In January 2013, Mass. Eye and Ear renewed its commitment and obligation to serving as a global source of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research innovation by establishing its Office of Global Surgery and Health. Led by Dr. Mack Cheney, the Kletjian Chair in Global Surgery, the Office extends Mass. Eye and Ear’s mission by supporting the global health education and outreach initiatives of its faculty and staff and leveraging the full departmental resources available at Mass. Eye and Ear to address the life-altering and life-threatening ophthalmic and otolaryngologic needs of the most vulnerable in our global community. The Office is dedicated to using Mass. Eye and Ear's resources to address the deficit of otolaryngologists and ophthalmologists in the developing world and the lack of training programs currently in place that would correct that shortage. By embedding the excellence found within the walls of Mass. Eye and Ear into otolaryngology and ophthalmology training programs in underserved countries, the Office will promote environments of academic medicine that will generate highly skilled local surgeon educators, who will in turn teach their own.
Bolstered by the presence of Harvard Medical School and its Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Boston hosts a high concentration of global health NGOs and affiliated hospital programs. In addition to NGOs including Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Initiative, hospitals such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, and Massachusetts General Hospital host one if not multiple global health programs. Mass. Eye and Ear provides a needed and concentrated expertise in subspecialty surgical and clinical education and has the opportunity to provide much needed harmonization and coherency in the field, optimizing the use of personnel and funding resources to provide the most impact.
As a specialty teaching and research hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear is uniquely positioned to conduct innovative research programs and deliver them to people in Boston and throughout the world. In its role as the primary teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School's Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Departments, Mass. Eye and Ear teaches future medical leaders in subspecialty care. Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness, and diseases of the head and neck. Home to the world's largest vision and hearing research center, Mass. Eye and Ear offers hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation.