Find out more about The Boston Lymphatic Center, a LE&RN Center of Excellence

The Boston Lymphatic Center (A Joint Program between BIDMC & Boston Children’s Hospital, teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School) has been awarded LE&RN's Comprehensive Center of Excellence designation. We asked The Boston Lymphatic Center to tell LE&RN's supporters a bit about the Center. 

What has The Boston Lymphatic Center done/accomplished since its designation as a LE&RN Center of Excellence?

Since becoming a LE&RN Center of Excellence in 2020, the Boston Lymphatic Center has remained committed to providing world-class clinical care while also advancing research and advocacy. Our Center—a joint program between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital—has seen over 2500 new patients for the evaluation and treatment of lymphatic diseases since opening in 2016.  At the same time, we have fully integrated our teams through patient referrals, research, and holding multi-disciplinary conferences together. Since our designation as a LE&RN Center of Excellence, we have been awarded $6M from the NIH for lymphatic research.  We continue to provide education through the Boston Lymphatic Symposium, an event hosted by the Boston Lymphatic Center in partnership with LE&RN, and hosted a virtual symposium for clinicians and patients in 2021. Our patient-only symposium was held on October 1, 2022, at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. We continue to actively advocate for the expansion of coverage for lymphatic surgery procedures, with Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts passing such a policy in 2019. 

What future do you envision for The Boston Lymphatic Center as a LE&RN Center of Excellence?

The future of the Boston Lymphatic Center and for all lymphatic care is bright! Since the establishment of Centers of Excellence in 2020, our ability to advocate and obtain resources for patients has improved dramatically. In the future, at the Boston Lymphatic Center we aim to increase the clinical programs available to patients with lymphatic disease, continue to expand our educational programs, and enhance our research to develop improved treatments for patients with lymphatic diseases.

To learn more about The Boston Lymphatic Center, visit their website. To learn more about LE&RN's Centers of Excellence, visit LE&RN's website.

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