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Currently Browsing:2016

  • The Instant Gratification of Being a Surgeon

    Thursday, September 08, 2016  Mass General

    Sareh Parangi, MD, endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, talks about why people hold her work in the operating room in such high regard.

  • Once again, named among America's best hospitals

    Tuesday, August 02, 2016  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital is once again named among the top hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and is the only hospital to be highly rated across all 16 specialties.

  • Building teamwork block by block

    Friday, February 26, 2016  Mass General

    Recently a team of 60 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing and perioperative support staff from across the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia and Perioperative Nursing participated in a team training exercise.

  • Closing the Genetic Gap in Orofacial Clefts

    Friday, January 01, 2016  Mass General

    Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children are using animal models to investigate the genetic and cellular triggers of human clefting. Their findings could lead to the development of earlier detection and more effective treatments capable of halting or reversing cleft development.

Currently Browsing:2015

  • Understanding life after pancreatic surgery

    Friday, December 04, 2015  Mass General

    Thirty-six former MGH patients, ranging in age from 35 to 81, recently returned to the hospital for the inaugural pancreatic surgery patient symposium, “Through Patients’ Eyes: Understanding Life After Pancreatic Surgery.”

  • Surgeon's Rare Aneurism Skills Let Pianist Play On

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015  Mass General

    After renowned pianist Menahem Pressler suffered a life-threatening aneurysm, he entrusted his care to an Mass General surgeon Virendra Patel, MD, MPH, with an innovative grafting procedure.

  • Teaching breast cancer expertise to clinicians in Uganda

    Sunday, November 15, 2015  Mass General

    Michael Wertheimer, MD, of the Global Surgery Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital, is working closely with clinicians in Uganda to apply his breast cancer expertise within a resource-limited setting and build a multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic.

  • Heart walk for fitness and friend

    Monday, September 28, 2015  Mass General

    Almost 200 MGH staffers, patients and family members joined over 10,000 walkers on the Charles River Esplanade on Sept. 12 to participate in the 2015 AHA Boston Heart Walk.

  • Hack-a-thon leads way in affordable health innovation

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015  Mass General

    In 2015, CAMTech and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda co-hosted the 3rd annual Medtech Hack-a-thon.

  • Life-changing care for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Saturday, August 15, 2015  Mass General

    Rachael Vaters-Carr shares her experience as a patient in the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, including the comprehensive and compassionate care she received from her team of specialists.

  • #1 in the Nation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

  • Mass General study suggests that medication could improve gastric bypass results

    Wednesday, July 08, 2015  Mass General

    New findings about the mechanisms involved – or not involved – in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure.

  • A new beginning

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015  Mass General

    Shea Hammond's story begins in 2006, when he was 16. At a time when most teens think about homework, hanging out with friends and dating, Hammond was focused on finding a donor for his failing kidneys.

  • Saving Leo

    Wednesday, May 06, 2015  Mass General

    A boy, badly burned by fire, traveled from Burundi to Boston for treatment in an extraordinary journey of resilience and devotion. Richard Ehrlichman, MD, a plastic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is part of his care team.

  • Q&A with Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH: Safer Driving Habits in Teens

    Friday, May 01, 2015  Mass General

    Before teens get their licenses, it's important for parents to help instill safe driving habits and empower teens to be confident behind the wheel. Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, provides some tips on how parents can help teens stay safe while driving.

  • Mass General surgeon is developing life-saving "trauma foam"

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Mass General

    David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is developing an innovative, self-expanding foam that may help patients with severe internal bleeding survive long enough to reach a hospital and undergo surgery.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • In the ‘Nick’ of time

    Friday, December 19, 2014  Mass General

    A 120-year-old male presented to the MGH Emergency Department on Dec. 11, after a sleigh accident and antler impalement to his chest following a recent trip overseas.

  • Long-term results confirm success of MGH-developed laser treatment

    Friday, December 12, 2014  Mass General

    The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at the MGH and previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients’ tumors while avoiding the damage to vocal quality caused by radiotherapy or by conventional laser or cold-instrument surgery.

