Four Mass General Investigators Recognized with Endowed Chairs

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Massachusetts General Hospital recently established four endowed chairs. Meet the investigators whose work and contributions have been recognized through their appointment to these roles and please join us in congratulating them!

Marlene FreemanMarlene Freeman, MD, associate director of the Mass General Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry, was appointed the inaugural incumbent of the Abra Prentice Foundation Endowed Chair in Women’s Mental Health.

“It is such an honor for me to be the recipient of this generous gift to our program, department and hospital. 

I am grateful to Mrs. Wilkin and her foundation trustees for this incredible gift. 

The enduring fund provided by this Chair will allow me to continue to do work that I am passionate about and that ultimately I believe will help and empower large numbers of women and their families.”


Moussa Mansour, MD, director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program at Mass General, received the inaugural Jeremy Ruskin, MD, and Dan Starks Endowed Chair in Cardiology.

“I feel very fortunate to be the recipient of the Jeremy Ruskin and Dan Starks endowed Chair in Cardiology.

Dr. Ruskin is my mentor and he is a pioneer and one of the founders of modern cardiac electrophysiology.

Dan Starks is a visionary and his strategies in the companies that he led resulted in the development of new technologies that saved the lives of millions of people. Being named to a chair that holds the names of these two individuals is a great honor.”

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Patrick L. Purdon, PhD, associate director of the Mass General Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory, was honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Nathaniel M. Sims, MD, Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Innovation and Bioengineering.

“I’m thrilled to be the recipient of the Sims Chair. Nat Sims has been a hugely influential mentor for me in my efforts to translate neuroscience and engineering advances into medical innovations.

I’m also greatly indebted to my colleagues in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, and at MGH as a whole, most notably my long-time mentor and colleague Emery Brown.

The collaborative and creative culture at MGH has been a huge part of my success. The support provided by the Sims Chair will help me pursue exciting new research on brain dynamics in aging and child development, and to develop new technologies to improve brain health and to help treat opioid overdose patients.”

Pictured from left: Britain Nicholson, MD, senior vice president for Development; Thomas Brady, MD, vice chairman of MGH Radiology Research and the chair’s donor; Wedeen; James Brink, MD, MGH radiologist-in-chief

Van Wedeen, MD, of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, has been appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the Thomas J. Brady, MD, Endowed Chair in Radiology.

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