Nationally Renowned Scientist Named Castellani Family Chair of Dermatology at Roswell Park
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Oscar Colegio, MD, PhD, has been appointed as the Lawrence P. & Joan Castellani Family Endowed Chair in Dermatology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to this, he served as Associate Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Surgery (Transplant) at Yale University.
A clinician and scientist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Colegio is an expert in cutaneous oncology — understanding, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide variety of skin cancers. His clinical practice and research are focused on skin diseases in immunosuppressed patients and high-risk skin cancers that develop in organ transplant recipients and the general population. In addition to his clinical mission, Dr. Colegio directs a research laboratory dedicated to dissecting the mechanisms of tumor immunology; specifically, the Colegio Laboratory studies tumor-associated macrophages, cells of the innate immune system, and their role in controlling tumor growth.
His special clinical interests include cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, immunology, immunodeficiency-associated skin cancers and solid organ transplantation.
In his new role as the Chair of Dermatology at Roswell Park, Dr. Colegio will continue to conduct his innovative research. He will also treat patients in the cancer center’s Dermatology Center.
“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Oscar Colegio to Roswell Park. His extensive experience in dermatology, pathology and oncology will help him lead our Department of Dermatology. His drive to find innovative solutions to help cancer patients fits right in with our mission,” says Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of Roswell Park.
Dr. Colegio has written more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. He received the 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Dr. Colegio is also the president-elect of the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative, the largest international organization of physicians dedicated to the prevention and treatment of skin cancer in transplant recipients. He holds doctoral and medical degrees from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Brittni Smallwood, Media Relations Specialist