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CIMIT Young Clinicians Research Awards

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Objective: Award recognizes outstanding clinicians early in their careers, who are engaged in the development of novel and transformative healthcare innovations enabled by technology. The focus for the CIMIT YCA program for 2014 is innovation that addresses a significant unmet need in the care of patients with heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders, which dovetails with the recently announced NHLBI award to the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center at The focus is on development of diagnostic device and therapeutic technologies that can lead to commercial hand-off within the next 30 - 36 months.

Eligibility: CIMIT Site Miner nominated clinicians within CIMIT Consortium eligible hospitals—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System—at the academic ranks of Fellows, Instructors, and Assistant Professors.

Award Amount: $50,000 total cost to one individual at each CIMIT Consortium eligible hospital as a 1-year award period.

Status: Nomination packets from CIMIT Site Miners due January 20, 2014.

2014 Award Program Key Dates, Details and Instructions

January 20, 2014 Nomination packets due
February 17, 2014 Recipients notified
March 3, 2014 Funding available to recipients

To learn about the award focus, read the instructions and view the list of past recipients, click on the corresponding tab below.

  • Instructions
  • Past Recipients


Interested applicants are encouraged to work with their CIMIT Site Miner or contact Steve Schachter to be introduced to a potential collaborator within the CIMIT consortium eligible hospitals who is an expert in heart, lung, blood or sleep disorders.

CIMIT Site Miners are responsible for nominating up to two candidates from their institution for consideration of receiving the Young Clinician Award.

The Site Miners' one or two nominees are required to submit their complete nomination packet to their Site Miner—who in turn will submit it to Steve Schachter, MDconsisting of the following:

  1. Statement of interest from the candidate given the YCA focus, the candidate's related accomplishments, and why the candidate believes the award would be beneficial to their career (1-2 pages).
  2. Letter of recommendation from the candidate’s Chief of Service.
  3. The candidate’s current CV.
  4. The candidate’s research proposal (3-5 pages) with the following parts:
    · Clinical problem and potential patient impact
    · Technology background and IP status
    · Research team and outline of investigational plan
    · Budget form with signature
    · Budget narrative and statement of animal/human use intentions
  5. Administrative contact name, email address and phone number.


The nomination packets will undergo an internal review at CIMIT. Applications submitted from candidates who are not nominated by their CIMIT Site Miner will not be considered. The review will evaluate the extent to which the:

  • Nominee is a “rising star” who holds promise as a clinical leader in their field.
  • Research aligns with addressing a specific unmet need in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
  • Research work is collaborative in nature.
  • Research promises great impact on patient care.

Based on the internal CIMIT review, one nominee from each CIMIT Consortium eligible hospitalsBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare Systemwill be selected as the Young Clinician Award recipient for that institution.

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Class of 2013 Read announcement »
Erik Paul Rufa, MD: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Web-based point of care calculator for hospitalized patients with diabetes.
Nira Pollack, MD, PhD: Children’s Hospital Boston
Clinical evaluation of an optimized paper-based fingerstick transaminase test
J. Benjamin Crocker, MD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Point-of-care technologies in primary care and patient-centered care
Kevin R. King, MD PhD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Development of a microfluidic thrombometer: a point-of-care thrombosis assay for personalized anti-thrombotic therapy
Paolo Antonio S. Silva, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Point of care evaluation for diabetic retinopathy at the time of retinal imaging.
Laura J. Grande, PhD: VA Boston Healthcare System
Brief cognitive screening in the medical setting with the digital clock-in-the-box
Devin M. Mann, MD, MS: Boston Medical Center
Development and testing of a dietary approach to stop hypertension (DASH) mobile app
Class of 2012 Read announcement »
Lee Park, MD: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Analyzing hospital readmissions to design interventions
Leslie Morse, DO: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Cardiac atrophy and exercise-induced cardiac remodeling in chronic SCI
William Meehan, MD: Children’s Hospital Boston
Transcranial light emitting diode therapy for the treatment of chronic concussive brain injury
Brian Edlow, MD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Advanced MRI neural network analysis for predicting recovery of consciousness after traumatic coma
Arielle Stanford, MD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Staged treatment development for avolition
Khalid Hanafy, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Exploring near infrared spectroscopy for detection of delayed cerebral ischemia in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients
Naren Gupta, MBBS, PhD: VA Boston Healthcare System
An integrated clinical system to reduce stroke risk in patients with carotid disease
Daniel R. Siechepine, PhD: Boston Medical Center
Development of preliminary clinical diagnostic criteria for chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Class of 2010 Read announcement »
Joel Auslander, MD: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Evaluation of Hospitalist Handoff Communications
Jay Berry, MD, MPH: Children’s Hospital Boston
Web-based Integrated Care Plan to improve illness management for children with complex medical needs
Matt T. Bianchi, MD, PhD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Novel home monitoring approaches to insomnia diagnosis and treatment
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Innovative Aspects of the Mount Pleasant PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home) Demonstration
Adam B. Cohen, MD: Partners HealthCare
Specialty Consultation and Triaging
Shoshana Herzig, MD, MPH: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Reducing Medication use fragmentation across transitions in care
Kumaran Kolandaivelu, MD, PhD: VA Boston Healthcare System
Develop objective & standardized tool for screening patients for medication adherence — biochemical assay of compliance
C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD: Boston Medical Center
Technology to advance children’s health (TeACH) to support personalized care for preterm very-low-birth weight infants (VLBW< 1500g)
Class of 2009 Read announcement »
Claire Cronin, MD, MBA: Newton Wellesley Hospital
Novel 3D reconstruction breast pathology reporting systems
Marilyn L. Moy, MD: VA Boston Healthcare System
A novel system to monitor physical activity and associated physiological responses in the home environment with application to patients with COPD
Harald Ott, MD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Myocardial regeneration based on perfusion decellularized cardiac matrix scaffolds
Robert Riviello, MD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Innovative wound care technology for low-income settings
Jennifer E. Rosen, MD: Boston Medical Center
Optically guided differential diagnosis in thyroid nodules
Joan Spiegel, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
A novel pressure-sensing syringe for improved airway management
Gerhard Wolf, MD: Children’s Hospital Boston
Development of continuous non-invasive imaging at the bedside to optimize ventilation of critically ill children
Class of 2008 Read announcement »
Carlos R. Estrada, MD: Children’s Hospital Boston
Novel functional bladder tissue engineering with silk scaffolds
Alexandra Golby, MD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Functional and structural imaging to optimize brain tumor resection
Faisal Merchant, MD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Novel method to guide RF ablation of atrial fibrillation
Stephanie Morris, MD: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Expanding techniques in ovarian cryopreservation and transplantation for female cancer patients
Ashish Nimgaonkar, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Endoluminal magnetic resonance imaging for improved detection and characterization of pancreatic lesions
Satish Singh, MD: Boston University Medical Center
Optically-guided biopsy tools for dysplasia detection during gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Class of 2007 Read announcement »
Audrey Chung Marshall, MD: Children’s Hospital Boston
Positioning device to enable minimally invasive, in utero, cardiac intervention for babies with congenital heart disease
Michael J. Davidson, MD: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Percutaneous repair of damaged heart valves, without the need for open-heart surgery
Daniel S. Kohane, MD, PhD: Massachusetts General Hospital
Developing controlled release technology to prevent problems caused by breathing tubes in premature babies
James Ellsmere, MD: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Novel device to effectively manage care of patients after gastric surgery to control obesity
Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Local drug delivery device for lung cancer patients that could minimize surgical resection of normal lung tissue and possibly prevent the spread or recurrence of cancer

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