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

Quoc-Dien Trinh, MD, FACS, is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an associate surgeon in the Division of Urology. He is also the co-director of the Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Prostate Cancer Program and the director of Ambulatory Clinical Operations in Urology. Dr. Trinh is passionate about research, advocacy and educating patients. He aspires to make a difference in research and surgery by focusing on surgical inequities, specifically in prostate cancer. He believes that “eliminating disparities in prostate cancer would have a greater overall effect on mortality.” As the current chair of the Prostate Cancer Workgroup at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Dr. Trinh uses his platform to collaborate with lawmakers and lobbyists to enact change. He shares that although it can be a challenge, it is an “indispensable part in the fight for equity.” To date, his favorite publication is one published in JAMA Oncology recently titled, “Cancer screening tests and cancer diagnoses during the COVID-19 pandemic.” This publication is among the first to show the effects of the pandemic on cancer screenings, and it received one of the highest Altmetric Attention Scores for a JAMA Oncology article.

Dr. Trinh’s advice to young faculty is to “be hyper-aware of your strengths and weaknesses and enlist help in areas of need.” He mentions surgeons often feel like they must know everything, but he encourages faculty to reach out and ask for help from those who are experts in the areas they are interested in. A fun fact about Dr. Trinh is that he enjoys street photography in his free time. He participated in a project in Provincetown that was featured in a photography journal!