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

M. Blair Marshall, MD, is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an associate surgeon in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery. She is also the Michael A. Bell Family Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation and the division’s associate chief for Quality and Safety. When asked what she enjoys most about being chair, “the support for change,” she says. Working at the Brigham, “I most enjoy the comradery that comes with having so many partners.” Being a part of the Brigham’s thoracic surgery group, which is among the largest in the nation, allows her to collaborate with colleagues who share different perspectives. Dr. Marshall is the editor of the journal Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. She leads a team of associate editors whose goal is to create a comprehensive educational platform that includes the “pearls and pitfalls” of numerous thoracic and cardiovascular procedures. This work provides experts and novices in the field an opportunity to learn different approaches and techniques of various procedures, with not only operative illustration, but videos and expert commentary.

She advises young faculty members who are looking for chances to lead to create opportunities when they don’t exist. “We all identify problems that exist at work and there are always solutions. When you encounter a problem, take the initiative to fix it. This sets you apart as a problem solver,” she says. Dr. Marshall shares that her dyslexia is part of the reason why she can envision new ways to solve and approach difficult operative situations. She is often moved to make drawings of procedures or techniques to help others understand her solution through a different lens. During her free time, Dr. Marshall enjoys design, architecture, landscapes, cooking and painting.