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DeFusco, Patricia A., MD

Title
Medical Director, Breast Program, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

Gender

Female


Language

English

Providing the best care to our patients and their companions requires communicating in a way everyone understands. Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All spoken languages are available, as well as American Sign Language (AS/L).


Specialties
Accepting New Patients
  • Medical Oncology

Areas of Expertise
Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, Breast Cancer Management, Breast Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, Breast Cancer Survivorship

Hospitals and Organizations

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
  • Integrated Care Partners
  • MidState Medical Center
  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • Hartford Hospital

Education

Fellowship
Mayo Clinic ‐ Medical Oncology

Internship
Hartford Hospital ‐ Internal Medicine

Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine

Reviews

Verified Patient Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Most awesome doctor ever!

5 out of 5 stars

The provider was excellent. Very thorough and informative. Very reassuring & called right when he got the results. Great experience with the provider

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Defusco is superb in every way as a provider. Have known her over 20 years and doubt Hartford will find a replacement as capable

5 out of 5 stars

Dr DeFusco is a wonderful physician. She is an example of what many doctors are lacking.

5 out of 5 stars

Have ALWAYS recommended Dr DeFusco

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. DeFusco is absolutely the best! She engages you with both her incisive intellect and her compassionate heart.

5 out of 5 stars

Always attentive to my concerns

5 out of 5 stars

There is no Dr. Better than Dr. DeFusco. She is the best. Take it from a retired CGRN who has experienced Cancer twice!!!

5 out of 5 stars

*Doctor DeFusco is an exceptional person in her medical abilities and patient communication!

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. DeFusco is a very caring doctor. She answers all of your questions and concerns. She puts a positive spin on your situation and gives you hope.

5 out of 5 stars

Pat Defusco MD is the penultimate physician and person. I could not be more Blessed to be under her care.


Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

She is an exceptional oncologist.

5 out of 5 stars

I met with Dr. Defusco for the 1st time last month. She was very thorough in getting my family history and my examination. I felt comfortable asking her questions about my treatment. She was very professional and knowledgeable in her field. She has years of experience in the field that can’t be taught .

5 out of 5 stars

Always caring and ready to listen

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. DeFusco is the best in breast oncology! She is extremely thorough with her physical check up and always willing to take the extra time to answer questions and concerns. I have been so grateful to be her patient over these last 7 years.

Bio

My name is Dr. Patricia DeFusco; I have been in clinical practice caring for women with breast cancer for over 30 years. I have always believed that medicine is a profession not a job. The relationship between a physician and a patient is a partnership characterized by trust, compassion, empathy and education. These elements are essential as women (and men) with breast cancer face their diagnosis with the whole range of emotions ranging from terror to acceptance and that initial response needs to be understood, accepted and validated to move on to the specifics of treatments and interventions.

It is the art of medicine for the physician to meet a patient and to try to understand what that particular patient’s experience of her (or his) cancer diagnosis is. Each patient brings their individual personality, their family history, their current social context, their concerns about their partner, their children, about work, school, the future to each visit.

I have been involved in seeing patients with the spectrum of breast issues for many years. Getting to know each patient as an individual is important to me. I always try to integrate details of their life into our visits, trying to truly think about their individual concerns, to find solutions based driven by data, but also on what strategy might work best for that individual at that time.

I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of women (and some men) on their breast cancer journeys. They have taught me about life’s priorities, about joy and fear, about sadness and acceptance, about spirituality and resilience and so very much more.

I am now embarking on my new role as Director of the Breast Program for Hartford HealthCare. My goals are to create a common standard across the hospitals in the Hartford Healthcare system so that no matter where a patient enters the system, she (or he) will be offered the same standard of care. I hope to specifically work on establishing a strong survivor-ship program, implementing our Risk Assessment and Surveillance program and fostering the implementation of new technology. Guiding these efforts will be the additional goal of establishing metrics and evaluating outcomes. I hope to strengthen and grow our existing teams, especially in breast surgery and medical oncology. I hope to integrate the experiences which my patients have so graciously shared with me as we grow current programs and create new programs that can improve the journey for all the patients served by Hartford HealthCare. I truly believe that we can simultaneously provide cutting edge treatment and clinical trials with comfort, consistency, compassion and hope.

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Insurance

Aetna, Anthem, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, First Health Group Corp., Health New England, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, Oxford Health Plans, United Healthcare, BCBS Medicare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, Focus, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Healthy Connecticut, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc., One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, CarePartners of Connecticut

This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.

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