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:

Name Specialties Location
Bassin, Leah R., MD, FACS
5.0 /5
224 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Avon
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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
4.9 /5
91 surveys
860.496.4190
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Torrington
  • Enfield
  • Torrington
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Demestihas, Anthy, MD
4.9 /5
58 surveys
203.332.4744
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport
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Duckworth, April Marie, MD
4.9 /5
90 surveys
860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
  • Manchester
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Killelea, Brigid Kelley, MD, FACS 475.210.7002
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
  • Trumbull
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King, Heather Marie, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
246 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
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Kurowski, Kathleen, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
169 surveys
860.204.9126
  • Breast Surgery
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Lawrence, Camelia, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
120 surveys
860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
Stanat, Christy Ann, MD
4.8 /5
126 surveys
860.204.9126
  • Breast Surgery
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Wilson, Niamey, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
117 surveys
203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Cheshire
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Young, Whitney, MD 203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden
  • North Haven
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Meet our Breast Surgery Advanced Practitioners:

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

Meet our Breast Cancer General Surgeons:

Name Specialties Location
Banever, Thomas Clark, MD, FACS 860.249.9189
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
Coletti, David Edward, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
110 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 860.726.1414
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
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  • Bloomfield
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 860.826.4457
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Newington
  • Southington
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Posner, Michael Gary, MD 860.826.4453
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
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  • New Britain
Stuart, Regina, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
82 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:

Name Specialties Location
Alsamarai, Susan, MD
4.9 /5
195 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Byrne, Brian James, MD
4.9 /5
248 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
4.9 /5
237 surveys
860.674.0088
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Manchester
  • Avon
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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
4.9 /5
136 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
4.9 /5
330 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Gorusu, Madhavi, MD 860.496.6825
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Torrington
Hosmer, Wylie David, MD
4.9 /5
248 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
4.8 /5
209 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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Khubchandani, Sapna, MD
4.9 /5
213 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
4.9 /5
165 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Menendez, Alvaro, MD
4.9 /5
129 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 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
  • Bloomfield
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Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD
5.0 /5
278 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Nerenstone, Stacy Ruth, MD
4.9 /5
226 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
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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
4.9 /5
190 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
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Sinning, Joseph Garret, MD
4.9 /5
134 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 860.886.8362
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
Zelkowitz, Richard Scott, MD 203.874.3830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport

Meet our Breast Cancer Medical Oncology Advanced Practitioners:

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

Meet our Breast Cancer Survivorship Advanced Practitioner:

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

Meet our Breast Cancer Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons:

Name Specialties Location
Allen, Brian Michael, MD
4.8 /5
153 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plainville
Babigian, Alan, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
180 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Castiglione, Charles Leonard, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
151 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Cech, Alex Charles, MD
4.9 /5
159 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD 475.210.7002
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Delucia, Orlando, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
157 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Hughes, Christopher David, MD 860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
Smith, Steven Scott, MD
4.8 /5
136 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:

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

Meet our Breast Cancer Surgical Oncologists:

Name Specialties Location
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
5.0 /5
146 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
5.0 /5
184 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:

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