New leaders at Roswell’s gynecologic oncology department

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center recently announced the promotion of three physicians who will now play a leadership role in its department of gynecologic oncology.

They are:

• Peter Frederick was named clinical chief of gynecology. He will lead a teamwork-driven department and continue its compassionate, patient-centered focus. In his 10-year tenure at Roswell Park, Frederick has been integral in developing and promoting the gynecologic robotics program and training surgeons in these techniques. He will continue to serve as associate dean of graduate medical education. Frederick succeeds physician Shashikant Lele, who will continue to serve as a staff physician on the gynecologic oncology team.

Frederick earned his medical degree from the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


• Emese Zsiros was named director of research. On staff since 2014, Zsiros has emerged as a valuable asset to the Roswell Park community. Her passion is providing personalized care, fine-tuning surgical techniques and diving deep into cancer immunotherapy research. Zsiros currently leads the only testing center endorsed by the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in the area. In this leadership role, she will lead the research strategy of the department with the goal of benefitting patients with gynecologic malignancies.

She is a graduate of the University of Debrecen, Hungary, having completed a residency at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.


• Melissa Moffitt was named fellowship program director. Moffitt, a new addition to Roswell Park’s medical staff, jumps headfirst into this leadership role with the fellowship program. She will promote learning for fellows and residents in each of the center’s competency areas and oversee the graduate medical education programs. Highly engaged in community outreach, Moffitt will also work closely with Roswell Park’s Cancer Survivorship Center, addressing important topics surrounding cancer, fertility and sexual health.

Moffitt holds her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and fellowship training at the University of Southern California Medical Center.

“The dedication of this trio of physicians to their patients and Roswell Park’s mission is unmatched,” said physician Kunle Odunsi, Roswell Park deputy director.

Photo: Frederick