Department of Surgery News & Events

News, publications and events from the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Currently Browsing:2018

  • The Robots Are Coming. Will Artificial Intelligence Soon Work Alongside Us?

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018  Mass General

    In an interview for PBS NewsHour’s Future of Work series, Massachusetts General Hospital Surgeon Ozanan Meireles, MD, and General Surgery Resident Daniel Hashimoto, MD, MS, discuss their work in developing software that is smart enough to offer sound advice in the midst of surgery.

  • Patient Story: Carolyn

    Friday, November 9, 2018  Mass General

    After many years of sun exposure, Carolyn S. suffered from sunspots and age spots. She shares her experience with Jeremy Goverman, MD, and specialists at the Burn Division at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Keith Lillemoe, MD, Elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Monday, November 5, 2018  Mass General

    Keith Lillemoe, MD, Chief of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, was elected to join the National Academy of Medicine. This award is one of the highest honors in health and medicine.

  • Patient Story: Colleen's Breathing is Back to Normal

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018  Mass General

    In May 2017, Colleen traveled from her home in Connecticut to Boston, Massachusetts, to receive treatment for idiopathic subglottic tracheal stenosis. Learn more about Colleen's journey.

  • Patient Story: Courtney Can Now Get Back to the Life She Loves

    Friday, July 6, 2018  Mass General

    Courtney was diagnosed with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a rare disease where chronic blood clots turn into scar tissue and causes high blood pressure in the lungs. A multidisciplinary care team at Mass General including Dr. Cameron Wright from the Division of Thoracic Surgery, saved her life.

  • Patient Story: Julia's Improved Quality of Life

    Friday, June 1, 2018  Mass General

    In 2015, Julia came to Massachusetts General Hospital to see Dr. Dean Donahue and receive treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

  • Patient Story: Perin is Back in the Game

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018  Mass General

    Perin was diagnosed with idiophathic subglottic stenosis (ISS) and the team in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Mass General, helped bring her old life back.

  • General Surgery Spotlight: Q&A with Cristina Ferrone, MD

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018  Mass General

    Cristina Ferrone, MD , is the Surgical Director of the Liver Program in the Division of General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an associate professor of surgery. In this Q&A, she discusses why more women and girls should enter the sciences.

  • Surgery Spotlight: Q&A with Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS

    Monday, March 12, 2018  Mass General

    Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS, shares her experience for Women's History Month.

  • General Surgery Spotlight: Q&A with Sareh Parangi, MD

    Monday, March 5, 2018  Mass General

    Sareh Parangi, MD, is a professor of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She recently became the second ever female Professor of Surgery in the history of Mass General. She is also a President Elect of the Association of Women Surgeons.

  • Surgery Spotlight: Q&A with Elizabeth Lancaster, MBA

    Monday, March 5, 2018  Mass General

    Elizabeth Lancaster, is the Executive Director of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She shares her insights about why she chose the health care field and what she likes most about her job in this short Q&A.

  • Patient Story: Maria's Special Birthday Present - Getting Her Life Back

    Friday, February 9, 2018  Mass General

    Maria, a recent patient in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, talks about her tracheal surgery with Dr. Mathisen.

  • Burn Survivor Helps Others

    Thursday, February 1, 2018  Mass General

    Joe Greene, a patient with the Sumner M. Redstone Burn Center at Mass General, shares her story.

  • Patient Story: Brenda Has Her Life Back

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018  Mass General

    Brenda, a Massachusetts General Hospital patient, shares her story with idiopathic subglottic stenosis.

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  • Chefs gather to help Massachusetts General Hospital's mission

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016  Mass General

    On Monday, October 3, some of Boston's top chefs gathered in Beacon Hill for the third annual "Chefs for Clefts" fundraising event which raised over $60,000 for Massachusetts General Hospital's Cartagena Surgical Mission to help Colombian children born with cleft lips and congenital deformities.

  • Once again, named among America's best hospitals

    Tuesday, August 2, 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 1, 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.

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  • Understanding life after pancreatic surgery

    Friday, December 4, 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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 8, 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 6, 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 1, 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.

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  • 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

  • Magic in the making

    Friday, August 8, 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).

  • 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.

  • #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.

  • Austen named chief of Burn Surgery

    Friday, April 4, 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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 7, 2013  Mass General

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

  • 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.

  • 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 9, 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.

  • #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.

  • New procedure is easy to swallow

    Friday, June 7, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • MGH performs its first hand transplant

    Friday, November 2, 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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 7, 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 4, 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 2, 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 4, 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.

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  • 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 3, 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 1, 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.

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  • Facing a better future

    Friday, December 4, 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 2, 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 8, 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 8, 2009  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 5.08.09 In General awards and honors

  • Moments in Surgery

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009  Mass General

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

  • 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.

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  • Sailhamer wins paper competition

    Friday, December 5, 2008  Mass General

    MGH Hotline: 12/05/08

  • In General

    Friday, December 5, 2008  Mass General

    MGH Hotline: 12/05/08

  • A Day in the Life

    Friday, November 7, 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.

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  • General Thoracic Surgery

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Our annual post-graduate course in general thoracic surgery continues to fulfill its mission for the 49th year.

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  • 2018 Trauma and Critical Care Symposium

    Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    This three-day educational course is dedicated to the practicing surgeon. The course will educate surgeons about advances in benign and malignant colorectal disorders taught in a hands-on environment. Surgeons will also learn about updates in literature and research, surgical tips and insights from our faculty.
  • Advances in Surgical Oncology 2018

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    The Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital presents Advances in Surgical Oncology 2018. This 2-day course is structured to provide present surgeons with the most recent advances in cancer management in a manner that allows them to use the information in their surgical practices.

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Patients share their photos before and after Hair Restoration Surgery

    Hair Restoration Surgery Program

    Patients share their photos before and after Hair Restoration Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Mass General Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders

    Mass General Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders

    The Pelvic Floor Disorders Center at Mass General brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists. This team works together to treat the complex and often interconnected problems that cause pelvic floor disorders. The center’s treatment philosophy is built upon a foundation of honest, open communication with every patient. Learn more about the center and its specialists.

  • Airway/Tracheal surgical images

    Airway/Tracheal Surgical Images

    Common patient airway and tracheal surgical images.

  • Teaching Resident Skills in a Laboratory

    Teaching Resident Skills in a Laboratory

    The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital teaches residents the skills they need to use in the real world.

  • Colorectal Surgery

    Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery

    In May 2018, Mass General participated in the Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery educational course. The course educated surgeons about advances in benign and malignant colorectal disorders taught in a hands-on environment. Surgeons also learned about updates in literature and research, surgical tips and insights from our faculty.

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