Monthly Archives: November 2013

Meet the Boston Medical Center Acute Care & Trauma Surgeons!


From left to right: Andrew Glantz, MD, FACS, Peter Burke, MD, FACS, Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD, Dorothy Bird, MD, George Kasotakis, MD, MPH, Tracey Dechert, MD, J.M. Kofi Abbensetts, MD, FACS

BMC is the only regional trauma center staffed 24/7 by full-time Acute Care/Trauma surgeons whose primary clinical and academic responsibilities are to the critically ill and injured. We have a dedicated trauma team of surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, critical care nurses, residents and allied health.

Peter Burke, MD, FACS
Chief of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care
Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Clinical research; Nutritional support; Trauma Surgical Critical Care

J.M. Kofi Abbensetts, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Complex wound management; Surgical education

Dorothy Bird, MD
Acute Care Surgeon, Boston Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Complex wound management; Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Tracey Dechert, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Geriatric Trauma; Pelvic fractures; Trauma in women

Andrew Glantz, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Complex abdominal wall hernias; Gastrointestinal endoscopy

George Kasotakis, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Abdominal wall reconstructio and hernia surgery; Acute lung injury/ARDS;
Refractory peptic ulcer disease

Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD
Laszlo N. Tauber Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Basic and clinical research; Emergency general surgery

Advanced Practice Clinicians

Joseph Blansfield, NP,Trauma Program Manager
Tricia Charise, NP
Patricia Harrison, NP
Kathleen Hirsch, NP
Lauren Hufnagle, PA-C
Angela Jones, PA-C
Darlene Kamel, NP
Janet Orf, NP
Elizabeth Peitzman, PA-C
Rosemary Souza, NP
Stephanie Volpe, PA-C

Mayor Menino Announces Installation of First HelmetHub Helmet Vending Machine

Mayor Menino Announces Installation of First HelmetHub Helmet Vending Machine

Street Kiosk Allows Users to Rent Helmets for New Balance Hubway Bicycles


Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the installation of the first HelmetHub vending machine on the streets of Boston.

The machine is the first of its kind in the country and is located at the Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue Hubway Station. It will allow users to rent a helmet before they use the popular bike sharing service.

“I am thrilled to introduce another Boston biking first. This is the first bike share helmet vending machine in the country,” Mayor Menino said. “Our goal is to make Hubway a great and safe way to get around town, and HelmetHub is a step in the right direction for our growing cycling culture in the City of Boston.”

The HelmetHub machine is a street kiosk built right into the Hubway platform that allows for users to rent and return helmets at the same time that they rent Hubway bicycles. Returned helmets are removed from the machine and taken for inspection and sanitization.

HelmetHub won a contract with the City in May to design, test, and implement this kind of helmet rental system in Boston, which Hubway riders have been asking for since the sharing service began in Boston.

The first machine will be installed as a trial as the Hubway season winds down. HelmetHub will take lessons learned from the trial and implement it into a more wide-scale implementation next year. HelmetHub’s team hopes to garner significant data during the rest of the 2013 season, and staff will be on-site at the machine to help answer questions and provide support to users.

Helmets will cost just $2 to rent if returned within 24 hours or $20 to buy.

Improvements and expansions to the Hubway system also support the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which encourages residents to help reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by taking actions like biking, walking and using public transit.

About Greenovate Boston

Greenovate Boston is a collective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Propelled by creativity and drive, Greenovate Boston will encourage continued sustainable growth within the city, making Boston the greenest in the United States. Visit for details.

Kenney Chesney spreads the love to Boston bombing victims and tours Boston Medical Center


Singer Kenny Chesney, whose Spread the Love is helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, meets with two women who lost limbs in the terror attack, at Boston Medical Center. (CBS News)

(CBS News) Country music star Kenny Chesney has sold more than 30 million records. Nowadays, however, he measures success by the help he is offering to victims of last April’s marathon bombing in Boston. Here’s Don Dahler:

He’s one of the kings of country music. Kenny Chesney is like a 100-watt bulb in a 50-watt socket — his energy is overwhelming.

Dahler asked, “Does this ever feel like a job?”

“Is it hard work? It’s more work than people imagine,” Chesney replied. “But is it rewarding? The moment that I get to go up there on stage and look at all those people in the eye, and they look back at me — it’s an unbelievable feeling. And sometimes it’s like a revival out there.”

That passion has made Chesney one of the biggest names in country music, with 14 albums and more than 20 Number One singles.

Click here to read full article

Shadowing Program put together by Tracey Dechert, MD offers students early exposure to surgery



Tracey Dechert, MD, knows from experience that medical students are exposed to misinformation about the field of surgery. As a woman, she was actively discouraged from becoming a surgeon; as the faculty advisor to the student Surgical Society at BUSM, she often hears students tell her that before their surgical rotation they had never considered surgery because they either didn’t understand the field, or held negative perceptions of it.

When Dechert came to BU’s Medical Campus as an attending at Boston Medical Center (BMC), she never intended to focus on teaching. “I love the work because trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery are very busy. I also like the patient population of a safety net hospital and serving people who traditionally have not had access to high-quality care.”

Click here to read the full article which appeared in the Fall 2013 Edition of Boston University School of Medicine Campus & Alumni News.