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Shan Qin, MD, PhD

Shan Qin

Hawthorn welcomes Shan Qin, MD, PhD

October 2018

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Nephrologist Shan Qin, MD, PhD, who has joined the group practice.

Dr. Qin earned his medical degree at West China University of Medical Sciences and completed Internal Medicine training and clinical fellowship training in Hepatology at West China Hospital. He also earned a PhD from Sichuan University. Dr. Qin practiced Internal Medicine for 10 years in China before he moved to the United States.

Dr. Qin did his research studies at Harvard Medical School for 10 years, where he was a Principal Investigator mainly studying kidney disease, which cultivated his enthusiasm for Nephrology (the specialty study of the kidney). He completed a second Internal Medicine residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey and a Clinical Nephrology fellowship at Boston University Medical School/Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Qin provides specialty care for patients with different kinds of kidney disorders including chronic kidney disease, acute kidney failure, kidney stones and high blood pressure (hypertension). He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Qin is accepting new patients for both primacy care and kidney diseases. Appointments can be made by calling 508-996-3991. He will see patients at 537 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.


Rachel Hoffmann, MD

Rachel Hoffmann

Hawthorn Medical welcomes dermatologist

September 2018

Hawthorn Medical welcomes dermatologist Rachel Hoffmann, MD, who has joined the group practice.

Dr. Hoffmann graduated from University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude and went on to earn a Master of Science in Education there. She spent two years as a science and math teacher as a member of Teach for America Corps at Maritime Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in Dermatology. During her residency, she was chair of the cosmetics curriculum and has extensive experience with laser and light based cosmetic procedures, anti-aging treatments, and cosmetic injectable fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm®.

In addition to cosmetic treatments, Dr. Hoffmann specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of complex dermatologic conditions. Her special interests include skin cancer and UV protection, surgical dermatology, psoriasis, acne, and urticaria. She enjoys seeing pediatric patients as well.


Hawthorn Medical introduces cutting edge prostate biopsy option with 3D MRI/Ultrasound Fusion technology

August 2018

Targeted MRI/Ultrasound Fusion biopsy is the latest technology available in the detection and management of prostate cancer, and the Urology Department at Hawthorn Medical Associates is proud to now offer this new standard of care.

Historically, finding the exact location of cancer in a prostate gland has been a challenge. Conventional TRUS prostate biopsy techniques are referred to as “blind” biopsies since physicians typically cannot easily view the specific location of any abnormal tissue. Now, using the revolutionary Artemis 3D imaging and navigation system, Hawthorn Medical physicians are able to better identify and more accurately biopsy suspicious prostate cancer areas.

The MRI/Ultrasound Fusion (or MR/US Fusion) targeted biopsy procedure starts by using pre-exam MRI prostate images. These images are then fused with real-time ultrasound images to create a detailed 3D high-definition map of the prostate. This allows the physician to accurately target any visible lesions during the biopsy.

“In selected patients, the ability to target lesions using the MR/Fusion technology can be very beneficial in finding a patient’s prostate cancer, or following a patient with known cancer,” explains Hawthorn Medical Urologist Derek Hausladen, MD.

Patients recommended for this procedure are men who, typically, have elevated and/or rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or those with a clinical concern for prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and one in seven men will be diagnosed in his lifetime. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but with early detection, most men have a 5 year survival rate of 90%.

Hawthorn Medical’s introduction of the MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Prostate biopsy system is the latest breakthrough option in providing patients with improved diagnosis and accuracy in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

The physicians of Hawthorn Medical Associates Urology Department see patients at both 535 Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth and 851 Middle Street, Fall River.


