Santo Michael Difino , MD

Hematology ,Internal Medicine , Hematology/Oncology and Medical Oncology

(315) 472-7504

Hematology Oncology Associates Central New York
4900 Broad Rd
Syracuse, NY 13215

Overview

It seems like I knew I was going to be a physician all my life. At five years old, my desire to become a physician was inspired by my uncle who was a surgeon. I have fond recollections of accompanying him to his office when I would marvel at how he helped people and touched their lives. As I grew older, my interest in medicine and desire to become a physician deepened. During my internship and residency, I worked with some incredibly intelligent and gifted Oncologists. As the years passed, I tried to emulate these doctor mentors and role models as I joined them in their quest to provide the best and state of the art care for patients. The treatments for cancer and blood disorders are always advancing and the options for care continue to become more effective and varied. In 1982, Dr. John Gullo and I partnered to form, Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York. Shortly after, Drs. Jeffrey Kirshner and Anthony Scalzo joined our partnership. Our compatibility and commitment to cancer care and clinical research were the foundations of our success as partners. Our sincere desire was to create an environment that rendered the best in patient care with research available to our community. Our CCOP provides the opportunity for clinical research to be conducted close to home. We are the only CCOP in this country that is a private practice that is not affiliated with a large medical center or university. We are totally committed to excellence. We have always seen each person as an individual who deserves customized care. These founding beliefs have allowed us to expand to the practice we have today, providing opportunities for a group of outstanding physicians, over 250 employees and a community that allows us the privilege to serve. Our clinical research allows us to continually remain on the cutting edge of therapies. This practice maintains a wonderful spirit and commitment to service excellence that continues to exceed the expectations the four of us had over 25 years ago. To recharge my batteries, I am a popular culture junkie and Syracuse and Fordham University sports enthusiast. I love movies and enjoy TV time. My wife tells me that I am living in the past because my musical tastes are stuck in the 1960’s and 70’s. We have five children, ages 18 – 30, all of whom live in the Syracuse area. My family means the world to me and understands the sacrifices of time and togetherness we have made and continue to make because of the vocation I have chosen. My work as an Oncologist at HOA has changed my perspective on life. We are all here for each other living life in the present. Live and love for today!

Gender: Male

Years in Practice: 47 Years

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Education & Training

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Graduation Date: in 1974

Specialties & Hospital Affiliations

Hospital Affiliations:

  • St Joseph's Hospital Health Center
  • Crouse Hospital

Specialties: Hematology ,Internal Medicine , Hematology/Oncology and Medical Oncology

Health Insurance and Affiliations

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Elect Choice EPO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna NYC Community Plan
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BluePPO HSA
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • CIGNA PPO
  • Community Blue PPO
  • Empire PPO
  • Empire Prism EPO Blue Priority
  • Excellus BCBS Base Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Plans
  • Excellus BCBS CNY Preferred Gold - Tier 1
  • Excellus HMOBlue
  • Fidelis Care NY State of Health HBX
  • Multiplan PPO
  • MVP HMO
  • MVP Preferred PPO
  • MVP Premier Plus HMO Small Groups
  • MVP Secure - NY
  • PHCS PPO
  • PPO
  • Premier HMO - Individuals
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • UHC Navigate POS
  • UHC Options PPO

Difino's Office Information

Hematology Oncology Associates Central New York
4900 Broad Rd
Syracuse, NY 13215
(315) 472-7504

Fax: (315) 547-9863
Website: www.hoacny.com
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Medicaid Accepted: Yes

Office Hours:

Mon8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tue8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wed8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thu8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sat-
Sun-

Doctor Difino's Other Office Information

Hematology Oncology Associates Central New York
5008 Brittonfield Pkwy Ste 700
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 472-7504

Fax:(315) 563-4516
Website:hoacny.com
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted:Yes
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:

Mon8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tue8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wed8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thu8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sat-
Sun-

Hematology Oncology Associates Of Central New York
5008 Brittonfield Pkwy
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 472-7504

Fax:
Website:www.hoacny.com
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted:Yes
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:

Mon8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Tue8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Wed8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Thu8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat-
Sun-