Shicha Kumar, MD

Shicha Kumar, MD

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Breast Surgery Division, Department of Surgical Oncology
State University of New York at Buffalo
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Selecting a breast cancer specialist can be a difficult task. This is especially true, because the treatment of breast cancer involves more than just one doctor. Breast cancer is a very prevalent disease that affects many women in the United States each year. Early stage breast cancer is highly curable. Its management, however, usually involves a combination of surgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists and dietary and social support. Here at Roswell, we manage your breast cancer as a multidisciplinary team. We discuss your care with other members of the team to ensure that all treatment options are considered. We take measures to educate you about your disease process and help you understand the choices you have.

I am a surgeon dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I am trained as a general surgeon with specialized training in diseases of the breast. I have expertise in both benign and malignant breast problems and am proficient in both breast conservation surgery and removal of the entire breast, or mastectomy. I take interest in performing nipple-sparing procedures when appropriate and believe patient education is of utmost importance in all the decision-making surrounding breast cancer care.

My goal as an academic surgeon is to provide the highest level care to my patients and participate in research to further understand the biology of breast disease. My current research interests include management options for early stage breast cancer and factors that influence decision-making in breast cancer care. I am also interested in healthcare delivery and disparities and participate in the assessment of the quality of cancer care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute through the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

I am a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons. I serve on Roswell Park institutional committees to help improve access and quality of care and have authored and presented on a variety of breast disease topics.

In addition to my clinical responsibilities and research endeavors, I actively participate in the surgical training and career development of medical students, surgical residents and surgical oncology fellows. I also like to engage in community events to improve knowledge, access and resources for the people of Western New York.

Areas of Expertise: 
Breast Cancer
Benign Breast Disease
Endocrine Surgery (Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease)
Special Interests: 
Breast conservation surgery
Early diagnosis and management of breast disease
Breast cancer in young and high-risk women
New surgical techniques including nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncoplastic breast reconstruction
Health care outcomes
Board Certification: 
American Board of Surgery
Fellowship: 
Breast Surgery - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Residency: 
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Education and Training: 
MD – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Medical Association