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In his 55 years at BWH, S. James Adelstein, MD, PhD, of Radiology, has held two endowed professorships, served as the founding chief of Nuclear Medicine and become a wonderful role model, advisor and friend to generations of radiologists.
Adelstein, who remains active in his laboratory and in an advisory role, topped the list of service honorees during last month’s Physician Recognition Dinner and Medical Staff Service Awards, sponsored by BWH, the BWPO and Brigham and Women’s Physicians’ Council.
“Dr. Adelstein is exceptionally wise, approachable and generous with his time, and it would be impossible to overestimate his impact on the Brigham community,” said Steven Seltzer, MD, in presenting the award. Adelstein and Franz von Lichtenberg, MD, of Pathology, who was honored by Michael Gimbrone, MD, for 50 years of service, were among 19 physicians receiving awards for 30 or more years of service to BWH. The 30-year and above recipients were represented by Tom Lee, MD, and Soheyla Gharib, MD, who provided detailed, humorous recounts of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital 30 years ago. Howard LeWine, MD, honored the 20 and 25 year honorees. 159 medical staff received Service Awards for five to 25 years at BWH.
BWH President Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, a 10-year service award recipient, thanked the physicians for their dedication, citing the Physicians’ Council’s new volunteerism program and a leadership program as ways that physicians continue to go above and beyond in educating themselves and helping others.
“Through your leadership, your dedication and your passion, you make the Brigham and Women’s Hospital one of the best hospitals on the face of the earth,” Gottlieb said.
Allen Smith, MD, president of the BWPO, said that November is a month for giving thanks, and that he is thankful to work among so many talented colleagues.
“Every day, what you do, whether it is clinical care, research, teaching or administration, you put your heart and soul into it,” said Smith to the 515 attendees at the dinner. “I am inspired by all of you and excited to come to work every day to try to make this place better for you.”
This year’s dinner was the first at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. “Special thanks to Brooke Zeliff, Michele Manning and Kristen Giambusso for the countless hours they spend organizing this wonderful event,” said Brian Bilchik, MD, co-chair of the Physicians’ Council.
The BWPO also recognized five physicians and scientists with prestigious recognition awards for clinical collaboration, clinical innovation, clinical community service and leadership. “All of the nominees for these awards are truly inspiring,” said Jessica Dudley, MD, chief medical officer for the BWPO.
Clinical Collaboration: David Gitlin, MD, director of the Medical Psychiatry Division for BWH/F, for leading the Psychiatry Division in providing expert psychiatry consultation and co-management of behavioral problems of ED patients and others throughout BWH and Faulkner.
Clinical Innovation: Jim C. Hu, MD, MPH, of Surgery, who has made a profound impact on transplant and urologic surgery by inspiring the revival of the robotic surgery program at BWH.
Clinical Innovation: Charles N. Pozner, MD, of Emergency Medicine, who has transformed medical education at BWH by applying medical simulation to training of medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians from virtually every clinical department at BWH in the STRATUS Center.
Clinical Community Service: Danny A. Milner, Jr., MD, of Pathology, for his work in molecular pathology of malaria and other infectious diseases and his participation in the on-site multinational research consortium at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, performing autopsies on children with cerebral malaria.
James S. Winshall Leadership Award: Peter A. Banks, MD, of Medicine, who created an educational program, now used as a model across the country, for training clinical investigators in Gastroenterology, supported by the $2.5 million endowment he raised.