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete for his groundbreaking achievements in the field of retina. His seminal contributions include pioneering proton therapy for eye tumors, developing photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration and demonstrating the role of vascular endothelial growth factor in ocular neovascularization. Pictured at right, Gragoudas with Panagiotis Tsakalides, rector of the University of Crete
 
Joseph A. Greer, PhD, program director of the Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences and codirector of the MGH Cancer Outcomes Research Program, was selected for the 2020 Ruth McCorkle Research Mentorship Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. This award honors an investigator who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to making a significant positive impact on their mentees’ education and career, nurturing intellectual growth, career development, professional guidance and being a positive role model in the field of psychosocial oncology.
 
Jamie M. Jacobs, PhD, director of Caregiver Research of the MGH Cancer Outcomes Research Program and assistant professor in the Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences, was selected for the 2020 New Investigator Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. This award honors the outstanding achievements by a young investigator and significant research contributions to the field of psychosocial oncology.
 
Keith Joung, MD, PhD, of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and Department of Pathology, was recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Robert B. Colvin Endowed Chair in Pathology, the first endowed chair for the department. More than 120 guests, including MGH faculty, friends and colleagues, gathered to celebrate the major milestone Nov. 25 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Pictured, from left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Robert Colvin, MD, chief emeritus of Pathology; Joung; and David Louis, MD, chief of the Pathology Department
 
Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, director of the Global Palliative Care Program in the MGH Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, was awarded the Medal of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City for service to the people of Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. Krakauer assisted with establishing palliative care major hospitals throughout Vietnam. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2018-2019, he helped create the Department of Palliative Care at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City. In his role as honorary chair of the Department and visiting associate professor at the University, he led implementation of required undergraduate and post-graduate medical curricula in palliative care and establishment of specialist training in palliative care. Pictured, from left, Nguyen Chan Hung, MD, PhD, chair of the Vietnam Cancer Society; Krakauer; and Nguyen Tan Binh, MD, PhD, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Health
 
The MGH has received a 2020 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. Employee reviews on Glassdoor represent workplace experiences from all industries in the U.S. and around the world. The information shared in these online reviews is used to create the 100 Best Places to Work list. This year, MGH is No. 72, up from No. 84 in 2019.
 
Ebru Oral, PhD, associate director of Biomaterials in the Harris Orthopaedics Lab, and Lawrence Wald, PhD, director of the MGH NMR Core in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Charles and Sara Fabrikant MGH Research Scholar, have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The election highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Oral’s inventions describe methods of making polymeric medical devices based mainly on antioxidant stabilization and on optimizing morphology, wear resistance and toughness of orthopaedic joint replacements.
 
Ramya S. Palacholla, MD, MPH, scientific lead at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Innovation, has been named a Woman to Watch in health IT for 2020 by the Becker’s Hospital Review. Palacholla's research focuses on the intersection of technology and health care delivery. She leads the team tasked with conducting large-scale studies on evaluating emerging health technologies and their impact on clinical and economic outcomes. She has presented her work at the World Economic Forum and is the author several peer-reviewed publications. She also was recognized as the Woman of the Year, 2019 by the India New England News for being among the top 20 South Asians in the health care field.
 
Sara Stevens, NP, nurse practitioner for the Thoracic Oncology Team, has received the inaugural Norman Knight Advanced Practice Nurse Award. The award rec­ognizes exceptional care provided to patients and families by an advanced practice nurse. Pictured, from left, Scott Knight, son of Norman Knight; Stevens; and Debbie Burke, RN, senior vice president for Patient Care
 
Mario Suvà, MD, PhD, of the Pathology Department, has received an Emerging Leader Award from the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (MFCR). The program empowers early career investigators to take on innovative, risky projects that have significant potential to improve outcomes for cancer patients. Suvà was recognized for his project “Targeting Cellular States and Plasticity in Glioblastoma.”
 
Fifty-five MGH investigators have been named to the annual list of Highly Cited Researchers from the Web of Science Group. The list identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple papers, highly cited by their peers, during the last decade. For the 2019 report, the papers surveyed were those published and cited during 2008-2018, which then were ranked in the top 1% by citations for their essential science indicators and year. View all the honorees here.
 
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