Friday, August 27, 2010

MGH Transplant Center hosts inaugural golf tournament

WINSOME FOURSOME: From left, Mark Belsky, MD, of Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Scott Schuster, of Wingate Healthcare; Slavin; and Markmann

Nearly 100 golfers -- including MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; MGPO Chairman and CEO David F. Torchiana, MD; and Chief of the MGH Division of Transplantation James F. Markmann, MD, PhD -- took to the links at the Weston Golf Club July 12 for the inaugural MGH Transplant Center Golf Classic. The sold-out event was made possible by hosts Louise Hersum, an MGH kidney transplant recipient, and her husband Richard, along with 30 volunteers and more than 50 sponsors and individual contributors.

"The event was an overwhelming success," says Joren Madsen, MD, DPhil, director of the MGH Transplant Center. "We were thrilled to have Louise and Richard host the tournament, Hall of Fame Bruin Bobby Orr serve as the honorary event chairman, and Scott Schuster, also a kidney recipient, and his wife Heidi participate as the event's presenting sponsors."

First prize in the team competition went to a group led by Orr and Sally Mason Boemer, MGH chief financial officer and senior vice president of Finance and the MGH Cancer Center, and her husband, Erik.

At the post-tournament reception, transplant recipient and MGH employee Jennifer Searl shared her experience as the first patient treated with a groundbreaking experimental protocol at the MGH that allows kidney transplants to be performed without the toxic medications usually required life-long to prevent organ rejection. Searl works as an MGH health educator at The Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center and is nearly eight years post-transplant, with normal kidney function and no medication.

The tournament netted more than $80,000 to support cutting-edge transplantation research by MGH physicians and scientists that has the primary objective of improving the lives of transplant patients. For more information about the Transplant Center, access

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