2024 Final Service Conference and Graduation Awards

The following recipients were recently honored with awards at the Final Service Conference.

Surgery Class of ’63 Scholar – Katherine He, MD

Surgical Oncology Research Award – Eliza Lorentzen, MD

PBB Scholar Award (This award is the highest ABSITE score and comes with a $500 award) – Yun Jee Kang, MD (80.4% correct and 98th percentile)

Medical Student Teaching Awards

PGY1     Ezra Brooks, MD

PGY2     Tom Martin, MD

PGY3     Cullen Roberts, MD

PGY4     Christine Wu, MD

PGY5     Elizabeth Yates, MD, MPH (The Robert T. Osteen Award for Medical Student Education in Surgery)

Faculty Student Teaching Award – Reza Askari, MD

Edward Kwasnik Award – James Etheridge, MD, MPH

Christine Weeks Schofield Award – John Gaspich, MD

Grant Rodkey Award – Katherine He, MD

Vollman Award (This award is voted by the faculty at Faulkner Hospital) – Cullen Roberts, MD

Star Thrower Award (This award is given by the administrative chiefs to the resident who has gone above and beyond) – Max Riley, MD

Francis D. Moore Award (This award is voted on by junior residents and presented to a senior resident) – 
Elizabeth Yates, MD, MPH

Donald J. Matson Award (This award is voted on by all the house staff and presented to a faculty member) – Matt Nehs, MD

Richard E. Wilson Award (This award is voted on by chief residents and presented to a faculty member) – Jiping Wang, MD, PhD, and Stanley Ashley, MD

Matthew A. Nehs, MD, Named Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Brigham Department of Surgery

Matthew A. Nehs, MD
Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-Program Director, Harvard Combined Endocrine Surgery Fellowship
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Surgical Director, BWH Adrenal Center
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Nehs is an endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He was born and raised in Traverse City, MI and graduated from Hope College.  He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2006 and then moved to Boston after matching at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for general surgery residency training.  In the middle of residency, he did a two-year lab fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital studying targeted therapy against the BRAF oncogene in anaplastic thyroid cancer.  He completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Brigham before joining the faculty in 2014.  

Dr. Nehs’ clinical and scientific interests converge at the intersection of where endocrine tumors, metabolic dysfunction, nutrition and lifestyle all interact.  He treats mostly disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, and has an interest in the ways that these tumors promote downstream clinical sequelae like hypertension, insulin resistance, fatty liver, obesity and sleep disturbances. He has served as the co-program director of the Harvard Combined Endocrine Surgery Fellowship since its formation and integration in 2018, and he also serves as the associate program director for the General Surgery Residency at the Brigham.  In these roles, Dr. Nehs has prioritized resident and fellow mentorship and maturation to guide trainees in their path toward independent practice.  He helped form two multidisciplinary clinics for thyroid and adrenal disorders that have improved patient access, care coordination and interdepartmental collaboration.

In this new role, Dr. Nehs hopes to engage with our faculty in order to better understand how we can overcome the challenges inherent in practice building and academic productivity, all while balancing our responsibility to our families and loved ones. He hopes to build on our long history and tradition of clinical excellence, innovation, collegiality and mutual shared respect among our faculty at the Brigham.

Matthew Eagleton, MD, to Lead the Integrated Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Mass General Brigham

Mass General Brigham continues an exciting and transformative journey to create the best academic health system in the world. After careful consideration and collaboration, it has been decided to integrate two of the finest divisions of Cardiac Surgery and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital into unified Mass General Brigham divisions. This decision was made with the utmost consideration for both institutions’ patients, trainees and research missions. By joining forces, the goal is to elevate the quality of care provided, enhance all training programs and further the groundbreaking research being done.

Matthew Eagleton, MD
Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, MGB
Co-Director, Fireman Vascular Center
Robert R. Linton Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Eagleton is the Robert R. Linton Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Since his arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2018 as chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and co-director of the Fireman Vascular Center, he has built a collaborative and innovative multidisciplinary team that provides care to patients with vascular disease regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition, as co-director of the Mass General Thoracic Aortic Center, he has developed clinical, educational and research programs in collaboration with a multidisciplinary group of specialists focused on patients with aortic disease. Reflecting the high regard in which he is held by his peers, Dr. Eagleton has been selected as president elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). He will transition to the role of president in the spring of 2024.

Dr. Eagleton received his medical degree in 1994 and completed his general surgery residency in 2000, both at the University of Rochester. In 2002, he completed specialty training in vascular surgery at the University of Michigan and obtained advanced training in endovascular procedures at the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to his current role at Mass General, Dr. Eagleton was professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and served as vice chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery and as director of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Aortic Center. In addition, he held the role of education program director, overseeing the training for the Cleveland Clinic Integrated Residency (0+5) and Independent Fellowship (5+2) training programs in vascular surgery, as well as their endovascular mini fellowship and aortic fellowship.

Dr. Eagleton conducts innovative clinical research applying fenestrated and branched aortic endograft technology to treat complex aortic disease through a physician-sponsored investigational device exemption trial, and his clinical practice follows suit. In addition, he has been involved in numerous endograft clinical trials serving as an investigator, national principal investigator and advisor. He collaborates with a team of physicians, both locally and internationally, to better understand how to provide safer, more durable treatment options to patients with life-threatening aortic disease. He has served as director of several innovative biomedical research companies aimed at developing improved treatment options for patients with vascular disease.

Collaboration and teamwork have been a central theme in Dr. Eagleton’s efforts. He views this opportunity to bring the teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital together as a privilege to expand the opportunities for collaboration across the system with the aim of improving the care we can provide our patients with vascular disease.