Share

PEBT

Celebrating 40 Years

Forty for 40

When MGH Institute of Health Professions approached the 40th anniversary of its 1977 founding, it was obvious that every one of the school’s almost 7,200 graduates has a story to tell of how they are making a difference in the world of health care and beyond.

It’s about volunteering in underserved communities, conducting breakthrough research, developing pioneering innovative patient care delivery approaches, leading teams of health professionals.

It’s also about the myriad interactions with patients, clients, and their families—many of which go virtually unnoticed—that mark the impact of our alumni.

The speech-language pathologist helping a person with aphasia relearn how to speak or a pupil overcome reading difficulties. The registered nurse assisting a family whose loved one is gravely ill. The physical therapist urging a person recovering from a knee replacement to finish the day’s rehab by taking just one more step. The physician assistant developing a treatment strategy before a patient returns home. The occupational therapist showing an elderly person better ways to negotiate a new apartment. The nurse practitioner performing a check-up on a youngster or prescribing medicine to an adult.

To all our alumni and current students, we hope you see a little part of yourselves in these 40 profiles. So many of these successes are built on the MGH Institute’s commitment to excellence and interprofessional care. To our friends and supporters, we hope you gain a better understanding of how everyone in the IHP community is making a significant impact in the overall quality of life of patients in the communities in which we work and live.

As we celebrate our first 40 years throughout 2017 and look to the future, it’s clear the MGH Institute is poised to continue its mission of educating tomorrow’s health care leaders.

Forty for 40

Stephanie Ahmed, DNP '08
School of Nursing

For the past several years, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners President Stephanie Ahmed, DNP ’08, RN/NP, has lobbied the state’s Legislature to pass a bill that would improve overall patient care, greatly reduce the length of time it takes someone to see a medical professional, and potentially save billions of dollars in health care costs over the next decade. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Katie Barron, MS-Nursing ’08, RN
School of Nursing

Katie Barron has focused on infectious disease since graduating from the MGH Institute in 2008. Full story.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Forty for 40

Romiya Barry, MS-Clinical Investigation ’07
Department of Clinical Investigation

Romiya Barry has had a passion for science and medicine for as long as she can remember. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Kathleen Belmonte, MS-Nursing ’96, RN
School of Nursing

Kathleen Belmonte has devoted her nursing career to helping people thrive while living with diabetes. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Nicolette Blanc, OTD ’17
Department of Occupational Therapy

Nikki Blanc spent the last three years in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program doing more than just learning to be an OT from expert faculty. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, PhD, MS ’86
Department of Physical Therapy

For more than 40 years, Jennifer Bottomley has strived to ensure that the elderly are treated with dignity and respect. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Kelly Brush Davisson, MS-Nursing ’13, RN
School of Nursing

A debilitating ski injury did not deter Kelly Brush Davisson from helping others. In some ways, it accelerated her mission to make a difference in the world. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Julie Burrows, MS-SLP ’03, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bermuda is a healthier place because of Julie Burrows’ efforts. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Janet Callahan, PT, DPT ’13, MS ’00, NCS
Department of Physical Therapy

Janet Callahan already had developed a national reputation in vestibular rehabilitation by 2012 when she decided she wanted to help prepare the next generation of physical therapists and became an assistant professor at the MGH Institute. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Adam Carreiro, MPAS '17
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Completing the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program has fulfilled Adam Carreiro’s lifelong dream of becoming a medical provider. Full story.

 

 


Forty for 40

Joan Clifford, DNP ’16, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
School of Nursing

Joan Clifford has spent her professional career caring for the country’s veterans. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Phyllis Cox, Certificate-Social Work ’83
Department of Social Work

During her 35 years in social work, Phyllis Cox has helped thousands of people improve the quality of their life. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT ’03
Department of Physical Therapy

One could say that Dan Dyrek was as responsible for championships by Boston professional sports teams as the players themselves. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Patricia Engel, MS-Dietetics ’85, RD, LDN
Department of Dietetics

Patricia Engel’s career as a registered dietitian has come full circle. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Mashael Faisal Al Saud, PhD, MS-SLP ’02, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Mashael Faisal Al Saud has played a major role in improving the lives of thousands of people in Saudi Arabia with communication and swallowing difficulties. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Matthew Gallagher, PT, DPT ’08
Department of Physical Therapy

As a track and cross-country runner in college, Matthew Gallagher knew what it was like to need physical therapy. His experience as a patient motivated him to pursue a career where he could use his experience to help others recover from their injuries. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Roya Ghazinouri, DPT ’07, MS ’99
Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Roya Ghazinouri has spent her professional life pioneering new programs and implementing innovative approaches to the delivery of health care, both in the United States and abroad since earning a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from the MGH Institute. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Kathleen Gill-Body, PT, DPT ’02, MS ’86
Department of Physical Therapy

Athletes at Boston College are safer thanks to Kathleen Gill-Body and her colleagues at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Full story.

