Sorin Buga, M.D., is a clinical professor in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine, focusing on palliative care medicine. He joined City of Hope in 2013 from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, where he was an assistant member in the Psychosocial and Palliative Care Department. Concurrently, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Oncologic Services at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine.
He is board certified in internal medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. He is City of Hope’s representative in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Adult Cancer Pain Panel. He is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. He has published in the peer reviewed literature and has been invited to speak at several scientific meetings.
Dr. Buga earned his medical degree from the Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie in Timisoara, Romania. He completed an internship and subsequent residency in internal medicine at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he served as the chief medical resident. He went on to further his training and then completed a fellowship in cancer pain and palliative care at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
He is fluent in Romanian, and is known as a highly competent, kind and hard working clinician and colleague. Dr. Buga is available by referral to help patients address issues of pain or other supportive care needs.
2006, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine
2008, Diplomate of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2008, Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management
1990, M.D., Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie, Timisoara, Romania
2006-2007, Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship, University of South Florida and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
2004-2006, Internal Medicine Residency, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
2003–2004, Internal Medicine internship, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
2020-present, Clinical Professor, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2017-2020, Chief, Division of Supportive Medicine, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2015-2017, Interim Chair, Department of Supportive Care Medicine
2013-2020, Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Supportive Medicine, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2007-2012, Assistant Member, Department of Psychosocial and Palliative Care, Moffitt Cancer Center
2007-2013, Assistant Member (Professor), Department of Psychosocial and Palliative Care, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Awards & Memberships
2020, Arti Huria Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
2019, 2020, 2021, LA Top Doctor
2017, Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2017, Pasadena Magazine Top Doctor
2014, 2016, Values in Action - Compassion, City of Hope
2015, Biller Star Award, Department of Supportive Care
2013, Fellow, American College of Physicians
2008-2012, Nomination for Physician of the Year Award
Moffitt Cancer Center
2013-present, City of Hope Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, member
2013-present, City of Hope Patient Rights and Organizational Ethics Joint Committee, member
2008-2013, Moffitt Cancer Center Ethics Committee, member
2012-2013, Moffitt Cancer Center End of Life Workgroup, member
2012-2013, Moffitt Cancer Center Pain Committee, member
2011-2013, N.C.C.N. Adult Cancer Pain Panel Moffitt Cancer Center representative
2008-2010, University of South Florida College of Medicine Academic Performance Review Committee, member
2005-2006, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, chief medical resident
2004-present, American Medical Association
2006-present, American Academy of Pain Management
2006-present, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2007-present, European Association for Palliative Care
2009-present, American College of Physicians
2010-present, International Association for the Study of Pain
2011-present, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
2012-present, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
2013-present, American Society of Addiction Medicine
2013-present, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Buga S, Mecusker E. Underrecognized Condition - Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Journal of the Romanian National Society of Medical Oncology. 51 (2020).
Buga S, Mecusker E. Palliative or supportive care? A historical perspective on language in practice, Oncolog-Hematolog.ro. 49 (4) (2019) 12–15.
Buga S, Mooney SN, Patel PM, Bitar HN, Hillebrand L, Qamar S, Zachariah F, Banerjee C. Methadone- demystifying an old pain killer (Part 1), Hematolog-Oncolog. 46 (2019) 29–35. /li>
Buga S, Mooney SN, Patel PM, Bitar HN, Hillebrand L, Qamar S, Zachariah F, Banerjee C. Methadone- demystifying an old pain killer (Part 2), Hematolog-Oncolog. 47 (2019) 21–25.
Buga S, Mecusker E. Palliative or Supportive Care / A historical perspective on language in practice, Journal of the Romanian National Society of Medical Oncology. 49 (2019).
Swarm RA, Paice JA, Anghelescu DL, Are M, Bruce JY, Buga S, Chwistek M, Cleeland C, Craig D, Gafford E, Greenlee H, Hansen E, Kamal AH, Kamdar MM, LeGrand S, Mackey S, McDowell MR, Moryl N, Nabell LM, Nesbit S, OConnor N, Rabow MW, Rickerson E, Shatsky R, Sindt J, Urba SG, Youngwerth JM, Hammond LJ, Gurski LA. Adult cancer pain, version 3.2019, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN. 17 (2019) 977–1007.
