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Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Enter Formal Relationship to Provide Top Eye and ENT Care

Contact: Mary Leach
Mass. Eye and Ear Public Affairs
(617) 573-4170

Boston – (Oct. 19, 2009) – The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital have formalized and enhanced their long history of clinical and academic collaboration and outstanding patient care.

On Friday, Oct. 16, Mass General formally created departments of Ophthalmology (eye) and Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, head and neck). These new clinical services are led by the respective department chiefs at Mass. Eye and Ear, who now also serve as chiefs at Mass General. These chiefs are Drs. Joan W. Miller and Joseph B. Nadol, Jr.

The new MGH departments are staffed by Mass. Eye and Ear physicians, who maintain appointments at both institutions. Patients will continue to see ophthalmology and otolaryngology physicians at Mass. Eye and Ear, which is physically connected to the main Mass General campus.

The new relationship enables more coordination and collaboration between the two institutions, as the chiefs of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology will become integrated into Mass General’s leadership groups and be part of the planning and decision-making processes. Patients in particular will benefit from the closer connection as they continue to receive world-class coordinated care at the institutions they know and trust. The result of this enhanced relationship will be deeper collaboration and joint programmatic planning to achieve highest quality of care, research and teaching.