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Hoppin, Alison Grew, MD

  • Associate physician in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Associate director for pediatric programs, MGH Weight Center


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Alison G. Hoppin, MD, is Associate Director for Pediatric Programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Weight Center. The program provides care for children and adolescents who are overweight or obese, tailored to the individual patient.



Centers & Specialties

Digestive Healthcare Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Weight gain and obesity in children and adolescents
  • General pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
  • Intolerance of milk and other foods in infants
Medical Education
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Babies Hosp. Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital|Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Hoppin is an attending physician in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital, with particular clinical expertise in excessive weight gain and obesity and associated medical problems in children and adolescents. She has been medical director of the Pediatric programs at the MGH Weight Center since its inception in 1999, working closely with a multidisciplinary team including dietitians, psychologists, and surgeons.

Dr. Hoppin completed Medical school at Columbia University, then a residency in Pediatrics at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In Boston, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition through Harvard Medical School (the Combined Program at Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital), then related Research fellowships at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been an Attending Physician in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1997.

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Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

1. Lenders C, Hoppin AG. Evaluation and management of obesity. In: Nutrition in Pediatrics 3 ed (WA Walker et al, eds). Ontario: BC Decker; 2003. p. 917-934.
2 Hoppin AG. Obesity. In: Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease (WA Walker et al, eds). Ontario: BC Decker;2004. p. 311-331.
3. Levitsky LL, Misra M, Boepple PA, Hoppin AG.  Adolescent obesity and bariatric surgery.  Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes  2009; 16(1):37-44
4. Pratt JS, Lenders CM, Dionne EA, Hoppin AG, Hsu GL, Inge TH, Lawlor DF, Marino MF, Meyers AF, Rosenblum JL, Sanchez VM. Best Practice Updates for Pediatric/Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring)  2009; 17(5):901-10
5. Sinha M, Stanley TL, Webb J, Scirica C, Corey K, Pratt J, Boepple PA, Hoppin A, Misra M. Metabolic effects of roux-en-Y gastric bypass in obese adolescents and young adults. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2013; 56(5):528-31.
6. Shah RV, Abbasi SA, Neilan TG, Hulten E, Coelho-Filho O, Hoppin A, Levitsky L, de Ferranti S, Rhodes ET, Traum A, Goodman E, Feng H, Heydari B, Harris WS, Hoefner DM, McConnell JP, Seethamraju R, Richers C, Kwong RY, Jerosch-Herold M. Myocardial tissue remodeling in adolescent obesity. J Am Heart Assoc 2013; 2(4):e000279.

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News & Events

  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center: Collaborative Research

    Obesity is a unique medical problem because it affects a large proportion of the population across the entire lifespan, causes comorbidities in virtually every organ system including mental health and social functioning, typically affects several members of the same family, and is remarkably refractory to treatment. Accordingly, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center is a unique program, with the following goals: multidisciplinary clinical care for children with obesity, lifespan approach, collaborative research.

  • A Healthy Approach to Treating Childhood Obesity

    Experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Weight Center weigh-in on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating childhood obesity.

  • A Healthy Approach to Treating Childhood Obesity

    Experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Weight Center weigh-in on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating childhood obesity.

  • The Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

    Pediatrician Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH, and researcher Alison Hoppin, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist offer tips to counter "globesity."


Weight Center, MGH
50 Staniford Street
4th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2517
Phone: 617-726-4400
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8705
Fax: 617-724-6565

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