Hawthorn awards scholarships

June 2018

2018 scholarship winners

Graduates were awarded $3,000 scholarships at a recent event. From left: James P. Tracey, MD, Hawthorn President, Erin Stoekle, Sarah Duarte, Morgan Oliveira, Eliana DaCunha, Peyton Calvao, Colette Macuch, Briannah Lopes, and Joseph Ciccolo Jr., Hawthorn CEO


Eight seniors graduating from area high schools each received a $3,000 scholarship from Hawthorn. The scholarships are given to outstanding students who are pursuing higher education to become healthcare professionals. Now in its 12th year, the annual scholarship program encourages academic preparation in healthcare areas and has awarded $273,000 to 91 recipients.

These scholarship winners will begin college in the fall 2018.

  • Apponequet Regional High School graduate Colette Macuch of Lakeville will study Nursing at Fairfield University.
  • Dartmouth High School graduate Morgan Oliveira will study Nursing at University of Rhode Island.
  • Fairhaven High School graduate Eliana DaCunha will study Biology/Pre-med at Providence College.
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School graduate Sarah Duarte of Dartmouth will study Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • New Bedford High School graduate Peyton Calvao will study Pre-pharmacy at Western New England University.
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate Elana Sargent of Lakeville will study Biology/Pre-med at Drexel University.
  • Old Rochester Regional High School graduate Erin Stoeckle of Fairhaven will study Nursing at University of Massachusetts Boston.
  • Westport High School graduate Briannah Lopes will study Nursing at Westfield State University.

Helena Meyer, DO

Zhenhong Li

Hawthorn welcomes allergist Zhenhong Li, MD, PhD

May 2018

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Allergist Zhenhong Li, MD, PhD, who offers enhanced allergy testing and treatment for our patients.

Dr. Li is a graduate of Taishan Medical University, China and earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, China. She completed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Albany Medical Center, New York.

Dr. Li treats a wide range of allergic and immunologic disorders in both pediatric (3 months and older) and adult patients. Services include diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, allergic skin conditions including eczema and hives, asthma, chronic recurrent ear infection, chronic headache and sinusitis as well as food, drug, venom, latex and vaccine allergies.

Dr. Li is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She sees patients at Hawthorn Medical’s 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth location. Appointments can be made by calling 508-996-3991.


Family Medicine department welcomes new physicians

October 2017

Ryan Gates

Ryan Gates


Nicholas DeFusco

Nicholas DeFusco

The Hawthorn Family Medicine Department recently welcomed two new physicians. Dr. Nicholas DeFusco and Dr. Ryan Gates will both practice at 531 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth and are accepting new patients of all ages, including infants and children.

Dr. DeFusco earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, West Indies, and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Reading Hospital. Dr. DeFusco is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has special interest in sports medicine, joint injections, dermoscopy, and the diagnosis and treatment of most uncomplicated skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and concerning pigmented and nonpigmented skin lesions.

Dr. Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Rochester, New York. He earned his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. He has past experience as a Flight Surgeon for a helicopter squadron for the US Navy at Cherry Point, NC. He is board certified in Family Medicine.


Andy Boylan

Andy Boylan

Hawthorn Medical welcomes urologist Andy Boylan, MD

October 2017

After completing his undergraduate degree in English at Kenyon College, Dr. Boylan went on to earn his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in urology at University of Connecticut Health Center, including training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Hartford Hospital.

He enjoys practicing all areas of general urology with particular interest in BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia/enlarged prostate), stone disease, erectile dysfunction, male incontinence, and laparascopic and robotic surgery.

Dr. Boylan sees patients at Hawthorn Medical’s 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth location and in the Fall River office at 851 Middle Street.


Tessa Kramer

Tessa Kramer

Hawthorn Medical Associates is pleased to welcome Dr. Tessa Kramer

October 2017

Tessa Kramer earned a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Newton. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Most recently, she practiced as the clinical health psychologist at the Hartford Hospital Transplant Program and Comprehensive Liver Center.

Dr. Kramer has varied past experiences providing psychotherapy services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Wheaton College. In addition to health psychology, she specializes in Latino Mental Health care and has provided psychological services to children and adults in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Nicaragua. She practices in Spanish and English. She particularly enjoys helping people alleviate depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress, as well as adjust to and manage co-occurring health conditions. She is also committed to assisting people reach their smoking cessation and weight management goals.

