Friday, May 14, 2010

Recognition from Malaysia

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: From left, Henderson, Pierce, Slavin and Rosenbaum

The influence of the MGH around the world was recently recognized with two Brandlaureate awards from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation. The awards are a highly prestigious honor in Malaysia for organizations and people who have made a positive impact on the country.

One award honors Chester M. Pierce, MD, an MGH psychiatrist who for the last half century has championed the importance of international exchange and a global perspective for MGH trainees. The other award recognizes the MGH for its partnership in the Mahadevan Traveling Fellowship. The fellowship was established through the MGH Department of Psychiatry by Tan Sri Mahadevan, MD, a Malaysian psychiatrist and longtime friend of Pierce. It provides an educational opportunity for one month of study for an early career Malaysian physician at the MGH and an MGH psychiatry resident in Malaysia. Last November, Sharifah Eliza Jamalullail, MD, a member of the Malaysian royal family, was the first recipient of the fellowship from Malaysia to train at the MGH. Amelia Dubovsky, MD, an MGH psychiatry resident, will go to Malaysia to train this summer.

David Henderson, MD, director of the Chester M. Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry at MGH, and Julia Carney, division manager, traveled to the country in March to meet with fellowship collaborators. Henderson, who administers the fellowship, presented several lectures on Malaysia's mental health practices and accepted the two awards on behalf of Pierce and the MGH at a March 8 ceremony.

Upon returning to Boston, he presented the awards to Pierce, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, chief of MGH Psychiatry, and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, on April 27. 

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