Fumito Ito, MD, PhD

Fumito Ito, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Surgical Oncology
Member, Center for Immunotherapy
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Associate Professor of Surgery
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

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Areas of Expertise: 
Surgical oncology
Small intestine
Colon and rectum
Minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery
Special Interests: 
Minimally invasive/robotic surgery


Fumito Ito, MD, PhD, joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2015 and is an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Surgical Oncology and the Center for Immunotherapy. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo.

After earning his medical degree from the Shiga University, Japan, Dr. Ito completed his postgraduate training in Surgery at the Shiga University Hospital, Japan. Dr. Ito then completed a research fellowship in Tumor Immunology at the University of Michigan and earned his PhD from the Shiga University, Japan. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Ito completed his surgery residency training at the University of Wisconsin and surgical oncology fellowship training at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He then served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan before returning to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2015.

Dr. Ito is licensed by New York State and certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

He has a significant clinical interest in melanoma, sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Ito’s research interests include the development of novel cancer immunotherapy using pluripotent stem cells, and the use of genome-engineering technology to augment anti-cancer responses, and elucidate the immunomodulatory mechanisms of ablative techniques such as radiofrequency and cryoablation.

Dr. Ito is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Central Surgical Association, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Association of Immunologists, and the Society of Thermal Medicine.


Education and Training: 
2004 - PhD - Shiga University, Shiga, Japan
1995 - MD - Shiga University, Shiga, Japan
2008 - General Surgery - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
2005 - General Surgery - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
1999 - General Surgery - Shiga University at Affiliated Hospital, Shiga, Japan
2010 - Surgical Oncology - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
2003 - Tumor Immunology - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Board Certification: 
American Board of Surgery
Professional Memberships: 
2014 - American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
2013 - Central Surgical Association (CSA)
2010 - Society of Thermal Medicine (STM)
2008 - Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
2003 - American College of Surgeons (ACS)
1999 - American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Honors and Awards: 
2015 - Young Investigator Award, Melanoma Research Alliance
2014 - Turcotte Enrichment Award, Central Surgical Association Foundation
2014 - Faculty Research Fellowship Award, American College of Surgeons
2010 - New Investigator Award, Society of Thermal Medicine
2009 - Basic Research Award 1st place, Western New York American College of Surgeons
2009 - Clinical Research Award 1st place, Western New York American College of Surgeons
2008 - Travel Award: Cancer and Leukemia Group B
2000 - Scholarship: Japan-North America Medical Exchange Foundation
1998 - Scholarship: Japan-North America Medical Exchange Foundation
Professional Experience: 
7/2011-9/2015 - Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
7/2008-6/2010 - Clinical Lecturer, Department of Surgery, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY