History and Past Projects

In 1991, Dr. Robert E. Wise founded the Robert E. Wise, MD, Research and Education Institute to support research and education initiatives at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Wise retired as chief executive officer from the former Lahey Clinic in 1991. In 2000, he was instrumental in forming the Research Grants & Oversight Committee, which he chaired until his passing in the summer of 2012. Presently one of his sons, Robert E. Wise, Jr., Esq, continues his father's mission by participating on the Advisory Council.

Exemplary Past Projects


Project Title: Biospecimen Collection to Facilitate the Integration of Molecular Biomarkers in Lung Cancer Screening
Principal Investigators: Sebastian Flacke, MD, PhD; Kimberly Rieger-Christ, MD, PhD and Gyorgy Abel, MD, PhD
Award Cycle: 2013
Drs. Flacke, Rieger-Christ, and Abel received a grant from the Robert E. Wise, MD, Research and Education Institute to identify unique genomic and/or proteomic profiles that would help physicians to differentiate benign nodules from malignant ones in a high-risk lung cancer screening population. In order to obtain a sufficient number of samples for these studies, a bank of biospecimens (including nasal and buccal, serum, plasma, blood, urine and bronchial airway brushings, and biopsies and tumor tissue when applicable) was collected from patients enrolled in the lung cancer screening program for future research. Appropriate demographical and health records will be collected and the specimens will be grouped according to the CT sc,reen results and other available medical information as well as algorithms developed by the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Rescue Lung, Rescue Life program.


Project Title: Simulation Education and Training
Principal Investigator: Lelan Sillin, III, MD
Award Cycle: 2012 
Dr. Sillin received a grant from the Robert E. Wise, MD, Research and Education Institute to purchase an obstetrical simulator for the Emergency Deparment staff and a stomach and lung simulator for use by all departments. New software was also added to existing virtual reality simulators to provide additional training for residents in women's health. Plus, advanced software was added to existing tools and the heart and lungs (cardipulmonary) simulator to include a medical imaging techinique that looks at blood vessels (angiographic). This software is adaptable based on skill level to teach residents, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Additional Robert E. Wise, MD, Research and Education Institute past awards and projects.