Dr. Daniel Farrugia, MD, PhD co-medical director of the Breast Surgery Program at Centegra Health System, is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist at Centegra Physician Care. He was born in Malta, a European island just off the Italian coast.
Struck by the high mortality of breast cancer in Malta, Farrugia has always had a keen interest in the disease.
“After finishing medical school I realized that with the recent advances in genetics, our fight against cancer was soon going to be shaped by these new genetic insights,” Farrugia said. “This led me to come to the United States and pursue a PhD in breast cancer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.”
While at Mayo Clinic, Farrugia worked with the co-discoverer of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene, Dr. Fergus Couch.
“During this time I obtained research grant funding from the United States Department of Defense, which put my research on a national scale,” Farrugia said.
He also completed a general surgery residency, where he was trained in the full breadth of open and laparoscopic surgery.
“I completed a subspecialty fellowship training in breast surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the leading breast cancer programs in the country, and home to the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) trials that shaped modern breast cancer care,” Farrugia said. ‘I was trained in the newest techniques of breast cancer surgery, and then the multidisciplinary aspects that constitute modern breast cancer care.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farrugia, call 815-455-2752.
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