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 practices adult gastroenterology in Acton, MA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Devarajan is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Prudential (PruCare), Aetna, and Medicaid. Dr. Devarajan's practice is open to new patients. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Faulkner Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Yale University for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Devarajan include: Honors Graduate(top Ten) In Medical School. and *additional Board Certification In Psychiatry*.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hardy trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. In addition to English, Dr. Hardy (or staff) speaks Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Dr. Hardy is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Epstein attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. For his professional training, Dr. Epstein completed a residency program at Tufts Medical Center. He is conversant in Afrikaans. Dr. Epstein is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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. Dr. Herzig is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Herzig attended Albany Medical College for medical school. She speaks 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Concord, MA. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schwartz attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. On average, patients gave Dr. Schwartz a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and more. His professional affiliations include 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.
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