Carol and James Herscot: Steadfast Friends of Mass General

Forty years ago, Carol and James Herscot began their relationship with Mass General when they both came to the institution as a young couple to receive care from internist James Dineen, MD. “Dr. Dineen’s kindness, caring and expertise drew us to MGH,” said Carol.

When their son was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) at age 3 1/2, the Herscots faced the challenge of finding the best treatment for their child’s unpredictable disease, which is often difficult to accurately diagnose and can affect all of the body’s organs. The Herscots ultimately found the most comprehensive care at Mass General, and in 2005, the Herscots established the Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex at MGH with eminent neurologist and friend, Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD.

The Herscot Center’s team, led by Dr. Thiele, now treats one of the largest populations of patients with TSC in the world. Comprised of experts from across pediatric and adult medicine, including cardiology, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry, ophthalmology and dermatology, as well as clinical coordinators and social workers, the center’s skilled and multidisciplinary team ensures advanced and coordinated patient care. The center’s pioneering research is currently focused on finding biomarkers for epilepsy, infantile spasms, autism and cancer with the hope of improving the ability to predict, manage and one day prevent TSC.

Most recently, the Herscots chose to generously support the new Lunder Building, which will enhance research, care and education, house state-of-the-art resources and expand the hospital’s ability to serve a growing number of patients. The James and Carol Herscot Atrium is an open space rising through five inpatient care floors, filled with light and plants. The Herscots hope that the atrium will bring a sense of comfort and welcome to patients and their families arriving at Mass General for care. The Herscots have also actively supported cardiology, cancer research, chair endowments, inpatient care facilities like the Ellison Building and other initiatives across the hospital. They have maintained close relationships with many dedicated physicians. The Herscots shared, “We are very excited about the innovative research performed at Mass General. The compassionate patient and family care is truly meaningful and always appreciated. We are proud to be an integral part of MGH for so many reasons.”