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Past Honorees

Governor Michael and Mrs. Kitty Dukakis (2015) Nancy Rappaport, MD (2013) Donald M. Berwick, MD (2012) David Osler, MD, MPH (CHA Art of Healing Award), Hilary Worthen, MD (CHA Lifetime Service Award), Erika Fellinger, MD (CHA Rising Star Award) (2011) David H. Bor, MD (2010) Marshall Forstein, MD (2009) Ron Weintraub, MD (2008)

2015 Event Honoring Governor Michael and Mrs. Kitty Dukakis

Governor Michael and Mrs. Kitty DukakisGovernor Michael and Mrs. Kitty Dukakis, like CHA, have always been steadfast leaders and passionate supporters of our state’s most vulnerable populations, working to ameliorate disparities and address the social determinants of health. Michael served as governor of Massachusetts from 1975-1979 and from 1983-1991, leaving a lasting impact on the overall well-being of underserved and poor communities. Always innovative, he advanced economic development by introducing gateway cities and investing in public transportation. Michael responded to family homelessness by establishing the first public shelter in Massachusetts in 1983 during his first week back in office and creating programs that significantly increased affordable housing. He also signed a bill that was a precursor to later legislation guaranteeing universal access to healthcare. Michael was the Democratic nominee for president in 1988 and continues to shape public policy today. He serves as a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern University and visiting professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kitty helped to reduce the stigma related to depression and addiction by sharing her personal struggle. She advocated for quality and compassionate behavioral health care, ensuring the availability of vital treatment services and shelters for women. Kitty is the author of the books Now You Know, the story of her battle with addiction and depression, and Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy. Kitty is also a leading advocate of care for autistic children, serving on the advisory board of the New England Center for Children. She has dedicated much of her work to contemporary human rights issues as well. Kitty has been an advocate for victims of genocide and for refugees’ rights, working to ensure that refugees get a fair start at new, fulfilling, and productive lives in their adopted communities.

2013 Event Honoring Nancy Rappaport, MD

Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of school-based mental health programs at Cambridge Health Alliance, has dedicated her career to helping children living with mental illness. The care she is able to provide as an attending psychiatrist at CHA’s Teen Health Center at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, coupled with her development of innovative strategies to help children with behavioral health issues, has been life-changing for many of CHA’s pediatric patients and their families.

June 12, 2013 - Dr. Nancy Rappaport poses with Fletcher Maynard School principal and award presenter, Robin Harris.

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2012 Event Honoring Donald M. Berwick, MD

Don Berwick, MDDr. Donald Berwick is a pediatrician, founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is internationally known for his commitment to patient-centered care and his passion for treating patients as individuals.

Click here to watch CHA’s video tribute to Dr. Berwick. To learn more about CHA’s commitment to patient-centered care, click here to watch “It’s All About the Patient,” our new video which debuted at the event.

May 30, 2012 - Dr. Lucian Leape and Cambridge Integrated Clerkship Program student Sophia McKinley present the Art of Healing Award to Dr. Donald Berwick

May 30, 2012 - Dr. Lucian Leape and Cambridge Integrated Clerkship Program student Sophia McKinley present the Art of Healing Award to Dr. Donald Berwick.

CHA CEO Patrick Wardell, Emcee, with WBUR Host Sacha Pfeiffer and Art of Healing Honoree Dr. Donald Berwick

CHA CEO Patrick Wardell, Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Dr. Ronald Weintraub, and Event Co-Chair Dr. Assaad Sayah

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2011 Event Honoring David Osler, MD, MPH (CHA Art of Healing Award), Hilary Worthen, MD (CHA Lifetime Service Award), Erika Fellinger, MD (CHA Rising Star Award)

David Osler, MD David Osler, MD, MPH
CHA Art of Healing Award
Senior Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Associate Chief of Pediatrics

David Osler has a very simple philosophy - patients come first. His unique ability to stay strongly connected to individual patients, while simultaneously striving to transform and improve the system of care for all patients, is truly an art. He is optimistic in spirit, yet realistic and pragmatic, with the ability to move ahead and accomplish more than others think is possible, even in the face of adversity. His actions convey his belief that all people deserve excellent care regardless of their race, status, or ability to pay. He connects with people as individuals and treats everyone with respect. Dr. Osler's unwavering commitment to providing, and improving, care for all patients, combined with his tireless work ethic and genuine humility, make him the embodiment of an Art of Healing Award honoree.

