BUSM names Alpert Professor of Pediatrics
Robert J. Vinci, M.D., is the new incumbent
On June 12, the School of Medicine installed Dr. Robert Vinci as the incumbent of the Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics. Over 200 people gathered to celebrate Dr. Vinci’s appointment, and speakers included Dean Karen Antman, M.D.; Dr. Barbara Philipp; Dr. Frederick Lovejoy; Mrs. Barbara Alpert; Dr. Joel Alpert; and, of course, the guest of honor.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Vinci has served as Vice Chair and Clinical Chief of the Department of Pediatrics, providing leadership for the significant expansion of pediatric clinical services. He was recently appointed Chief of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and his commitment to the community and to patients is highlighted by his central role in a number of initiatives: He 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; he led the campaign to establish a window-fall prevention program for children in Boston; and, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, he 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.
An innovative leader in medical residency education throughout his career, Dr. Vinci founded the fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at BUSM, in 1988, and he has directed pediatric residency training at BMC since 1989. In 1996, Dr. Vinci, along with Frederick H. Lovejoy, M.D., established the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, one of the nation’s leading Pediatric residency programs. He has also championed research activities, global health training, and flexible training opportunities for pediatric residents. Dr. Vinci has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topics of pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric education.
Pictured above, from left: Debra Vinci, Dr. Robert Vinci (Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and The Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics), Dr. Joel Alpert (Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health Emeritus and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics), and Barbara Alpert, M.P.H.