  • Getting Back to Active: Bob's Story

    Monday, December 01, 2014  Mass General

    Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.

  • Adrenal Masses and Surgically Correctable Hypertension

    Monday, December 01, 2014  Mass General

    A surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital outlines causes of high blood pressure resulting from hormonally active adrenal masses, and the screening protocols to differentiate between them.

  • New investigative test detects genetic mutation in patients with papillary thyroid cancer

    Saturday, November 01, 2014  Research

    Research presented by Carrie C. Lubitz, MD, MPH, surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, suggests that a new blood-based, non-surgical test for patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has proven effective in detecting the presence of a genetic mutation known as BRAFV600E.

  • Storybook Ball a sweet success

    Friday, October 24, 2014  Mass General

    A bit of Willy Wonka magic inspired more than 500 people to raise $1.8 million for MassGeneral Hospital for Children during the 15th annual Storybook Ball.

  • Taylor family makes large donation to support the work of a Mass General surgeon

    Thursday, October 23, 2014  Mass General

    Singer James Taylor and his family make a substantial donation to MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the efforts of Dr. William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., who performs life-changing surgery on children around the world.

  • Mass General is pioneering advances in global surgery

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014  Mass General

    The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital is working with the Mass General Center for Global Health to help strengthen health care infrastructure in developing countries and provide medical and surgical care to those in need.

  • Magic in the making

    Friday, August 08, 2014  Mass General

    David Oliver, a well-known magician from Weymouth, awaited a double lung transplant in the spring of 2014, close to death. When he arrived at the MGH, he had to undergo ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

  • Emergency surgery saves beloved mother with Alzheimer's disease

    Friday, August 01, 2014  Mass General

    When a patient with advanced Alzheimer's disease arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital with a life-threatening condition, her family and the medical team faced a difficult decision to perform life-saving surgery.

  • A maverick’s memorial

    Friday, July 25, 2014  Mass General

    Nearly 74 years after his death, Ernest Amory Codman, MD, FACS, is honored with a memorial headstone on his previously unmarked gravesite at the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

  • Immune Tolerance Network's TrialShare wins national award

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital's Bioinformatics Group, of the Immune Tolerance Network in Bethesda, Maryland, wins the National Academy of Sciences Data and Information Challenge.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

  • Dexterity for charity

    Friday, June 27, 2014  Mass General

    It takes a very steady hand to remove a wrench from the ankle, a butterfly from the stomach, or a charley horse from the hip. But eight teams of highly skilled MGH employees arrived on the Bulfinch lawn ready to take on the challenge of life-size game board proportions.

  • Wright appointed to Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery

    Friday, June 20, 2014  Mass General

    Cameron Wright, MD, associate chief of the MGH Division of Thoracic Surgery, was honored as the first incumbent of the Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Thoracic Surgery.

  • Journey of discovery

    Friday, June 13, 2014  Mass General

    Some virtuosos play the piano to perfection, others paint like Picasso, but for MGH physician-researchers, talent lies in the art of discovery.

  • Exploring opportunities to expand cancer care

    Friday, May 16, 2014  Mass General

    The MGH Cancer Center recently sent a team to the city of Mbarara in southwestern Uganda to explore a collaboration with the local university and hospital to build a new national referral cancer center.

  • Mass General surgeons reattach arm severed in pasta machine

    Friday, May 16, 2014  Mass General

    A team of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons, lead by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, perform a series of complex surgeries to reattach a patient's arm.

  • Austen named chief of Burn Surgery

    Friday, April 04, 2014  Mass General

    William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, was appointed chief of the MGH Division of Burn Surgery on March 24.

  • Study shows positive outcome in breast reconstruction surgery

    Friday, March 21, 2014  Mass General

    A new MGH study is one of the first to detail the outcomes of breast reconstruction surgery after having a nipple-sparing mastectomy, and this new, hard data, researchers say, is good news.

  • New approach for breast reconstruction surgery

    Friday, March 21, 2014  Mass General

    Amy S. Colwell, MD, surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses a new approach for breast reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis.