 

 


 

Forty for 40

MaryEllen Graham, MBA, BSN ’10, Certificate-Medical Imaging ’08, RN, CMCN, CHP, CCM, AATMC
Department of Medical Imaging

MaryEllen Graham is the first clinical quality improvement manager for Florida Blue, the state’s largest insurer. She utilizes data to develop incentives to convince reluctant customers that preventative measures such as regular checkups, breast cancer screenings, and flu shots can keep them healthier and out of the hospital. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Laura Gull, PT, DPT ’08
Department of Physical Therapy

Laura Gull is using the evidence-based education she received at the IHP to ensure that her team of physical therapists remain on the cutting edge of rehabilitation care. Full story.

 

 

 

 


Forty for 40

David J. Hajjar, PhD, MS-SLP ’98
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

David Hajjar has specialized in helping children and adults with complex communication needs improve their social and communication skills across recreation and leisure settings including paddling, skiing, and cycling activities. His research focuses on supporting individuals with disabilities and their diverse network of communication partners. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Sophia Harden, BSN ’11, RN
School of Nursing

Compassionate care has been a hallmark of Sophia Harden’s career as a registered nurse. Full story.

 

 

 

 


 

Forty for 40

BA Harris, PT, DPT ’02, MS ’83
Department of Physical Therapy

BA Harris dedicated her entire 30-year career at the MGH Institute to ensuring physical therapy was integrated into the school’s original mission of interprofessional education. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Jessica Hennessey, MS-Nursing ’97, RN, CPNP
School of Nursing

Jessica Hennessey has spent her career working to improve the quality of life for children, adolescents, and their families who deal with emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Amanda Hitchins Lee, SLP '12
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Amanda Hitchins Lee is showing how a small amount of money can make a huge impact. Full story.

 

 


 

Forty for 40

 

 

Forty for 40

Kristen Jacobsen, MS ’96, CCC-SLP, and Sarah Ward, MS ’94, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Having speech or cognitive issues can make learning overwhelming for young students. Kristen Jacobsen (top) and Sarah Ward have pioneered a way to help overcome those problems. Full story.

 

 

 

 


 

Forty for 40

Naomi Jay, PhD, MS-Nursing ’89, RN
School of Nursing

Anal cancer rates among people living with HIV have been rising in recent years. Naomi Jay is working to reverse that trend. Full story.

 

 

 


 

Forty for 40

Marie Jette, PhD, MS-SLP ’06, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

For Marie Jette, discovering more about local tissue characteristics that cause or contribute to laryngeal inflammation is what drives her research in assessing and treating voice disorders. Full story.

 

 


 

Forty for 40

Rosanna Kirkendall-Azer, PT, DPT ’08, OCS, PCS
Department of Physical Therapy

Having run track and cross-country at California State University, Northridge, Rosanna Kirkendall-Azer has spent much of her career working with young athletes. Full story.

 

 


 

Forty for 40

Jenifa Lewis, BSN ’15, RN
School of Nursing

Although Jenifa Lewis had been working as a registered nurse for less than two years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital chose her to be a super user during the 2016 implementation of the EPIC medical records system. Full story.
 

 


 

Forty for 40

Alexia Marcous, BSN ’15
School of Nursing

It was while volunteering in Haiti in 2012 that Alexia Marcous first decided to become a nurse. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Kenya Palmer, MS-Nursing ’13, FNP-BC, CSCS
School of Nursing

Kenya Palmer’s enthusiasm for healthy living and well-being permeates her work as a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Kimberly Russell, Certificate-Medical Imaging ’06
Department of Medical Imaging

Kimberly Russell has had a steady upward trajectory at Massachusetts General Hospital since graduating from the IHP with a post-baccalaureate certificate in medical imaging. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Ellen Starr, MS-Nursing ’85, RN, WHNP
School of Nursing

As clinical director at Vermont-based Grounds for Health, Ellen Starr helps the nonprofit’s mission to reduce cervical cancer among women in the developing world. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT ’05, MS ’06, WCS, CLT
Department of Physical Therapy

Rebecca Stephenson has played a major role in improving the treatment of women with severe back and pelvic pain during the early stages of their pregnancy. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Jarrad Van Stan, PhD ’16, CCC-SLP
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

This past April proved to be a great month for Jarrad Van Stan. Full story.

 


 

Forty for 40

Sandhya Venugopal, MD, MS-HPEd ’16
Department of Health Professions Education

Cardiology classes at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine were what Sandhya Venugopal enjoyed the most. This passion has led her to being director of the Heart Station at the University of California Davis health system, its cardiac care center where she has developed and led several new initiatives including the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. Full story.


 

Forty for 40

Jennifer Walk, MS-SLP ’03, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

When Jennifer Walk first moved to Germany in 2007 with her U.S. Army husband, she discovered that there were very few English-speaking communication disorders services for the more than 80,000 Americans living in and around Ramstein Air Base. Full story.
 


 

Forty for 40

Kevin Whitney, DNP ’15
School of Nursing

Kevin Whitney recently was named the new Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Full story.