Awards & Recognitions – August 2022

U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has again named Barrow Neurological Institute one of the country’s Best Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This is the first year that Barrow has also been ranked as one of the Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation.

NIH Study Section

Portrait of Ruchira Jha, MD

Ruchira Jha, MD, MSc, has been named a standing member of the National Institutes of Health Neurological Sciences and Disorders C Study Section, an important accomplishment for a physician-scientist.

WNS Best Clinical Paper

Joshua Catapano, MD

Chief neurosurgery resident Joshua Catapano, MD, has received the award for Best Clinical Paper submitted to the Western Neurosurgical Society 2022 Annual Meeting. Dr. Catapano was the first author on the paper, “Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization Associated with Reduction in Chronic Subdural Hematoma Volume and Midline Shift in the Acute Postoperative Period and an Institutional Review.” He has been invited to present this award-winning research at the meeting.

Nursing Excellence Award

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has awarded Charlene Grove, MS, BSN, RN, the Nursing Excellence Award for Transformational Leadership, Excellence in Nursing Leaders. Charlene is the manager of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Barrow. Her nomination recognized her compassionate, courageous, and patient-centered leadership, especially in managing the hospital’s primary COVID-19 unit.


Photo courtesy of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Barrow nurse Becky Day Gomes received the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center DAISY Award. She was recognized by a patient’s family, who described her as understanding, kind, and patient with their family member. Becky ensured the patient was comfortable and informed about his care, while also bringing a smile to his face.

AMI Awards

The Barrow Neuroscience Publications team received two awards for illustrations they presented in the medical art exhibit at this year’s Association of Medical Illustrators meeting. Peter M. Lawrence and Kristen Larson Keil earned an Award of Excellence for three sets of illustrations selected from ongoing work describing a novel taxonomy for brainstem cavernous malformations. They created the illustrations to accompany Dr. Michael T. Lawton’s “Seven Cavernomas” series, published by the Journal of Neurosurgery. AMI Awards of Excellence recognize artwork that has met the highest standards of the profession.

Additionally, Kristen received an Award of Merit for a piece depicting the elements that are considered when planning the resection strategy for optic apparatus arteriovenous malformations. This artwork was also published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Awards of Merit are given to illustrations deserving of special recognition of achievement.