Meet Dr. Vigneri & Dr. Madu
All of our Radiation Oncologists are Board Certified (or eligible) and continue with academic, clinical and research interests. As one would expect, our physicians are committed to your well being.
Phillip M. Vigneri, DO, FACRO, Director
Dr. Vigneri has been a practicing radiation oncologist for over 25 years. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following a rotating internship at Cherry Hill Medical Center in New Jersey, he served with the United States Public Health Service in St. Louis, Missouri, and then went on the complete his residency in radiation therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he also served as chief resident.
Dr. Vigneri was a faculty member of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the 1980s, where he was active in treating brain tumors with radioactive implants. He was also part of the team that initiated Stereotactic Radiosurgery on Long Island. In the 1990s, he served as Director of Radiation Oncology at the Center for Cancer Care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he developed a well-respected clinical service—the first to bring advanced treatment to the region, including high-dose rate brachytherapy in 1996, outpatient implant therapy for gynecologic cancer in 1997, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in 1998 and partial breast irradiation in 2002.
In 2004, Dr. Vigneri returned to the North Shore-LIJ Health System, where he served as physician-in-charge at LIJ. He has been active academically, serving as an instructor in radiation therapy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and currently is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology, and has been an invited lecturer throughout the Northeast and in South America. Dr. Vigneri has published in nationally-circulated peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Radiation Oncology and the Archives of Surgery. He has also co-authored a chapter in the textbook “Disorders of the Pancreas: Current Issues in Diagnosis and Management.”
Dr. Vigneri’s current interests include personalizing therapy for patients to minimize both short- and long-term side effects. He has extensive experience in treating prostate cancer with both external beam and implant approaches. He has been an early adopter of using high-dose rate brachytherapy in the treatment of gynecological cancers. Since 2002, Dr. Vigneri has been involved with partial breast irradiation (PBI) and was a major contributor to the national MammoSite registry. He was also an early advocate of using IMRT in head and neck cancers. Dr. Vigneri brings his extensive experience to Staten Island University Hospital, and ensures that the department can meet the oncologic needs our community.
Chika Madu, MD, Attending Physician
Dr. Madu is a board certified Radiation Oncologist, who recently joined the department of Radiation Medicine. She earned her Medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She subsequently completed her residency training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. Following her training, Dr. Madu joined the faculty at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC, where she was an Attending Physician and the Residency Program Director in the Department of Radiation Medicine. While at Georgetown, she was an integral part of the breast cancer program at the Lombardi Cancer Center as well as the Cancer Committee. She most recently served as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Westchester County NY, where she was also an active member of the cancer committee and radiation safety committee.
Dr. Madu has a primary interest in all adult cancers and also performs partial breast irradiation. She is proficient in Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), 3-D conformal Radiotherapy, Cyberknife Radiosurgery, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), Tomotherapy, Breast and Gynecological High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy. She is a firm believer in multidisciplinary patient care and ensures collaboration with other physicians from other departments in order to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients. She has a strong research background and has published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Madu also plays an active role in medical student and resident education and research. She has been an invited lecturer at National/Regional Oncology Conferences. She is a member of several professional societies including The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), and the American Board of Radiology (ABR).