Helen Cappuccino

Surgical Oncology
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Specializing In:

Breast Cancer Benign Breast Disease Culinary Medicine- Dietary intervention with cancer and wellness Therapeutic Hypothermia De-escalation of treatment Minimally Invasive Breast Cancer Treatment Oncoplastic Surgery

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, 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 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 new and effective treatments available to treat breast disease. I have written chapters in surgical textbooks, and published in scientific journals, speak to patient advocacy groups as I do my best to help assure women screen for breast cancer, understand the disease and are treated properly for breast cancer and other breast issues. More recently, I have been involved in teaching Culinary Medicine at the University of Buffalo, and am very interested in healthy living as a way of preventing and treating cancer.

When not in the hospital, my husband Andy (a Roswell Park cancer survivor (AML 2014), spine surgeon, medical inventor, and a team doctor for the Buffalo Bills) and I enjoy time with our six children, currently aged 27-41, and our grandson. We heed the call of civic duty, and I'm active on several local non-profit boards, including the UB, Western New York Women's Foundation and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. My husband and I have been involved in medical mission work here and abroad (Kenya). I consider it a privilege to care for patients.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Breast Surgery Division, Department of Surgical Oncology

Jacobs School Of Medicine And Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

University of Rochester Strong Memorial

  • 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 - fellow
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Alumni Association SUNY Buffalo
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology
  • FAA Examiner
  • ASCO - American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Western New York Chapter ACS- President 2001-2002, President Elect 2000-2001, Secretary 1999-2000, Treasurer 1998-1999, Young Surgeon Representative to National ACS
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Alumni Association SUNY Buffalo 1988-present, Treasurer 2005-2006, Vice-President 2006-2007, President 2007-2008, emeritus- current
  • Erie County Medical Society

Honors & Awards:

  • 2020, 2021, 2022 - Buffalo SpreeTop Doc
  • 2019 - Woman of Influence - Inspiration Award
  • 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 - Castle Connelly Top Doc
  • 2018 - Castle Connelly Top Docs - Breast Surgery
  • 2017 - Business First Health Care Hero
  • 2016 - University of Buffalo Volunteer of the Year Award, Medical School
  • May 2014 - Keynote Speaker John S Koplas Memorial Lecture Series
  • 2010 - Western New York Community Leader Healthcare Award- National Federation of Just Communities (WNY chapter)
  • 1995-1997 - AMA Physician Recognition Award
  • 1995 - Positive Physician Project- Selected as one of America’s fifty most positive physicians

Featured on Cancer Talk


Being a Woman Surgeon: 60 Women Share Their Stories- author two selections (pub April 2015)

The Best of Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and the Covenant of Caring

The Best Medicine: Stories of Doctors and Patients who Care for Each Other, Positive Doctors in America