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Our History

The roots of the Harvard Surgical Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reach back to the mid-19th century, establishing it as one of the oldest academic surgical programs in the nation.

The first to lead the Fifth (Harvard) Surgical Service (from 1864 to 1885) was David W. Cheever, MD, who was widely recognized as an innovator, superb surgeon, and devoted educator. 

To learn more about our history, read "BIDMC Surgery at 150."

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Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis St.
Boston, MA 02215