Welcome letter from Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of Surgery

The Department of Surgery has played a central role in the 200-year history of Massachusetts General Hospital. Our hospital’s surgeons were the first to perform operations using ether as a general anesthetic, and they continue to develop and introduce surgical innovations that improve patient care. We take great pride in our training programs, which attract the world’s finest applicants and have established the careers of many past and present leaders in American surgery.

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Chief of Surgery

Our department’s commitment to shaping the future of surgery is reflected in our $55 million portfolio dedicated to basic, clinical and outcomes research. Comprised of 150 principal investigators, our research team is the largest of any surgical department in the United States. Our research programs continue to break new ground in the areas of burns, trauma and critical care, cancer treatment, minimally invasive surgery, organ transplantation and organ regeneration.

We are committed to offering the safest, most compassionate and most effective clinical care to optimize patient outcomes. Our surgeons are trained to treat a wide range of surgical conditions, and many have focused their training and expertise in a particular surgical specialty. Treating a high volume of patients has given them extensive surgical experience to complement their thoughtful and technically outstanding services.

Across our department’s specialty areas, the primary clinical focus is to provide the safest, most effective and highest-value patient care. Established over a century ago, our Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery is among the most innovative and robust quality assessment and management programs in the United States. This quality improvement and research center is supported by faculty, residents and fellows trained formally in public health, clinical research and clinical effectiveness.

Another hallmark of our department is collaboration. To provide the very best care, our surgeons regularly collaborate with outstanding specialists throughout the Mass General network. We offer timely, convenient access to expert Mass General surgeons and appointments in multiple locations, including the Mass General main campus, Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston and Mass General West in Waltham.

It is an honor and pleasure to lead this great department. I invite you to explore this website to learn more about our programs, our accomplishments and, most importantly, our people. After all, people, not bricks and mortar, are what make an institution great. We hope you share our enthusiasm and excitement as the Department of Surgery leads the way for Mass General into its third century.

Sincerely,

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Chief of Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital