Articles  |   October 2019
Seun Johnson-Akeju, M.D., M.M.Sc., Recipient of the 2019 James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award
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Articles   |   October 2019
Seun Johnson-Akeju, M.D., M.M.Sc., Recipient of the 2019 James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award
ASA Monitor 10 2019, Vol.83, 42-44.
ASA Monitor 10 2019, Vol.83, 42-44.
This article has been reprinted in its entirety from the October issue of the journal Anesthesiology, Volume 131, Issue No. 4.
The 2019 recipient of the James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award is Seun Johnson-Akeju, M.D., M.M.Sc., Director of Neurosurgical Anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Massachusetts General Hospital Endowed Scholar in Anesthesia and Clinical Research, and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts). I have come to know Dr. Johnson-Akeju very well since I became the Anesthetist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital. I remain impressed by his unwavering commitment and dedication to research, and his clinical and scholarly accomplishments. His selfless acts of generosity and commitment to mentorship and diversity are equally impressive. Our faculty recently honored him with the Mentorship Award for Academic Excellence given in recognition for his dedication to fostering the success of faculty colleagues. Dr. Johnson-Akeju received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, New Jersey) and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Rutgers – The New Jersey Medical School (Newark, New Jersey). He sought opportunities to further his scientific learning in medical school by conducting research as a first-year medical student under the mentorship of Lin Yan, Ph.D., in a cardiovascular research laboratory (Newark, New Jersey). This experience solidified his passion for research and prompted him to commit a year between his third and fourth years of medical school to conducting basic science research by participating in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. As a Research Scholar, he conducted research under the mentorship of John Park, M.D., Ph.D., then Chief of the Surgical and Molecular Neuro-oncology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Bethesda, Maryland). Undoubtedly, the scientific environment and experience provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health were fundamental to his decision to become a physician-scientist.
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