Our mission is to transfer excellence in clinical care, teaching and innovation from within the walls of the Massachusetts General Hospital into the community, both locally and internationally.
While fundraising during the establishment of Massachusetts General Hospital, hospital founder John Warren wrote in 1810, "When in distress, every man becomes our neighbor." More than 200 years later, we continue to follow this philosophy, extending the work of our hospital and department into communities in need around the world. In addition to direct clinical care, we aim to decrease health disparities by building local capacity though education and clinical research.
We provide disaster relief and emergency humanitarian help, having sent clinicians to Banda Aceh after the Indonesian tsunami, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, New York after the 9/11 attacks, Haiti after the Port-au-Prince earthquake, and Libya during the 2011 uprising. Our staff delivers humanitarian care and clinical education in countries including Uganda, the Philippines, the Ukraine, Vietnam, India and South Africa. Our residents have travelled to work and teach in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, India and South Africa.