Liver, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Conditions

Located on the right side of the abdomen under the ribs, the liver is one of the largest and most important organs in the body, essential for digesting food, storing energy and removing toxins. The hepatobiliary or biliary system refers to the liver, the gallbladder and the bile ducts and how they work together to make bile which aids in digestion.

Board certified surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are among the world's leaders in hepatobiliary surgery, with expertise in diagnosing and treating a range of conditions, from common disorders such as gallstones, to complex bile duct stones, and rare liver and gallbladder cancers. Our surgeons pioneered and continue to perfect the use of minimally invasive surgery techniques, including laparoscopic bile duct exploration and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and cholecystectomy. 

As the surgical arm of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, our surgeons work hand-in-hand with a multidisciplinary team of oncology specialists to offer personalized, patient-centered cancer care. 

Surgeons at BWH serve as faculty members at Harvard Medical School and are active researchers who seek causes and investigate treatments for hepatobiliary disease. They are also committed to training the next generation of surgeons through our Surgical Residency and Fellowship Programs.

General and gastrointestinal surgery services are available at multiple locations in and around Boston.

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