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At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we are passionate about leading-edge patient care. Our patients can be confident they are receiving treatments that are today's gold standard of care - or innovative therapies that will become the gold standard of tomorrow. We have developed six major comprehensive care centers that allow physicians from multiple disciplines - such as medicine, surgery, pathology, radiology, oncology, social work, and more - to work together so that our patients are receiving the most coordinated, comprehensive care possible.  These centers include:

  • Cancer Center - Offering substantial expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of cancers, with particular emphasis on cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, lung and blood and lymph systems. Specialties also include bone marrow and stem cell transplant therapy. Beth Israel Deaconess is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and a participant in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.

    Our cancer program was the first program in Massachusetts, and one of only 34 in the country, to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Radiology, Oncology Nursing Society and members of the American College of Surgeons.
  • CardioVascular Institute (CVI) - The recently created CVI is best described as a hospital within a hospital, dedicated exclusively to delivering all aspects of heart and vascular care. This innovative concept combines cardiovascular medicine, cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology and vascular/endovascular surgery, providing patients with the highest quality care, delivered by some of the best physicians in the world, in an integrated fashion unparalleled anywhere in the country.

    The CVI assembles over 600 individuals ranging from the chiefs of their respective divisions, all physicians and non-physician clinicians, ancillary staff, case managers, transport, and administrative managers -- all working together to get and keep you healthy. It means less bureaucracy. Quicker evaluations and diagnoses. Integrated medical records. Outstanding outcomes. And access to the most up-to-date clinical trials and treatments.
  • Digestive Disease Center (DDC) - The Digestive Disease Center is a comprehensive collaboration among gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists and pathologists, providing treatment from gastroesophageal reflux disease to complicated pancreas and bile duct problems to colon and rectal disease. BIDMC performs more than 21,000 gastrointestinal procedures annually, including 15,000 screening, surveillance and diagnostic colonoscopies and has one of the largest Irritable Bowel Disease practices on the east coast with more than 4,000 patients. A new and expanded endoscopy suite, with 27 private patient rooms and 13 procedural suites, opened in March 2008.
  • Spine Center - The Carl J. Shapiro Department of Orthopaedics and the Department of Neurology at BIDMC recently collaborated to form a comprehensive Spine Center which allows an orthopaedic surgeon and neurosurgeon to practice together in one location to diagnose and treat patients with spine and other back problems. The Spine Center is the only of its kind in Boston that is co-directed by physicians in both specialties.
  • Transplant Institute - A prominent provider of care to patients with end-stage kidney, liver and pancreas disease, the joint medicine/surgery Transplant Institute at BIDMC has implemented clinical pathways to ensure continuity of care through all phases of transplantation and the efficient utilization of hospital resources. Also having a strong research component, surgeons performed 94 kidney, liver and pancreas transplants in 2007, making it the second largest provider of transplant services in Massachusetts. The Transplant Institute is a certified member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Other notable areas where we are leading the way in patient care:

  • The future is being defined at our Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, where advances in clinical care, research and training focus on less invasive practices that make a big impact on patient care and the quality of life. The Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center, within the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in New England.
  • Patients with diabetes complications who undergo vascular surgery benefit from outcomes among the best in the nation and our relationship with the internationally renowned Joslin Clinic.
  • In 2005, BIDMC became the first center in New England - and one of only a select number of hospitals in the country - to offer CyberKnife®, a dynamic new radiation therapy system that is a noninvasive, radiosurgical alternative to open surgery for cancerous and other tumors. BIDMC's Keith C. Field CyberKnife Center uses precise image-guidance and a multi-jointed robotic arm to deliver concentrated beams of radiation from multiple directions.
  • Our imaging systems, including Boston's first PET/CT scanner, are ahead of the technology curve, allowing less invasive breast imaging, virtual colonoscopy and more.
  • Each year, 5,000 babies are born at BIDMC. From our comfortable, home-like birthing suites to our highest-level Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we provide care for the most routine pregnancy to the most complex.
  • The Berenson Emergency Department at BIDMC is home to a state-of-the-art level one trauma center. Through multidisciplinary efforts with BIDMC's esteemed neurology and neurosurgery specialists, BIDMC was one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to become licensed as a Primary Center.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-3000
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