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Four BWH physicians were named 2008 Health Care Champions by the Boston Business Journal.
The publication’s list of “the best and the brightest in the Bay State’s world-class health industry” includes BWH President Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, in the administrator category; Paula Johnson, MD, MPH, in the physician category; Eugene Braunwald, MD, in the lifetime achievement category; and Roseanna Means, MD, for community outreach.
Gottlieb, who began as BWH president in 2002, is deeply committed to providing workforce development programs for residents of Boston, both at BWH and as chair of the Boston Area Private Industry Council. At BWH, Gottlieb enabled the creation of a storefront recruitment office at the foot of Mission Hill, where thousands of job seekers from the community learn about careers at BWH and receive career counseling and access to training programs. Once entry-level employees are in the door at BWH, Gottlieb ensures they are on the path to advancement by supporting a number of training programs. He personally encourages participants by always attending program graduations. The latest example of Gottlieb’s commitment to the community is the opening of the Shapiro Center, which created additional career opportunities in an environmentally-friendly facility.
Braunwald, who was chair of the Department of Medicine for 24 years, is the principal investigator of the TIMI Group at BWH. He has made unprecedented contributions to the theory and practice of medicine, primarily in cardiovascular research as a pioneer in changing the way heart attack patients receive care. His steady stream of published research on clot-busting heart medications continually contributes to improving the quality of patient care for generations, paving the way for the current management of heart attacks. He is the editor and author of two leading texts in internal medicine and cardiology and has authored more than 1,200 original scientific articles.
Johnson, executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and chief of the Division of Women’s Health, has built an innovative, interdisciplinary program that seeks to transform the health of women through discovering how disease is expressed differently in women and men, integrating this leading-edge research about women’s health into the delivery of care, influencing health policy, addressing the health of women globally and training the next generation of leadership in women’s health. A leader in defining and understanding the quality of cardiology care for women and minorities, Johnson most recently established the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women’s Health, which offers comprehensive and integrated gender-specific health care across primary care and 12 subspecialties.
Means, a physician at the Fish Center, in 1999 founded Women of Means, a physician-run organization that sends teams of volunteer doctors and nurses into shelters in and around Boston to provide free, patient-centered medical care to women and children. The organization has grown to include more than 20 volunteers and paid medical professionals who provide medical care and an interdisciplinary training program for nursing students, medical students and physicians in training about the medical needs and health consequences of poverty and homelessness.
The Boston Business Journal will feature the winners in its Aug. 15 edition.