About the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is recognized around the world for setting standards for excellence in surgical patient care, as well as training the next generation of surgeons and spearheading ground-breaking research. We perform thousands of life-transforming surgical procedures each year and pioneer surgical techniques that improve quality of life for patients worldwide.

Our department, known for its collaborative approach, integrates the needs of the patient and family with the team of BWH specialists required for each treatment plan. We work as one dedicated team to provide the highest quality, most individually-focused care for our patients. Our highly regarded surgical sub-specialties—organized into 12 divisions—provide a full complement of surgical services at multiple locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

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Why Brigham and Women’s Hospital for Surgery?
  • One of the most experienced surgical departments in the world, caring for patients from more than 120 countries around the globe.
  • We perform over 35,000 procedures for patients every year.
  • Multidisciplinary team approach to care based on each patient’s unique needs.
  • Dedicated and specially trained care-teams on each disease who support each service line including nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants and other clinicians.
  • Internationally recognized surgeons on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
  • Surgery and patient care offered in safe hospital environments with emergency and back-up services immediately available, and in safe and convenient outpatient centers.
  • State-of-the-art surgical suites equipped with the most advanced technologies.
  • Improvements to surgical pathways, building on an approach called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).
  • Full range of services from non-surgical treatments to surgical interventions.
  • Patient care delivered with the compassion, respect, and comfort that you deserve.
  • Multiple locations offering you optimal convenience.
Global Health Surgical Initiatives

Brigham and Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) advances the science of surgical care delivery by studying effectiveness, quality, equity, and value at the population level, and develops surgeon-scientists committed to excellence in these areas. The CSPH Global Health Surgery program is a research program that addresses the critical issues of surgical access, quality, and outcomes in resource-poor settings with a focus on improving systems of care and developing infrastructure for the sustainable delivery of surgical care.

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