Awards & Recognitions: December 2019

Honors received by HMS faculty, staff and students

Csilla Kiss, student advising manager in Program in Medical Education-Office for Student Affairs, received the Careers in Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Kiss was presented with the award during the association's annual meeting in November.

The following Harvard Medical School 2019 Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring recipients were recognized at a Faculty Council meeting on Dec. 5, 2019.

Department of Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston Children's Hospital,

Joslin Diabetes Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, VA Boston Healthcare

Program Leaders:

David G. Hunter, HMS professor of ophthalmology at Boston Children’s

Patrica D'Amore, the HMS Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear

Hospital Medicine Unit (HMU) Mentoring Program

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Program Leader:

Stephanie Mueller, HMS assitant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s

Rheumatology Mentoring Suite

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Program Leaders:

Peter Nigrovic, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s

Jeffrey Sparks, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s

Daniel H. Solomon, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s


Harvard Medical School

Program Leaders:

Jie Jane Chen, MD Candidate, Class of 2020

Jonathan Kusner, MD Candidate, Class of 2021

Suhas Gondi, 2022 MD/MBA candidate, and Medha Vyavahare, 2023 MD candidate, were named 2020 Zetema Project Fellows by the Zetema Project, a nonprofit initiative that engages experts with diverse viewpoints in challenging conversations about U.S. health care and health policy.

Gondi and Vyavahare are among a select group of graduate students given the opportunity to benefit from the Zetema project network and enhance its work by learning from panelists and staff, contributing to research and writing, and participating in meetings.

Ebru Oral, HMS associate professor of orthopedic surgery, and Lawrence Wald, HMS professor of radiology, both at Massachusetts General Hospital, were among 168 academic inventors from across the world to be named 2019 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. They will be formally inducted at the NAI’s annual meeting in April 2020.

The NAI Fellows program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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.

Stella Kourembanas, the HMS Clement A. Smith Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, has been named by the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research as the recipient of the 2020 Mary Ellen Avery Award, which honors a pediatric investigator who has made important contributions to neonatal health through basic or translational research.

As a physician scientist, Kourembanas, who is chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's, is actively engaged in clinical care, medical education and basic/translational research on perinatal lung biology and regenerative medicine. Her research spans molecular, cellular and animal studies on experimental models of lung inflammation, hypoxic signaling and developmental lung injury, and the translation of this work to the treatment of newborn lung disease. Her work on mesenchymal stromal cells and their secreted extracellular vesicles/exosomes as vectors of intercellular signaling that can be harnessed as novel, cell-free therapeutic agents for the treatment of lung diseases has been translated to the first in human clinical trial for the treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

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