We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare near Concord, MA.

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Dr. Thiagarajan Devarajan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
45b Discovery Way
Acton, MA
 

Dr. Raj Devarajan is an adult gastroenterologist in Acton, MA. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then he performed his residency at Faulkner Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Devarajan at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid. He has received the following distinction: Honors Graduate(top Ten) In Medical School *additional Board Certification In Psychiatry*. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Devarajan's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems

Dr. Stephen Clayton Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Hardy practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Hardy (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hardy attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Hardy is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Mark Philip Epstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
131 Old Road To Nine Acre Corner; Suite 560, John Cuming Building
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Mark Epstein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Concord, MA. Dr. Epstein attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for medical school and subsequently trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, Aetna, and more. Dr. Epstein speaks Afrikaans. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Diagnostic Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Therapeutic Endoscopy

Dr. Gail Marino Herzig, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
45b Discovery Way
Acton, MA
 

Dr. Gail Herzig works as an adult gastroenterologist. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Herzig is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Herzig is a graduate of Albany Medical College and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Richard P Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
131 Old Road To Nine Acre Corner; Suite #510
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Richard Schwartz practices adult gastroenterology in Concord, MA. Dr. Schwartz is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Coventry, Aetna, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartz accepts. His practice is open to new patients.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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