Boston Trauma Institute
Boston Medical Center (BMC) sees the highest percentage of penetrating trauma cases in the city. Faculty and staff are experts in trauma treatment, renowned for their culturally responsive and innovative approaches to care delivery and in meeting the unique needs of individuals who have experienced trauma. The recently launched Boston Trauma Institute (BTI) was established to formalize BMC’s leadership in this area, with a goal of innovating, evaluating, and disseminating new models of care and support services for trauma survivors in Boston and beyond.
Boston Medical Center is already home to a number of nationally recognized, evidence-based programs specifically designed to meet the medical, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of those affected by violence. Under the direction of Peter Burke, MD, Chief of Trauma Surgery, BTI expands the commitment of the institution and the team Dr. Burke leads to treat the whole patient, providing support well beyond the operating room and bedside. The institute’s first grant is funding a pilot study looking at the efficacy of BMC’s psychosocial services for female victims of violent trauma.
A major focus of the BTI will be translational research. This includes examining how social determinants of health—education, neighborhood, employment, social support networks, access to health care—impact victims of violence and using these data to develop and implement initiatives that will enhance care delivery for these patients and their families while reducing recidivism. Education of the next generation of trauma surgeons, the public, and policymakers about the role that social determinants and addiction play in violence and traumatic injury is another goal. Further, through advocacy related to addressing the current level of gun violence and other issues at the local, regional, and national levels, the BTI is positioned to effect change and contribute to the care of trauma victims on a larger scale.