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About Us

The Department of Medicine has three main goals: to provide outstanding clinical care, to educate students, residents and fellows, and to improve lives through biomedical research. In all that we do, we keep in mind the quality of the care we provide and the safety of our patients.

Clinical CareDr. Lisa Fitzgerald, Rheumatology, with a patient.

Our clinical care is focused on one important mission: to provide the kind of care that each of us would want for our own family members. We provide services from primary care to cutting-edge specialty services through our various divisions of medicine. We are also proud of our strong ties to community clinics that care for the underserved throughout Boston.

  • Our primary care program included over 273,000 outpatient visits last year
  • Our clinical programs lead the way among area hospitals, with 26,300 endoscopy procedures and over 4,300 cardiac catheterizations done in 2015

Medical Education

We are proud to provide superb teaching to Harvard medical students, residents, fellows and current faculty. Our educational programs are led by a team of nationally-known faculty. In fact, the Department is renowned throughout Harvard Medical School for its teaching, and our members have garnered more teaching awards in recent years than any other department in the school.


Our research programs are focused on finding new ways to cure disease and improve lives.

  • In 2015, the Department earned research funding of over $175 million, placing it among the ten best funded Medical School Departments of Medicine in the country.

Our research faculty members have received the highest national honors and include: 

  • 1 member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 10 members of the Institute of Medicine
  • 26 members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • 9 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Quality and Safety

One of the most important aspects of providing high-quality care is access. The Department prides itself on making its clinical services available to patients in a timely manner. A new patient appointment is available within days of a telephone call in nearly all of our clinics. Our quality improvement programs inspire us to give timely, safe and effective care across the Department and have helped make BIDMC one of the safest hospitals in the nation.

Our HistoryDr. Hermann Blumgart discusses a chart with a group of doctors and nurses, 1960.

BIDMC has a rich and unique history and is currently celebrating historic milestones.

  • New England Deaconess Hospital, one of our two founding hospitals, opened its doors 120 years ago.
  • Beth Israel Hospital, our other founding hospital, opened 100 years ago.
  • The combined medical center, now called Beth Israel Deaconess, is 20 years old this year.

The Deaconess Hospital was founded by a group of women called deaconesses who worked full-time for Methodist churches. In 1896, these women built a 15-bed hospital next to the home in which they lived to provide care to the underserved. Beth Israel Hospital opened as a Jewish community hospital in Roxbury in 1917 for Jewish physicians and patients, both of whom were discriminated against at other hospitals. The two hospitals merged in 1996, creating Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a new combined Department of Medicine. We’re proud to carry on the traditions of our founding hospitals in providing high quality and compassionate care to all.

Contact Information

Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Yamins 419
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Read more about our residents, educators, and other members of the BIDMC community in the Department of Medicine's Annual Reports