Mass General Fibroid Program
Dedicated to diagnosing and treating women with uterine fibroids, the Fibroid Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides access to a team of specialists who collaborate to offer a range of treatment options.
Our goal is to help women with uterine fibroids find an approach to care that's right for them.
Co-Directors Gloria Salazar, MD and John Petrozza, MD lead a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
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The Mass General Fibroid Program is dedicated to diagnosing and treating women with uterine fibroids, infertility and pelvic pain.
Our patients have one point of access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes Mass General infertility specialists, gynecologists, gynecologic surgeons and interventional radiologists who offer a full spectrum of options for managing fibroids.
Working closely with each patient, our team collaborates to create a care plan customized to individual medical needs and lifestyle choices. This patient-centered approach can result in shorter time to diagnosis and treatment, helping women lead active lives.
Our team also works closely with primary care doctors and OBGYNs who refer their patients to the program, keeping them up-to-date on their patients’ progress and including them in care management.
What to Expect
During the initial consultation, our patients receive a full evaluation and careful assessment of their medical situation. They meet one-on-one with specialists to learn about their options and choose an approach that’s best for them.
Our nurse coordinator handles all aspects of a patient’s care. She is available to schedule appointments and connect patients to resources including translation services and financial coordinators.
"I had been looking online for fibroid treatment options and was very confused. Having both doctors in one room at the same time to answer my questions was invaluable. I was able to make an informed decision."
Mass General Fibroid Program patient
Improving Care Through Research
In addition to providing high-quality, customized care for women, the Mass General Fibroid program also gives researchers insight into understanding the benefits of different approaches to managing fibroids. We track patients' progress over time to continually improve the care we provide.
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Treatments and services
Minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and ablation
The Mass General Fibroid Program treats women with a variety of medical conditions including:
Consultations are available on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to noon on the fourth floor of the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care in the OBGYN suite located on the main campus of Mass General in Boston.
A Range of Options
Our team of specialists in gynecology and interventional radiology work together to customize care for patients. For greater insight into diagnosis and care management, our team also includes radiologists who specialize in reading abdominal scans.
For women of child-bearing age, the program offers minimally invasive survery to maintain fertility. For women who do not want to get pregnant, minimally invasive image-guided procedures are available.
Women with uterine fibroids have options including:
- Watchful waiting, which means close observation by specialists before active management
- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) conducted by interventional radiologists
- Surgery including myomectomy, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and ablation conducted by surgeons specializing in gynecology
A Team of Specialists
Our program includes a multidisciplinary team of board-certified Harvard-affiliated physicians:
- John Petrozza, MD
- Gloria Salazar, MD
- Douglas Brown, MD
- Melissa Chittle, PA-C
- Erik Clinton, MD
- Jennifer Kickham, MD
- Raymond Liu, MD
- Carey York-Best, MD
The Mass General Fibroid Program specializes in treating women with uterine fibroids and related medical conditions. Learn more.
Infertility is defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.
Pelvic pain may originate in genital or extragenital organs in and around the pelvis, or it may be psychological, which can make pain feel worse or actually cause a sensation of pain, when no physical problem is present.
Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system.
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Painful fibroids kept opera singer Denyce Graves from conceiving. With the help and expertise of John Petrozza, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine and In Vitro Fertilization and co-director of the Mass General Fibroid Program, she gave birth to a baby girl. "He was the most hopeful of all the doctors I'd seen," she said.
Mass General Fibroid Program
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 4E, Fourth Floor
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
The Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care is located on the main campus of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Consultations are available on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to noon. Specialists are also available to offer second opinions.
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