Friday, July 1, 2022

Boston Children's Hospital, our Trusted Link for June 2022

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital is the world's largest pediatric research enterprise, as well as the U.S. News & World Report #1-ranked children's hospital for the last 9 years. With its hundreds of research centers, programs and labs, BCH is the leading recipient of pediatric research funding from the National Institutes of Health. More children with rare diseases and complex conditions are treated there than anywhere else. U. S. News & World Report ranks BCH as the #1 pediatric hospital for cancer, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, and neurology/neurosurgery.

In 1869, Civil War surgeon Dr. Francis Henry Brown started Children's Hospital with a 20-bed facility. Now it is a 415-bed hospital system offering services to children through age 21. Harvard Medical School designated it their primary pediatric teaching hospital in 1903. The International Center at Boston Children's Hospital serves over 2,500 patients from more than 140 countries. 

Over 3,000 researchers work at BCH. Joint research programs are operated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. To accelerate the translation of academic research into treatments, the BCH Technology & Innovation Development Office runs a development fund, manages partnerships with researchers and companies, and promotes the use of BCH patents. The BCH Academy promotes innovation in medical education. 


  • Thomas Morgan Rotch, MD, began the world’s first milk lab in 1891
  • 1933 James Gamble develops fluid replacement therapy, saving countless infants from dehydrating diarrheal diseases
  • 1935 Nurse anesthetist Betty Lank redesigned child-sized masks and blood-pressure cuffs
  • 1938 World’s first survivor of surgery for a congenital heart defect
  • 1944 World’s first pediatric Seizure Unit
  • 1948 Dr. Sidney Farber pioneered the field of chemotherapy and found a way to cure 80-90% of children with leukemia
  • 1949 Thomas Weller and John Enders take first steps toward vaccine development, winning Nobel Prize
  • In 1971, Dr. Judah Folkman proposed that the growth of new blood vessels was the critical event that made cancer deadly
  • 1972 the innovative Boston Brace for scoliosis introduced
  • 1979 BCH researchers demonstrated the serious implications of lead exposure in children, leading to new regulations
  • 1983 sickle cell treatment developed
  • 2005 new treatment for hydrocephalus
  • 2007 The first U.S. clinic for transgender youth, the Gender Management Service (GeMS)

The primary consumer-oriented publication of Boston Children's Hospital is the Answers web siteResources for clinicians are available, including programs for healthcare community education

Social media

Laughter League

No comments:

Post a Comment

Let us know what you think about today's commentary!