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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Devarajan obtained his medical school training at Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Faulkner Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Hardy is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), and Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hardy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Epstein speaks Afrikaans. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a graduate of Tufts Medical Center's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Epstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epstein accepts. His practice is open to 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Acton, MA. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Herzig is a graduate of Albany Medical College. Dr. Herzig's residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. She is open to new patients.

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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. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Schwartz performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He is accepting 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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