Our Story

Foxhall Surgical Associates, P.C. was founded in 1977 by Dr. Paul J. Melluzzo and Dr. Peter E. Petrucci. Dr Richard P. DeRosa joined the practice the following year. Foxhall Surgical Associates is a General Surgery practice that has special expertise in advance laparoscopic surgery including bariatric surgery, surgical oncology, and minimally invasive evaluation of breast diseases.

Foxhall Surgical Associates, P.C. has been on the forefront of emerging General Surgery and Surgical Oncology technologies since its inception. Both Dr. Melluzzo and Dr. Petrucci were full time faculty members at Georgetown University hospital before starting the practice, and had extensive experience in a wide range of General Surgery problems. In the late 1980s, Dr. DeRosa was the first general surgeon to use the then-revolutionary laparoscopic technique at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Prior to performing his first laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), Dr. DeRosa consulted directly with the innovator of general laparoscopic surgery Dr. Eddie Joe Reddick who pioneered the procedure in 1988. Dr. DeRosa foresaw the technique as an essential element in the future of general surgery at a time when other institutions were hesitant to embrace the new technology. Today, all of our surgeons have specialized training in laparoscopic surgery and regularly use the technique to treat a variety of other conditions including hernia repair, intestinal resection, and appendicitis.

Dr. Petrucci encouraged the practice to utilize new surgical techniques in breast cancer treatment which became another area of specialization for the practice. Dr. Petrucci performed the first axillary sentinel node procedures at Sibley Memorial Hospital shortly after the procedure was developed for breast cancer mapping in 1994. He continues to lead the practice in pursuing more advanced and effective techniques for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer and is recognized as a leader in the field. Currently, all our surgeons with the exception of Dr. Brian M. Long specialize in breast conditions. The practice was also the first at Sibley Memorial Hospital to employ minimally invasive techniques in endocrine surgery including thyroid and parathyroid procedures.

The addition of Dr. Michael L. Palmer, who relocated from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York to join the group in 1993, reinforced the practice’s dedicated focus in diseases of the breast. In 1994, Dr. Martin G. Paul joined the practice, solidifying the practice’s dedication to developing advanced laparoscopic expertise. In 2004, Dr. Meredith G. Garrett joined the practice contributing her United States Army training in laparoscopic surgery as well as her energy and focus in areas of the breast derived from a successful tenure at Anne Arundal Medical Center. The addition of Dr. Brian M. Long to the practice in 2006 augmented our commitment to laparoscopic technique and expanded the practices’ specialties to include Bariatric surgery, and he was named Director of the newly developed Sibley Center for Weight Loss Surgery.

Dr. Paul Melluzzo left the practice in 1992 to accept a newly created position at Sibley Memorial Hospital as Director of Surgical Intensive Care and Director of Surgical House Officers. He retired from that post in 2007 and has since volunteered with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Dr. DeRosa retired from private practice in 2006 due to illness leaving his mark via the highly respected surgical team which had developed during his tenure. Dr. John Olmstead was a member of the practice from 2000 to 2003 before relocating to New York State where he still practices general surgery. Dr. Colette Magnant, a breast specialist, was a member of the practice before leaving to join the faculty at Georgetown. She now works with a physicians group at Sibley hospital.

Foxhall Surgical Associates, P.C. is proud of our history in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as a well respected surgical practice, and our legacy amongst our physician peers and patients as leaders in our field with quality outcomes.