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With your support, our physicians, researchers, nurses, administrators, and staff are able to provide patients today with the most advanced personalized care and explore new treatment options for the future through research. We invite you to learn more about the many ways your generosity is put to work with programs, patients, and research projects at BIDMC that matter to you.

David AviganDouble Vision

David Avigan, M.D.

Like most physician–scientists, David Avigan, M.D., leads a double life. On the one hand, he manages the care of patients undergoing some of the most intensive cancer treatments as the director of the Hematologic Malignancy and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Constructing Care

Mary Jane Houlihan, M.D., Tejas Mehta, M.D., Lowell Schnipper, M.D., Michael Wertheimer, M.D.

Tejas MehtaBreast cancer is the number one cancer diagnosis among the female population and can affect women of any age, young or old. As any patient wrestles with the normal fear and anxiety that accompany a breast concern ranging from benign lumps to invasive breast cancer, the BreastCare Center at BIDMC is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care from imaging through surgery, treatment, reconstruction, and support services.

Safety First

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Kenneth Sands, M.D, M.P.H., Daniel Talmor, M.D.

Kenneth SandsThe maxim to “first, do no harm” has been an underlying ethical concept in medicine since ancient times, but more recently the phrase has taken on new meaning with a modern-day, worldwide effort to improve patient safety. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s renowned leadership in this area, predicated on its 2007 publicly asserted goal to eliminate all preventable harm, has now received a major boost with a $5.4 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Below the Surface

Roy Freeman, M.D., Carol Langer

Roy FreemanWhen Rob Langer was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, a neurodegenerative disorder similar to Parkinson’s disease, his physician Roy Freeman, M.D., could do little except manage his symptoms. As with Parkinson’s, no treatments exist to cure or slow the disease, which impairs the body’s autonomic, or involuntary, functions including blood pressure, heart rate, bladder function, and digestion. For patients like Langer and their families, there are often too many questions and too few answers.

Keeping a Mission in Mind

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., Sidney Baer, Jr. Foundation

George Handran and Alvaro Pascual-LeoneThe Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation is hoping to help change the way clinicians are trained to manage complex mental health cases so that patients like Baer, Jr. receive proper care. The foundation recently provided a five-year, $1.2 million grant to create the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Fellowship in Clinical Neurosciences at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue (BR)
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 667-7330
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development@bidmc.harvard.edu

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