By Dave Steger

Marathon bombing caregivers honored at Boston event

November 22nd, 2013 in News

Jeffrey Kalish was walking down Boylston Street to cheer for his wife as she heaved toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon. When the bombs detonated and the fleeing crowds began rushing toward him and his 9-year-old daughter, the doctor realized he had to get to work immediately.

The vascular surgeon found a friend to look after his daughter and hailed a pedicab, the only vehicles, aside from ambulances and police cruisers, moving down Massachusetts Avenue.

“I’m a surgeon at Boston Medical Center, and I need to get there very quickly,” he told the driver.

Read the full story The Boston Globe story here

New Acid Reflux Treatment Highlighted on WBZ TV-4

November 11th, 2013 in News

Dr. Hiran Fernando, Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery at Boston Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine discusses a new acid reflux treatment now being offered at BMC.

To view the video please click here.

Boston Globe Opinion – Lessons from the Marathon bombing – By BMC/BUSM Surgeon Jeffrey Kalish

October 16th, 2013 in Faculty News

Working at Boston’s largest Level One Trauma Center, the staff at Boston Medical Center care for patients with complicated medical issues every day. But as we all have come to understand, April 15, 2013, was not like any other day, and the events that our nation observed have forever changed the way many of us approach medicine.

All of us at BMC who were involved with Marathon Monday and its aftermath think about that day while moving forward with our daily lives and work. We all had different reactions and adjustments to the violence that transpired six months ago. While many of us are still working through our personal challenges associated with the tragedy, many more have likely placed the incident in a mental storage compartment in order to facilitate forward progress. However, not a day goes by when we do not think about the Marathon and how we can take the lessons learned and apply them to our future trauma victims and patients.

To read the full opinion, please click here.

Department of Surgery Appoints New Vice Chair

September 4th, 2013 in Faculty News

David-McAneny-MDDr. David McAneny, Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine and Associate Chair for Clinical Quality and Safety, Boston Medical Center Department of Surgery is the new Vice Chair in the Department of Surgery. In this role, he will also serve as Division Chief of General Surgery and Section Chief of Surgical Oncology.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. McAneny completed his residency at Boston University Medical Center and Boston City Hospital and a Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgery at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and an active member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the New England Surgical Society and the Boston Surgical Society. He is also a Past-President of the Medical-Dental Staff of Boston Medical Center, a Past-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and former Massachusetts state chairman of the Commission on Cancer.

Dr. McAneny’s practice is devoted to endocrine surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgery, especially gastrointestinal surgery. His fellowship training was in upper GI surgery, with emphasis on the pancreas and the biliary tract. His surgical expertise is in tumors and other diseases of the endocrine organs, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, hepatobiliary system and spleen.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. McAneny has received numerous teaching awards. He is the recipient of the 2005 Grant V. Rodkey Award, bestowed by the Massachusetts Medical Society for “outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students.” He is the 2008 Boston University faculty selection for Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society, and he is currently Councilor of the AOA chapter at BUSM. He received the 2008-2009 Erwin F. Hirsch, MD Teaching Award from the graduating Boston University Surgery chief residents, The Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching, conferred at the 2010 graduation to the “outstanding educator at the Boston University School of Medicine,” and the Educator of the Year Award in Clinical Sciences, conferred at the 2013 BUSM graduation ceremony.

David McAneny, MD, named councilor of the BU School of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

August 14th, 2013 in Faculty News

David McAneny, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, has been named councilor  of the BU School of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA).
A national honor society, AOA recognizes excellence in scholarship and supports high standards and ethics in the profession of medicine. Being elected to AOA identifies the member as committed to scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service. Along with the student officers, faculty councilors organize chapter functions, projects, meetings, and most importantly the annual selection of nominees for election to membership in AOA.

Boston Herald: Amid chaos of Marathon Monday, pedicab driver was just what the doctor ordered for BMC surgeon

June 17th, 2013 in Faculty News

BMC/BUSM vascular surgeon, Jeffrey Kalish, MD,  was  featured in a Boston Herald story about getting to campus on Marathon Monday. Click here to read the article.




Alik Farber, MD, Elected to Distinguished Fellows Status, Society for Vascular Surgery

June 12th, 2013 in Faculty News

Farber_Alik-80x100Alik Farber, MD, was elected to distinguished fellow status of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) at the 67th Vascular Annual Meeting® on May 30, 2013. At Boston Medical Center he is the chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, medical director of the Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories, and co-director of the Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory. He is an associate professor of surgery and radiology at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Farber graduated from Brown University with a degree in biology. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and finished a residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Dartmouth and an endovascular surgery fellowship at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine. He has served as a principal investigator in a number of clinical trials and is a principal investigator of the Best Surgery versus Endovascular Therapy (BEST) clinical trial which will compare vascular surgery and endovascular therapy in patients with critical limb ischemia. BEST has been approved by the National Institutes of Health but is still awaiting funding.

He has written and published many articles about vascular and endovascular surgery; has served as a moderator for various vascular meetings, and developed a formal education program in vascular surgery while at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. which resulted in the Golden Apple Teaching Award for teaching and mentoring residents.

Ever since his arrival at Boston Medical Center, eight years ago, Dr. Farber has made it his goal and mission to foster continued clinical excellence and academic productivity. Dr. Farber is a director of a fourth year medical school elective (BMC Surgery Bootcamp) which is designed to prepare medical students who are going into surgery for their internship.

Dr. Farber is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Board of Surgery. He has been a leader in many national and regional medical and surgical societies including SVS, the Society of University Surgeons, the Western Vascular Surgery Society, the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, the International Society for Endovascular Surgery, and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery.

About the Society for Vascular Surgery®

The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 4,600 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its website at®

Dr. Susan Walsh named President, Podiatric Medical Society

June 5th, 2013 in Faculty News


Susan Walsh, DPM

Susan Walsh, DPM, Division of Podiatry (Foot Care Specialists) at Boston Medical Center and BU School of Medicine has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society (MPMS).

MPMS is the Commonwealth’s professional society for podiatric physicians and surgeons and is the state chapter of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Boston Medical Center Chief of Surgery Elected President of American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

May 17th, 2013 in News

Gerard Doherty, MD, chief of Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has been elected as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeon (AAES). He will serve as President-Elect through 2014 and as President through 2015.

As president, Doherty will preside at council assemblies and the annual members’ assembly. He will appoint members to all committees, serve as an ex-officio member of each, appoint successors to open positions, and deliver the 2015 Presidential Address.

Endocrine surgery is the discipline of surgical management of endocrine disorders, including the understanding of the disease process, and comprehensive care of surgical endocrine disease of the neck and abdomen. The AAES is dedicated to the science and art of endocrine surgery, and maintenance of the highest standards in clinical practice.

“Being chosen by my colleagues to fulfill this role is a distinct honor. The AAES has been my professional home throughout my career, and I admire the many achievements that we have made as a group to improve the care of patients, to advance the field, and to train the next generation of practitioners.”

Doherty’s clinical focus is endocrine oncology and comprises surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands, as well as the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes.

Prior to coming to Boston Medical Center and Boston University in 2012, Doherty spent a decade as chief of General Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. He is the immediate past-president of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and has held multiple leadership positions in national and international professional groups, including the Board of Directors of the American Thyroid Association.

A graduate of Holy Cross and Yale School of Medicine, Doherty completed his residency at the UC-San Francisco, including Medical Staff Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and became professor of Surgery there in 2001.

About the Association of Endocrine Surgeons

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) is dedicated to the advancement of the science and art of endocrine surgery. Our members have clinical expertise in and research interests that focus on endocrine surgical diseases. They are certified by either the American Board of Surgery of the United States, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or the equivalent governing boards in Mexico and South America. Our membership has recently expanded to include international leaders in endocrine surgery and allied specialists that have demonstrated a similar focus of practice. The AAES is committed to providing surgical expertise in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands as well as in neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and GI tract. Our goal is to discover and promote the best treatments for endocrine disease to help improve our patients’ lives.

About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet – 14 community health centers

BMC’s Trauma Centers Receive Reverification for Three Years

May 3rd, 2013 in News

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BMC’s Trauma Centers Receive Reverification for Three Years

(Boston) – May 3, 2013 – The trauma center at Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been re-verified for three years as a Level l Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

BMC is the busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England, with more than 130,000 emergency visits and approximately 2,000 trauma admissions per year on the same campus. Staffed with seven full-time, dedicated trauma and critical care attending surgeons, the BMC trauma center is the longest continuously verified Level I trauma center in New England.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Verification Program promotes the development of trauma systems. Participant hospitals must demonstrate the resources necessary for the entire spectrum of trauma care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Trauma centers must meet the required established in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate trauma centers. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is the agency that designates all trauma centers and has made ACS verification (along with other criteria) a requirement.

“Very few hospital programs undergo the level of scrutiny that occurs with a trauma center survey and our success is a testament to all the disciplines and specialties that work with our trauma patients. It is truly an institutional accomplishment,” said Peter Burke, MD, chief of trauma services at BMC.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.