About Dr. Farrugia

Daniel J Farrugia MD PhD is an expert in Breast Surgery and Medical Director of the Breast Surgery Program at Centegra Health System. He is the only fellowship-trained Breast Surgeon in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, including McHenry County and the surrounding four counties. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery.

Clinical Expertise

  • Premenopausal breast cancer
  • High-risk breast disease and inherited breast cancer
  • Breast conservation surgery
  • Radioactive seed localization of breast tumors
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy

Breast Cancer Research

Dr. Farrugia has published in the world’s leading scientific journals including Nature and Cancer Research. Dr. Farrugia’s breast cancer research has been cited over a thousand times in medical literature. He has also presented his research at several international medical conferences.


Notable awards for his work in breast cancer include:

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award (awarded by American Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Fellowship Award
  • American Association for Cancer Research Travel Scholarship Award


Use of Estrogen creams in Breast Cancer Survivors

This blog post is aimed at all physicians reading this blog: A new survey approved by the American Society of Breast Surgeons aims to evaluate the physician prescribing pattern of vaginal estrogen in breast cancer survivors. The study’s objective is to assess the attitude, knowledge and practice pattern of physicians who manage vulvo-vaginal atrophy in this …

Dr. Farrugia on Expert Panel at Centegra Health Strong Woman Event in Crystal Lake

The 11th Annual Centegra Health Strong Woman Event in Crystal Lake was a big success. It was the largest turnout so far and attendees expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to take advantage of several free screenings and discounts, one-on-one time with physicians and providers, and the Centegra Provider panel discussion. There were 434 registered attendees, …

Too Many Illinois Patients Getting Raw Deal on Health Insurance

The Illinois State Medical Society has proposed legislation that would address the problem with narrow networks across the state of Illinois. This legislation will protect patients and their relationships with their physicians. The Network Adequacy and Transparency Act (or the “NAT Act”) was introduced in January as SB 70 and HB 311. So far, it …

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