Steven J. Ambrusko MD, MS

Steven Ambrusko

Steven J. Ambrusko
MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; Pediatrics

Contact Information
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Pediatrics
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, New York 14263
Phone: (716) 845-2333
Fax: (716) 845-8003
ambrusk@buffalo.edu


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Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children‘s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (2007)
  • MS, Clinical Research - Clinical Trials Research Track, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2007)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium (2004)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium (2003)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium (2001)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2000)
  • BS, Major: Neuroscience (Biomedical Sciences); Minor: Psychology, University of Rochester, Cum Laude (1996)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Pediatric Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2007-present)
  • Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology, Oishei Children's Hospital (2007-present)
  • Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2007-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2007-present)
  • Director, Sickle Cell & Hemoglobinopathy Center of Western New York (2007-present)
  • Pediatric Staff Physician, Western New York BloodCare (2007-present)
  • Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2008–2016)
  • Interim Pediatric Medical Director, Hemophilia Center of Western New York (2012–2014)
  • Co-Medical Director, Therapeutic Apheresis Services, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2009–2012)
  • Per Diem Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2007–2008)
  • Per Diem Attending Physician, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children‘s Hospital of Pittsburgh (2005–2007)
  • In-House Physician, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (2004)
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Awards and Honors:

  • New England Research Insititute/NIH: Grant for Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Research Network (2009)
  • Kaleida Health: Golden Stethoscope Award (2002)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Resident Teaching Award (2001)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Gordon S. Ehrlich Award (2000)
  • University of Rochester: Student Employee of the Year Nominee (1995-1996)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Generalist Honors Program (1999-2000)
  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2013-2017, 2019-2021)
  • University of Rochester: Dean‘s List (1993-1996)
  • University of Rochester: Wilmot and Jean Craig Scholarship (1993-1996)


Journal Articles:

Abstracts:

  • Ambrusko SJ, Gunawardena S, Sakara A, Windsor B, Lanford L, Michelson P, Krishamurti L. (2005) Pulmonary Hypertension in Children with Sickle Cell Disease: Clinical Characteristics and Co-Morbidities. (Nov) 26b-27b

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Children's Oncology Group
  • Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society
  • National Hemophilia Foundation

Presentations:

  • "Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children with COVID-19" Inaugural City-Wide Conference; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Post-COVID-19 Hyperinflammatory Multiorgan Failure Syndrome in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease" Inaugural City-Wide Conference; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Anemia in Childhood – Iron Deficiency and Beyond" Rounds; Jericho Road Community Health Center (2019)
  • "Anemia: Iron Deficiency and Beyond" Bi-Monthly Meeting; Buffalo Pediatric Society (2018)
  • "Bleeding Disorders for the ENT Surgeon" Otolaryngology Grand Rounds; Sisters of Charity Hospital (2017)
  • "Surgeons Out of a Job: The Multidisciplinary Approach to Vascular Anomalies and Lymphatic Malformations" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2016)
  • "Thrombophilia" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2014)
  • "Bleeding Disorders 101" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (2014)
  • "Central Venous Line-Related Deep Vein Thrombosis in Pediatric Patients" Pediatric QA/QI Grand Rounds; Women & Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2009)
  • "Iron Metabolism: Anemia, Overload, and Beyond" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2008)
  • "Sickle Cell Disease" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (2008)
  • "Vasculopathy in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2008)
  • "Children with Sickle Cell Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease are More Likely to Have Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension" 35th Anniversary Convention of the National Sickle Cell Disease Program; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health/Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (2007)
  • "Low Six-Minute Walk Distance in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Suggests Decreased Exercise Tolerance Related to Hemolytic Manifestations of Disease" Annual Meeting; American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (2007)
  • "Exercise Tolerance and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Children with Sickle Cell Disease" Sickle Cell Symposium; Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (2007)
  • "Low Six-Minute Walk Distance in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Suggests Decreased Exercise Tolerance Related to Hemolytic Manifestations of Disease" Clinican and Translational Science Day; University of Pittsbugh Institute for Clinical Research Education (2007)
  • "Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Children with Sickle Cell Vasculopathy" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Occurs in Children with Sickle Cell Disease and is Potentially Reversible" 29th Annual Meeting of the National Sickle Cell Disease Program; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (2006)
  • "Exercise Tolerance and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Children with Sickle Cell Disease" Sickle Cell Symposium; Children‘s Hospital of Pittsburgh (2006)
  • "Pulmonary Hypertension in Children with Sickle Cell Disease: Clinical Characteristics and Co-Morbidities" 47th Annual Meeting and Exposition; American Society of Hematology (2005)
  • "Use of the PFA-100 Test as a Screen for von Willebrand Disease in Children" Senior Resident Research Presentation Day; University at Buffalo (2003)
  • "Adverse Effects of Reduced-Dose Craniospinal Radiation Therapy with Chemotherapy in Low-Stage Medulloblastoma Patients" Annual Meeting; Children‘s Oncology Group (2002)
  • "Effect of a Brief Office Intervention on the Process of Smoking Cessation in Parents" Generalist Honors Program; University at Buffalo (2000)
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Service Activities:

  • Pediatric Blood and Cancer Journal: Nucleated Red Blood Cells in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Hospitalized for Pain; Peer Reviewer (2018)
  • Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program: Quality Improvement Programs; Co-Director (2016–present)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Ambulatory EHR Roll-Out Committee; Committee Member (2016–present)
  • Kaleida Health: Medical Staff Credentialing Committee; Committee Member (2011–present)
  • Kaleida Health: Medical Executive Committee; Committee Member (2010–2014)
  • Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Buffalo; Co-Founder (2010–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Nursing Workshops "Sickle Cell Disease: Transfusion therapy and Pain Management"; Presentor (2009–2010)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Hematology/Oncology Center of Excellence Committee; Committee Member (2008–2016)
  • University at Buffalo: Children and Youth Institutional Review Board; Board Member (2008–2014)
  • Oishei Children‘s Hospital: Therapeutic Pheresis Services Committee; Committee Member (2008–present)

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Contact Information

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Pediatrics
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, New York 14263
Phone: (716) 845-2333
Fax: (716) 845-8003
ambrusk@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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