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| M I D D L E E A S T H E A L T H
Boston Children’s Hospital
surgery unit, and continues
to utilize the technology to
better the lives of our
patients. We’ve performed more robotically
assisted surgeries than any other pediatric
hospital, and have an acclaimed robotics
training program for physicians from all
over the world. The department also
specialized in the management of complex
conditions such as exstrophy of the bladder,
and does more major reconstructive urolog-
ical surgery than any other children’s
hospital in the country. Home to a major
tissue engineering enterprise, Boston
Children’s was the first to use silk biomate-
rial matrices for the regeneration of bladder
tissue. And our Gender Management
Services is one of the pioneer programs in
the United States to use a unique interdis-
ciplinary approach for patients with disor-
ders of sexual development.
Gastroenterology care
When treating gastrointestinal issues,
Boston Children’s aims to prevent or reduce
complications, promote clinical and basic
research and educate families and health
care providers. Our Center for Pediatric
Polyposis is the only pediatric-oriented
center of its kind and the Center for
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment and
Research is a leading referral center for
pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel
disease. Committed to discovering and
improving treatment for Crohn’s disease
and ulcerative colitis, our doctors and
nurses are focused on reducing the length of
time that patients are in the hospital and
maximizing health care value.
Neurology care
As the largest pediatric neurology and pedi-
atric neurosurgery department in the world,
Boston Children’s Brain Center has the most
expansive neuroscience research base at a
pediatric institution, and more than 45 board-
certified child neurologists and eight board-
certified pediatric neurosurgeons to ensure the
very best care and outcomes for children
affected by brain and nervous system disorders.
Orthopedic care
Boston Children’s has one of the largest and
most experienced pediatric orthopedic
centers in the world. Within its 13 specialty
clinics, it attends to more than 96,000
patient visits and performs more than 6,000
surgeries each year. Historically at the fore-
front of orthopedic research, our experts
established the Clinical Effectiveness
Research Center to improve the quality of
life of children with musculoskeletal disor-
ders. The staff has also helped develop
innovative treatments for hip dysplasia,
participated in the early development of the
VEPTR™ (vertical expandable prosthetic
titanium rib) procedure for spinal condi-
tions like thoracic insufficiency syndrome
and has published breakthrough research
for anterior cruciate ligament tissue regen-
eration and repair.
World-class International
Health Services
Our International Health Services provides
state-of-the-art medical services, access and
accommodations to each of its patients
from countries all around the world. Our
staff connects patients and families with
Interpreter Services to help them access
and get through medical appointments, and
each family will be assigned a case coordi-
nator and a financial counselor to create the
best possible outcomes from patients.
Patients and families can also receive help
arranging accommodations and transporta-
tion from the airport to our hospital.
International Health Services at Boston
Top-ranked in
U.S. News & World Report
and a Harvard Medical School teaching affil-
iate, Boston Children’s Hospital is world-
renowned for developing cutting-edge
research and treatments. We also collaborate
with healthcare providers around the world
to deliver the best possible care to patients
from more than 100 countries.
Cancer care
As a world leader in cancer care and gene
therapy and a co-founding member of the
Transatlantic Gene Therapy Consortium,
Cancer Center has long been an innovator
in the treatment of children, adolescents
and young adults with cancer. In addition,
we have one of the most experienced and
successful pediatric stem cell transplant
centers in the world. In recent years, the
center has performed more than 1,300
transplants, with international patients
making up 10 to 12 percent of patient
volume for stem cell transplant procedures.
In 2010, the center’s 100-day survival rate
was 97 percent, indicating remarkable skill
in the clinical care of complex patients.
Heart care
With combined excellence in imaging,
catheterization, electrophysiology, surgery
and critical care, Boston Children’s Heart
Center has a surgical survival rate of 98
percent. The center uses innovative surgical
strategies for biventricular repair for patients
with borderline hypoplastic left or right heart
lesions previously managed with conven-
tional single ventricle palliation. Its Heart
Valve Program works toward preservation
and restoration of valvular function in
infants, children and young adults, and
emphasizes valve repair over replacement
whenever possible.
Urology care
Boston Children’s Department of Urology
was the first in the country to buy a robotic
research and
Dr Alan Retik and
Maria Corbo – the
International Team
at Boston Children’s