BIDMC Awards and Honors

BIDMC Communications

JUNE 29, 2018

Awards and Honors highlights some of the recent accomplishments of the BIDMC community.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center joins only 418 healthcare providers nationwide to earn the “LGBTQ Health Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals. HEI participants are given scores in four criteria: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. Of those included in the HEI, 418 earned a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.

The ICU Transitions Guide Program received honorable mention for the Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) Partnership Award. BIDMC is one of five hospitals recognized for innovative partnerships among patients, families and health care programs. The ICU Transitions Guide program was launched at BIDMC last spring, and was develop as an intervention to improve patient/family experience by mitigating negative impacts of the transfer process. Volunteer Services carefully screens and selects dedicated, compassionate young men and women preparing for medical school to be ICU Transition Guides. These Guides are specially trained to provide individualized assistance to patients and families being transferred out of the ICU.

Mark Andermann, PhD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, received the 2018 Armen H. Tashjian, Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research. The award recognizes the accomplishments and great promise of an early stage independent scientist. Dr. Andermann was awarded by committee members for his creative and innovative approach to his work.

Suzanne Burke, MD, Department of Medicine, was awarded the 4th Annual CRITTER Award from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). CRITTER stands for: Conscientious Researcher Involved in Tending to and Treating animals Ethically and Respectfully, and Dr. Burke was unanimously chosen to receive this award from IACUC for her dedication to animal care and well-being.

Amy Evenson, MD, MPH, Division of Transplant Surgery and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Surgery, was selected for a 2018-2019 Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education. The fellowship provides recipients with protected time to attend weekly seminars by experts across Harvard Medical School. Through the fellowship, Dr. Evenson will also conduct research on an issue related to medical education. Dr. Evenson will focus her research on exploring obstacles to cross-specialty care of patients and interventions to promote collegiality to improve the care of patients and the experiences of students and providers.

Mark P. Callery, MD, Department of Surgery, was appointed President-elect of the Society for the Surgery of Alimentary Tract (SSAT). SSAT is an organization committed to advancing the science and practice of surgery in the treatment of digestive disease. At BIDMC, Dr. Callery’s research focuses on clinical outcomes in pancreaticobiliary surgery.

Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS, FACS, Vice Chair of Surgery at BIDMC, and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, has been named chief of the new Division of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery. The new division encompasses the existing Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Service at BIDMC, and an expanded bariatric and general surgery service at BID–Milton. Dr. Jones and his colleagues are implementing a network strategy in which conventional weight loss treatment is provided in the community, and more complex bariatric surgeries are performed at BIDMC.

Louise King, MD, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, was featured for her knitting in the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) exhibit Expressions of Clinician Well-Being. The exhibit collects insights directly from clinicians, patients, loved ones, and organizations working to prevent burnout and promote well-being. NAM called on artists of to express what clinician burnout and clinician resilience/well-being looks, sounds, and feels like to them. Dr. King submitted her knitting as she has turned to knitting for, as she says, “a form of meditation essential to keeping an even keel despite the pressures.”

Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, was honored as a Massachusetts Public Health Association Health Equity Champion. Dr. Landry founded Motivating Pathways, a non-profit that promotes careers in the health professions, and co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine. Dr. Landry serves as Faculty Assistant Director of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, was awarded the 2018 Endocrine Society’s Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award. This award is given out annually to an internationally-recognized clinical investigator for contributions to clinical research related to pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and therapy of endocrine diseases. Dr. Mantzoros was also named the 2018 recipient of the European Society of Endocrinology’s Geoffrey Harris Prize, given to an established investigator who has made significant contributions to the field of neuroendocrinology.  Dr. Mantzoros is the first scientist residing and working in the United States to receive this award. Dr. Mantzoros was additionally named the 2018 recipient of the American Society for Nutrition’s Robert H. Herman Memorial Award for his work around clinical nutrition, particularly the biochemical and metabolic aspects of human nutrition.

Emily Rosenberg, MD, was selected to receive the Harvard Medical School 2018 Dean’s Community Service Trainee Award for her work with BIDMCommunity, a public service group Dr. Rosenberg began to engage fellow internal medicine residents in public service projects. Through BIDMCommunity, Dr. Rosenberg has mobilized her fellow residents to work with a number of local organizations, including the Greater Boston Food Banka and the Mary Lyon K8 School.

Fred E. Shapiro, DO, FASA, was promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shapiro has made significant contributions to the field of anesthesiology in the areas of patient safety and education. He created the first Harvard Medical School office-based anesthesia CME Course, edited The Manual of Office-Based Anesthesia Procedures, and wrote the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) seminal CME article on office-based anesthesia safety and outcomes. Dr. Shapiro was recently reappointed Chair of the ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education and is a member on several ASA Committees.

Dhruv Singhal, MD, Director of Lymphatic Surgery, has received two grants to support his research to improve care for patients with lymphedema. The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine awarded him a pilot grant to demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of acupuncture for lymphedema in breast cancer patients. In addition, the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) awarded Dr. Singhal the first LE&RN/ASRM combined pilot grant. The award will support his effort to develop a novel method to measure changes in real-time lymphatic flow after removal of lymph nodes to provide an objective way to measure patient outcomes.

Ajith J. Thomas, MD, co-director of the Brain Aneurysm Institute, was awarded the 2018 Brain Aneurysm Foundation Physician Champion Award. The award recognizes Dr. Thomas’ work and research which is focused around improved treatments option and outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.

John Torous, MD, was awarded the prestigious K-award by the National Institute of Mental Health for his work entitled Digital Phenotyping for Computational Models of Relapse President in Early Course Psychosis.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.