Gastroenterology

Center for Advanced Endoscopy

The Center for Advanced Endoscopy (CAE) at Tufts Medical Center, located in downtown Boston, is part of the Marlene Neely Center for Digestive Health and is led by Director of Endoscopy, Robert F. Yacavone, MD

Along with Dr. Yacavone, Drs. Mark J. Sterling and Nikola S. Natov are part of a care team that is comprised of endoscopy nurses and technicians who work closely with experts in pathology, interventional radiology, oncology, and surgery.

Drs. Yacavone, Sterling and Natov have specialized training in advanced endoscopy and have extensive skills and experience in dealing with a variety of cases ranging from the simplest to the most complex. The mission of the Center for Advanced Endoscopy is to make your visit as comfortable, safe, and effective as possible while providing advanced endoscopic care that is focused on your individual needs.

Conditions diagnosed and treated

  • Benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus – achalasia, strictures of the esophagus, staging of esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, and palliative stenting for esophageal cancer
  • Benign and malignant disorders of the stomach – EMR of stomach polyps and precancerous areas, and staging of stomach cancer
  • Gallstones in the bile duct and strictures of the bile duct
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • Removal of large colon polyps and palliative stenting for colon cancer
  • Staging of rectal cancer

Advanced endoscopic procedures performed

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy (Spyglass)
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoluminal stent placement for palliation of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for Barrett’s esophagus
  • EMR of large colon polyps
  • Deep enteroscopy for gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Pneumatic dilation for achalasia
  • Gastric balloon placement for weight loss
  • Endoscopic gallbladder drainage
  • Rectal endoscopic ultrasound

Robert F. Yacavone, MD

Robert F. Yacavone, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Endoscopy Unit; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Gastroenterologist
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

Therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoluminal stenting

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Nikola Natov, MD
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Nikola Natov, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-1480

Advanced endoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, benign and malignant esophageal disorders (esophageal strictures, Barrett's esophagus, cancer, achalasia), gastric intestinal metaplasia, acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, biliary strictures, bile duct stones, cholangiocarcinoma, colon cancer screening and surveillance,endoluminal stenting, and endoscopic resection of large colon polyps.

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Mark J. Sterling, MD

Mark J. Sterling, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Advanced Endoscopist
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

ERCP and EUS, pancreatico-biliary endoscopy including EUS guided biopsy, direct cholangioscopy and laser lithotripsy, deep small bowel enteroscopy including management of obscure GI bleeding, GI luminal stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection

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Please call our advanced endoscopy referral line at 617-636-4119. You may also send a fax to 617-636-9292 or email TuftsMCAdvancedEndoscopy@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.  We will get back to you as soon as possible and can help coordinate scheduling and transfer

To book an appointment:
617-636-5883
 
 

 

 
Referral line:
617-636-4119