Novant Health expands cancer services in Huntersville

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Breast surgical oncologist joins growing team of cancer specialists

Novant Health has expanded women’s health and breast cancer surgical programs with the addition of breast surgical oncologist, Dr. Lori Gentile. Gentile specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and uses the most up-to-date techniques to perform all aspects of breast cancer surgery, including breast conservation (lumpectomy), mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and axillary lymph node procedures.

Gentile joins Novant Health Carolina Surgical and sees patients at both the new Huntersville and the Charlotte locations. She is an integral part of the Novant Health Cancer Care team, and is on the medical staff at both Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.          

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Gentile to our growing team of cancer experts,” said Dr. Steven Limentani, senior vice president of cancer services for Novant Health. “Her significant training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease will continue to elevate the exceptional care we provide our patients.”     

Gentile completed her medical degree and general surgery residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, including a research fellowship and appointment as administrative chief resident. During her studies, she received numerous awards and accolades including the Edward R. Woodward Surgical Resident’s Award, the Hugh A. Walters Humanitarian Award, and the Academic Achievement Award. Gentile recently completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. She is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.   

Gentile is an active member of multiple professional organizations including the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons. She has authored numerous articles in clinical and professional publications, and presented at many state and national conferences. Her clinical and research interests include breast surgery, specifically the treatment and biology of breast cancer in the young and elderly.

“I’m excited to be part of such an accomplished team of dedicated cancer experts who put the patient at the center of every decision,” said Gentile. “I look forward to collaborating with my talented colleagues to prevent, treat and manage breast cancer while providing my patients with personalized and compassionate care every step of the way.”

As a member of the Novant Health Cancer Care team, Gentile joins a multidisciplinary team of breast cancer experts. This highly skilled team is comprised of medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, and nurse navigators who work together to provide seamless, comprehensive care to patients with a breast cancer diagnosis. This specialized approach to treating breast cancer provides patients with timely diagnosis, treatment and support throughout the cancer journey.      

The group of six board-certified surgeons at Novant Health Carolina Surgical provides both general and specialty surgical care and includes Drs. Ilan D. Avin, Wyatt C. Fowler, Carl J. Lowe, Jr., Michael G. Melkonian, Peter S. Turk, and Lori Gentile. The physicians are supported by advanced practice clinicians, Jessica Michalak and Lauren Sandberg, and registered dietitian, Victoria Levesque. The clinic has three Charlotte-area locations: 2104 Randolph Road in Charlotte; 1450 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite 320 in Matthews; and 10030 Gilead Road, Suite 350 in Huntersville.  

For more information on Novant Health Carolina Surgical call 704-377-3900 or visit

About Novant HealthNovant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 26,000 employees that provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2016, the health system provided more than $725.5 million in community benefit, including charity care and services.

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