The Longwood Medical and Academic Area (also known as Longwood Medical Area, LMA, or just Longwood) is a large medical campus in Boston. Focused on Longwood Avenue and stretching from Huntington Avenue to the Riverway, LMA straddles the Fenway Kenmore and Mission Hill neighborhoods. It is more strongly associated with Harvard Medical School and other medical facilities such as the teaching hospitals of Harvard University, but not the prominent Harvard medical institutions are located there as well as museums, universities and research centers.
Another prominent hospital and research center in the area of the zone is of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or BIDMC. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the third largest recipient of biomedical research funds from the National Institutes of Health. Research funding totals nearly $150 million annually. BIDMC researchers run more than 1,000 active sponsored projects and 200 clinical trials. The Harvard-Thorndike General Clinical Research Center, the nation's oldest medical research laboratory, has been located at this site since 1973. BIDMC is also known for excellent care, compassionate patient through a multidisciplinary effort by leading physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and social workers. It is considered a national leader in multiple clinical and research areas, including cardiovascular, kidney, liver, pancreas, gastric motility, infectious diseases, surgery, women's health, diabetes, cancer and minimally invasive. The services of information technology are among the best in the nation, from cutting edge emergency room electronic dashboard to integrated Web Online Medical Record. The surgical center and procedural simulation is a national model of excellence.
Located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, BIDMC is the flagship hospital of CareGroup Health System of Massachusetts, and is considered one of the best hospitals in the U.S. U.S. by News & World Report. It is one of the largest hospitals in New England, second only to Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, both in Boston.
Other hospitals in the area include the Brigham and Women's Health, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center. Some of the other schools in the area include Boston Latin School, Emmanuel College, Wheelock College, Northeastern University, Harvard Medical School, Simmons College, and more.
AML is served by two confusingly named in the train stations at opposite ends of Longwood Avenue: "Longwood" (on the MBTA Green Line "D" branch) and Longwood Medical Area (the "E" branch). Several public bus routes serve the area, and launch (in general, for the staff member only) are connected with places like Harvard Yard, Cambridge and MIT. Parking in the area is generally paid for parking, but the fees are unreasonable and are abundant open.
The neighborhood is primarily a medical park but you will find an array of eateries located near each of the hospitals. The cafes are popular among families of patients as well as medical or nursing students. Housing is primarily found along the outskirts of the medical venues as the hospitals expand over miles of land.