Anita Pudusseri, D.O.

Anita Pudusseri, D.O. HOACNY Syracuse
Joining HOA November 2018
Specialty Training: 
Boston University Medical Center
Medical School: 
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

I often get asked how I knew I wanted to pursue medicine at such a young age. The answer is easy when my role model happened to live under the same roof…my mother! Early in childhood, my parents put an emphasis on hard work and appreciating our health and wellness. I started volunteering in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology ward at Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital during high school and felt overwhelmed by the difficulty each family faced. There was a vulnerability with oncology patients unlike any other discipline of medicine.

I went to Siena College majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy. Taking a leave of absence during my first year of college due to illness gave me a unique perspective of being a patient. Continuing onto medical school and residency, I was on the other side of the table and learned about the dedication and empathy a physician must envelope to properly treat their patients. Together these experiences confirmed my desire to continue a path in the field of oncology (despite my mother’s best efforts to have me follow in her cardiology footsteps)!

I completed my fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center. Training at the largest safety- net hospital in the New England area and working at the Boston VA Medical Center, I treated patients from all walks of life and had exposure to a variety of malignancies. I learned just how much strength and hope cancer patients and their families had.  I had an opportunity to conduct research with my mentors that are world renowned in their specific discipline. I love that much of oncology is based upon evidence based medicine and not historical perspective of a treating physician.

I am looking forward to coming back home to upstate NY. I know it is the perfect environment for my husband and I to raise a family. I joined HOA because of the warmth and kindness from all team members and the dedication to stay ahead in an ever evolving field of medicine. Outside of work, my main priority is spending time with my immediate and extended family. During time off, we love to travel but with the newest addition of our baby girl, those dream trips will be on hold. In the meantime, my husband and I will continue our everlasting love of hiking and cooking.