Christos Fountzilas, MD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Areas of Expertise: 
Pancreatic Cancer
Liver Cancer
Colon Cancer
Special Interests: 
Personalized therapy of gastrointestinal malignancies
Immunotherapy for gastrointestinal malignancies
Oncolyitic viruses
Drug development
Biomarker identification

Biography

Dr. Fountzilas is a board certified medical oncologist in the gastrointestinal medical oncology department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with a focus in pancreatic cancer. His research interests include oncolytic virotherapy, biomarker discovery, and immunotherapy for gastrointestinal cancers. His interest was sparked in gastrointestinal and clinical research during his fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he designed a clinical trial involving combination immunotherapy and oncolytic viral therapy in relapsed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. He gained further experience in clinical trial design through his participation in the American Association for Cancer Research/American Society of Clinical Oncology 2015 Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop and Cancer Research Training Program from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Background

Education and Training: 
2000-2006 - MD - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Medicine
Residency: 
2007 - 2008 - Post Graduate Internship, Athens Naval Hospital and Veterans Medical Center, Hellenic Navy, Athens, Greece
2010 - 2013 - Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, New York, New York
Fellowship: 
2013-2016 - Hematology and Medical Oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Board Certification: 
Medical Oncology Board Certification, Greece
American Board of Internal Medicine-Certification in Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine-Certification in Hematology
American Board of Internal Medicine-Certification in Internal Medicine
Professional Memberships: 
American Association for Cancer Research
European Society for Medical Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American College of Physicians
Athens Medical Association
Honors and Awards: 
2015 - 2016 - Cancer Research Training Program from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, RP140105
2015 - Harold F. and Sarah L. McDonald Scholar Award for Excellence in Oncology
2015 - AACR/ASCO 2015 Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop
2009 - Hellenic Republic Medal for participation in international peacekeeping operations
2008 - United Nations Peacekeeping Medal
2006-2007 - Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation Award
2005-2006 - Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
Professional Experience: 
2013-2016 - Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
2010-2013 - Internal Medicine Residency, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
2007-2010 - Medical Officer, Hellenic Navy, Athens, Greece