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Freeman Welcomes Cancer Doctor to Pittsburg Physician Group

January 14, 2022

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman Health System is bringing cancer care closer to home for Southeast Kansas residents with the addition of oncologist/hematologist Dr. Boban Mathew to the Freeman Physician Group of Pittsburg.

“This is an exciting time for Freeman Health System as we’re extending our range of oncology and radiation oncology services in Southeast Kansas, giving patients access to convenient care when they need it most,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is my great pleasure to welcome Dr. Boban Mathew to our Freeman cancer care team in Pittsburg to continue providing exceptional care to area residents. Dr. Mathew has impressive credentials and vast experience, and we’re thrilled to have such a well-trained and personable doctor on staff at Freeman.”

Dr. Mathew did an internal medicine residency at the Ohio Valley Medical Center and completed a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has practiced medicine in southeast Kansas for two decades and will continue to serve Pittsburg area residents as a member of the Freeman team.

“Just because we live in a small community doesn’t mean that our patients don’t deserve the very best when it comes to cancer treatment,” said Dr. Mathew. “As a board-certified physician in medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine and hospice/palliative care, I strive to deliver state-of-the-art care to my patients. A quote from Mother Theresa: ‘I cannot do great things, but I can do small things with great love,’ is my guiding principle.”

Dr. Mathew participates in clinical trials through Masonic Cancer Alliance (MCA), which is a regional cancer network spearheaded by the University of Kansas Cancer Center. He said he was drawn to his specialty because of personal experience with cancer.

“Growing up, I witnessed several family members battle cancers and undergo treatments,” said Dr. Mathew. “That’s what spurred my interest in cancer care, and I decided to go to medical school with the hope of specializing in oncology. I’ve committed my life’s work to helping families navigate the difficult journey and decisions associated with this diagnosis.”

Dr. Mathew is accepting new patients and no referral is necessary. To make an appointment, call the Freeman Physician Group of Pittsburg at 620.231.0204.