Hospital Chief of Pediatrics Appointed to Harvard Medical School



Newton, Mass. (September, 2008)  —Joel Bass, MD, Chair, Pediatrics, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, has been appointed to Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bass has been at Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) since 2000. Since arriving at NWH, Dr. Bass has been instrumental in the development of the Pediatric Emergency Department, which now treats about 16,000 children each year; as well as the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center, a collaboration between Newton-Wellesley and Massachusetts General Hospital, which provides a full range of pediatric sub-specialty services. He has also reorganized and expanded the third year medical student program and established a pediatric inpatient residency program currently staffed by MGH residents.

Prior to joining Newton-Wellesley, Dr. Bass held many roles at MetroWest Medical Center, including Interim Chief of Pediatrics. Prior to his role as Interim Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Bass was Director of Ambulatory and Community Pediatrics while serving as Associate Chief of Pediatrics at MetroWest. He has extensive experience with inpatient pediatrics, newborn medicine and community-based pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Bass ran a clinic for underserved children and supervised a pediatric residency program affiliated with Massachusetts General, Children’s Hospital and Boston University.

Dr. Bass has authored numerous original reports in peer reviewed journals and participated in authorship of several policy statements for the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, he has authored a variety of abstracts and major presentations to supplement his several years of invited lecturing for grand rounds and other educational forums. He is a national leader and researcher in injury prevention in children.

Dr. Bass, a Needham resident, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate. He completed his internship and residency at New York University with a senior residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston and fellowship in the Division of Community Child Health, also at Children’s.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a full system member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (PHCS), a nonprofit organization that includes acute care hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, The North Shore Medical Center, and specialty hospitals McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, and the community-based doctors and hospitals of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrical, orthopaedic, neonatal, pediatric and psychiatric care. Newton-Wellesley has been serving its community for over a century. The medical staff of the Hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is a major teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and also has established post-graduate training programs for Harvard Medical School residents.

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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