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Harvard Medical School has been synonymous with excellence in education, research, and clinical care for generations. Our mission, to alleviate human suffering caused by disease, extends to all members of society and all corners of the globe. Since the School was established in 1782, faculty members have improved human health by innovating in their roles as scholars, physicians, and mentors. They have piloted educational models, developed new curricula to address emerging needs in health care, and produced thousands of leaders and compassionate caregivers who are shaping the fields of science and medicine throughout the world with their expertise and passion.

Creativity fuels the engine of discovery at HMS, where more than 12,000 faculty members direct research to advance the boundaries of knowledge. Faculty members have been making paradigm-shifting discoveries and achieving “firsts” since 1800, when Professor Benjamin Waterhouse introduced the small pox vaccine to the United States. Their accomplishments are recognized internationally: fifteen researchers have shared in nine Nobel prizes for work completed while at the School. HMS is also home to 36 Investigators of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and 67 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Our work takes place on the School’s Boston campus and across the metropolitan area at 16 affiliated research institutes and hospitals. The School’s main Quadrangle houses 175 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in 9 basic and social science departments. These departments also support 700+ graduate students and 950+ postdoctoral fellows.

HMS research and teaching extends beyond the Quad. We have affiliation agreements with 16 of the world’s most prestigious hospitals and research institutes, vital partners that provide clinical care and training. They also serve as home base for more than 10,000 scientists and physicians with faculty appointments. With its vast reservoir of talent, extensive network of affiliates and commitment to problem solving, HMS is uniquely positioned to steer research and education in directions that will benefit local, national, and global communities.