Denise A. Rokitka MD, MPH

Denise Rokitka

Denise A. Rokitka
MD, MPH

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
drokita@buffalo.edu


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

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Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University at Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2008)
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University at Buffalo (2008)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2005)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2003)
  • MD, Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine (2002)
  • BS, Biology, Canisius College (1998)

Employment:

  • Director, Young Adult Survivorship Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018-present)
  • Director, Young Adult/Oncofertility Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2008-present)
  • Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology, Oishei Children's Hospital (2008-present)
  • Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2008-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2008-present)
  • Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Survivorship Clinic, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2008-present)
  • Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2006–2008)
  • On-Call Physician, Erie County Medical Center (2006–2008)
  • On-Call Physician, Western New York Hemophilia Center (2006–2008)

Awards and Honors:

  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2017-2021)
  • Castle Connolly: Exceptional Women in Medicine (2019-2020)

Research Expertise:

  • Childhood cancer survivorship

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2014–January 2016
    Cognitive Functioning and Depression Among Young Adult Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer
    Hyundai Hope on Wheels
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $250,000
  • January 2014–January 2016
    Feasibility of an Exercise Intervention to Enhance Fitness and QOL Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer
    Roswell Alliance Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $30,000
  • January 2019
    Aromatherapy: An Integrative Option for Symptom Management in Cancer Care
    Wilmot Cancer Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:

Abstracts:

  • Alrazzak M, Bambach BJ, Rokitka DA, Barth MJ. (2014) Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy Secondary to Pegylated Asparaginase Treated with Oral Lactulose Solution and Intravenous Sodium Benzoate/Sodium Phenylacetate. (May) S48-S48
  • Rokitka DA, Va P, Green DM, Mahoney MC. (2008) Second Malignant Neoplasms Among Children and Adolescents Following Treatment for Hodgkin Disease. (May) 10055-10055

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society for Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Children's Oncology Group

Presentations:

  • "Adolescent Oncology" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Tinnitus in Pediatric Patients and Survivors: A Case Series" 51st Annual Congress; International Society of Paediatric Oncology (2019)
  • "Roswell Park Offers Special Support for Young Adults with Cancer" Media Interview; WIVB Channel 4 News (2019)
  • "The Internet‘s Most Searched for Questions Related to Young Adult Cancer" Facebook Live; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2019)
  • "Childhood-Cancer Survivors Get Infertility Risk Wrong, Require Long-Term Fertility Care" Media Interview; Medscape (2019)
  • "Should Pediatric Cancer Survivors Previously Exposed to Neck Irradiation Undergo Ultrasound Screening for Thyroid Cancer?" Media Interview; Hem-Onc Today (2019)
  • "Should Pediatric Cancer Survivors Previously Exposed to Neck Irradiation Undergo Ultrasound Screening for Thyroid Cancer?" Media Interview; Hem-Onc Today (2019)
  • "Despite Potential, Data on Vitamin D‘s Benefits for Cancer Remain Inconclusive" Media Interview; Hem-Onc Today (2018)
  • "Chapter 2: A Cancer Survivor’s Workshop for Living Your Best Life" Workshop on Young Adult Social and Emotional Health; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • "Young Adult Cancer" Facebook Live; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • "Customizing Integrative Oncology for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer" International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Conference; Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (2018)
  • "The Impact of Cancer on the Young Adult Patient" Invited Presentation; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • "The Road Ahead After Treatment Ends: Survivorship Workshop for Young Adult Cancer Survivors" CancerCon 2018; Stupid Cancer; Workshop (2018)
  • "What is Survivorship? Treatment Summaries and Survivorship Care Plans" Acupuncture Community Education Event; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • "Designing a Survivorship and Supportive Care Center at a Comprehensive Cancer Center" Survivorship Symposium; American Society of Clinical Oncology (2018)
  • "Executive Functioning and Depression Among Adult Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer" 15th International Conference on Long-Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer; St. Jude Children‘s Research Hospital (2017)
  • "Pediatric and Adolescent Cancer Survivorship" Lunch and Learn Presentation; Olean General Hospital (2017)
  • "Pediatric and Adolescent Cancer Survivorship" Invited Presentation; McKean County Medical Society (2017)
  • "Survivorship" Oncology for Scientists; Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2017)
  • "Feasibility of an Exercise Intervention to Enhance Fitness and Quality of Life Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer" Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research; Conquer Cancer Foundation (2017)
  • "Strategies Needed to Improve Childhood Cancer Survivors‘ Adherence to Long-Term Follow Up" Media Interview; Hem-Onc Today (2017)
  • "Patterns of Loss to Follow-Up among Childhood Cancer Survivors" Annual Meeting; Society for Integrative Oncology (2016)
  • "Suboptimal Vitamin D Levels among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers" Annual Meeting; Society for Integrative Oncology (2016)
  • "Vitamin D Status in Childhood Cancer Survivors" Annual Meeting; Society for Integrative Oncology (2016)
  • "More Young People Surviving Cancer, but Fight is Far from Finished" Media Interview; Time Warner Cable News (2016)
  • "Suboptimal Vitamin D Levels Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers" 14th International Conference on Long-Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer; St. Jude Children‘s Research Hospital (2015)
  • "Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy Secondary to Pegylated Asparaginase Treated with Oral Lactulose Solution and Intravenous Sodium Benzoate/Sodium Phenylacetate" Annual Meeting; American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (2014)
  • "Secondary Cancers" Roswellness Radio Podcast; Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2012)
  • "Improved Recognition of the Genetic Aspects of Childhood Cancers" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2012)
  • "Survivorship Issues" Roswellness Radio Podcast; Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2011)
  • "Hyperleukocytosis: A Medical Emergency" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2011)
  • "Stress Related Quality of Life Domains in Childhood Cancer: A Multidimensional Analysis" Annual Conference; International Society of Paediatric Oncology (2010)
  • "Long-Term Survivors' Clinic in the Pediatric Department" Roswellness Radio Podcast; Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2010)
  • "Life After Cancer" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2009)
  • "Pediatric Survivorship" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2009)
  • "Second Malignant Neoplasms Among Children and Adolescents Following Treatment for Hodgkin Disease" Annual Meeting; American Society of Clinical Oncology (2008)
  • "Secondary Malignant Neoplasms in Long-Term Survivors of Hodgkin‘s Disease" Annual Meeting; American Society of Clinical Oncology (2008)
  • "And the Answer is...Leukemia" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Acute Chest Syndrome" Pediatric Case Conference; Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2006)
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Service Activities:

  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Clinic Throughput Committee; Committee Member (2016–present)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Health Informatics Committee; Committee Member (2016–2018)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: EMR Task Force; Member (2015–present)
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Patient Safety Steering Committee; Committee Member (2012–2015)
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics Committee; Committee Member (2010–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
drokita@buffalo.edu

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

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