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Awards, Honors, and Grants


November 11, 2020

Brigham Faculty Celebrated with BWPO Pillar Awards

Fourteen Brigham faculty members were honored with the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization’s (BWPO) annual Pillar Awards, which recognize achievements in the five pillars of academic medicine: Mentorship, Education, Research, Community Service and Diversity & Inclusion.  

Recipients, whose achievements spanned 11 different categories this year, were nominated by a peer, mentee or hospital leader for their outstanding contributions in the following areas: 

  • Senior Faculty Mentor AwardKathryn RexrodeMD, Division of Women’s Health 
  • Junior Faculty Mentor AwardWalter Chan, MD, MPH, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, and Larissa Lee, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology 
  • Clinical Teacher Award: Nicole LeBoeuf, MD, MPH, Department of Dermatology, and Brent Shoji, MD, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Educational Program Leadership AwardCarolyn D'Ambrosio, MDDivision of Pulmonary and Critical Care 
  • Research Collaboration AwardReisa Sperling, MD, MMSc, Department of Neurology 
  • Research Innovation AwardJeffrey Karp, PhDDivision of Engineering in Medicine 
  • Research Leadership AwardJoseph Merola, MDMMScDepartment of Dermatology 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Leadership Award: Rebecca Robbins, PhD, MS, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders 
  • Community Service AwardImoigele AisikuMD, MBA, Department of Emergency Medicine 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Service Award: Cheri Blauwet, MDDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgeryand Sotonye Imadojemu, MD, MBE, Department of Dermatology 
  • Contribution to Faculty Development and Diversity Award:  Valerie Stone, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine 

Honorees were recognized during the BWPO’s Annual New Faculty Welcome and Pillar Award Celebration in August. This year, the BWPO’s Brigham Care Strategies and Innovation team designed a new format for the ceremony to ensure a safe environment for speakers and attendees, with the Pillar Award winners and presenters physically distanced in the Bornstein Amphitheater and a live broadcast of the event streamed to over 180 remote viewers. The event welcomed 248 new faculty to the Brigham and highlighted these newest members of the Brigham community in a video