Boston Chapter

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Behind the headlines: The separation of conjoined twins at MGH
Dec. 6, 2017

The Boston chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists is back in business, and we’re inviting you to a panel discussion and reception with key members of the team that separated 22-month-old conjoined twins at Massachusetts General Hospital, knowing one would almost certainly die. The case raised a host of surgical and ethical challenges that Dr. Allan M. Goldstein, surgeon-in-chief at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Dr. Brian M. Cummings, chair of the hospital’s Pediatric Ethics Committee, and Dr. Oscar J. Benavidez, chief of pediatric/congenital cardiology, will discuss.

Before the operation, Dr. Cummings recently wrote, the surgical team “talked through whether separation was technically possible. Were there enough organs to ‘make’ two people from one? What would happen afterward? The evaluation … concluded that separation was physically possible but Twin A would not survive afterwards.

“Even though we could do the separation, should we do it?”

Please join us for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation, as well as a chance to mingle with your journalist colleagues and celebrate the coming holidays.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.; appetizers and drinks at 6, followed by the program at6:45.

WHERE: New offices of The Boston Globe and STAT, 53 State St., Boston (corner of State and Congress; please use the Congress Street entrance)

RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Alex Spinelli,, with your name and affiliation.

Chronic pain: The problem, the science, and the way forward
June 17, 2014 

The headlines are full of news and controversies about the misuse and abuse of opioids. But what about the people with chronic pain whom the drugs are meant to treat?

The New England Science Writers and the Boston chapter of Association of Health Care Journalists heard a panel of experts address the scope and problem of chronic pain, the unexpected experiences of people with chronic pain, the gap between the care and the science, the neurobiology and pressing unknown scientific questions, and the development of new treatments. 

Meet Massachusetts’ new health honcho
May 14, 2013

The Boston conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists was a huge success, in no small part because of the efforts of those of you who served on the local organizing committee or moderated panels. We had record attendance and received rave reviews.

Now, we want to keep the excitement going with regular meetings of the Boston chapter of AHCJ. First up is an evening with John Polanowicz, the state’s top health official. He will talk about current health issues in Massachusetts and answer questions, and there will be an opportunity to socialize with Mr. Polanowicz and your journalism colleagues. Refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Meet John Polanowicz, the new secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. A former hospital executive and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Stanford University’s business school, Polanowicz oversees 15 state agencies. With his background as a company commander in the US Army, he has a special interest in issues facing veterans and military families.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boston Globe media lab, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston

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Post-election gathering
Nov. 7, 2013 

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March is right around the corner, which means our colleagues from around the country will be heading to Boston soon for Health Journalism 2013. Thanks to all who have pitched in ideas and feedback. But first, we invite you to join us for some drinks, good company – and to hash over the election results and what they mean for health care and especially the Affordable Care Act.

John McDonough and Robert Blendon of the Harvard School of Public Health will join us to help make sense of the outcome.

In the meantime, check out the new Boston AHCJ Facebook page. Like it to stay updated on the latest as the conference develops. 

When: Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m. and you're welcome to linger longer

Where: Lucky's Lounge, 355 Congress St, Boston (a short walk from South Station)

The face of face transplantation
March 21, 2012

The Association of Health Care Journalists is forming a Boston-area chapter, and health journalists from the region are invited to the inaugural meeting, featuring Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, who has performed four  face transplants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. AHCJ members and non-members are welcome. The event will begin with refreshments and socializing. Pomahac will then speak about the transplants and media coverage, and answer questions.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Boston University School of Management
Executive Leadership Center, 4th Floor
595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston