MacRae Steps into New Role as Vice Chair for Scientific Innovation

Calum MacRae, MD, PhD, has decided to step down as the chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine, effective March 1.

MacRae has served as chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine since mid-2014 and has worked to re-energize, expand and transform cardiovascular medicine at BWH. In his time as chief, MacRae has led the recruitment of dozens of faculty, the regionalization of the cardiology inpatient service, the redesign of the cardiology ambulatory enterprise and the establishment of an innovation arm in Cardiology.  One of MacRae’s most significant accomplishments was the receipt of the One Brave Idea (OBI) award, a $75 million, five-year research award to study coronary heart disease and its consequences.

As of March 1, MacRae will begin a new leadership role in the Department of Medicine as vice chair for Scientific Innovation. In this role, MacRae will develop and champion new methods for facilitating innovation broadly, augment commercialization potential and expand novel, creative research processes within the department.

Archer Departs BWH, Joins MGH

Lara Henshaw Archer, Senior Director of Ambulatory Services, will be leaving BWH on March 16 after over six years of dedicated service.

During her tenure at BWH, Archer has been involved in several important ambulatory initiatives. Some of the more significant efforts which Archer has led include but are not limited to: eCare goLive, two Joint Commission cycles, and implementing the SalesForce database to communicate and monitor Ambulatory projects. Archer will remain in the Partners Healthcare system as she will be transitioning to a new role at MGH as the Executive Director of Business Operations.

Gibbons Joins Department of Surgery

Chris Gibbons, PhD, has joined the Department of Surgery as co-director of the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center. Gibbons will help lead the newly formed center, which focuses on patient-reported outcomes, patient experience and value-based surgery and include surgical patients at Brigham Health, specifically to encompass the Departments of Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Gibbons received his doctorate from University of Liverpool and Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He conducted postdoctoral research at University of Manchester before developing his independent research career at University of Cambridge. At the University of Cambridge, Gibbons was the director of Health Assessment and Innovation at the Psychometrics Centre (Judge Business School) and NIHR Career Development Fellow at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute (School of Clinical Medicine). His research is focused on the development and application of novel techniques for collection, analysis and feedback of patient-reported data.

Boyer Appointed Director of Environmental Affairs

Jon Boyer, ScD, CIH, joined the Brigham as director of Environmental Affairs on Feb. 12. He oversees day-to-day management of all personnel and operations in the department, which provides comprehensive environmental health and safety (EHS) services and is responsible for all environmental regulatory compliance. In addition, Boyer serves as the primary liaison with senior leadership, including reporting on EHS matters and collaborating with senior leaders on risk assessment, response strategies, program development, hospital-wide communications and fiscal commitments.

Before coming to the Brigham, Boyer was the EHS risk manager at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he served as safety officer within the hospital’s incident command system, led multiple environmental health and safety initiatives, built several programs (including those related to employee injury and illness prevention,  as well as respiratory protection) and established corporate EHS goals. Prior to that, he was the hospital’s EHS department manager.

Kitmitto Named Director of Environmental Services

Loay Kitmitto, CMIP, was promoted to director of Environmental Services on Feb. 4. He oversees all aspects of Environmental Services – including housekeeping, grounds maintenance, waste management and the unit associate program – across BWH’s main and distributed campuses.

Part of the Brigham community for 15 years, Kitmitto began his BWH career as operations manager in Environmental Services. He coordinated and managed day-to-day operations for the department’s cross-functional team and supported a diverse range of business needs, labor relations, training and staff development. In his previous role, Kitmitto initiated several process improvement plans and helped lead efforts to incorporate the use of ultraviolet lamps (black lights) as a tool for evaluating the quality of surface cleaning in ICU rooms.