Valerie Francescutti, MD, FRCSC

Valerie Francescutti, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor of Surgery
State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of Expertise: 
Surgical oncology
Melanoma
Non-melanoma skin cancers (squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma)
Soft tissue sarcoma of the extremity, trunk, and GI tract (gastrointestinal stromal tumors – GIST)
Small intestine
Colon
Cytoreduction/hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CS/HIPEC)
Peritoneal metastases (carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer, appendiceal cancer), primary peritoneal mesothelioma, DPAM (disseminated peritoneal adenomucinosis/pseudomyxoma peritonei)
Isolated limb perfusion (ILP) and infusion (ILI)
Minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery (laparoscopic)
Locally advanced colorectal cancers (pelvic, retroperitoneal)
Special Interests: 
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, patient understanding and satisfaction with treatment
Identifying opportunities for quality improvement in colorectal cancer surgery, including multidisciplinary conference discussion, indicators of surgical quality, and predictors of poor outcome
Developing quality measures and pathways for complex surgical procedures such as cytoreduction/HIPEC to improve surgical and oncologic outcome
To develop a patient-centered pathway for the pre-, peri-, and post-op period for those undergoing CS/HIPEC

Biography

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, and regional therapies.

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

I have a keen interest in the patient experience for those undergoing CS/HIPEC. As patients are becoming more empowered with knowledge and information, my current work involves designing tailored education pathway programs for patients regarding the specifics of the surgery and outcomes. In addition, I am dedicated to excellent perioperative outcomes for patients undergoing major surgical oncology procedures, creating pre-, peri-, and post-operative management pathways to standardize approach and have consistently good outcomes.

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.

Background

Education and Training: 
2015 - MSc - McMaster University, Health Research Methodology, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2005 - MD - McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Residency: 
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Fellowship: 
Surgical Oncology - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Board Certification: 
American Board of Surgery (FACS)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)
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: 
2015 - McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Outstanding Achievement Award
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