Amy Dickey, MD & Nick Houstis MD, PhD

16, June, 2021

Ether Dome

The Healthcare Transformation Lab (HTL) Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows Program is a one year action-learning program, which provides a unique opportunity for healthcare providers at MGH interested in hands-on care delivery transformation projects to make an impact on the front lines. Fellows spend the year leading innovation projects with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership, while gaining hands-on experience guiding their projects from ideation, to iteration, to implementation.

On 16 June 2021, the MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab celebrated two graduates of its Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows Program, honoring Amy Dickey, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit and Nicholas Houstis, MD, PhD, Cardiology Division.

The HTL fellowship enabled Dr Dickey to conduct a clinical study that produced the preliminary data needed to secure federal funding, as well as initiate collaborations with industry related to increasing knowledge and finding more effective treatments for patient with EPP, a rare disease that results in hyper sensitivity to light.

“It was miraculous to me when I was accepted as a fellow at the HTL,” says Dr. Dickey. “This program provided the support I needed to make a pivotal career transition. They took a risk on me when I needed it most.”

During his time as a HTL Fellow, Dr Houstis developed tools with the potential to autonomously treat cardiovascular pathophysiology in the cardiac intensive care unit (CCU). This set him up for receipt of the NIBIB, Trailblazer R21 award.

“The applied research fellowship in the Healthcare Transformation Lab was a key stepping stone to help me realize my vision.”, says Dr. Houstis.