About South Suburban Gastroenterology
South Suburban Gastroenterology is a five physician, single specialty practice founded in Weymouth in 1990 and affiliated exclusively with South Shore Hospital. The physicians are all board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and offer comprehensive consultative services in gastroenterology and hepatology covering the full spectrum of clinical pathology from the entire gastrointestinal tract as well as the liver and pancreas. The physicians also provide the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic services. The physicians are available for routine and urgent consultations at their offices at 1085 Main Street and they also provide 24 hour a day, seven days week coverage for emergency consultations for inpatients at South Shore Hospital.
The physicians at South Suburban Gastroenterology provide routine diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy in the state of the art South Suburban Gastroenterology Center which is located in their Main Street office building. The integration in one facility of their clinical consultative practice and their outpatient endoscopy center have allowed seamless care for patients, dramatically improved ease of access and coordination of all aspects of their patients care which was not previously feasible. These physicians were also the first to provide diagnostic and interventional biliary endoscopy on the South Shore and also to provide local access to the innovative “capsule” endoscopy which examines the intestine for cases of obscure bleeding.
A current, major focus of the practice is improving access for South Shore residents to colon cancer screening. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer related death in the United States, despite clear evidence that the participation in the screening programs as recommended by the American Cancer Society will dramatically reduce the incidence of colon cancer and also significantly reduce the mortality from the disease. As of May 2018, The American Cancer Society revised the recommended age for a first-time colonoscopy to 45 years old due to increased incidence of the disease among 45-49 year olds. People at increased or high risk might need to start colon cancer screening before age 45, such as those with family history.