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Dr. Osler launched his medical career with the type of outstanding credentials that would have allowed him to practice anywhere - a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, a master's degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital, and residency at MGH. Instead of taking a position in an established suburban practice, he chose instead to work with the underserved.

In 1974, Dr. Osler joined Somerville Hospital and became the first board-certified pediatrician practicing in the city. He worked tirelessly with colleagues to build a practice that met the health care needs of Somerville's children and families, particularly underserved populations and those living in poverty. Early on he recognized the importance of treating the whole patient in the context of the community in which they live. He understood the value of partnering with colleagues at all levels and with community organizations to ensure patients were supported and had access to essential resources.

Over the years he collaborated with others to obtain grants to improve access and bring new pediatricians to our community, develop a screening module for children entering kindergarten, and establish the Teen Connection Health Center at Somerville High School. He built a practice recognized throughout the city for providing high quality, patient-centered care and developed a personal reputation for always going above and beyond for patients and the community. When the expanding practice outgrew its location at Somerville Hospital, he was instrumental in selecting and designing its new home - the CHA Broadway Health Center, which enabled even more local families to receive primary care in Somerville.

Understanding that serving our patients means establishing continuity for future care, Dr. Osler serves as a teacher and mentor for the next generation. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a key member of the innovative Integrated Clerkship team. He serves as a preceptor for 3rd year medical students, and inspires them to understand and treat each patient as a person, not a "condition."

It is easy to see why people describe Dr. Osler as an "extraordinary physician" or "tireless leader" - but those terms only begin to capture his essence. He is a man of many interests and talents extending far beyond medicine. He passionately participates in many vigorous athletic activities and is an avid sports fan - although to the great dismay of his colleagues, he loves the Yankees. His zeal for cycling is legendary at CHA, and he is often seen biking to work or participating in charity events such as the Pan-Mass Challenge. Dr. Osler is also an accomplished musician, having been inspired by the talents of his mother Sylvia. At 92, Sylvia still plays a mean piano! Dr. Osler's current musical passion is playing trumpet in the jazz salsa band, Caliente.

Dr. Osler and his wife Martha have been married for 33 years and live in Cambridge. They are the proud parents of three accomplished sons, Jonathan, Jeremy, and Evan, all of whom attended Cambridge public schools. Jonathan's wife Rose is like a daughter to them. They also have a granddaughter, Noa, who is already exhibiting her grandpa's energy and enthusiasm for life.



Hilary Worthen, MDHilary Worthen, MD
CHA Lifetime Service Award
Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. Hilary Worthen's passion for the medical field and his dedication to public service are apparent in every aspect of his long and diverse career at Cambridge Health Alliance. Over a span of four decades, working in clinical, administrative, and academic capacities, Dr. Worthen has changed the very landscape of CHA. To this day, many of his innovations remain essential service components for CHA and its patients, making him the obvious choice for the inaugural Lifetime Service Award.

Dr. Worthen began his career at Cambridge Hospital in 1973, while a student at Boston University Medical School, and then came here for his residency in Primay Care Internal Medicine. As a Senior Resident in 1978, Dr. Worthen helped to develop and implement a Primary Care Unit to replace the existing Medical Outpatient Department. At the same time, Dr. Worthen was integral in unifying five medically underserved adult health clinics in Cambridge with the Primary Care Unit at Cambridge Hospital. His team converted these clinics into full service neighborhood health centers that became the foundation of CHA's current ambulatory care system, while also securing funding for the centers' operations. He was also responsible for hiring the first Board Certified Family Physicians to come to Cambridge Hospital.

