Medical Oncology and Hematology

Medical Oncology and Hermatology at Danbury Hospital

We care for patients with cancer and blood disorders. Teams of experts from many specialties discuss individual patient cases.

Dedicated to providing a higher level of care, together they determine the best possible treatment plan for each patient.

Welcome to the Section of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Danbury Hospital.

The Section of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Danbury Hospital is composed of an experienced team of board certified medical oncologists/hematologists that have special training in the care of patients with cancer and blood disorders. Our commitment is to offer a comprehensive, personalized approach to your care, with your active involvement as we strive to ease the stress of a cancer diagnosis. We are dedicated to the highest level of patient satisfaction and safety.

As part of our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer, our oncologists/ hematologists participate in case review discussions, where individual cases and treatment plans are reviewed by experts from many specialties in order to develop the best possible treatment plan for each patient.

Our doctors are also supported by trained nurses, dedicated pharmacists, a cancer care coordinator, social workers and dieticians. We are available for second opinions as well as primary consultation, evaluation and treatment.

Having a diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder that may require treatment is never easy for anyone. By choosing Danbury Hospital’s team we want you to know that you will not be alone. WE will be with you every step of the way to support and offer you the very best care. We are passionate about improving the process and outcomes for all people facing this challenge  

Robert A. Kloss, M.D.
Section Chief, Medical Oncology and Hematology
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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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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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Director, Comprehensive Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Center

Steven L. Brandwein, M.D.

Director of the Comprehensive Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Center
Steven L. Brandwein, M.D.

Dr. Brandwein is specialty trained in advanced endoscopic techniques. He is dedicated to the discovery and application of new advancements. His team was the first to do the Spyglass cholangioscopy in Connecticut with hundreds conducted to date.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Biliary tract disease: ERCP/Stone removal/Stent placement and Spyglass cholangioscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Stenting for malignant and benign diseases

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