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

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

Dr. Raj Devarajan practices adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then he performed his residency at Faulkner Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Patient ratings for Dr. Devarajan average 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Devarajan include: Honors Graduate(top Ten) In Medical School. and *additional Board Certification In Psychiatry*. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Devarajan 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hardy (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Concord, MA. Patient ratings for Dr. Epstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, Aetna, and more. Dr. Epstein's education and training includes medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Epstein is conversant in Afrikaans. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He welcomes 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Herzig is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. She obtained her medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Herzig is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz's 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.