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BMC names West Roxbury resident chief of pediatrics

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 10, 2013 01:12 PM

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West Roxbury resident Robert J. Vinci has been appointed chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and the Joel and Barbara Alpert professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at BU School of Medicine.

For the past 20 years Vinci has served as vice chairman and clinical chief of the pediatrics department where he helped lead the expansion of pediatric clinical services at BMC--one of the largest providers of pediatric services to low-income children in Boston

“We are fortunate to have someone of his skill level to lead the department. His commitment to the community and to our patients is highlighted by his central role in a number of initiatives at BMC,” said BMC president and CEO Kate Walsh said in a statement.

Vinci also co-founded the Kids Fund at BMC, which provides assistance for children’s most basic needs to give them a foundation for a healthy and bright future, and led the campaign to establish Kids Can't Fly, a window fall prevention program for children in Boston that has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of window fall-related injuries.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Vinci led the establishment of the Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Program for Children, which created training protocols and guidelines for children in the statewide EMS system.

Vinci received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry-Rutgers Medical
School, now known as the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his pediatric
residency at the former Boston City Hospital (now BMC), serving as chief resident, in 1983.

He joined the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine in 1984 and two years later he established the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston City Hospital.

In 1988, he founded the fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at BMC and has directed pediatric residency training since 1989. In 1996, Vinci, with Frederick H. Lovejoy, MD, established the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, one of the nation’s leading pediatric residency programs.

“He has championed research activities, global health training and flexible training opportunities for pediatric residents,” BUSM Dean Karen Antman, M.D., said in a statement.

Vinci has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topics of
pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric education. He also has received numerous awards
for teaching and mentoring, including BUSM’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
in 2010.

He is a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association and the Academic Pediatric Society.

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