Congratulations to the following Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty on their recent appointment or promotion.
Mark Bernstein, MD, Radiology, joins the school from New York University/Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital where he was on the faculty since 2003. While at NYU, Bernstein focused his efforts on streamlining trauma imaging by developing and implementing CT imaging protocols across the network’s multiple sites. A member of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) since 2002, he served in various capacities, including as president from 2015-16. Bernstein received the 2018 ASER Gold Medal, an honor bestowed upon a select few radiologists to recognize distinguished and exemplary service to the society and the field of emergency radiology. He is known as a passionate and engaging teacher and has inspired many to pursue the subspecialty. For his teaching achievements, he received the NYU Teacher of the Year Award in 2017.
Clinical Associate Professor
Nir Ayalon, MD, Medicine/Cardiology, is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in heart failure and invasive hemodynamics. Ayalon initiated and is the director of the Heart Failure Remote Monitoring Program and co-director of the Invasive Physiology and Hemodynamics Lab (IPH-lab). He divides his clinical time between attending the CCU, HF consult service, catheterization lab and the IPH-lab. At the IPH-lab, he strives to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art and personalized cardiac hemodynamic evaluations to optimize diagnosis and treatment for patients with otherwise unexplained dyspnea on exertion and exercise intolerance. Ayalon mentors and advises residents, fellows and APPs. He teaches and supervises medical students, residents and fellows from diverse specialties. He has been an educator for the school’s and the department’s advanced cardiac hemodynamics program since becoming an assistant professor in 2017. In 2019, Ayalon received the department of medicine’s Joel Caslowitz Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ramon Bonegio, MBBCh, PhD, Medicine/Nephrology, is associate chief of the renal section in the department of medicine at the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and director of its Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury dialysis units. He played a key role in establishing a tele-nephrology program at VABHS that has expanded to the national level and led to his appointment as co-director of the Tele-nephrology Enterprise-Wide Initiative and VISN1 Tele-nephrology Program. Prior to his assignment at VABHS, Bonegio helped establish and co-directed multi-disciplinary lupus and glomerular diseases clinic at Boston Medical Center. He has taught a variety of classes at the school, including the renal module in the Doctoring course from 2017-2021 where he introduced a two-hour module to discuss systemic racism in currently used treatment algorithms and what could be done to mitigate this. He received the department of medicine’s Clinical Excellence Award in October 2022 for his contributions to patient care for the past 20+ years at BMC and VABHS.
Ansu Noronha, MD, Medicine/Gastroenterology, is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialist. Currently serving as the interim chief for gastroenterology, she is a lead clinician in the department’s high-volume Crohn’s & Colitis Program, which incorporates a ‘medical home’ model for IBD care. She led the development of novel medication monitoring protocols with pharmacy staff to optimize patient care and safety while on potent medications and also worked with the infusion center and IT department to streamline infusion therapy order sets to expedite patient care while receiving biologic therapy. As medical director for the Center for Digestive Disorders, she has led the development of a referral triage pathway and GI e-consults to improve the experience for both referring physicians and patients.
Megan Young, MD, Medicine/Geriatrics, provides home-based care to frail older adults in the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park, in addition to being an attending physician on the inpatient geriatrics service at Boston Medical Center. The passion for her clinical practice is intertwined in her teaching and scholarship. She not only cares for the patients clinically, she also guides medical students and trainees to learn how to care for this highly complex patient population by leading challenging family meetings and focusing on transitions of care. She served as one of the doctoring course directors in the medical education office from 2014-2019 and subsequently became the clerkship director for geriatrics in 2019. Since that time, she has provided mentorship for other faculty members to develop a formal curriculum around social determinants of health. Young has been an assistant dean for student affairs since 2016 and is the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility champion for the geriatrics section. She was recently elected to the board of the American Geriatrics Society.