At Boston Medical Center, our Gastroenterology services include diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of digestive disorders, from peptic ulcers and reflux to Crohn’s disease and cancer. In addition, we care for patients with motility disturbances, neuroendocrine tumors, and hepatobiliary disorders such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, pancreatic disease, and biliary obstruction. As our patient in the Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders (CDD), you’ll receive a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to care that not only includes medical and surgical doctors, but also experts in nutrition, nursing, psychiatry, radiology, urology, and more.
In addition to the team of gastroenterology medical and surgical doctors, we offer patients a range of clinical support services.
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Colon and Rectal Surgery
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Program (HHT)
Conditions We Treat
- Abdominal Pain and Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Anorectal Diseases
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Biliary and Pancreatic Disorders
- Esophageal Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Malignancies
- High-Grade Dysplasia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Liver Disease
- Motility Disorders
- Zenker's Diverticulum
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Treatments & Services
An exam where your doctor looks at your large intestine (colon) and rectum using a long, flexible tube with a camera on it. This allows your doctor to find any changes or issues in your colon or rectum, and remove abnormal tissue if necessary.
Nutrition Counseling is provided by a registered dietitian (RD). During a counseling session, the dietitian works with each client, child, and/or parents/guardians to teach healthy eating habits. Counseling is individualized based on the client’s medical, social and ethnic background. Meal plans, food label reading, recipe modification and shopping tips are also provided if needed. The RD and the patient develop goals to together that are realistic for promoting good health and wellness.
When your loved one is admitted to the hospital and can benefit from our services, please request a consult through your primary team.
You will receive an intravenous sedative and pain medication. Once comfortable, the physician will then examine the area using an endoscope—a lighted tube with a small camera at the end. The physician will be able to view any abnormalities and take a tissue samples (biopsies) if necessary.
This procedure is called Fundoplication. It has been shown to be effective in preventing reflux. Patients who undergo the Fundoplication procedure usually spend 24 hours in the hospital and are back to work within a week.
Gastroenterology Patient Resources
The support sites and professional organizations below can help you connect with and learn from others who share similar experiences and from professional organizations.
However, please note that medical concerns should always be addressed by your healthcare professional.
Crohn's and Colitis Support Group
Gastroenterology Patient Resources Tests and Procedure Preparation Info
IPAA Tips and Resources
If you’ve had ileoanal anastomosis (IPAA or J-pouch) surgery, there’s a lot to learn. See tips from our experts, read first-hand accounts of the procedure, and learn where to find support here.
Find out more about colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gastroenterology-related topics straight from professional medical organizations.
IBD Support Sites
You don’t have to go through IBD alone. Learn from and connect with other people with IBD on these sites.
Gastroenterology Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about gastroenterological conditions, treatments, and screenings are common. Here are some of the questions we hear most often.
Gastroenterology Patient Support Services
Your care team includes more than your gastroenterologist. From radiology to mental health support to nutrition services, teams across the hospital are available to help make sure you get the best care possible.
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The Gastroenterology Department at BMC has a long history of clinical research discovery, including the development of the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale, and multidisciplinary research programs, including in the BMC Nonalcoholic Fatty Livery Disease Research Center and Crohn’s and Colitis Research Center. Research is an integral part of our academic program, and we provide trainees with the opportunity for advanced training in this area.
Learn more about gastroenterology research at BMC.
Residency and Fellowship Information
The Department of Gastroenterology at Boston Medical Center offers residency training programs, graduate training programs, and fellowships aimed at helping you become a future GI leader, For more information, click here.
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