Head & Neck Cancer Team

Our Head and Neck Cancer clinical team is highly specialized in conditions of the head and neck and meets routinely to develop a comprehensive care plan for each patient’s unique issues.

Through our charter membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, our team can draw on the resources of MSK in treating difficult Head & Neck cancer cases. Working together, our team will guide your care and support you during and after treatment.


The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancer Program is led by:

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

  • Surgeons: Our surgeons are fellowship trained in micro-vascular reconstructive surgery and skull-base surgical procedures. Micro-vascular surgery reconstruction is performed in an effort to maximize post-operative speech, swallowing and cosmetic outcomes.
  • Radiation Oncologists: Physicians who are experts in treating cancer using radiation. In the treatment of head and neck cancer, our Radiation Oncologists use advanced techniques to maximize the treatment of Head & Neck cancer while minimizing side effects.
  • Medical Oncologists: Physicians with special training in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and other technologies. At Hartford HealthCare, access to radiation therapy and/or infusion chemotherapy is provided as close to your home as possible.
  • Clinical Trials: As a cancer research center, clinical trials are an integral part of our program and are recommended when appropriate.

Other members of the care team may include endocrinologists, dermatologists, dentists and oral surgeons, head and neck radiologists, head and neck pathologists, advanced practice providers, oncology nurses, nurse navigators, research associates, registered dieticians, speech language pathologists and social workers


Meet our Head and Neck Surgeons:

Akshay Patel

 

Otolaryngology
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Wethersfield, CT 06109
More Locations
Hartford, CT 06106
Gregory Bonaiuto

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Carl Moeller

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Clinton Kuwada

 

Otolaryngology
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
George Melnik

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Starling Physicians - Ear, Nose, Throat, & Balance Center
New Britain, CT 06052
More Locations
Southington, CT 06489

Meet our Otolaryngologists:

Akshay Patel

 

Otolaryngology
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Wethersfield, CT 06109
More Locations
Hartford, CT 06106
Howard Boey

 

Otolaryngology
Primary Care Provider

MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
Gregory Bonaiuto

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Carl Moeller

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Clinton Kuwada

 

Otolaryngology
Primary Care Provider

Connecticut Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PC
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Wethersfield, CT 06109
George Melnik

 

Head & Neck Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Starling Physicians - Ear, Nose, Throat, & Balance Center
New Britain, CT 06052
More Locations
Southington, CT 06489

Meet our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons:

Lawrence Ryan

 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Lawrence P. Ryan, DDS, MD, PC
Marlborough, CT 06447
David Shafer

 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Primary Care Provider

David M. Shafer, DMD
Farmington, CT 06032
Fredric Googel

 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Primary Care Provider

Fredric R. Googel, DMD
Newington, CT 06111

Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

Adriana Blakaj

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Cancer Center
New Britain, CT 06053
Robert Dowsett

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

 

Radiation Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

Meet our Medical Oncologists:

Sope Olugbile

4.9

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Willimantic, CT 06226
Hartford, CT 06106
Benjamin Chu

4.9

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
Manchester, CT 06042
Avon, CT 06001
Susan Alsamarai

4.9

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

4.9

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

5

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

4.9

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

 

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

Starling Physicians
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Uday Lele

4.8

Medical Oncology
Primary Care Provider

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

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