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.
Contact our Team Get Started with the Weight Center

Call to refer a patient or request a new patient appointment: 617-726-4400

Overview

Individualized Care, Multidisciplinary Approach

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 behavioral and pharmacotherapy 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.

Getting Started at the Weight Center

Care begins with learning more about what our center offers through new patient orientation. Following the information session, patients will be scheduled for an individual visit with an obesity medicine specialist, dietitian and psychologist specializing in obesity.

Patient Orientation, Consultation and Treatment 

Janey Sue Pratt, MD
Janey Sue Pratt, MD, examines a patient.

Your care at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center begins with a referral from your primary care physician. Once we receive the referral, we will contact you to schedule our new patient orientation and mail you the patient evaluation questionnaire. A helpful guide about the Weight Center will also be provided.

At the new patient orientation, a member of our staff will explain more about the center and programs we offer. Please remember to bring your evaluation questionnaire to orientation so we can learn more about you before your first appointment.

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:

  • Behavioral Programs: Our registered dietitians and psychologists provide lifestyle-focused intervention programs designed to address the knowledge, skills, attitudes and thoughts that drive behaviors related to eating and activity. Learn more
  • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program: Our surgeons perform high volumes of bariatric procedures including 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

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 617-726-4400.

Informing and Empowering Patients

Health 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 Research

The 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 Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute

Our Doctors

  • Boepple, Paul Alfred, MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Pituitary disease
    • Diabetes management
    • Adolescent menstrual disorders
    • Growth disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Disorders of puberty
    • Obesity medicine
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Butsch, Winfield Scott, MD, MSc

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Combination Pharmacotherapy for Obesity
    • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
    • Complications of Weight Loss Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Copeland, Paul Michael, MD

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Gee, Denise W., MD

    617-643-4459

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Foregut (GERD, achalasia, paraesophageal hernias, GISTs)
    • Colon (diverticulosis/diverticulitis, tumors)
    • Hernias (inguinal, ventral, incisional)
    • Solid Organ (gallbladder, spleen, adrenals)
    • Bariatrics
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Gorman, Mark J., PhD

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Insomnia
    • Behavioral medicine
    • Obesity medicine
    • Sleep Hygiene
    • Sleep Disorders Medicine
    • Obesity
    • Obesity and weight management
    • Obesity prevention and treatment
    • Binge eating disorders (BED), emotionally-triggered eating
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Weight loss
    • Weight loss surgery in adolescents
    • Weight gain and obesity in children and adolescents
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Stress management
    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
    • Boston: Behavioral Medicine Service
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
  • Harrington, Noreen Reilly, PhD

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
    • Boston: Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
  • Hutter, Matthew M., MD

    617-726-2819

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Colon surgery
    • Stomach surgery
    • Gallbladder surgery
    • Hernia surgery
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Diverticulitis
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Kaplan, Lee Michael, MD, PhD

    617-724-6007

    Accepting New Patients - Call for Availability

    Clinical Interests
    • Hepatitis
    • Liver disease
    • Obesity medicine
    • GI endocrine tumors
    Board Certifications
    • Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Gastroenterology Associates
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Meireles, Ozanan R., MD

    617-643-9841

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
    • POEM - Endoscopic Esophageal Myotomy (Achalasia)
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Paraesophageal hernias
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Upper GI endoscopy and endoluminal procedures
    • Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
    • Hernias
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Surgery Department
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Nadai, John, MD

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Obesity medicine
    Board Certifications
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Sogg, Stephanie, PhD

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
    • Boston: Psychiatry
  • Stanford, Fatima Cody, MD, MPH, MPA

    617-726-4400

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Obesity medicine
    • Weight gain and obesity in children and adolescents
    • Weight loss medication use for treatment of obesity
    • Weight regain after bariatric surgery
    • Weight loss
    • Healthcare for vulnerable populations
    • Health promotion
    • Health services research
    • Health and Fitness
    • Health care policy
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Tritos, Nicholas A., MD, DSc

    617-726-7948

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pituitary disease
    • Pituitary tumors
    • Acromegaly
    • Prolactinomas
    • Cushing's syndrome
    • Thyrotropinoma
    • Adult growth hormone deficiency
    • Hypopituitarism
    Board Certifications
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center
  • Witkowski, Elan R., MD

    617-643-8606

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
    • General and gastrointestinal surgery
    • Paraesophageal hernias
    • Achalasia
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Gallbladder and biliary tract disease
    • Gastric (stomach) cancer
    • Hernia surgery
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Surgery Department
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH

Other Specialists

Psychologists

  • Stephanie Sogg, PhD

    617-726-4400

    Dr. Stephanie Sogg is a clinical psychologist specializing in obesity and bariatric surgery.  She is a clinician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center and an Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Sogg conducts research on obesity and bariatric surgery, and the intersection between obesity and addiction. She is an author of the Boston Interview for Bariatric Surgery, and of the official ASMBS Recommendations for the Pre-Surgical Psychosocial Evaluation of Bariatric Surgery Patients.  She is currently serving as the Chair of the ASMBS Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee, as well as serving as a member-at-large on the ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Council.  

  • Mark J. Gorman, PhD

    617-726-4400

    Dr. Mark Gorman is a licensed staff psychologist at the Mass General Weight Center and Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine in the Behavioral Medicine Service/Outpatient Psychiatry Department. He is also an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research and clinical interests focuses on helping individuals with insomnia, obesity/eating disorders, body image disturbance, depression, and anxiety disorders – with a special focus on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), stress management, and lifestyle change / obesity medicine (including bariatric surgery).

  • Noreen Reilly Harrington, PhD

    617-726-4400

    Dr. Noreen Reilly Harrington is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School with a special focus on the treatment of obesity and eating disorders in individuals with mood disorders. In addition to her work at the Mass General Weight Center, she also serves on the staff of the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation at Mass General. She has co-authored several books on bipolar disorder, including "Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach," "Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families," and "The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook: Managing Recurring Depression, Hypomania, and Anxiety." She has served as the Director of Training and Assessment for the Bipolar Trials Network and has consulted on numerous studies to improve the reliability of clinical assessments. Prior to arriving at Mass General in 1996, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree at Temple University. She trained in cognitive therapy under the direction of Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania and at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. She completed both her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Mass General/Harvard Medical School and is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Dietitians

  • Abeer Bader, MS, RD

    Abeer Bader is the Lead Clinical Nutrition Specialist at the Mass General Weight Center, treating patients with obesity and works within the Digestive Healthcare Center treating patients with gastrointestinal disease. She is a bi-lingual, English and Arabic speaking Licensed Registered Dietitian who received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from McGill University. She started out her career working as a Certified Diabetes Educator in Ontario, Canada. Her clinical and research interests include: nutrition, obesity medicine, diabetes management and gastrointestinal disease.

  • Annette Jochum, MS, RD

    Annette Langan (Jochum), MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with degrees in Nutrition Sciences from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She completed her dietetic internship at Simmons College and earned her Master’s in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University where her research focused on intracellular cholesterol transport.  She specializes in management of patients with overweight/obesity and is on the Executive Council of the Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, but she also enjoys basic nutrition research and culinary journalism.

  • Marianne Tsikitas, RD

FAQs

  • How do I get scheduled for my first appointment?
  • After I complete orientation, how do I schedule my first appointment?
  • What should I expect at my first visit after orientation?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Where can I go to get my labs completed?
  • Do I need Insurance referrals for my appointments?
  • What should I know about insurance and fees before starting my care at the Mass General Weight Center?

Conditions & Diseases

  • 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.

Clinical Trials

News

  • Mass General study suggests that medication could improve gastric bypass results - 7/8/2015, 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.

  • Threat grows from liver illness tied to obesity - 6/13/2014, 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.

  • Battling a weighty issue - 1/31/2014, Mass General

    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.

  • The link between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease - 10/10/2013, 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 connection between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

  • Bariatric surgery for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes - 4/30/2013, Mass General

    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 - 4/30/2013, Mass General

    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.

Contact

Contact Us

Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center

4th Floor50 Staniford Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-726-4400
  • Fax: 617-724-6565
  • Email Us

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: 617-726-4400
Fax: 617-724-6565
Email: weightcenter@partners.org

HOURS
7:30 am to 5:00 pm, only on Wednesdays and Fridays

Directions to the Weight Center in Boston

From 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

Parking

On-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 at the Charles River Plaza Garage

  • 0-1 hour $9
  • 1-2 hours $10
  • 2-4 hours $11
  • 4-24 hours $14

Validated parking is available underneath the Charles River Plaza, with an entrance to the garage right next to Au Bon Pain. Please pull a ticket when you enter the garage and request a parking label from the front desk of our medical office once you are finished with your appointment. Patients will need to stop at the cashier located in the lobby of 165 Cambridge Street to validate their appointment and receive the discounted rate.

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 Transportation

The 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 Care

From 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

 

Contact our Team Get Started with the Weight Center

Call to refer a patient or request a new patient appointment: 617-726-4400

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