Child Passenger Safety Week


In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are a leading cause of death among children. Always buckling children in age and size appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%.

Please visit the link below to get more information on Child Passenger Safety, and see what you can do to prevent injury and death.

Welcome Dr. DiNitto and Dr. Zhang to the BOSTON TRAUMA team!

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tara DiNitto and Dr. Jeanette Zhang, our two newest Surgical Critical Care Fellows to the Department of Surgery at Boston Medical Center. Both are fellows for this academic year for the Sections of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. DiNitto completed her medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and her surgery residency at Northwell Health School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York. Dr. Zhang completed her medical school here at Boston University School of Medicine and her surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

HIRSCH AWARD: Honoring the Memory of Erwin F. Hirsch, MD


Dr. Erwin F. Hirsch (1935-2008) was a dedicated, talented trauma surgeon who served with great distinction as Chief of Trauma Surgery at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center (BMC) for 25 years. In celebration of Dr. Hirsch’s memory, an award has been established to honor an employee of Boston Medical Center (BMC) or Boston University (BU) who has contributed to the care of trauma patients.

• Any current BMC or BU employee who interacts with trauma patients and/or the trauma program
• Committee members and self-nominations are ineligible

Candidates may meet any of the following criteria:
• Identified and resolved a unique patient care problem
• Conducted research or introduced an innovation that enhances trauma care
• Consistently went above and beyond expectations, or overcame barriers to providing trauma care
• Authored publications or gave presentations on trauma care
• Made a contribution to the trauma program that had a lasting impact
• Performed an act of distinction or merit that improved an outcome
• Contributed to trauma care through military service

• Submit a letter of recommendation describing the nominee’s worthiness for this award, specifically addressing the relevant award criteria (see above).

Send the letter to: Joseph S. Blansfield, MS, NP, TCRN, Trauma & Acute Care Surgery Program Manager at

The deadline for letters of recommendation is Friday, August 31, 2018.

The recipient of the Hirsch Award will be notified in the Fall and receive a $1,000 award and recognition at Surgical Grand Rounds.

Salute to Nurses!

Congratulations to Lynda Cohen, Benjamin Henry, Beth Stevenson, Kristen Zetlan, and Mallary Coleman on their recognition in the 2017 Salute to Nurses!

“Our 28-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury in our home after returning from the February Patriots parade. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he underwent emergency neurosurgery for bleeding into his brain. He also suffered a cervical fracture and multiple facial fractures.

After surgery, Brendan was admitted to the surgical ICU and that is where we encountered so many wonderful nurses. We were frightened, tearful, and unsure of what the future held. These nurses encouraged us to speak with and touch Brendan. Their compassion was evident from the beginning.

Our son improved while in the ICU; he came off the ventilator, sedation was lightened, and he began to respond to us and follow commands. These nurses cared for Brendan with clinical expertise, a reassuring manner, and a sense of humor that was just what we needed. I am a nurse and have never been more proud of our profession.” –Nominated by Susan Gavaghan

Please visit the link below to view the full article:

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

DD Month

Distracted Driving Pledge

The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Make the commitment to drive phone-free today.

Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. By making this pledge, you pledge to:

1) Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

2) Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in your car is distracted.

3) Encourage your friends and family to drive phone-free.

Please go to this link and take the pledge: DD pledge

Remember to select BMC as your affiliate hospital to be entered into a drawing for a Boston Trauma Goodie Bag!




Dr. Tejal Brahmbhatt visits Lawrence General Hospital


Tejal Brahmbhatt, MD, an Attending Surgeon in the sections of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care here at Boston Medical Center was recently invited to hold Grand Rounds at Lawrence General Hospital as visiting faculty to present “Update on the Current Management of Blunt Splenic Injuries”.  He spoke to an audience of surgeons, as well as Operating Room and Emergency Department faculty and staff, about the current literature regarding the management of blunt splenic injuries.  Key points that were emphasized during the lecture highlighted the important value of non-operative techniques that would avoid significant morbidity associated with an open splenectomy.  Dr. Brahmbhatt received a warm reception from the trauma staff at Lawrence General and we look forward to continued collaborations.

Back to School Safety

Kids are heading back to school! Now that all the new backpacks are filled and ready to go it’s time to think about back to school safety.

Please see these tips from the National Safety Council to make sure you get to and from school safely, and prevent backpack and playground related injuries.