Robert Plunkett

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Cancers Treated:

Specializing In:

Brain Tumors Cancer Pain Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Special Interests:

Biology of brain tumors Novel treatments for brain tumors

About Robert Plunkett


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Neurosurgery

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery


Education and Training:

  • MD - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


  • Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN


  • Surgical Neurology Branch, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery


Barone TA, Burkhart CA, Safina A, Haderski G, Gurova KV, Purmal AA, Gudkov AV, Plunkett RJ. Anticancer Drug Candidate CBL0137 which Inhibits Histone Chaperone FACT, is Efficacious in Preclinical Orthotopic Models of Temozolomide-responsive and -resistant Glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol. 2017Feb 1; 19(2): 186-196. PMID: 27370399

Rivers C, Tranquilli M, Prasad S, Winograd E, Plunkett RJ, Fenstermaker R, Fabiano A, Podgorsak MB, Prasad D. Impact of the number of Metastatic Tumors Treated by Stereotaxic Radiosurgery on the Dose to Normal Brain: Implications for Brain Protection. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2017;95(5):352-358. PMID: 29017157

Prasad S, Podgorsak M, Plunkett R, Prasad D. An Evaluation of the ICON Mask Fixation: Curing Characteristics of the Thermoplastic Fixation and Implications for Patient Workflow. Radiol Oncol. 2018JAN 24;52(2):229-232 PMID: 30018528

Winograd E, Rivers CI, Fenstermaker R, Fabiano A, Plunkett R, Prasad D. The case for Radiosurgery for Brainstem Metastases. J Neurooncol. 2019 May 24 PMID: 31127508

Plunkett RJ, Barone TA, Brady WE, Attwood KM, Prasad D. Do brain mets grow while you wait? A volumetric natural history assessment of brain metastases from time of diagnosis to gamma knife treatment. J Clin Neurosci. 2019 Oct 68:117-122. PMID: 31340886