Joseph Skitzki, MD, FACS

Joseph Skitzki, MD, FACS

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Chair, Melanoma/Sarcoma Disease Site Research Group
Chair, Clinical Data Network Shared Resource Advisory Committee
Medical Director and Co-Chair, Surgical Services Executive Committee
State University of New York at Buffalo
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Joseph J. Skitzki, MD, FACS joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology and Associate Member of the Immunology Department. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Skitzki earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine, Hershey, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed a general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Within his residency, Dr. Skitzki completed a two-year research fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds membership in the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies, and the Association for Academic Surgery.

Dr. Skitzki is clinically active in the areas of melanoma and sarcoma with a focus on regional therapies. His independent lab focuses on immunotherapies for melanoma and animal modeling of regional therapies with the goal of clinical translation. Dr. Skitzki has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal publications, book chapters and abstracts.

Areas of Expertise: 
Surgical oncology
Melanoma
Soft tissue sarcoma
Regional therapies for cancer
Special Interests: 
Immunotherapies for melanoma
Animal modeling of regional therapies with the goal of clinical translation
Board Certification: 
American Board of Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners
Fellowship: 
Surgical Oncology - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
T32 Research Fellow – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency: 
Chief Resident, General Surgery - Case Western Reserve, University Integrated Residency, Cleveland, OH
Resident, General Surgery - Case Western Reserve, University Integrated Residency, Cleveland, OH
Education and Training: 
MD - The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Society of Thermal Medicine (STM)
Honors and Awards: 
2013 - Faculty Research Recognition Award, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
2012 - American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship Research Award Finalist and Recipient
2012 - Golden Apple Award – Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
2010 - Golden Apple Award – Teaching Award, Department of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
2008 - Invited Participant - AACR/ASCO Vail Workshop, Methods in Clinical Cancer Research
2008 - Roswell Fellowship Basic Science Award
2007 - Invited Participant - Cancer Education Consortium, Molecular Oncology Workshop
2006 - Case Western Department of Surgery, ABSITE Award
2006 - Cleveland Surgical Society, Resident Research Competition, 2nd Place - Clinical
2006 - American College of Surgeons Ohio Chapter, Annual Resident Surgeons Competition, 1st Place - Clinical
2005-2006 - Case Western Department of Surgery Chief Resident Teaching Award
2004 - Cleveland Surgical Society, Resident Research Competition, 1st Place - Experimental
2003 - Robert V. Danto Cancer Research Award, American College of Surgeons Michigan Chapter, Annual Resident Surgeons Competition
2001-2003 - Dudley P. Allen Research Scholar: Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2001-2003 - Case Western Department of Surgery Allen Scholar
2000-2001 - Case Western Department of Surgery Junior Resident Teaching Award
1999 - Alpha Omega Alpha
1999 - Lange Medical Publishing Award for excellence in academic work
1999 - Howard E. Morgan Award for outstanding achievement in basic research
1999 - Annual Student Research Symposium Award
1996, 1997, 1998 - Hammond Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1996-1997 - Luzerne County Medical Society Scholarship
1994 - Summa Cum Laude Graduate
1990-1997 - Presidential Academic Scholarship