Julia Devonish


About Julia Devonish


Dr. Julia Devonish is an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control who joined Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s faculty in 2022. Dr. Devonish is a New York State licensed academic physician who maintains an active medical practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Her professional agenda is driven by a commitment to a future without the health and cancer disparities in historically underserved populations that exist today. Dr. Devonish’s research focuses on health disparities, community engagement research, health literacy, behavioral interventions for chronic disease management, and cultural competency training of other medical professionals.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Cancer Prevention and Control

Community Health Center of Buffalo

  • Physician, Internal Medicine


Education and Training:

  • 2015 - MD - Medical University of the Americas, Nevis, West Indies
  • 2010 - PhD - Kinesiology - University of Calgary, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Studentship
  • 2002 - MSc - Exercise Physiology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • 2000 - BS.Ed - Valley City State University, Valley City, ND


  • Internal Medicine - Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


  • 2017-2019 - Department of Cancer Prevention & Control, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
  • 2015-2017 - School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Board Certification:

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • American Board of Internal Medicine: Board Eligible
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Sports Medicine


Full Publications list on PubMed

Bouchard EG, Epstein LH, Patel H, Vincent PC, La Valley SA, Devonish JA, Wadium J, Wen X, Kelly KM. Behavioral Parenting Skills as a Novel Target for Improving Medication Adherence in Young Children: Feasibility and Acceptability of the CareMeds Intervention. 2022Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2022 Feb 10:1-11. PMID: 35139726

Rodriguez EM, Jandorf L, Devonish JA, Saad-Harfouche FG, Clark N, Johnson D, Stewart A, Widman CA, Erwin DO. Translating new science into the community to promote opportunities for breast and cervical cancer prevention among African American women. Health Expectations. 2020 Apr;23(2):337-347. PMID: 31800158 PMCID: PMC7104642

Sheffer CE, Miller A, Bickel WK, Devonish J, O’Connor RJ, Wang K, Rivard C, Gage-Bouchard EA. The treasure of now and an uncertain future: Delayed discounting and health behaviors among cancer survivors. Cancer: Interdisciplinary International Journal of the American Cancer Society. 2018;124(24):4711-4719. PMID: 30343494 PMCID: PMC6317515

Gregg EW, Chen H, Wagenknecht LE, Clark JM, Delahanty LM, Bantle J, Pownall HJ, Johnson KC, Safford MM, Kitabchi AE, Pi-Sunyer FX, Wing RR, Bertoni AG, Look AHEAD Research Group (Devonish, J). Association of an intensive lifestyle intervention with remission of type 2 diabetes. JAMA (2012);308(23):2489-2496.
PMID: 23288372 PMCID: PMC4771522

Rejeski WJ, Ip EH, Bertoni AG, Bray GA, Evans G, Gregg EW, Zhang Q; Look AHEAD Research Group (Devonish, J). Lifestyle change and mobility in obese adults with type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2012 Mar 29;366(13):1209-17. PMID: 22455415 PMCID: PMC3339039