At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Department of Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to national data including:

  • Esophagectomy for Cancer Outcomes
  • Patient Ratings of Thoracic Surgeons

Esophagectomy for Cancer Outcomes

Mass General's outcomes are exemplary, given the high number of very ill and extremely complex patients we serve, as compared to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) norms.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. Our rates of complication from esophagectomy for cancer are significantly lower than national average. Mass General also performs 57% of these operations with a minimally invasive technique.

Mass General data: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database | Data period: January 2015-December 2017 | Morbidity includes: Bleeding requiring reoperation, anastomosis leak, reintubation, vent support > 48 hours, pneumonia.

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark

Patient Ratings of Thoracic Surgeons

Patients give high ratings to Mass General thoracic surgeons.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPHS) surveys ask patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health care. In recent ratings, our surgeons have rated very high relative to the national average, compared to national patient ratings of all doctors.

Mass General data: Quality Data Management (QDM), CAHPS Clinician and Groups Patient Survery I Data Period: January - December 2017.

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark