Shriners Hospital Announces New Pediatric Regenerative Medicine Center

Named for the late Howard Green, it's the first center of its kind in the country.

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Thanks to a $3 million gift, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Boston is launching what is thought to be the nation’s first dedicated center for pediatric skin care and regenerative medicine.

The Howard Green Center for Children’s Skin Health and Research is named for the pioneering researcher Howard Green. Green was the first to create skin grafts from a patient’s own cells, a groundbreaking discovery he made at Shriners Boston in 1983. His eponymous center will carry on that legacy through pediatric skin care and research.

Further, the Howard Green Center has committed to treating patients regardless of their financial status, a novel concept in medicine.

“Along with providing a natural pathway into pediatric dermatology, this gift will drive more translational research that will expand the scope of our care and ultimately benefit more children around the world, many of whom could otherwise not afford treatment,” Matthias Donelan, Shriners’ chief of staff, said in a statement.

The center is expected to open and start accepting new dermatology patients later this year.