Desi Carozza, MD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Palliative Care Physician
Department of Supportive Care
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Areas of Expertise: 
Pain and symptom management
Serious illness communication
Special Interests: 
Quality of Life


My career in medicine was decided early in my life, when a member of my family was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Later, in college, an oncologist I was shadowing suggested becoming a hospice volunteer made her a better physician, so I followed her lead. My medical school experience at Drexel College of Medicine was full of volunteer experiences serving Philadelphia's underserved community for vulnerable populations. From there, I transitioned to my residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis in internal medicine/pediatrics. During that time, my palliative care rotations shaped the provider I was to become. What followed was two fellowships, one in geriatrics and one in hospice and palliative care learning about how our bodies change with age and serious illness. At the end of my fellowship, I was recruited to UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas to start the ambulatory palliative care clinic at Simmons Cancer Center. From there, I moved to the Cleveland Clinic and was practicing both palliative care and hospice in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Over time, I transitioned to Roswell Park Cancer Center to work exclusively with cancer patients in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.


Education and Training: 
Drexel College of Medicine, Doctorate of Medicine, 2004-2008
Millersville University, Bachelors of Science, Molecular Biology 2001-2004
University of Tennessee, Memphis TN,
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, 2008-2012
University of Colorado Aurora, Colorado Geriatrics Fellowship 2012-2013
Hospice and Palliative Care 2013-2014
Board Certification: 
Internal Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Care
Professional Experience: 
UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas
Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio