Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BIDMC is one of the nation's preeminent academic medical centers. As an institution, it is committed to excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and education and to the health and wellness of our patients and our communities.

BIDMC's 1,250 full-time physicians constitute almost a quarter of Harvard Medical School's faculty. As a training hospital, BIDMC is committed to training the next generation of doctors and have raised medical education to a higher level with a uniquely strong and deep program that attracts top faculty and residents. Learning flourishes within the medical center's hallways, as students learn from the best of the best in an open environment that produces leaders of tomorrow.

BIDMC is also the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox, a partnership that promotes BIDMC’s community outreach and provides joint sponsorship for a youth scholarship program. BIDMC employees are eligible for $5, first-come-first-serve tickets to Red Sox games as well as volunteer opportunities at Red Sox-BIDMC sponsored community health events.  

Department of Medicine

In the words of Department Chair Dr. Mark Zeidel, “We train residents and fellows to provide the type of care they would want their families to have: compassionate, comprehensive, high quality and cutting edge.” With 300 diverse trainees, the Department of Medicine supports the graduate medical education of clinicians, teachers and investigators.

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Led by an outstanding team of nationally prominent educators, the department provides highly innovative and effective residency and fellowship training programs, exceptional CME courses and teaching for Harvard medical students. The department has over 400 full-time faculty members. Among them are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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

To learn more about the Department of Medicine, read recent annual reports >>

Division of Gerontology

Geriatric care at BIDMC has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation by the annual rankings of U.S. News and World Report. The health care professionals in the Division of Gerontology provide older adults with comprehensive services that involve a team of geriatricians, geriatric nurse practitioners, geriatric psychiatrists and social workers. From the healthy and active 65-year-old to the frail and medically-complex older adult, our team provides primary care, preventive health services and consultations for specific problems, in both the outpatient and hospital settings.

The division is also home to clinical and research faculty from Hebrew SeniorLife, which is one of the nation's leading clinical research centers in gerontology and provides multilevel long-term care and rehabilitation services for seniors. The division's research, education and clinical activities are spread among a number of sites in the Boston area. Working alongside these affiliated sites is a major benefit of BIDMC’s geriatric fellowship.

Learn more about the Division of Gerontology >>
Read more about the Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine >>



  • Read more in the Department of Medicine's Annual Report

  • Read more about Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Alumna Melissa Mattison '02, recognized by the Society of Hospital Medicine