Bi-Annual Gynecologic Cancer Seminar and the Retirement of Shashikant Lele, MD

This is a clinically-oriented, live Continuing Medical Education (CME) program intended for gynecologists, oncologists, primary-care providers and other health-care professionals who diagnose, treat or manage patients with gynecologic conditions. Participants will learn about enhancing recovery after gynecologic surgery, treatment options for cervical and endometrial cancers, and immunotherapy in cancer with updates in gynecologic oncology and beyond.

There will also be a special ceremony to celebrate Dr. Shashikant Lele for his 37 years of service to the women and the medical community of Western New York.

Target audience

Gynecologists, oncologists, primary care providers, and other cancer health-care professionals, including NPs, PAs, and RNs.

Educational objectives

Following this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how to enhance recovery following gynecologic cancer surgery.
  • Review the current approach to immunotherapy in oncologic care.
  • Discuss treatment options for cervical and endometrial cancers.
  • Compare the past, present and future of cervical cancer prevention.

Conference details

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Studies Center
665 Elm Street (Corner of Carlton and Elm Streets)
Buffalo, NY 14263

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Registration Fees

Physicians - $25.00
PAs, NPs, RNs, & Other Health-Care Professionals - $15.00
Residents, Fellows, Students, Retired Physicians – Free
Roswell Park employees – Free
Pharmaceutical Industry Employees - $175.00


8:00 a.m. — Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Welcome and tribute to Shashikant Lele, MD

Candace Johnson, PhD
President & CEO
M&T Bank Presidential Chair in Leadership
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Emese Zsiros, MD, PhD, FACOG
Shashikant Lele, MD, Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology
Associate Professor of Oncology
Director of Research, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Shashikant Lele, MD, FACOG
Professor of Oncology, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Clinical Chair, Division Of Surgical Subspecialties
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Pankaj Singhal, MD, MS, MHCM
Gynecologic Oncologist
Good Samaritan Hospital
West Islip, NY
Sameer Sharma, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist
St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, IN
Community Hospital, Munster, IN
St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, IN
Northwest Cancer Center Dyer, IN

9:00 a.m. — Cervical Cancer Prevention: Past, Present and Future: Joshua Kesterson, MD
9:20 a.m. — Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for the Obstetrician/Gynecologist: Brian Szender, MD, MPH, FACOG
9:40 a.m. — Developing an Immunotherapy Program at Roswell Park: Lessons Learn: Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG
10:00 a.m. — Break
10:10 a.m. — Updates in Endometrial Cancer: Katherine LaVigne Mager, MD
10:30 a.m. — Updates in Cervical Cancer: Heidi Godoy, MD
10:50 a.m. — Question and Answers
11:15 a.m. — Adjourn


Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG
AbbVie Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Comprehensive Cancer Research Center
Director of Comprehensive Cancer Research Center
UChicago Medicine
Heidi Godoy, DO
Gynecologic Oncologist
New York Oncology Hematology
Albany, New York
Brian Szender, MD, MPH, FACOG
Chief of Surgery, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital
Gynecologic Oncologist, START Center for Cancer Care
San Antonio, Texas
Joshua Kesterson, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services
Medical Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program
UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Roswell Park designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 2 cognate credits per session in this program.

Important parking information

There will be street closures on September 24 for the Cruisin for a Cure event — Carlton St., (except the entrance to the parking ramp) and Elm St. will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. All traffic will have to enter onto Carlton St. from Michigan Ave. and exit back onto Michigan.

The only parking ramp entrance that will be open is Carlton St. The GPS address for the ramp is 665 Elm St., Buffalo, however, please keep in mind the street closure. The Roswell Park parking ramp is across the street from the main hospital entrance and the Research Studies Center — where this program will occur. There is no fee for parking, as the ramp gate arms will be up after 7:00 a.m.

Covid-19 safety protocols

  • All Roswell Park event staff and event attendees will follow the Roswell Park policy ICS-112 COVID-19 Safety Precautions.
  • The applicable Roswell Park COVID-19 safety protocols will be posted on the symposium website and emailed to all registered participants.
  • Public Safety will be notified of the seminar dates and activities.
  • COVID-19 symptom screening questions and guidance will be on posters placed at the RSC building entrance to remind all attendees of Roswell Park’s infection prevention and control procedures and not to attend the event if feeling ill or presenting with any symptoms.
  • Any participant feeling ill/presenting with symptoms shall not attend the seminar events and will be asked to return home or to their hotel room.
  • Hand sanitizer and procedure masks will be available at the RSC entrances for all participants.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the lunch sessions.
  • Roswell event staff will work to space the lunch seating as feasible to maximize distancing.

Cancellation Policy

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason. Registrants will be notified. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 20, 2022.If you have any questions, contact Katie McMahon at, or 716-845-5776.

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