Pallawi Torka, MD

Pallawi Torka, MD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Co-Program Director, Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program
Lymphoma & Myeloma Division
Department of Medicine
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Areas of Expertise: 
non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Hodgkin Lymphoma
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Multiple Myeloma
Special Interests: 
Development of new drugs that target novel pathways for the treatment of lymphoma
Improving stem cell transplant outcomes in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma via graft manipulation
Harnessing the immune system to combat multiple myeloma

Biography

"Treat every patient like family" is my mantra. No two patients are the same and neither should be their treatment plan. When I meet a new patient for the first time, I go over their whole story in detail and analyze every minute detail of their case to ensure that together, we come up with the best plan of care, which incorporates not just cutting edge science, but also individual beliefs, and common sense. Hearing that "you have cancer" is bad enough; my goal is to walk the difficult and often confusing road with my patients and their families, and do everything I can to make the journey easier. My research focuses on lymphoproliferative cancers i.e. lymphoma and myeloma. Being part of a comprehensive cancer center such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute gives me the privilege of applying novel research principles and using promising drugs for treatment of my patients long before they are available anywhere else. I strive every day to improve the lives of people suffering from lymphoma / myeloma and hope to see an end to this scourge in my lifetime.

Background

Education and Training: 
2006 - M.B.B.S. Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India.
Residency: 
2013 - SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
2009 - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Fellowship: 
2016 - Roswell Park Cancer Institute/State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Board Certification: 
2013 - American Board of Internal Medicine
2006 - Medical Council of India
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Honors and Awards: 
2016 - National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Fellows Program travel grant
2015 - American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) travel grant
2015 - GME Quality Improvement Award, University of Buffalo
2015 - Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO) travel grant
2015 - AIIMSonians of America best research poster award
2014 - American Society of Hematology (ASH) Abstract Achievement Award
2014 - Frawley Research Scholarship, University of Buffalo
2013 - David B Duggan Award, SUNY Upstate Medical University, given to the Graduating Resident who is an Outstanding Leader, Academician, and Clinician, All the While Passionate about Life Outside of Medicine
2012 - New York State Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Assembly Best Poster award
2012 - AMA Best Quality Improvement Research Poster Award
2012 - Medicine Clerkship Resident Teaching Award
2011 - 2013 - Resident of the Year consecutively for 3 years, Department of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
2005 - Best outgoing MBBS graduate
2005 - University Gold Medal in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery and Community Medicine
2002 - Winner of the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) fellowship- National Research Scholarship program by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Professional Experience: 
2016 - University of Buffalo Graduate Medical Education committee
2015 - 2016 - Chief Hematology Fellow, Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, University of Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
2014 - 2015 - Chief Oncology Fellow, Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, University of Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
2014 - 2016 - University of Buffalo Resident Committee (UBRC)
2014 - 2015 - UBRC representative for Program Director’s Advisory Committee
2012 - President’s Student Experience Steering Committee, Upstate Medical University
2011 - 2012 - Resident Advisory Committee, SUNY Upstate Medical University