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Meanwhile, he and his wife, Susan, moved to Wellesley in 1975, where they raised their two sons, Jeff and John. Today, Susan manages the local Coldwell Banker office; Jeff is a producer for ESPN; and John, who trained under his dad at MGH ("a courageous young man to do that," says Ausiello), is an endocrinologist in New York City. Through his sons, Ausiello became involved in the town's youth soccer league, coaching a team to a 50-game winning streak and two state titles over 1983 and 1984. "We had a very advanced science and math program — one of many that popped up across the country in the wake of the space race. Graduating first in his class of 450, Ausiello was one of two graduates to go on to Harvard. He intended to pursue a career in chemistry, physics, or math, but he wanted to work with people and not just figures. "I tended to be a very outgoing guy," he said. "It seemed that the perfect match for science and my person- ality was medicine." While in college he worked at Mass General Hospital and returned there for his internship and residency after earning his medical de- gree at the University of Pennsylvania. He also played baseball for Harvard. "I always joke I was the best third-string catcher Harvard ever had," he said. (Perhaps the acronym CATCH is no coincidence.) Following a stint at the National Institutes of Health, Ausiello specialized in researching kidney function, or nephrology, at MGH. "What fascinated me about the kidney was that it was one of the very few quantitative areas of medicine," he said. "There were for- mulas that could be associated with kidney function, how it handled water, and how it handled salt, how it handled acid." Research breakthroughs taking place at the cellular and molecular levels proved just as rel- evant for the kidney as for the heart. As Ausiello rose through the administrative ranks, he en- couraged collaboration across specialties — anticipating his blueprint for CATCH. "I always joke I was the best third-string catcher Harvard ever had." 73 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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