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:

Leah Bassin

5

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Farmington
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001
Valerie Brutus Lucenti

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
St. Vincent's Medical Center - Breast Health Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
Wilton, CT 06410
Trumbull, CT 06611
Kimberly Caprio

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Torrington, CT 06790
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Enfield, CT 06082
April Duckworth

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Plainville
Plainville, CT 06062
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Manchester, CT 06042
Heather King

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Farmington
Farmington, CT 06032
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
Manchester, CT 06042
Kathleen Kurowski

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Norwich, CT 06360
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Waterford, CT 06385
Camelia Lawrence

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Plainville
Plainville, CT 06062
Christy Stanat

4.8

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Norwich, CT 06360
More Locations
Waterford, CT 06385
Niamey Wilson

5

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Care Center at MidState Medical Center
Breast Care Center at MidState
Meriden, CT 06451
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Cheshire, CT 06410
Whitney Young

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Care Center at MidState Medical Center
Breast Care Center at MidState
Meriden, CT 06451
More Locations
Hamden, CT 06518

Meet our Breast Surgery Advanced Practitioners:

Serenity Banden

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Farmington
Farmington, CT 06032
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
Melanie Daugherty

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Farmington, CT 06032
Courtney Norton

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Care Center at MidState Medical Center
Breast Care Center at MidState
Meriden, CT 06451
Erin Zullo

4.9

Breast Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Health Center - Plastic Surgery
Milford, CT 06461
More Locations
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Meet our Breast Cancer General Surgeons:

Thomas Banever

 

General Surgery

Thomas C. Banever, MD
Hartford, CT 06106
David Coletti

4.9

General Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Norwich, CT 06360
More Locations
Mystic, CT 06355
Lori Fritts

 

General Surgery

Lori L. Fritts, MD, LLC
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Peter Leff

5

General Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
More Locations
Meriden, CT 06450
Michael Posner

 

General Surgery

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Main - General
New Britain, CT 06052

Meet our Breast Cancer Medical Oncologists:

Susan Alsamarai

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Meriden, CT 06451
Brian Byrne

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Southington
Southington, CT 06489
More Locations
Bristol, CT 06010
Plainville, CT 06062
New Britain, CT 06053
Southington, CT 06489
Patricia DeFusco

5

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Manchester
Hartford HealthCare
Manchester, CT 06042
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Avon, CT 06001
Sandhya Dhanjal

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Bridgeport, CT 06606
Sara Dost

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Gerard Fumo

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Meriden, CT 06451
Madhavi Gorusu

4.7

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Torrington, CT 06790
Wylie Hosmer

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Southington
Southington, CT 06489
More Locations
Plainville, CT 06062
Bristol, CT 06010
New Britain, CT 06053
Southington, CT 06489
Michael Kane

5

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Waterford
Waterford, CT 06385
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Plainfield, CT 06374
Sapna Khubchandani

4.8

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Waterford
Waterford, CT 06385
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Norwich, CT 06360
Uday Lele

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Meriden, CT 06451
Alvaro Menendez

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Willimantic, CT 06226
Manchester, CT 06042
Daniel Morganstern

 

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Manchester
Hartford HealthCare
Manchester, CT 06042
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001
Rajani Nadkarni

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Meriden, CT 06451
Joseph Sinning

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Plainville
Medical Arts Building
Plainville, CT 06062
More Locations
Southington, CT 06489
Torrington, CT 06790
New Britain, CT 06053
Southington, CT 06489
Jie Yang

 

Medical Oncology

Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology
Norwich, CT 06360
Richard Zelkowitz

5

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
Wilton, CT 06410

Meet our Breast Cancer Medical Oncology Advanced Practitioners:

Kristi Dubey

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
Debra Gage

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Manchester
Hartford HealthCare
Manchester, CT 06042
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001
Farmington, CT 06032
Samira Razzaq

 

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Breast Cancer Survivorship Advanced Practitioner:

Deborah Walker

 

Internal Medicine

Medical Group Hartford Hospital Community Health
Brownstone Building
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Breast Cancer Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons:

Brian Allen

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Plainville, CT 06062
Alan Babigian

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Hartford, CT 06106
Charles Castiglione

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Hartford, CT 06106
Alex Cech

4.8

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Hartford, CT 06106
Elizabeth Craig

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
St. Vincent's Medical Center - Breast Health Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
Westport, CT 06880
Milford, CT 06461
Orlando Delucia

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Torrington, CT 06790
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Hartford, CT 06106
Christopher Hughes

 

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
Steven Smith

4.9

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Farmington, CT 06032
More Locations
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Meet our Breast Cancer Radiation Oncologists:

Helaine Bertsch

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Timothy Boyd

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Robert Dowsett

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Deborah Fang

0

Radiation Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Stephen Hauser

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Christopher Iannuzzi

0

Radiation Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Susan Kim

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Norwich, CT 06360
Allan Kratzer

 

Radiation Oncology

MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
Kenneth Leopold

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Sheida Mani

 

Radiation Oncology

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Cancer Center
New Britain, CT 06053
Charles Rutter

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Breast Cancer Surgical Oncologists:

Huseyin Nail Aydin

4.8

Surgical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
Willimantic, CT 06226
More Locations
Tolland, CT 06084
David Eisenberg

5

Surgical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Surgical Oncology
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Avon, CT 06001

Meet our Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology Advanced Practitioners:

Bethany Carr

 

Surgical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Surgical Oncology
Hartford, CT 06106
Kendra Devanney

 

Surgical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Surgical Oncology
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
West Hartford, CT 06110
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Manchester, CT 06040

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