What Are You Thankful for This Year?

Each month, Look Who’s Talking features voices from across BWH answering the same question. If you would like to add your voice to the conversation, please submit a comment at the bottom of the page. This month, we are asking: “What are you most thankful for this year?” 

David Levine

David Levine

“I’m thankful for incredible mentorship, institutional support, flexible minds and my family.”

– David Levine, MD, MA, General Internal Medicine Fellow



Erica Lyons

Erica Lyons

“I would say that this year in particular I am most thankful for having strong and supportive mentors and colleagues in the Center for Advanced Heart Failure, which has helped me to be a better PA in caring for my VAD (ventricular assist device) patients or newly transplanted patients. Working with such a unique patient population has been challenging and rewarding at the same time – but would not be possible without the guidance of my mentors.”

– Erin Lyons, PA-C, Cardiovascular Division


Pothik Chatterjee

Pothik Chatterjee

“I am so thankful for our BWHC LGBT Employee Resource Group (ERG) Board members. As chair of our LGBT ERG, I am beyond grateful for the great team spirit we have created. On top of their demanding day jobs, they are consistently willing to put in the hard work, energy and time to put together incredible events like National Coming Out Day and mobilize around important LGBT Education & Advocacy initiatives. Thank you Tom Anderson, Meredith Solomon, Joel Katz, Jonah Tanguay-Colucci and Meghan Doherty for contributing positively to Brigham’s welcoming and inclusive spirit.”

– Pothik Chatterjee, MBA, Director, Strategic Planning & Business Development, BWPO


Meredith Scannell

Meredith Scannell

“I am thankful to be reunited with some old and new colleagues this year as I returned back to work in the Center for Clinical Investigation on 9AB. I started on this floor almost 20 years ago as a nursing assistant when I was going to nursing school. I feel very blessed to be able to come back to the floor part-time while still working per diem in the Emergency Department. I have the best of both worlds.”

– Meredith Scannell, RN, MPH, of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Center for Clinical Investigation


Vishal Vaidya

Vishal Vaidya

“I am thankful for ‘One Harvard’ that allows me to lead an outstanding team of brilliant colleagues across three institutions within Harvard. We express our sincere gratitude to the leaders and visionaries who created this unique ecosystem in Longwood.”

– Vishal S. Vaidya, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine & Environmental Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Patrice Nicholas

Patrice Nicholas

“I am thankful for the opportunity to mentor the talents of other young investigators and to nurture their research and clinical careers. I like to share the wisdom: I can always see great talent!”

– Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, ANP, FAAN, Director of Global Health at the Center for Nursing Excellence



Joshua Lakin

“I was recently talking with an inspiring administrator here at the Brigham after she had observed some of our clinical work. We were reflecting upon the small things, like having a sip of a soda or a few moments of quiet time to hold hands, that make big differences for patients in our hospital. In that vein, I am spending time feeling gratitude for the numerous occasions someone has taken a few moments from their day to do something small and completely unexpected as a kindness to me. Focusing on feeling grateful for these moments helps me to refresh myself in busy times when affecting larger challenges feels daunting. And I am also feeling very thankful for all the upcoming celebrations and desserts that the holidays bring!”

– Joshua Lakin, MD, Physician, Psychosocial Oncology & Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Jessica Desrosiers

Jessica Desrosiers

“I am thankful to be part of the Brigham and Women’s community. During this tumultuous time, I value working for an organization that is unwavering when it comes to delivering the highest-quality care to patients. In addition, Brigham strives to be diverse and inclusive to all employees. Such an extraordinary place to be!”

– Jessica Desrosiers, MPH, Senior Project Manager, BWPO



Justin Cook Solle

Justin Cook Solle

“I’m incredibly thankful to have graduated from a great university and now have the opportunity to work for Brigham and Women’s/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute helping to provide patients with the blood and platelet products they require for their treatments. I’m lucky to be able to work at the Kraft Center and give back and also have the opportunity to take this first step in my career after college. It’s humbling to work with both donors and patients!”

– Justin Cook Solle, Donor Recruiter, Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

One Response to “What Are You Thankful for This Year?”

  1. Nancy Zeff

    I am so thankful for and proud of my terrific nephew ,Justin Cook Solle. He is the definition of what it means to be a mensch.
    Nancy A. Zeff



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