  • Mass General surgeon shares his 2013 Boston Marathon experience

    Friday, March 14, 2014  Mass General

    David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares his inspirational experience running the 2013 Boston Marathon and operating on bombing victims.

  • A Mass General breast technologist tells her patients why she never misses a mammogram

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014  Mass General

    Dolores Dunne LeGeyt is a Mass General breast imaging technologist who has never missed a mammogram. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

  • New year, new lease on life

    Friday, January 10, 2014  Mass General

    When the call came in at 4 am, just before Christmas, Eric Fritz, 38, of Liverpool, N.Y., was so surprised he made the transplant coordinator tell him twice. After a year of waiting, he had a donor liver.

Currently Browsing:2013

  • New lungs give Peru man new life

    Sunday, December 22, 2013  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons perform life-saving double lung transplant on patient Chad Kiniry of Peru.

  • Nightclub fire survivor thriving after hand transplant

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013  Mass General

    Station nightclub fire survivor Joe Kinan discusses his incredible path to recovery since undergoing the first hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Jay Austen named inaugural MGH Trustees Chair in Plastic Surgery

    Friday, December 13, 2013  Mass General

    Colleagues, friends and family gathered Nov. 5 in the Sweet Room to celebrate the designation of W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as the first MGH Trustees Chair in Plastic Surgery.

  • First time’s a charm: MGH performs first heart-lung transplant

    Friday, November 15, 2013  Mass General

    36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.

  • Mass General saves patient with "incurable" tumor

    Thursday, November 07, 2013  Mass General

    David Berger, MD, surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, performs life-saving complex surgery on patient with a massive liver tumor.

  • Mass General surgeon runs 2013 New York City Marathon

    Sunday, November 03, 2013  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon David King, MD, has a run of emotions from his combined 2013 Boston and New York Marathon experiences.

  • A Mass General breast cancer patient overcomes her challenges

    Monday, October 28, 2013  Mass General

    Blind since birth, Lil had difficulty getting to medical appointments including annual mammograms. With help from a patient navigator, she learned to overcome the many challenges she faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.

  • Expanded health insurance in Massachusetts shown to reduce racial gap for minimally invasive surgery

    Wednesday, October 02, 2013  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have linked state health care reforms to reduced racial disparities for minimally invasive procedures.

  • Health care reform's impact

    Friday, September 20, 2013  Mass General

    On Sept. 10, The Disparities Solutions Center hosted a Keeping Current Seminar Series: “Racial Disparities after Massachusetts Health Reform: Does the Expanded Insurance Coverage Impact Variation in Surgical Care?”

  • New study supports mammograms before age 50 to reduce breast cancer death

    Monday, September 09, 2013  Research

    In a study published in the journal Cancer, Mass General researchers, with colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, found that the majority of women who die from breast cancer do not have regular mammograms.

  • Scientists grow artificial human ear in laboratory

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013  Research

    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have grown an artificial ear from living tissue.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

  • Tissue engineering: How to build a heart

    Wednesday, July 03, 2013  Research

    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers seek to engineer new organs for patients in need of heart transplants.

  • New procedure is easy to swallow

    Friday, June 07, 2013  Mass General

    The MGH offers its first per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, a new surgical treatment for achalasia.

  • Hodin named to new position

    Friday, March 22, 2013  Mass General

    THE MGH DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY has announced that Richard Hodin, MD, has been appointed as chief for Academic Affairs. In his new role, Hodin – who also will continue in his roles as chief of Endocrine Surgery and surgical director of the MGH Crohn’s and Colitis Center – will be actively involved in faculty development and academic promotions and will join the leadership of the department on the Chiefs’ Council.

  • Watertown's Arsenal Medical Developing Foam to Buy Time for Wounded Soldiers

    Friday, March 15, 2013  Mass General

    David R. King, MD, director of the Knight Surgical Research Lab at Mass General, is part of a team investigating the use of a biofoam to assist wounded soldiers.

  • Communication is key for cardiac surgery team

    Friday, March 15, 2013  Mass General

    Late last year, the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Care Redesign team – made up of anesthesiologists, perfusionists and surgeons – formed a subgroup focused specifically on the practice of CPB. They began to investigate different ways they could strengthen not only how care was administered, but also how they could work more collaboratively on a daily basis.

