Michael DiSiena, DO
"My job is to educate patients about their choices."
"As a youngster I enjoyed watching "M*A*S*H." The idea of becoming a surgeon fascinated me, and the prospect of caring for injured patients seemed both rewarding and beneficial. As I got older, I recognized medicine was an ever-changing field, one where I could make a difference in people's lives."
Today Dr. Michael DiSiena is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist focusing on the treatment of breast, lung, esophageal, gastric, colon, pancreatic, and liver cancers, as well melanomas, sarcomas, head and neck cancers, and gynecologic cancers such as ovarian cancer. He holds dual board certifications, the first in general surgery. The second, in pathology, DiSiena explains, "gave me the opportunity to work at a microscope, which most practicing surgeons don't do. It has also assisted me in the surgical field where operating and diagnosis work hand in hand."
A graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his surgical and pathology residencies at Berkshire Medical Center. Next came his fellowship in surgical oncology at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. "In the field of surgical oncology," Dr. DiSiena explains, "we often deal with treatment of advanced malignancies that require use of other treatment modalities in conjunction with surgery, such as chemotherapeutic agents. In addition, patients with advanced malignancies may not have curative disease and, at times, we offer palliative procedures to relieve pain and suffering to improve quality of life."
"When a patient is referred to me, the diagnosis has generally been made. My role as a surgical oncologist is to educate the patient and review the available treatment options. I favor a multi-disciplinary approach involving not only a surgeon but a medical oncologist and/or a radiation oncologist. Although physicians can best identify an effective treatment plan, the time I spend listening to patients is of utmost importance. I must get to know them to determine whether they are indeed surgical candidates. They need to look at their options; they want choices and second opinions. Communication is truly the key."
A resident of Lenox, Dr. DiSiena spends his free time enjoying the Berkshires whether it be gardening, fishing, golfing or skiing; he's also an avid reader and woodworker.