Expert in Gastrointestinal Cancers Joins Roswell Park as Co-Director of Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center

  • Dr. Schwarz has extensive experience treating complex gastrointestinal cancers
  • He’s a board-certified surgical oncologist
  • Dr. Schwarz brings more than 30 years of experience to Roswell Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roderich Schwarz, MD, PhD, has been appointed as the new Co-Director of the Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will also serve as a Professor of Oncology in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Prior to this, he worked as a surgeon and the Medical Director of the Goshen Center for Cancer Care in Goshen, Indiana. He also held a position at Indiana University School of Medicine as a Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Schwarz comes to Roswell Park with more than 30 years of experience in treating gastrointestinal cancers. He specializes in treating cancer of the biliary tract, stomach, pancreas and liver. Throughout his career, he’s served as the principal or co-investigator in more than 50 clinical trials. He has also received numerous research grants to study gastrointestinal cancers.

“A cancer diagnosis is a tremendous challenge for anyone. Within a single day, it can turn someone's world upside down.  I’m grateful that I’ll be able to help patients at Roswell Park as a surgeon and oncologist as part of a multidisciplinary team,” says Dr. Schwarz.

As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Schwarz has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being elected four times as a member of the “Best Doctors in America” database.  In 2017, he was elected as a “Top Oncologist” by the International Association of Oncologists.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Schwarz to Roswell Park. He’s a leading expert in treating complex gastrointestinal cancers. His commitment to helping patients have a better quality of life is what Roswell Park is all about,” says Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of the cancer center.

Schwarz holds a medical and doctoral degree from the Medical School of Hannover in Hannover, Germany. He served his residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to having more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Schwarz has authored numerous editorials, letters and textbook chapters.


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