Dr. Brian McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence honorees named

As a golfer he was a duffer by his own estimation. But as a doctor, in the estimation of his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and beyond, Boxford’s Dr. Brian McGovern was one of America’s great cardiac arrythmia/Atrial Fibrillation clinicians. His tragic death several years ago while doing what he loved, treating patients with the aforementioned maladies, has left a hole in our hearts that will never be healed.

Mass. General has kept his memory alive by providing care in a Cardiac Arrythmia Service that’s gained national recognition, as well as by establishing the recognition awards noted in the headline above.

This year’s recipients are Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo, MD, a surgeon in the equally acclaimed Gastrointestinal Surgery unit headed by Belmont CC member Dr. Davud Rattner, another giant in the field; Rocio Hurtado, MD, of the hospital’s Imaging Infectious Disease department; and Jo-Anne Shepard, MD, of Imaging.  More than 600 physicians and guests attended the awards dinner in honor of the trio and Brian McGovern.

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