Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader she received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.
On April 15, 2013 Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded.
Following these actions President Barack Obama, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper honored her for actions. Improper Bostonian magazine named Dr. Stavas one of “Boston’s Best” and The Boston Globe awarded her with “2013 Bostonian of the Year”—an honor bestowed upon those that shape the biggest story of the year in a remarkable way.
After the bombings Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence and improving the health of urban communities. She is a mentor for Sole Train; a non-profit organization guiding inner-city youth on a path towards their full potential through running. She is also the medical advisor for the Appalachian Mountain Club, helping improve the health of children by getting them outside.
Dr. Stavas’ work goes beyond borders, traveling to Haiti throughout the year Dr. Stavas provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure. A documentary featuring this work as a medical pioneer premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival. Dr. Stavas writes for multiple outlets including Huffington Post and the Medical Bag.
Dr. Stavas has been featured in Runners World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Time and People.