Lija Joseph, MD

Dr. Lija Joseph is receiving national attention for her Patient Pathology Consult Program, a ground-breaking initiative that allows patients into the lab to see their slides and understand how their disease is affecting their body.

New Pathology Consult Program Making News

Cancer Close-Up: New Program Lets Patients See Their Disease

Lija Joseph - New Program Lets Patients See Their Disease
Dr. Lija Joseph leads the patient pathology program

Anasuya Gunturi, MD

At Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center, physicians, nurses and staff treat the person, not just their disease. When Dr. Gunturi learned that certain major Boston cancer centers were offering a new treatment that used a technique known as scalp cooling to preserve hair, she wanted to bring it to her patients in Lowell.

For Women with Cancer, New Treatment Can Preserve Hair and Dignity

Breast care leadership team Dr. Lerna Ozcan, Susan Skinner, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Anasuya Gunturi, and Dr. Jill Steinkeler
Breast care leadership team Dr. Lerna Ozcan, Susan Skinner, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Anasuya Gunturi, and Dr. Jill Steinkeler

Kirk J. MacNaught, MD

For a patient undergoing a sudden cardiac event, every minute counts. Fortunately, technology has rapidly advanced over the years, from the interventions that paramedics can perform out in the field, to reductions in the time we can treat in the cath lab. Our team of cardiac experts consistently exceed the American Heart Association goals, resulting in better patient outcomes and quicker recovery.


Advances in Cardiac Care at the Heart and Vascular Center

Interventional cardiologists Dr. James Waters, Dr. Kirk MacKnaught and Dr. Omar Ali
Interventional cardiologists Dr. James Waters, Dr. Kirk MacKnaught, and Dr. Omar Ali

Lerna C. Ozcan, MD

Lowell General Hospital has a comprehensive breast health program, accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This includes 3D imaging for preventive screening, state-of-the art treatment options, and now, a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program for those identified to be at high risk of developing breast cancer. This program allows women who are identified as high risk to establish care with providers such as breast surgeons, breast health navigators, medical oncologists, and other team members.

New Program Helps Women Manage Breast Cancer Risk



Breast care leadership team Dr. Lerna Ozcan, Susan Skinner, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Anasuya Gunturi, and Dr. Jill Steinkeler
Breast care leadership team Dr. Lerna Ozcan, Susan Skinner, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Anasuya Gunturi, and Dr. Jill Steinkeler

Matthew Katz, MD

Dr. Katz has been recognized for his research regarding the usage of cancer-related Twitter hashtags in social media. With a goal in mind to provide patients and caregivers access to reliable health information, Dr.Katz and several colleagues from healthcare institutions throughout the country researched the usage of oncology terms, and providing valuable information and answers regarding a variety of different cancers.

Dr. Matthew Katz Pioneers Research Efforts on Social Media Communication with Patients

Dr. Matthew Katz and Sherry Roberge of radiation oncology
Dr. Matthew Katz and Sherry Roberge of radiation oncology

Benjamin O. Henkle, MD

DRG therapy involves a minimally-invasive surgical procedure, in which a small generator is implanted under the patient’s skin. Thin, insulated wires carry electrical impulses from the generator to a patient’s dorsal root ganglion, a cluster of nerve cells in the spine that regulate signals and sensations as they travel to the brain. This treatment does not require maintenance or active involvement from the patients. Patients no longer have to constantly think about their chronic pain.

Cutting-Edge Therapy Can Significantly Reduce Pain Without the Need for Pills

Dr. Benjamin Henkle with DRG therapy patient Frank Ciaravolo
Dr. Benjamin Henkle with DRG therapy patient Frank Ciaravolo

Omar A. Ali, MD

To dissolve dangerous clots, the classic treatment is a medicine called tPA, but large clots can be difficult to break up quickly. For these cases, Dr. Ali has access to a new clot-busting technology that uses sound waves to create small holes in the clot, helping the tPA penetrate the clot to get blood flowing more quickly.

Life-Saving Blood Clot Treatment Gives Nashua Woman a Second Chance


Interventional cardiologists Dr. James Waters, Dr. Kirk MacKnaught and Dr. Omar Ali
Interventional cardiologists Dr. James Waters, Dr. Kirk MacKnaught, and Dr. Omar Ali

Allen L. Hwang, MD

Using the digestive tract as a pathway inside the body, gastroenterologists can diagnose, treat and prevent an increasingly wider range of conditions, even cancers. Dr. Hwang brought these advanced endoscopy techniques to The Endoscopy Center at Lowell General Hospital, and in the process is providing hundreds of patients each year the opportunity to receive state-of-the-art GI care that only a couple of years ago required a trip into Boston or beyond.

New Technology, Top Physicians Bring Advanced GI Care to Endoscopy Center

Dr. Allen Hwang of the Endoscopy Center
Dr. Allen Hwang of the Endoscopy Center

Scott A. Sigman, MD

To reduce or eliminate the need for narcotic pain medication, Dr. Sigman uses a post-surgical analgesic to numb the surgical site for 24 to 48 hours, and his patients are able to go home after surgery that same day with no pain. When pain levels rise in the days afterward, patients needed very little medication to get through the worst of it.

Billerica Athlete Getting Back in the Game After Knee Surgery

Scott Sigman, MD with knee replacement patient
Dr. Scott Sigman with knee replacement patient