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Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Breast Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Dr. Farrugia's bio
This content was provided by Dr. Farrugia "I have always been fascinated with breast cancer, at first because I was struck by its high mortality in Southern Europe, where I was born. 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. This led me to come to the United States and pursue a Ph.D. in breast cancer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota where I worked with the co-discoverer of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene, Dr. Fergus Couch. During this time, I obtained research grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense which put my research on a national scale. I then completed a General Surgery Residency where I was trained in the full breadth of open and laparoscopic surgery. I was drawn to cancer surgery since it necessitates a strong personal connection with the patient that is long term. Breast surgery, in particular, is a specialty that requires significant compassion for the sick patient, especially since women fear breast cancer more than any other disease, and the associated stress can severely impact quality of life. Breast Surgery also necessitates several skills, including using state of the art technology for accurate diagnosis and treatment, and performing the right operation with a strive for excellent cosmetic result. In effect, it is as much a science as it is an art. Subsequently, I completed 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 NSABP trials that shaped modern breast cancer care. I was trained in the newest techniques of breast cancer surgery and in the multidisciplinary aspects that constitute modern breast cancer care. At UPMC, I had the opportunity to perform further research in breast cancer. In fact, this research led to a Conquer Cancer Merit Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology at their annual congress in Chicago. A fellowship in breast surgery constitutes additional training for a general surgeon following a five-year surgical residency. It includes extensive training in the surgical treatment of both breast cancer and benign breast disease, obtaining the skills to perform the newest breast surgery techniques. The aim of modern breast surgery is not just to take out the cancer safely, but also to do so accurately, and to obtain the best cosmetic result achievable. During breast surgery fellowship, the surgeon also gets significant exposure to the other specialties that work together to take care of the woman with breast cancer, such as radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, breast pathology, genetic counselling and survivorship. Besides arming you with the knowledge and skills to provide cutting-edge breast cancer care, the fellowship's goal is to emerge as a breast surgeon who is a leader in the field and positioned to lead breast programs locally or nationally. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my work is to see a patient come in for their first visit certain they are going to die from breast cancer, and seeing their perspective change over the course of our interaction, realizing that breast cancer is in most cases curable and no longer a mutilating disease. It is very heartening to see a patient not just become disease free, but see them become empowered with a strong motivation to live life to the fullest."
This content was provided by Dr. Farrugia "No matter how routine a problem may seem to a trained surgeon, it is life changing for the patient out of fear of the diagnosis and how it is going to change their life. My goal is to champion the humanity behind the disease through empathy and understanding, recognizing the inner fight in every patient against the physical and psychological stresses that disease brings. Besides delivering state of the art surgical care, I strive to provide each patient with some sense of peace, lessen their fear and diminish their suffering. To accomplish this, I place great priority on my availability to provide unhurried consultation, reassurance, and emotional support. My overarching philosophy is to treat every patient as if I was treating my own family and return each patient to a life they love living – nobody deserves less than that."
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast Surgical Oncology
Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*
Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
Breast Cancer Recurrence
Breast Duct Papilloma
Biopsy of Breast
Breast Cancer Surgery
Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast Surgical Procedure
Core Needle Biopsy of Breast
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Breast
Mammotome® Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
University Of Malta / Medical School
Medical School | Graduated 1997
Internship Hospital | Completed
University Of Florida
Residency Hospital | Completed
Hospitals Of The University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Mayo Clinic Graduate School Of Medicine
Other Education | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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