Quick Facts about Mass. Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an independent hospital in Boston, specializing in the care and treatment of patients with disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck.

Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high-quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex.

Including its main campus on Charles Street in Boston, Mass. Eye and Ear has a network of 20 patient care sites throughout Greater Boston and Providence.

In 2011, Mass. Eye and Ear merged with Schepens Eye Research Institute, creating the largest community of vision and hearing researchers anywhere in the world. Our investigators are supported by more than $40 million of annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and trains future leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through residency as well as clinical and research fellowship programs.

Vital Stats*

  • Surgical cases: 29,874
  • Inpatient discharges: 1,129
  • Outpatient visits: 289,025
  • Emergency room visits: 21,492
  • 21 Operating rooms (main campus and Longwood sites)
  • Inpatient beds: 41 (21 adult and 20 pediatric)

*Numbers reflect the fiscal year 2016


  • Board of Directors Chairman: Wycliffe Grousbeck
  • President: John Fernandez
  • Chief of Ophthalmology: Joan W. Miller, M.D.
  • Chief of Otolaryngology: D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D.

Services Only Offered at Mass. Eye and Ear

  • The Commonwealth's only 24-hour per day emergency room dedicated to treating specialized injuries of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck.
  • The Commonwealth's only designated Eye Trauma Center.
  • The only Hyperbaric Medicine Service east of Springfield, Mass., that is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to treat smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning and "the bends."

National Reputation for Quality

  • Mass. Eye and Ear ranked #6 in the nation for Otolaryngology (ENT) and #4 in the nation for Ophthalmology (Eye) in the 2018–2019 U.S. News and World Report "Best Hospital" rankings.
  • Top Leapfrog Hospital in nation accredited by the Joint Commission

A Few Research "Firsts"

  • Discovery of the first hereditary cancer gene
  • First diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity
  • First treatment for retinitis pigmentosa
  • Performance of the first cochlear implant in New England
  • Development of two surgical procedures for Ménière’s Disease
  • Development of surgery to restore speech, swallowing and normal breathing in patients with paralyzed vocal cords
  • Discovery of VEGF molecule as a major trigger for antiogenesis in the eye, a cause of blinding diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy
  • Pioneered use of photodynamic therapy to halt vision loss from AMD and restore sight
  • Discovery of stem cells in the inner ear, which can be converted to hair cells (used for hearing)
  • First to grow new hair cells in the inner ear and restore hearing in mammals