Langevin Named Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
The National Institutes of Health has selected Helene M. Langevin, MD, CM, as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Langevin is expected to join the NIH in November 2018.
As NCCIH director, Langevin will oversee the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.
Since 2012, Langevin has served as director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at BWH and Harvard Medical School, and as a professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has also served as a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Burlington.
As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Langevin’s research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue.
Langevin received an MD degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed her post-doctoral research fellowship in neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, and a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
McCready Named Third President of Faulkner
David McCready, MBA, MHA, has been named the third president of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. He previously served as senior vice president of Surgical, Procedural and Imaging Services, Facilities and Operations at BWH.
McCready has held a series of departmental and hospital-wide roles in his tenure at the Brigham. Prior to joining the Brigham in 2005, he held leadership roles at Boston University Medical Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. McCready earned his bachelor’s degree, MBA, and MHA from the University of Pittsburgh.
“David’s devotion to exceptional patient care combined with his extensive operational expertise and history collaborating with the Faulkner team make him the optimal person for this vitally important role,” wrote Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD. “David has shared that he has tremendous respect for the excellent patient care, spirit of innovation, commitment to serving its community and, most of all, the distinctive and vibrant culture of BWFH.”
McCready succeeds Michael Gustafson, MD, MBA, who was named president and CEO of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Shah Joins Orthopaedic Surgery
Vivek Shah, MD, joined the faculty of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BWH.
Shah is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Tufts Medical Center and a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction surgery at New England Baptist Hospital.
He comes to BWH after a five-year tenure at New England Baptist Hospital, where he held a faculty position as an assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, teaching the art of joint arthroplasty to fellows.
Shah’s clinical interests include the treatment of osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and osteonecrosis of the hip and knee. His operative focus includes primary and revision hip replacement, arthroscopy of the knee, and partial, total and revision knee replacement.
Shah will evaluate patients with arthritis and osteonecrosis/avascular necrosis in the knee and hip at the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine, in addition to Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center in Chestnut Hill. He will perform surgery at both BWH and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
Iorio Named Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Total Joint Arthroplasty and Vice Chairman of Clinical Effectiveness
Richard Iorio, MD, was recently named chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Total Joint Arthroplasty Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and vice chairman of Clinical Effectiveness at BWH.
A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and expert in revision hip- and knee-replacement surgery, Iorio specializes in caring for patients with hip and knee arthritis and osteonecrosis/avascular necrosis – a condition that occurs when blood cannot reach bone tissue, causing the bone cells to die.
Iorio’s clinical interests include the treatment of osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, osteonecrosis of the hip and knee, total joint replacement/adult reconstruction and nonsurgical arthritis management. As a researcher, he studies the role of orthopaedic care in quality and safety, health care policy and alternative payment paradigms, including systems that compensate physicians and hospitals for care based on quality outcomes and cost effectiveness rather than service volume.
James Kang, MD, chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, said Iorio brings a wealth of experience in evolving strategies for cost-effective care models. For example, some patients may be able to safely undergo joint replacement surgery in an outpatient setting, eliminating the need for hospitalization and speeding up recovery, Kang noted.
“Dr. Iorio will help the Brigham streamline and standardize efficient care coordination processes for overall quality improvements in patient care,” Kang said.
Iorio is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in hip and knee surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
Schuur Named Chair of Emergency Medicine at Brown
Jeremiah D. Schuur, MD, MHS, FACEP, has accepted the position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brown Alpert Medical School.
Schuur was recruited to BWH and appointed instructor in Medicine, then assistant professor and most recently associate professor of Emergency Medicine. In 2008, Schuur was appointed as the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the BWH Department of Emergency Medicine. In 2013, he was appointed as the inaugural chief of the Division of Health Policy Translation. He was later promoted to vice chair for Quality and Safety, a role he held until 2016 when he was promoted to vice chair for Clinical Affairs.