About Dr. Barrett

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Dr. George L. Barrett

President and Founder
The Digestive Health Center of Boston

Chief of Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Board Certified
Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine

Dr. Barrett and the DHCB

Dr. Barrett founded The Digestive Health Center of Boston with the purpose to provide the highest level of compassionate care in the treatment of functional digestive disorders. His mission is to educate and communicate to those who suffer, with life-disrupting symptoms, that there are answers and successful treatments that can resolve their symptoms and prevent the reoccurrence.

Research Studies and Expertise

Dr. Barrett’s retrospective analysis, conducted in 2010, revealed the remarkable successes in his new approach to the treatment of IBS. His passion for finding medical solutions to functional digestive disorders has resulted in successfully enhancing the quality of life for hundreds who have followed his treatments.

As a well-respected physician in the community and among medical professionals, Dr. Barrett is well known for his dedication and compassionate care and is recognized as an expert in the field of Gastroenterology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Background

Dr. Barrett was raised in the Boston area, attended Boston Latin School and is an honors graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Barrett received his medical degree from Tufts University Medical School and completed his internship and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Internal School of Medicine and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Dr. Barrett is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

When Dr. Barrett is not engrossed in his professional work, he enjoys fishing off the coast of Cape Cod, but mostly his most enjoyable time is the time he spends with his family.

Education & Training

Boston Latin School
Boston College
Bachelor of Science, Biology

Tufts University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Residency, Internal Medicine
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Fellowship, Gastroenterology
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
Faulkner Hospital
Tufts University School of Medicine

Professional Experience

George L. Barrett MD, PC
Gastroenterologist, Private Practice

The Digestive Health Center of Boston
Gastroenterologist, President-Founder

Professional Appointments, Current

Chief of Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital -Milton

President and Director
PHO, Inc.

Member Board of Directors
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Chairman Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Publications

Xifaxan
Abstract, American Journal of Gastroenterology

Metronidazaole is effective in treating IBS
Abstract, American Journal of Gastroenterology

HVPG, Predictor of Survival in Patients with Cirrhosis, Presented

Contributions

  • Consultant to Salix Pharmaceuticals and Dematteo Moness.
  • Presented to the Southeastern Mass Dietician Association on the new Treatment Approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Conducts various CME Education courses to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton’s physicians, including topics on the proper diagnosing of Celiac Disease and the distinction between Wheat Intolerence with respect to the ediology of the disorder.

Organizations

Click on any of the logos to view some of the organizations Dr. Barrett and the DHCB are involved in.

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 Professional Networks

If you are a physician, you can connect with Dr. Barrett on the following medical professional networks.

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11657405-black-stethoscope-isolated-over-white-background-vector-illustrationWhat is a Gastroenterologist?

A Gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

What makes Gastroenterologists different?

The unique training that Gastroenterologists complete provides them with the ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care for patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments. Gastroenterologists perform the bulk of research involving gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures as well as the interpretation of results, and are considered experts in the field.

Studies have shown that Gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy examinations and comprehensive consultative services when compared to other physicians. This translates into more accurate detection of polyps and cancer by colonoscopy when performed by Gastroenterologists, fewer complications from procedures and fewer days in the hospital for many gastrointestinal conditions managed by trained gastroenterology specialists.

It is this ability to provide more complete, accurate, and thorough care for patients with gastrointestinal conditions, which distinguishes Gastroenterologists from other physicians that provide some similar services.

Training of a Gastroenterologist

Following Medical School, a Gastroenterologist must first complete:

  • Three year Internal Medicine residency
  • Two to Three year Fellowship of specialized training in Gastroenterology

By the time Gastroenterologists have completed their training, they have had 5-6 years of additional specialized education following medical school.

Gastroenterology fellowship training is an intense, rigorous program where future Gastroenterologists learn directly from nationally recognized experts in the field and develop a detailed understanding of gastrointestinal diseases.

They learn how to evaluate patients with gastrointestinal complaints, treat a broad range of conditions, and provide recommendations to maintain health and prevent disease. They learn to care for patients in the office as well as in the hospital.

Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system and the function of the liver as a digestive organ.

In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs is part of the study of Gastroenterology.

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