Top Docs 2013
Our guide to 650 of the Hubâ€™s finest physicians. Plus, a look at how Bostonâ€™s medical community has helped patients recoverâ€”both physically and emotionallyâ€”in the wake of the marathon bombings.
We knew Bostonâ€™s medical professionals were among the best in the world, and this year, we got a chance to see them at their absolute finest.
The smoke had not yet cleared on Boylston Street when the careful choreography beganâ€”the first responders fashioning makeshift tourniquets on the sidewalk, doctors and nurses materializing from the marathonâ€™s recovery tents and from the race itself, running toward the carnage. Within minutes the wounded bodies were being whisked to the cityâ€™s six Level I trauma hospitalsâ€”all of them, miraculously, within two and a half miles of the blasts. At Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital, the first victims arrived a mere 18 minutes after the explosions and were on the operating table in a little more than half an hour. These feats were repeated across the city. As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centerâ€™s emergency chief, Richard Wolfe, told Bâ€‰&â€‰W surgeon Atul Gawande in the New Yorker, â€śeverybody spontaneously knew the dance moves.â€ť
With its efforts, Bostonâ€™s medical community set the city on a path toward recoveryâ€”but that was just the beginning of the journey. The wounds inflicted that day were deep, the healing long and uncertain. For a city that carries the scars of the marathon, life will never be exactly the way it once was. Thankfully for the 16 victims who lost limbs in the bombings, Bostonâ€”sitting at a crossroads of academic research and medical innovationâ€”has long been home to the most cutting-edge developments in prosthetics, an industry striving to replace the irreplaceable. Still, as many of our doctors and patients are learning, a wound is a place where, when the body breaks, we suture new bonds. In “Six Heroic Saves,” we introduce you to six enduring relationships between the ones who were broken and the doctors who are helping to make them whole again.
Our guide to 650 of the Hub’s finest physicians. Search the database by hospital, specialty, and even zip code.
For the victims of the marathon bombings, the process of healing isnâ€™t merely physicalâ€”itâ€™s emotional, too. And the bonds they forged with the doctors who treated them that fateful day have helped restore both mind and body.
Learn aboutÂ Boston’s long history of pioneering research in prosthetics. And thanks to cutting-edge new research, local patients are ready to take the next step.
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