Treatment Programs

Weight Center

The Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center is a fully integrated center within the Digestive Healthcare Center that supports the spectrum of needs for people of all ages seeking help with obesity and weight loss.

Janey Sue Pratt, MD, director of the Mass General Weight Center, exams a patient

Janey Sue Pratt, MD, examines a patient

Visit us in Danvers

The Mass General Weight Center is now seeing adult patients in Danvers, MA, for medical and surgical weight management. New patient orientations and group programs are also available in Danvers. For more information, call 617-726-0373.

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Individualized, Multidisciplinary Care The Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center is a fully integrated center that supports the spectrum of needs for people of all ages seeking help with obesity and weight loss. We provide individualized, multidisciplinary consultation and innovative obesity treatment, including state-of-the-art medical and surgical programs. As part of the Digestive Healthcare Center at Mass General, our patients have access to specialists in obesity medicine, bariatric surgery, psychology, nutrition, endocrinology, gastroenterology and pediatrics in one location.

We believe weight and eating disorders must be treated by compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who take advantage of the latest scientific developments and tailor treatment to each patient's needs. As part of the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, we are on the leading-edge of obesity research and our patients have access to the newest therapies and trials available.

We are committed to the lifelong care of our patients. Whether we first meet our patients as children or adults, our programs encourage close, long-term follow-up to ensure that patients achieve and maintain an improved quality of life.
Patient Orientation, Consultation and Treatment Following attendance at new patient orientation, patients are scheduled for a three-part consultation with a physician specializing in obesity medicine (internist, gastroenterologist or endocrinologist), dietitian and psychologist specializing in obesity. Learn more about the new patient orientation and consultation at the Mass General Weight Center

After the initial consultation, your care team members will meet to share their impressions and develop your personalized treatment plan. Each plan is divided into discrete phases reflecting your goals and based on your stage of treatment. Your treatment may include involvement with one or more of the following programs:

  • Medical Management Program: Healthy Habits for Life is a lifestyle-focused intervention program designed to address the knowledge, skills, attitudes and thoughts that drive behaviors related to eating and activity. This program includes nutrition, diet and exercise counseling. Learn more
  • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program: Our surgeons perform high volumes of bariatric procedures including adjustable gastric banding, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and revisional surgery (for complications of previous weight loss surgery). Learn more
  • Obesity Pharmacotherapy Program: This comprehensive program combines lifestyle changes with the use of medication to promote healthy eating and weight loss. Learn more
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Programs: The Mass General Weight Center provides full evaluation and care, including medical and surgical interventions, for children and adolescents who are overweight or obese. Learn more about the program within MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Informing and Empowering PatientsHealth and education is a cornerstone of our patient care programs. We want patients and primary care physicians to make informed decisions about the patient’s treatment options. We will provide information on many topics related to weight, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Meal planning
  • Behavioral change
  • Exercise
  • The medical implications of being overweight
  • The genetics of weight regulation and obesity
  • Current research in weight disorders
  • The status of current and future therapies

Commitment to ResearchThe Mass General Weight Center is strongly committed to advancing our understanding of the causes, complications and effective treatment of weight disorders. We have an active and diverse clinical research program, and we strongly encourage our patients to participate and become our partners in this important research effort. Learn more about Weight Center research in the Kaplan Lab

For Referring PhysiciansPatients need to be referred to the Mass General Weight Center. Once referred, patients attend orientation and then receive a multidisciplinary consultation, which may result in their enrollment in one of our medical or surgical management programs. We also serve as a referral center for patients who had prior weight loss surgeries and are struggling with weight gain or other post-surgical complications. Decisions about patient care are made collaboratively with the patient, the Weight Center team and the referring physician.

Refer a patient by contacting our new patient coordinator at 617-726-0373. Once we have received your referral, we will call your patient within one week to schedule an orientation session. We offer three orientation sessions each month and most new patients can be scheduled to attend within two weeks of their referral. Learn more about referring a patient to the Weight Center

 

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing.

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine because of a sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. This hereditary disorder interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, or sugar diabetes.

Eating Disorders

The term eating disorders refers to a variety of disorders. The common feature of all the eating disorders is abnormal eating behaviors. Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be life threatening.

Food Allergies

A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.

Gas in the Digestive Tract

Gas in the digestive tract is created from swallowing air or by the breakdown of certain foods by the bacteria that are present in the colon.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder in which the stomach takes too long in emptying its contents.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the glucose level is elevated and other diabetic symptoms appear during pregnancy in a woman who has not previously been diagnosed with diabetes.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.

