I see it as a privilege to walk alongside patients as they soldier through the difficult process of diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.
Dr. Polverini graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she was the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including a scholarship from the Department of Biology Bioethics and Science Research Fellowship at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Polverini went on to receive her medical doctorate from Keck School of Medicine, followed by a general surgery residency at Harbor UCLA. She completed her training in breast surgical oncology at City of Hope.
Dr. Polverini is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has additional training as a physician consultant in wound care. She is actively involved in breast cancer research and ongoing clinical trials. She is the medical director of Breast Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She has surgical privileges at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Arcadia Methodist Hospital and City of Hope. She sees new consultations at both the Duarte and South Pasadena facilities.
Dr. Polverini specializes in both benign and cancerous conditions of the breast. She praises City of Hope for its “unshakable commitment to both research and treatment,” and calls it “the perfect destination for me to pursue my life's passion.”
2015, The American Board of Surgery, General Surgery Certification
2014, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
2014, Basic Life Support
2012, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
2011, Advanced Trauma Life Support
2001- 2004, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA, B.S. Biology, Summa Cum Laude
2004-2008, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, M.D.
2015-2016, Department of Surgery, Fellow, Breast Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2008-2014, Harbor UCLA, Department of Surgery, Resident, General Surgery
2016-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, South Pasadena and Duarte, CA
2019-present, Medical Director of Breast Surgery, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA
Awards & Memberships
American Medical Association, Resident Member
American College of Surgeons, Resident Member
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O’Connell C, Razavi P, Ghalichi M, Boyle S, Vasan S, Caton A, Duddalwar V, Boswell W, Grabow K, Liebman HA. 2011. Unsuspected Pulmonary Emboli Adversely Impact Survival in Patients with Cancer Undergoing Routine Staging Multi-row Detector Computed Tomography Scanning. Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis; 9 (20:305-11.
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Goldner BS, Velasquez J, Stabile BE, Chen SL, Kim J, Lin M, Caton A, Lee B. 2013. A Public Hospital Experience with Young Gastric Cancer Patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology; 31(4): 2318.
Granzow JW, Li A, Suliman A, Caton A, Goldberg M, Boyd BJ. 2013. Bipedicled Flaps in Posttraumatic Lower-Extremity Reconstruction. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery; 66: 1415-1420.
Boyd JB, Caton AM, Mulholland RS, Granzow JW. 2013. The Sensate Fibular Osteoneurocutaneous Flap in Oromandibular Reconstruction: Clinical Outcomes in 31 Cases. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery; 66: 1695 – 1701.
Boyd JB, Caton A, Mulholland TS, Tong L, Granzow JW. 2013. The Sensate Fibula Osteocutaneous Flap: Neurosomal Anatomy. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery; 66: 1688 – 1694.
Caton AM, Dauphine C. 2014. Allergic Contact Dermatitis after Repeated Exposure to Dermabond. The American Surgeon; 80(5): 520-2.
Granzow J, Li AI, Caton A, Boyd JB. 2015. Free Flap Survival Following Failure of the Vascular Pedicle. Annals of Plastic Surgery; 75(1): 44-48.
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Good - Verified patient
She was definitely keyed into the patient's needs and concerns. Everything was diagrammed on paper for us and she even allowed our concerned children to listen in to the treatment plan. We are very confident in this physician and will follow any protocol she suggests. What a blessing! - Verified patient
Excellent. - Verified patient
Overall, an excellent experience which deserves high marks! - Verified patient