You are encouraged to attend public lectures on campus, watch select talks via livestream, and view recorded talks.

Harvard Medical School has many expert alumni, faculty, and staff who present on a broad array of topics.

Annual Symposia

Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31 Symposium

Each spring, this symposium highlights new scientific initiatives at HMS. The symposium is named for Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31, who dedicated more than 60 years of his life to surgery, patient care, and the students he mentored. His children—Tenley E. Albright, MD ’61, and Nile L. Albright, AB ’61, MD—have established this endowed symposium in recognition of his lifelong achievements and to foster the values he cherished most. In addition, the Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31 Award is presented at the annual symposium to an outstanding medical or surgical student at HMS. Learn more »

George W. Gay Lecture

The George W. Gay Lecture is the oldest endowed lectureship at HMS, and quite possibly the oldest medical ethics lectureship in the U.S. The lectureship occurs each fall and was established in 1917 by a $1,000 gift from Dr. George Washington Gay, an 1868 graduate of HMS. Gay gave Harvard the fund to provide an annual income to support lectures “to the advanced, or graduating classes in the Medical School upon Medical Ethics, and upon wise and proper methods of conducting the business of physicians, as relates to fees, collections, investments, etc.” The Gay Lectureship perpetuates his deep concern for the welfare of his patients and his appreciation of the constantly arising social and economic forces that impinge on medical care. Learn more »

Livestreamed Talks

Longwood Seminars

The Longwood Seminars are a free series of seminars for the general public. The seminars feature faculty from HMS and its affiliate hospitals presenting on a wide variety of timely topics. At the end of the seminar series, participants who attend three out of the four sessions receive a certificate of completion. Learn more »


The Talks@12 series, sponsored by the HMS Office of Communications and External Relations, offers the entire community a chance to hear from the extraordinary researchers and educators who make HMS a world-class institution. HMS staff, faculty and students are invited to attend these lunchtime talks on campus, while members of the public are invited to view via livestream. Learn more »

Recorded Talks

You can watch recorded events on the HMS YouTube channel. See recent talks »