Friday, August 8, 2014

Tolkoff-Rubin honored with endowed chair in renal transplantation

CELEBRATING SUCCESS: From left: Slavin, Tolkoff-Rubin, Armstrong and Thadhani

A named chair is one of the highest honors a physician can receive in his or her career. On July 17, the MGH celebrated the establishment of the MGH Endowed Chair in Renal Transplantation and its first incumbent Nina Tolkoff-Rubin, MD, medical director of the MGH Renal Transplantation Program. The chair was established through the generosity of the Edward H. Mank Foundation, Martin and Perry Granoff, the Stanley Shuman Foundation and grateful patients.

“The MGH Endowed Chair in Renal Transplantation is the perfect tribute to Dr. Tolkoff-Rubin and will serve as much-deserved recognition for her distinguished career in nephrology,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, who welcomed guests.

Tolkoff-Rubin joined the MGH in 1968. Throughout her career, she has held numerous leadership positions with the Division of Nephrology, including her current roles as director of the Hemodialysis Unit and the Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis and Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration Programs, as well as medical director of the Renal Transplantation Program.

When Tolkoff-Rubin assumed that role, the program performed 10 to 15 transplants each year. Today, the team performs more than 100 renal transplants annually, and the MGH is one of the foremost academic medical centers in the world in terms of cutting-edge research and patient care. Tolkoff-Rubin also has served in many leadership programs throughout the hospital; most notably, she was the medical adviser to the MGH Coordinated Home Program, a visionary initiative that aimed to reduce hospital length of stay and readmissions. She also served as the co-medical director of the first medical intensive care unit.

“I am most grateful to all the generous people who made this endowed chair possible,” said Tolkoff-Rubin. “I am honored by your support of me, the Division of Nephrology, the legacy of transplantation at the MGH and your investment in the future.”

The event, which was held at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, also included remarks by Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine; Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Nephrology; A. Benedict Cosimi, MD, chief emeritus of the Division of Transplantation; as well as donors Marty Granoff and Edward Mank.

Upon Tolkoff-Rubin’s retirement, the chair will be renamed the Nina E. Tolkoff-Rubin, MD, Chair in Renal Transplantation.

Read more articles from the 08/08/14 Hotline issue.


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