Our Providers

Michael Reinhorn, MD

Dr. Michael Reinhorn is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a father, husband, cyclist and swimmer. For  the last 12 years, Michael Reinhorn has enjoyed seeing new patients in the area surrounding Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a highly rated hospital in Newton, MA just 10 miles outside of Boston. Dr. Reinhorn’s focus is entirely on ambulatory hernia and pilonidal patients and in creating a focused practice servicing the entire New England region. While we perform the vast majority of our surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, we have been exploring safe ambulatory alternatives for patients including ambulatory centers near Boston.

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. Dr Michael Reinhorn feels that he can deliver the highest quality of care be performing a very high volume of surgery in only a few procedures. Recent medical research has shown that surgeons and hospitals who perform high volumes of some operations have better outcomes. Dr. Reinhorn actively participates in reporting his surgical outcomes to the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative and has published his practices outcomes in a peer reviewed journal.  It’s clear that there are differences in hernia outcomes and not all procedures are equal.

Aside from being a practicing general surgeon, he has been involved with teaching medical students and residents. From 2009 to 2016, each year, he has supervised the surgical education of more than 30 medical students, and contributes to the training of more than 30 surgeons in training from Massachusetts General Hospital.  In 2016 he matriculated at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management in an MBA program for practicing physicians.  The goal of the program, and Dr. Michael Reinhorn’s goal is to gain the tools necessary to help transform our complicated and poorly functioning healthcare system.  To that end, Boston Hernia & Pilonidal Center was formed to focus on the overall patient experience.   While surgical outcomes are important, we are focused on having a medical provider be the contact at every point of care, in order to smooth out the patient journey and ease any stress that comes with thinking about surgery.  Our practice also brings  surgical decision making to the patients.  We partner with out patients to decide if surgery is even indicated for them.  Our goal is to enhance a person’s quality of life and sometimes that involves surgery, but often physical therapy or watchful waiting are suggested.

Lauren Ott, PA-C

Lauren Ott, PA-C is a certified Physician Assistant that has been trained by Dr. Michael Reinhorn in care of hernia and pilonidal patients. She has evaluated over 2000 patients with inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, groin pain and pilonidal symptoms since 2015.  Lauren is an expert in this field.   Lauren graduated from PA school at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with Honors in 2015. After graduation in May, Lauren joined our practice.

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. By working together, they are able to improve the quality of care of each patient.


 

Recent Testimonial

What a personable staff! I felt at ease from my initial contact and then every step of the way. The staff behind the scenes, his PA Lauren and all the doctors and nurses were wonderful. Not to mention minimal scarring and very quick, easy recovery.

11/22/17