  • Rethink Varicose Veins

    Monday, March 04, 2013  Mass General

    Julianne Stoughton, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses options for treating varicose veins.

  • Joe Kinan's hand transplant helps him and donor's family move forward

    Sunday, February 17, 2013  Mass General

    Jonathan Winograd, MD, and Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr, MD, discuss how Joe Kinan, a Station nightclub fire survivor, became the first hand transplant recipient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Three months after surgery, patient has new lease on life

    Friday, January 11, 2013  Mass General

    The MGH was the first hospital in New England to offer a new procedure in which a flexible bracelet of magnetic titanium beads is laparoscopically implanted around the esophagus to help treat GERD.

Currently Browsing:2012

  • Innovative surgery for migraines

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012  Mass General

    Dr. Jay Austen, Jr, Mass General’s chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, uses plastic surgery techniques to decompress nerves that trigger debilitating migraines.

  • Plastic surgery techniques bring migraine relief

    Monday, December 03, 2012  Mass General

    W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses how a plastic surgery procedure done at Mass General provides treatment for migraines.

  • MGH performs its first hand transplant

    Friday, November 02, 2012  Mass General

    On Oct. 26, 19 days after becoming the MGH’s first hand transplant recipient, Joe Kinan showed how his unwavering commitment to having a positive attitude has paid off – he wiggled the fingers on his left hand for the first time in public.

  • Department of Surgery expands educational research with new specialist

    Thursday, November 01, 2012  Mass General

    Emil Petrusa, PhD joins the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital as Educational Research Specialist.

  • Station nightclub fire survivor upbeat after hand transplant

    Friday, October 26, 2012  Mass General

    Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant operation performed by Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, on path to recovery.

  • Hand transplant is a first for Mass General

    Tuesday, October 09, 2012  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital's Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, leads Mass General’s first hand transplant operation.

  • Man injured in Station nightclub fire gets hand transplant at Mass. General Hospital

    Monday, October 08, 2012  Mass General

    Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor, is Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant recipient.

  • Man hurt in Station nightclub fire gets hand transplant

    Monday, October 08, 2012  Mass General

    Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr. performs Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant surgery on Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor.

  • Frequently asked questions: LINX® system

    Monday, September 24, 2012  Mass General

    David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux Management System, a new treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  • Tapping the body to fight disease

    Monday, September 03, 2012  Research

    Massachusetts General Hospital's assistant professor of surgery, Biju Parekkadan, explores potential treatments for conditions like kidney and liver failure and inflammatory bowel disease by using cellular therapy and leading medical technology.

  • Weight loss surgery cuts diabetes risk

    Thursday, August 23, 2012  Mass General

    The results of a Swedish study show that weight loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes in obese people.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital offers new, less invasive treatment for GERD

    Friday, July 20, 2012  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital introduces an innovative procedure for patients experiencing symptoms of GERD. A bracelet of magnetic beads can help the lower esophageal sphincter to resist gastric pressures and prevent reflux.

  • Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment

    Monday, July 16, 2012  Mass General

    As part of the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment, Mass General Cancer Center patients receive care from an integrated team of pathologists, radiologists, and medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists.

  • New Frontier in Breast Cancer Recovery

    Monday, July 16, 2012  Mass General

    William Gerald Austen Jr., MD, chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is using liposuction techniques to advance less complicated breast reconstruction, with more natural outcomes.

  • Commentary: What We Learned From Cutting Colon Surgery Infections

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon Matthew Hutter, MD, explains how a quality consortium of Partners HealthCare hospitals reduced colon surgery infections by 23%.

  • Weight Center hosts Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat

    Friday, May 18, 2012  Mass General

    A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that three out of four obese children will become obese adults, increasing the obese adult population to 42 percent by 2030. Just days after the report, on May 10, the MGH Weight Center brought together clinicians from 24 different programs – many within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – for the first Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat.

  • Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are using plastic surgery techniques to treat migraines

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012  Mass General

    Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are using leading-edge techniques such as nerve decompression to treat migraines.