Dr. Kramer will see adult patients (18 years of age and older) by referral from Hawthorn Adult and Family Medicine/Primary Care Physicians, 531 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.


Helena Meyer, DO

Helena Meyer

Hawthorn Medical welcomes orthopedic surgeon Helena Meyer, DO

September 2017

Hawthorn Medical recently welcomed Helena Meyer, DO, a fellowship-trained Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Meyer earned a Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri and completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Garden City Hospital through Michigan State University. She then completed an additional year of specialty training during a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Michigan International Foot and Ankle Center in Pontiac, Michigan.

Dr. Meyer will treat foot and ankle pain (including toes and heel), arthritis, athletic conditions, sprains and fractures, plantar fasciitis, tendon injuries, acute or chronic deformities such as flat and high arched feet, claw toes and bunions, as well nail/nail bed injuries. She will see patients at 531 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.


Women’s Center event

May 2017

In honor of Mother’s Day, we invite you to a special Mammography Open House. Bring your mother, daughter, sister or friend on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm. Read more »


Debby Almeida, MD

Debby Almeida

Dr. Debby Almeida receives obesity medicine certification

April 2017

Debby Almeida, MD, a Family Medicine physician at Hawthorn Medical, has achieved certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an ABOM diplomate. ABOM diplomates are physicians who undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation.

Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. Currently, there are more than 2,000 ABOM diplomates throughout the United States and Canada.

Dr. Almeida is director of the new Center for Weight Management at Hawthorn Medical. The Center takes a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes behavioral techniques, nutritional counseling, physical activity recommendations, and weight loss prescription medication management.


John Duell, MD

John Duell

Hawthorn Medical welcomes John Duell, MD

September 2016

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome John Duell, MD, a Cardiac Electrophysiologist who has joined the group practice’s team of cardiologists. He will provide electrophysiology and other cardiology services to patients at 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Duell earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Tufts Medical Center. He completed a Cardiovascular Disease fellowship and a fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), cardiac ablations, and device (pacemaker/defibrillator) implantation and extraction.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Duell is a member of American Society of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. He has published several articles on heart disease and arrhythmias in journals including Current Cardiology Reports and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Additionally, he has contributed chapters to the upcoming books Atlas of Cardiac Innervation and Cardiac Mapping.


Justin Etter, DO

Justin Etter

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Justin Etter, DO

July 2016

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome Justin Etter, DO, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. He will see patients at the Family Medicine Department, 531 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Etter earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and completed his Family Medicine at Kent County Hospital in Warwick, RI. Dr. Etter is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in both Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Etter has special interests in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, sports medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine—hands-on techniques used to maximize patient’s function and relieve pain with little or no medication.


Hawthorn Medical awards scholarships to area high school seniors

July 2016

2015 scholarship winners

2016 scholarship winners

Eight seniors graduating from SouthCoast public high schools each received a $3,000 scholarship from Hawthorn Medical Associates.

The scholarships are given to outstanding students who are pursuing higher education to become healthcare professionals. Now in its tenth year, Hawthorn Medical’s annual scholarship program encourages academic preparation in healthcare areas such as nursing, pre-med, radiological technology, laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and occupational, physical and respiratory therapy. This latest round of awards brings the total to $225,000 and the number of recipients to 75.

The scholarship winners will begin college in the fall 2016.

