New Doctor Joins Expanded Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems appointmented Dr. Christopher Touloukian, a board-certified and fellowship-trained general surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Touloukian is expanding outpatient general surgery services in Northern and Central Berkshire. He and Dr. Robert Lincer provide minimally invasive outpatient general surgery utilizing the state-of-the-art operating rooms at the North Adams Campus of BMC and also provide surgical services at BMC in Pittsfield.

Dr. Touloukian is accepting new patients in need of general surgery services and is partnered at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC with Dr. Lincer and Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Andrew Lederman, Christian Galvez-Padilla and George Veinoglou.

He is board-certified in general surgery and fellowship trained in immunotherapy and surgical oncology at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Touloukian received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N.Y., and completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Dr. Touloukian came to the Berkshires from Canton Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, N.Y. He previously served at Indiana University Hospital and Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC has offices in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington. For an appointment with Dr. Touloukian, call 413-445-6420.

 


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