  • Plastic surgery to treat migraines? It's a reality.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012  Mass General

    Dr. Jay Austen, Jr, Mass General’s chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, is using leading-edge techniques such as nerve decompression to help those who suffer from the most debilitating of these headaches.

  • Making old hearts new again at Mass General

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012  Mass General

    Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital doctors are changing the world of organ transplantation.

  • Accelerated Development

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012  Mass General

    The Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Mass General focuses on locating the most promising research and safely accelerating its transformation into new lifesaving products.

Currently Browsing:2011

  • MGHers help Santa stay in tip-top shape

    Friday, December 23, 2011  Mass General

    Every December for as long as many staff members can remember, a cheerful old man with a long white beard has been admitted to the MGH Department of Surgery.

  • Gaining ground in limb replacement surgery

    Friday, October 28, 2011  Mass General

    The first successful replantation of a human limb took place at the MGH in 1962. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is in the process of reviewing potential candidates for the latest in medical advances – hand transplantation surgery.

  • Lord Darzi presents McCabe Lecture

    Friday, October 07, 2011  Mass General

    The MGH Department of Surgery hosted Lord Ara Darzi of Denham, England, as the keynote speaker of the third annual Charles D. McCabe Lecture in Surgical Education Sept. 16.

  • New chief of Cardiac Surgery ready for impact

    Thursday, August 04, 2011  Mass General

    The Division of Cardiac Surgery at Mass General welcomes new chief. Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD, bridges legacy of surgical practice and passion for new ideas to improve upon the patient experience.

  • Target: Melanoma

    Thursday, June 02, 2011  Clinical

    The latest news on melanoma treatment and research from the new issue of Synergy magazine and a recent edition of the television program Chronicle.

  • A new chapter begins

    Friday, May 13, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 6.13.11 On April 26, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, stepped into the operating room to perform his last procedure after four decades of practice and nearly 14 years as surgeon-in-chief and chair of the MGH Department of Surgery.

  • Introducing Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

    Friday, May 13, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 5.13.11 Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, the MGH's new surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, spent 27 years at Johns Hopkins and most recently led the Department of Surgery at Indiana University Hospital.

  • Adolescents and Weight Loss

    Monday, April 25, 2011  Mass General

    The challenges that face adolescents in their fight against obesity and the solutions available to help them, including weight-loss surgery.

  • Lunder Building to “Go Live” this summer

    Friday, February 18, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 2.18.11 In preparation for the summertime transition of several hospital programs and services to the Lunder Building, the MGH Go Live Group for the new facility was established under the auspices of Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration.

  • Chief of Cardiac Surgery named

    Friday, February 04, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 02.04.11 THORALF M. SUNDT III, MD, has been named chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

  • Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, to lead Department of Surgery

    Friday, January 28, 2011  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 1.28.11 Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, a world-renowned general surgeon who specializes in pancreatic and biliary surgery, has been selected as the MGH's next surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery.

Currently Browsing:2010

  • In General 12.17.10

    Friday, December 17, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 12.17.10 In General Awards and Honors

  • Conquering Organ Rejection

    Friday, December 03, 2010  Clinical

    A new breakthrough transplant procedure developed at Massachusetts General Hospital confirms that the problem of organ rejection after transplantation can be mitigated without using immunosuppressive drugs, sparing transplant recipients a lifetime of side effects.

  • From lab bench to the battlefield

    Thursday, November 11, 2010  Mass General

    At the MGH, a team of scientists led by Hasan Alam, MD, an MGH trauma surgeon and director of research for the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, is developing novel tools, techniques and treatments to help save the lives of soldiers traumatically injured on the battlefield.

  • MGH surgeons play for charity

    Friday, October 01, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 10.01.10 Being skilled and dexterous with their hands is required of surgeons, who daily use special instruments that most people would never have the opportunity to handle.

  • A conversation with Hasan Alam, MD, of "Boston Med"

    Friday, August 13, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 8.13.10 HASAN ALAM, MD, of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at MGH, starred in the sixth episode of "Boston Med."

