Peter Frederick, MD, To Oversee Minimally Invasive Surgery For Gynecology Program At RPCI

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BUFFALO, NY — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park) has named Peter Frederick, MD, to a new leadership role within the Department of Gynecologic Oncology.

Effective June 1, Dr. Frederick is serving in the newly created position of Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery for the department, overseeing the use of robot-assisted and laparoscopic techniques to treat gynecologic cancers or related medical issues.

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat cervical and endometrial (uterine) cancers, for removal of ovarian cysts, ovarian masses or lymph nodes, and to perform hysterectomies. The use of robotics in these surgeries offers great advantages over traditional “open” surgical approaches: reduced risk of infection, less blood loss, less pain, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

“Dr. Frederick’s extensive experience in laparosopic surgery, his fellowship training in advanced gynecologic robotic surgery and his organizational skills combine to make him superbly qualified for this new role,” said Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology. “We’ve seen a surge in the volume of laparoscopic and robotic surgeries we’re performing since he joined the department, and we’re looking to expand the program further so that more women in Western New York have a trusted option for these complex minimally invasive approaches.”

Roswell Park launched its robotics program in 2004, when the Institute became the first facility in the region to offer robot-assisted surgery. Since then, Roswell Park surgeons have performed more than 1,500 surgeries using robotics, and the Institute has become a worldwide leader in the field of robotic surgical training.

“The advantage here is our multidisciplinary approach,” added Dr. Odunsi. “We offer the latest and best approaches to give our patients the best possible outcomes, and we come with the full force of the Roswell Park team, which means our patients get full-spectrum care.”

Dr. Frederick is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Subspecialties within the Department of Gynecologic Oncology. A graduate of the University of Rochester and the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, he did his residency in gynecology/obstetrics at UB and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A Western New York native, Dr. Frederick lives in Buffalo.

The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Roswell Park, founded in 1898, was 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 Roswell Park’s website at, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email

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