Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Location 243 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Care system Medicare, Private[1]
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Harvard Medical School
Emergency department 24-hour emergency ophthalmology and otolaryngology service
Beds 42[2]
Speciality Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology
Founded 1824[2]
Lists Hospitals in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, known locally as Mass. Eye and Ear, is a specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Founded in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School.[2]

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Mass. Eye and Ear is a 41-inpatient bed independent specialty hospital founded in 1824.[2] 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. In 2015, MEEI has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 4th best hospital in the United States for Ophthalmology and 1st in the nation for Otolaryngology.[3][4]

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 its various sub-specialties, including cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, retina, eye pathology, pediatrics, glaucoma, ocular oncology, immunology, head & neck surgery, oncology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics, otology and oto-neurology.[2]

In addition to ophthalmology and otolarynology, the hospital provides patient services and conducts research and clinical training in audiology (diagnostics, hearing aids and cochlear implants), balance (vestibular), facial nerve, thyroid, voice and speech, and vision rehabilitation. The Mass. Eye and Ear is also home to the Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center, which provides 24-hour emergency treatment for smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and diving injuries such as decompression sickness ("the bends"). Treatment for problem-wound healing is also conducted in the Center.The current buildings was completed in 1973.[5]


The hospital's main campus is located in Boston's West End, surrounded by various Massachusetts General Hospital buildings. Despite the common perception that Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE) is part of MGH, the two health care facilities are separate entities. The MGH Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology are actually departments at MEE. Both are Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals and tend to refer patients to one another. MEE is a stand-alone organization with its own Board of Directors and executive team. Maps of the Boston area will often show the entire area shaded and labeled as "Massachusetts General Hospital," including the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

The transit stop serving the two hospitals is "Charles/MGH" on the MBTA Red Line train. The signs at the train station (which was rebuilt and opened in 2007) have smaller printing reading "Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary" in addition to the prominent "Charles/MGH" signs.

Mass. Eye and Ear has a total of 17 sites in the Greater Boston region, including locations in the Longwood Medical Area, Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and Braintree, Concord, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Milton, Medford, Newton, Plainville, Providence, RI, Quincy, Stoneham, Waltham, Weymouth. [6]


  1. ^ "MEEI-Insurance". 2006-04-17. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "MEEI-About us". Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  3. ^ "U.S. News Best Hospitals: Ophthalmology". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ "U.S. News Best Hospitals: Ear, Nose & Throat". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary". EMPORIS GMBH. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
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Coordinates: 42°21′38.39″N 71°04′12.09″W / 42.3606639°N 71.0700250°W / 42.3606639; -71.0700250