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General Gynecology Department
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 4E
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
Revere HealthCare Center
300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151
Charlestown HealthCare Center
73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Explore This Treatment Program
We strive to offer world-class care with a personal touch. A hallmark of our service is our multidisciplinary team-based approach to patient care. Our collaborative practice model includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants who work together to provide optimal care for you. When patients present with symptoms that go beyond gynecology, we work with specialists in different fields throughout Mass General to make the correct diagnosis and administer treatment.
We offer quality, evidence-based gynecologic services to women and treat every person’s gynecological concerns with dignity and respect. Our clinicians are renowned for their expertise in providing treatments and therapies for the complete spectrum of other gynecologic issues, including:
- Family planning, contraceptive management, abortion care
- Preconceptual counseling and fertility
- Abnormal Pap smears
- Ovarian cysts
- Heavy, painful or irregular periods
- Pelvic pain and pelvic infections
- Menopausal symptoms
- Vaginal and vulvar issues
Well Woman Care
Most patients can receive routine well woman care, including pap smears for cervical cancer screening, with their primary care providers (PCP) as part a single convenient primary care visit. If you are healthy and do not have any gynecologic problems, we encourage you to schedule this routine well woman care with your PCP.
In some situations, patients prefer that their routine gynecologic care be done by a gynecologist. In this case, your well woman gynecologic exam will be scheduled with one of our highly skilled, experienced certified women’s health nurse practitioners or certified nurse-midwives.
Family Planning – Contraception & Abortion
We are committed to providing comprehensive, full scope family planning care including contraception and abortion care. We collaborate with physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, nurses and a multi-disciplinary team including colleagues in the Ultrasound & Prenatal Diagnostics Center, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Fetal Care Program and clinical social workers in Social Service to provide patient-centered care. We offer personalized contraception counseling and provision of all prescriptions including IUDs and contraceptive implants. In addition, we provide medication abortions and surgical abortion care in accordance with Massachusetts state law.
Our gynecology services also includes a number of sub-specialty divisions that provide more specialized care:
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)
- Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS)
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS)
A Range of Nonsurgical & Surgical Options
Our staff is renowned for their expertise in providing treatments and therapies for the complete spectrum of other gynecologic issues. Patients can receive all outpatient care, both nonsurgical and minor surgical including IUD and implant placement and removal, colposcopy, LEEP procedures and office hysteroscopy, within our self-contained unit at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.
When surgery is required, we employ minimally invasive techniques that aid healing and speed recovery.
See the procedures we offer
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus with a laparoscope
- Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus sparing the cervix
- Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus through the vagina
- Laparoscopic adnexal surgery: Ovarian cystectomy, removal of ovaries, endometriosis surgery, tubal ligation, removal of tubes
- Laparoscopic myomectomy: Surgical removal of uterine fibroids Hysteroscopic polypectomy or myomectomy Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation
Communicating with Your Provider
Our General Gynecology Program follows a single-practice, team-based care model, which promotes continuity of care with your own physician in both obstetrics and gynecology. We provide 24 hour-a-day coverage.
For non-urgent questions, such as requesting medication refills or requesting a follow-up appointment, we encourage you to use Patient Gateway to communicate with your provider. You can enroll by going to patientgateway.massgeneralbrigham.org.
If you prefer to call or have a more urgent question, you can call your provider’s office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. If you call with a question or concern, our nurses, who are in direct contact with your provider, will call back with an answer. If you have a non-urgent question or concern, your call may be returned in one to two days.
Do not use Patient Gateway for emergencies. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
Our Team: Committed to Quality Care
Our physician staff includes 25 obstetricians/gynecologists whose collective expertise spans the whole range of benign gynecology and obstetrics.
- Division Director, Benign Gynecology and Obstetrics
- Medical Director, Yawkey 4 Outpatient Gynecology
- Medical Director, MassGeneral West
- Assistant professor at Harvard Medical School
- Director, OB/GYN MassGeneral Neighborhood Health Center
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Care During COVID-19
Our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff are committed to providing the best possible care. We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure OB/GYN visits and procedures are welcoming and safe. Your health and safety is our top priority.
The General Gynecology Program is a specialized referral center with a robust community outreach component. Our primary locations are located on the Mass General main campus in Boston and at Mass General Waltham.
We also provide care to underserved communities around the Boston area and abroad. We provide care at Mass General community health care centers in Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere. Community outreach allows us to deliver high-quality, culturally appropriate care to these diverse populations.
A Record of Clinical Excellence
Isaac Schiff, MD, former chief of the Department Obstetrics & Gynecology, as well as other clinicians in our program are active in educating the general public and the greater medical community about women's health issues.
Our providers are award-winning instructors at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Continuing Medical Education courses. They hold leadership roles in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mass General Global Health, North American Menopause Association, Planned Parenthood and International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.
Our department has earned a far-reaching reputation for clinical excellence and research innovations that are shaping the field of women's health. In addition, Mass General providers are regularly named among the best physicians in Boston by Boston Magazine.
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