J. Rodrigo Mora, MD, PhD, of the MGH Gastrointestinal Unit in the Department of Medicine, has received the Howard M. Goodman Fellowship from the MGH Executive Committee on Research. The fellowship honors Howard M. Goodman, PhD, who founded the MGH Department of Molecular Biology in 1982 and served as its chief until 2004. Mora was selected from among 28 applicants and will receive $150,000 per year for two years, which he will use to further his research of dendritic cells in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to suggest new therapeutic avenues for inflammatory bowel disease and other conditions.
Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, of the Infectious Disease Unit, has received the 2008 Emerging Leader in HIV Research Award from the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA). The award honors a junior to mid-career HIVMA member who has made outstanding contributions to HIV medicine in basic or clinical research through innovation and originality. Recipients must also demonstrate significant independent research and productivity. Walensky's work focuses on the impact and cost effectiveness of voluntary HIV testing and has made a significant impact on HIV policy in the United States.
Malissa Wood, MD, of the MGH Cardiology Division, was honored by the American Heart Association at the organization's Heart of Our Mission awards reception. She and five others were recognized for their commitment to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A dedicated advocate for women's heart health issues, Wood helps lead the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the MGH.
The New England Surgical Society recently honored Deepika Nehra, MD, and Elizabeth Sailhamer, MD, both of the MGH Department of Surgery, with awards in its annual Resident Essay Prize Competition. Nehra received first place for her paper, "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Non-Neonatal Acute Respiratory Failure: The Massachusetts General Hospital Experience from 1990 to 2008," and Sailhamer placed second for her paper, "Fulminant Clostridium Difficile Colitis: Patterns of Care and Predictors of Mortality."