Freeman Welcomes Cancer Doctor to Pittsburg Physician Group

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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.

About Freeman Health System

 Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020-2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit


Lisa Olliges, Media Specialist
Freeman Health System

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