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The Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating and managing the entire spectrum of digestive conditions. Learn how our work impacts patient care.


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  • #1 in the Nation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

  • Mass General study suggests that medication could improve gastric bypass results

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015  Mass General

    New findings about the mechanisms involved – or not involved – in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure.

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  • Getting Back to Active: Bob's Story

    Monday, December 1, 2014  Mass General

    Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.

  • Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

    Thursday, September 11, 2014  Mass General

    All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

  • Threat grows from liver illness tied to obesity

    Friday, June 13, 2014  Mass General

    Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the link between obesity and the rise in liver diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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  • Innovations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Monday, December 24, 2012  Mass General

    Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center, including clinical trials of new biologic medications, as well new minimally invasive surgical techniques, is helping expand treatment and management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Frequently asked questions: LINX® system

    Monday, September 24, 2012  Mass General

    David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux Management System, a new treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  • Weight loss surgery cuts diabetes risk

    Thursday, August 23, 2012  Mass General

    The results of a Swedish study show that weight loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes in obese people.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital offers new, less invasive treatment for GERD

    Friday, July 20, 2012  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital introduces an innovative procedure for patients experiencing symptoms of GERD. A bracelet of magnetic beads can help the lower esophageal sphincter to resist gastric pressures and prevent reflux.

  • New Radiology and Endoscopy Techniques Are Improving Treatment of Pancreatic and Biliary Disorders

    Monday, July 16, 2012  Mass General

    Patients seeking care for pancreatic and biliary system disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Digestive Healthcare Center receive the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic treatments from a collaborative team of experts, including gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, pathologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and radiation therapists.

  • Commentary: What We Learned From Cutting Colon Surgery Infections

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012  Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon Matthew Hutter, MD, explains how a quality consortium of Partners HealthCare hospitals reduced colon surgery infections by 23%.

  • Weight Center hosts Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat

    Friday, May 18, 2012  Mass General

    A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that three out of four obese children will become obese adults, increasing the obese adult population to 42 percent by 2030. Just days after the report, on May 10, the MGH Weight Center brought together clinicians from 24 different programs – many within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – for the first Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat.

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  • MGH ranks among top

    Friday, July 16, 2010  Mass General

    The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

  • Physician-researchers discover keys to understanding pancreatic cysts

    Monday, May 17, 2010  Mass General

    Up until the mid-1990s, physicians knew little about the relationship between pancreatic cysts and pancreatic cancer. But collaborative research conducted by gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center has led to a much greater understanding of pancreatic cystadenomas and what makes some cysts progress to cancer. These advances are opening up new therapies to target this deadly cancer early on, when it is most treatable.

  • Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010  Mass General

    Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women nationwide. But, if detected early colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable.

  • Barrett's esophagus: aggressive treatment helps prevent progression to cancer

    Thursday, January 7, 2010  Clinical

    Physicians can help stem the rising incidence of gastroesophageal cancers by aggressively treating patients with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and Barrett's esophagus.

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  • International collaboration revolutionizes modern surgery

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009  Clinical

    Mass General surgeon Patricia Sylla, travels to Barcelona to perform the first-ever rectal cancer surgery on a human using natural orifice surgery (NOTES).

  • Incision-free gallbladder surgery

    Monday, June 29, 2009  Mass General

    On May 20 David Rattner, MD, chief of General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center, performed New England’s first natural orifice surgery - completely incision free.

  • Free fun and educational activities for everyone to enjoy

    Monday, June 22, 2009  Mass General

    Join Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral for Children medical staff June 27 - 28 in casual, face-to-face discussions on a variety of topics addressing health concerns for people of every age.

  • Friendly bacteria: do they do what's promised?

    Monday, March 2, 2009  Research

    Potential benefits of good bacteria prompt researchers to take a closer look.

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  • Relief from GERD, once and for all

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008  Mass General

    Finally, good news for patients who have chosen not to have surgery to treat their gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because they doubted surgery’s effectiveness. A new study reveals the benefits of a simple procedure that can vastly improve their quality of life. And, even better, the relief offered by this surgery is lasting and doesn’t require the hassle and expense of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

  • Surgery without scalpels?

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008  Mass General

    It may sound like science fiction, but the possibility of surgery that can be completed without a scar may soon be a reality.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital ranked on U.S. News national honor roll

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008  Mass General

    The third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Mass General continues its tradition of excellence today. The hospital is consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Mass General was redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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  • Study reveals aspirin's colorectal cancer prevention mechanism

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007  Research

    Aspirin therapy's ability to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, an association seen in a large number of studies, appears to depend on the drug's inhibition of the COX-2 enzyme, the action that also underlies aspirin's usefulness for treating pain and inflammation.

Press Releases

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  • Gene variant appears to predict weight loss after gastric bypass - 5/2/2013, Research

    MGH researchers have identified a gene variant that helps predict how much weight an individual will lose after gastric bypass surgery, a finding with the potential both to guide treatment planning and to facilitate the development of new therapeutic approaches to treating obesity and related conditions like diabetes.

