About the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital 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 groundbreaking 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 Brigham 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 subspecialties—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?
  • The Brigham has one of the most experienced surgical departments in the world, caring for patients from more than 120 countries around the globe.
  • The Department of Surgery performs over 35,000 procedures for patients every year.
  • We use a multidisciplinary team approach to care based on each patient’s unique needs.
  • Our dedicated care teams are specially trained in each disease and support each service line, including nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants and other clinicians.
  • Our internationally recognized surgeons are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
  • The Brigham offers surgery and patient care in safe hospital environments with emergency and backup services immediately available and in safe and convenient outpatient centers.
  • Our state-of-the-art surgical suites are equipped with the most advanced technologies.
  • The Department of Surgery improves surgical pathways by building on an approach called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).
  • We offer a full range of services from nonsurgical treatments to surgical interventions.
  • The Brigham delivers patient care with the compassion, respect and comfort that you deserve.
  • Our multiple locations offer you optimal convenience.
Global Health Surgical Initiatives

The Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) at the Brigham 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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