  • Apponequet Regional High School graduate John Augustine will study Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University.
  • Dartmouth High School graduate Morgan Pimentel will study Nursing at Simmons College.
  • Fairhaven High School graduate Abbey Pelland will study Psychology at Westfield State University.
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School graduate Grace Perry will study Biology/Pre-med at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • New Bedford High School graduate Jacinda McCartney will study Health Sciences at American International College.
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate Brianna Souza will study Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • Old Rochester Regional High School graduate Serena Jaskolka will study Communication Sciences and Disorders at Worcester State University.
  • Westport High School graduate Alison Shaw will study Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Eshan Patvardhan, MD

Eshan Patvardhan

Hawthorn welcomes cardiologist

July 2016

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Eshan Patvardhan, MD, a Non-invasive Cardiologist, who has joined the group practice. He will see patients at 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Fellowship-trained in Non-invasive Cardiology, Dr. Patvardhan earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Rural Medical College in India. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston where he also completed his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and served as Chief Fellow.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Patvardhan is a member of American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. He has published 19 peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of heart disease in prestigious journals including the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. His interests include valvular heart disease, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies, preventive cardiology and echocardiography.

Dr. Patvardhan is welcoming new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 508-996-3991.


Stay Fit & Healthy After Fifty Health Fair May 25

May 2016

Join us for a health fair focused on you and sponsored by Hawthorn Medical, Saint Anne’s Hospital and Steward Home Care. The health fair will be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 12:30–4:30 pm at the Hawthorn Medical Conference Center, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth. The day will feature a variety of informational exhibits including Hawthorn Diabetes Management and Case Management services, Saint Anne’s Pain Management Center, Senior Oncology Program and Center for Orthopedic Excellence, and Steward Home Care and Hospice Services.

In addition, community organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association of MA, OptomEyes, Bristol County Sherriff’s File for Life, and local nursing homes and rehabilitation centers will be on hand to discuss their services. A series of educational presentations will be offered throughout the day. Stop by to chat with the experts, enjoy light refreshments, and enter to win several door prizes.


Gillian Simmons, MD

Gillian Simmons

Dr. Gillian Simmons earns Vitals Patients Choice Award

February 2016

For the 8th year, Vitals has announced the nation’s favorite doctors based on patient reviews and ratings and Hawthorn Pediatrician Gillian Simmons, MD, earned a Vitals Patients Choice Award.

Vitals.com is a leader in providing free online tools and data that let healthcare consumers make more informed decisions about the quality of their medical care. The Vitals Patient Choice Awards recognizes top doctors and are determined based on the reviews and ratings collected in the calendar year from patients. These awards are earned by less than 5 percent of all doctors nationwide.

“As the health care system gets more complex, and more choices for care are available, it’s important to provide consumers access to information that helps them easily identify quality providers,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “Vitals is proud to acknowledge the doctors that make an impact in their community based on the opinions of those who know them best—their patients.”


Michael Rocha, MD

Michael Rocha

Dr. Michael Rocha named Man of the Year

December 2015

Congratulations to Hawthorn Cardiologist Dr. Michael Rocha on being named “New Bedford Man of the Year” by the Standard Times for his work founding the New Bedford Wellness Initiative. The Hawthorn Medical Associates community is proud of the work you do, and the care you give.

The Wellness Initiative now has nearly 2,400 followers on Facebook. Activities include monthly wellness walks plus Sunday health programs at the Greater New Bedford Boys & Girls Club and social media promotion of healthy lifestyles, to name just some. Read more »


Tara Morris, MD

Tara Morris

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Tara Morris, MD

September 2015

Hawthorn Medical Associates is pleased to welcome dermatologist Tara Morris, MD to their 535 Faunce Corner Road location.

Dr. Morris graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Scranton. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed her residency in Dermatology in San Diego. She became board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 2012.

During residency, Dr. Morris served as the House Staff Council Chair, a committee representing over 200 residents, and received the first place award for resident research. She has over five publications and has presented nationally at multiple meetings. Since residency, she acted as Vice Chair of the Medical Staff from 2012-2014 and continues to be a guest lecturer bi-monthly for residents at Brown University.

Dr. Morris specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of dermatologic conditions. Her passions include the early diagnosis of skin cancer and contact dermatitis. She remains active in a local Dermatology journal club reviewing the latest literature in Dermatology on a monthly basis.

Dr. Morris is accepting new patients and appointments can be scheduled by calling 508-996-3991.


