Batchelor Appointed Chair of the Department of Neurology
Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology, effective Dec. 1.
Batchelor joins the Brigham from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has served as executive director of the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology and chief of the Division of Neuro-Oncology at Mass General Cancer Center since 2001.
Batchelor’s primary field of clinical expertise relates to the therapy of malignancies of the central nervous system and neurologic complications of cancers. He has published extensively on the subject and has been a primary investigator on innovative clinical trials, both nationally and internationally. His research relates to the understanding of aberrant angiogenesis and signaling in brain cancers.
Batchelor is the principal investigator of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) SPORE grant, as well as of the K12 neuro-oncology training fellowship for DF/HCC. In addition, Batchelor holds R01 funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and he currently serves as the co-chair for the NCI Brain Malignancies Steering Committee. He has held and holds numerous leadership positions within the American Academy of Neurology and the Society for Neuro-Oncology.
Batchelor received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a master’s in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed his medicine internship, neurology residency and neuro-oncology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, MGH and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, respectively.
He has received multiple accolades for his excellence and leadership in the field, including awards from the American Academy of Neurology and the Society for Neuro-Oncology. He was awarded the Raymond D. Adams Award for excellence in mentoring by the MGH in 2018. Batchelor will be proposed to Harvard Medical School as the next incumbent of the Miriam Sidney Joseph Professorship in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
During his transition, Batchelor will serve at the Brigham part-time starting Dec. 1 and will be with the Brigham full-time beginning Jan. 1.
Haider to Serve as Next Dean of Aga Khan University
Adil Haider, MD, MPH, Kessler director for the Center of Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) and a Brigham trauma/acute care surgeon, has been chosen to serve as the next dean of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan.
Haider joined the Brigham four years ago and has helped cement the status of CSPH as a national leader in surgical health services research, created an exceptional environment in which to work and learn and cultivated a culture of comradery, diversity and teamwork.
For more than a decade, Haider has dedicated his career to exposing disparities in trauma outcomes and promoting solutions to remedy them. His time as a young surgeon in Baltimore opened his eyes to these disparities and galvanized his passion to combat them. During his time at the Brigham, he worked to create a national agenda for surgical disparities research and worked with a team who shared his vision of making surgery safe, effective, and affordable for all. Haider also worked alongside surgeons in the Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care.
In returning to the Aga Khan University, where he began his medical education, Haider is coming full circle. Along with leading the foremost medical college in the region, Haider will also be overseeing the creation of a new Center of Excellence in Trauma and Emergency Preparedness that, like the CSPH, will bring together the best minds in surgery and public health to solve the ever-increasing burden of injury in the developing world.
Haider will remain a part of the CSPH family as he takes on a new part-time appointment as director of Disparities and Emerging Trauma Systems. In this role, he will continue to oversee the PACTS Trial, the NTRAP program, mentor research fellows and help form a research and implementation partnership with the new AKU Center for Trauma and Emergency Preparedness, the CSPH, and Brigham Trauma. A transition plan will be put into place before Haider moves to Karachi at the end of 2018.
Kircher Named Chief of Oncoradiology
Moritz Kircher, MD, PhD, will join the Brigham as chief of the Division of Oncoradiology in the Department of Radiology on Dec. 1. In addition to his appointment here, he will serve as chair of the Department of Imaging and Radiology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).
A renowned physician-scientist with a background in imaging at the microscopic level, Kircher brings a wealth of clinical and research knowledge. His clinical expertise lies in abdominal and pelvic imaging, focusing on the evaluation of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree (the organs and ducts that make and store bile). As a researcher, he has pioneered techniques for using nanoparticles to detect cancerous and precancerous tissue with microscopic precision.
Kircher comes to the Brigham and DFCI from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he is associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Radiology. Outside the clinic and lab, he is the founding chair of the Molecular Imaging in Nanotechnology and Theranostics Interest Group of the World Molecular Imaging Society and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotheranostics.
Kircher received his medical and doctorate degrees with highest honors from Humboldt University in Berlin, a medical school affiliated with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. He presented his habilitation thesis at the Technical University of Munich. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was chief resident; a clinical body MRI fellowship at Stanford University in California; and his postdoctoral training in molecular imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University.
Ewing Named Vice President of Employee Diversity, Inclusion & Experience
Timothy Ewing, PhD, joined Brigham Health in September as the vice president of Employee Diversity, Inclusion & Experience.
In this role, he is working closely with the vice president of Patient Experience to develop and implement a plan that will enhance the Brigham Health culture and environment so that all patients, families and employees are welcomed, included, engaged and recognized.
Ewing has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience, with a strong background in diversity and inclusion, culture transformation, organizational development and talent management. He most recently served as chief learning and inclusion officer and vice president of Talent Management and Inclusion at Baystate Health.
Prior to that, Ewing was president and founder of BreakThrough Dynamics International, a global diversity and organizational development consulting firm, where he helped large organizations – including Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company and Novartis – strategically plan and advance their programs for diversity and inclusion, leadership development and organizational change.
Ewing holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Mass Media Research from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a master’s in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., and a doctorate of philosophy in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Banks Transitions to Beth Israel
Alexender Banks, PhD, has joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism as of Oct. 1. He will be serving as a lab head as well as the director of the Energy Balance Core Facility at BIDMC. At the Brigham Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, Banks was a co-director for the Endocrine Research Seminar Series, served on the Brigham Research Institute Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Metabolism (CVDM) working group to help organize the Obesity Incubator series, and was the faculty sponsor for the Postdoctoral Fellows Grant Writing Circles Group. Together with David E. Cohen, MD, PhD (now at Weill Cornell), he founded the Brigham and Women’s Metabolic Core Facility and hosted a monthly metabolism data club for Brigham investigators. Banks successfully competed for a NIH S10 Instrumentation grant to expand the metabolic phenotyping capabilities of the Brigham. He maintains active collaborations with members of the Brigham faculty. His NIH R01-funded research focuses on mechanisms to promote insulin sensitization.