Heart Failure

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs.

High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.

Indigestion

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen and is usually accompanied by nausea, bloating or gas, a feeling of fullness, and, sometimes, vomiting.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.

Obesity

Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.

Snoring

Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.

The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.

Bariatric surgery for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center surgeon Ozanan Meireles, MD, answers common questions about the effect of bariatric surgery on individuals with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

Bariatric surgery gives time, new life to kidney transplant patient

Thomas Gagnon arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital expecting to receive a kidney transplant. Instead, he was referred to the Mass General Weight Center for life-changing obesity treatment.

The link between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the connection between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Battling a weighty issue

Currently no Massachusetts law prohibits weight-based discrimination in the workplace. W. Scott Butsch, MD, MSc, an obesity medicine specialist in the MGH Weight Center, is working to change that.

Threat grows from liver illness tied to obesity

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.

Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center

50 Staniford Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-0373
Fax: 617-724-6565
Email: weightcenter@partners.org
Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday


Mass General Weight Center Danvers Clinic

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
104 Endicott Street
Suite 200 (General Surgery)
Danvers, MA 01923

Phone: 617-726-0373
Fax: 617-724-6565
Email: weightcenter@partners.org

Directions to Weight Center in BostonFrom North of Boston:

  • Take I-93 South to Exit 26, Haymarket Square/Government Center
  • At end of the exit ramp, take a right onto New Chardon Street
  • At second set of traffic lights, take a right onto Staniford Street
  • 50 Staniford Street is on the left

From West of Boston:

  • Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to exit 18, Cambridge/Allston
  • Bear right onto the Cambridge exit ramp
  • At the bottom of the ramp, go straight through one set of lights
  • At the second light, turn right onto Storrow Drive
  • Follow Storrow Drive to Government Center/Kendall Square/Cambridge Exit
  • Stay in the right lane. Follow signs to Government Center/Downtown Boston. This is Cambridge Street
  • At the fifth set of lights, turn left onto Stanford Street
  • 50 Staniford Street is on the left

From South of Boston:

  • Follow I-93 North to Exit 26 North Station/Causeway Street
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Causeway Street
  • Follow Causeway Street straight through one set of lights
  • At the next set of lights, bear slightly left (almost straight) onto Staniford Street
  • 50 Staniford Street is on the right

ParkingOn-street parking in downtown Boston is scarce. The two best options are listed below:

Parking at the Massachusetts General Hospital
$8 per day


The Mass General Weight Center is located approximately four blocks from the parking garages. You can either walk or take the campus shuttle bus. View Campus Map

Parking in the 50 Staniford Street Garage
$26 for three hours or more


There is an underground parking garage at 50 Staniford Street. Unfortunately, this garage is very expensive and there are no patient discounts. The garage entrance is located on Staniford Street to the right of the main entrance to the building.
Public TransportationThe Mass General Weight Center can be reached by the Red Line, by getting off at the MGH/Charles Street T Stop, and by the Blue Line, by using the Bowdoin T Stop. North Station and commuter rail connections are only minutes from our office.

Please note that neither the Red Line nor the Blue Line stations are handicap accessible. The Green Line, Haymarket T-stop is the nearest handicap accessible stop.

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Directions to Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient CareFrom Route 128 South:

  • Take exit 24, Endicott Street
  • At the end of the ramp, turn left at the light onto Endicott Street
  • The main entrance for Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care will be on the right
  • Go to the second entrance sign at the traffic light

From Route 128 North:

  • Take exit 24, Endicott Street
  • At the end of the ramp, turn left at the light onto Endicott Street
  • The main entrance for Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care will be on the right
  • Go to the second entrance sign at the traffic light

From Route 95 North:

  • Take I-95 North to MA-128 North
  • Stay left where the highway splits to Route 128 North towards Gloucester (I-95 North goes to New Hampshire)
  • Take exit 24, Endicott Street
  • At the end of the ramp, turn left at the light onto Endicott Street
  • The main entrance for Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care will be on the right
  • Go to the second entrance sign at the traffic light

From Route 95 South:

  • Take I-95 South to MA-128 North
  • Take exit 24, Endicott Street
  • At the end of the ramp, turn left at the light onto Endicott Street
  • The main entrance for Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care will be on the right
  • Go to the second entrance sign at the traffic light

 

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