Helen Cappuccino, MD, FACS Helen Cappuccino, MD, FACS

Helen Cappuccino

Surgical Oncology

Specializing In:

Breast Cancer Benign Breast Disease

Special Interests:

Growth and progression of breast carcinoma Therapeutic hypothermia

About Helen Cappuccino


I am delighted to be on staff at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. After a decade in private general surgical practice, where I treated many women with breast cancer, I accepted an invitation to join Roswell exclusively in 1999. I felt it gave me an opportunity to do two things that are important to me: develop long-term relationships with my patients, and help them by surgically treating breast cancer. Being at an institute which has a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer, emphasizes state-of-the-art treatment, and offers many resources immediately available to my patients was especially important to me. Also, I like that Roswell gives my patients access to research protocols. As a Board-certified surgeon, I feel it’s important to stay current on the new and effective treatments available to treat breast diseases. I have written chapters in surgical textbooks, and published in scientific journals, as I do my share to contribute to the body of medical knowledge.

When not in the hospital, my husband Andy (a spine surgeon, medical inventor, and a team doctor for the Buffalo Bills) and I enjoy time with our six children, currently aged 16-30. We both heed the call of civic duty, and I am active on several local non-profit boards, including the University of Buffalo and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. My husband and I travel to Africa for medical mission work, and have brought a number of children from abroad here for much-needed surgery they couldn’t get in their home countries. I consider it a privilege to care for patients, and believe strongly that the doctor patient relationship should be one based on mutual respect, openness and honesty.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Breast Surgery Division, Department of Surgical Oncology
State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery


Education and Training:

  • MD - University at Buffalo School of Medicine (Cum Laude), Buffalo, NY


  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Beach, NJ
  • Jersey Shore Memorial Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Alumni Association SUNY Buffalo

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Breast Implant Publications:

  • Evren S, Khoury T, Neppalli V, Cappuccino H, Hernandez-Ilizaliturri FJ, Kumar P. Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL): A Case Report. Am J Case Rep. 2017 May 31;18:605-610. doi: 10.12659/ajcr.903161. PMID: 28559535; PMCID: PMC5460956.

Other Selected Publications:

  • Cappuccino A, Bisson LJ, Carpenter B, Snyder K, Cappuccino H. Systemic Hypothermia as Treatment for an Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in a Professional Football Player: 9-Year Follow-Up. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2017 Mar/Apr;46(2):E79-E82. PMID: 28437499.
  • Gabriel E, Attwood K, Young J, Cappuccino H, Kumar S. Impact of American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z11 on surgical training at an academic cancer center. J Surg Res. 2016 Apr;201(2):266-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.11.014. Epub 2015 Nov 30. PMID: 27020806; PMCID: PMC5315694.
  • Dietrich WD, Cappuccino A, Cappuccino H. Systemic hypothermia for the treatment of acute cervical spinal cord injury in sports. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2011 Jan-Feb;10(1):50-4. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e318205e0b3. PMID: 21228652.
  • Cappuccino A, Bisson LJ, Carpenter B, Marzo J, Dietrich WD 3rd, Cappuccino H. The use of systemic hypothermia for the treatment of an acute cervical spinal cord injury in a professional football player. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Jan 15;35(2):E57-62. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181b9dc28. PMID: 20081503.
  • Cappuccino H, Stratoulias C, Thompson R, Heliotis T. Foramen of Morgagni: Hernia Diagnosis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Contemporary Surgery 1996;48(2):81-88.
  • Cappuccino H, Heliotis T. Pulmonary blastoma as a unique cause of fatal respiratory distress in a newborn. J Pediatr Surg. 1995 Jun;30(6):886-8. doi: 10.1016/0022-3468(95)90773-4. PMID: 7666331.
  • Cappuccino H, Gornish A, Schwartz M, Averbach D. Letter to the Editor of Surgery, accepted for publication.
  • Cappuccino H, Campinile F, Knecht J. Laparoscopy-guided drainage of hepatic abscess. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1994 Jun;4(3):234-7. PMID: 8044370.
  • Cappuccino H, Cargill S, Ngyuen T. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: 563 cases at a community teaching hospital and a review of 12,201 cases in the literature. Monmouth Medical Center Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Group. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1994 Jun;4(3):213-21. PMID: 8044366.
  • Doerr R, Cappuccino H et al. Use of the Falciform Ligament to Repair a Perforated Duodenal Ulcer. Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics. 1990;170(2):167-168.
  • Bernstein Z, Cappuccino A, Cappuccino H. Platelet Aggregation with Spent Media Used to Support Tumor Cell Structures. Blood. 1988; December Supplement.
  • Bernstein Z, Cappuccino A, Cappuccino H. Cessation of Thrombocytopenia with Platelet IgG and IgM. Blood. 1987; December Supplement.
  • Bernstein Z, Cappuccino A, Cappuccino H, Small B. Effect on platelet Aggregation of Serum from Patients with HIV-associated ITP. Blood. 1986; December Supplement.
  • Hess H, Sweeney J. The effect of Warfarin Formulation on Anticoagulation Control. Blood. 1985; December Supplement.

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