Tags: technology , redesigning care , research and discovery

It was a day full of cutting-edge innovation, research, and recognition for leadership in medicine here in Boston as medical professionals gathered last weekend for the return of Partners Physicians Day.

Started in 2000, Partners Physicians Day allows hundreds of Partners HealthCare primary care and specialty care physicians to gather, take advantage of learning first hand from some of the world’s experts, promote cross-network collaboration, and earn continuing medical education credits. This year, nearly 350 physicians attended to take in presentations from their colleagues that covered population health management; state opioid policies and medical management; and the latest findings on the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia—just to name a few. 

Further, key contributors to clinical excellence received awards for their service to the medical community, including Dr. Lee Schwamm, Executive Vice Chair of the Stroke Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schwamm was given the Samuel O. Thier, MD Award for physician leadership in recognition of his work surrounding the Partners Healthcare Telestroke Program, PHS Stroke Leaders Committee, and the development and implementation of a Partners-wide Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) evaluation and management protocol. In addition, Dr. Schwamm played a key role in the design of the acute stroke portions of the new Partners electronic record.

We’re seeing tremendous progress, with much of it being led here in Boston—and by significant measure by scientists at Partners institutions—and it is indeed transforming medicine.

Also receiving much-deserved recognition was the Partners Colorectal Surgery Collaborative, which was given the H. Richard Nesson, MD Award for Collaboration. This award recognized the Collaborative’s leading role in designing the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention Protocol for all elective colectomies. Special thanks were given to Stanley Ashley, MD for encouraging Partners to start this collaborative.

Finally, kicking off the event this year was an in-depth “Secrets of the Human Genome” keynote from noted mathematician and geneticist, Dr. Eric Lander.

In his talk, Dr. Lander tackled the admittedly dense and complex subject matter by taking the audience on a self-described “35-year genomic journey through medicine.” The journey spanned the early years of research on the human genome, moved on to mapping, and concluded with a hopeful overview of advancements in identifying the genes responsible for some of humanity’s most debilitating diseases.

To conclude his keynote, Dr. Lander laid a portion of the success in the genetic space on the medical professionals who work and thrive at Boston and Boston-area hospitals.

“What we’ve heard about today is going to be what eventually rewrites the textbooks for internal medicine,” Dr. Lander said. “I do not want to hype what’s happening, but hope is the right word. We’re seeing tremendous progress, with much of it being led here in Boston—and by significant measure by scientists at Partners institutions—and it is indeed transforming medicine.”

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