The Mass General Difference
At Mass General the brightest minds in medicine collaborate on behalf of our patients to bridge innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine.
Mass General has the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. Our work drives discoveries and breakthroughs in the lab and in patient care.
Mass General is not only the original teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, but also its largest, and nearly all our staff physicians serve as faculty.
We provide care locally, nationally and globally by partnering with underserved communities to build, improve and sustain health care delivery and healthier communities.
Our approach to patient care encompasses our commitment to safety, effectiveness, patient care, timeliness, efficiency and equity—an approach that is always evolving based on the latest research.
Mass General's leadership team is guided by the hospital's mission to deliver excellence in patient care, advance that care through innovative research and education.
The Mass General Difference
Massachusetts General Hospital was established to provide care to Boston's sick, regardless of socioeconomic status, and became the first teaching hospital of Harvard University's new medical school. We have remained at the forefront of medicine by fostering a culture of collaboration and education, pushing the boundaries of medical research, and maintaining an unwavering commitment to the diverse community we were created to serve.
We believe that because of diversity we excel, through inclusion we respect our community, and with a keen focus on equity we serve, heal, educate and innovate at the highest levels. Our first priority is the well-being of our patients—near and far. As a team we are able to maintain a singular focus on providing the highest quality, most compassionate care to each and every patient.
World-Class Patient Care
Mass General is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. In 2015, Mass General was recognized as the #1 hospital in America and in 2019 we were #2. Mass General is recognized in 14 specialties assessed by U.S. News, a testament to the breadth and depth of our expertise. In 2021, Mass General is also ranked #3 on the World's Best Hospitals list by Newsweek. Our patients rate their experiences with us very highly, with nearly all indicating they would be very likely to recommend us to others. We also consistently achieve high ratings from professional organizations. We have been recognized by:
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center for our excellence in nursing as a Magnet® hospital
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for our excellence in cardiothoracic surgery
- The Joint Commission for our excellence in stroke care with a Comprehensive Stroke Certification
- The Leapfrog Group for our quality and safety with an “A” grade in 2019
Mass General serves as a leader in research with more than $1 billion in research operations and stands as the largest-hospital based research program in NIH funding. Our research program spans more than 30 clinical departments and centers across the hospital. Approximately 1,200 clinical trials are taking place at Mass General at any given time. Our research drives discoveries and breakthroughs in basic and clinical research, which translate into new and better treatments for our patients locally and around the globe. Mass General researchers topped the Nature Index list of health care organizations for publishing more articles in high-impact journals than any other hospital in America from January 2019 to December 2019.
Patients at Mass General have access to a vast network of physicians, nearly all of whom are Harvard Medical School faculty and many of whom are leaders within their fields. Our many multidisciplinary care teams—known worldwide for innovations in cancer, digestive disorders, the neurosciences, heart disease, orthopaedics, transplantation, urologic diseases and trauma care—unite specialists across the hospital to offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care. In addition, Mass General for Children provides a full range of pediatric health care services, from primary care to leading-edge treatment of complex and rare disorders.
Setting the Bar for Quality & Safety
Safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity—these six tenets established by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are the foundation of Mass General’s approach to quality and safety. We measure our performance, set high goals and track our progress toward those goals to maintain an atmosphere of excellence. We compare ourselves against local and national benchmarks in key quality and safety areas to ensure we deliver the highest quality and safest care possible.
Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital
Mass General is not only the original teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, but also its largest, and nearly all our staff physicians serve as faculty. We are committed to training and mentoring the next generation of international leaders in science and medicine, providing opportunities for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. These talented men and women with their diversity of talent and perspectives, in turn, lend fresh and innovative ideas on how we care for patients.
Serving Our Neighbors, Locally & Globally
Mass General was founded to serve our neighbors and those in need, a commitment that is just as strong at Mass General today as it was two centuries ago; the only difference is what it means to be a “neighbor.” Our community today extends far beyond Boston’s border. We partner with communities both close to home and across oceans to build, improve and sustain health care delivery and increase the health and well-being of those who live and work in these communities.
Awards & Recognition
Each year, Mass General is recognized for achieving the highest standards in patient care, education and research, ranking the hospital among the most prestigious medical institutions.