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Praxair Cancer Center

Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital

Mary Ann Napolitano of Sherman, CT required many visits to Danbury Hospital during the course of her care. “The care I received at Danbury Hospital was excellent. We found considerate and caring people in every hospital department. The nursing care was outstanding – they are truly angels of mercy. All of the doctors, nurses and staff members were compassionate. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the people at Danbury Hospital.”

Center of Excellence

At the Praxair Cancer Center, we understand that a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. Our patients benefit from the latest diagnostic, screening, testing, prevention and treatment technologies and a full spectrum of outpatient and in-hospital oncologic services, along with dedicated emotional and practical support. This includes a Cancer Care Coordinator, who works with you from diagnosis onward to help navigate the sometimes confusing or overwhelming aspects of cancer treatment.

For the last 20 years, we have cared for thousands of people diagnosed with cancer, personalizing their treatment plans based on the recommendations of our multidisciplinary case review teams. Our staff, doctors, and nurses are known for their compassion and sensitivity while delivering state-of-the-art care.

We make it our goal to provide the highest quality cancer care in a caring and supportive environment, using our advanced technology, expert physicians and staff, clinical services, and support programs to serve you and your family.

Director, Breast Care Program

Valerie Lynne Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director, Breast Care Program
Valerie Lynne Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Staradub is the only fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Danbury Hospital and the surrounding area. She is the Medical Director of Danbury Hospital’s Breast Care Program.

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Prior to coming to Danbury Hospital, Dr. Staradub was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and was on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Staradub treats both benign and malignant (cancer) breast problems.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy)
  • Minimally invasive procedures; core biopsy and fine needle aspiration
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Mastectomy (including skin-sparing techniques)
  • Collaboration with reconstructive surgeons to offer immediate reconstructive procedures

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Director, Robotic Surgery

J. James Bruno II, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director of Robotic Surgery
J. James Bruno II, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Bruno is a highly credentialed, board certified urologist. He is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Danbury Hospital.

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Dr. Bruno provides the latest treatments and surgical options to combat the full array of urologic disorders. He has a track record of excellent outcomes in minimally invasive urologic surgery, offering his patients the benefit of short stays and quicker recovery.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Oncological physiology and pathology of renal cell and prostate carcinoma
  • Percutaneous/laparoscopic cryotherapy of kidney tumors
  • Endourological management of stone disease
  • Urethral reconstructive surgery

Laparoscopic and Robotic (DaVinci) Surgery

  • Radical Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Laparoscopic Kidney surgery
  • Robotic Pyeloplasty

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Medical Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology

Abhijith Hegde, M.D.

Medical Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology
Co-Chair, Lung Tumor Board
Abhijith Hegde, M.D.

Dr. Hedge is a highly skilled, fellowship trained general and interventional pulmonologist with advanced skills in ultrasound, bronchoscopy, pleural procedures and airway management to diagnose and treat to lung disease, including asthma, COPD and lung cancer.

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In addition, he manages patients requiring hospital-based intensive care. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care and a research fellowship in cancer genetics.

Procedures and Specialties

  • General and interventional pulmonology, critical care
  • Asthma, COPD and lung cancer

Advanced procedures to diagnose and treat lung disease

  • Ultrasound
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pleural procedures
  • Airway management

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Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Robert N Samuelson, M.D.

Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director
Robert N. Samuelson, M.D.

Dr. Samuelson is the Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. He is also the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Residency Program Director at Danbury Hospital.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroids
  • Prolapse
  • Pelvic and ovarian masses
  • Retroperitoneal masses and advanced endometriosis
  • Myomectomies
  • Gynecologic Oncology: Omentectomy; pelvic node sampling and Dissection; para-aortic node sampling and dissection
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radical vulvectomy Cystoscopy/sigmoidoscopy for cervical cancer staging
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Management of endometrial early stage cervical and early-stage ovarian cancers

Treating all complex and benign gynecological issues, Dr. Samuelson is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Samuelson and his team offer a multidisciplinary approach with all cases they treat. From diagnosing early stage ovarian cancer and early stage cervical to the most complex of procedures, Dr. Samuelson and his team’s results are among the best in the nation.

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Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.

Chair of Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Chair of the Reproductive Tumor Biology Research Laboratory at Danbury Hospital Biomedical Research Institute
Gynecologist Oncologist and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Vermont School of Medicine
Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.

Treating all complex and benign gynecological issues, Dr. Shahabi is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Shahabi and her team offer a multidisciplinary approach that offers patients the skill and special expertise of many for optimal outcomes.

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A noted surgeon, researcher, teacher and author, Dr. Shahabi brings a wide range of experiences to her gynecologic work. Before joining Danbury Hospital, Dr. Shahabi was director of gynecologic oncology division and head of the Gynecologic Oncology Research Laboratory, Moses Division at Montefiore Medical Center, which is part of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Advanced pelvic surgery for incontinence, fibroids, adnexal masses and pelvic floor prolapse
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease
  • Omentectomy
  • Pelvic node sampling and dissection
  • Para-aortic node sampling and dissection
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radical vulvectomy; cystoscopy/sigmoidoscopy for cervical cancer staging
  • Bowel resection and/or anastomosis
  • Ureteral anastomosis or repair
  • Colostomy repair
  • Pelvic exteneration

Treatment of the Following Cancers:

  • Ovary, vaginal, vulva
  • Cervix
  • Endometrium
  • Fallopian tube
  • Peritoneal

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