40 Roswell Park Physicians Named Among America’s Top Doctors

Castle Connolly directory features cancer center physicians
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Highlights: 
40 doctors from Roswell Park recognized with prestigious distinction
They are listed on Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors list for 2018
Regional listing published by Buffalo Spree magazine

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Forty doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are being recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as America’s Top Doctors®. More than 100,000 physicians were nominated for this prestigious award, but only a select number of local physicians were included in the Top Doctors directory for 2018.

“All of the physicians here at Roswell Park strive for excellence each day. We’re proud of our doctors on this list, who work very hard to not only provide exceptional care but to advance the field with groundbreaking research,” says Candace Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of Roswell Park.

Boris Kuvshinoff, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer at the comprehensive cancer center, added, “We have a diverse group of physicians who work together each day with a common goal in mind — to heal patients. I am humbled to be recognized alongside such a dedicated group of doctors.”

Castle Connolly has been on a mission to find the top physicians in the country since 1992. Its goal is to help people get the best healthcare. Each year thousands of physicians nationwide nominate top doctors in their fields. Afterwards, a physician-led research team meticulously goes through each nomination and selects the final list. The regional list will be published in the January 2018 issue of Buffalo Spree Magazine and will appear online at www.castleconnolly.com.

The Roswell Park physicians who are included on the 2018 America’s Top Doctors list, arranged by specialty:

Dermatology

  • Ilene Rothman, MD, Interim Chair of Dermatology; recognized for special expertise in pediatric dermatology, atopic dermatitis and skin cancer

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Alan Klitzke, MD, Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

  • Joseph Torre, MD, consulting physician; recognized for special expertise in preventive medicine, obesity, diabetes and cholesterol/lipid disorders

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Executive Director of the Center for Immunotherapy; recognized for special expertise in ovarian cancer, gynecologic cancers, immunotherapy and clinical trials
  • Shashikant Lele, MD, Clinical Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Clinical Chair of the Division of Surgical Subspecialties; acknowledged for special expertise in ovarian cancer, reconstructive surgery and complex pelvic surgery

Hematology

  • Mohamed Ahmed, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Roswell Park Hematology Oncology of Niagara; recognized for special expertise in hematologic malignancies
  • Philip McCarthy, MD, Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center and Professor of Oncology and Internal Medicine; recognized for special expertise in bone marrow transplants, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, leukemia and lymphoma

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Amy Allen Case, MD, Chair of the Department of Supportive Care and Associate Professor of Oncology

Infectious Disease

  • Brahm Segal, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of Faculty Development; recognized for special expertise in immune deficiency and infections in cancer patients

Internal Medicine

  • Martin Mahoney, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology in the Departments of Medicine and Health Behavior; recognized for special expertise in lung cancer, thoracic cancers and unknown primary cancer

Medical Oncology

  • Amy Early, MD, Associate Professor of Oncology in the Department of Medicine; recognized for special expertise in breast and lung cancer
  • Ellis Levine, MD, Chief of Breast Medicine and Professor of Oncology in the Department of Medicine; acknowledged for special expertise in breast cancer, and bladder, prostate, and testicular cancer
  • Francisco Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, MD, Chief of Lymphoma and Myeloma; recognized for special expertise in lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Frederick Hong, MD, Medical Oncologist/Hematologist at Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns; recognized for special expertise in solid tumors and hematologic malignancies
  • Maureen Ross, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation; recognized for special expertise in leukemia, multiple myeloma, blood and marrow transplants, and hematologic malignancies
  • Michael Krabak, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist/Hematologist at Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns; recognized for special expertise in solid tumors and hematologic malignancies
  • Tracey O’Connor, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine; recognized for special expertise in breast cancer and clinical trials

Neurological Surgery

  • Robert Fenstermaker, MD, Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program; recognized for special expertise in brain tumors, pituitary tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery and skull-base surgery
  • Robert Plunkett, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery; acknowledged for special expertise in Parkinson's disease, spasticity and movement disorders, brain tumors and stereotactic radiosurgery

Neurology

  • Laszlo Mechtler, MD, Chief of the Department Neuro-Oncology; recognized for special expertise in brain tumors, headache and pain management

Nuclear Medicine

  • Dominick Lamonica, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of Nuclear Medicine; acknowledged for special expertise in thyroid cancer, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, radioimmunotherapy of cancer and PET Imaging

Otolaryngology

  • Wesley Hicks, MD, Chair of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; recognized for special expertise in head and neck cancer, surgery, and reconstruction

Pain Medicine

  • Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; acknowledged for special expertise in cancer pain

Pediatric Cardiology

  • Glenn Leonard, MD, consulting physician; recognized for special expertise in congenital heart disease

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

  • Barbara Bambach, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Oncology; recognized for special expertise in bone marrow and stem cell transplant, and leukemia
  • Denise Rokitka, MD, Director of the Pediatric Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology; recognized for special expertise in the late effects of therapy in cancer survivors
  • Meghan Higman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; recognized for special expertise in Hodgkin lymphoma, blood and marrow transplant, and stem cell transplant

Radiation Oncology

  • Anurag Singh, MD, Professor of Oncology and Director of Radiation Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine; recognized for special expertise in head and neck cancer, lung cancer, prostate, and breast cancer
  • Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD, Chair of Radiation Medicine; recognized for special expertise in prostate cancer
  • Dheerendra Prasad, MD, Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Medicine and Director of Central Nervous System and Pediatric Radiation Medicine; recognized for special expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery, brain tumors, spinal cord tumors and trigeminal neuralgia

Surgery

  • Boris Kuvshinoff, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Oncology in the Department of Surgical Oncology; recognized for special expertise in gastrointestinal cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic and liver cancer
  • John Kane, MD, Chief of Melanoma/Sarcoma and Chair of Surgical Oncology; acknowledged for special expertise in melanoma, sarcoma-soft tissue and Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Steven Hochwald, MD, Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Vice Chair of Surgical Oncology; recognized for special expertise in colon and rectal cancer, esophageal cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

  • Anthony Picone, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology in the Department of Thoracic Surgery; recognized for special expertise in lung cancer, esophageal cancer, carcinoid tumors and cardiac surgery
  • Chukwumere Nwogu, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology and Attending Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic Surgery; acknowledged for special expertise in minimally Invasive surgery, lung cancer, eophageal cancer, robotic surgery
  • Mark Hennon, MD, Associate Professor of Oncology in the Department of Thoracic Surgery; recognized for special expertise in lung and esophageal cancer

Urology

  • Khurshid Guru, MD, Chair of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery; recognized for special expertise in robotic surgery, and bladder and prostate cancer
  • Eric Kauffman, MD, Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Departments of Urology and Cancer Genetics; recognized for special expertise in prostate and kidney cancer
  • James Mohler, MD, Chief of Inter-Institutional Academics and Professor of Oncology in the Department of Urology; recognized for special expertise in prostate cancer and robotic surgery
  • Thomas Schwaab, MD, PhD, Chief of Strategy, Business Development and Outreach and Professor of Oncology in the Departments of Urology and Immunology; recognized for special expertise in bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancer

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About Roswell Park

The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

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