Dr. Stephen Southard

Primary Care, Internal Medicine
Boston, MA
17 years experience male

Locations

Primary Care Boston

Boston, MA

Address

175 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Fax

6177261985

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

Alliance Health

CIGNA Health Care

MassHealth

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I'm an internal medicine trained physician who thinks that Healthtap provides an excellent opportunity to help people better understand their respective health issues. I'm happy to help forge that understanding working with people.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Internal Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Utah

Doctor Q&A

2.8K Answers
2.0K Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It can be: If you've never lifted before review this with your OB and consider working with a certified personal training who has worked with pregnant women. If... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Need more info: I would hazard a guess yes, but you don't provide much information. There are very few circumstances where you absolutely can't exercise. Do you hav... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It can be: In fact for men there is decreased risk of prostate cancer in groups that have higher ejaculatory frequencies(though you don't have to ejaculate throu... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Balance of: How much you are eating and how active you are. One of the most important ideas to grasp in the battle of losing weight is to understand appropriate ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
You can: Take these together but watch out for stomach upset, diarrhea, or yeast infections. Taking these together may be "harsh" on your intestinal tract or ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Hard to say: As without have a better understanding of what may have caused this, in terms of possible contact irritants or allergens, versus an infectious cause(l... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Would suggest just that ...
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
This can be simply an effect of gravity and your head position on the return of blood from your head/brain in your neck vein/jugular veins. Unless yo... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
This basically definitively rules out an acute pulmonary embolism.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Could be normal ...: As during sex/sexual arousement, women will produce vaginal secretions/fluid to help with lubrication to facilitate intercourse. These secretions ten... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Sounds concerning : Hopefully you’ve taken him to be evaluated by his pediatrician
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Several ways: You could sign up for the paid HealthTap membership and then set up a live consultation with a physician through HealthTap. Otherwise going to a pri... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Mastitis : This sounds like it is a case of lactational mastitis. Reach out to your PCP for treatment.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Note realistically. Rapid color changes would suggest along the lines of a traumatic or infectious issue is at play. But it's a bit difficult to be ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
To be honest: Why focus on supplements when your time would be best optimized focusing on your overall eating habits/diet. Most people do not require supplements u... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Maybe: There are some small, I mean small studies that suggest some benefit in fatty liver disease for flaxseed oil, but it's not great. It's unlikely to ha... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Often referred to as: Low intensity exercise, this is the type of exercise like a gentle walk(
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Be careful: As true barefoot running obviously has to be undertaken in a area with limited damaging material(think sharp pointy objects) on the ground. Even if y... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Many causes: From things that affect the nerves like diabetes, things that affect the blood vessels like heart disease, hypertension, smoking, and other things too... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
First you need to: Figure out of what may be creating any erectile issues. One thing that can help is understanding the quality of your morning erections. If you still... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Very much so: This is more formally known as nocturnal penile tumescence and is something that very common. Don't be alarmed by something like this.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Not particularly: Remember the breast tissue is fatty tissue and while it does have some connection to the underlying muscle tissue, that anatomic relationship tends to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Various options: From oral therapies pentoxifylline to intralesional(injection)collagenase or verapamil to surgical techniques. Seek a urologic comfortable in the man... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Sounds like you: Need to seek the help of an addiction specialist. There are many doctors that are involved in this in the Boston and surrounding areas.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Never too late: If you'd like to try to work on this aspect of your life, why not review this with your doctor. He/she may readily be able to refer you to a therapis... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No real guarantees: When it comes to adverse reactions. Weight gain on prednisone will depend on your dose and how long you need to take the medication. Many short cour... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Are you asking: What the difference between the two are? Isometric movements are muscle contractions without actual shortening in the length of the muscle, like when ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Same as always: The physiology of an erection is the same at 70's as it is at 18. Granted there may be some vascular or nerve compromise that "blunts" the process so... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Several things: It's a screening test to look for any concerning ischemic changes(that represent poor blood flow to particular regions of the heart) but also serves t... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Be careful: There can be many health benefits to dark chocolate including improved cholesterol profiles and decreased blood pressure. But remember, the benefits ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It depends ..: As in it depends on the cause of your back pain; sometime physical therapy is helpful sometimes other interventions are necessary. But if walking cau... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No clear ideal: But some hepatologists suggest avoidance of saturated and total fat. In the end, there isn't a clear dietary winner, but a healthy diet with limited ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Many things: Including emotional and/or physical fatigue. Also sometimes men need quite varied physical stimulation to maintain an erection during intercourse.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
I would avoid: Lifting barefoot. There are weightlifting shoes that provide traction and have minimal cushion in the soles to allow for improved stability/feel of t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Many variants: This includes Crossfit, circuit training, superset techniques, bootcamp classes, P90X, etc!!
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Need more info: Without knowing more about the type of colitis you have been diagnosed with, it's difficult to better guide you. If you can be more specific about wh... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Many effects: Remember that many bronchodilating medications work by stimulating certain receptors in the lung. But, these receptors are located elsewhere to, and ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
They can: Particularly if the fever is quite high or the person with the fever has a coexisting compromise of the brain like any of the forms of dementia. Remem... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Blood sugar: This is a test primarily of your blood sugar. In particular a surrogate for your three month average.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Not necessarily : Sciatica is a form of neuropathy -as in disturbance of the function of a nerve or nerves - that involves a specific nerve and/or nerve roots, in this ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Think along the: lines of more shortness of breath and/or fatigue than you would otherwise expect at any particular level of exercise(exertion).
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Remember: While whey protein isn't likely harmful, unless you are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy, be mindful about your protein intake. Many people ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It depends: If your pain is on the right side, it is possible with your weight loss and fatty liver disease that you have some increased inflammation of the liver... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
You can as: There really is no concerning interaction. There is a chance that the combination of the two may help you sleep better.
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Not typically: Unless you have a severe anemia that really puts stress on your cardiovascular system of the cause of your anemia is a medical condition, like inflamm... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Colorful: But natural. Focus on a diet that is rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. While grains and lean meats are reasonable to but veggies should serve ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Wear and tear: This is the form of joint damage related to wear and tear/mechanical forces.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: On the severity of the ankle injury. Often the ability to start physiotherapy is based on a patient's ability to tolerate gentle manipulation and con... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Nothing that can: Be reliable counted upon. Why not review these issues with your doctor as there may be an identifiable issue that can be addressed without having to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Take it easy: The fever is body's way of telling you that it's responding to something. To be honest unless you're a professional athlete who has to "perform" beca... Read More
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Testimonials
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Feb 8, 2015
Dr. Southard answers questions in a very succinct and thoughtful manner. He has an obvious depth of knowledge that would benefit any patient.
Dr. Carrie Cannon
Oct 6, 2014
Patient, compassionate, encouraging, and obviously enjoys teaching medicine with clear explanations. Very highly recommend this physician.
Dec 22, 2015
Highly recommend
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you I reached out to the surgeon he feels food passing through the twist could be the cause but if it continues he will move up the surgery so far no more i am now...Read More
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Thankyou for your help Your information was helpful but i don't really need health tap because my mom has said i am the kind of person that isn't over weight
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you, Dr Southard.The problem with the GYN's I saw is that they ordered only partial testing, STDs, which came back -, and few other few species.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2014
Top General Internist, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Second Place, Boston Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Partners healthcare system
Massachusetts general hospital

Virtual Visit Ratings

4.6
1460 ratings

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