Physician Detail

Niamey Pender Wilson, MD, FACS

Director, Breast Surgery Quality & Research, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute


Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Breast Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Abnormal Mammogram, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Family History, Breast Cancer Genetic Mutations, Breast Cyst, Breast Health, Breast Lump, Hidden Scar Breast Surgery, Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery, Nipple Sparing Mastectomy, Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/NiameyWilson

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/cancer

Phone

203.694.5200

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Gender
Female

Languages
English

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Office Locations


  • Breast Care Center at MidState Medical Center

    435 Lewis Avenue
    Suite 104
    Meriden, CT 06451
    Breast Care Center at MidState
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    Phone: 203.694.5200
    Fax: 203.694.5225

  • Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter - Breast Surgery

    Breast Surgery

    280 South Main Street
    Suite 204
    Cheshire, CT 06410
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    Phone: 203.694.5200
    Fax: 203.694.5225


Bio

Niamey Wilson, MD, FACS is the Director of Breast Surgery, Quality & Research, for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, and the Breast Surgery Division Leader within the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group.

Dr. Wilson grew up in Manhattan before attending Hamilton College where she majored in mathematics with a focus on topological theory. From there, she returned to New York, earning her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She then completed a general surgery residency and breast surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. While there, she was accepted into the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Program and earned a master’s of science in health policy.

In addition to her clinical and administrative work with Hartford HealthCare, she is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Surgical Oncology and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wilson’s goal is to merge personalized, attentive patient care with the highest quality and most rigorous approaches to breast cancer treatment. In that capacity, she is responsible for all breast surgery trials through the system’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance.

She has authored book chapters on breast surgery and her research has focused on the determinants of surgical decision-making from both patient and provider perspectives.

Her commitment to women’s health extends beyond the office. She has earned a national reputation as a role model for female physicians and an outspoken advocate for patient rights.

Breast cancer awareness month is well underway!

Let’s start with some numbers- more than 265-thousand new cases of invasive breast cancer and 60-thousand non-invasive breast cancers will be diagnosed this year.

Joining us to talk about what’s being done to help these patients is Dr. Niamey Wilson - Director, Breast Surgery, Research & Quality at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

Q. Here in Connecticut we have some of the highest rates, which seem to be going up. What can you tell us about why breast cancer is so common?

A. The overall rate of breast cancer across the US is around 12-13%. Here in Connecticut, the rate is around 13.5%, which is one of the highest, and that translates to 1 in every 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer. There are a few reasons why breast cancer seems to be so common, and one of them is the aging population. As the baby boomers grow older, we see more cancers appearing in this population, including cancers of older age such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. There are many factors that contribute to getting breast cancer, including age, estrogen exposure, genetic factors and breast density.

Q. We understand mammograms are very important for early detection. What else can women do to reduce their risk?

A. Mammograms are by far the most important tool we have to diagnose and treat breast cancer in its earliest stages, and they have been shown to actually lower the rates of death from breast cancer. But they are not preventative, and so it’s important to understand that women can modify their lifestyle to reduce their chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer. These changes are maintaining an active lifestyle with moderate exercise 5 times per week, lowering or completely eliminating alcohol, quitting smoking and generally trying to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. Last but not least, women and men should monitor their own exam and pay attention to any changes.

Q. We are hearing more and more about the advances in research with breast cancer treatment. Can you tell us a bit more about Hartford HealthCare’s partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and how patients here in Connecticut can benefit from that partnership?

A. Our partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has very much transformed the way in which we provide cancer care in Hartford HealthCare. We’ve changed the structure of our programs to align more with their cancer care delivery, for example with our disease management teams, and have been able to provide access to not only cutting edge clinical trials, but also access to the same level of care -- but without the drive to Manhattan. We are understanding more than ever that breast cancer treatment is driven largely by the biology of the cancer itself, and successful treatment requires a multi-modality approach with input from many specialties. This is truly a team approach and that is where Hartford HealthCare excels as we work with our colleagues from New York. Across many departments and sub-specialties, we’re matching their standards of care and are aligning our metrics related to increased quality and better outcomes for patients. We’ve been able to offer less more targeted genomic and molecularly based treatment, advanced therapies and less invasive treatment, and truly stay on the forefront of helping our patients fight cancer.

Thank you, Dr. Wilson, for sharing this information with us.

If you would like to get more information call 1-855-HHC-HERE.

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Education

Medical School

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons MD

Residency

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, General Surgery

Fellowship

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Breast Surgical Oncology

Undergraduate

  • Hamilton College

Graduate School

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine MSHP

Professional Organizations

American Society of Breast Surgeons, Member
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
Society of Surgical Oncology, Member
American College of Surgeons, Fellow


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Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.


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