Dr. Geetanjali Akerkar, MD

GastroenterologyFemaleAge 54

Dr. Akerkar
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Digestive Health Specialists PC

4 Meeting House Rd Chelmsford, MA 01824

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(978) 454-9811

Dr. Geetanjali Akerkar, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in Chelmsford, MA and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Akerkar has more experience with Esophageal Disorders than other specialists in her area. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical medical school in 1993. She is affiliated with medical facilities Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Akerkar to book an appointment.


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Esophageal Disorders

Esophageal disorder specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the esophagus, such as reflux esophagitis, indigestion, and esophageal ulcers through procedures including medication, surgery, and swallowing therapy.Compare with other Esophageal Disorders specialists.

Dr. Akerkar typically treats 62% more often than similar doctors

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Esophageal Diseases
Dysphagia
Nausea
Heartburn
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Dr. Akerkar's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Dr. Akerkar accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
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HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts PPO

Dr. Akerkar's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Akerkar

4.2

Based on 24 ratings

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (18)
  • Explained conditions well (18)
  • Listened & answered questions (18)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (3)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (3)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (3)
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Geetanjali Akerkar is so disrespectful. I am a single mom, with a young child (2 years of age) & cannot find proper/reliable childcare during this pandemic. I have been on an infusion medication for a year & akerkar has refused to allow me to do home infusions. There has been no reason as to why she is saying no. It clearly states under my insurance that this is a benefit they cover. Instead of working with your patients, you are working against them. Nor do you care about each person‘s individual challenges/limitations. How could you be a physician if you’re not here to help your patients. Why are you in this industry? I have now missed my infusion & still do not have a reason as why she will not allow home infusions. She can’t even give you the courtesy to call and explain her rationale. Complete disrespect. There also seems to be a lot of confusion with scheduling infusions with the daycare center at the Saints campus. Digestive health specialist will say one thing and you’ll
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Dec 15, 2020
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I've been long-term (10 year) patient of Dr. Akerkar's, and she always explains things clearly and in detail for me. She takes her time when she realizes I need help understanding, and I NEVER feel rushed. She gives her warm, personal 100% every time I see her. I have the utmost confidence in her care!
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  • Explained conditions well
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PMB – Sep 16, 2020
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I’ve had the best experience with Dr. Akerkar. She always listens to what I have to say and explains things very clearly. I have never felt dismissed or ignored. I would recommend her to any friend and family looking for a Gastroenterologist and I will continue to see her as well!
What went well
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Friends wonder why I would drive 2 hours to see my Dr. and for a colonoscopy?? Well, the reason is Dr. Akerkar. I had my third colonoscopy yesterday and, as always, I was treated with very professional behavior by Dr. Akerkar and ALL of her staff. They worked out the logistics of the prep (ewwww) and made me feel very comfortable through the whole procedure. The ride is nothing compared to the quality care and peace of mind that Dr. Akerkar provides. It is obvious when you talk with her that she cares deeply for her patients and that she wants the best care for them. Thank you Dr. Akerkar and Staff.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Kathleen B – Jul 02, 2020
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I have been a patient of Dr. Akerkar's for six years for several medical issues! Dr. Akerkar first is an excellent specialist in Gastroenterology. She has treated my problems with accuracy, compassion, and because of her interest and expertise, I am doing so well my next appointment is in one year! I trust Dr. Akerkar's care and judgement and her excellent listening skills and I am grateful to her for all of the above! Thank you!
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Joanne Snook – Jun 16, 2020
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Amazing! I have been a patient of Dr. Akerkar's for over ten years. She is compassionate and dedicated to getting to the root of the problem using sound evidence based logic. She has the most genuinely warm bedside manner. Whether you are seeing her for your mandatory colonoscopy or for a more serious health issue, you need look no further because you could not find yourself in more capable hands.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Akerkar for over 9 years. She really cares about me and my overall well being. She is a good listener and available when I need her. We tried treating my issues with meds and diet changes; however, as time went on, she saw that my diagnosis required a referral to a surgeon. I'm so grateful for her decision to send me to Dr. Shen. Surgery was the last resort but turned out to be the best option for me because I now have my life back! Thank you. Thank you, Dr. Akerkar! She is AMAZING, and I'm confident about sending my family and friends to her too. Sheryl from Chelmsford, MA
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 06, 2019
