Our Providers

Nora Fullington, MD

Dr. Nora Fullington is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, specializing in minimally invasive ambulatory hernia, pilonidal, and gallbladder surgery. 

Educational Background:

  • General Surgery Residency – University of Massachusetts
  • Research Fellowship – Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Doctor of Medicine – New York Medical College
  • Biology Degree – Providence College 

Dr. Fullington performed over 2000 operations while working as a hospital based General Surgeon for the last several years. She joined us in the beginning of May 2021 to specialize in ambulatory hernia, pilonidal, and gallbladder surgery.  Dr. Fullington has been trained by Dr. Reinhorn on the open preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair and the Shouldice (non-mesh) hernia repair. In addition to offering open preperitoneal mesh and non-mesh hernia repairs, her laparoscopic training and experience allows us to offer laparoscopic hernia surgery for patients who for various reasons would benefit from this approach. 

Additionally, given her vast laparoscopic experience, she brings  expertise in gallbladder surgery to our practice. She is committed to providing specialized, high quality, patient-centered care while creating a comfortable experience for her patients. Dr. Fullington sees office patients in Wellesley, Massachusetts as well as in Derry New Hampshire.  The practice offers surgery at Mass General Brigham Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston Outpatients Surgical Suites and Surgery Center of New Hampshire – Derry. 

She is passionate about humanitarianism in medicine and has organized surgical mission trips to Haiti to treat the underserved population in Port au Prince and surrounding communities and has facilitated “Humanism in Medicine” lecture series. She cares deeply that patients feel heard and understood, have their questions and concerns valued and addressed, and feel the benefits of a collaborative approach to their care.  

When not working she enjoys time with her family, friends, and pets, travel, sports, hiking, going to the beach, biking, almost all outdoor activities, cooking, and good conversation. 

Learn more about Dr. Fullington’s professional history

Michael Reinhorn, MD

Dr. Michael (Micki) Reinhorn is a board-certified general surgeon, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, specializing in ambulatory hernia and pilonidal surgery. He is also an associate clinical professor of surgery at Tufts University. His practice is located near Boston and services most of New England. Dr. Reinhorn sees office patients in Wellesley, Massachusetts as well as in Derry New Hampshire.  The practice offers surgery at Mass General Brigham Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston Outpatients Surgical Suites and Surgery Center of New Hampshire – Derry. 

Educational Background:

  • Doctor of Medicine & General Surgery Residency- Boston University
  • Engineering degree – Cornell University
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration – Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Dr. Reinhorn has performed over 4,400 hernia operations and has published his outcomes in peer reviewed medical journals and reports all patient outcomes to a national database. While performing over 500 hernia operations each year, Dr. Reinhorn is working to identify ways to reduce opioid prescribing and utilization in hernia patients. He is the chairperson of the opioid reduction task force for the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (ACHQC). He is also passionate about improving value within the healthcare system for patients, providers, payers, and employers. Dr. Reinhorn was recently elected by the Americas Hernia Society to represent them on the board of the ACHQC. He is an expert in work related groin injuries and has lectured nationally about groin injuries as well as about his streamlined, specialized practice.

Over his surgical career, Dr. Michael Reinhorn has developed expertise in minimally invasive inguinal and umbilical hernia surgery. He is also a specialist in surgical treatment of pilonidal disease and for the last eleven years, he has been performing the “Cleft-lift” or “Bascom flap” procedure. While no formal training after surgical residency is required to become a hernia surgeon or pilonidal surgeon, as a result of his 17 years of experience focusing on these conditions, he has become expert in both. His practice is focused on inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia and pilonidal disease in order to provide sub-specialized level of care for patients suffering from these conditions.

When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and three children, including hiking in the White Mountains, skiing, swimming, biking, traveling and cooking.

Dr. Reinhorn’s Downloadable CV

Anna Canavan PA-C

Anna Canavan is a physician assistant with extensive experience working with surgical patients especially in the care of hernias and pilonidal disease. Anna works closely with Dr. Fullington and Dr. Reinhorn providing a team approach throughout a patient’s care at Boston Hernia and Pilonidal Center. Anna and Dr. Fullington work as a team to examine patients and discuss treatment options. Working together allows them to spend more time with each patient to provide education about their diagnosis and treatment plan and to answer any questions that arise. This continuity of care is carried forward into the operating room where Anna is an expert in assisting with both open and laparoscopic surgeries. She aims to ensure that every patient feels comfortable and heard and receives the highest level of care.

Anna grew up in Quincy, MA. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Assumption College in Worcester and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Tufts University in Boston. She worked for many years as a patient care technician on a surgical floor, during which she gained extensive experience, giving her an authentic perspective of what it is like to be a patient.

When not working, she enjoys going to Red Sox games, traveling, going to the beach, walking her dogs, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Lauren Ott, PA-C

Lauren Ott is a physician assistant who has expertise in ambulatory hernia and pilonidal disease. Over the last 6 years, Lauren has evaluated well over 5000 patients with groin hernias and umbilical hernias as well as over 1200 new pilonidal patients. Lauren and Dr. Reinhorn work together in the office as a team; spending more time with each patient, examining, educating, and discussing treatment options including surgery. Lauren sees patients immediately before and after their surgeries, and is trained to assist Dr. Reinhorn in the operating room. As a surgical assistant, she has developed mastery of inguinal hernia surgery and pilonidal cleft lift surgery, and in addition to assisting in surgery, she functions as surgical coach. Lauren’s strengths are her ability to connect with people quickly, and explain complex diagnosis and treatment to anyone. By working closely with Dr. Reinhorn, she strives to improve the quality of care of each patient.  

Lauren serves on the Opioid Reduction Task Force of the Abdominal Hernia Society Quality Collaborative.  Together with surgeons across the country, this group is working hard to reduce the impact of post op surgical prescribing has on the epidemic

Lauren grew up in Erie, PA and has an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from MCPHS University in Boston.

 

Our Team

 

The Boston Hernia team is comprised of four providers and three specialized support staff.  Each of our support staff is trained to be a medical assistant, surgical coordinator and front office specialist.  Our staff spend 1-2 years with us before matriculating in medical school, physician assistant programs or nurse practitioner programs.  By having future providers take on this role in our practice we are able to offer a specialized level of care and service that our patients appreciate. Due to the complexity of medical care and the small size of our practice, our staff takes expert care of our existing patients, but cannot offer medical advice over the phone or email to patients that have not been seen by one of our providers.