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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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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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).
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.
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.
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 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.
Every patient requesting care at the Mass General Weight Center needs to attend New Patient Orientation. For more information about orientation please go to our Getting Started page
If you are interested in pharmaceutical and/or behavioral options, please see our New Patient Coordinator after orientation to schedule your appointment with the medical doctor. - You will need to complete and return your questionnaire prior to your first appointment. - You will also need to have a fasting blood draw one week prior to that visit. Our scheduler will provide you more information about this requirement. If you are interested in surgical options, our New Patient Coordinator will call you in 3-5 business days after orientation for an appointment with a psychologist and registered dietitian.
Whether you are meeting with a medical doctor, dietitian or psychologist, the providers at the Mass General Weight Center are here to provide assessment, advice and treatment options for you. Your care plan is customized for you and your needs, and can involve many visits with multiple providers. We ask that you come prepared to your visits with any questions or concerns you may have, so we are aware as to how best to care for you. For guidance about what questions to ask your providers, please see the Make the Most of Your Visit and Well Informed Patient handouts.
Please notify staff at least 72 hours prior to your appointment if you need to reschedule. Absence from two or more appointments without notifying staff will result in dismissal from the center for a year.
You can have your labs scheduled at the center or drawn at any Partners walk-in laboratory once the order is placed. Please note, fasting laboratory tests require that you do not eat or drink anything but water at least eight hours prior to your blood draw.
Please be aware that we are a specialty clinic and will request insurance referrals from your primary care provider (PCP) for all services provided. If we do not receive a referral for the scheduled appointment and your insurance refuses to allow the visit, you will be responsible for any visit fees.
You are responsible for contacting your insurance prior to any visit to verify coverage. Remember: the insurance companies work for you Nutrition and behavioral psychology coverage is variable Medication coverage is variable Bariatric surgery coverage is insurance dependent Our administrative staff is here to help answer any questions regarding these issues. We are only able to care for Free Care (Health Safety Net) patients who have Mass General Primary Care Providers. Please see our Program Fees page for more information regarding the out of pocket costs for our treatment plans.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
Mass General Weight Center Danvers Clinic
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care104 Endicott StreetSuite 200 (General Surgery)Danvers, MA 01923Phone: 617-726-4400Fax: 617-724-6565Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHOURS7:30 am to 5:00 pm, only on Wednesdays and Fridays
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On-street parking in downtown Boston is scarce. The two best options are listed below:Parking at the Massachusetts General Hospital$8 per dayThe 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
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 moreThere 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.
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.MBTA Website
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