Buga S, Banerjee C, Salman J, Cangin M, Zachariah F, Freeman B. Supportive Care for the Head and Neck Cancer Patient, Multidisciplinary Care of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient. Cancer Treatment and Research: 174 (2018) 249–270.
Buga S, Banerjee C, Bitar H, Mooney S, Patel P. Low-dose ketamine in analgesia – a novel approach?, Oncolog-Hematolog.ro (Journal of the Romanian National Society of Medical Oncology). (2018) 20–23.
Clark K, Bergerot CD, Philip EJ, Buga S, Obenchain R, Loscalzo MJ. Biopsychosocial problem-related distress in cancer : examining the role of sex and age, Psycho-Oncology. 26 (2017) 1562–1568.
Buga S. Cross addiction a case presentation, Oncolog-Hematolog. 38 (2017).
Freeman B, Zachariah F, Buga S, Banerjee C, Mooney SN, Pujanes-Mantor N, Jauwena O. Final Journey: What to Expect and How to Comfort Your Dying Loved One, (2017).
Buga S. Chemical Coping: A case study, Oncolog-Hematolog. (2016).
J. Knight, C. Whittlesey, S. Buga M.D., Put an End to Cancer Pain, Coping with Cancer. 29 (2015) 1.
Borneman T, Sun V, Williams AC, Fukinami RF, Del Ferraro C, Burhenn P, Irish T, Zachariah F, van Zyl C, Buga S. Support for Patients and family caregivers in Lung Cancer: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 08/2015, vol. 17, No. 4
Knight J, Whittlesey C, Buga S. Put an End to Cancer Pain: Coping with Cancer, May/June 2015/li>
Swarm RA, Abernethy AP, Anghelescu DL, Benedetti C, Buga S, Cleeland C, DeLeon-Casasola OA, Eilers JG, Ferrell B, Green M, Janjan NA, Kamdar MM, Levy MH, Lynch M, McDowell RM, Moryl N, Nesbit SA, Paice JA, Rabow MW, SyrjalaKL, Urba SG, Weinstein SM. Adult cancer pain, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN. 11 (2013) 992–1022.
Buga S, Sarria JE. The Management of Pain in Metastatic Bone Disease, CANCER CONTROL, vol. 19, No. 2, page 154-166, April 2012
Buga S, Sarria JE. The management of pain in metastatic bone disease, Cancer Control. 19 (2012) 154–166.
Parker J, Buga S, Sarria JE, Spiess PE. Advancements in the management of urologic chronic pelvic pain : What is new and what do we know?, Current Urology Reports. 11 (2010) 286–291.
Parker J, Buga S, Sarria J, Spiess P. Advancements in the Management of Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain : What Is New and What Do We Know - CURRENT UROLOGY REPORTS, vol. 11, issue 4, page 286-291, July 2010, Pubmed ID 20449695
Constantini C, Lansky A, Mehran R, Grines C, Shirai K, Costa R, Cristea E, Fahy M, Buga S, Marginean H, Griffin J, Stone G. Impact of Myocardial Blush Analysis Methodologies in Predicting Short and Long-Term Mortality after Primary Angioplasty - The Cadillac Trial - CIRCULATION, Abstracts from scientific sessions 2003, Vol 108, No 17, page IV-415, October 2003
Moussa I, Jaff M, Iyer S, Klein H, Dubova N, Limpijankit T, Pop R, Hjazi I, Buga S, New G, Coplan N, Moses J. Detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease in Patients Presenting for Coronary Angiography and / or Intervention for Coronary Artery Disease: The Peripheral Arterial Disease in Interventional Patients Study ( PIPS ) -CIRCULATION, Abstracts from scientific sessions 2003, Vol 108, No 17, page IV-634, October 2003