Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor of Oncology
Clinical Chief of Breast Surgery
The Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology
Breast Program Leader
Breast Disease Site Leader
Breast Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Department of Surgery
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Visiting Professor
Tokyo Medical University
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Areas of Expertise: 
Breast cancer


Breast cancer is a common disease that one out of eight women in this country will be told they have during their lifetime. Thanks to the advance in breast cancer detection and management, the overall survival has improved up to approximately 90 percent five years after it is found. Yet, we still lose 40,000 women every year in the United States to this disease. This seemingly conflicting fact is not only because there are many breast cancer patients, but also because it can come back 10 or 15 years down the line.

Our mission is to support for the long term survival of breast cancer and enable our patients to live longer and happier. Here at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, breast surgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, and psychologists all work together as a multidisciplinary team to manage your breast cancer. In a vast majority of the cases, breast cancer does not come back at the site we remove it from. Instead, it can show up in the bones, liver, lung, or brain. This is why it is so important that a surgeon — who removes cancer from the breast — and the whole multidisciplinary team need work together to fight breast cancer.

I am a surgical oncologist dedicated to helping breast cancer patients with surgical treatment. I was trained in general surgery at the University of California, San Diego as well as in Japan. After the completion of specialized training in surgical oncology following residency, I continued as an attending surgical oncologist and a faculty member for a decade at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine prior to my arrival to Roswell Park. In my clinical practice, I place a high value in the patient’s satisfaction.

In addition to my extensive surgical career, I was awarded a PhD, followed by postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. I am a Principal Investigator with a laboratory funded by multiple NIH-R01 grants and a Susan G. Komen Foundation grant. With my unique background as a surgeon-scientist, my vision is to translate the latest discoveries from the Roswell Park laboratories to patients whose cancer cannot be controlled by the standard treatments.


Education and Training: 
1999 – PhD – Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan
1992 – MD – Niigata University School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan
2006 – Department of Surgery – University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
1995 – Department of Surgery – Niigata University Hospital, Niigata, Japan
2008 – Surgical Oncology – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Board Certification: 
2010 – Fellow of American College of Surgeons
2007 – American Board of Surgery
Professional Memberships: 
2014 - Southern Surgical Association
2014 - Society of University Surgeons (Publication Committee Member)
2013 - Surgical Biology Club
2010 - American Society of Breast Surgeons (#10789)
2009 - American Society of Breast Disease (Member)
2008 - American Association for the Advancement of Science (#202391312)
2008 - Association for Academic Surgery (Publication Committee Member)
2007 - Society of Surgical Oncology (Member #101619)
2007 - American Society of Clinical Oncology (Membership Committee Member #77856)
2007 - Japanese Medical Society of America (Active Member)
2007 - American Association for Cancer Research (Member #141397)
2006 - American Medical Association (Member ME# 57215920013)
2005 - The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (Member #763-23-793)
2003 - American College of Surgeons (Member #03071672)
1998 - International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (Permanent Faculty)
1993 - Japan Surgical Society
1993 – Japan Gastrointestinal Surgery Society
Honors and Awards: 
2016 - Visiting Professorship, Tokyo Medical University, Shinjuku Japan
2015 - Outstanding Speaker, Cancer Biology, VCU Biology Department
2014 - Scholarship for 2014 Geisel Leadership Course at Dartmouth
2012 - First Place - Clinical & Translational Research Category, Women’s Health & Sex Difference Research Scientific Poster Session, Women’s Health 2012: The 20th Annual Congress, National Institute of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health
2011 - Patients’ Choice Award, MDx Medical Inc, NJ
2009 - Patients’ Choice award, MDx Medical Inc, NJ
2007 - One of America’s Top Surgeons, Consumers’ Research Council of America
2007 - First Prize Winner of Resident Paper Competition, Virginia Chapter of American College of Surgeons
2006 - First Prize Winner of Resident Paper Competition, Virginia Chapter of American College of Surgeons
2005 - 9th Yujin Memorial Young Investigator Award, Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan
2004 - Surgical Forum Presenter, American College of Surgeons 90th Annual Clinical Congress
2003 - Surgical Forum Presenter, American College of Surgeons 89th Annual Clinical Congress
2003 - Third Prize, 342th Sankei Paper Competition “My Medical Reform”
2003 - Prize Winner, San Diego Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Paper Competition
2002 - First Prize Winner, San Diego Society of General Surgeons Resident Paper Competition
2002 - Who’s Who in America
1999 - President’s Choice Poster Presentation, 50th Annual Meeting American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
1992 - Third prize, Fifth All Japan Medical Graduate Manuscript Contest
Professional Experience: 
2013-2016 - Associate Professor of Surgery, with joint faculty appointment in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
2008-2013 - Assistant Professor of Surgery, with joint faculty appointment in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, VCU

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