Giving Matters

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. See highlights from our current issue of the Office of Development newsletter, Giving Matters, below:

Making Miracles

Grateful couple gives $3 million to reduce maternal mortality

Scott Shainker, D.O., M.S.

Since founding the New England Center for Placental Disorders in 2013, Scott Shainker, D.O., M.S., has built the region’s premier integrated program. “Maternal death is higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation in the world,” he explains. “My goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with placental disorders in a significant way.”

Living the Dream

What happens when a leader uses her knowledge, her power, and her passion for the good of her community? Everybody wins. 

Phillomin Laptiste
For Phillomin “Philly” Laptiste, being the executive director of Bowdoin Street Health Center (BSHC) is more than a career—it’s part of her life story. Throughout her more than 10-year tenure at the center, which is licensed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has provided high-quality, comprehensive health care services to the residents of Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood for more than four decades, she has witnessed its extraordinary impact every day.


Shot on Location

Funded by philanthropy, new Schwartz Family Facility takes leading cancer vaccine program to next level

David Avigan, M.D.

When it comes to the complex process of producing therapeutic cancer vaccines, the expression “location is everything” takes on special meaning. Ensuring the quality and consistency of any pharmaceutical product that will be used for testing in large numbers of human patients requires a specialized “clean” and controlled environment. The lifesaving cancer vaccines created at BIDMC’s new Immunotherapy Institute are no exception.


The instinctive research approach of Kun Ping Lu, M.D., Ph.D., leads to major discoveries in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Kun Ping Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

Throughout his longstanding career in medical research, Kun Ping Lu, M.D., Ph.D., has trusted his instincts and pursued each lead as it surfaced, wending his way through a variety of complex biological systems and pathways. But even as he moved from one phase naturally to the next, one guiding element has remained at the heart of his work—the patient.