Monthly Archives: August 2012

BMC Welcomes Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Visiting Professor: Dr. John F. Eidt

BMC is proud to welcome Dr. John F. Eidt from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the visiting professor in Vascular Surgery this September. Dr. Eidt is the director of the Division of Vascular Surgery, the program director of vascular surgery and a professor of surgery adn radiology at UAMS. 

The Section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery would like to invite you to participate in our academic curriculum that will include case conferences, presentation and rounds. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 24:

See the Complete Schedule Below: 

7:30-8 a.m. Grand Rounds:
“Treatment of Aortic Infections”
9-10:30 a.m. Case Conference
10:30-12 p.m. Patient Walk Rounds, 6 West
1-2 p.m. Presentation:
“Asymptomatic Carotid Disease”
2-3 p.m. Research Presentation
3-4 p.m. Journal of Vascular Surgery
4-5 p.m. Endovascular M&M

Courtesy of : BMC Office of Development 

Dr. Thea James, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center: A Champion in Health Care

Business Journal to honor Champions in Health Care Aug. 23 

Dr Thea James Honored for "Exemplary Dedication as a Physician"


The Boston Business Journal will honor leading health care professionals at its annual Champions in Health Care event Aug 23. at the Seaport Hotel, Boston.

“Champions in Health Care is our tribute to the amazing professionals who help make the Boston area medical community first-class,” said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. “It’s always a warm celebration of truly talented and dedicated professionals.”

The breakfast event will recognize 14 individuals and two employers. They will be honored in seven categories — administrator, community outreach, employer, innovator, lifetime achievement, nurse and physician. The event will also feature a keynote address from U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, who serves the Eighth Congressional District.

Below is a list of this year’s honorees.


• Dr. Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH, medical director, medical management & policy, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare

Christine E. Alessandro, executive director, BayPath Elder Services, Inc.


• Dr. Joseph Frolkis, MD, PhD, Vice chairman for primary care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

• Dr. Thea James, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, Boston Medical Center/ Boston University School of Medicine

• Dr. Lori Laffel, MD, MPH, chief of the pediatric, adolescent and young adult section, Joslin Diabetes Center

Community outreach:

Joan Quinlan, executive Director, MGH Center for Community Health Improvement

• Dr. Elizabeth Woods, MD, MPH, Director, Community Asthma Initiative, Boston Children’s Hospital


• Rockland Trust

• NEI (Network Engines)


• Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, MD, associate in urology, Co-Director of the Center for Robotic Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital

Mike Glennon, CEO, Pavilion Medical Innovations and Vortex Medical, Inc.

Lifetime achievement:

• Dr. Michael J. Zinner, surgeon in-chief and chairman of the Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Robert L. Taube, Executive Director, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

David E. Storto, president, Partners Healthcare at Home & Spaulding Rehabilitation Network


Annie Lewis-O’Connor, founder, Women’s After Care Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jean Anne Connor, DNSc, RN, CPNP, director nursing research cardiovascular and critical care programs, Boston Children’s Hospital

For more information about the Champions in Health Care event, go to:



Courtesy of Boston Business Journal and the BMC Office of Development

BMC makes strides to ensure car seat safety in comminuty

BostonTrauma is committed to the safety of the community.  We provide outstanding trauma care to those injured and seek to prevent injury through education and outreach efforts whenever possible.  We aim to make our community a safer place and truly believe that we can have a positive impact. 

Recent motor vehicle crashes in the area have shown a need for more education and resources for child passenger safety.  This article shows the primary and secondary ramifications of improperly installed or absent car seats.  The Child Passenger Safety Program at Boston Medical Center is a collaboration between the trauma service and BU/BMC public safety.  We currently have 8 officers and our Injury Prevention Coordinator certified as child passenger safety technicians.  We offer car seat checks and installations for BMC patients and families as well as the surrounding communities.  Typical findings are alarming.  In a pilot study at BMC in 2006-2007, 72 families were assessed for proper car seat installation before discharge.  100% of these seats were installed incorrectly.  Since the onset of our child passenger safety program in 2009, hundreds of car seats have been checked and installed. 

To learn more about child passenger safety at Boston Medical Center or to schedule a free car seat inspection, please call Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW our Injury Prevention Coordinator, 617-414-8007.

BMC uses the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidelines.  Visit for helpful and up-to-date information on car seat safety.   


Governor Patrick Proclaims August 2012 Window Safety Month

Calls Attention to the Danger of Open Windows to Children

BOSTON – Recognizing that open windows in hot summer months pose a serious safety risk to children, Governor Patrick proclaimed August 2012 Window Safety Month in the Commonwealth. “I urge residents to take the necessary steps to secure windows throughout the year to protect the safety and well-being of our children,” said Governor Patrick. According to the proclamation, “over 5,000 children nationwide are treated annually for falls from windows that are not adequately screened or equipped with safety latches.”

Boston Public Health Commission’s Injury Prevention Program has a Kids Can’t Fly campaign to educate communities about the danger of window falls, and promotes prevention with the use of child safety window guards. The commission reports that falls are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under.


“I’m elated that the Governor has declared August as Window Safety Month,” said Aileen Shen, Director of the Injury Prevention Program at BPHC. “With warm months and the opening of windows, it’s important that we remember to take window safety precautions to keep our little ones safe.” Shen reiterated the safety tips that, along with other information, can be found on the BPHC website. “First and foremost, keep a close watch over your kids. As a second line of defense, install window guards; lock unopened doors and windows; keep bed, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows; and open windows from the top down.”

Window safety is a matter of concern across the state. The Massachusetts State Child Fatality Review Team, which is charged with decreasing the incidence of preventable child fatalities and near fatalities, designated window falls prevention a top issue of concern in the past year. In Springfield, the Safe Kids of Western Mass Coalition works to reduce needless childhood injuries and deaths by teaching parents and caregivers how to keep kids free from injury.  

The proclamation came about as a result of concern expressed by a constituent of state Senator Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont). Faith Morgan, who works in family and child advocacy, called the Senator’s office in June to inquire what might be done to further awareness of window safety.

“Window safety has been a long-time focus of mine so I’m thrilled that the Governor’s office declared August window safety month, said Morgan. “I’m extremely grateful, as well, to Senator Brownsberger and his staff for their work on this. As the proclamation points out – parents, caretakers and property owners should act to put in place safety measures and help prevent injuries year round. I’m really hoping folks will take it upon themselves to share the Kids Can’t Fly tips with those around them.”