Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

There is a quote from John F. Kennedy that adorns refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs and tote bags: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” It is a simple but important message. I...
"The surgery simply allows patients to get much more benefit out of proper eating and physical activity. But it will not do the job for them." A controversial marketing campaign for the laparoscopic...
Thomas Gagnon arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital expecting to receive a kidney transplant. Instead, he was referred to the Mass General Weight Center for life-changing obesity treatment.
David Cournoyeris actually happy he is gaining weight. The 57-year-old North Attleboro, Mass., resident sees it as a benchmark of success after undergoing a per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), a new...
Patients seeking relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have a new treatment option to consider based on an innovative use of magnets. Mass General is the first and only hospital in New...
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is an intricate network of neurons and glial cells present in the wall of the intestine and responsible for regulating critical functions of the gastrointestinal (GI...
Q&A with Ozanan Meireles, MD Q: What is type 2 diabetes? What is prediabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, degenerative disease that develops when the body cannot make enough, or properly use,...
David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux...
Patients with food allergy have a sensitization to a specific food or foods and manifest a reproducible immune response whenever exposed to food-based allergens. The true prevalence of food allergy...
MGH researchers have identified a gene variant that helps predict how much weight an individual will lose after gastric bypass surgery, a finding with the potential both to guide treatment planning...
Transcending the disciplines of microbiology, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s research focuses on the mucosal biology of the gut. By focusing on the “cross talk”...
Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that develop when bile - composed of water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins and waste - stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-...
MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center experts share their surefire tips for ensuring families with food allergies experience a happy and healthy holiday season.
A strategy developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based investigators to increase levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) has been shown for the first time to be effective in...
Physicians may soon have a new way to screen patients for Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition usually caused by chronic exposure to stomach acid. Researchers at the Wellman Center for...