  • In Memoriam

    Friday, May 21, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 05.21.10 Betty Honey, a former MGH Department of Surgery employee, died April 10.

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield names MGH a Blue Distinction Center

    Friday, April 30, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 4.30.10 THE MGH has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for both spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Currently Browsing:2009

  • Facing a better future

    Friday, December 04, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 12.04.09 When she looked in the mirror, the long jagged scars running across her cheek reflected back at her, a disturbing reminder of the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of the father of her children.

  • International collaboration revolutionizes modern surgery

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009  Clinical

    Mass General surgeon Patricia Sylla, travels to Barcelona to perform the first-ever rectal cancer surgery on a human using natural orifice surgery (NOTES).

  • Minimally invasive surgery lessens pain of esophageal cancer

    Monday, August 24, 2009  Mass General

    Christopher Morse, MD, of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital has been able to remove esophageal tumors using an innovative minimally invasive procedure that offers patients less postoperative pain and a shorter recovery time

  • Incision-free gallbladder surgery

    Monday, June 29, 2009  Mass General

    On May 20 David Rattner, MD, chief of General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center, performed New England’s first natural orifice surgery - completely incision free.

  • Luncheon raises funds and skin cancer awareness

    Friday, May 08, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 5.08.09 Approximately 100 people attended the Friends of the MGH Cancer Center’s annual fundraising forum April 22 in the Bulfinch Tents. This year’s event featured MGH skin cancer experts David Fisher, MD, PhD, chief of the Department of Dermatology and director of the Center for Melanoma, left, and Jennifer Wargo, MD, of the Department of Surgery.

  • In General awards and honors

    Friday, May 08, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 5.08.09 In General awards and honors

  • Moments in Surgery

    Wednesday, April 01, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 4.3.09 Tribute to Charlie McCabe, MD, by MGH resident

  • Cardiac surgery team simulates surgery

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital’s cardiac surgical team is participating in operating room simulation work, a training regimen designed to reduce medical errors by drilling staff in emergent situations.

  • MGH Durant fellows

    Friday, February 27, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 2.27.09 As a true humanitarian, Thomas S. Durant, MD, spent his life bringing hope to some of the bleakest parts of the world. In honor of his service and compassion, the MGH Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine helps health care professionals bring their skills to those in critical need around the globe.

Currently Browsing:2008

  • Sailhamer wins paper competition

    Friday, December 05, 2008  Mass General

    MGH Hotline: 12/05/08

  • In General

    Friday, December 05, 2008  Mass General

    MGH Hotline: 12/05/08

  • Relief from GERD, once and for all

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008  Mass General

    Finally, good news for patients who have chosen not to have surgery to treat their gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because they doubted surgery’s effectiveness. A new study reveals the benefits of a simple procedure that can vastly improve their quality of life. And, even better, the relief offered by this surgery is lasting and doesn’t require the hassle and expense of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

  • A Day in the Life

    Friday, November 07, 2008  Mass General

    A day in the life of trauma surgeon Dr. George Velmahos.

  • Surgery without scalpels?

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008  Mass General

    It may sound like science fiction, but the possibility of surgery that can be completed without a scar may soon be a reality.

Press Releases

  • Functional heart muscle regenerated in decellularized human hearts - 3/11/2016, Research

    MGH researchers have taken initial steps toward the creation of bioengineered human hearts using donor hearts stripped of components that would generate an immune response and cardiac muscle cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells, which could come from a potential recipient.

  • Liver tissue model accurately replicates hepatocyte metabolism, response to toxins - 7/18/2016, Research

    A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine have created a "liver on a chip," a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to toxins.

  • Breast cancer cells found to switch molecular characteristics - 8/24/2016, Research

    A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators reveals how spontaneous changes in the molecular characteristics of tumors can lead to tumors with a mixed population of cells requiring treatment with several types of therapeutic drugs.

  • MGH team identifies factors predicting infection risk in patients with serious burns - 2/4/2015, Research

    A team led by MGH investigators has identified a set of characteristics – including differences in gene expression – that may indicate which patients recovering from severe burns are at greatest risk for repeat infections. Predicting the risk of infection before it occurs would indicate which patients should receive preventive treatment and reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics in those at low risk.

