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Tracey A. Dechert, MD, is Chief of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Appointed Chief in 2022, Dr. Dechert is believed to be the first woman to be named Surgical Trauma Chief at a Level 1 adult trauma center in Massachusetts. Her research interests focus on trauma in women, injury prevention, social determinants of health in surgical patients, and surgical education. In 2014, Dr. Dechert’s passions and interests led her to co-found the Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS) group at BMC/Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine to establish social responsibility as a core value of surgical practice. This includes equal access to surgical care, eliminating healthcare disparities, increasing patient advocacy, and educating and serving the local and global community. SRS empowers medical students, residents, and faculty to combine their interest in surgery with their commitment to serving the underserved. Since its founding, SRS has expanded to include chapters at institutions across the country.
  • Administrative Title

    Chief of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery
  • Residency

    Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • Fellowship

    Surgical Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Board Certifications

    Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
  • Special Interests

    Geriatric trauma; Trauma in women; Pelvic fractures


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Boston University is a leading private research institution with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world.

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