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Robert F. Yacavone, MD Named Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Robert Yacavone, MD, is an attending physician in the Gastroenterology department at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston.Tufts Medical Center announced today that Robert F. Yacavone, MD has been named Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, effective immediately. He had served as Interim Chief of the Division for the previous year.

“Dr. Yacavone has consistently demonstrated keen vision and strong leadership skills by spearheading operational initiatives that have improved patient access, clinical outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction,” said Dr. Karen Freund, Chair of the Department of Medicine. “His energy and passion are huge assets to the Division, and I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead Gastroenterology and Hepatology moving forward.”

Prior to joining Tufts MC in February 2017, Dr. Yacavone worked for more than 16 years as a community-based gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist. Over the course of his career, he enjoyed great success in building collaborations, both within and across disciplines, to bring tertiary level therapeutic endoscopy to local and regional medical centers.

At Tufts MC, Dr. Yacavone specializes in endoscopic procedures for diagnosing and treating all gastrointestinal conditions. He sees patients with a wide variety of conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus and pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions of the digestive tract, including the intestines, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

“I was drawn to gastroenterology and hepatology because it allows me to quickly and safely diagnose and even sometimes simultaneously treat conditions that have been causing discomfort and unrest to my patients,” said Dr. Yacavone. “I’m so grateful and honored to continue to carry out my passion in a leadership role in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division.”

Dr. Yacavone received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His gastroenterology fellowship took place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he also completed an advanced endoscopy fellowship for specialized training in Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Endoscopic Retrograde Choliangopancreatography (ERCP).  In his spare time, Dr. Yacavone enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife Lisa and five children.


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