RPCI Expert Database

Stacey Akers, MD
Staff Physician
Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Great Source On: 
Uterine (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, robotic surgery, endometriosis
Christine Ambrosone, PhD
Professor of Oncology
Senior Vice President, Population Sciences
Chair, Cancer Prevention & Control
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer research, epidemiology, cancer health disparities, cancer prevention, public health, population sciences
Hassan Arshad, MD
Associate Professor of Oncology
Director, Head and Neck Surgical Fellowship Program
Leader of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Oncology
Department of Head and Neck Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Great Source On: 
Thyroid cancer, cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx/throat, larynx, sinus and skull base, microvascular reconstruction, robotic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, photodynamic therapy
Andrew Bain, MD
Chief of Endoscopy
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Gastroenterology, endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, colonoscopy, esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, Barrett’s esophagus
Barbara Bambach
Associate Professor of Oncology
Pediatrics
Great Source On: 
Pediatric/adolescent cancers, pediatric bone marrow transplant
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Health Behavior
Great Source On: 
Tobacco product marketing, tobacco regulation, tobacco health warnings
Matthew Bart
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Great Source On: 
Pediatric/adolescent cancers, pediatric lymphoma
Joanne Becker, MD
Associate Professor
Clinical Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical Director, Blood Bank and Therapeutic Apheresis Unit
Great Source On: 
Blood donation, blood transfusion, blood banking, laboratory testing using blood products
Patrick Boland, MD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Medicine, GI Center
Great Source On: 
Colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer
Ermelinda Bonaccio, MD
Clinical Chief, Breast Imaging Section, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Assistant Professor
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer early detection, mammography/breast imaging, breast biopsy
Professor
Great Source On: 
Pediatric/adolescent cancers
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Breast Surgery Division, Department of Surgical Oncology
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer, breast surgery, benign breast disease
Amy Allen Case, MD, FAAHPM
Associate Professor of Oncology
Chair
Department of Supportive Care
Great Source On: 
Palliative medicine, pain management, survivorship, medical marijuana
Gurkamal Chatta, MD
Professor of Oncology
Clinical Chief of Genitourinary Medicine
Great Source On: 
Prostate cancer
Yeong “Christopher” Choi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Member, Center for Immunotherapy
Director, cGMP Therapeutic Cell Production Facility
Great Source On: 
Immunotherapy, cellular therapy, molecular oncology, quality/regulatory affairs
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Great Source On: 
Neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, brain cancer
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, minimally invasive surgery, photodynamic therapy, malignant pleural effusions, regional lung chemotherapy
Elisabeth Dexter, MD, FACS, FCCP
Attending Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Thoracic Surgery Quality Assurance Officer
Great Source On: 
Thoracic cancer and minimally invasive chest, lung and esophageal surgery
Division Chief, Thoracic Oncology
Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
CIMAvax, Cuba vaccine, lung cancer, mesothelioma, medical oncology, novel therapeutics
Vice President, Healthcare Outcomes and Policy
Professor of Oncology
Department of Surgical Oncology
Department of Cancer Prevention and Control
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer, surgery and health care research and innovation
Professor
The Katherine Anne Gioia Chair of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Senior Vice President for Clinical Investigation
Great Source On: 
Kidney cancer, melanoma, medical oncology, novel therapeutics, immunotherapy/cancer vaccines
Deborah Erwin, PhD
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Carlton House
Great Source On: 
Cancer health disparities, public health
Andrew J. Fabiano, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology
Director, Spinal Oncology Center
Great Source On: 
Neurosurgery, brain tumors, spinal tumors, meningiomas, hydrocephalus, endoscopic skull base surgery, Chiari malformations, gamma knife radiosurgery
Robert Fenstermaker
Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neuro-Oncology Program
Great Source On: 
Neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, glioblastoma, meningioma, gamma knife, pituitary tumor, acoustic neuroma, immunotherapy, trigeminal neuralgia
Peter Frederick
Associate Professor of Oncology
Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Program Director, Gynecology Oncology Fellowship Program
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology Oncology
Clinical Disease Team Leader, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Gynecologic Oncology
Great Source On: 
Uterine (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, robotic surgery, endometriosis
Director of Research Integration
Distinguished Professor of Oncology
Department of Cancer Genetics and Genomics
Great Source On: 
Cancer genetics, cancer development, cancer metastasis
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Health Behavior
Great Source On: 
E-cigarettes, tobacco control, smoking cessation
Khurshid Guru, MD
Chair, Department of Urology
Director, Robotic Surgery
Director, Applied Technology Laboratory for Advanced Surgery (ATLAS)
Robert P. Huben Endowed Professor of Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Robotic surgery, bladder cancer, prostate cancer
Chief, Lymphoma Section
Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Great Source On: 
Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, hematologic malignancies, medical oncology