Join us to learn about Advanced Orthopedic Care

Fall 2015

Hawthorn Medical Orthopedic Specialists will be presenting seminars on advanced orthopedic care as part of the Fall 2015 Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence Seminar series. These programs are free and will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford.

Aching Knees and Hips Slowing You Down?
On September 23, Dr. Edward Klein will discuss surgical and non-surgical advances for hip and knee replacement, including MAKOplasty robotic-assisted surgery and new procedure called Direct Anterior Approach for total hip replacement.

Shoulder Pain? Get Answers
Dr. Matthew Kippe will discuss surgical and non-surgical treatment for rotator cuff injuries and other common shoulder problems on October 21.

Winter Sports 101: Common Injuries and How to Prevent Them
On November 19, Dr. Chad Beattie will offer tips to avoid injury and enjoy your favorite winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, hockey and even running.

To reserve your seat, call Steward DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.


Hawthorn Medical awards scholarships to area high school seniors

July 2015

2015 scholarship winners

2015 scholarship winners

Hawthorn Medical established a scholarship program nine years ago for graduating seniors in local public high schools who are pursuing higher education to become healthcare professionals. With this year’s scholarships, Hawthorn Medical has awarded a total of $201,000 to 67 outstanding students to help support them in their goal.

Each of the following recipients received a $3,000 scholarship and will begin college in the fall 2015.

  • Apponequet Regional High School graduate Jessica Lahaie will study Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Dartmouth High School graduate Alexandra Chiquito will pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Fairhaven High School graduate Kendall Trahan will study Nursing at Colby-Sawyer College.
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School graduate Michael Carballo will study Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
  • New Bedford High School graduate Sydney Fournier will study Physical Therapy at Springfield College.
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate Emma Souza will study Nursing at Curry College.
  • Old Rochester Regional High School graduate Victoria Caton will study Nursing at Curry College.
  • Westport High School graduate Eric Canto will study Nursing at Becker College.

Hawthorn Medical’s scholarship program promotes and encourages academic preparation in the field of healthcare in areas such as nursing, pre-med, radiological technology, laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and physical therapy.


Hawthorn Medical opens new medical facility

November 2014

531 Faunce Corner Road

531 Faunce Corner Road

On Monday, November 10, Hawthorn Medical opened the doors to a new medical building and began seeing patients at 531 Faunce Corner Road on its North Dartmouth campus.

This unique and streamlined 126,700 s/f, three-story facility was designed to optimize patient comfort and convenience while providing physicians and staff an environment to better coordinate patients’ care.

“By relocating most of our providers and services on one campus, patients have easier access to their doctors and specialty care services. This maximizes patient convenience while increasing our efficiency,” explains Hawthorn President James Tracey, MD. He adds, “Physicians and staff now have an environment that will allow them to work as a team to better coordinate patients’ care.”

A better way of caring

The goal of building this facility, and moving providers and staff to the new site, is to give patients comprehensive medical care in one location.

First Floor

The first level includes an expanded Urgent Care Center; the Orthopedics Department; a larger Rehabilitation Services area with natural light, private treatment areas, dedicated space for sports medicine treatment and new cardio equipment; the Laboratory, with six drawing stations; and a more spacious Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology department with all new equipment for x-ray, 64-slice CT, MRI and ultrasound.

Second Floor

On the second level, a bright and cheerful Pediatrics area with separate check-in and waiting areas serves the younger patients. Hawthorn Obstetrics & Gynecology (formerly Healthcare for Women) is located in its own area near the Women’s Center.

The new Women’s Center has separate registration and waiting areas and features a private mammography area, breast ultrasound, OB ultrasound and bone density testing.

Third Floor

The third level has a central registration area for check-in. All Family Medicine and Internal Medicine physicians are located here. The space was designed to specifically meet the needs of the “medical home” model of primary care practice. Medical home is the current model of “best practice” of delivering high quality primary care.


