The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Surgery is recognized around the world for setting standards of excellence in surgical patient care, as well as training the next generation of surgeons and spearheading ground-breaking research. We perform thousands of life-transforming surgical procedures each year and pioneer surgical techniques that improve quality of life for patients worldwide.

The Department of Surgery places a very high priority on maintaining a work environment for staff, trainees and faculty characterized by generosity, integrity, constructive interactions, mentoring, and respect for diversity and differences among members of our community.  All faculty are expected to model the Brigham and Women’s behavioral attributes—responsibility, empathy, service excellence, problem solving and continuous improvement, efficiency, cultural competency and teamwork.

Vision Statement

The Brigham’s Department of Surgery is the very best place where an academic surgeon can work.

Mission Statement

To help faculty reach their highest professional goals and aspirations by providing opportunities for mentorship, education, sponsorship and coaching tailored to each member’s individuals needs and interests, in a department grounded in patient-centeredness, advancing surgical science well-being, collegiality, diversity, inclusion and equity.

OPD Spotlight

Erika L. Rangel, MD, MS, FACS, is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery. Her high impact publications on parenthood in surgery, women surgeon infertility and pregnancy complications have been recognized by The New York Times and appeared in JAMA Surgery’s list of “The Most Talked About Articles of 2020.” Her main research focus is on “defining and reducing the challenges women surgeons face in starting families, particularly those in training and early in their career.” Thanks to her research efforts and findings, her work on this important topic has received national attention. Her hope is that her research translates and impacts surgery at all levels–departmental, institutional, local, as well as in training programs. She wants to empower expectant and current parents to advocate for their own health and participate in policies without stigma and fear of reprisal. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for physicians, Dr. Rangel hopes that 2022 will be a year that gives surgeons the opportunity to practice self-care and be present with their families. When asked what she is most proud of, she says that her family and kids are her greatest accomplishment. Dr. Rangel and her husband are both physicians, who are committed to prioritizing family above all else and enjoy eating dinner together every night. A fun fact about Dr. Rangel is that she wanted to be a vet before becoming a surgeon. She has a deep love for long-haired animals and owns both cats and dogs. Her number of pets multiplied during the pandemic!