Monthly Archives: April 2014

BMC Chief of Surgery Gerard Doherty, MD, Elected President of American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES)

Gerard Doherty, MD, chief of Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has been elected as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeon (AAES). He will serve as President through 2015.

As president, Doherty will preside at council assemblies and the annual members’ assembly. He will appoint members to all committees, serve as an ex-officio member of each, appoint successors to open positions, and deliver the 2015 Presidential Address.

Endocrine surgery is the discipline of surgical management of endocrine disorders, including the understanding of the disease process, and comprehensive care of surgical endocrine disease of the neck and abdomen. The AAES is dedicated to the science and art of endocrine surgery, and maintenance of the highest standards in clinical practice.

“Being chosen by my colleagues to fulfill this role is a distinct honor. The AAES has been my professional home throughout my career, and I admire the many achievements that we have made as a group to improve the care of patients, to advance the field, and to train the next generation of practitioners.”

Doherty’s clinical focus is endocrine oncology and comprises surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands, as well as the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes.

Prior to coming to Boston Medical Center and Boston University in 2012, Doherty spent a decade as chief of General Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. He is the immediate past-president of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and has held multiple leadership positions in national and international professional groups, including the Board of Directors of the American Thyroid Association.

A graduate of Holy Cross and Yale School of Medicine, Doherty completed his residency at the UC-San Francisco, including Medical Staff Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and became professor of Surgery there in 2001.

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Congratulations to BMC Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. James A. Feldman for being Honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) as Recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award

Dr. James A. Feldman

Framingham resident Dr. James A. Feldman, professor of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) as the 2014 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students. He will receive the award, one of the society’s most prestigious, at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston May 16.In nominating him for the honor, his colleagues cited Feldman’s “passion and selfless dedication to mentoring medical students, residents, and faculty members; how he encourages students and faculty, by the example of his leadership, to actively participate in organized medicine and apply scientific evidence to practice guidelines and health policy; and how he exemplifies the highest standards of civic and professional responsibility.”

Feldman has held numerous clinical, academic and administrative posts at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC) for more than 30 years. He has been an attending physician at BMC since 1983, and was named a full professor at the school in 2009. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, he is also vice chairman of Emergency Medicine Research, an administrative position he was appointed to in 2002.

A 1976 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard with a B.A., Feldman earned his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York in 1980. He was awarded a master’s degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2006.

Long active in organized medicine, Feldman has served in many capacities with the Massachusetts College of Emergency Medicine (MACEP), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MM) . He is a past president and current board member of MACEP and a member of the Research Directors Committee of SAEM. With the MMS, he has chaired the Committee on Medical Service, has been a member of the Task Force on Health Care Reform and is currently chairman of the Committee on the Quality of Medical Practice and a member of the Committee on Strategic Planning and House of Delegates.

The Grant V. Rodkey Award is the latest in a long list of honors Dr. Feldman has received during his career in medicine. He was named a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine in 1990, was twice named Outstanding Faculty and twice cited with the Chair Award in Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and has received four top honors from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians: Distinguished Service Award, Vanguard Award, President’s Award and Pinnacle Award.

MMS, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is based in Waltham.

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Remarks by Dr. Peter Burke at the BMC Strong Flag Raising Ceremony


Dear friends, we are gathered here today on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing to remember and give voice to a number of things;  among them to the reality that there is evil in the world we live in and in that acknowledgment we stand in balance against it .  And to the fact that some among us have paid a terrible price to the events of April the 15th. We honor them, we will not forget their unasked for sacrifice.

I am proud to count myself as part of the BMC community that responded so magnificently. From those at the scene, our partners Boston EMS who did such an outstanding job, to every member of the BMC family from administrators to transporters, nurses, doctors, lab techs and scrub techs, pastoral care, patient advocates, social workers and security to name but a few who, to a person, responded without hesitation bringing all of their collective talents and experience to focus on the injured. And we did well! With skill and hard work and the overwhelming courage and tenacity of our patients, everyone survived (it was a near thing for some) and made it to the next step with the spirit to continue on. We should be proud. That day and during the following weeks we truly provided exceptional care. 