Concussion myths and facts

November 2014

Are you an athlete of any age, or the parent of an athlete? Do you coach, train or officiate at school or community sports? If so, start the next sports season by attending “Concussion Myths and Facts” with sports medicine specialist Dr. Chad Beattie on Wednesday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Fairhaven High School Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Beattie will explain concussion basics in easy-to-understand terms, why a second concussion can be more damaging than the first, how concussions can be diagnosed and treated, and the value of ImPACT testing in helping return athletes to play.

Presented by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, this program is free and open to the public. To register, call Steward DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959.


Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD

Mary D. Fitzhugh

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD

November 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Mary D. Fitzhugh, MD, who has joined the group practice. Dr. Fitzhugh is an experienced Emergency Medicine physician who will begin seeing patients at Hawthorn’s Urgent Care Center when it moves to 531 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, on Monday, November 10.

Dr. Fitzhugh earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Boston City Hospital. Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Fitzhugh has past experience as an Emergency Department physician at Newport Hospital and most recently worked at an urgent care center in Warwick, Rhode Island.


New Patient Portal goes live

October 2014

On October 1, Hawthorn Medical’s new patient portal, StewardCONNECT, goes lives. Patients can activate an account by going to www.stewardconnect.org. Click on “Patients Click Here” then “Create Account.” The portal will allow patients to connect securely with their doctor and medical team online, and to view and verify health information. Patients will be able to access health information associated with a visit to a Steward provider or hospital. This includes details of your medications, allergies, conditions, lab and vital signs as documented during the visit.


Lauren E. Hale, MD

Lauren E. Hale

Hawthorn Medical welcomes pediatrician

September 2014

Hawthorn welcomes Pediatrician Lauren E. Hale, MD, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at Hawthorn Pediatrics, 49 State Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Hale is a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River and Brown University. She earned her medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Hale is accepting new pediatric patients of all ages including newborns. Appointments can be made by calling 508-991-2255.


Hawthorn Medical awards scholarships to area high school seniors

July 2014

2014 scholarship winners

2014 scholarship winners

Just eight years ago, Hawthorn Medical established a scholarship program for graduating seniors in local public high schools who are pursuing higher education to become healthcare professionals.

With this year’s scholarships, Hawthorn Medical has awarded a total of $177,000 to 59 outstanding students to help support them in their goal.

Each of the following recipients received a $3,000 scholarship and will begin college in the fall of 2014.

  • Andrew Driscoll, Apponequet Regional High School, will study Nursing at Northeastern University;
  • Emma Porto, Dartmouth High School, will attend Quinnipiac University to study Nursing;
  • Paige Teves, Fairhaven High School, will study Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth;
  • Hayley Napier, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, will study Dental Hygiene at Mount Ida College;
  • Emma Finnerty, New Bedford High School, will study Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med at Boston College;
  • Rachel Brown, Old Rochester Regional High School, will study Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University;
  • Julia Valeri, Westport High School, will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst to study Biochemistry/Molecular Biology; and
  • Jade Shing, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, was awarded the William Holliday III, MD, Memorial Scholarship to study Nursing at Curry College.

Hawthorn Medical’s scholarship program promotes and encourages academic preparation in the field of healthcare in areas such as nursing, pre-med, radiological technology, laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and physical therapy.


Concussion Myths and Facts

August 2014

Are you an athlete of any age, or the parent of an athlete? Do you coach, train or officiate at school or community sports? If so, start the next sports season by attending “Concussion Myths and Facts” with sports medicine specialist Dr. Chad Beattie on Wednesday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 pm at Fairhaven High School Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Beattie will explain concussion basics in easy-to-understand terms, why a second concussion can be more damaging than the first, how concussions can be diagnosed and treated, and the value of ImPACT testing in helping return athletes to play.

Presented by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, this program is free and open to the public. To register, call Steward DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959.


Dilma H. Silva, MD

Dilma H. Silva

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Dilma H. Silva, MD

June 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Dilma H. Silva, MD, an Internal Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Silva has practiced in the area for 17 years. She earned her medical degree from University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine de Lisboa, Portugal, and completed a Family Practice residency in Portugal. She also completed an Internal Medicine residency at Medical Center of Central Massachusetts/UMass Memorial Campus. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Silva is welcoming previous and new patients. She is fluent in Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole.


