Breast Cancer Team

Breast cancer challenges the body and spirit, so it takes a strong team of experts to help manage the disease through diagnosis, treatment and into your new life as a survivor.

At the Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, your care team will include a variety of experienced specialists, many with advanced training, who will work with you to develop the most effective treatment plan.


Program Leadership

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program is led by:

The Breast Cancer Program also has regional leadership to guide services in communities across the state. These leaders include:

Based on your personal needs, your team can include any of the following experts:

  • Radiologists: Doctors trained to take and read pictures of areas inside the body, using X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other imaging technologies. For the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, we use the most advanced technological medical equipment available, including 3D and digital mammograms, for clear, accurate results.
  • Pathologists: Physicians trained to investigate the cause of disease by reviewing samples and providing fast, accurate reports that are used to diagnose and determine the best course of care.
  • Breast Surgeons: Skilled surgeons, many with sub-specialty training provide risk-assessment consultations and perform procedures such as breast conservation surgery/lumpectomy, mastectomy, minimally invasive breast surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy, axillary lymph node dissection and breast reconstruction.
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: Specialty surgeons who perform a variety of oncoplastic breast procedures, implant-based reconstruction and tissue-based reconstruction.
  • Medical Oncologists: Physicians with special training in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and other technologies. Our medical oncologists have deep expertise in breast cancer and evaluate patients from risk assessment to treatment and palliative care. They provide active treatment such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and, when appropriate, new immunotherapy regimens. You may receive care before surgery or after.
  • Radiation Oncologists: Physicians who are experts in treating cancer using radiation, who provide radiation therapy to breast cancer patients like hypofractionation breast radiation.

We embrace a team approach to all aspects of patient care, understanding that the patient and their family are invaluable members of that team.

Dr. Patricia DeFusco, Breast Cancer Program Director


Meet our Breast Surgeons:

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Name Specialties Location
Bassin, Leah R., MD, FACS Bassin, Leah R., MD, FACS
5.0 /5
234 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Avon
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Brutus, Valerie, MD, FACS Brutus, Valerie, MD, FACS 475.210.7002
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Trumbull
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Caprio, Kimberly Anne, MD Caprio, Kimberly Anne, MD
4.9 /5
101 surveys
860.496.4190
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Torrington
  • Enfield
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Demestihas, Anthy, MD Demestihas, Anthy, MD
4.9 /5
80 surveys
203.332.4744
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport
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Duckworth, April Marie, MD Duckworth, April Marie, MD
4.9 /5
110 surveys
860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
  • Manchester
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Killelea, Brigid Kelley, MD, FACS Killelea, Brigid Kelley, MD, FACS
4.8 /5
33 surveys
475.210.7002
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
  • Trumbull
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King, Heather Marie, MD, FACS King, Heather Marie, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
253 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
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Kurowski, Kathleen, MD, FACS Kurowski, Kathleen, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
180 surveys
860.204.9126
  • Breast Surgery
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Lawrence, Camelia, MD, FACS Lawrence, Camelia, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
133 surveys
860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
Stanat, Christy Ann, MD Stanat, Christy Ann, MD
4.8 /5
127 surveys
860.204.9126
  • Breast Surgery
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Wilson, Niamey, MD, FACS Wilson, Niamey, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
122 surveys
203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Cheshire
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Young, Whitney, MD Young, Whitney, MD 203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden
  • North Haven
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Meet our Breast Surgery Advanced Practitioners:

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Name Specialties Location
Daugherty, Melanie I., APRN, CNM Daugherty, Melanie I., APRN, CNM
4.9 /5
300 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Del Prato, Katherine M., APRN Del Prato, Katherine M., APRN 860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
  • Meriden
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Norton, Courtney Moran, APRN, FNP-BC Norton, Courtney Moran, APRN, FNP-BC
4.8 /5
68 surveys
203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden

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Meet our Breast Cancer General Surgeons:

