Dr. Villani is a board certified medical oncologist, hematologist and internist. She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY of Syracuse and North Shore University Hospital, she pursued post doctoral training in Hematology and Oncology at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. During her fellowship she developed an expertise in treating HIV related malignancies and was a member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Working Group on HIV Malignancies.
Dr. Villani served as the Fellowship Program Director at North Shore University Hospital and is an Adjunct Professor at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She is the recipient of The Outstanding Teaching Award from SUNY at Syracuse. At North Shore she ran the clinic for uninsured patients where she developed a passion for working with the underserved
After leaving North Shore, Dr. Villani became the Director of Medical Oncology and Associate Director of the Cancer Center at Queens Hospital Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers within a public hospital system. While at Queens Hospital she received a Citation of Honor from the Queens Borough president for her outstanding work in the community. She has served as principal investigator for a wide array of clinical programs. Her research interests include ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and HIV related lymphoma. In addition to conducting clinical research, Dr. Villani has contributed to a number of leading medical journals and congresses.
After spending many years working within the New York City public hospital system and recognizing the disparities that exist in our current health care structure, Dr. Villani decided to pursue an education in public health and received her Masters in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University in November of 2006.
Dr. Villani also spent two years working for the National Urban League as their Vice President of Health. While at the Urban League she created a coalition of experts in the field of health disparities and developed a community health worker program to assist people in living healthier lifestyles and undergoing preventative care. She has spoken at Congressional briefings and for the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
Dr. Villani served as the Chief of Hematology and Oncology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center where she received a grant from the NYCDOH to improve colon cancer screening rates as well as a grant from the Komen Foundation for a breast health nurse navigator. In 2011 she received the Women of Excellence in Medicine award from the American Cancer Society for her work with underserved communities in Brooklyn. She has had several papers and abstracts accepted for publication regarding health disparities and has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Disparities Advisory Committee as well as an advisor to the American Hospital Association.