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Dr. Worthen served as Cambridge Hospital's Medical Director for Adult and Family Ambulatory Care until 1985, when he and his colleagues, Dr. James Nolan and Dr. Steve Lacy, founded Cambridge Family Health (CFH), a combined internal medicine and pediatrics practice in Inman Square. The practice has since expanded to two locations that include 11 physicians and two physician assistants, and has become one of CHA's most active health centers.

Motivated by a patient's undiagnosable illness, Dr. Worthen went to work in the lab of MIT Professor David Housman, studying molecular biology. His focus was on neuromuscular disorders and the applications of the new molecular genetic findings to primary care. In 1994 Dr. Worthen and colleagues developed and taught the first national course on genetics in primary care. Over the ensuing years Dr. Worthen's interest in genetics and primary care grew; he began speaking nationally, co-authored a textbook chapter, served on the Steering Committee on Cancer Genetics for the American Cancer Society, and taught in the combined Harvard Medical School/MIT course on Genetics and Medicine.

While at CFH, Dr. Worthen also became increasingly aware of the limitations of the paper medical record, and decided to work on a solution. He developed a rudimentary electronic medical record (EMR) system - and an interest in computer technology. In 1998, realizing the enormous improvement in quality of care that this simple (if non-scalable) system permitted, Dr. Worthen joined the CHA Information Systems Department. For the past 13 years, Dr. Worthen has provided physician leadership to the IT department as they have developed and implemented an ambulatory EMR and embarked on an inpatient implementation. The Clinical Informatics Group, has now expanded from one to 10 skilled clinicians, and CHA has achieved national recognition for work involving information technology.

From 1999 to 2001, Dr. Worthen served as Medical Director of Inpatient Medical and Surgical Services at Cambridge Hospital, and took up the cause of patient satisfaction. He and his colleagues developed initiatives that took the hospital from last in the state to the top third, the biggest improvement of any hospital. Dr. Worthen participated in numerous other improvement activities, including the successful application for, and implementation of, a Pursuing Perfection grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He also worked to initiate a hospitalist service at CHA. For his work redesigning the inpatient teaching and learning systems he was given a Special Achievement award by the House Staff in 2001.

Dr. Worthen's commitment to helping the underserved expanded in 2001. Acting upon his long time interest in global health, Dr. Worthen began working with Dr. David Bor, Dr. Claire Pierre, Dr. Kaethe Weingarten and others to establish a Center for Local and International Partnerships (CLIP). CLIP was designed to facilitate engagement in Global Health by CHA staff, students, residents and faculty. Led by Dr. Pierre, and in collaboration with South Africa Partners and the Massachusetts-South Africa Health Task Force, CLIP enabled a number of faculty, residents and students to spend time working in various settings in Southern Africa during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

In 2007, Dr. Worthen joined Dr. Arpana Vidyarthi, a former Chief Resident at CHA, and others on the faculty of the new Institute for Physician Leadership in the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF, and he continues to teach and supervise fellows in this program.

Dr. Worthen feels extremely lucky to have been able to spend his entire career in an organization committed to values he cares deeply about, to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such a wide range of talented people, to have shared the intimacy of clinical care with so many wonderful patients, and to have participated in some small ways in improving access to quality health care for people who would otherwise not have it. He also feels lucky to have had what amounts to several different careers without ever having to move.



Erika Fellinger, MD Erika Fellinger, MD
CHA Rising Star Award
General Surgeon

During her six years at CHA, Dr. Erika Fellinger has distinguished herself as an outstanding physician and role model. Breaking the traditional surgeon stereotypes, she goes above and beyond for her patients, providing exceptional, highly personalized, patient-centered care. As an early adopter of this philosophy, she has become a leader in CHA's transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care. She is a rising star on many fronts - her strong spirit of innovation and visionary leadership is effecting positive change within CHA, while her surgical expertise is improving the health of our communities.

