Gal Shafirstein, D.Sc.

Member/Professor of Oncology
Department of Cell Stress Biology
Director of PDT Clinical Research
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Special Interests: 
Development and use of computer simulations of light and heat propagation in tissue to improve the clinical outcomes of photodynamic and thermal therapies.


Dr. Shafirstein is a Member/Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cell Stress Biology, and the Director of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Clinical Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is a materials scientist who is focused on the development of laser and thermal ablation devices and techniques for the treatment of cancerous tumors.

Working in Roswell Park's PDT Center, Dr. Shafirstein's goal is to expand the use and enhance the translation of PDT. His research team invented and created real-time light dosimetry and treatment planning systems for PDT, which support three clinical studies at the PDT Center.

He is also the co-leader of the clinical project of the PDT-PPG and serves as Director of the PDT Clinical Research Team, providing support for all light base diagnostic and treatment protocols at Roswell Park.


Education and Training: 
Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Professional Memberships: 
Member, International Photodynamic Association (IPA)
Board Member, The Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society USA, Inc. (IT'IS USA).
Member, SPIE, international society for optics and photonics
Member, Society of Thermal Medicine
Fellow, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
American Society of Metals (ASM) international
Editor, Journal of Clinical and Translational Research
Member, American Association for Cancer Research
Member, NIH/NCI study section ZCA1 TCRB - T (O2)