The Boston Marathon Bombing: A Surgeon's Perspective

It was 'all hands on deck' for Jonathan Gates ’79, P’17, ’19 and his team
Hartford, Connecticut, October 29, 2015 - Boston was changed forever on April 15, 2013, when bombs shook the city during one of the world’s largest sporting events, the Boston Marathon. Most people remember where they were that fateful day, including Dr. Jonathan Gates ’79, P’17, 19, director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Trauma Center and associate professor at Harvard School of Medicine. How could he not? After all, Gates was in the surgery room leading a team of doctors and nurses tending to victims with missing limbs, burns, and other injuries caused by the bombs.

Click here to watch a Q&A with Dr. Gates, in which he recalls the Brigham and Women's Trauma Center in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Last week, Gates was back on Trinity’s campus, where he prepared for medical school in his undergraduate days, to give a talk to science students about his experiences, as part of the Science for the Greater Good series. In this video interview, Gates recounts the notorious day, which was followed by a dramatic manhunt for the criminals behind the act. In it, he describes the scene at Brigham and Women’s hospital, and his encounter with First Lady Michelle Obama, who visited with victims at the hospital following the attack.
Dr. Jonathan Gates '79 (center) returned to Trinity to speak at the Science for the Greater Good series on October 15. Pictured above, Dr. Gates is joined by his son, Alexander Gates ’17, and daughter, Jillian Gates ’19.​ Click the above photo for a video Q&A with Dr. Gates, where he shares his experiences surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Rita Law)