Transforming Medicine

Betsy Nabel, MD, reflects on the opening of the Building for Transformative Medicine.

by Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD

BWH President and staff cutting a ribbon in front of a presentation screen
Among those celebrating the grand opening of the Building for Transformative medicine were, from left: BWH Trustee Scott Sperling; Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez; BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD; James Kang, MD, chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and Michael Brenner, MD, chief, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy.

When we broke ground on our new Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM) three years ago, we envisioned a place where discovery, caring, and curing would happen under one roof—with patients at the center of it all.

When we welcomed our first patients to the BTM in October, I marveled at how the building reflects our institution’s spirit of compassion and innovation, of dedication and daring. This spirit infuses our campus, encouraging our community to work together on behalf of our patients and their families.

The BTM was meticulously designed and built to foster collaborations, both planned and spontaneous: from basic and translational research labs on the upper floors, to clinics below, to a suite dedicated to clinical trials, to some of the most advanced imaging technology available, to a variety of gathering spaces both indoors and out.

Our new building is just one example of our singular focus on our patients and their loved ones. Their trust in our care is met by our deep commitment to advancing medical science. I’m grateful that so many of their voices chimed in to help us design a building where all who enter feel at home.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we stand on a remarkable and lengthy legacy of challenging the status quo and pioneering advances that establish new standards of care. As we enter a new frontier of caring and curing, I hope you will join me in imagining how we will carry this tradition forward, seeing the unknown as a vast landscape of opportunities to transform medicine.

Betsy Signature
Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital