WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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69 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Fix-It Man A face to face interview with Dr. David Mooney E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with dr. david mooney david mooney pulled up for his interview in a pick-up truck, reminisced about his Midwestern roots, and called himself a "fix-it kind of guy." But the handiwork this fix-it-man performs day in and day out has nothing to do with two-by-fours, hammers, or nails — at least not during the workweek. Instead, Mooney works tirelessly to restore the health of severely injured children. Dr. David Mooney, M.D., M.P.H., FACS of Wellesley is the Trauma Medical Director at Boston Children's Hospital, one of the largest pediatric trauma programs in the country. Mooney and his team typically treat more than 35 trauma patients a day, the largest number of any pediatric trauma unit north of Philadelphia. In fact, 45 percent of the children who are admitted to a hospital in Massachusetts are admitted to Boston Children's Hospital. Each year, about 12,000 injured kids — from the eastern half of Massachusetts, the northern half of Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire to the southern tip of Maine — come into Boston Children's emergency room and approxi- mately 1,000 of these patients are admitted for a longer stay. "I take care of the profoundly injured kids who come to Boston Children's Hospital. If possible, I see them in the emergency room, care for those admitted, and treat children at our trauma clinic," Dr. Mooney states matter-of-factly about his life-saving work.

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