Dr. Fellinger did not follow a traditional path to surgery. After pursuing her undergraduate degree at Smith College, Dr. Fellinger decided to join the Peace Corps. She worked in Benin in West Africa conducting village-based health education in a Guinea Worm Eradication program for two years.

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She extended her stay in Africa for a third year and traveled to Burundi with Population Services International to do social marketing work in AIDS education. After evacuation in 1993 when Burundi became consumed by civil war, she continued the work in AIDS education in Tanzania and South Africa.

Inspired by her experiences in Africa, Dr. Fellinger returned home and began medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. As a fourth year student on a cardiac rotation, she was present for a check-up on a patient whose heart she held in her hands during his surgery six weeks previously. The moving experience of seeing the patient so improved left her with a reverence for the miracle of life and the healing power of the human body. From that point forward, she cherished the profound relationship between surgeon and patient and decided that surgery was her calling.

Following a surgical residency in Vermont, Dr. Fellinger completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Baystate Medical Center. She joined CHA in 2005 as a General Surgeon, bringing the new minimally invasive techniques she had honed during her fellowship to our patients. She was drawn to CHA because of our dedication to our patients, our social mission, our community connections, and academics. Her experience in Africa inspired her to help the most vulnerable, and she knew she could do that at CHA. She felt that CHA was a place where one could care for a diverse range of patients, work with colleagues who are dedicated, communicative, and like-minded in their commitment, and where she has the opportunity to be an innovator in the community in which she resides.

Since joining us, Dr. Fellinger has touched the lives of so many patients. One patient, Paul Trulio, credits her with saving his life. Trulio met Dr. Fellinger after complications from surgery and she candidly advised him to change his habits in order to improve his health. Trulio took these words to heart, and believes to this day that her insight and caring manner changed his life and the lives of his children forever. Although Trulio does not consider himself to be a religious person, he believes that through the grace of God he was guided to Dr. Fellinger to be healed. "If every doctor lived up to her standards," said Trulio, "the world would be a very different place."

Dr. Fellinger is known for her socially conscious approach to medicine, transcending the traditional role of a surgeon. She takes a broad view of patient care, working to treat each patient in the context of their lives and their overall health needs. She has been known for paying particular attention to finding ways to get reluctant patients to follow through with colonoscopy screening and for getting uninsured and underserved patients connected back into our health system. She developed a mini-registry to track patients with abnormal colorectal screening results and was also an important member of the Patient-Centered Medical Home task force, where she helped conceptualize the next phase of CHA's transformation. Since joining CHA, she has demonstrated her dedication to patients every day and her efforts have made a tremendous difference for thousands of local men and women.

Although a rising star herself, Dr. Fellinger also serves as a teacher and mentor to the next generation of surgeons. She brings a great energy to her teaching, and serves as a passionate role model to her students and residents. She has been a role model for women students and residents in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field, showing that it is possible to find a balance between work and family. She challenges her students to challenge themselves, and inspires them to believe advocacy and service can be important aspects of a medical career.

She believes that surgeons can and should be personable, cooperative, strong and balanced leaders and patient advocates. Her excellent communication and collaboration skills are admired by students and colleagues alike. She is well known as a specialist who builds relationships across the organization.

Dr. Fellinger is married to husband Eric Fellinger and together have three amazing red-headed children, all born at the Cambridge Health Alliance Birth Center. Dr. Fellinger lives with her family, including Sugar, Spice, and Pepper the cats, in Somerville.

2010 Event Honoring David H. Bor, MD

David Bor, MDDavid H. Bor, MD

The 2010 Art of Healing Award was presented to David H. Bor, MD, for his exceptional leadership skills and lifetime dedication to academics, medicine, and the health of our communities. Dr. David Bor is Chief of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the Charles S. Davidson Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

A clinical and academic leader, Dr. Bor has helped transform our former city hospital into a nationally respected regional healthcare system. He has been a voice for social justice and has worked daily to improve "the health of our communities."

