As an undergraduate, Dr. Papa graduated with honors from the Golden Key National Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society. In medical school she was recognized as a leader in her class, winning the Trauma Institute Award for Best Resident in 2004.
She moved to New York City as a post-doctoral research fellow in the pediatric tumor biology laboratory at Columbia University. While in the laboratory, she won several start-up grants and research awards, and presented her data at several national meetings, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Papa co-authored a paper, “Sustained VEGF Blockade Results in Microenvironmental Sequestration of VEGF by Tumors and Persistent VEGF Receptor-2 Activation,” which was featured on the January 2008 cover of Molecular Cancer Research. In conjunction with her basic science research, she completed a two-year clinical fellowship in pediatric critical care/ECMO, focusing on patients who required prolonged heart-lung bypass for cardio-respiratory failure. Dr. Papa then transferred to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ General Surgery residency program, where she completed the Chief Resident years of her surgical training.
She joined the Stamford Hospital staff in 2008 as a general surgeon with interests in advanced laparoscopy, breast surgery and pediatric surgery, and is currently accepting new patients.