Overview

Fibroid Program

Customized Care

For women with uterine fibroids, the Mass General Fibroid Program combines the expertise of dedicated specialists to offer multiple treatment options and customized care.

To Benefit Women

Our program strives to provide shorter time to diagnosis and treatment, helping women lead active lives.

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Our Approach

The Mass General Fibroid Program combines the expertise of Mass General infertility specialists, gynecologists, gynecologic surgeons, abdominal radiologists and interventional radiologists to deliver customized care that meets the medical needs and lifestyle choices of each patient.

Our patients have one point of access to a full spectrum of care management options for uterine fibroids. Treatments and services include:

  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and ablation
  • Myomectomy and hysterectomy
 

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Our Team

Our program combines the expertise of Mass General gynecologists and interventional radiologists.


John Petrozza, MD

John Petrozza, MD
Gynecologist

I am director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) at Mass General, and I completed my fellowship training in 1996. Since then, I have dedicated myself to reproductive surgery with the primary goal of alleviating suffering from fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic adhesions. I have been involved over the years with the design, development and research into several surgical devices or techniques that have improved the lives of women with excessive uterine bleeding or fibroids. One of my visions when I came to Mass General in 2002 was to create a multidisciplinary program devoted to fibroids, which really started to gain steam in 2007 after many conversations with my colleagues in the Departments of Radiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. The goal of this collaboration would be multifaceted, but would clearly address the need to educate our patients; provide clear, unbiased and scientifically sound information to help them make better decisions about their treatment; create public awareness about the social, medical and financial implications that fibroids have on patients and their families; provide a forum for researchers and clinicians to work together on research that brings new and better treatments to the clinical arena; and share our knowledge and experiences with our colleagues in the medical field.

As someone who works with patients struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss due to fibroids, I understand the suffering they are going through, but also appreciate the strength of their perseverance. My job is always to help them obtain a better uterus, whether it is by traditional or minimally invasive surgical techniques. For my patients desiring children, the greatest reward is when they come back to see me with a smile on their face and a child in their arms. For patients who no longer desire children, it is making sure they understand all their options and are comfortable moving forward with their plan of action.

I am indebted to the clinicians on this team who share this same vision, the researchers who work tirelessly to find a cause and a cure for this terrible disease and the patients who put their trust and faith in us every day. Learn more


Gloria Salazar, MD

Gloria Salazar, MD
Interventional Radiologist

Since my early years in interventional radiology, I have been very interested in the treatment of patients with fibroids because of its prevalence and how much it limits women's lives.

In 2008, I became actively involved in the care of fibroid patients and built a strong relationship with the OBGYN services at Mass General, leading to our research collaboration in this area.

I have seen many women improve their quality of life after appropriate treatments and, in most cases, observed how symptom control positively affected their lifestyle. I am very pleased to work in a multidisciplinary model in which women can make an informed decision about their treatment, reassured that we will offer the best option tailored to their needs. Most importantly, it is very rewarding to witness the impact of supporting women in being healthy again. Learn more


Douglas Brown, MD

Douglas Brown, MD
Gynecologist

I am the director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) within the Mass General Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. My clinical expertise is in the field of advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The most rewarding aspect of my day to day life at Mass General is the time I spend working with my patients to develop an individualized treatment plan, carefully considering all treatment options, from medical and non-surgical to surgical.

As a fellowship-trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon, a large part of my surgical practice is focused on providing a variety of minimally invasive surgical options (hysteroscopic, laparoscopic and robotic removal) to patients with fibroids. Minimally invasive surgery is associated with significantly less blood loss during surgery, less scarring, less post-operative pain and a faster return to daily activities than traditional surgery. Learn more


Melissa Chittle, PA-C

Melissa Chittle, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Interventional Radiology

It is an honor to be part of the Mass General Fibroid Program because of my interest in women's health and desire to improve quality of life through minimally invasive treatments. It is rewarding to be embraced by patients full of gratitude because they have gained control of their fibroids and no longer feel their fibroids are controlling their life. The multidisciplinary approach offers high-quality, convenient care where patients can be educated about their options, have their questions addressed by experts and make an informed decision about the best treatment for them. I am inspired by this group's communication, commitment to reviewing cases regularly, participation in monthly journal clubs and dedication to research. I look forward to the opportunity to care for our patients as a member of this incredible team.


Erik Clinton, MD

Erik Clinton, MD
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

I have been an attending physician in obstetric and specialized gynecologic care at Mass General since 2010. I provide specialized gynecologic care for women with abnormal bleeding and uterine fibroids through a variety of medical and surgical therapies. I specialize in modern surgical techniques including hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation and laparoscopy. I work closely with patients to develop specific and individualized treatment plans to treat fibroids and fibroid-related symptoms. Learn more


Jennifer Kickham, MD
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

I have provided both general obstetric care and general and specialized gynecologic care at Mass General since 2002.

My work includes treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding and fibroids using standard medical therapies as well as newer surgical techniques such as endometrial ablation and laparoscopic hysterectomy. I have a particular interest in treatment of very large fibroids and fibroids that have been difficult to treat in the past. Learn more


Raymond Liu, MD

Raymond Liu, MD
Interventional Radiologist

While my career path has encompassed multiple avenues, I have always maintained a strong interest in women's health. My training in Boston and New York brought me to the field of interventional radiology, an area which offers minimally invasive image-guided options to individuals with various diseases.

I have been inspired by leaders within our field to focus on issues related to women's health, with a particular interest in patients with uterine fibroids.

Patients come to our field with varying degrees of difficult symptoms, and nothing can replace the satisfaction of seeing patients improve their quality of life from our joint efforts as a multidisciplinary team. Learn more


Carey York-Best, MD

Carey York-Best, MD
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

I have been an attending physician at Mass General since 1993, and I currently serve as the division director of Benign Gynecology and Obstetrics.

I provide specialized gynecologic care for abnormal bleeding, fibroids and endometriosis, including new medical and surgical technologies such as endometrial ablation, hysteroscopic surgery and laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy. Learn more

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