Top 10 BIDMC Breakthroughs of 2018

Named chair of the Board of Directors in late 2017, Carol F. Anderson shares her list of BIDMC's top 10 most exciting advances.


Carol AndersonFollowing decades of commitment and generosity to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Carol F. Anderson was named chair of the Board of Directors in late 2017. Carol and her husband, Howard Anderson, made their first Annual Fund gift in 1995; however Carol’s family was involved from the beginning—more than a century ago. Her great grandfather Julius Friedman lived less than a mile from Beth Israel Hospital, where he received all his care. Carol’s grandparents—on both sides—continued in Julius’s footsteps, visiting Beth Israel Hospital for their medical needs and those of their children. Generations later, in 1998, Carol continued the family tradition and started volunteering and sharing her expertise with BIDMC. For the past 20 years, she has never stopped giving—her time, knowledge, and loyalty—to the medical center.

In celebration of the 2019 New Year, Carol is thrilled to share her list of BIDMC’s top 10 most exciting advances of 2018.

  1. Breaking New Ground
    BIDMC recently achieved a major milestone from the State of Massachusetts in its approval process to construct a state-of-the-art new inpatient tower on its West Campus, which will serve as the gateway to the prestigious Longwood Medical Area. This sophisticated new building will have new, high-performing private patient rooms and state-of-the-art intensive care units, operating rooms, and procedural suites.
  2. System A Go!
    All regulatory bodies have given final approval for the establishment of the Beth Israel Lahey Health system, an effort spearheaded by BIDMC CEO Kevin Tabb, M.D. As the region’s premier integrated health care system and the state’s second-largest employer, Beth Israel Lahey Health will extend BIDMC’s unique brand of care to patients across Eastern Massachusetts. (read more)
  3. Geeking Out
    The medical center also launched a first-of-its-kind Health Technology Exploration Center to speed innovation and bring BIDMC’s technological prowess to the rest of the world. Led by John Halamka, M.D., chief information officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess system (who is also known online as “Geek Doctor”), the center will make care more efficient, accessible, and integrated across the globe. (read more)
  4. Hot Shot
    We are now in the 35th year of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has infected 70 million people and 35 million people have died. And despite massive efforts and massive investment, there is still no vaccine! But Dan Barouch, M.D., director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, and his team have developed a vaccine candidate that is in a large-scale clinical efficacy trial in southern Africa. And it is one of only two HIV vaccines that are in an efficacy trial right now. That means they represent the world’s two best shots! (read more)
  5. The Best Defense
    BIDMC launched an Immunotherapy Institute to build on its pioneering work in immunotherapy, which has already yielded promising results. Led by David Avigan, M.D., director of the Cancer Vaccine Program, and David McDermott, M.D., director of the Biologic Therapy and Cutaneous Oncology Programs, the institute will accelerate the delivery of immunotherapy to patients and revolutionize cancer diagnosis and treatment, to improve and save countless lives. (read more)
  6. Dangerous Diet
    In a groundbreaking paper publicized in The New York Times, a team led by Pier Paolo Pandolfi, M.D., Ph.D., director of our Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute, demonstrated that a high-fat diet was a key contributor to the development of prostate cancer. This finding is meaningful as it provides direct evidence for something that doctors have long suspected: the Western diet can promote prostate cancer. Even more importantly, it helps scientists zero in on new targets and treatments to investigate in the laboratory. (read more)
  7. Personal Perspectives
    Two renowned BIDMC physicians published insightful essays about their own battle with cancer: medical oncologist Marc Garnick, M.D., wrote for the Journal of the American Medical Association (read more) and psychiatrist Adam Stern, M.D., contributed to the New England Journal of Medicine (read more); both reflected on their personal experiences and called on doctors to show more empathy in order to improve patient care.
  8. Skin in the Game
    Chief of the Department of Dermatology Suzanne Olbricht, M.D., began her term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology. As the leader of the world’s largest and most prestigious dermatologic society, she represents more than 19,000 physicians. (read more)
  9. Do You See What I See?
    New research from the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Center, led by Reza Nezafat, Ph.D., shows that augmented reality technology helps physicians better visualize complex medical data in three dimensions, particularly before and during medical procedures. (read more)
  10. Mission: Mom
    Obstetrician Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P., was featured on ABC’s Nightline, highlighting the deeply troubling issue of maternal mortality, which disproportionately affects mothers of color, and his pioneering efforts to reduce this growing threat. (watch video)