Oct. 4–7, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Congress Program Sections

Closing Ceremony


Dr. Natalie Stavas

Running Towards Chaos

Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is also a marathon runner. On April 15, 2013, as Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston Marathon, she heard explosions just blocks away. She immediately ran to them, and put her respiratory and medical skills to the test when she arrived on the scene.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Dr. Stavas will bring our AARC Congress 2017 to a close as she shares her experience of the 2013 marathon and what motivated her to run towards the chaos instead of away from it. She will not only share her story, but she will also talk about the science of how all healthcare providers are wired to do good, to help others in need, and to do so during moments when it’s least expected.

Dr. Stavas writes for multiple outlets including Huffington Post and the Medical Bag, and has been featured in Runners World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Time and People.

An expert on chaos, Dr. Stavas takes on every obstacle with the same attitude: “You run towards that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional.” She explains that running towards chaos actually makes it more manageable.

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