Robert Fenstermaker

Buffalo Spree Top Doctor 2024

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Cancers Treated:

Specializing In:

Brain Tumor Surgery Skull Base Surgery Pituitary Tumor Surgery Trigeminal Neuralgia Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Research Interests:

Immunotherapy for the treatment of malignant brain tumors

About Robert Fenstermaker


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology
  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Director, Neuro-Oncology Program

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

  • Department of Neurosurgery


Education and Training:

  • MD - Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH


  • University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Biochemistry and Pharmacology) Cleveland, OH

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Clinical Trials

Featured on Cancer Talk


Full Publications list on PubMed
  1. Nabors LB, Portnow J, Ammirati M, Baehring J, Brem H, Butowski N, Fenstermaker RA, Forsyth P, Hattangadi-Gluth J, Holdhoff M, Howard S, Junck L, Kaley T, Kumthekar P, Loeffler JS, Moots PL, Mrugala MM, Nagpal S, Pandey M, Parney I, Peters K, Puduvalli VK, Ragsdale J 3rd, Rockhill J, Rogers L, Rusthoven C, Shonka N, Shrieve DC, Sills AK Jr, Swinnen LJ, Tsien C, Weiss S, Wen PY, Willmarth N, Bergman MA, Engh A. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Central Nervous System Cancers, Version 1.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Nov;15(11):1331-1345.
  2. Fenstermaker RA, Ciesielski MJ, Qiu J, Yang N, Frank CL, Lee KP, Mechtler LR, Belal A, Ahluwalia MS, Hutson AD. Clinical study of a survivin long peptide vaccine (SurVaxM) in patients with recurrent malignant glioma. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2016 Nov;65(11):1339-1352.
  3. Rivers C, Tranquilli M, Prasad S, Winograd E, Plunkett RJ, Fenstermaker RA, Fabiano AJ, Podgorsak MB, Prasad D. Impact of the Number of Metastatic Tumors Treated by Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Dose to Normal Brain: Implications for Brain Protection. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2017;95(5):352-358.
  4. Galbo PM Jr, Ciesielski MJ, Figel S, Maguire O, Qiu J, Wiltsie L, Minderman H, Fenstermaker RA. Circulating CD9+/GFAP+/survivin+ exosomes in malignant glioma patients following survivin vaccination. Oncotarget. 2017 Oct 10;8(70):114722-114735.
  5. Fenstermaker RA, Figel SA, Qiu J, Barone TA, Dharma SS, Winograd EK, Galbo PM, Wiltsie LM, Ciesielski MJ. Survivin Monoclonal Antibodies Detect Survivin Cell Surface Expression and Inhibit Tumor Growth In Vivo. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Jun 1;24(11):2642-2652.
  6. Figel S, Fenstermaker RA. Cell Cycle. In: Newton HB, ed. Handbook of Brain Tumor Chemotherapy, Molecular Therapeutics, and Immunotherapy, Second Edition. San Diego: Academic Press, 2018: 257-267.