The Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital provides surgical treatments for colorectal, gastrointestinal, pancreatic and other conditions.

Dr. Fernandez del Castillo with a patient.
Dr. Fernandez del Castillo with a patient.

Surgeons in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery work together with specialists in the Department of Surgery, the Digestive Healthcare Center and the Cancer Center to deliver safe, effective surgical treatments to patients.

Specializing in all types of general and gastrointestinal surgeries, our division’s highly skilled surgeons offer the latest surgical treatments.

Surgical Treatments

Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery

Bariatric/metabolic surgery treats obesity, weight disorders and metabolic disease

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Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgery treats diseases of the intestinal tract, colon and rectum, anal canal, perianal area and pelvic floor disorders

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Endocrine Surgery

Treats diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands

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Gastroesophageal Surgery

Treats diseases of the stomach and esophagus, as well as gastric cancers

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Hernia Surgery

Treats abdominal hernias

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Pancreas and Biliary Surgery

Treats diseases of the pancreas, liver, gall bladder and bile ducts

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Innovative Surgical Care

Committed to leading new innovations that improve patient care, Mass General surgeons were among the pioneers in minimally invasive surgery and were the first to perform a human Natural Orifice Surgery (NOTES) procedure in New England. This innovative technique leaves patients with no visible surgical scars.

Our surgeons are highly experienced in performing complex procedures to treat cancers of the stomach, esophagus and rectum in a completely minimally invasive manner, procedures available at few hospitals in the world.

Whenever possible, our surgeons use the least invasive methods for treating metabolic, gastrointestinal, pancreatic and other conditions.

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Harvard Medical School Faculty

All of our surgeons are Harvard Medical School faculty and many serve in leadership positions of major medical societies, such as the:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Pancreatic Association
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • American Society of Colorectal Surgeons
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons

In addition, our physicians are actively involved in laboratory, clinical and outcomes research. Specialty areas of surgical research include NOTES, pancreatic cancer, colorectal diseases and endocrine diseases.

A Collaborative, Caring Approach

Our surgeons take a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to providing the best patient care, working side-by-side with each patient’s entire treatment team to provide comprehensive, personalized treatment for cancer patients and other patients with complex conditions.

One of the hallmarks of our division is our caring, personalized service. We strive to foster close relationships with patients and their families. In fact, results from patient surveys show that more than 90 percent of our patients report they would "definitely recommend" their Mass General surgeon to a friend or family member.