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HMS Mission

To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease


Established September 19, 1782


Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
Dean of the Harvard University Faculty of Medicine


Number of hospital-based clinical departments 49

HMS by the Numbers 2013-14

Total faculty 12,251
Tenured and tenure-track faculty on the HMS campus, in nine preclinical departments 183
Voting faculty, campus and affiliates 5,364
Full-time faculty, campus and affiliates 9,349
Nobel Prizes (Medicine or Physiology; Peace) 9 prizes, 15 recipients
Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators 36
Members, Institute of Medicine (living) 129
Members, National Academy of Sciences 67
Total MD students 708
Total PhD students 815
     MD-PhD students (included in MD and PhD counts)
     Basic Sciences 180
     Social Sciences 162
Total DMD students 146
Total MMSc students 63
Trainees (residents and postdoctoral fellows) 9, 376


Entering MD students, 2013:

MD (includes 13 MD–PhD students) 167

Applicants 5,779
Admitted 219 (3.8%)
Matriculated (includes 13 MD-PhD students) 167
Men 76 (46%)
Women 91 (54%)
Underrepresented in medicine (African American, Native American, Hispanic, Mexican American) 31 (19%)
Asian 46 (28%)

Entering PhD, DMD and MMSc students, 2013:

PhD 155
DMD 35
MMSc 30

Additional joint-degree programs:

Medical school alumni 9,702 (MD and MMSc degrees)

MD Financial Aid (Fiscal Year 2013)

Average scholarship $40,675
Annual unit loan $26,950 (entering students); $24,500 (returning students)
Students receiving financial aid (excluding MD–PhD students) 82%
Students graduating with loans 124
Average loan debt at graduation $104,107
Range of debt (Class of 2013) $3,845–$314,659

MD Financial Aid (Fiscal Year 2012)

Students graduating with loans 111

Average loan debt at graduation $104,836

Range of debt (Class of 2012) $22,088–$245,129

Tuition and Fees (2013–2014)

Tuition $52,100
Fees $3,671

Affiliated Hospitals and Research Institutions

Centers, Divisions and Institutes


The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine comprises the Harvard Medical School library and Boston Medical Library

Special Collections (available through Countway)

History of medicine (802 incunabula)

European books printed 16th–20th centuries

English books published 1475–20th century, American books 18th–20th centuries, Bostoniana

Medical Hebraica and Judaica 14th–20th centuries

Manuscripts and archives, especially of New England origin (20 million items)

Medical library of Oliver Wendell Holmes (900 titles)

Warren Library of early works in surgery (2,000 volumes)

Friedrich Tiedemann collection of anatomy and physiology (4,000 items)

Historical Collection in Radiology

National Archives of Plastic Surgery

Medical prints, photographs and artwork (35,000)

Renowned collection of medical medals (6,000)

Archives of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health

The Archives for Women in Medicine


Nobel Laureates

Fifteen researchers have shared in nine Nobel prizes for work done while at HMS.
George Minot and William P. Murphy, 1934, Physiology or Medicine
Research on liver treatment of the anemias
Fritz A. Lipmann, 1953, Physiology or Medicine
Identified coenzyme A and discovered basic principles of the way cells generate energy
John F. Enders, Frederick C. Robbins* and Thomas H. Weller, 1954, Physiology or Medicine
Application of tissue-culture methods to the study of viral diseases, such as polio
Baruj Benacerraf, 1980, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered genetically determined structures on the surface of immune system cells that regulate immunological reactions
David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, 1981, Physiology or Medicine
Research on information processing in the visual system
Herbert Abrams, Eric Chivian and James Muller (with Bernard Lown of the Harvard School of Public Health), 1985, Peace
Cofounders, with Evgueni Chazov, Leonid Ilyin, and Mikhail Kuzin from the Soviet Union, of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Joseph E. Murray, 1990, Physiology or Medicine
Developed procedures for organ and cell transplantation in humans (with E. Donnall Thomas, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Linda Buck**, 2004, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, explaining the sense of smell (with Richard Axel, Columbia University)
Jack Szostak, 2009, Physiology or Medicine
The discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase (with Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco, and Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins University)

*Robbins was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done while a member of the Harvard Faculty. When the award was made, he was a member of the faculty of Western Reserve University.

**Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done, in part, while a member of the Harvard faculty. When the award was made, she was a member of the faculty of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Fundraising Highlights

Harvard Medical School depends upon a wide network of generous men and women who believe deeply in our mission to alleviate human suffering caused by disease. We are fortunate that our circle of supporters from the community-at-large continued to expand in fiscal year 2013, as we welcomed new friends to our constituency of alumni, volunteers, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations. In fact, more than 4,500 supporters gave more than $86 million, making a tangible impact on our ability to help people live longer, healthier lives.
In education, these gifts are supporting student scholarships and advancing continuing medical education, medical-legal issues, and medical ethics. In the area of discovery, these gifts propel the largest biomedical research engine in the world, supporting research on virtually every topic, from exploring human origins and aggressive, selfish behavior to understanding the effects of the circadian clock and advancing translational medicine. And finally, in the area of service, these gifts are bolstering our commitment to transforming the health care systems in the U.S. and abroad, including shaping policies that are both comprehensive and financially viable.
Learn more about the impact of philanthropy through the School’s Honor Roll of Donors at http://hms.harvard.edu/honor-roll.

Corporations & Foundations 43%
Hospitals 26%                                                              
Individuals & Family Foundations 26%
Alumni 5%
Research 49%
Professorships & Faculty Support 27%
Unrestricted 7%
Financial Aid 7%
Other 10%

Financial Report

Harvard Medical School ended the 2013 fiscal year with a $44.7 million deficit, compared to a $28.8 million deficit in 2012. To address a growing operating deficit and to safeguard its preeminence, the School has engaged its community in launching an initiative, HMS Next, that is focused on finding and implementing operating efficiencies across the School and identifying new revenue opportunities aligned with its academic mission.

Operating revenues totaled $605 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 0.2 percent. While the School benefited from greater distribution of the endowment, current-use gifts and tuition revenue, it was adversely affected by the cessation of federal stimulus funding for research from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The School's ability to sustain revenue growth was further challenged by the impact of recent federal sequestration measures that resulted in overall decreased support for university research and delays in the review of new grant applications.

Total operating expenses in FY 13 increased by $17.1 million, or 2.7 percent, for a total of $649.7 million, in part because of increased regulatory compliance imperatives and a continued effort to address deferred campus maintenance. Alongside these efforts, the School was able to expand in focused priority areas through the use of both endowment funds and gifts and through prudent management of its research funding.

Looking ahead, HMS will not waver in its determination to adapt to this changing environment. The Harvard Campaign, to be launched in FY14, is just one response. Beyond that, we are committed to harnessing the intellect and resourcefulness of our entire community in working together to transform and prepare the School to compete in this new, and constantly changing, economic environment.

FY 2013 Operating Revenue

Research grants and contracts $268,841,564 (44%)
Endowment distribution for operations $156,714,272 (26%)
Other revenues* $75,468,018 (13%)
Rental income $47,868,645 (8%)
Gifts for current use $36,424,520 (6%)
Tuition (net) $19,712,267 (3%)
Total $605,029,287
*Includes continuing medical education, publications, service income and royalties

FY 2013 Operating Expenses

Personnel costs $252,875,874 (39%)
Supplies and other expenses $185,810,539 (29%)
Plant operations and interest $82,591,097 (13%)
Research subcontracts and affiliates $81,520,899 (12%)
Depreciation $46,907,6266 (7%)
Total $646,706,034

Buildings on Campus

South Quad

Main Quadrangle, opened 1906

Armenise Building, 1906 (named 2000)
Goldenson Building, 1906 (named 1994)

Gordon Hall of Medicine, 1906 (named 2000)
Tosteson Medical Education Center, 1906 (named 1997)

Francis A. Countway Library, 1965 (re-dedicated 2000)

Laboratory for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology, 1969

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 1977

Building E Addition, 1987
Warren Alpert Building, 1992 (named 1993)
Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center, 2007

North Quad

Vanderbilt Hall (student residence), 1927

Harvard Institutes of Medicine (named 1996)

New Research Building, 2003

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (named 2007)

East Campus

160–164 Longwood Avenue (purchased 1959)
641 Huntington Avenue (purchased 1959)
180 Longwood Avenue (purchased 1976)
158 Longwood Avenue (purchased 2002)

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Main Building, 1909
New Research and Educational Building, 2005

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of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease