Memorial Sloan Kettering and Norwalk Hospital are pleased to announce a new collaboration aimed at bringing the latest advances in cancer care to patients in their community. Working together, both organizations will elevate the level of care available to people in Fairfield County.
MSK is one of the top two cancer hospitals in the nation, and the number-one cancer care facility in the Northeast. Bringing MSK’s experienced doctors to directly to a community hospital helps patients access the latest research advances and change the standard of care faster. Patients of Norwalk Hospital will remain patients there, and qualified patients will gain access to MSK’s clinical trials at MSK Westchester.
As part of this new care delivery model, MSK has recruited two specialized physicians in medical and radiation oncology as well as an experienced physicist.
Meet the MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital
Linda Vahdat is a medical oncologist and Chief of Medical Oncology and Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Norwalk Hospital. She is also a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She sees patients at both Norwalk Hospital and MSK.
Dr. Vahdat has more than 20 years of experience in caring for people with breast cancer, with particular expertise in triple negative breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, and breast cancer that is at high risk of recurring. Her research aims to find new therapies, particularly for triple-negative breast cancer, and strategies that target the area immediately surrounding tumors, not just the tumors themselves, to prevent breast cancer from spreading.
She received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of medicine and completed a residency there. She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at MSK.
Daniel Shasha is a radiation oncologist and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Norwalk Hospital. He has more than 21 years of experience in caring for people with genitourinary cancers, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer. He has particular expertise in using advanced minimally invasive techniques, such as brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He also uses radiation therapy to provide palliative care for people with advanced bone, spine, and brain tumors. He sees patients at both Norwalk Hospital and MSK.
Dr. Shasha has performed close to 4,000 brachytherapy seed implants for prostate cancer treatment. These advanced techniques also help reduce the possibility of negative side effects that can impact their quality of life, such as urinary, bowel, or sexual function.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana and his medical degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. He completed his post-graduate residency training at MSK.
Hsiang-Chi (Gary) Kuo is a medical physicist in the Clinical Physics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Chief Physicist in the Radiation Oncology Department at Norwalk Hospital. He works closely with radiation oncologists at both institutions to provide technical support and to consult on planning and delivering radiation treatment at Norwalk Hospital.
Dr. Kuo has a special interest in advanced radiation techniques to provide patients with the safest, most-precise treatments. These include intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, low- and high-dose radiation, and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
He received his doctorate degree from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2010 and joined MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital in 2017. He is board certified in therapeutic medical physics.
In addition, six current cancer care physicians at Norwalk Hospital will be joining the medical staff at MSK. They will collaborate closely with the MSK doctors onsite at Norwalk, and at MSK’s other locations.