Website Mission

As a portal for health and medical information, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear website provides information for patients and health care professionals. We have designed this site so that visitors can:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is also a resource for professional education in the following programs:

Whether your visit to our site is to research medical information, find out about diseases and conditions, continuing education conferences and seminars, perform a doctor search, request an appointment or pre-register, or simply find directions, the Mass. Eye and Ear will assist you in meeting your health care needs.*

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is a 42-bed independent specialty hospital founded in 1824. The Mass. Eye and Ear has earned an international reputation for its successful treatment of the most difficult diseases and conditions of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck, and for its outstanding contributions to medical research and education.

The primary teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear trains more than 110 residents and fellows each year in our various sub-specialties, including cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, retina, eye pathology, pediatrics, glaucoma, ocular oncology, immunology, head and neck surgery and oncology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics, otology and oto-neurology.

Mass. Eye and Ear has received many honors over the years. U.S. News and World Report magazine has ranked Mass. Ear and Ear in the top five in one or both of its specialties (ophthalmology and otolaryngology) each year since the magazine began publishing its annual survey of hospitals in 1990.

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary History

In 1824, two young eye surgeons named John Jeffries and Edward Reynolds established a charitable eye clinic in Boston. Soon they began to treat ear diseases as well, and by the end of the nineteenth century, their small clinic had evolved into the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a nationally recognized specialty institution.

In 1900, Dr. Frederick Verhoeff, Mass. Eye and Ear's first full-time researcher/pathologist, established the first eye pathology laboratory in the United States. He also provided ear, nose, and throat pathology services and successfully established an endowed research department at Mass. Eye and Ear. Another milestone in the Mass. Eye and Ear's early history was the establishment of the first isolation accommodations for infectious patients in the pre-antibiotic era.

Throughout its 185-year history, Mass. Eye and Ear has led clinical advances and research. Its emphasis on the pursuit of knowledge has resulted in many groundbreaking medical and patient-care discoveries. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary has discovered new drugs, perfected new techniques, identified disease-causing genes, and much more.