Dr. Ranjna Sharma

Dr. Ranjna Sharma, center, poses with Dr. Brian MacLaughlin. left and Dr. Matthew Kasulke, right. Sharma, the chief of breast surgery and the breast cancer program at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will join Auburn Community Hospital.

Auburn Community Hospital announced Monday that the chief of SUNY Upstate Medical University's breast surgery and breast cancer program is the latest doctor to come to Auburn.

Dr. Ranjna Sharma, a breast surgical oncologist, will begin seeing patients and performing surgery at ACH, according to a release from the hospital. 

Prior to coming to Auburn and working at Upstate, Sharma served as Director of Breast Surgery and Co-Director of the Breast Care Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Massachusetts, and has been practicing oncology since 2010, according to the release.

"We are thrilled to be able to recruit someone of Dr. Sharma's experience and training," ACH President and CEO Scott Berlucchi said in the release. "As I have stated many times before, our strategic plan calls for us to recruit quality physicians and introduce new services for the people in our community."

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Adding Sharma to the staff, Berlucchi said, would save the community from needing to travel to Syracuse or Rochester for breast care, which Sharma described as a critical need in the community.

"I am excited about joining Auburn Community Hospital and their team of medical professionals. The staff, the quality of care, and the facilities in Auburn are very impressive," Sharma said in the release.

According to hospital spokesperson Matthew Chadderdon, Sharma will start by seeing patients at an office two Mondays each month and perform surgery two other Mondays before likely expanding availability as patients increase.

The hospital made a similar acquisition in June, when it announced Dr. Dana Savici, interim chief of pulmonary/critical care at Upstate, would be coming to Auburn two weeks per month.

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