Newswise — Boston, Mass. – M. Kathryn Steiner, MD, has been named Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). Steiner has dedicated the last 10 years to NEBH and its patients as a pulmonary critical care physician treating pulmonary and ICU-level disorders, as well as managing patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Steiner succeeds Marilyn Griffin, MD, who served as chief from 2000 to 2021. Dr. Griffin continues as a member of the NEBH staff supporting patients on the pulmonary service. “Dr. Steiner is an exceptional teacher, an outstanding leader and an accomplished researcher, and we look forward to her taking our Pulmonary Medicine Division to new heights,” said David Passafaro, President of NEBH. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Steiner into her new role as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, and we thank Dr. Griffin for her many years of dedicated service in this role.”
Steiner earned her medical degree from St. Bartholomew and the Royal London Medical College at the University of London, England. She completed her medical internship and residency at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by the combined Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Fellowship Program at Tufts Medical Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. She also holds an academic appointment as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“Dr. Steiner brings to her new role as Chief a deep expertise in pulmonary care as well as a constant commitment to her patients, both of which will benefit our team of physicians and our patients,” said Frederick C. Basilico, MD, Physician in Chief for Medicine at NEBH. “Her impressive background and experience makes her well-equipped to lead our Division of Pulmonary Medicine, and we are delighted to welcome her to this leadership role.”
In her 12 years as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Steiner has coordinated complex care for patients and worked closely with primary care providers, surgeons, nursing staff, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other clinicians to manage patients with end stage lung disease or life-threatening organ failure.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the New England Baptist Hospital community in this new capacity,” said Steiner. “As Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, my goal is to expand upon Dr. Griffin’s and the Department’s many achievements and to find innovative ways to optimize the delivery of care to patients with critical care or pulmonary needs who have undergone orthopedic surgeries.”
From 2006 to 2009, Steiner was a clinical scientist investigating the role of interleukin-6 in pulmonary vascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has continued her interest in pulmonary vascular disease by providing perioperative medical support to those patients with pulmonary vascular disease due to a number of chronic lung diseases and more recently to those who have recovered from COVID-19. Before joining NEBH in 2012, Steiner served as a pulmonary critical care attending at UMass Memorial Medical Center overseeing medical students, residents and fellows for patients needing intensive, pulmonary and rehab medical care.
Steiner has research and clinical interests in ICU temperature regulation and the management of perioperative patients with pulmonary vascular disease, asthma and suppurative airways disease. She is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Thoracic Society, Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American Medical Association and Massachusetts Medical Society.
About New England Baptist HospitalNew England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years. New England Baptist Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.