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:

Name Specialties Location
Bonaiuto, Gregory Salvatore, MD 860.493.1950
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Kuwada, Clinton Akira, MD 860.493.1950
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Melnik, George Anthony, MD 860.224.2631
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Moeller, Carl William, MD 860.493.1950
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Patel, Akshay V., DO, FAOCO 860.493.1950
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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  • Wethersfield
  • Hartford
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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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Stock, Alden Lawrence, MD 860.224.2631
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • New Britain

Meet our Otolaryngologists:

Name Specialties Location
Boey, Howard Patrick, MD 203.777.7500
  • Otolaryngology
  • Meriden
Bonaiuto, Gregory Salvatore, MD 860.493.1950
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Kuwada, Clinton Akira, MD 860.493.1950
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Melnik, George Anthony, MD 860.224.2631
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Moeller, Carl William, MD 860.493.1950
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Patel, Akshay V., DO, FAOCO 860.493.1950
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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  • Wethersfield
  • Hartford
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Stock, Alden Lawrence, MD 860.224.2631
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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  • New Britain

Meet our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons:

Name Specialties Location
Cavanagh, Norman James, MD, DMD 860.548.7338
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Googel, Fredric Ronald, DMD 860.666.5674
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Newington
Lieblich, Stuart Edward, DMD 860.674.8079
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Avon
Reiner, Steven S., DDS 860.347.6939
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Glastonbury
  • Middletown
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Ryan, Lawrence Patrick, DDS, MD 860.295.8780
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Marlborough
Shafer, David M., DMD 860.679.2583
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Farmington

Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

Name Specialties Location
Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD 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
Khan, Anwar Mangey, MD 860.224.5011
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Oh, Steven Changsuk, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Rutter, Charles E., MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford

Meet our 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
Chu, Benjamin, MD
4.9 /5
117 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Fumo, Gerard, DO
4.9 /5
329 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Giove, Lawrence M., MD 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
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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Lele, Uday Chintamani, MD
4.9 /5
165 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD
5.0 /5
277 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Olugbile, Sope, MD
4.9 /5
194 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • 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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