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Dr. Steven Back

Cardiology
Boston, MA
8 years experience male

Locations

Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA

Address

1 Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA, United States
Directions

About

Bio

I am currently a board certified cardiologist. I am currently completing a year of additional training to perform specialized procedures in cardiology to treat patients with active heart attacks. I will be moving to a cardiology practice in the Philadelphia area in the summer of 2021.

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.

Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

88 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Yes, it can!: Morphine is a strong narcotic pain medication that can make you very drowsy, especially if you've never taken any before. Additionally, if your kidne... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Dyspepsia: Hi Shannon, from the symptoms you list, it looks like you are having dyspepsia which can have many possible causes including acid reflux disease (GERD... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Need more info: Hi J, I'm not sure based off of the info you have provided. I'd be happy to do a full consult if you'd like to gather more information. Some initial... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Perhaps Stress?: Hi Callie, I'm not entirely sure what is causing your symptoms. Perhaps stress triggers some inflammation in your body. Other things to consider are... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Possibly: Appendicitis is on the list of possibilities when a patient has abdominal pain. However, the symptom of nausea and abdominal pain is very non specifi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Yes: It sounds like you have either a viral or bacterial upper respiratory infection. You should discuss your symptoms and be examined by your primary car... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Heart Murmur: A heart murmur is, generally speaking, blood flow through the heart that can be heard with a physician's stethoscope. Based on the information you pr... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Blood tests : Generally speaking routine blood tests don’t specifically screen or test for different types of cancer. If you have concerns about cancer, you should... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Urinary retention : While there could be many causes to your symptoms, one of the most common could be a urinary tract infection that has spread to your kidneys. You sho... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Testing: Hi Elizabeth, generally speaking, doctors order tests to either screen patients for diseases that can be detected early and treated, or we order tests... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Pregnancy: Hi, the prenatal vitamins are not interfering with your cycle. There could be many reasons for missing your cycle. You should complete a pregnancy t... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Not a mistake: Hi, Combivent is a combination medicine of albuterol and ipratropium and can be used for acute asthma attacks as well as acute copd attacks. It works... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Arrhythmia : Yes, you can have a normal heart rate with an abnormal heart rhythm which can predispose patients to complications. The best way to determine if a he... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Chronic diarrhea: Hi, you should look at your bowel movements and determine how watery or bloody they are. You can also see how your bowel movements are related to eat... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
See a physician: It sounds like you have an infection in your face that is getting worse. You should be evaluated at your nearest hospital emergency room to make sure... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Speak with your doc: Hi J.C. You should see your cardiologist and determine how frequently you should follow up with him or her. They will know you the best as well as h... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
STD: Hi Maydi, I'm not entirely sure what you are referring to as there could possibly be a spelling mistake in the condition you are referring to. If you... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Possible Abscess: Its difficult to say exactly what it is without an exam, but possibilities include either a perianal abscess or something called hidradenitis suppurat... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Stop the probiotic: Its not clear if the probiotics are causing the rash, because a rash can be caused for many different reasons. If you think the rash started immediat... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Blood pressure: You should take your blood pressure medicine as prescribed and either go to an emergency room as soon as possible to get your blood pressure controlle... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Vp shunts: Hi, I am unclear about what you are asking as you seem to be referring to two different types of shunts. A VP shunt drains fluid from the patient's b... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Gastritis: Hi Justin, your symptoms are concerning for serious conditions such as ulcer and stomach cancer and you should be seen by a gastroenterologist to poss... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Yes, it can.: Hi, thanks for the question. There are many different situations that can place enough stress on the heart to elevate troponins in the blood, includi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Uti: Hi, thanks for the question, based on the information you have provided, it sounds like you have a urinary tract infection with possible early involve... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Heart health : A few things you should do: remain as physically active as possible, see your cardiologist for regular checkups and ensure that you are on optimal me... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Mouth ulcers : It’s very concerning to hear that you have ulcers in your mouth. If these have not been evaluated, you should see your doctor or head to an emergency... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Foot cramping : There could be many possibilities to your symptoms. One common possible reason is dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. You should review your symp... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Echocardiogram: Its really best to discuss the findings with the physician who ordered the test to explain the findings in the context of your symptoms. Otherwise, y... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Go to the ER: Hi, I'm not sure what exactly is causing your symptoms, but the combination of bleeding and weakness is alarming. You should be evaluated in person a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Pacemaker adjustment: Hi, there could be many reasons your mother is having these symptoms. Since she just had the pacemaker put in, you should speak with the cardiologist... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Cardiac Cath: Hi. A cardiac catheterization is a test that helps doctors look at the insides of the arteries that supply your heart with blood. If the test is nor... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
INR Range: The goal INR for patients depends on the why warfarin was started and the risk of clotting vs bleeding. Generally, the goal INR for patients is 2-3, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Leg swelling: There are many medical conditions that can cause lower extremity swelling including but not limited to heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Rheumatoid arthritis: You should keep in mind that patients can still have rheumatoid arthritis even if blood work is negative, especially if the disease course is relative... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
See a doc: Hi Megan, if you've been having a cough for two months, despite your current treatment, it's time to be evaluated. Coughing can be caused my many thi... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Low impact exercise: Given your injury, exercises with zero impact on your toe should be considered including swimming, aqua jogging, hand cycling etc, however you should ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Likely not: Atrial premature contractions are not dangerous. However if they are frequent, they can cause symptoms such as palpitations. Continue routine follow... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Chest pain: There are many reasons to have chest pain including anginal (heart) pain, reflux disease or muscle pain. As a physician we are always most concerned ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Medical device : If you have a medical device implanted in your body, you should maintain regular follow up with your physician indefinitely. With stents, in particul... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Urine analysis: Hi, if you are concerned that you are having urinary symptoms, your primary care doctor can perform an in-office test to examine if there are any abno... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Flank Pain: Flank pain could be a sign of kidney infection, but could be a sign of many other ailments. You should speak with your primary care doctor or a gynec... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Yes: C.Diff is contagious and spreads easily if you do not was your hands properly after contact with a patient who is currently infected. If your symptom... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Contact dermatitis: Hi, thanks for the question. It seems like you developed a rash in the area where you applied the deodorant. If this is indeed the case, you likely ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
HPV: Hi Marissa, yes you can still have intercourse if you have HPV. There is a possibility of recurrence as the virus lays dormant in cells for variable ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Mole: Hi Jen, I don't think you should worry, but you should see a dermatologist to evaluate the mole for possible biopsy. Hope that helps!
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
No: Hi SB, prednisone is a type of steroid and does not contain caffeine. Prednisone and caffeine are two separate drugs. Hope that helps!
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Pleural Effusions: Hi, it sounds like you may be asking where this fluid is coming from. Pleural effusions can come from different sources. It is possible that cancer ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Abnormal Heart Beats: Hi Mohammed, frequent, means that the monitor recorded many heart beats called PACs that occur during or between normal heart beats, but does not indi... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Not sure: Hi, I don't know much about these DNA testing services so I can't provide an opinion. I personally haven't created treatment plans for patients based... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Back
Cardiology 8 years experience
Risks of trauma: Keep in mind that I'm not an obstetrician, and I also can't give you a percentage on "how safe it would be" to the pregnancy, but it seems that the ri... Read More

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Hello I am trying to get a prescription of valium refilled. Are you available for a consultation. Thanks Nick
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This was very helpful. Thanks! It feels like an acne that just popped. But I'm seeing my PCP in 2 weeks (earliest appt they have available) so I'll have it looked by her nonetheless and get a referral...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Saw dr today. Have blood tests tomorrow. I have lymph node enlargement in elbows and neck. Exact same place on both sides about as big as a strawberry. Ty!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much, Dr. Back. Your response means a lot to me and it does help. I was diagnosed yesterday with RA by a rheumatologist.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2014MD

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Top General Internist, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Spring
2017
Top General Internist, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2017
TOP GENERAL INTERNIST, First Place, Pennsylvania - 2018

Affiliations

American College Of Phyiscians

Publications

Peripheral vascular disease in women: Are we analyzing the costs correctly?
Strategies to Reduce Recurrent Shocks Due to Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with an Implanted Cardioverter-Defibrillator.
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