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Dr. Stephen Southard

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

Locations

Primary Care Boston

Boston, MA

Address

175 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Variety: Everyone is different and even within the same person, the same process can present differently every time. Sometimes you may have a more severe or l... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Possibly: There is some data - though not great - that shaving your pubic hair increases the risk of herpes infections. It's not great data though!
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Odds are good: MRI with MRCP is quite sensitive and specific. There is limited head to head data regarding to the two techniques of MRI/MRCP and EUS - though MRI/MR... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Differences: A hiatal hernia is an anatomic scenario where part of the stomach(usually just the upper part) protrudes through a weak part in the diaphragm(breathin... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
It can: There are small studies for the use of topical melatonin for generalized hair loss and male pattern baldness. Also, there is some asssociation with b... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not so much: There is no clear contraindication to using nonsteroidals in WPW patients. And it shouldn't interact with your Metoprlolol. If you are still concern... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Seek your doctor: You may have irritation of some of the nerve roots of the spine or the spine itself(though you'd be young for this). Really consider seeing your prim... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Possibly: It's possible that you have a "preauricular" (in front of the ear) lymph node. Though this is hard to determine without better understanding any asso... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not necessarily: It's difficult to say based on the info you provided. As is the lump in the deep muscle, superficial skin or bone. If it's in the bone, it could be ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not likely: This isn't particularly worrisome as it within the range of normal for many labs.
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Most likely never: While each of these medications have some potential to affect liver function tests - it being greatest in Tegretol - most of the changes tend to be be... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No good studies: Unfortunately there is a lack of quality literature in regards to this topic. The difficulty comes in the complexity of developing a quality study. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Limited : There really are no real concerning side effects of the protein besides gas, abdominal bloating and stomach cramps. Other side effects are dependent ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Important: Remember, it is of the greatest importance that you try to take your immunosuppressant medications in a timely fashion. It's administered that way so... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Several things: It can refer to several issues. Most classically it refers to ARDS(acute respiratory distress syndrome) which occurs when people develop wide spread ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
You can: Part of the mechanism of this combination gel is an antimicrobial known as erythromycin, and it is possible for the bacteria of the skin to develop a ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Possibly: Unfortunately without examining you, it is difficult to say. If you have any significant pain or loss of sensation, then you should seek immediate he... Read More
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Probably not : It not a classical/typical connection. But it's possible that infections of your sinus mark when you immune system is weak and thus possibly predispo... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Not all thyroid problems present with significant weight gain or loss. If you are worried about thyroid problems you should review this concern with ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Possibly: Stomach upset and vomiting after eating nuts are possible signs of an allergy. It can happen within minutes to hours. It very well could be unrelate... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Rather safe: Nicotine isn't a particularly concerning chemical in liver disease. If you have to choose your "ills" nicotine gum is safer than smoking cigarettes. ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Possibly: Many home tests claim 99% accuracy even after the first day of your period, but there is some data to argue otherwise. At four days late is likely to... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No delay: A urinary tract infection should not affect the timing of your period unless it places you under extreme stress(and I don't just mean the day to day l... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Give your face a: Break from any products, as it sounds like your face is reacting to the topical vitamin E. Let your body heal and often this means just avoiding usin... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
There are many: To start of, often given enough time wars will spontaneously resolve. But for many thats not fast enough. There are many nonprescription treatments ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not likely: It likely means that your immunity produced by vaccination as a child is waning(decreasing). Not particularly uncommon. It's actually possible that ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
There is ..: But to a lesser extent than in unprocessed tomatoes. Tart cherries and tart cherry juice seem to contain the highest natural melatonin levels.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Sinusitis: There may several issues brewing with any sinusitis, particularly in chronic cases. Besides a possible underlying infection, there could be a signifi... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Looking for more: Since you are 27 years old, it's clear this wasn't just a screening colonoscopy that you would otherwise undergo at around age 50. I suspect that you... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Depends: Remember you have multiple tendons attached to your finger(s). So if one tendon is completely severed you will likely loss some motion but unlikely al... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No: Prenatals optimize nutrition in a pregnant women and her developing baby and can help stave off certain birth defects but it has limited influence on ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not sure: Even with acromegaly, where an adult may be producing too much growth hormone, usually the jaw, hands and feet growth dominates over actual height inc... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on where you are measuring the RV from. As based on the low normal your report, this is likely a mid RV diameter measure. At this point i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Likely normal: Realize it is very common for breast to be asymmetric. While things like infections, hormonal changes, cysts and masses (including cancer) can cause... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
It's possible: at least in theory, but I would be more worried about too little urine or if you are "too hydrated" it's possible to dilute the urine so much as to gi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Difficult to say: As you haven't really provided us any details about the nature/extent of your brachial plexus injury/issue. But be aware, that with any nerve issue, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Most commonly: If you have spotting after sex it suggest that the act of sex is irritating a susceptible area. This is most commonly the cervix. So it would be pru... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
More info: I'm sure many doctors would be happy to help but without have a better idea of what the spots look like, what was happening in your life/health when t... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
You can: There are no reported interactions between these medications and supplements. Blue tenacity is L-arginine and ginkgo biloba extract.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Commonly : It may take several days for an imaging study to be read, if it was ordered "STAT". In many cases, a study completed on Friday, particular if complet... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not sure: I'm not sure what a "loose" penis refers to. Does this mean that it's not "rigid" enough to allow for intercourse. If this is the case, the causes c... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Several things ..: This could be related to more severe seborrheic dermatitis, a fungal infection(tinea capitis) of the scalp, or even psoriasis. It's hard to say witho... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not normal: It sounds like she needs more of an evaluation to figure out why this is occurring. You can pass out due to a number of reasons, like blood pressure ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Ideally : You should avoid alcohol consumption until 48 hours after completion of your metronizadole treatment course, to help avoid some of the undesirable sym... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No: I wouldn't worry about pregnancy in this scenario.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Sounds like: A pustule - as in like a white head. They can occur for any number of reasons, like a clogged pore, gland or follicle!. I would keep an eye on this ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not uncommon: This late in pregnancy the uterus will create significant pressure on the bladder causing frequency. In the middle of the night, you may not wake soo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No issues: The two don't interact with each other so you shouldn't have issues with the effectiveness of your birth control.
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Suggests: That there could be some inflammation of the pleural space(the space around the lungs) or another process causing fluid to build up in the space aroun... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Too high a dose may lighten your flow and decrease frequency.
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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
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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
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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

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1460 ratings

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