Mission Statement Committee

Dean Daley convened a committee charged with reassessing Harvard Medical School's mission statement. The previous HMS mission statement is laudable, but it failed to reference fundamental aspects of what we as a community do. For example, while it referenced our mission to “nurture a diverse community” and to “ease human suffering,” it did not capture important aspects of our work such as “service” and “education.” Beyond this, the word “best” was vague and open to interpretation. The previous statement also is silent on challenging issues such as health care disparities, disabilities and naturally-occurring processes such as aging. The Committee was charged with suggesting revisions to better capture what HMS stands for as a school, as a research institution, and as an organization committed to improving the human condition.

Committee Members

Jules Dienstag Darren Higgins
Peter Howley (chair) Willy Lensch
Lisa Muto Scott Podolsky
Joan Reede Jennifer Ryan
Cliff Saper Rebecca Soto
Jessica Stewart Gina Vild

To nurture a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being for all through excellence in teaching and learning, discovery and scholarship, and service and leadership.