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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.
4/17/13 – BU Today: Eyewitness to Terror
Physicians at Boston Medical Center (BMC) are among the first in the city to offer a new treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which a small implanted device is placed around the esophagus to help support a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). BMC is one of only two hospitals in New England currently offering the procedure using the LINX® Reflux Management System, which is available in less than 20 hospitals across the country. Click here to read the complete press release
Advanced monitoring during surgery to remove thyroid cancer helped avoid risks to Laurie’s vocal nerve
As a mother of three young children with a busy academic career at Emmanuel College, Laurie Johnston, PhD, was blindsided when her doctor discovered a lump in her neck during a routine physical in July 2012. Within a week, she underwent a thyroid ultrasound and biopsy, which confirmed her doctor’s suspicion of thyroid cancer.
Although she barely had time to comprehend the gravity of her diagnosis, Laurie was determined to find the best care team available for her case. She contacted Gerard Doherty, MD, chief of surgery at Boston Medical Center, on the recommendation of her sister-in-law,
who works in the medical field.
Tony E. Godfrey, PhD, Associate Chair, Surgical Research and Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from Brunel University in England, followed by a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry, also from Brunel. He attended the University of California, San Francisco, for postdoctoral fellowships and managed UCSF’s Genome Analysis Core Facility.
Most recently, Dr. Godfrey was a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Prior to this he was an Associate Professor of Pathology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY.
Dr. Godfrey’s research is focused on cancer genetics and molecular pathology. Research projects use state-of-the-art genetic and genomic approaches to address clinical needs in the areas of cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Currently the major focus of Dr. Godfrey’s research is on Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma; a tumor with rapidly increasing incidence in the United States and other western countries. The Godfrey lab works closely with translational research teams comprised of surgeons, pathologists and oncologists in order to develop new molecular approaches to cancer detection, staging and treatment.
Virginia R. Litle, MD
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Virginia Litle, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT and received her medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine in Providence, RI. Dr. Litle completed her residency in general surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, CA and completed fellowships in both Surgical Oncology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Most recently, Dr. Litle was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. At BMC/BUSM, Dr. Litle will be Director of the Barrett’s Esophagus Program and Director of Thoracic Clinical Research.
Dr. Litle’s clinical interests include management of benign and malignant esophageal diseases including Barrett’s esophagus, achalasia and esophageal cancer, minimally invasive esophageal surgery and endoscopic procedures including minimally invasive esophagectomy, endoscopic resection and Barrx ablation of Barrett’s esophagus. Dr. Litle also offers VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, airway and esophageal stenting and laser treatment for palliation of lung and esophagus cancer.
The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals includes Boston Medical Center for the first time. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting, focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety, and Top Hospital Awards. – Click here to read the full story
Gregory A. Antoine MD, MBA, FACS, serving as part of a National Medical Association (NMA) delegation in Liberia
Gregory A. Antoine MD, MBA, FACS, Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Boston Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, was recently part of a National Medical Association (NMA) delegation that traveled to Liberia to meet with Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as Liberia’s minister of health, Walter T. Gwenigale, MD.
Dr. Antoine, who serves on the Board of Trustees of the NMA, assisted in the evaluation of Liberia’s healthcare system and played an intricate role as part of the NMA group assisting in the rebuilding of the healthcare system in Liberia after a 14-year civil war that devastated the country’s healthcare infrastructure.
About the NMA
The mission of the NMA is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability. The National Medical Association represents the interests of more than 30,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve, with nearly 129 affiliated societies throughout the nation and U.S. territories.
Boston Magazine’s 2012 “Top Docs” issue recognizes 11 Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty members. Congratulations to the following providers for being recognized as “tops” in their respective fields:
Peter Burke, MD (Surgery)
Gerard Doherty, MD (Surgery)
Michael Ebright, MD (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery)
Alik Farber, MD (Vascular Surgery)
Hiran Fernando, MBBS, FRCS (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery)
Donald Hess Jr., MD (Surgery)
Maureen Kavanah, MD (Surgery)
Harold Lazar, MD (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery)
David McAneny, MD (Surgery)
Stephen Sentovich, MD (Colon and Rectal Surgery)
Michael Stone, MD (Surgery)
How One Boston Medical Center Program Saves Lives and Money – Click here to read the article on Boston Magazine’s Hub Health Blog