Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Title Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Categories Fellowships
Location Buffalo, New York
Job Information

The clinical fellowship program at RPCI began in 1982 and became accredited by the Endourologic Society in 2018. Fellows receive training in basic/translational research by conducting research with faculty in the Department of Urology. An affiliation agreement with the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (UB) designates Roswell as the primary teaching facility in oncology for the university.

Opportunities Available

  • 1 Year Advanced Clinical Training Program in Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery
  • 2 Year Fellowship in Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery

The fellow spends two years training in all aspects of urologic oncology. In the first year, the fellow receives training in basic/translational research by conducting research with translational scientists in the Department of Urology or other departments at RPCI.

In the second year, clinical training combines training in clinical management and open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery and fellows participate in clinical research projects utilizing the prostate, bladder and kidney databases.

The Department of Urology welcomes applications from Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG). To increase the likelihood of a fruitful training experience and due to the high volume of prior applicants, Fellowship applicants should obtain a minimum USMLE Step 3 score of 200 and spend a one-to-two week rotation at RPCI during which time a formal interview will be conducted.

We perform 92% of our oncologic cases minimally invasively. We are particularly proud of our robotic cystectomy program where, for the last thirteen years, all robotic cystectomies have been performed robotically and, for the last ten years, all urinary diversions have been performed intracorporeally. Our department has a strong clinical database project that facilitates outcomes and quality of life research and meets our institutional requirement for robotic surgical quality assurance. In addition, we have a robotic training program that relies upon robotic surgical simulation and our porcine laboratory.

Our department consists of five. full-time clinicians and four full-time scientists. Fellowship applicants can choose from 1 of 6 areas of scientific study for a research experience conducive to a successful academic career: 1) molecular & cellular biology, 2) immunology, 3) genetics, 4) pharmacology & experimental therapeutics, 5) cancer prevention and epidemiology, or 6) quality of life/outcomes.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first research laboratory in the world to focus exclusively on cancer. Established in 1898 by eminent American surgeon Dr. Roswell Park, it expanded in 1913 with the opening of a cancer hospital. By uniting research and clinical care, the Institute became a model for speeding the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside.

Today Roswell Park is a freestanding cancer center that employs more than 3,200 people, including 299 faculty members whose work encompasses patient care, research, and education. The Institute is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. Roswell Park is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of leading cancer centers that work together toward continuous quality improvement and the creation of evidence-based practice guidelines.

Among other distinctions:

  • We are home to one of the largest early-phase clinical trials programs
  • Roswell Park provides advanced training in robot-assisted surgery for hundreds of surgeons from all over the world.
  • The Institute is set in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), placing physicians in an exciting environment that encourages and supports collaboration and innovation in clinical care and research. Roswell Park is just steps away from the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University at Buffalo, both opening in 2017, as well as the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. The BNMC is a rapidly evolving incubator for biotech start-ups.
  • Roswell Park’s Center for Immunotherapy is equipped with a cGMP Therapeutic Cell Production Facility, Immune Analysis Facility, and Vector Development & Production Facility, and is capable of taking a drug from development to clinical trials all in one location.
  • Roswell Park developed the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and photodynamic therapy (PDT), and made significant contributions to the Human Genome Project.

In every aspect of our operations, we’re guided by the Roswell Park mission: to understand, prevent, and cure cancer.

 Specialized Treatments and Therapies

The clinical case mix at Roswell Park is varied, with site-specific data for 30 cancer sites recorded each year. Patients have access to a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, including therapies not available elsewhere in the region.

Specialized treatments include:

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • High-Dose Chemotherapy

A Focus on Translational Research

Through research, clinical fellows at Roswell Park become partners in elevating the standard of oncology care. Our clinical fellows enjoy caseloads that allow the time and opportunity to pursue clinical or basic research, attend seminars, study, and write papers. Close interaction with basic scientists provides fertile ground for engaging in basic, applied, and clinical research.

The Institute’s 20 world-class shared resources include flow cytometry, small-molecule screening, translational imaging, and the Data Bank and BioRepository, which prospectively collects and provides de-identified biospecimens and associated epidemiological and clinical data to investigators with IRB-approved protocols.

Endourology Society Requirements:

The fellow must fulfill all of the responsibilities of the Endourological Society fellowship including, but not limited to, preparation of a clinical case log, a published article in the Journal of Endourology, from work they performed during the fellowship with the fellow as the first author, and preparation of a manuscript for submission to the essay contest. The latter must be graded as suitable for review for possible publication in order for the fellow to receive an official diploma from the Endourology Society.  Graduation from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center minimally invasive urology training program is contingent on obtaining Endourological Society approval.

Training, Education, Experience, and Other Requirements:

Candidates must be board eligible urologists or have recently passed the FLEX exam with application made for Urology Board eligibility.  They must also have a valid New York State medical license prior to beginning the fellowship.

Contact Name Cynthia Price, Fellowship Coordinator
Contact Email
Region North America
Job Address

Khurshid Guru, M.D., Endourology Fellowship Director

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Elm and Carlton Streets

Buffalo, NY 14263

Country United States
Phone 716-845-3389
Fax 716-845-3300