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Dr. Frank MacMillan, Jr, MD, FACG specializes in Gastroenterology and Liver diseases, is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and it’s Massachusetts Governor. He is Vice President of the Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association. Dr MacMillan is a native of North Andover and practices Gastroenterology in Haverhill at Merrimack Valley Hospital, where he currently serves as the Chief of Medicine. He has also been a member of the North Andover Board of Health since 2007. You can email Dr. Frank at fpmacmillan@comcast.net

The Brewing Crisis in Health Care, Part II-Nurses!

The Brewing Crisis in  Health Care, Part II-Nurses!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – August, 2016 (*Erica MacMillan contributed to this column.) Writing from the perspective of a practicing medical doctor, I have had 21 years with the MD…

In the News: Zika Virus

In the News: Zika Virus

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – June, 2016 It seems like each year brings a new infectious disease worry, last year it was Ebola virus, this year it is Zika virus.…

North Andover Sr. Center Discussion on Colon Cancer Awareness and Aging

North Andover Sr. Center Discussion on Colon Cancer Awareness and Aging

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – April, 2016 Las month on March 28th, I was invited by my good friend and fellow North Andover Board of Health member, Mr. Joseph McCarthy, to…

Do Heartburn Drugs Cause Dementia? ~ The Doctor is IN!

Do Heartburn Drugs Cause Dementia? ~ The Doctor is IN!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – March, 2016 Acid or proton-pump inhibitor drugs (PPI) are among the most widely prescribed medicines in the world. They include brand names such as Nexium,…

New Year’s Resolutions for Good Health and Happiness

New Year’s Resolutions for Good Health and Happiness

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – Jan. 2016 Years end is a good opportunity for us to look back and take stock in what is good and what is not so…

The Genie is Out of the Bottle on Prescription Drug Prices ~ THE DR. IS IN!

The Genie is Out of the Bottle on Prescription Drug Prices ~ THE DR. IS IN!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – December, 2015 As a college student in the mid 1980s, I studied and received my bachelor degree in economics prior to attending medical school. Also…

Something Needs to Change… – THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Something Needs to Change… – THE DOCTOR IS IN!

My favorite lesson from high school physics was learning the second law of thermodynamics, that matter cannot be created nor destroyed under ordinary chemical means. It is a really useful…

Don’t Shoot the Messenger ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Don’t Shoot the Messenger ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – October, 2015 One of the most difficult jobs I have has been the honor of being tasked with giving bad news. It is both dreadful…

The Kool Aid world of Obamacare ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

The Kool Aid world of Obamacare ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – July, 2015 The US Supreme Court recently ruled in King v. Burwell that the health insurance subsidies written into the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)…

Insights into Healthfulness – THE DOCTOR IS IN

Insights into Healthfulness – THE DOCTOR IS IN

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – May, 2015 This month, twenty years ago, I had conferred upon me a Doctor of Medicine degree. It has been both an honor and a…

Generic Drugs and Government Policy Favors Monopoly Pricing ~ The Doctor is IN

Generic Drugs and Government Policy Favors Monopoly Pricing ~ The Doctor is IN

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – April, 2015 For more than thirty years, health plans, consumer groups and government have made a concerted push to keep the price of health care…

Coffee, Can it Be Good for You? What’s the Evidence?

Coffee, Can it Be Good for You?  What’s the Evidence?

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – July, 2014 Without my even asking, people will say to me that they don’t drink coffee for health reasons. I have always found this perplexing,…