Ophthalmology Team Members Honored for Contributions to Mass. Eye and Ear

July 9, 2020

Several ophthalmology faculty, staff, and trainees were honored with Partners HealthCare Partners in Excellence Awards for their contributions to Mass. Eye and Ear. These awards represent the annual, system-wide employee recognition program. Members of each organization nominate individual employees or teams of employees to be recognized for their significant contributions. Congratulations to our honorees:

Mary Defazio, Physician Practice Liaison, Mass. Eye and Ear

Award Category: Efficiency

"Mary saw a problem and took it upon herself to educate and retrain to correct the deficiency. She is self-sufficient and someone who takes initiative to make improvements."


Leila Foster, Director Research Operations, Mass. Eye and Ear

Award Category: Collaboration

"Leila's leadership across Mass. Eye and Ear and for Mass. Eye and Ear demonstrates her commitment to our vision of finding cures for deafness and blindness."

Tuyen Nguyen, Chief Ophthalmic Technician, Mass. Eye and Ear

Award Category: Collaboration

"Simply put, Tuyen does the work of five people, with grace and ease. She is always willing to jump in, roll up her sleeves, and is committed to doing the right thing."

Archana Nigalye, Clinical Research Fellow, AMD Research Group, Mass. Eye and Ear

Award Category: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"I have learned a lot from Archana: How to be compassionate to people around you, how to understand people for the vulnerabilities not their faults. To appreciate everyone and see the silver lining in every situation. She fosters a community of caring and love."

Demetrios G. Vavvas, MD, PhD, Retina specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear; Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Award Category: Community

"Dr. Vavvas spends time with his patients talking to them about more than just their disease, but also their livelihood and mental health. Above all he brings a smile every day and passion for life and happiness."