Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care Program

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Surgical Critical Care Program, part of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, treats patients who are critically ill with life-threatening conditions not caused by an injury, such as ulcers, obstructions and appendicitis.


Massachusetts General Hospital has cared for critically ill patients since its inception in 1811. Over the years, we have developed a systematic approach for treating these patients. Key components include:

  • A team of surgeons who stay in the hospital 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Advanced notification and real-time communication between transferring community hospitals and Mass General
  • Training and established protocols for all personnel, from EMTs to surgeons

All surgeons in our division are experienced intensivists with qualifications and credentials in critical care. As a result, surgeons oversee the full continuum of care for a patient, from the Emergency Department to the operating room to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit through transition to a general care bed or rehabilitation.

Leading the Way in Our Field

The following factors also enhance our surgical critical care capabilities.

Multifaceted Expertise

Our surgeons are complemented by a rich network of professionals in the Mass General Trauma Center, including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains and respiratory therapists. We work closely with specialists in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, the Department of Emergency Medicine and other services, offering a breadth and depth of expertise available at few other institutions.


Our team includes an attending physician from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mass General andSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who guides the patient's rehabilitation care at Mass General from the day of admission. If the patient is later transferred to Spaulding or another facility, we handle all the paperwork to ensure he or she has a seamless transition.

Education and Training

One of the first of its kind in the country, our Surgical Critical Care/Acute Surgery Fellowship allows surgeons to develop advanced proficiency in managing all aspects of the patient's surgical and intensive care needs. We also train residents in the Mass General Surgical Residency Program, where we emphasize the critical care aspects of surgery.

Leading-edge Research

Our division regularly conducts clinical and basic science research projects focusing on various areas of critical care. Patients may have the option to take part in clinical research projects involving the latest treatments and technologies.


  • A conversation with Hasan Alam, MD, of "Boston Med" - 8/13/2010, 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."


Contact Us

Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care (TESSCC)

Suite 810165 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114,
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: See below

For patient care inquiries, please call: 617-726-2760.
For administrative issues, please call: 617-726-9591.

Referral process for non-acute phase transfer of a patient

1. Call MD Connectat 1-877-MD-REFER (1-877-637-3337) and explain that you would prefer to transfer your patient to Massachusetts General Hospital.

2. Talk directly to an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. After providing pertinent medical data to our transfer coordinators, either stay on the line or return to your patient and our attending physician will call you back promptly.

3. Decide if you would like MD Connect to handle ambulance transport. Simply tell our transfer coordinators that you would like MD Connect to manage transportation to Massachusetts General Hospital, and we will make the arrangements.


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