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Gut-2-Health

The Gut-2-Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital brings together a team of experts to diagnose, treat and conduct collaborative research with patients that have inherited or acquired diseases with an allergic and inflammatory component, including eosinophilic esophagitis and microscopic colitis.

Translational Science

A Collaborative Approach to Delivering Patient Care

At the Gut-2-Health clinic, we are dedicated to harnessing a strong doctor-patient partnership during diagnosis and treatment of allergic-inflammatory disorders of the GI tract. At the individual patient level, a personal care team headed by one of our GI specialists coordinates each patient's care. The specialist meets regularly with the other team members to review individual patient cases and to update treatment plans. The team works with both the patient and the referring physician to coordinate a care plan designed to produce the best possible outcome. In addition to GI doctors, the team includes:

  • Allergists/Immunologists
  • GI Radiologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Geneticists
  • GI Pathologists

Consultation and Dialogue

As part of our patient-centered focus, we are dedicated to having patients be active partners in their care through consultation and dialogue with physicians. Using information from patients, our doctors are exploring how diet, lifestyle and environment may impact GI health so that they can give our patients the most insightful information and advice to help manage their disease. We regularly publish our findings on these topics; some relevant articles are featured below.

Translational Science

To better serve patients, we are performing cutting-edge research in a variety of fields such as advanced imaging and the study of gut bacteria in the diagnosis and treatment of GI-related diseases.

One Call Coordinates Care

We provide patients and referring physicians with an experienced access coordinator, a clinician who is available to assess patients’ needs and coordinate appointments. Contact the Gut-2-Health Program access coordinator.

Expert Care

Our specialists are recognized for their expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with complex GI diseases that have an allergic-inflammatory component such as eosinophilic esophagitis and microscopic colitis. We also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of rare genetic syndromes such as familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) that lead to inflammation of the GI system.

Community Education

Our doctors participate in community events throughout the year to help educate the public on how diet, lifestyle and environment can affect GI health.

Eosinophilic esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a disorder of the esophagus that can affect patients of any age, and typically presents with difficulty swallowing, food getting stuck and sometimes chest pain or an abnormal sensation in the chest and upper abdomen.  The eosinophil is a specialized type of immune cell that plays an important role in many allergic disorders, and EoE results from an abnormal accumulation of eosinophils in the lining of the esophagus.

Microscopic colitis

Microscopic colitis is a disorder characterized by intermittent to chronic watery non-bloody diarrhea with a normal-appearing colon on colonoscopy or CT scan. However, upon biopsy of the colon, microscopic evidence of inflammation can be observed; hence the term microscopic colitis. Pathologically, this inflammation is characterized by either inflammatory immune cells called lymphocytes or the deposition of a type of material along the lining of the colon called collagen, giving rising the two subtypes of microscopic colitis called lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis.

Gastroenterology Locations:

Phone: 617-726-2426

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Main Campus Information

55 Fruit Street
Blake 4
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

165 Cambridge Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Community Locations

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923
617-726-2426

 

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