Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Appoints New Medical Director

Thursday, August 29, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Anthony L. Picone, MD, PhD, MBA, cardiothoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic Surgery, has been named medical director of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Picone has been employed at Roswell Park since April of 2009, and for the past six months has served as Roswell Park’s interim medical director.

“A well-known and respected faculty member and a skilled clinician, Dr. Picone possesses great strength in practice development and working with community physicians. His combination of clinical, educational and research expertise is impressive and will be valuable in developing new mutually beneficial programs with our many regional partners,” says Donald L. Trump, MD, 
President & CEO of Roswell Park.

In his new role, Dr. Picone will be responsible for coordinating and planning strategic and tactical aspects of the Institute’s clinical services. He will also serve as an advisor to the President and CEO, and other key staff on clinical and administrative issues related to medical practice.

Additional responsibilities include directing and managing the organization’s medical affairs strategy, including clinical quality and risk management, monitoring clinical practice, medical staff policy development, physician recruitment and credentialing.

Besides his role at Roswell Park, Dr. Picone is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.; an Attending Physician in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Kaleida Health Care System in Buffalo, N.Y.; a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. N.Y.; and on active staff in Cardiopulmonary Surgery at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. He served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Department of Surgery at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. from 1988 through 1992.

Dr. Picone is board certified in thoracic surgery and surgery, and has particular interests in management and quality, coupled with significant experience in the Buffalo community.


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, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

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