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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tiple traumas, and non-penetrating wounds, Dr. Mooney spends about one quarter of his time conducting research to evaluate and improve pediatric trauma care. His research on the long-term out- comes of non-surgical management of blunt trauma to the spleen reveals minimal risk of long-term complications, sparing children and their families' longer recoveries. As surgeon Mooney comments in layperson terms, "It drives me nuts to see kids having spleens removed unnecessarily." In his never-ending quest to improve the care of injured children, in 2011 Dr. Mooney helped found the first national professional organi- zation dedicated to treating and preventing childhood traumas, the Pediatric Trauma Society, and served as the group's first president. With a mission to improve outcomes, the society focuses on optimal care guidelines, education, research, and advocacy. The group held its first annual meeting in November of 2014. O f f e r i n g s e r v i c e a n d h o p e David Mooney met his wife Linda during his medical residency in Burlington, Vermont. Vermont-native Linda, now a nurse practitioner, and David raised four children while moving from Vermont to Missouri to New Hampshire and, in 1999, to Massachusetts when they settled in Wellesley. Two of their four children graduated from Wellesley High School. Mooney himself was born and educated in St. Louis, Missouri, where his family has lived since the 1700s. He attended St. Louis University High School, St. Louis University, and St. Louis University School of Medicine, giving him the honor of being a triple "Billiken," the distinctive mascot of his schools, considered a good-luck figure and the god of things as they ought to be. Dr. David Mooney certainly lives up to the promise of a triple Billiken. He unselfishly treats vulnerable children with profound med- ical injuries — helping them to be as they ought to be, by looking beyond the immediate sadness and horror with optimism for their futures and gratitude for the chance to serve humanity. 76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 an interview with dr. david mooney

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