Wesley Hicks Jr., MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Great Source On: 
Head/neck cancers, thyroid cancer, tissue engineering, wound healing
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Great Source On: 
Pediatric/adolescent cancers, Hodgkin lymphoma, pediatric bone marrow transplant
Chief of Myeloma
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Myeloma, hematology
Steven Hochwald, MD, FACS
Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Vice Chair of Department of Surgical Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, small intestine cancer, stomach cancer, adrenal tumors
Chi-Chen Hong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Oncology
Associate Member
Department of Cancer Prevention and Control
Great Source On: 
Lifestyle-related factors (diet, obesity, exercise, stress) and cancer, breast cancer risk factors/outcome, immune function and cancer
Andrew Hyland, PhD
Chair
Department of Health Behavior
Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences
Great Source On: 
Tobacco control, tobacco policy, epidemiology, public health, e-cigarettes
Professor of Oncology
Co-Director, Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center
Section Chief for Gastrointestinal Oncology
Great Source On: 
Liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, carcinoid (neuroendocrine) tumors, cholangiocarcinoma, esophageal cancer, medical oncology
Candace Johnson, PhD
President & CEO
Wallace Family Chair in Translational Research
Professor of Oncology, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Great Source On: 
Cancer research, vitamin D, immunotherapy/cancer vaccines, Cuban collaboration, CIMAvax, Cuba vaccine, genomics/personalized medicine, experimental therapeutics
Assistant Member
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Cell Stress Biology
John M. Kane III, MD, FACS
Professor of Oncology
Chair, Surgical Oncology
Chief, Melanoma/Sarcoma Service, Department of Surgical Oncology
Program Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Great Source On: 
Melanoma, sarcoma, surgical oncology, immunotherapy, HIPEC, rare soft tissue and skin tumors
Professor of Oncology
Chair, Department of Pediatric Oncology
Waldemar J. Kaminski Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Great Source On: 
Pediatric cancers, adolescent cancers, lymphoma in children and adolescents, integrative medicine
Chair, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Great Source On: 
Personalized medicine, molecular diagnostics, genomics
Associate Professor of Oncology
Associate Director, Center for Immunotherapy
Director, Vector Development & Production Facility
Great Source On: 
Immunotherapy, cellular therapy
Michael Kuettel
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Medicine
The Barbara C. & George H. Hyde Chair in Radiation Medicine
Great Source On: 
Prostate cancer, radiotherapy, prostate cancer treatment guidelines, ionizing radiation
Moni Abraham Kuriakose
Professor of Oncology
Vice Chairman, Department of Head & Neck Surgery / Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Translational Research for Head & Neck / Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Skull Base Program
Great Source On: 
Head/neck cancers, early detection/prevention and molecular characterization of head and neck cancer, adaptive therapy
Boris Kuvshinoff II, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Oncology
Division of Gastrointestinal/Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology
Great Source On: 
Liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, carcinoid (neuroendocrine) tumors, stomach cancer, gallbladder cancer, bile duct cancer, ampullary cancer, duodenal cancer, microwave ablation, nanoknife, Whipple procedure
Professor
Chair, Department of Immunology
The Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology
Co-leader, Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program
Great Source On: 
Cancer immunology/immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, Cuban collaboration, CimaVax, Cuba vaccine, multiple myeloma, dendritic cell biology, medical oncology, novel therapeutics
Shashikant Lele, MD, FACOG
Clinical Chief of Gynecologic Oncology
Clinical Chair, Division of Surgical Subspecialties
Great Source On: 
Cervical cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroid tumors, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer
Mark Lema
Professor of Oncology and Anesthesiology
Chair of Anesthesiology, Preoperative Medicine and Pain Medicine
Great Source On: 
Anesthesiology, cancer pain management, palliative care
Professor of Oncology
Director, Cancer Prevention & Detection Center, Employee Health Clinic, NYS Smokers Quit Line
Associate Member, Cancer Control, Prevention and Disparities Program
Chair, CME Committee
Department of Health Behavior
Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Family medicine, primary care, preventive medicine, health behavior, lung cancer, smoking cessation, HPV vaccines
David Mattson Jr, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Medicine
Director of Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Great Source On: 
Gastrointestinal and gynecological radiotherapy, breast cancer brachytherapy and clinical research
Professor of Oncology and Internal Medicine
Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Center, Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Bone marrow transplant, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, testicular cancer, hematologic oncology
Laszlo L. Mechtler, MD
Professor of Oncology
Chief, Department of Neuro-Oncology
Great Source On: 
Neuro-oncology, brain cancer, neuroimaging, headache and pain management
James Mohler, MD
Associate Director and Senior Vice President, Translational Research
Chief, Inter-Institutional Academics
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Urology, prostate cancer, prostate cancer detection/treatment guidelines, androgen deprivation, active surveillance, racial disparities in prostate cancer
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Head and Neck Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Great Source On: 
Plastic and reconstructive surgery hand surgery, soft tissue reconstruction, microsurgical replantation/transplantation, biliary tract reconstruction, cosmetic surgery
Carl Morrison, MD, DVM
Professor of Oncology
