Denise Rokitka

Denise A. Rokitka

Denise A. Rokitka MD, MPH

UBMD Pediatrics

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

As a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, I care for children from birth through age 21 with a focus on pediatric solid tumors. This includes care for children with illnesses such as germ cell tumors, kidney tumors, bone and soft tissue sarcomas and liver tumors. I diagnose these illnesses and develop treatment plans, often in collaboration with physicians from other specialties such as surgery and radiation oncology. I manage patients who are receiving care at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In addition, I have a special focus on pediatric, adolescent, and young adult survivorship. In this role, I provide education and screening to all pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors, based on risks from previous therapies. I also am the director of Young Adult Cancer and Oncofertility program during which I provide expertise in navigating resources and support for young adults with cancer and consultation regarding fertility preservation prior to starting cancer therapy.

My research is clinical in nature. I participate in clinical trials through the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. I also am the local principal investigator for the NIH funded research through the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study which is coordinated through St. Jude Research Hospital.

I am involved with medical education, providing lectures on pediatric hematology and oncology to University at Buffalo medical students and pediatric residents and fellows.

Patients Treated:

Children, Adolescents

Physician Gender:



UBMD at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Ground Floor
Buffalo, New York 14263
Phone: (716) 845-4447
Fax: (716) 845-3588
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Coventry
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • Lifetime Benefit Solutions / RMSCO
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • North American Administrators
  • Nova
  • Preferred Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • TriCare/Champus
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration
  • WellCare
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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)

Awards and Honors:

  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2016-2023) (2022)
  • Castle Connolly: Exceptional Women in Medicine (2019-2023) (2022)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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