Michael J. Mitchell, MD

Michael J. Mitchell

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Michael J. Mitchell, MD

May 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Michael J. Mitchell, MD, who has joined the group practice. Dr. Mitchell will see patients at Hawthorn’s Urgent Care Center, 237A State Road, North Dartmouth.

Dr. Mitchell, a board-certified Internal Medicine physician, earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. Dr. Mitchell has more than 12 years of experience and was a member of the Hawthorn medical staff from 2005-2008. Most recently, he was chief medical officer at Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Maryland.


David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP

David R. Clark

Hawthorn Medical welcomes David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP

February 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes David R. Clark, DO, FAAFP, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. He will see newborns, children, adolescents and adults at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Clark has practiced in the Dartmouth area for 13 years. A graduate of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a Family Medicine residency at Penn State Geisinger Medical Center and a fellowship of the American Academy of Family Practice. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Clark is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.


Pamela L. Coury, MD

Pamela L. Coury

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Pamela L. Coury, MD

January 2014

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Pamela L. Coury, MD, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Coury is a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree. She completed a Family Medicine and Community Health residency at University of Massachusetts-Worcester Family Practice. She practiced at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center for six years, the Community Health Center of New London, CT, and most recently at Prime Medical Associates. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Debby M. Almeida, MD

Debby M. Almeida

Hawthorn Medical welcomes Debby M. Almeida, MD

December 2013

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome Debby M. Almeida, MD, a Family Medicine physician, who has joined the group practice. She will see patients at the Family Medicine Department, 535 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Almeida has practiced in the Dartmouth area for five years. She is a graduate of Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, and completed a Family Medicine residency at Albany Medical Center. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Almeida is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts Medical Society.


Karen S. McGinnis, MD

Karen S. McGinnis

Hawthorn Medical welcomes local dermatologist

November 2013

Hawthorn Medical is pleased to welcome local dermatologist Karen S. McGinnis, MD to their 535 Faunce Corner Road location. Dr. McGinnis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Dermatology and a fellowship in Cutaneous Oncology. She is a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

Board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. McGinnis specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of dermatologic conditions. She is also an expert in the surgical and medical management of skin cancers, including melanoma. Of interest, she is the fourth generation of female physicians in her family.

Dr. McGinnis is accepting new patients for appointments beginning January 3, 2014. Appointments can be scheduled now by calling 508-996-3991.


Hawthorn Medical holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new building

September 2013

On Wednesday, September 4, Hawthorn Medical hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art medical facility that is being built adjacent to Hawthorn’s main 535 Faunce Corner Road facility in Dartmouth.

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The 126,700 s/f, three-story building will expand Hawthorn services onto one campus and include a women’s center, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, a rehab center, OB/GYN services, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, a walk-in urgent care center and administration space. Occupancy is expected in the fall of 2014.

This will be the fourth project on Hawthorn Medical’s Dartmouth site developed by Summit Smith Healthcare Facilities. In the building design, patient flow from registration to waiting to care areas and convenient access to imaging, laboratory and rehabilitation services were priorities.


Elaine Wu, MD

Elaine Wu

Hawthorn Medical adds family practice physician

September 2013

Hawthorn Medical Associates is pleased to announce that Elaine Wu, MD, a Family Practice physician who has worked in the Hawthorn Urgent Care Center for 10 years, will now have a primary care practice. She will see patients at 237A State Road, Dartmouth.

Dr. Wu earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Albany Medical College in New York. She completed her residency with Brown University Family Practice, Memorial Hospital of RI and served as Assistant Chief Resident. She is board certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Wu is welcoming children and adults as new patients. For patient convenience, Dr. Wu will have evening appointment times available. Appointments can be made by calling 508-996-3991.