But we at BMC more than others see on a daily basis victims of violence, lives and families forever altered and we better than most understand the true human cost of violence to our society. If you are unaware of this cost or of the exceptional commitment of this institution to help, go talk to Project Assert in the ER or the trauma service’s community violence response team. I assure you, you will be impressed and prouder of where you work.

While we have always strive to provide exceptional care, our response to the bombing revealed to me a new standard of what exceptional care can mean. Going forward we must strive for this new standard for all our patients. The good that we can do going forward will help the balance in some small way and perhaps give some meaning to that unasked for sacrifice. It is a great honor to work here with all of you and I thank you for the privilege.

 – Peter Burke, MD, FACS, Chief of Trauma Surgery 

2014 National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Massachusetts state and local police departments will voluntarily join a nationwide high-visibility enforcement blitz in a concerted effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Law enforcement personnel across the United States will be cracking down on motorists who text and drive April 10th through April 15th.   

“Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” said Chief Kevin Coppinger of the Lynn Police Department, and added, “all distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”  These types of distractions include: texting, using a cellphone, eating and drinking, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting a radio, CD or other audio players.  Text messaging is by far the most dangerous activity because it diverts the driver’s visual, manual and cognitive attention away from the road.

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide in 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and approximately 421,000 people were injured.

Massachusetts law makes it illegal for any operator of a motor vehicle to use a mobile telephone, or any handheld device capable of accessing the internet, to manually compose, send or read an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. Fines start at $100 and can be as high as $500 for subsequent offenses.  Drivers under the age of eighteen are also subject to license or permit suspension for up to one year.

 “All motorists need to know that Massachusetts is serious about stopping this deadly behavior. Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcing the law is part of the cure,” said Massachusetts State Police Superintendent, Colonel Timothy Alben. 

Courtesy of  Commonwealth Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Released 4/7/2014, Contact:  Art Kinsman 617-725-3307

ACP Recommends Physicians Take Steps to Reduce Gun Violence

By Kelly Young/NEJM Journal Watch

The American College of Physicians recommends counseling patients on the risks of keeping firearms in their homes, especially when minors or people with dementia, mental illness, or substance use disorders live there.

In a new position paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the group says that physicians should also counsel patients on the best practices to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths.

The ACP also supports regulating the purchase of firearms to reduce injuries and deaths, including universal background checks, waiting periods, and banning assault weapons.

Asked to comment, Katherine Bakes, an associate editor of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine, wrote: “Since physicians see the devastation firsthand, I believe we are obligated to be more outspoken and uncompromising against guns.”

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Mayor Walsh and Boston Medical Center Launch “Prescribe-a-Bike” Subsidized Hubway Membership Program

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By  | Hub Health| March 26, 2014 6:29 pm

Doctors in Boston are already prescribing “outdoor time” for kids, and starting Wednesday, physicians at Boston Medical Center will be prescribing Hubway bikes as a means of transportation.

On Wednesday, the City of Boston and the Boston Medical Center (BMC) announced the launch of “Prescribe-a-Bike,” a new partnership to increase access to affordable transportation for low-income Boston residents, and improve health at the same time. “There is no other program like this in the country,” says Mayor Marty Walsh. “Prescribe-a-Bike makes the link between health and transportation, and ensures that more residents can access the Hubway bike share system.”

Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston, says that they hope to enroll 1,000 low-income residents in the subsidized Hubway membership program this year. She also says that other hospitals are interested in joining the program as well. “We have already received some calls from other hospitals and health clinics who are interested,” Freedman says. “It’s a new way to reach out and promote health.”

The bike program is for all Boston residents , and the new program is a way for the Hubway to expand its “family.” Freedman says that 13 of the city’s 90 stations are in “low income” neighborhoods. “What we know is that there’s been an incredible uptick in our subsidized membership program,” she says.

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Courtesy of Boston Magazine.