Tread Strong: Support BIDMC’s 2018 Boston Marathon Team

MARCH 12, 2018

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Team BIDMC runner Katherine Nyholm (center) with Neel Shah, MD (left) and physical therapist Marysa Warnhoff

Katherine Nyholm is no stranger to meeting a challenge head-on. Since being diagnosed with endometriosis—a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus—Katherine has gone the distance to find the right health care team.

This is what brought her to BIDMC, and specifically, to Neel Shah, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology. Like many young women with endometriosis, she struggled at times to find solutions for the pain. But from her very first day at BIDMC, Katherine felt the benefits of her team’s unique, multi-disciplinary approach to health care. She’s also worked with pain specialists and physical therapist Marysa Warnhoff to ensure the best possible outcome for her day-to-day life.

“My clinicians at BIDMC have always put their patients' needs first,” Katherine said. “They have gone above and beyond supporting me and helping me to cope after a traumatic experience.”

With her BIDMC team's support, she overcame challenges from a previous surgery to run a Boston Qualifier time in her first marathon. Now, she’s running the Boston Marathon so others can benefit from the same compassionate care she's received at BIDMC.

A Concord, Mass. native, Katherine has dreamed of running the Boston Marathon since her first year of track during freshman year of high school. “I’m so honored to be a part of Team BIDMC so that I can give back to the hospital and clinicians who have helped put me back together physically and emotionally,” she said. “Mostly, I hope all women will someday have access to the compassionate, comprehensive care I have received since coming to BIDMC.”

Katherine is using her Marathon journey to help other women can benefit from the same specialty care she has received at BIDMC. Read more about Katherine’s journey and support Team BIDMC.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.