Why we are here: early reflections on the role of reconstructive plastic surgery in the 2013 Boston marathon bombings

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Dec;132(6):1623-1627. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182a98054.


The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings resulted in a large and unexpected influx of patients requiring acute multidisciplinary surgical care. The authors describe the surgical management experience of these patients at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital, with a particular focus on the important role played by reconstructive plastic surgery. The authors suggest that this experience illustrates the value of reconstructive plastic surgery in the treatment of these patients specifically and of trauma patients in general, and argue for the increasing importance of promoting our identity as a specialty.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blast Injuries / surgery*
  • Boston
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Explosions*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Urban / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Surgery Department, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Surgery, Plastic / organization & administration*
  • Terrorism*