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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 11,000 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: 15 researchers have shared in 9 Nobel prizes for work completed while at the School. HMS is also currently home to 32 Investigators and 6 Faculty Scholars of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and 74 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Our work takes place on the School’s Boston campus and across the metropolitan area at 15 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Hebrew SeniorLife, Joslin Diabetes Center, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and VA Boston Healthcare System. The School’s main Quadrangle houses 187 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in 10 basic and social science departments. These departments support 800+ graduate students and 950+ postdoctoral fellows.

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.