top of page

The Best of Who We Are

Dean’s Community Service Awards recognize extraordinary service in communities all over the globe

By JEFFRY STANTON June 6, 2019 Awards and AchievementsHMS Community251

Back row, left to right: Katherine Ratzan Peeler, Michael W. Seward, Logan Briggs, Derek Soled, Chase Marso, Joan Reede, Charles Rickert and George Daley Front row, left to right: Jennifer K. Tan, Miles G. Cunningham, Jeremy A. Goss, Ellen Levine and Philip Trevvett

Excellence in service and leadership is central to the missions of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Embodying humility, commitment to community and selfless advocacy for underserved and vulnerable populations, 14 Harvard Medical School faculty, staff, trainees and students were honored at the 2019 Dean’s Community Service Award ceremony on June 5.

HMS Dean George Q. Daley, the event’s first speaker, recognized the “impressive and life-changing efforts” of the honorees gathered for a celebratory breakfast in the Waterhouse Room at Gordon Hall.

“Thank you for being creative and tireless leaders who are advancing our mission of outreach and service to the needy, to the suffering, to those who may have been forgotten and to many diverse populations,” Daley said, “and for serving as activists and ambassadors … campaigning for better health—and better life—here in Boston and around the world.”

Whether promoting awareness of those with a rare disease, evaluating and documenting evidence of trauma for asylum seekers, integrating health, wellness and philanthropy to fund cancer research or leveraging technology to connect diaspora physicians to patients in rural Libya and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, this year’s recipients exemplify the School’s core values, according to Joan Reede, dean for diversity and community partnership at HMS, in remarks prior to presenting the awards.

“In these trying times, it sometimes feels like … we may be slipping back as opposed to moving forward,” said Reede. “It’s important to recognize that good work is still being done, that there is still a commitment to forward progression, and to justice, and to equity and to health care for everyone. It is part of who we are at Harvard. It is part of our mission. It is part of our values. It is part of who we are, and you are examples of the best of who we are.”

Charles Rickert, clinical fellow in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and leader of the Community Health Team in the Mass General Department of Surgery, was recognized for his work to raise awareness within his department to improve patient care for underserved populations and at-risk youth. Expressing optimism for the future of health care for all, Rickert said, “When I think about health care in the United States and the medical community, there’s never been a group of people with greater potential to do good.”

Jennifer K. Tan, instructor in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a co-founder of the Harvard Dermatology-Boston Health Care for the Homeless collaboration. Accepting her award, she said that taking care of the homeless individuals and families in this program has been “the most meaningful piece of my career in medicine.”

Miles G. Cunningham,assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, was presented with this year’s lifetime achievement award for his 24 years of service as founder and board member of Asniya, Inc. Established in 1995 when Cunningham was a fourth-year student at HMS, Asniya serves as an outreach program to expose Native American children to careers in health care, while expanding the cultural awareness of future physicians.

In accepting his award, Cunningham noted that despite the accolade of lifetime achievement, he has no plans to wind down. “We have so much more to do,” he said.

Like many of his fellow honorees, Cunningham shared his award with his many collaborators and colleagues, noting that he is just one member of a larger community of health care providers and advocates bound by a common call to change the world for the better.

“It is said that the strength of the pack is the wolf, but to me, truly,” Cunningham said, “the strength of the wolf is the pack.”

The Dean’s Community Service Awards, established in 1999, recognize individuals whose dedication and commitment to improving the lives of others have made a positive impact on local, national or international communities. The Lifetime Achievement Award was added in 2004.

There have been 142 awardees to date, including 54 faculty members (12 of whom have also earned Lifetime Achievement Awards), 30 trainees, 36 students and 22 staff members.

As part of the award program, HMS donates $1,000 to each community organization represented by the awardees, with 130 donations to date.

Image: Jeff Thiebauth



Miles G. Cunningham, assistant professor of psychiatry, McLean Hospital Asniya, Inc.


Katherine Peeler, instructor in pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital Physicians for Human Rights

Jennifer K. Tan, instructor in dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program


Mohamed M. Aburawi, research fellow in surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital Speetar

Jeremy A. Goss, research fellow in surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital The Link Market

Charles G. Rickert, clinical fellow in surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Team, Mass General Department of Surgery


Jonathon Florance, HMS 2020 Brookline American Legion

Abra Shen, HMS 2020 Longwood Chorus

Logan Briggs, Chase Marso, Michael W. Seward and Derek Soled, HMS 2021 Medicine in Motion


Ellen Levine, administrative coordinator, Armenise-Harvard Foundation International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation

Philip Trevvett, content curator, Harvard Catalyst | Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Urban Greens Food Co-op


Recent Posts

See All


Unknown member
Apr 04, 2023

Students take courses with "Tax Accounting Assignment Help", a service. Several studies have noted that essay focuses on the mind and conduct about each other. Let's think about how they differ from each other. Under the guidance of a quality maker, I will take an online test under my ace online classes to help treat student problems. However, it is fascinating to realize that many students are not able to attend class correctly and with full concentration. To assist you in finding a "Instant do my online exam for me au" is unreasonable. Developing your skills and knowledge is vital to completing your tasks. If you have difficulty with an assignment, I will help you work through and understand the…


Unknown member
Sep 20, 2022

NUSABET– Merupakan situs judi online terpercaya di indonesia yang menyediakan berbagai macam jenis permainan judi online terupdate diantaranya : Slot online, taruhan bola sbobet, live casino Online, sabung ayam, poker, togel, dan permainan tembak ikan joker123. dengan minimal deposit Rp.20.000 anda sudah bisa bertaruh di jenis games kesayangan anda. dengan didukung metode pembayaran seperti BCA, BRI, BNI, DANAMON, MANDIRI, E-WALLET, Serta Deposit PULSA djamin memudahkan anda untuk bertransaksi, dengan layanan customer service yang aktif beroperasi selama 24 jam sangat membuktikan bahwa nusabet serius untuk memberikan pelayanan yang terbaik untuk anda bermain judi online. Whatsapp : +62 812 113 66668.

Nusabet memiliki games Judi Slot Online terpercaya dan terlengkap karena disini tersedia beragam jenis permainan slot di antaranya PRAGMATIC PLAY,…


Unknown member
Aug 06, 2022

Kamu barangkali sempat dengan-dengar mengenai BandarQQ, ataupun cuma kiu kiu. Ini ialah sajian judi kasino yang benar-benar terkenal pada indonesia sekarang tersebut. Serta ini oleh karena itu benar-benar populer dalam penjuru dunia juga banyak di sukai oleh beberapa gamer. Ini benar-benar surat keterangan untuk pemain yang bukan terlatih dengan tangkas ya, itu adalah tipe permainan poker tapi masih gembur dimainkan bila Dikau ketahui ketentuan intinya.


Unknown member
Aug 06, 2022


Unknown member
Aug 06, 2022

bottom of page