  • New device successfully captures metastasis-associated circulating tumor cell clusters - 5/18/2015, Research

    The latest version of a microfluidic device for capturing rare circulating tumor cells is the first designed specifically to capture clusters of two or more cells, rather than single cells. Recent studies by MGH investigators and others have suggested that CTC clusters are significantly more likely to cause metastases than single circulating tumor cells.

  • Long-term results confirm success of MGH-developed laser treatment for vocal-cord cancer - 12/9/2014, Research

    The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at MGH and previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients’ tumors while avoiding the damage to vocal quality caused by conventional treatments.

  • Mass. General researchers find novel way to prevent drug-induced liver injury - 1/15/2012, Research

    MGH investigators have developed a novel strategy to protect the liver from drug-induced injury and improve associated drug safety. The team reports that inhibition of a type of cell-to-cell communication can protect against the damage caused by liver-toxic drugs such as acetaminophen.

  • Donor aortic graft improves reconstruction after partial laryngectomy - 5/21/2012, Research

    MGH surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer. The approach uses cryopreserved aortas from deceased donors to replace removed larynx tissue and allows some patients to avoid a permanent tracheotomy and maintain voice and swallowing function.

  • Unexpected factor contributes to melanoma risk in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals - 10/31/2012, Research

    The elevated risk of melanoma among people with red hair and fair skin may be caused by more than just a lack of natural protection against ultraviolet radiation. Resarchers at the MGH Cutaneous Biology Research Center and Cancer Center have found that the type of skin pigment predominantly found in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals may itself contribute to the development of melanoma.

  • Model tissue system reveals cellular communication via amino acids - 4/3/2009, Research

    A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine has found the first evidence of cell-to-cell communication by amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, rather than by known protein signaling agents such as growth factors or cytokines.

Events

Currently Browsing:2017

  • General Thoracic Surgery

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Our annual post-graduate course in general thoracic surgery continues to fulfill its mission for the 45th year.

Currently Browsing:2016

  • Optimal Current Treatment in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Harvard Medical School present an in-depth examination of a spectrum of topics related to the management of patients with vascular disease.

Currently Browsing:2015

  • Advances in Cancer Management for the Surgeon 2015

    Wednesday, November 04, 2015

    The Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital presents Advances in Cancer Management for the Surgeon. This CME will present surgeons with recent advances in cancer management and surgical techniques, staging, avoidance and management of complications and adjuvant therapies.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

    Saturday, December 06, 2014

    The Department of Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital present “Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands.” This CME reviews surgical techniques, molecular genetic analysis, and advances in treatment for diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
  • Trauma and Critical Care Symposium

    Sunday, November 02, 2014

    The Trauma and Critical Care Symposium provides in-depth and leading-edge information in the field of critical care and trauma.

Publications

Currently Browsing:2013

  • Global Surgery Initiatives 2013

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital takes an active role in global health.

Video

  • David Rattner, MD, explains how screenings can prevent esophageal cancer

    David Rattner, MD, explains how screenings can prevent esophageal cancer

    David Rattner, MD, Co-Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center describes how chronic heartburn can lead to other serious conditions, who is most at risk and how Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer can be diagnosed and treated.

  • Michael Jaff, DO, explains how knowing your personal and family history may help prevent a stroke

    Michael Jaff, DO, explains how knowing your personal and family history may help prevent a stroke

    Michael Jaff, DO, Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center explains how carotid artery disease can cause a stroke, unless it is found early and treated, and how you can identify your risk for this condition.

  • Alice Shaw, MD, explains why patients with lung cancer can benefit from genetic testing

    Alice Shaw, MD, explains why patients with lung cancer can benefit from genetic testing

    Alice Shaw, MD, thoracic oncologist at the Mass General Cancer Center, says patients with lung cancer can benefit from genetic testing, particularly if they are young non-smokers. Learn more about personalized treatment for lung cancer and new "smart drugs" that target a tumor's specific genetic mutation to slow the cancer's growth, and in some cases, reduce it significantly.

  • Frank Robinson

    Frank Robinson's Story

    Watch 46-year-old Frank Robinson tell the story of his life-saving experience at Mass General after a massive coronary.

  • Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

  • Dr. Richard Cambria chief of vascular surgery at Mass General says family history can provide clues

    Dr. Richard Cambria, chief of vascular surgery at Mass General, says family history can provide clues

    Dr. Richard Cambria, chief of vascular surgery at Mass General, says family history can provide clues.

  • Ferguson-Ottinger Endowed Fund for Surgical Residents at Mass General

    Ferguson-Ottinger Endowed Fund for Surgical Residents at Mass General

    The Ferguson-Ottinger Endowed Fund for Surgical Residents supports a visiting professorship, educational and networking opportunities for surgical residents at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Dr. Jay Austen discusses Migraine Surgery

    Migraine Surgery

    W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses a cutting edge procedure done at Mass General: Plastic Surgery for Migraines.

  • thomas derigo single lung transplant

    Single lung transplant has Thomas Derigo playing golf

    Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Thomas Derigo, a husband and father to two teenage girls, had only one option: lung transplantation. Under the expert care of his team at Mass General, Thomas’s transplantation was a success, giving him the ability to live life normally and do the things he loves the most.

  • andrew johnson pediatric kidney transplant

    The Johnsons: Mother donates kidney to toddler son

    An ultrasound at 19 weeks showed that Andrew Johnson would be born with kidney functionality complications. Fortunately for Andrew, his mother was a compatible donor, and when he was strong enough, Andrew underwent kidney transplantation at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Transplant Center. “Everyone was so nervous that day,” Tara Johnson states. “I was elated.”

  • thor-sundt-heart-valve-options

    Mass General Chief of Cardiac Surgery Discusses Choice Among Valve Prostheses

    Thor Sundt, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, talks about heart valve options for patients undergoing heart valve surgery.

  • jonathan passeri aortic valve stenosis

    Mass General Cardiologist Talks about Aortic Valve Stenosis

    Jonathan Passeri, MD, co-director of the Mass General Heart Valve Program and director of Interventional Echocardiography, talks about aortic valve stenosis and answers common questions about symptoms to look out for and treatment options.

  • amy destefano heart in a box transplant

    "Heart in a box" gives new life

    For two years, Amy DeStefano struggled with increasing heart complications, leaving her needing a heart transplantation. Through one of Mass General’s clinical trials, Amy became the first person in New England to receive a "heart in a box" transplant. The device circulates blood through the donated heart, keeping it beating and giving doctors more time to perform a transplant.

  • LINX® Reflux Management System

    LINX Reflux Management System

    LINX® Reflux Management System is an innovative minimally invasive procedure used by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons to treat appropriately selected patients experiencing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For more information, visit massgeneral.org/LINX

  • Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

    Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

    Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a minimally invasive procedure used by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat eligible patients experiencing symptoms of achalasia. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/POEM

  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is a procedure performed by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons using small incisions to remove a diseased esophagus and reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/MIE

  • Thyroid Nodules: Biopsy Results & Treatment Recommendations

    Thyroid Nodules: Biopsy Results & Treatment Recommendations

    Sareh Parangi, MD, endocrine surgeon in the Thyroid Nodule Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses thyroid nodule biopsy results and treatment recommendations.

  • Thyroid Surgery: Outcomes and Ongoing Care

    Thyroid Surgery: Outcomes and Ongoing Care

    Roy Phitayakorn, MD, endocrine surgeon, and Giuseppe Barbesino, MD, endocrinologist, of the Thyroid Nodule Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discuss outcomes and ongoing care after thyroid surgery.

  • Dolly’s Story: Getting Back on Her Feet

    Dolly's Story: Getting Back on Her Feet

    Dolly Lakkis—a business owner, optician and competitive dancer—didn’t have time to be sick. When mitral valve disease started to affect the quality of her life, she turned to a team of specialists at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dolly’s doctors were able to repair her damaged heart valve with minimally invasive surgery that got her back on her feet—and back on the dance floor—as quickly as possible.

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