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Dr. Akerkar was very friendly, accommodating, and explained everything. She was very gentle as I had it done without sedation. There was very little pain. I do not encourage other people to do so. I do it because I have adverse reactions to sedation. I would not hesitate going back to her.
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Jim C – Dec 28, 2018
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I have been a patient of Dr. Akerkar's for 14 years and would absolutely recommend her! She is a very caring and informed doctor! She's always looking for new treatments for my PBC and has kept it under control for longer than the average lifespan. She takes the time to listen and you can tell she is sincerely interested in what you may have for concerns. Just a super person!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Wendy Marshall-Hudzik in Dracut, MA – May 10, 2018
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Thank you so much for your trust in my care.
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i have been a patient of dr akerkar for the past 13 yrs. i couldn't ask for a more caring, and professional doctor. my twin brother pasted away in 2005 with colon cancer,and since then i have been seeing dr akerkar every 2 yrs. her and her staff make the procedures that i need, to prevent cancer, so simple and so easy!! i highly recommend dr akerkar and her staff to anyone that appreciates a great doctor and wonderful staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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edward dee in shirley – Apr 28, 2018
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She is thorough with an examination of your problem, spends time answering questions and explains medications needed for you.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mary in Dracut MA – Apr 15, 2018
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Saved my Life: I had a rare and life threatening medical emergency on September 15th 2017. I'm thankful Dr. Akerkar was on call when I arrived at LGH because she immediately diagnosed my pancreatitis and was instrumental in getting me transferred to MGH where there was a surgical team that had the expertise to handle my case. I now have my good health back largely due to the excellent work of Dr. Akerkar . She is terrific. Submitted by Dr. William French DMD Chelmsford, MA.
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DR. William R French DMD in Chelmsford, MA – Dec 17, 2017
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One of the greatest Physicians I have ever met.She is evidenced based and treats with a special gift for understanding patients.The only GI MD I will ever see.Amazing Physician!!!!!!
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Bob in Atkinson NH – Sep 12, 2017
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The office experience was ridiculous. I tried to cancel the appointment due to having a cold, the staff said would charge 25 dollars service fee due to not calling in within 24 hours. How can I predict sickness within 24 hours? Their staff was very unfriendly and said you are sick, that is why you come to see a doctor. She is very unfrofessional.
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My mom was in the hospital and we were told she needed to see the doctor to decide what was the next step. Dr. Akerkar was the covering doctor. Dr. Akerkar ignored serveral pages, was on my moms floor and never came to see us. Dr. Akerkar never told the doctor that was on call my mom was in the hospital, he would have had no clue if my moms nurse didn't page him. I wouldn't let this doctor touch me even if I was dying.
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Dr. Akerkar is a true professional. She is kind and caring. She is very thoughtful, smart, and trustworthy. She is thorough and attentive. The office is very clean and organized. The staffs are friendly, courteous and accommodating. The waiting time is not very long unlike other office visits. I am very pleased with the service for my mother.
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Kenny S. in Lowell, MA – Mar 23, 2016
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I've been a patient of Dr. Akerkar's since she started practicing in Lowell, about a decade ago now. I have Crohn's disease. An exacerbation brought me to her office. In her care, it resolved, stabilized and I've been doing well since. I see her annually and as needed in her office; as well as for colonoscopies. I recommend her to you...very highly. Clinically, she has kept me stable on meds and infusions for all this time. What more could I ask for? Simply, a fine doc, for which I'm grateful!!!
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Jim Pollard in Lowell, MA – Jan 30, 2016
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Care Philosophy

My mission is to provide the best local care to my patients and the best access to tertiary centers. Because I've lived in Boston for 20 years, I have...Read more

Biography

Dr. Akerkar attended Cornell Medical College and then completed a residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston in Internal Medicine. She finished...Read more

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

Education

UC
Fellowship Hospital
1996
Beth Israel-Deaconess Ctr
Residency Hospital
1994
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1993
Weill Cornell Medical
Medical School
1988
Cornell Univesity
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Marathi
  • Spanish

Awards

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Does Dr. Geetanjali Akerkar, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Geetanjali Akerkar, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Akerkar frequently treats Esophageal Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Akerkar specializes.

Where is Dr. Geetanjali Akerkar, MD's office located?

Dr. Akerkar's office is located at 4 Meeting House Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Digestive Health Specialists PC

Digestive Health Specialists PC4 Meeting House Rd Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

Lowell General Hospital

Lowell, MA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average