Founded in 2016, The Howard Green Center for Children’s Skin Health and Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is a first-of-its kind center dedicated to advancing the field of regenerative medicine. The mission is to engage in translational research projects that work hand-in-hand with clinical practice to move regenerative medicine along the discovery continuum to bring new treatments to children more quickly. The ultimate goal is to further improve the outcomes and lives of patients with burns, skin disorders and dermatological conditions by providing world-class care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Howard Green, M.D., was a pioneer in regenerative medicine. He was the first to grow skin grafts using a patient’s own cells, one of the earliest examples of stem cell therapy. The first grafts from cultured skin were used to treat two patients with life-threatening burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston in the early 1980s. The patients survived and Dr. Green’s discovery forever improved the life expectancy of patients with acute burns. He dedicated his career to furthering scientists’ understanding of skin regeneration and improving the outcomes for patients with devastating skin injuries and conditions.
Dr. Green held distinguished positions at New York University School of Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and most recently as the George Higginson Professor of Cell Biology and chairman of the department of cell biology at Harvard Medical School. He was a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize.
By making a gift to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, Mrs. Rosine Kauffmann Green, ensured her late husband’s work will live on in the city where so much of his research was conducted and so many lives were changed.
As part of the Howard Green Center for Children’s Skin Health and Research, patients at the Boston Shriners Hospital will continue to receive world-class care in the following areas:
Beginning in late 2016, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston will start accepting dermatology patients.
Photo: Howard Green, M.D., was a pioneer in regenerative medicine. His legacy will be carried on at The Howard Green Center for Children’s Skin Health and Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. Photo courtesy of Harvard Medical School.