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Letter from the Chair

Mark L. Zeidel, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine

Physician-in-Chief, Herrman L. Blumgart Professor of Medicine

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Medicine of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, welcome to our website. Here you will find useful information about patient care, advances in medical research and educational opportunities.  

With its distinguished history, the Department of Medicine is devoted to outstanding clinical care, committed to the education of students, residents and fellows, and dedicated to discovery in the biomedical sciences.

Our clinical care is motivated always by a single goal: to provide the kind of care to every patient that each of us would want our family members to receive. To achieve these clinical results, we have developed an extremely comprehensive set of quality and safety initiatives, which integrate seamlessly with major efforts within the hospital as a whole.

Our investigators perform cutting edge research at the forefront of discovery. We have a large and diverse grant portfolio, but more importantly, our people do research that truly moves their respective fields forward.

Led by an outstanding team of nationally prominent educators, we provide superb teaching to Harvard medical students, highly innovative and effective residency and fellowship training programs, and exceptional CME courses.

The Department has nearly 450 full-time faculty members. Among them are 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 and 2 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2015, the Department had externally-funded research of over $175 million, placing it among  the ten best funded Medical School Departments of Medicine in the country—though we are a single hospital, not a medical school—and last year the Department generated more than $64 million from fee-for-service clinical activities.

We have a substantial primary care base, which generated over 273,000 outpatient visits last year. Our patients are diverse, and we have strong ties to community clinics providing care to the underserved throughout Boston. We have the most intensive care beds of any Boston hospital, and our clinical programs lead the way among area hospitals, with 26,300 endoscopy sessions and over 4,300 cardiac catheterizations and peripheral interventions performed in 2015.

The Department is renowned throughout Harvard Medical School for its teaching, and our faculty has garnered more teaching awards in recent years than any other Department in the school. We are proud to be part of a hospital that uniquely values education and is the home of the Shapiro Institute for Medical Education as well as the first fully accredited hospital-based simulation center.

We hope that this website will answer your questions about the Department and its programs. Please contact us if we can provide additional information.

Contact Information

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