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Name Specialties Location
Banever, Thomas Clark, MD, FACS Banever, Thomas Clark, MD, FACS 860.249.9189
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
Coletti, David Edward, MD, FACS Coletti, David Edward, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
119 surveys
860.886.0660
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Mystic
  • Waterford
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Fritts, Lori Louise, MD Fritts, Lori Louise, MD 860.726.1414
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
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  • Bloomfield
Leff, Peter David, MD, FACS Leff, Peter David, MD, FACS
4.8 /5
141 surveys
203.634.0134
  • General Surgery
  • Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Meriden
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Napoletano, Robert Stephen, MD Napoletano, Robert Stephen, MD 860.826.4457
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Newington
  • Southington
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Posner, Michael Gary, MD Posner, Michael Gary, MD 860.826.4453
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
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  • New Britain
Stuart, Regina, MD, FACS Stuart, Regina, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
86 surveys
860.423.5000
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Willimantic
  • Plainfield
  • Putnam
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Meet our Breast Cancer Medical Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Alsamarai, Susan, MD Alsamarai, Susan, MD
4.9 /5
214 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Byrne, Brian James, MD Byrne, Brian James, MD
4.9 /5
270 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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DeFusco, Patricia Anne, MD DeFusco, Patricia Anne, MD
4.9 /5
247 surveys
860.674.0088
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Manchester
  • Avon
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Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Dost, Sara Naureen, MD Dost, Sara Naureen, MD
4.9 /5
134 surveys
860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
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Fumo, Gerard, DO Fumo, Gerard, DO
4.9 /5
355 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Gorusu, Madhavi, MD Gorusu, Madhavi, MD 860.496.6825
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Torrington
Hosmer, Wylie David, MD Hosmer, Wylie David, MD
4.9 /5
261 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Johnson, Vanessa Morgan, MD 860.886.8362
  • Medical Oncology
  • Norwich
  • Plainfield
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Kane, Michael Joel, MD Kane, Michael Joel, MD
4.8 /5
212 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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Khubchandani, Sapna, MD Khubchandani, Sapna, MD
4.9 /5
227 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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Lele, Uday Chintamani, MD Lele, Uday Chintamani, MD
4.9 /5
182 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Menendez, Alvaro, MD Menendez, Alvaro, MD
4.9 /5
142 surveys
860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Morganstern, Daniel Eric, MD Morganstern, Daniel Eric, MD 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
  • Bloomfield
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Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD
5.0 /5
287 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Nerenstone, Stacy Ruth, MD Nerenstone, Stacy Ruth, MD
4.9 /5
217 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
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Popli, Pallvi, MD Popli, Pallvi, MD 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Schauer, Peter Kevin, MD, FACP Schauer, Peter Kevin, MD, FACP
4.9 /5
205 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
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Sinning, Joseph Garret, MD Sinning, Joseph Garret, MD
4.9 /5
156 surveys
860.224.4408
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Plainville
  • New Britain
  • Southington
  • Southington
  • Torrington
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Yang, Jie, MD, PhD Yang, Jie, MD, PhD 860.886.8362
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
Zelkowitz, Richard Scott, MD Zelkowitz, Richard Scott, MD 203.874.3830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport

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Meet our Breast Cancer Medical Oncology Advanced Practitioners:

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Name Specialties Location
Couillard, Samantha, PA-C Couillard, Samantha, PA-C 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Dubey, Kristi, APRN
4.9 /5
95 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
McDermott, Debbie Anne, APRN, WHNP McDermott, Debbie Anne, APRN, WHNP
5.0 /5
94 surveys
860.533.5830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Manchester
  • Avon
  • Farmington
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Razzaq, Samira, APRN Razzaq, Samira, APRN 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford

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Meet our Breast Cancer Survivorship Advanced Practitioner:

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Name Specialties Location
Walker, Deborah Ann, APRN Walker, Deborah Ann, APRN 860.972.4681
  • Internal Medicine
  • Hartford

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Meet our Breast Cancer Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons:

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Name Specialties Location
Allen, Brian Michael, MD Allen, Brian Michael, MD
4.9 /5
175 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plainville
Babigian, Alan, MD, FACS Babigian, Alan, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
181 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Castiglione, Charles Leonard, MD, FACS Castiglione, Charles Leonard, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
156 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Cech, Alex Charles, MD Cech, Alex Charles, MD
4.9 /5
172 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD 475.210.7002
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Delucia, Orlando, MD, FACS Delucia, Orlando, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
152 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Hughes, Christopher David, MD Hughes, Christopher David, MD 860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
Smith, Steven Scott, MD Smith, Steven Scott, MD
4.8 /5
138 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Meet our Breast Cancer Radiation Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Bertsch, Helaine Fannie, MD Bertsch, Helaine Fannie, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Boyd, Timothy Stephen, MD Boyd, Timothy Stephen, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Dowsett, Robert James, MD Dowsett, Robert James, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Fang, Deborah Xiangdong, MD Fang, Deborah Xiangdong, MD 475.210.5085
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Goldberg, Neal Benjamin, MD Goldberg, Neal Benjamin, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Hauser, Stephen Hiram, MD Hauser, Stephen Hiram, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD 475.210.5085
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Kim, Susan Y., MD Kim, Susan Y., MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Kratzer, Allan S., MD Kratzer, Allan S., MD 203.694.8433
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Meriden
Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Mani, Sheida K., MD Mani, Sheida K., MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Rutter, Charles E., MD Rutter, Charles E., MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford

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Meet our Breast Cancer Surgical Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Aydin, H. Nail, MD Aydin, H. Nail, MD 860.423.5000
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Willimantic
  • Manchester
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Eisenberg, David Paul, MD, FACS Eisenberg, David Paul, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
157 surveys
860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
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Piorkowski, Robert Joseph, MD, FACS Piorkowski, Robert Joseph, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
189 surveys
860.696.2040
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Meet our Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology Advanced Practitioners:

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Name Specialties Location
Carr, Bethany Anne, APRN Carr, Bethany Anne, APRN 860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Hartford
Devanney, Kendra R., PA-C Devanney, Kendra R., PA-C 860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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