2020 Community Service Awards Recipients
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2018 Community Service Awards Recipients
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Dean’s Community Service Award




Giving Back, Paying Forward

Giving Back, Paying Forward: 2020 Community Service Awards recognize leadership, service
HMS News | August 3, 2020


About the Award

Community service is an integral part of the missions of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In faithfulness to this commitment, the Dean’s Community Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local, national, or international community.

Since the inception of the Dean’s Community Service Award, Harvard Medical School has recognized the contributions of 142 individuals and donated $1,000 to 138 organizations that serve our community. 11 faculty members have been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service.

2020 Dean's Community Service Award Recipients


Robert S. Brown, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, BIDMC
The Organization for Renal Care in Haiti (TORCH), Inc.

Matthew Gartland, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Part-time, BWH
MGH Asylum Clinic

Arianne S. Kourosh, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, MGH
Project Phoenix

Deirdre K. Tobias, ScD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, BWH
Norwell Farms Inc


David J. Harrison, MD
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, BCH
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Jiska van der Reest, PhD
Research Fellow in Cell Biology, HMS


Pooja Chandrashekar
HMS Class of 2023

Kayla Davis
PhD Candidate, BBS Program
Oklahoma Science Project-Code Lab

Renajd Rrapi
HMS Class of 2020 
National Alzheimer's Buddies


Jessica L. Alpert
Case Writer and Researcher, Center for Primary Care, HMS
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Tara L. Lauriat, PhD
Program Director for Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs,HMS
St. Paul Parish Food Pantry


In the News

Communities Served

Harvard Medical School donated $1,000 to support each of the community organizations listed here.

Award Information

The advisory committee for the Community Service Award will review the nominations and select at least one recipient for each of the four categories:

  • faculty member (instructor through professor)
  • trainee (house officers, post-doctoral fellows)
  • staff member
  • student

Harvard Medical School donates $1,000 to the organizations served by award recipients.

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination period is now closed. 
Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

All nominations must be submitted online. 

We encourage you to nominate someone, whose commitment to and service in the community has made a positive impact on the lives of people locally, nationally or internationally. Self-nominations are accepted.

EXAMPLES of the types of involvement that the committee will consider may include, but are not limited to:

  • Service with an established community service organization or faith community that goes beyond what the agency considers to be as work of routine volunteer;
  • Creative effort to develop and/or sustain a new program within an existing service agency;
  • An overall commitment to service as shown by duration of involvement in one or more programs;
  • Development of a one-time service effort, such as an annual event or a disaster relief effort;
  • Helping to found a new independent service or program.

Eligibility Criteria for Each Award Category

Each nominee must meet one of the criteria below:

  • Faculty (instructor through professor) must be based at HMS/HSDM or any HMS-affiliated hospital or institution
  • Trainee must be a house officer, clinical, research or post-doctoral fellow based at HMS/HSDM or HMS-affiliated hospital or institution
  • Student must be enrolled at HMS/HSDM or under the HMS Division of Medical Sciences
  • Staff must work directly for HMS or HSDM (i.e., must receive a Harvard paycheck)

For more information please contact:

E-mail: dicp_csaward@hms.harvard.edu

Pinar Kilicci-Kret
Program Manager
Career Development
Tel: 617-432-1083



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