  • Changes in gastrointestinal microbes may produce some benefits of gastric bypass - 3/27/2013, Research

    Changes in the microbial population of the gastrointestinal tract may underlie some of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery, reports a team of researchers from MGH and Harvard University. The investigators also found that post-bypass alterations in the microbial population of mice can induce weight loss in animals that did not have surgery.

  • Pill-sized device provides rapid, detailed imaging of esophageal lining - 1/13/2013, Research

    Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an imaging system enclosed in a capsule about the size of a multivitamin pill that creates detailed, microscopic images of the esophageal wall.

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  • Liver Center News

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    In this issue of the Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center e-newsletter, clinicians discuss advances in the treatment of Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), including evaluating liver lesions and transplantation options.

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  • Liver Center News

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    In this issue of the Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center e-newsletter, clinicians discuss management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the leading cause of liver disease in the United States.

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  • Advances in Cancer

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Advances in Cancer: Winter 2012 edition
  • Liver Center News

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Liver Center News, the Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center e-newsletter, is produced by liver specialists for their clinical peers who treat patients with liver disease.

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  • Advances at Mass General

    Saturday, January 1, 2011

    Read Advances at Mass General, a bi-annual news magazine published for our colleagues from the physicians of Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Mass General Magazine

    Saturday, January 1, 2011

    Mass General Magazine Mass General Magazine is a publication for supporters and friends of Massachusetts General Hospital that takes you inside the hospital and explores its patient care and research programs here and around the world. It features rich photo essays and in-depth profiles from across the Mass General world.


  • Preview a clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    Preview clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    David Ryan, MD, explains the reasons for the current epidemic of esophageal cancer.

  • Preview clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    Preview clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    David Rattner, MD, explains the management of gastroesophageal reflux, including indications for medical, endoscopy and surgical interventions to control this condition.

  • Preview clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    Preview clip of Digestive Healthcare Center CME program

    Christopher Morse, MD, reviews minimally invasive treatments for esophageal cancer, including esophageal resections. Please note that this video contains images from a real procedure and may cause discomfort for some viewers.

  • Boston Med

    Trailer for Boston Med

    Trailer for the eight-part documentary featuring clinicians at Mass General.

  • David Rattner, MD, explains how screenings can prevent esophageal cancer

    David Rattner, MD, explains how screenings can prevent esophageal cancer

    David Rattner, MD, Co-Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center describes how chronic heartburn can lead to other serious conditions, who is most at risk and how Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer can be diagnosed and treated.

  • Liliana G. Bordeianou, MD

    Liliana G. Bordeianou, MD, describes what causes incontinence in maturing women and treatment options

    Liliana G. Bordeianou, MD, a colorectal surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center says incontinence is not just a normal part of getting older and explains the treatments that can dramatically improve your quality of life.

  • Milena Weinstein, MD, explains what you can do about the symptoms of pelvic floor disorders

    Milena Weinstein, MD, explains what you can do about the symptoms of pelvic floor disorders

    Milena Weinstein, MD, urogynecologist at the Mass General Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology says urinary incontinence or vaginal bulge can be related to pelvic floor disorders, which affect one out of three women. Learn more about the treatments available for pelvic floor disorders, from exercise to support devices to surgery.

  • Mark Schwartz

    Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine Kick Off on October 15

    The Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine kicked off Oct. 15 at the Westin Waterfront Boston. Nearly 500 of Mass General’s closest friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the public launch of the fundraising campaign that aims to raise $1.5 billion for the hospital. Already, $1 billion of that amount has been raised.

  • Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

  • Jonathan Friedstat

    Jonathan Friedstat, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

    As a burn and critical care fellow at Mass General, Jonathan has worked closely with MGHfC staff. Why is he running to raise money for pediatric cancer care and research? “None of these kids asked for this problem, and neither did their families."

  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

    Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

    Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a specialized endoscopic technique used by gastroenterologists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center to diagnose and remove large areas of early gastrointestinal cancers.

  • Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

    Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an FDA-approved endoscopic technique used by specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Center to treat Barrett's esophagus.

  • LINX® Reflux Management System

    LINX Reflux Management System

    LINX® Reflux Management System is an innovative minimally invasive procedure used by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons to treat appropriately selected patients experiencing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For more information, visit massgeneral.org/LINX

  • Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

    Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

    Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a minimally invasive procedure used by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat eligible patients experiencing symptoms of achalasia. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/POEM

  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is a procedure performed by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons using small incisions to remove a diseased esophagus and reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/MIE

  • Weight Loss Gastric Balloon: Placement

    Weight Loss Gastric Balloon: Placement

    During the procedure, an endoscope with a thin, deflated balloon is inserted through the patient’s mouth and placed into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with sterile saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit, and stays in the stomach for six months. No incisions are made during this nonivasive procedure.

  • Weight Loss Gastric Balloon: Removal

    Weight Loss Gastric Balloon: Removal

    After six months, a nonsurgical procedure, similar to the balloon insertion, is performed to remove the gastric balloon. The balloon is deflated first and then removed.


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