Awards, Honors, and Grants

January 25, 2023

Brigham Staff Recognized for the Brigham Way

On Dec. 15, a group of Brigham staff were recognized during a Brigham Way luncheon hosted by Brigham President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA. The event, held quarterly, honors the many ways staff go above and beyond to make the Brigham an extraordinary place to work.

In total, 54 individuals and seven teams were nominated for The Brigham Way by their colleagues.

The Brigham Way recognizes employees who foster a culture of excellence, respect and professionalism by going above and beyond their duties to create an exceptional Brigham Experience for our patients and our colleagues.



  • Yvonne Allen, hospitality desk ambassador, Patient Access Services
  • Reema Alshirawi, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Pauline Barnes, ED admitting officer, Patient Access Services
  • Brianna Blaskey, education program coordinator, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Evan Blaney, MD, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Andrea Branchaud, senior manager, Human Resources
  • Tara Carey, MD, associate vice chair of Faculty Development, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Janette Carvalho, access center manager, Neurology
  • Yessica Castillo, practice assistant II, Brookside Community Health Center
  • Donna Dello Iacono, PhD, NP, CNL, CLC, nurse practitioner, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Dawn L. DeMeo, MD, MPH, Channing Division of Network Medicine and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Yevheniia (Jane) Dihtiaruk, talent acquisition partner, Human Resources
  • Mira Eissa, senior administrative assistant, International Patient Center
  • Andres Francheschi, MD, research fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Audrey Fritzinger, MMSc, PA-C, PA II, Inpatient, Cross-Sectional Interventional Radiology
  • Isabel Gonzalez-Bocco, MD, postdoctoral research fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Yanet Guerra, unit coordinator, Department of Medicine
  • Afua Hendricks, LPN, BWPO
  • Alexandra Higley, LPN, BWH Westwood Multi-specialty Clinic
  • Gary Ho, MD, PhD, Neurology
  • Chinenye Iroajanma, research assistant I, Department of Medicine
  • Kunal Jajoo, MD, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy
  • Tiffanie Jie, lead medical assistant, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
  • Tanya Kershaw, senior pre-award grants administrator, Dermatology
  • Jesse Lassor, neurophysiology technologist, Electroencephalography Lab
  • Tommy Leera, Custodial Services, Environmental Services
  • Darlin Liriano, BSN, RN, nurse flow manager, Brookside Community Health Center
  • Alisheya (Ali) Luthman, assistant director, Running Program, Brigham Development Office
  • Emily Mason, lead clinical trial coordinator, TIMI Study Group
  • Barbara McCarrick, executive assistant, BWH Administration, BWPO Finance and Faculty Development and Well-being
  • Ellen McKeon-Levine, BSN, RN, Angiography, Angio/IR
  • Danielle McWiliams, NP, Division of Neurocritical Care
  • Jordan Muse, PA-C, Neurosurgery
  • Heather Nino de Guzman, senior administrative assistant, Pediatric Newborn Medicine
  • Yara Núñez, program manager, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Peter O’Rourke, clinical manager, Interventional and Neuro-Interventional Radiology
  • Theresa Oduol, research assistant, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
  • Sujatha Pentakota, MD, clinical fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Jennifer Post, MD, MPH, Brookside Community Health Center, Pediatrics/Primary Care
  • Olga Pozdnyakova, MD, PhD, associate pathologist, Pathology, Clinical Hematology
  • Janelle Shea, genetic counselor, Genetics
  • Hicham Skali Lami, MD, MSc, Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Christopher Skevofilax, consultant, Employee Assistance Program
  • Helen Smith, senior bed management facilitator, Admitting
  • Emily Snell, capacity management analyst, Ambulatory Services
  • Ayanna Stirling, senior lung transplant coordinator, Lung Transplant Team
  • Maura Sweeney, senior practice assistant, Radiology, Foxborough
  • Alyssa Tomolonis, MBA, director of Financial Analysis & Business Planning, Analytics, Planning, Strategy and Improvement
  • Cristina Ventura, administrative assistant II, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Steven Welby, luggage liaison, Patient Access Services
  • Kerwyn White, processing tech, Dental Department, Brookside Community Health Center
  • Kristen Whitely, senior project manager, Nursing Administration
  • Shardae (Shay) Williams, operations coordinator, Genetics
  • Danielle Wright, lead medical assistant, Cardiovascular Division


  • BWPO Harbor Medical Associates Team
  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Center for Geriatric Surgery Team
  • Emergency Department Care Facilitators Team
  • Faculty Development and Well-being Team
  • Primary Care at 850 Boylston Team
  • Yaguang Pei and Anand Somasundaram, Department of Radiation Oncology