About Us

Course Directors

Charudutt Paranjape, MD, MBBS, FACS

Associate Chair, Education, Mass General Brigham/Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Chief, General Surgery and Acute Care Surgery,
Mass General Brigham/Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Surgical Director, Heartburn and Reflux Program,
Mass General Brigham/Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Charudutt Paranjape, MD, MBBS, received his surgical training in India and in the United States. After completing his fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, he worked as an attending physician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he formed its acute care surgery program and served as the medical director. In 2009, he founded Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Heartburn Center where he built a comprehensive state-of-the-art multidisciplinary program.

Today, Dr. Paranjape leads the Division of General Surgery as well as Acute Care Surgery at Mass General Brigham, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and serves as the associate chair of education. Since joining, Dr. Paranjape has launched the Newton-Wellesley Heartburn and Reflux Program, a unique multidisciplinary program involving surgeons, gastroenterologists, dietitians and advanced practice providers. He is also an active member of the Swallowing, Heartburn and Esophageal Disease (SHED) Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Paranjape serves on many national committees including The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Kumar Krishnan, MD

Director, Endoscopic Innovation, Technology, and Education for Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kumar Krishnan, MD, received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with honors from the University of Arizona. He completed his medical school training and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He subsequently completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and then completed a two-year interventional endoscopy fellowship at Northwestern University, with a focus on pancreaticobiliary disorders, ERCP, EUS and complex esophageal disease. Prior to joining the Mass General Division of Gastroenterology, Dr. Krishnan was an interventional endoscopist at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where he established the interventional endoscopy program.

Dr. Krishnan currently serves on the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Technology Committee and on the editorial board for Video Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Alimentary Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics and Diseases of the Esophagus. His primary clinical interests include the management of pancreatic and biliary disease, interventional endoscopy and novel endoscopic therapy for digestive disease. He is actively involved in research relating to novel diagnostic and therapeutic technology in endoscopy and minimally invasive treatments for intestinal disorders.

Advanced Practice Providers

Alexandra Maltby

Alexandra Maltby is a physician assistant in the Division of General Surgery and Acute Care Surgery and Heartburn and Reflux Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She also practices at the Mass General SHED Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Emmanuel College and received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Bay Path University in 2017.

Priyanca Waghmarae

Priyanca Waghmarae is a physician assistant at the Mass General Department of Gastroenterology. She works with the Mass General SHED Center, caring for patients with foregut disease, and with the Mass General pancreatic and biliary interventional team. Priyanca earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Studies with a minor in Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014 and her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Daemen College in 2017.


Swallowing, Heartburn and Esophageal Disease (SHED) Center (massgeneral.org)
Swallowing, Heartburn, and Esophageal Disease (SHED) Center at Mass General provides both primary treatment and second opinion evaluations for benign throat, esophagus, and stomach disorders

Heartburn and Reflux Program

Heartburn and Reflux Program
Serving Greater Boston area residents, The GERD and Heartburn Clinic at Newton-Wellesley Hospital is the first clinic in New England to use a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat your heartburn and reflux symptoms. Our team is comprised of specialists in gastroenterology, surgery, and nutrition for GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). We carefully evaluate each patient and custom tailor treatment based on your needs.