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When Dr. Bor joined Cambridge Hospital as a primary care physician and specialist, he saw the plight of the disadvantaged including many recent immigrants and those without health insurance. These experiences led him to spearhead new programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and community-based primary care. He later co-founded the Cambridge "Health of the City" program, uniting the hospital, the city, and academia on behalf of at-risk groups.

Its successor, the Institute for Community Health, continues to focus on issues like childhood obesity, men's health, and substance abuse - with Dr. Bor as its Board Chair.

In 1994, Dr. Bor became Chief of Medicine and began recruiting our outstanding primary care and specialty teams. He continues to challenge these individuals to maintain clinical excellence, a spirit of inquiry, and commitment to our patients.

Dr. Bor has worked with hundreds of young physicians, fostering an environment of learning, sharing, and innovation. These efforts have earned him the HMS Dean's Award for Community Service, the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and membership in the HMS Academy, whose focus is excellence and innovation in medical education.

During Dr. Bor's tenure, CHA has become a respected healthcare system - providing expert care to all those in need and excelling in vital preventive health services and primary care. He is now helping create a new clinical practice model for CHA, the Patient-centered Medical Home, which will improve both patient care and reduce medical costs. This effort, key to our transformation to an Accountable Care Organization, furthers Dr. Bor's vision that patient-centered, coordinated, high value care is not only possible, but sustainable for CHA and our communities.

David Bor is married to Dr. Robin Barnes, a PCP at Cambridge Family Health, Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS, and former CHA Medical Staff President. Together, they have raised two amazing children - Becca, a schoolteacher, and Jacob, a doctoral student in Health Economics.

2009 Event Honoring Marshall Forstein, MD

Marshall Forstein, MDMarshall Forstein, MD

The 2009 Art of Healing Award was presented to Marshall Forstein, MD, for his groundbreaking work in the mental health aspects of HIV/AIDS, his significant impact as a teacher and trainer, and his leadership on national, regional, and institution-based committees relating to HIV and/or mental health.

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Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Forstein has inspired legions of patients, colleagues and students to aspire to extraordinary healing -- the kind that penetrates the physical confines of the body, that changes a life forever, and provides redemption for the human spirit.

Today, he is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and is a core faculty member in the Division of Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School. He is also Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at Cambridge Health Alliance, and former Director of its HIV Mental Health Services.

Dr. Forstein has lectured and written widely on the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS and on gay and lesbian health and psychotherapy. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Homosexuality and Psychotherapy. He is also deeply involved in training and curriculum development on the psychosocial and Neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS. He chaired the American Psychiatric Association's Commission on AIDS from 1991-2002 and since then has chaired the Steering Committee of the Program in HIV Psychiatry in the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

2008 Event Honoring Ron Weintraub, MD

Ron Weintraub, MDRon Weintraub, MD

The 2008 Art of Healing Award was presented to Ron Weintraub, MD, for his lifetime dedication and contributions to medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Weintraub received high-acclaim for his achievements and contributions in the field of surgery.

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He has held many leadership roles, including Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Beth Israel Hospital, a division that he helped establish in 1970. He was also appointed the Davis S. Ginsburg Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1992.

In 2003, Dr. Weintraub joined Cambridge Health Alliance as Chief of Surgery; he provided crucial leadership in strengthening the department and recruiting a successor. He also served as the Chair of the Chief's Council.

Today, he remains passionately committed to the mission of CHA and continues to work with the Department of Surgery in leading its physician quality initiatives; he is also a member of the Alliance Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a special consultant to the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, FDA.

In his 35 years as an academic surgeon, Dr. Weintraub has served as a principal investigator of four major research grants, has taught many medical students, has served as a speaker or moderator in over 30 conferences, and has contributed as the primary or collaborating author in over 100 original articles and book chapters.


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