Chair of Medicine Message

Patrick T. Lee, MD
Chair of Medicine

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Medicine at Salem Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham.

Since the founding of Salem Hospital in 1879, our North Shore community has entrusted us with the care of their families. We strive to care for every patient in our diverse community with kindness and excellence. Patient care is always our first priority.

In the Department of Medicine, everyone matters. We know that if we create the conditions for our people to thrive and grow, they will care for our patients with excellence and dignity. They will bring these positive experiences home to their own families. Helping our people thrive is my most important job.

My second most important job is helping us improve our system of care. To do this, we focus on a few vital priorities each year, stay in constant communication with one another on how we’re doing to advance these goals, and huddle daily to learn from and solve the small problems that come up all the time. By addressing these problems while they are small, we free ourselves from the need to constantly fight fires that could have been prevented. That gives us more time to focus on our people and on creating the kind of care experience we would want for our own families.

The Department of Medicine represents over 400 providers who provide comprehensive primary, specialty, and hospital-based care from our base at Salem Hospital and in 26 ambulatory clinics located conveniently across the North Shore community. We have received national recognition for our cardiac, stroke, and pulmonary care. Patients who need more specialized care have direct access to physicians at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital through our affiliation with Mass General Brigham. Our internal medicine residency program is thriving, with trainees flourishing in an optimal environment of challenge, support, and ample learning opportunities. After completing their residencies, our graduates go on to successful careers in primary care and hospital medicine (many within our North Shore family) while others pursue fellowship training at some of the best institutions in the country including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts University, among others.

I invite you to get to know our extraordinary people and trust us to care for you and your family. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to learn more (email:

Patrick T. Lee, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine