Awards & Recognitions: January 2022

Honors received by HMS faculty, staff, and students


Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS, has been named to receive the 2022 Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. The prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind.

Farmer is being recognized for his work with Partners in Health, the international nonprofit he co-founded to deliver health care to people living in poverty. Farmer will deliver a public lecture and receive the award at an Inamori Center symposium in October.

David Bernstein, HMS clinical fellow in orthopedic surgery at Mass General, was one of 60 individuals named to the 2022 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars. The class will learn from former presidents, key former administration officials, and leading academics as they collaborate on creating meaningful change in the United States. Scholars were chosen based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a critical challenge or need in a community, profession, or organization.

Dale Barnhart, research fellow in global health and social medicine at HMS, was named to receive the Dr. Judy Wasserheit Young Leader Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). The award acknowledges the accomplishments and commitment of outstanding individuals under the age of 30 who contribute to the advancement of global health. Barnhart will receive the award at CUGH’s annual conference this spring.

Kamila Naxerova, HMS assistant professor of radiology at Mass General, was named a 2022 Emerging Leader by the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. The award supports innovative, high-risk, high-reward projects with significant potential to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Naxerova investigates how clonal evolution in the normal colon impacts the risk of early-onset colorectal cancer development.

Paulo Bispo, HMS assistant professor of ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear, was awarded the Mallinckrodt Uveitis Research Fellowship by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The fellowship supports an early-career investigator for one-year to study an aspect of uveitis or other inflammatory conditions of the eye.

Bispo studies the molecular epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant infections to develop novel approaches for prevention and treatment of difficult-to-treat ocular infections. He is also working to develop the next-generation of diagnostics for sight-threatening ocular infections.

Michael Carroll, HMS professor of pediatrics (pathology) at Boston Children’s, and Arlene Sharpe, the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and the head of the Department of Immunology at HMS, have been elected to the Class of 2022 Distinguished Fellows of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). The program recognizes AAI members for distinguished careers and outstanding scientific contributions as well as their service to the organization and the immunology community.

James Diao, a third-year medical student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, has received a Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. The scholarship provides for one year of master’s study at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.

Diao will pursue a master’s degree in public policy at Cambridge and will return to HMS to complete his medical education.

HMS student Victor Lopez-Carmen (known as Waokiya Mani in the Dakota language) was named one of Sixteen Innovators to Watch in 2022 by Smithsonian Magazine. During the pandemic, he founded Translations for our Nations, a program that translates accurate COVID-19 information into more than 40 Indigenous languages. He also developed a pathway program at Brigham and Women's to increase representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the health care workforce.

William Ge, an MD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, was named a class of 2023 Schwarzman Scholar. The graduate fellowship located at Schwarzman College on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing supports 151 scholars from 33 countries pursuing a one-year master’s degree in global affairs with a core curriculum focused on leadership and China.

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