Meet the Team

He won’t admit it, but Philip McCarthy, MD, is in the business of saving lives. He gives his patients hope; he gives families hope. He’s a world-renowned physician who has dedicated his career, his passion and his life to providing advanced stem cell transplants to hematological cancer patients.

I am the Vice Chair for Translational Research in the Department of Medicine and the Director of Cancer Vaccine and Dendritic Cell Therapies in the Center for Immunotherapy. My goal is to fix cancer-related immune dysfunction and teach our bodies to fight cancer.

Coping with a cancer diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming. From managing appointments to coping with the emotional stress, the entire journey can turn your life upside down. That’s where Courtney Kelchlin and Adrian Donaldson come in.

David Scott, Roswell Park's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, takes his job seriously. "I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I never want someone else to feel that they can't give their best at work because of their differences."

Igor Puzanov, MD, has dedicated his life to finding a cure for cancer. In 1992, he left the Czech Republic and moved to Dallas, Texas to train in immunology at the University of Southwestern and in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital – best known for treating President John F. Kennedy.

A native of Italy, Sebastiano Battaglia, PhD, also lived and studied in the United Kingdom, Germany and Luxembourg. After obtaining a fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Battaglia intended for Buffalo to be yet another stop on his educational journey. Six years later, he is still here and is happy to call WNY home.

After spending nearly two decades as a pediatric oncologist and clinical investigator at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Kara Kelly, MD, once again calls Western New York home. An alumnus of the University at Buffalo, Dr. Kelly returned to the area in February to lead Roswell Park’s Department of Pediatric Oncology.

If Vishal Gupta, MD, looks familiar, think back to Super Sunday, when he was introduced as part of #TeamRoswell's all-star lineup in our popular television commercial that aired locally during Super Bowl 50. Truly an MVP at Roswell Park and an expert in the field of head and neck cancer, Dr. Gupta has been providing care for patients at Roswell Park since 2013.

After completing his fellowship in 2007, Sai Yendamuri, MD, sought a position allowing him to provide care for lung cancer patients while freely collaborating with fellow physicians and oncologists. The multidisciplinary environment at Roswell Park turned out to be exactly what he was looking for.

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized procedure used to treat skin cancer while preserving as much normal surrounding tissue as possible. Roswell Park’s newest Mohs surgeon, Kimberly Brady, MD, shares more about what makes this procedure effective, who may be eligible for Mohs surgery and its origins.

Growing up as the daughter of two physicians in Budapest, Hungary, Emese Zsiros, MD, PhD, FACOG, recognized her passion for medicine at an early age. She earned a combined MD/PhD at one of the top medical schools in Europe before heading to the United States to complete her OB/GYN residency.

Cancer disparities exist in minority communities across the country, including in Native American populations. One of Roswell Park’s newest faculty members, Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, has devoted much of his adult life to understanding Native American health research.