Valerie Francescutti, MD, FRCSC

Valerie Francescutti, MD, FRCSC

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor of Oncology
State University of New York at Buffalo
Assistant Professor of Surgery

I joined the Surgical Oncology faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology in Soft Tissue and GI surgery.

I earned my medical degree from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I then went on to complete a General Surgery residency at McMaster University, becoming certified in General Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2010) and the American Board of Surgery (2010). I completed my Surgical Oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2010-2012) with special interest in Soft Tissue and GI cancers.

I am active in clinical research, specifically addressing knowledge translation strategies to improve cytoreduction/HIPEC practice and quality of surgical care in colorectal cancer. From a basic science and translational research perspective, I am working with a pre-clinical model of HIPEC to improve our understanding of current chemotherapeutics used in this procedure, and test novel chemotherapeutics for ultimate translation into clinical trials for patients.

I am a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Areas of Expertise: 
Surgical oncology
Melanoma
Soft tissue sarcoma
Soft tissue sarcoma of the GI tract (gastrointestinal stromal tumors – GIST)
Small intestine
Colon
Peritoneal metastases (carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer, appendiceal cancer), primary peritoneal mesothelioma, DPAM
Isolated limb perfusion (ILP) and infusion (ILI)
Minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery (laparoscopic)
Thyroid and parathyroid disease
Special Interests: 
Development and use of pre-clinical models to study HIPEC, and to assess effects of novel chemotherapeutics in HIPEC for translation to clinical studies
Use of knowledge translation strategies to improve cytoreduction/HIPEC practice, referral patterns, patients understanding and satisfaction
Identifying opportunities for quality improvement in colorectal cancer surgery, including multidisciplinary conference discussion, indicators of surgical quality, and predictors of poor outcome
Treatment strategies for patients with advanced cancer (Stage IV) and bowel obstruction, with focus on quality of life
Board Certification: 
American Board of Surgery
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Fellowship: 
Surgical Oncology - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Residency: 
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Education and Training: 
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Canadian Association of General Surgery
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Honors and Awards: 
2012 - E.D. Holyoke Fellowship Award for Outstanding Clinical and Academic Achievement
2012 - Roswell Park Cancer Institute Award for Best Basic Science Research Project
2010 - Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Achievement Award, Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, Chicago, IL., Award of registration and travel to attend the symposium
2009 - General Surgery Research Day Award, Dept. of Surgery, McMaster University, 1st prize for research presentation: “Evidence of quality gaps in the use of radiation therapy for rectal cancer: results from the Quality Initiative in Rectal Cancer Trial"
2008 - General Surgery Research Day Award, Dept. of Surgery, McMaster Univ., 1st prize for research presentation: “Follow up of colon cancer patients post curative resection: a review of current practices and creation of a novel computer software program"
2008 - General Surgery Research Day Award, Dept. of Surgery, McMaster University, 2nd prize for research presentation: “Primary tumour and patient characteristics in breast cancer as predictors of adjuvant chemotherapy regimen: a regression model.”
2007 - General Surgery Research Day Award, Dept. of Surgery, McMaster University, 3rd prize for research presentation: “Laparoscopic gastrectomy and esophagectomy for proximal and distal gastric lesions.”
2006 - General Surgery Junior Resident Research Day Award, Dept. of Surgery, McMaster University. 1st Prize for research presentation: “The Bcl-2 family of proteins in normal breast tissue and solid breast tumours.”
2001 - University of Toronto Scholars Award, University of Toronto - Award for one of top fifteen GPAs in third year
2001 - The Edward Blake Scholarship in Life Sciences, University of Toronto, Department of Zoology/Botany. Single award for top marks in three courses in: Biology, Botany, Zoology, Organic Chemistry or Statistics
1998-2002 - Dean’s List, University of Toronto, Award for overall GPA above 3.7
1998-2002 - Golden Key National Honour Society, University of Toronto - Top 15% of GPAs