Learn more about the mission of the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


The mission of the Center for Engineering & Surgery (CEMS) at Massachusetts General Hospital is twofold:

  1. To train MDs, PhDs and predoctoral students in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering
  2. To bring the principles and tools of biomedical engineering to the forefront of biomedical research and patient care


Biomedical engineering is a dynamic and expanding field of engineering that has the potential to make important advances in biomedical research and health care.

The unique combination of the basic biomedical sciences together with disciplinary fundamentals of engineering and physical science can be used to generate many powerful techniques and tools to solve today's pressing medical problems.

The Harvard teaching hospitals, the Harvard Medical School, and Mass General in particular have contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of biomedical engineering.

Who We Are

The CEMS has functioned as a de facto "Department of Biomedical Engineering" since its inception. The faculty is comprised of many talented individuals that manifest a diversity of interests and skills. The research and training focus at the CEMS is neither on a single disease, nor on a single group of technologies.

Instead, vitality springs from creating novel applications using the tools of disparate disciplines, ranging from molecular biology and biochemistry to engineering design and analysis.

Established in 1995, the CEMS looks toward:

  1. Serving as a structured framework for cooperative research and educational activities of bioengineers at the interface of engineering and medicine
  2. Providing outstanding training opportunities in bioengineering and quantitative sciences to physicians, engineers and scientists at all academic levels
  3. Building mechanisms for the advancement of the discipline of bioengineering

While the faculty at the CEMS hold appointments at many different institutions, the largest representation comes from Mass General, which serves as the lead institution and administrative center.