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Senior Vice President, Scientific Development and Integrative Medicine
Great Source On: 
Genomics/personalized medicine, molecular pathology, cancer genetics, sarcoma, bone cancers
Kirsten Moysich, PhD, MS
Distinguished Professor of Oncology
Department of Cancer Prevention and Control
Professor, Department of Immunology
Great Source On: 
Molecular epidemiology, environmental factors and cancer, immunotherapy, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma, breast cancer
Steven Nurkin, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Surgical Oncology
Great Source On: 
Laparoscopic and robotic gastrointestinal surgery, endoscopic resection of tumors, surgical education, use of technology in patient care
Professor of Oncology
Attending Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Great Source On: 
Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, minimally invasive surgery, mesothelioma, photodynamic therapy
Professor of Oncology
Department of Health Behavior
Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Member (Epidemiology & Prevention)
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Cancer Pathology and Prevention
Roswell Park Graduate Division
Great Source On: 
Tobacco use and addiction, effects of tobacco use, tobacco-related communications
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer, medical oncology, psychological impact of breast cancer, palliative care, cancer survivorship
Deputy Director
Chair, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
The M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
Executive Director, Center for Immunotherapy
Great Source On: 
Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, trophoblastic disease, immunotherapy/cancer vaccines, cellular therapy
Anthony Picone, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor of Oncology
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Great Source On: 
Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, carcinoid cancer, surgery
Robert Plunkett
Associate Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Great Source On: 
Brain tumors, cancer pain, gamma knife radiosurgery
Dheerendra Prasad, MD, MCh, FACRO
Medical Director, Department of Radiation Medicine
Director, Central Nervous System & Pediatric Radiation Medicine
Director, Gamma Knife Center
Professor of Radiation Medicine & Neurosurgery
Great Source On: 
Brain tumors (adult and pediatric), spinal cord tumors (adult and pediatric), trigeminal neuralgia, vascular malformations of the brain, epilepsy, gamma-knife radiosurgery, proton therapy
Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Program
Chief of Melanoma
Co-Leader, CCSG Experimental Therapeutics Program
Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Novel therapeutics, melanoma, immunotherapy/cancer vaccines, personalized medicine
Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship
Professor of Oncology
Great Source On: 
Lung cancer, cancer screening/early detection, CIMAvax, Cuba vaccine, epidemiology, integrative medicine, survivorship
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatric Oncology
Director, Long Term Follow Up Clinic
Great Source On: 
Pediatric cancers, cancer survivorship, long-term complications of childhood cancer, fertility preservation, Hodgkin lymphoma, psychosocial impact of cancer
Ilene Rothman, MD
Interim Chair
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Dermatology
Great Source On: 
Dermatology, UV exposure, atopic dermatitis, basal cell carcinoma, hemangiomas, melanoma, mosaic skin conditions, precancerous skin conditions, squamous cell carcinoma, vascular anomalies
Thomas Schwaab, MD, PhD
Chief of Strategy, Business Development and Outreach
Professor of Oncology
Department of Urology
Department of Immunology
CEO, RPCI Oncology, PC
Great Source On: 
Bladder cancer, CIMAvax, Cuba vaccine, international collaboration, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, partial nephrectomy, robotic kidney surgery, retroperitoneal surgery,
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Chief, Infectious Diseases
Professor of Oncology
Director of Faculty Development
Member, Department of Immunology
Great Source On: 
Infectious diseases, infection control, ebola, zika
Professor of Oncology
Director of Radiation Research
Department of Radiation Medicine
Great Source On: 
Head and neck cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), nutrition and cancer
Joseph Skitzki, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Oncology
Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chair, Melanoma/Sarcoma Disease Site Research Group
Chair, Clinical Data Network Shared Resource Advisory Committee
Great Source On: 
Melanoma, sarcoma, surgical oncology
Edward Spangenthal, MD
Clinical Chief of Cardiology
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Great Source On: 
Cardio-Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Clinical Chief of Breast Surgery
The Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology
Breast Program Leader
Breast Disease Site Leader
Breast Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Great Source On: 
Breast cancer, drug development, surgery
Research Scientist
Department of Health Behavior
Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Great Source On: 
Tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, smokefree policies, hookah/waterpipe use
Chief, Leukemia Service
Professor of Oncology
Assistant Member, Tumor Immunology Program
Department of Immunology
Great Source On: 
Leukemia, myeloproliferative diseases (MPD), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), hematologic oncology, medical oncology
Chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Professor of Oncology
Attending Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Director, Thoracic Surgery Laboratory
Great Source On: 
Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, risk prediction using genomic markers, thoracic surgery,
Emese Zsiros, MD, PhD, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Center for Immunotherapy
Great Source On: 
Cervical cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian and fallopian-tube cancer, vulvar and vaginal cancer, gynecologic cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery